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A Houston Oasis

I was driving around Houston a few days ago, and came upon this water and palm tree.

With this being a construction site and with a highway in the background, this seemed just how an oasis would be in Houston.

This would be an oasis with water you could not drink, and with a tree that was planted in a parking lot rather than “naturally occurring.”

This might sound critical of Houston. Yet I’m not sure where in the nation you will find a landscape not impacted by human beings.

I’m dubious of any claim that something is “natural.”

Here is a definition of an oasis from an online dictionary

1. a small fertile or green area in a desert region, usually having a spring or well.
2. something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying, difficult, etc.
Surely that spot above qualifies as an oasis within the context of being in a parking lot and near a giant highway.

Below is an oasis near the city of Ica in Peru. (Photo by Ericbonder.

I’m certain this would be a nice place to visit. But I would prefer the parking lot oasis in the top picture.

The parking lot oasis is within miles of my home, and the books and cable TV found within my home. It is near movie theaters and Astros’ games.

If I want any real nature, I could watch a show about that on my TV at home.

March 30, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Thoughts On Bush Tax Cut Deal Illustrated By Tree, Sidewalk & Grass

Above you see that people and nature can co-exist.

The tree can go on being a tree and people can still take a walk.

That is at least one way of looking at this picture I took in Houston a few weeks back.

Another way of looking at this picture is that the tree is the Republican Party that would not allow unemployment benefits to be extended, unless tax cuts were kept for the 2% most wealthy of Americans and unless the wealthy got a break on the estate tax.

Democrats are the sidewalk that yielded to these obscene demands.

Rotten tree.

Why do Democrats always seem to be sidewalk and Republicans always seem to be the tree?

This “compromise” will add to the budget deficit. We keep hearing about the budget deficit. Yet that does not seem to matter so much when tax cuts for the rich are at issue.

Barack Obama has said for the longest time that he would not support extending the Bush tax cuts for the most wealthy.

I’m not even sure that Mr. Obama is the sidewalk in this picture.

Maybe he’s the grass you see growing on the left.

Passive silent grass that just hangs around waiting for some rain or waiting to be mowed.

The road on the left is the powerful driving unencumbered to more money and power while others catch Hell in this recession.

When I took this picture I thought it represented man and nature living in harmony.

I want to be hopeful.

I just don’t think co-existence can be about one side always being rooted in far-right extremist ideas, and the other side always giving way.

Rank-and-file liberals, progressives, Democrats, independents, and centrists need to fight back.

Republicans are not about the deficit or about working on addressing the recession.

Republicans are about serving the interests of the few and about  far-right extremism on social issues.

The leadership and action of average citizens is needed now to offer a countervailing view to this frightening reality.

Photo Copyright Neil Aquino.

December 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oil Booms In Houston Meant To Prevent Seepage Of Nature Into Our Productive Polluted Waterways

Here is a picture I took last week of Buffalo Bayou here in Houston.

You see that there is one those orange containment booms like those being used to protect the Gulf of Mexico coast from oil from the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill.

Things are a little different in here in Houston.

That boom is in fact intended to prevent any infectious nature—like those alien trees in the picture— from seeping into the Bayou or into any other of our economically-productive polluted waterways.

We don’t want the balance of things upset here in Houston.

Also, did you know that you purchase oil booms for your own use?

You sure can.

June 4, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment