Feb 18, 2020

The Only Vampire Story I'll Ever Write

I remember the A&P on Commerce Place in Downtown Greensboro. My mother and the lady across the street would shop there on Saturdays and drop all us kids off to watch a movie at the Carolina Theater.

I was 5, my brother 4, my neighbor's kids 6,7, and 11. Dracula, Prince of Darkness, the original, was playing. Our parents tried to talk us out of watching it but oh, no, we all insisted we were old enough...

None of us could set through it. We were all sitting out on Greene St scared to death when they got there.

I'm, 63 now and haven't watched a vampire movie since. I never will.

Feb 15, 2020

Your Privileged Mailbox

In the 1960s the United States Post Office created a new law that required that every freestanding home in America move their mailbox to a post on the side of the street as was already the standard for rural routes.

Neighborhoods like my own complied. I still remember Daddy, who despite working 2 jobs to support us, buying a new mailbox we couldn't afford, and setting it atop a post he buried in the ground. I remember how angry he was that the government had forced him to spend money that could be better spent on his family.

As I had a paper route at the time I remember reading the letters to the editor where angry writers complained that only country bumpkins had to walk to the road to get their mail. Civilized people didn't live like that.

In just a few months every house in my neighborhood had mailboxes moved to the street.
Twice our mailbox was knocked down by the same teenager in the same orange VW Beetle who ran over mail boxes all the way down our street. Daddy then resorted to a solid steel post set deep in concrete. The next Saturday night the
orange VW Beetle had to be towed away from in front of our house and the young driver in handcuffs.

Mailbox posts that are strong enough to stop cars are illegal but you'll get mine when you pry it from my cold dead fingers as I still use that same post today.

Meanwhile, across town, in the middle class neighborhoods, where people had the time to organize and write letters, the mailboxes remain on those houses 50 years later, having never been moved to the street.

And so it was, all across the nation, until this day, the law still requires single standing homes to have mailboxes on the street but the legacy of middle class wealth and privileged remains even in those neighborhoods that are now poor.

Feb 12, 2020

History Of Wackemall, Part 83: Max Lucado

Max Lucado (born January 11, 1955) is a best-selling Christian author, and pastor at Oak Hills Church (formerly the Oak Hills Church of Christ) in San Antonio, Texas.  Christened "America's Pastor" by Christianity Today magazine and in 2005 named by Reader's Digest as "The Best Preacher in America" Lucado has authored over 100 books with more than 130 million copies in print. But unknown to many, Max Lucado has long been a user and supporter of Wackemall as evidenced by this quote:

“When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want?

Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be your wackemall. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn't you wackemall while you still can?”

What did he mean? You'll have to ask the reverend himself as we make no assumptions, choosing instead to only report what we discover. No fake news here, the History of Wackemall predates Aristotle. Where it will end is anyone's guess but stay tuned to Wackemall.com to find out.

The Working Classes Are Fools

People are generally cowards. Like abused children they cling to those who abuse them the most rather than take the chance that something unknown or new to them might be a better way.

Revolutions are led not by the poor but by the rich. And for themselves only. The founding of these united states is such an example. The Founding Fathers were among the richest men of the 13 Colonies.

The same is true of any revolution you care to take the time to research.

The working classes are fools. And we working class stiffs who think we can lead revolutions are fools as well.