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Greetings from Gridville (Hardcover)
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Gridville is located here in the Rubber Eden just on the outskirts
any major post-modern population center. The time is the 'terrible
now." While the relative palatal atmosphere of the more affluent
suburbs or the bucolic expanse of the rural countryside may escape
some of the more intense effects of this microchip concentration;
increasingly the 'threads" of Gridville permeate most aspects of a
system dependent infer-structure. The lifeblood of Gridville of
course is energy. Produced by mega sized corporations who provide
this 'commodity" of a shrinking fossil fuel pool which is located
in one of the most dangerous, highly contested areas on the face of
Rubber Eden, supplies will continue to dwindle, become increasingly
more difficult to procure and of course, more expensive. Service
interruptions are to expected and the population at large will have
this reality to face more and more on a daily basis. Greetings from
Gridville is chronicle of one consumer/citizen's account of life
from a highly subjective basis. These perspectives are shaped and
rendered in the 'newspeak" of the individual. The ability of the
connection or value of the poems and stories to the reader will be
in direct relation to their economic status, position or role in
society and perhaps most importantly the nature and disposition of
current and/or past life experience. Collectively and increasingly
the 'hive" grows more complex, perplexing and fragmented. We live
on the zenith of a cyber/fiber optic 'house of cards." Each passing
day we add to the precarious balance of this fragile edifice just
by the mere act of 'living." All essential systems of life
sustaining distribution of goods and services in virtuallyevery
aspect of existence have grown more and more entangled, entwined
and inbred. The example of an incredibly immense ball of twine
thread throughout virtually all aspects of this edition of
contemporary existence is as apropos as it is chilling. We don't
understand it. We are addicted to it. And those who provide,
maintain and oversee it don't care. Except when we fail to 'pay"
for it. As of this writing there are two new fundamental
commandments that consumer citizens must be aware of and abide by:
Thou shall not run a foul the legal system and thou shall not have
a catastrophic illness. Translation: don't go to jail or get sick
in Gridville. Now at this point, you might be asking yourself, why
would I want to read anything written by someone with such a
negative message coming from such a depressing place called
Gridville ? And of course I see your point. And there's only one
problem with using that rational as an 'out" or point of dismissal;
that is, we are all in the same boat. The good ship 'I've got mine"
as suddenly sprung a leak. There is no getting off the 'grid." It's
been tried. Many, many different ways. Alternative lifestyles,
communities, communes, dogma, dope, booze and compulsive binge and
purge shopping. There is no escape. The exit doors have been bolted
shut. And I'm afraid as Captain Beefheart once wailed, 'There ain't
no Santa Clause on the evening stage." I have no way of knowing
what the future holds for all the Gridvilles spread across the
Rubber Eden. But I do sense a couple of things about our current
situation. There is no way to return to what life was life in our
country a mere hundred years ago. The future dawns every day and we
are not leaving so muchas breadcrumbs to ever find our way back to
somewhat saner, simpler times. Yet each Attitude House of Gridville
still contains humanity at its best and worst, humble and
self-important. Just people. Fragile. Vibrant. Newly born or those
near time to depart. As it has always been here in the Rubber Eden
since before all the rubber and merely the Eden. I think it's time
to get to know your fellow citizens here in the Rubber Eden. The
nature of their day to day dreams, joys, loves and fears. Greeting
from Gridville contains the voic
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