"Has the whole world gone crazy? I'm I the only one who gives a shit about the rules?"
I got an email from a friend about a decent looking carbon road bike for sale (cheap, of course) at Walmart. My reply was not particularly politically correct. Be forewarned, this is a rant. But just because it's a rant doesn't mean it isn't true.
If you buy anything from those oligarchical asswipes you are fully helping to aid the destruction of the last vestiges of any sort of civilization we perilously clinging to. The place is pure evil, well, unless you love closed-in suburban sprawl housing tracts filled with fat kids that can't leave their four block radius because there are no bike paths or sidewalks and they'll be killed by on overprotective soccer mom in her fucking Hummer. Or unless you eschew any sort of town center, ambiance, quality of living whatsoever.
I walked into a Costco for the second time in my life recently because they are the political "good guys" of the where house store world. I walked out 5 minutes later with the realization that society is dead. Or at least sliding quickly into oblivion. I mean, Christ, it's a place where life experience means absolutely nothing. I saw a guy trying on suits not ten feet away from a mom with four obese children rummaging through sausage. Our society--under the illusion of freedom--has lost all sense of aesthetics, as well as our beloved 'freedom'. In America we are free to work 3 jobs to barely cover rent and shop in a giant box and watch other people's 'reality' on television. Somehow we've been bamboozled. We just don't give a shit anymore.
I mean, hell, I can totally see why prisoners have something like a 90% chance of returning. They get out, can't make enough money to live in our leisure economy, and life in prison probably seems a lot better than wandering around where houses looking for sustenance just so you can go home and spend all of your free time living vicariously though someone else's made up life (3.5 hours per day of TV in America, 5.5 hrs is you include non work related computer surfing). At least in prison you don't have to worry about food and can get some exercise without the risk being clocked by some methhead in a truck.
I wouldn't walk into a Walmart if they were giving away bikes for free.