Post Houston visit

I have put off writing something in response to my visit to Houston, Tx. Partially due to laziness, and perhaps partially to allow more time for settling of experience… mostly laziness, I suspect.

I was there from May 10th – 17th, 2006.

About half of the reason I went was simply to have a vacation. It was a chaotic time at work for the prior 2 months and after working many 70 hour weeks in a row… it was time to do something else. On the vacation front, I was able to stay at my mom’s house and spend time on her huge deck. The deck is mostly ringed in by her pond. The pond is encircled by the shop (with a ping-pong porch), the barn, and a bricked patio where the potter’s wheel lives. I had a great time throwing several pots (and variations on pots), we were able to fire them, and then we made glazes and glazed (most of) them. During this time I had lots of great food (always important) and was able to spend some time with the tios locos and my grandfather… which segways us into the second half of the reason I went…

My grandmother has had Alzheimer’s for over ten years… for the last 5 or 6 of them she has been bed ridden. Wonderfully, she’s being taken care of by a family of care-givers who do a fantastic job, keeping her clean and eating and treating her like a person. Despite such wonderful care, the disease progresses. The final stages of Alzheimer’s often end when someone can no longer swallow and they starve. At some point in April she had two or three problems (including a possible stroke) which prompted a trip to the hospital. The trauma of going to (and being in) the hospital was hard on her and she stopped eating. My grandfather grabbed the helm and chose not to allow a feeding tube to be implanted (which I think we were all happy with, but must have been a hard call to make). Once she was back at the Padilla’s (the care-givers) she started eating again, but was still in significantly worse shape. Looking like the downhill slope had increased it’s grade, I wanted to be part of the family again. Something I feel like I don’t get to do much, being a 1200 miles away. I was able to see her a few times, and she varied from doing just as well as she was at Christmas, to having a hard time opening her eyes.

Basically, every time I have left her in the past 5 years or more, I’ve said goodbye. I feel like I’ve mourned her every time. The strangest part is that I get to see her again… usually, while visiting, something will light up in her eye or she will smile and I believe I’m seeing some of the person again, peeking through the disease. Those are the moments that keep her family coming back and what makes it so hard to say goodbye…. the belief that there is some of her left, somewhere in her head. It’s heart wrenching in every aspect.

And so, it was good (important) to see her again. It was good to say goodbye, again. It remains important to be part of the family, for the rest of the family, when she can finally rest… and so, I expect to travel back to Houston sometime, perhaps soon.

on: 911 Loose Change 2nd Edition with extra footage

Text of an email I spammed to just about everyone I have an address for:

I’m sorry to have sent what could be considered propaganda to you. I believe it’s well put together and raises very important questions, furthermore validating those questions and invalidating many official responses with evidence. Because of this, and because it’s so easy to send around (just a link to a video) I have decided to send it to just about everyone in my address book. I’m sorry if you would prefer not to receive this email from me, but I still encourage you to try watching the video and listening to the arguments in it. (note: if you are on dial up, you might want to download it overnight and watch it the next day)

I suggest you watch this video, documenting some of the obvious inconsistencies with the official story of what happened on 911… it’s an hour and 20 minutes, and I think it’s brilliant.

You can download it or stream it… and if you want me to, I can burn it to CD and send it to you…

The video quality is good, considering, but there are times when it’s difficult to read text…

And, of course – like all things… one can ask themselves significant questions about it’s facts and authenticity. but, if you take the most cynical view of this information and the most trusting view of the story we have been fed about the events of 911 and the actions of our government – you must still conclude that there are some impossible contradictions which can not be explained away, and some obvious invalidities in the official accounts… and that’s only if you dis-believe all data in this documentary and simply look the actual pictures and videos presented.

It’s horrible information, and leads to horrible conclusions (or at least suspicions), but you MUST attempt to participate in your world. This is a part of it – a big part that will either make it to the future history books or be redacted from them…. Truth may be an impossibility, but we should demand some truth. We should not allow these lies….

Start fighting for actual freedom by spreading this information, by asking questions, and by demanding change.

thank you,

— alan — [ ]

{ UPDATE: note – read the comments for more informaiton including discussion regarding the accuracy and validity of many of the details in this documentary. }