it’s october!

8 09 2013

Karen Egerman, Hat Lady slide Show

Ach! Tubers!! the 3rd.
Very tired, trying to get a lot done. got my ticket for Minnesota paid for. Most of the rent .. . I am in a lot of joint and bone pain. Went to the Dr. (again!) yesterday to procure a letter from him requesting that the BHA allow me to move to another building since environmental toxins were continually causing me problems. Im pretty happy about this, it could really change things for the better if BHA pays attention to it . . which they may not. I forgot to mention to the doc. that i can hardly walk for pain in my hips and that ciatic (sp) nerve up and down my side. Just like i forgot to mention my asthma untill it was noticed. . Everytime i feel like i don’t really need the S.S,A all i have to do is a little lifting and I am damn near crippled and totally incapacatated. But i got the letter i wanted . . and some new Asthma medication. Steroids.
I just posted about half of my Spokane journal that i notebooked in June. it’s attached to the end of June rather than seperately.

Mon
Ive been down with a chest cold. It’s miserable. Im not one to get hyperparanoid about vacines, although some of the recent posts by John Rapaport are rather frightening (http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/what-happens-when-only-16-of-flu-patients-have-the-flu/),
but I had an adverse reaction to the flu shot and then my cough got much worse and my lungs hurt like hell after two applications of the new med. I will have to wait untill Im better before i try using it again.
Darrell is a mess. There was a police call at his place last night. i was at home sick this weekend thank god. He is an inch away from losing his place . . he got very belligerent and disrespectfull and awfull in his talk with one of the neighbors. It remains to be seen what the outcome of this will be. In the meantime here I am, babysitting again when i out to be home in bed, where I want to be.

Tues
Hopefully this will be a better day. My lungs do not feel better but I got a little sleep. Darrell too ate and got anights sleep. This experiment with getting Darrell his own place as a solution to all problems as envisioned by the pschiatric outreach people has turned into a disaster . . things are actually worse in many regards. At least when Darrell stayed with me he was the only guest in my house and so, to a certian extent i could controll the environment, at least who was in it. He used to get over 200 dollars in food stamps, all of which he contributed so we ate well , and with ease since I was in my won kitchen and had to cook anyway.
The food bank was only two blocks away if things ran short. Although he did not contribute in cash he did not demand it too much either aside from essentials. Now I am paying out of my meager S.S.A for his household, cable and cpomputer. The way it was, I was able to the things I needed to do and wanted to do in my own house, I could watch my shows, do my cleaning, my excercise, my crafts projects while Darrell slept or watched t.v. in his own room. True, he often came home drunk or needed me to go rescue him at all kinds of hours , and he lacked freedom and was subject to the occasional threats of the housing authorities and my own bad moods.. . but then he usually went through a period of rest, recovery and drawing. Since he has moved in here he has done no art work. It’s as if the spirit has died. It is much harder on me than it ever was and i have to fight for my blessed time alone at my own place. The traffic that is in and out of Darrell’s new place gives me ample reason to take off for a while but now there is no one to put the brakes on alchol and drug behaviors that usually were in the park or in motel rooms. What happens when he gets kicked out of here??
We had a system once . . and it worked for years. Bu my community decided it must not be . . . we cannot have the C ‘in controll’.
All that art and independence that was supposed to blossom . . it didn’t blossom. The only thing that happened is that i transfered all my maintenence activities over here . . . .while my rest and relax is at my own place.
There’s been discussion that Obama care will limit the choice of medicines, particularly alternative medicines. i doubt that alternative medicines will ever be outlawed, but we will just have to pay out of pocket for them. Not far from here there is a chinese grocery that carries all kinds medicines. I remember in Minneapolis on Nicolett there was a Chinese doctor that had a consultation table set up in a corner of a grocery store that had a large well stocked and mysterious pharmecy. i went there once for a detox remedy and it was no mild herb tea . . this stuff made me sweat. There are homeopathic things I can do for my distress . . like talk to the Chinese medical counter and use the things that have worked in the past for me like a tonic of nettles,mullein, eculyptus, cinnamon and orange peel,lobelia, ginger, tumeric and ginger.
mullein and nettles works well for me. i think the carpet freshener that Darrell used may be the culpret in this latest episode, or perhaps his household cleaners.
I can also change my diet to less animal protein, no dairy, more greens, more olive oil.
if I don’t feel better as the day wears on after these potions I may just go to the emergency room and get some codeine, which always works .

I wish i could write about some of the things that have really been on my mind. Some of the disturbing things that have really been causing me despair. When I am vauge and hint at things that is enough to create community backlash . . .how could I write about the things that are really making me so unhappy.

All i really want now is to see my Mom and Dad at the end of the month.

Wednesday
Feeling better. Doused myself with herbal remedies yesterday. Lobelia, nettles, mullien,lung tonic tea, and a few other things with skullcap and passionflower thrown in for relaxation. Worked. Very bummed out about the theft of my digital camera. IT WAS THE ONE THING i really valued, and the one thing that brought me fun and a senseof purpose. I GOT REALLY ENGAGED IN MY PICTURES.

Friday
stayed with Darrell as he began to pick himself up. Cooked some chicken soup and stuff. he worried me so much last night, he hadnt drank all day after 2 weeks of heavy drinking and had been sick as a dog but i thought he was over the detox hump and resting when i walked in and saw that he was shaking violently and waving his hands. He didn’t immediately snap out of it when i shook him and called his name. When i asked him if he was hallucinating he said he was . . so that would be the DT’s. The first time ive ever witnessed it . . .I wanted to call an ambulance and have him taken to the emergency room and then medical detox but in WA state you cant do that without permission and he didn’t want me to do that. I didn’t want him to die on my watch, and people DO die in DTs and seisiures. So for better or worse i made the judgement call to go to the store and get him a can of beer. I tried to talk to him when he was a little better about what was happening . . not in mean way, a very worried and saddened way . . . that i felt he really needed to address his problem. i debated wether or not to call his counselors and rat on him. I am being used to enable the very alcholism that has sky rocketted since he got his place by covering for him, fixing it up so he can keep his lease, bringing over food, cooking, cleaning during and after his episodes and in doing this i fear i am actually making it possible for him to hasten his own death. . . ive whined around and retreated emotionally from the scene after being hurt and brought down by it but the fact is Darrell needs intervention by some one other than myself for the life of his own soul. When some one goes into DTs there is no denying the seriousness of the problem. . i know what i witnessed and it scared and grieved me, as well as repelling me. is there NO HOPE? No One who will take the initiative? i dont want to hear about rock bottom and enabling and all that . . we all hope and try in our own way to keep someone we love going, even if they have hurt us alot . . .hope that they will reurrn to the person they once were, would try at least. what do i do.

Sunday
Today has a good feel to it. Despite everything. their is a slight fog and the weather is pleasently cool. I worked the market yesterday and had fun chatting with all kinds of people. There was a demonstration over Monsanto in the after noon that passed through.
Darrell is not drinking now and we are content to spend time apart in our own worlds. I am content in mine today. i feel . . free. it’s not a feeling i have felt much recently. Like i can go out for breakfast someplace and listen to N>P.r and just take my time. And the letting go of Darrell ,and his world, is not so traumatic and sad.
There was rioting on campus last night . . .perhaps the tail end of the demonstration passed that way and partiers joined in. when the police came to break it up, it broke into a riot, a big one, bigger than any little ‘mob’ i saw on the Madison campus.
These are the best and the brightest that had nothing but ‘contempt’ for me? throwing beer bottles at cops now instead of Karen.
they just showed themselves for what they are . . so should their little opinions matter any more? WW has gotten a bad reputation the past couple of years . . and as i read comments on this riot from other states in the US i get the feeling that Washington Statehas too. A reputation for barbarity and mob sentiment to be sure .

Tuesday. had a waking nightmare this morning. i went out to dinner with my family. A burger joint somewhat out of town. they ordered and sat in the dining room toeat. I waited and waited. finally my burger showed up but no fries. So i tried and tried to get some ones attention and get my order but it was one of those dreams where no one was listening and didnt care and i got angirier and angrier . . .
finally i started making threats. Eventually my fries showed up but no soup. i went to see if my familyw as still there and my dad saw me and waved but i went back and tried to get my soup. finally i decided too much time had passed and so ilet it go and headed to the dining room. my family was gone. i went outside and they were already pulling out in the car. kate was driving. i thought for sure they would see me, i started waving and running towards the car but they pulled out and left me, perhaps as punishment. Ifell down on the pvement and cried and cried.

notes. In the dream i persue an injustice . . not getting the meal i payed for. I dog this while my family dines and then leaves without me, in a sense going on without me. i have lost them just as i spent so much time out here fighting what i thought were injustices towards me while my family ‘went on’ without me and left me behind.

signed Darrell up for a online native dating service. he’s in a good position now to start fresh, he has housing and money . . . dont know if he will persue it but its there if he wants to check it out. God, Im even pimping for him!

Wednesday
Got a haircut. Ready now for my trip. Can’t wait to get out of here. I think there has been some pretty damaging charecterizations of me in the media but i have not really been aware of the exact nature of them, only the fall out. it is hard to comment when you don’t catch these things . . no one tells me either so i have to guess . . usually there is reaction from people that clues me in, and hidden messages like ‘cyclone of contempt.’ I note that there are no more likes on my my facebook page, not even from people that customarily ‘like’ humerous items or cool pictures.
Darrell has quit drinking he says. he is looking good. The inspectors came over and foun d his place in order. Got to hand it to that guy, he is slick, and he always manages to pull things off. always.

Friday
Got a haircut. Feeling O.K. now. Made some new facebook friends. So i guess Im invited back into the circle. Just new friends. Better than being down about the loss of some old ones. Maybe it’s me that has grown and shed their skin for a bigger, better one.
A tresspassing order has been issues for Laura,Darrells ass on the side, by his building. I don’t know the story but i know that Darrell is being asked to consider a restraining order against her. Boy, that really makes my day. Karma ya know.
That situation caused me so much pain when i came back from spokane. i think she may have taken my camera too but i can’t be sure. I know she steals. She, and others were just soo horribly disrespectfull.
Darrell seems like he is trying a little harder to coax me back. I am ‘IN’ now . . and the street girls are ‘out’. i like spending the time i do with him now, but no way will i give up my private life now that i finally have it. i so enjoy the time i have to myself , in my one apartment where no one can mess with me. Ive had so little happiness and im not going to fork it over to anyone ever again. look at what i got for all the effort and support . . how ive been charecterized!!
The bug guys are going to do a final spraying after the 29th . . here’s hoping they dont decide to overdo it again.
Big anti fracking conflict in Canada right now . . sounds awfull. Confrontation in South Dakota too against supremicists moving into Duer . . or whatever that town is called. mainstream news is not covering this as far as i know although it is important to many people in other countries around the world. So i will post that information via facebook postings.

sunday
Did a good trade at the market for a hand carved bear clan pendant made up in Vancouver B.C. A mother daughter team from new York that sells all kinds of cool stuff had it for sale for $25 and as soon as i saw it it spoke to me. i knew darrell ought to have it. The girl who was selling it was sad to part with it, it had been special piece but she felt it was time for bear pendant to move on to the right person.i traded earrings, a hat and several cards and we both came away feeling it was the right trade I felt like i was the conduit between Darrell, the right person for this pendent and the girl from New York, the seller. She was a fan of his art work and had bought some of his bear pictures before. When love is in your heart again it is not hard to recognize this energy and what is ment to be. We had a lot of fun talking about american journalism, coast to coast show and the guardian.
I did well at the market.
what is going on in Canada right now is very significant. i feel it is my role to make sure that people are aware of the postings about it as far as i can within my circles of influence . . since out media isn’t touching it. i could say a whole lot about this . . .but this time i will keep my mouth shut . i simply post the info that comes my way without commentary.
it looks like the Indigenous uprising they were so afraid of in 1999.

Tues
Hanging out with Darrell and Micheal today, cooking up.

Monday
Getting ready to take off for MN, just a little packing. Did very well at the market this weekend. almost sold out.

october 31st.
Back in St. cloud. It’s nap time for Mom and Dad, both of whom have gotten much frailer since i saw them last. it is great to be home. Had terrible nightmares the past two weeks, and on the train but I won’t recount them now. I make the shift of conciousness so easily, as if Id been here only a few days ago and pick up without a beat, remembering the streets, the stores.
(later) cant sleep although i need to. In a lot of bodily pain. Dad and I put on funny hats and passed out candy to the tots.
In one dream I am in a saloon or house in the old West.it looks like the railroad town of ‘hell on wheels.’
suddenly there are helicoptors firbombing the house with heavy fire power. I try to take cover and look around for the others. In the dream I am thinking that this is for real. these are real bullets and they are ment to kill and I could really get hit and killed . I locate some of my ‘people’ a guy and a little girl and try to find some place to group safely.Then I am telling an old friend about this, trying to convince him that as unbelievable as this sounds it was true and that it had happened several times.
This was one of the more despairing and troubling dreams, although certinaly not the most distressing one.
In a sense i HAVE been shelled, and the intent WAS deadly, it WAS real, and it WAS ment to kill.I havent written of much of what i was encountering in Bellingham . . because it’s depressing and useless and i feel i can no longer do a damn thing about it any more. I am cheered however by the positivity I recieved at the Saturday market and what we emphasise is what becomes our reality. My seeling out my stock and having a great old time talking with people was my personal triumph, of will, of spirit.
Well . . . so here we are. In O’Reilly territory. I note as i scann the channels that the lineup is not as conservative as it was the past few times I have been home. I was watching Colbert report and Democracy Today for a bit . . we dont even get Democracy today in Bellingham and i have extended basic there. ( or is it the next grade up?) No H2 here however or smith or any of the channels I have gotten used to watching,
I used to keep up with cable news debates and issues but not much any more.
Spent the evening looking through one of the geneology books my Dad did, on my Irish ancestors. Goes back to the ‘big wind’. but no further. interesting . . not riviting, but interesting. My ancestors were no slackers that’s for sure. Untill me i guess. But then, i was ‘ruined’ by the liberals back in the 70s, so my Dad has said. No comment. I secretly have wondered if he might be right,but then it all depends on what one uses as the criteria for sucess. I lived my ruined life at a deeper, more passionet and questioning level than my less ruined kin. Happier? no. More sucessfull? no. More stable? certinaly not. But there was a fire for direct experience in me once.
I found a story about my ancestor Barney Murphy that emigrated in the 1840’s . apparently he was known as a business man with a kind heart for the less fortunate. One day his kids were out working the land and an Indian (the story did not say which tribe but Darrell tells me the area around St. Wendall was occupied by Sioux) guy sat down on a log and pointed to his mouth indicating that he was hungry. Barney sent out some food to the man and after that other Indians would come and sit on that log when they wanted food and he always, according to the story fed them. I always wonder what relations between my ancestors and Darrells were like, wether my pioneer ancestors were ass holes or wether they were people who dealt justly. Now i know. having experienced the famine i expect my ancestors from county Down WERE kind to those in similar straights.
I write this as I ponder the cuts in food stamps that will be instituted. How on earth will we afford to eat anything but rice and beanies and weinies. it makes no sense to me except to shore up a moral point about who is ‘deserving.’ it makes no practical sense. Food stamps stimulate the economy , the cuts in food stamps are nothing compared to the billions that those ass holes that shut down the government cost the american people.
Also, as history has shown, well fed people ar less likely to rebel, or do bad things. they are more controllable. The Irish never forgave or forgot the famine and that carried over to strife in later years, nor did the Natives of this country.
Then there’s the question of wether the food that people buy that is gentically engineered is life sustaining even if it is avialable. but just maybe Im getting alittle sleepy now.

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September 2013

2 09 2013

September 1st.
Very tired. Have not had that first drink but am being tested by drinking people in a big way. people dont like my past drinking behaviour. . but when i am trying to do what i must to keep sober the same people insist on imposing their drinking, always pushing boundaries. I’ve been tough through so much the past months . . but I broke down and cried this morning. i was ready to take a hike to Oregon for a while.
I did the market on Saturday and sold out my best hats. I had a wonderfull day among the artisans,traded with Sally, and patty for a beach glass planter and zen stone thing. Have been buying lamps and household stuffs. Things slowly getting fixed up. Darrell gets his new bed on Wednesday, and an entertainment center, a couch and a microwave. His art workshop area was put together this morning. Looks like a real artists work space, complete with paint stained saw horses. I got a brand new recliner and soon i will have my bed too.
Everything in better harmony this evening, with spare ribs and saurkraut in the pot and ‘Dances with Wolves’ on t.v. . . . and the nation ready to go to war in Syria.
There was a march through downtown yesterday . . and it had a substantial turn out, not just the usual die hard activists who used to stand outside the courthouse every Friday during the Bush years. If i hadn’t had to mind my table i would have joined them.
How different the thinking is in 12 years time since the call to war on Saddam Hussein and his w.m.d. The public is far more willing to be skeptical.
I think his passing it on to congressional approval is a way of saving face gracefully.

Monday
I hate 3 day holidays when your waiting for a gov. check. Have a job interview on Wednesday. Nothing to crow about, just caretaking but they do train on the job and i would like to have those credentials and certification on my resume. If i am still going to be wrapped up with Darrell in some way as a helper as he becomes increasing disabled then i want to get paid for it by the state. This will be good training.
The extent of my future involvement with Darrell is questionable. the key question is always is it worth all the pain . . and blame. hes got to understand that friends means friends if he still wants me to be a part of his life.
I am so full of sadenss and turmoil that i cannot express. ive sworn not to write out all my problems with people putting thier conflicts and wickedness into my life and trying to start fights, create pain and conflict . . and always it seems when there’s a degree of peace and happiness in my life. it seems when others have been dumped, or made a fool of in love, or hurt in love . . then they look around for a 3rd party to involve, bring into their conflict . . and then they turn theri feelings of rejection on that person and make them feel bad,try to focus all their anger and blame on that person. that person has usally been me in Darrell’s circles. And other circles too. I am so angry with some one right now for pushing boundaries and insisting on communicating their transparent emotional dishonesty dispite polite requests from me not to involve me. The lies are so transparent . . and the underlying hatred too, the desire to hurt. Even Darrell had to speak up . . and send a message, and he defends me so rarely. I have to give him some credit . . . he is doing this more and more since I have quit drinking. and some of his friends , like that one woman he is fooling around with , have been cat calling me derogatory names. yes . . . i ran into her on the first outside Darrell’s. Well at least the nausiating bullshit is over, and all the polite protocol . . .it had been creating unhappiness and emotional disturbance and turmoil in me for a number of years . . . I really dont think Darrell is capable of seeing his own role in seeding all this aggression towards me. He really can’t see it, how he himself is largely responsible for how people in Indian country see me, especially his family. he knows that he has lied bout me . . he is able to admit that to himself. so there’s a little responsiblity there . . but Ive come tor ealize that that is just Darrell and hes not going to change, or see the light. Moreover he certinaly is not unique in this. Many. many people are like this. the extent to which others acted on the green light of aggression against karen is testimonial to the latent capacity for blame that can be unleashed is so very many people. I already know that media will never, ever see their role in this, which was huge. and even if they do see it, they are incpable of givinga shit orseeing the wrong of it . .we have become a nation so insensitited to all the deception we are customarily immersed in that it has become normal.
i am trying these days to take responsiblity for my faliures . for example . . the time i threw away Darrell’s art supplies.
I then tried to ‘fix’ the situation by asking for donations. At the time a man by the name of David sent Darrell a whole box full of stuff. i only recently found out how much resentment he felt about the situation. True we sent him some stuff in return, as a thank you . . .but here it is , almost a year later and suddenly I’m dealing with the unexpected fall out from that. that action . . throwing away Darrell’s stuff . . .is what finally motivated Darrell to seek a different place to live through the available channels, and of course i have been villianized as the meany in the community for this . especially among the social workers that helped darrell through the hoops. they have tried very hard to get me completely out of the picture since then . . I am the one with the issues, the meanie, I hadn’t thought very much about how this call for donations to help Darrell made people think about me. True . . no one forced David to send the donations he did, and I certianly wasn’t using Darrell to make money as so many of Indians have been claiming for the past year or so . . . i never made ANY money off of darrell’s art . . and i sure as hell stuck a lot of money into it over the years. So that is just one of these things that they call . . having to deal with the consequenses of past action and making amends when possible. I did what i could, apologized , and offered to sned restitution to make peace. That’sabout all i can do to creat peace . . i don’t want to feed it by justifying and defending myself. i am just trying to free myself from things that create anger and resentments, if that means walking away so be it. Some people have their own issues . . their own resentments , some people are prone to resentments . . .
the other day i helped darrell set up his art workshop area. For the first time all those supplies that David sent were set out . It looks like a real artists work area too. so something good came out of this . . . things get resolved the way they were ment to be i guess .
In the end something has been lost. Something is missing in Darrell and i now . . .there was a force of love . . no matter what the media said about it. And there was a warmth.
Now his world is filling up with material things. I dont think he is completely happy. I think he is feeling a little empty. Just as I am feeling like i have been stripped of what ever force animated me and defined me.
i feel like evil has won a temporary battle when it comes to how I have been defined. i will have to contend with guys sneaking up and hinting about ‘are your needs being met’ based on all the evil that has been spread about me . . they are in for a surprise. they will get their feelings hurt because no matter what names i have been called, how i have been defined . . . i am not some rug, . I have no use for them. I have been faithfull to Darrell for 17 years now and i was a strong force in my own right and much tougher, and resistant to social nonsnse than any one knows. some day perhaps the sickness of our society, and particularly what ‘went down’ in Washington state will be recognized. Perhaps not, because it would mean exposing the rot in the heart of the people who weild power in this culture. Everyone gives lip service to this perceptions from time to time .but few people have had to experience it at its worse as i have.
(later) still depressed this evening despite spending time alone at my place puttering around, and going to a barbeque that Yose threw for Lincoln Square today. Barbeque chicken and hamburgers and all kinds of stuff including dynamite salsa. what a lot of smarts that guy has. what an admirable way to turn sour energy into good . . .i used to like to bring people together too and cook for them.
alone tonight. Darrell is drinking a lot and i know he wants me there but i just cant put myself through it. Feeling torn . . a couple of times i have seen him sleeping, hands folded, and . . well, i had a premonition . . like he was dead. like a vision of him at a wake or something. . . and then i panic and want to do SOMETHING that will not cause this .i wonder if he is long for this world . . i wonder if all these things are killing him at a deeper level. Spirits have been present in that apartment Darrell believes. His neice died and on the day she died the smoke alarm went off although nothing was cooking or being lit up. Ive experienced this kind of things numerous times in my relationship with Darrell . . .in relation to family members who have died. He has a power that way and i do not doubt it. part of him lives in a world of spirits. Do I stay with him when he’s drinking?? o does that as popular culture degrees ‘enable him’ . .therefor a bad thing. or do i trust MY visions. perhaps it is THEY . . the we people who know better than we do who are killing him, as perhaps they are killing me.

Friday. . . or is it saturday
that’s called relapse thinking.the thinking starts before the drink. i tried to get to womens meeting but they wer cancelled due to the holiday. I had a bad weekend. I spent a couple of days here and went over to look after my birds and darrel. had to break in to darrell’s place. the birds were starving . I I spent 24 hours looking aftyer his world . . . but Ill only say this ; that the experience made me never want anything to do with him. he is becomiong so messed up in his sexuality, its unbelievable. Its just awfull what that guy does,
i grieve for times when he wasnt like that so much, but that;s just a trap. I have to look after myself now. I brought the air mattress over to my place and had a really good nights sleep. Old Bill who is starting to have troubles with alzheimers let me have a t.v. for 15 bucks for the bed roonm. . . .,he is such an old fashioned gentleman , so kind, and so full of advice . . . .
“Don’t fix your place up to make your boyfriend happy.’ he said ohn leaving, ‘fix it up to make you happy.’
sometimes i forget , during these times, how many really good people there are out there. Like Carol and bill. Really Decent [people who have commen kindness and insights.

Sunday
Went over and cleaned up Darrell’s place. made sure he had food. he is in a drinking depression . . and lonely i think. As i am. I dont know what to do. It looks as if i am in ‘trouble’ again . . . . .i feel like i was set up . . and when i ttried to extracate myself from what looked like a potentially destructive situation I dint do it very well. i was on asuch a pinkcloud there untill that. Now its back to everyone being mad at Karen, wanting to punish. Enough is enough. that’s the role i get pushed into . . .I realize now that there is no hope. its not a question of attitude, Of acheivement, its just the way it is. it will never, ever end.
Im so tired of always being the focus of anger and blame . . can anyone blame me for wanting to back away??

Wednesday
big changes going on here at Lincoln square. They are giving us a notice that management may change, that the properties are losing a lot of money because they cant support the properties . . . so they are giving people a chanch to move.Well if they had spent some of that money they got for green improvement on sensible improvments perhaps they wouldn’t have this problem. if they had been on the job with the bed bugs so many people would not have moved out . i called in the maintenence team as soon as i found critters. they said ” No problem”. the problem, the source, it turned out, was across the hall. all hushed up. street prostitutes as i originally suspected. After a month of doctor visits and various treatments it became obvious . . bed bugs. By that time I had been eaten alive and the bugs were visable. No onme. No one had enough but routine concern to figure it out, dispite the epidemic that is raging not only in Washington but across the nation. As a result i was in such distress i had to leave to Spokane. . just as darrell was schedualed to move into his own place. i reutrned to more laxness, despite my efforts to comply to the rigourus standards that required me to throw out a lot of my stuff, bag up all washed and dryed cloth, empty drawers and so one and then reassemble. I also became the target of a witch hunt . . “the one to blame” . . . “the boy friend to blame” . . .it over shadowed previous stuff ive written of . . .the housing authority has ended up paying a lot of money because of it’s own oversights and negligence . . . .and now it is being deserted like a sinking ship. So i will have to move eventually after all this.

Friday
have spent several days at home, very depressed about a number of things. Finished up one of my better hats at least. Got really fucked up, so now Im where people want me again . . the object of ridicule, feeling beaten down. but it’s not the end of the world. i had the foresight to pay my YMCA membership and if I start swimming again in the morning and keep at it I will start looking and feeling better quickly. i think both Darrell and i are feeling shattered in our self esteem. We both are hyper sensitive people, and dont handle alchohol well, and have critical self esteem struggles that go way back to early childhood,
Some one here in the building has been repeatedly pulling the fire alarm. A few nights ago it happened about 5 times. The alarm was very loud and annoying and ran on for at least 15 to 20 minutes each time before the fire department showed up. No one got any sleep. There were rumors the next morning that the culpret had been apprehended . . some one with scizophrenia. if so then there can be no ‘punishment’. There were jokes about how half the building could get off on an insanity plea . . it is after all, a felony . And it should be dealt with harshly. Their are many elderly people here, and people whose health is fragile.
But these are just rumors because the authorities have been keeping quiet while an investigation is underway. If they did apprehend some one then why did the vary same thing repeat itself again a few days later?? Could this be organized mayhem? If so for what reason? Is it the usual hatred of those old white women at Lincoln square and how their clannish hysterias create pain for people who are targeted, as Darrell and i were? Is it street energy . .or a continuation of a ‘war’ that has been hushed up on and off over the years? Or perhaps the alarms really were the work of some one who suffered from serious mentle illness the first night . . and the second night was a copy cat who witnessed all the disruption the first night had caused.

I have been following the developments with the saber rattling over Syria . . . and Putin’s diplomatic trump. to qoute what’s his name:

“Putin, being diplomatic, was very careful in his criticism of Obama’s September 10 speech in which Obama sought to justify Washington’s lawlessness in terms of “American exceptionalism.” Obama, attempting to lift his criminal regime by the bootstraps up into the moral heavens, claimed that United States government policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.”

What Obama told Americans is exactly what Hitler told the Germans. The Russians, having borne more than anyone else the full weight of the German war machine, know how dangerous it is to encourage people to think of themselves as exceptional, unbound by law, the Geneva Conventions, the UN Security Council, and humane concerns for others. Putin reminded Obama that “God created us equal.”

If Putin had wanted to give Obama the full rebuke that Obama deserves, Putin could have said: “Obama is correct that the policy of the US government is what makes the US exceptional. The US is the only country in the world that has attacked 8 countries in 12 years, murdering and dispossessing millions of Muslims all on the basis of lies. This is not an exceptionalism of which to be proud.”
Not that Im any great believer of Putin’s exceptional humanitarianism . . but there are more people in the world who are in agreement with Putin than U>S propaganda. And am sick and tired of U.S propagandistic appeals to ‘enough is enough’ thinking . . .appeals to moral superiority and imperitive . . . also the idea that exceptional people are worthy . . and everyone else does not deserve the most basic humanity . . .i reacted in horror whn i saw that directed at myself years ago . . and I was n9ot afraid to make comparison with the propaganda of the 3rd Reich. i said over and over again that i found it frightening and dangerous. the potential for creating a mass of ccontrolled pschopaths is never to be toyed with. I thought perhaps those days had passed and i could not believe it when kerry began to employ the same old rhetoric that the bush administration did years ago. its about time some one slapped down a rebuke.

Saturday
Funny how there was nothing in the news about Putins letter to the New Yorker, the resolution to the chemical W>M>D , the diplomatic trump . . no9thing about Syria AT ALL. i just read that practically non of the soldiers in the military supported an attack on Syria. I believe Putin was correct when he stressed how destabilizing that would be in the Middle East. perhaps the plan all along was to create a reason for going up against Russia . . and we lost. Russia came out stronger and smarter.
Dropped some food over at Darrell’s place. People have brought him furniture and his place is beginning to look nice. Found a queen sized futon at a garage sale across the street from him . . and we are still need decent beds. No money however, and the seller was at work. Left a telephone number and asked if they would accept I>O>U. fingers crossed. The energy was better last evening. he seemed happier . . and he was not drinking. But there were some under currents , under mutterings. . . .I guess his workers are going to appoint some one to look after him . . of course, as usual, all the stuff i did just wasnt good enough.
I want to be around people who bring some happiness in my life or be alone.
Some guy was trying to bring me little gifts last week and just as i predicted i had to hurt his feelings in a big way. i dont want to go into the reasons I didnt want his attentions. I do not like Teddy bears, gifts of food, dumb jewelry and stuff. Especially Teddy bears. Like Im obligated to be nice to some one because they brought me t.v. dinners and weiners.
Bark. Bark. Bark. I am what I am . . . when word gets out that i bite intuders they will stop being so sneaking.

id rather be despised.

Tuesday
At Darrells place. Spent the previous day and night at my own place and it was nice, just enjoying my own space. Cooked up some stuff for Darrell at his place this evening and its as if the bad incidents . . ( and they were BAD) never even happened. Foot rubs and backrubs are healing touch.

Friday
Am over at Darrells beading and trying to get things ready for tommarrow. its supposed to rain . . but if so, this stuff needed to be gotten ready any how, who knows what the next week will bring.
They are trimming the damn Elms as i write. There is sunlight instead of gloom in the livingroom. What a difference it makes!!
All the ‘change’ and reorganization has ended now. My apartment is where it needs to be to be comfortable, except for a bed and so is Darrells and the routine of daily life is being re established. Things are different between us now. Less emeshed . . more accepting of eachs others sperate life, space and associates. i don’t care now who he hangs out with or sleeps with . . but the funny thing is . . he doesn’t seem to want to do that any more. We are like an old granny and grandpa . . content to cook and eat and do old people stuff together. I spend about half my time here and half at my own place. I let Darrell set the tone as to what sort of environment he wants to be in, wether it is drinking friends or domestic comfort. I just get out of the way when he has company.
Some people in my life acting all hurt because i pushed them away . . but even Darrel admits they were trying to start a fight just when things were going smooth again. and if they feel hurt then perhaps that is what they called karma . . or is it that that only applies to aggression towards Karen. I accept that the doors of the ‘circle’ are closed to me now . . in a way i closed them myself after this last episode.
iut mirrors what happened with Jan’s circle in Minneapolis so closely and i expect that there will be some bad fall out, as there was then.
it was when Darrell and i were doing well and had shut Jan’s inner circle out that they sought to bring me back in . . and then blamed me, though i never injured Jan. She surrounded herself with some pretty pathetic guys however who were constantly trying to seed mischief. That’s what started the whole thing . . . . people can be like that. Like then, i realized my desire for a woman friend, a confidant was being exploited for information. Same thing with Dana. In every one of these situations the friend has claimed their motive was kindness . . . and reacted destructively when I refused to be controlled any further. Next time i hope to handle it better . . the trick is NOT to react, or get tricked into talking about this person or that, or let yourself get riled . . the thing to do is walk away quietly when you feel pulled into something negative without a word.
When some one has been identified as ‘the problem’ it serves a purpose. It takes the focus off the hidden problems among others relationships. The last thing groupos of people, or indiviudals want to see in these situations is the problme NOT be a problem. The ‘sick’ one do things that are pschologically healthy, the ‘hated’ to learn to love themselves and move away from things that create pain. The last thing they want to see is some one who has been vilified grow into their own. its just the way life is.
My own family is a case in point. For years they played with me . . ‘allowing me in’ casting me out, making me beg . . untill i finally didnt give a shit any more. Then they started treating me more tolerently . . they had to become more tolerent or else they wouldnt have any connection with me anymore. For years i put up with this stuff because it was ‘family’ the only family i had . . .even though it made a mess out of me.
Just as i put up with Darrells emotional manipulations because ‘it was the only love I got’ . . in a sense, the only surrogate family . . . now, he knows i can and will walk away, do what Im going to do and if he is not a good companion . . . he will be alone.

Sunday
Had a p

Saturday
it’s going to rain all day!! Chatted with Carol James yesterday and it really brought me up in regards to friendship and my capacity to have relationships that are respectfull while being confidential and honest. . She is doing a give away in December and has periodically been buying a few things from us. I showed her the keychain id just finished and she was complimentatary . . .she asked that I do up a bunch of stuff for the first that she will buy up . . Darrell too. We laughed a bit about Darrell’s carrying on. She called my financing his internet bill and cable bill to keep him off the streets my contribution to world peace.
It made my day. I DO have women friends, both Native and Non Native that are nourishing and emotionally honest. Carol is someone both Darrell and I have a lot of respect for, and she has earned it after a hard life with many sorrows. She has a lot of involvement in traditional ways and healing . . and that means a lot that she values what Darrell and I have to contribute to Lummi traditions and life at its best levels. It may motivate Darrell out of his slump. A way to be part of something bigger and culturally sustaining.

Sunday
It did not rain yesterday and i had a pretty decent day at the market . . although my compatition was cleaning up with hats for 5 bucks a piece . . and she had 120 of them too. But Im content with my little slice of the pie. I do a totally different kind of stuff with natural yarns . . going to switch to winter, earflap hats now. Carol James came to the market and later we went over to Darrells with a pizza. Koch and Sara came over. it turned out to be a very good day. i guess the women over at Lincoln square had been telling Carol not to go over to Karen’s place and NOT to talk to Karen because she would get bed bugs. Carol got p.o.’d and told them i was her friend and she would do as she pleased. What happens if I find a cock roach or somthing she asked, will I be the dirty indian next? I was so gratefull for her charecter strenghth. I asked her WHY they instructed her NOT to talk to me . I can sort of understand the bug phobia hang over but why would the word be out NOT to talk to Karen, or buy her stuff, or make eye contact ?. . am i supposed to be the evil one or something. She said yeah,sort of, but did not specify in what way. Ill have to ask her.
There was no friction when Koch and Sara came over . . . I know about Sara and Darrell but cant seem to get upset over it now the way i did with Laura. iwent through so much unbelievable pain . . and now it’s like there’s just no more pain left. Sara is polite towards me, doesn’t rug anything in my face, and has a likeable personality, perhaps that’s why. I did get upset once . . back when I threw out his stuff. Yesterday we all had pizza together, Carol, Koch, Sara, Darrell and I. Old energies are being discarded and different energies are taking shape so dramatically different form the past years.
i guess Caroll was excited because after not being able to walk very far for so long she found herself, after a revealing dream, able to walk again. I do believe in powerfull mind body connection . . that emotional trauma is stored in the body. perhaps she had come to the end of a cycle of grieving . . they say that rigidity is the acumulation of fears that have not been processed.

Hump day
At Darrell’s doing laundry and on line window shopping. Wearing his underwear while my clothes dry. He is out on his daily walk for a few hours. I stayed home for a few days and worked on hats. Yesterday we met and went out to Lummi together, then some grocery shopping. We had a pleasent evening and he let me know that he was glad i was there. It is significant that he invited me to go with him to Lummi. It sends a positive message.
He is being nice to me now, telling me how gratefull he is for all that Ive done to help him out. Some times he can be so lovable. He tucked me in last night and said he still loved me . . . except when i was in a bad mood and talking crazy. You too I reminded him, except when you are in a evil mood and talking crazy. When Im gone for a while it gives him time to think and as much as he complains about me he’s used to me and misses me.
I think it has finally dawned on him that this is his home. That he is set up good now and he can choose what he wants in his life. The street bad behaviours have ebbed away and I am seeing the return of the Darrell I once knew. I thought it would never happen. He still sees his old buddies but he is not identifying himself so much with that energy. Because . . he is no longer locked out of society. Its hard to believe that in a years time Darrell has gotten first his walker,his glasses, his meds, his I>D, his social security, his Salazar payments, a room , a bank account and finally a home.
apparently they made a decision to let him stay here indefinetely at a fixed rent amount that gives him plenty of cash for things. At the age of 62 my friend finally ceased to be Darrell the street person . He didnt belong there . it wasn’t really him. He was different and for that reason some of those people didnt care if they brought him down to where they were . . just to fuck with me, through him. They resented my role . . but i was the one that protected him and boosted his art all these years.
I told him we need to get back in the card business . . . Carol James is needing stuff for her give away and cards are the perfect thing, they dont cost much to make, and the return is good.
There is nothing of much more than 0rdinary domestic life to talk about
now, and that’s good. I still struggle with depression on and off, when i see how Ive been marginalized and villianized, sidelined after all these years of support. that’s just the way it goes i guess. But it means a lot that Darrell acknowleges this and that when all is doen we are happily sitting here in underwear checking out the sheplars western wear cataloug and plotting dinner. It’s not so bad. There is adequate of sunlight making its way through the formerly inpenetrable elms .it is not so dank and dark. it feels like a home. I am gratefull for this . gratefull for the work that Linda and Andrea did to make this happen.

Thursday
what book will I open tonight? It’s been so long since I turned off the noise, the t.v., the computer games and got back to a quiet night of reading again. i feel different. Rearranged the apartment to day and it feels good to be there, cooking up eggplant parmesan and super hot wings on rice. I like being home. There’s always women in and out of Darrell’s who get more talking time by far than I, the maid, do. And i have to sleep on the floor. it’s to be expected i guess. wonder why he asks me to stay when its always so uncomfortable. I have been allowing myself to be devalued.
So many books to choose from. Im going to enjoy the next couple of days, get back to excersizing and doing yoga, playing music I like, cooking for ME . . .Mumford and Sons on the cd player, hot wings in the crock pot . . a little iced tea and a good book . . or even a rotten one . . it’s gonna be a good night at last.

Sunday
Tired tonight. Made it to the pool two days in a row. Had a quiet weekend.
Cracked open ‘ Mohammad’ by Karen Armstrong. She makes her topic very compelling. Finished up a few hats. Cooked up some eggrolls,and may faorite . . battered fish with Colcannan and vineger. Yummmmmmmers. Watching Anthony Bourdain in Jerusalem and Granada makes me want to try those wonderful recipes . . but I love my fish and colcannan with vinegar best.
Breaking bad is coming to a close. Ive seen it from the beginning and feel like I’m losing my reason for life. At times it WAS the only thing I looked forward to. The only thing I looked forward to. Thoughts on this later, after the final episode.
Iran and our president talked over the phone after what, 30 years or so??
Thoughts on that will have to wait. I just am too damn tired.
Dreamt about a big tan Tom cat the other night. It was purring and I was attached to it and wanted to take it home but then I remembered how many problems i had with my cat before in my apartment. So I let him go.