the kinte space [KinteSpace] Clarence Thomas made stop-and-frisk even more legal [youtube.com] @YvetteDC

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Man gets $75 after being wrongly imprisoned 31 years – [cnn.com] [cnn.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] How Barack Obama Failed Black Americans – The Atlantic [theatlantic.com] <= @tonetalks, @YvetteDC => @Bizmonger

the kinte space [KinteSpace] African-Americans Didn’t Do Well Under President Obama [newsmax.com] @tonetalks, @YvetteDC

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Silicon Valley’s ‘prosperity paradox’ explains rampant poverty – Business Insider [businessinsider.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The lonely poverty of America’s white working class [theatlantic.com] » @TamTamsWorld

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Google is profiting from Holocaust denial, says Jewish museum | Technology | The Guardian [theguardian.com]

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] If the U.S. Won’t Pay Its Teachers, China Will – Bloomberg [bloomberg.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Ocoee Massacre: Single Bloodiest Day in Modern American Political History [Video] | Black Then [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Operation Big Itch and Operation Drop Kick: Fleas and Infected Mosquitoes Dropped Over Black Towns | Black Then [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Social Search: This viral photo changed America — in 1863 | Black Then [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Reuters finds lead levels higher than Flint’s in thousands of locales [reuters.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] EPA now concedes fracking is a hazard to drinking water – ExtremeTech [extremetech.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] You’re an Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much. – The New York Times [nytimes.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Junk food cravings are triggered by the mere thought of being low class | Ars Technica [arstechnica.com] » @MindOverMunch

the kinte space [KinteSpace] How Social Isolation Is Killing Us – The New York Times [nytimes.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] As Groundwater Dwindles, a Global Food Shock Looms [news.nationalgeographic.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] How cooking vegetables changed humanity 10,000 years ago | Ars Technica [arstechnica.com] => @MindOverMunch

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Solar power is now the cheapest form of energy in almost 60 countries – ScienceAlert [sciencealert.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Stunning Images Show the Earth’s Imperiled Water | WIRED [wired.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Do teachers need to incorporate the history of mathematics in their teaching (PDF Download Available) [researchgate.net]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The ‘meteoric rise’ of lifts: will a new breed of elevator transform our cities? | Cities | The Guardian [theguardian.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Food & Nutrition II by Andrew Steinacher [youtube.com] @WolframResearch => @MindOverMunch, @OvercookedVegan, @sweetpotatosoul

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Comparing Apples and Oranges with the Wolfram Language—Wolfram Blog [blog.wolfram.com] => @MindOverMunch, @OvercookedVegan

Mark Anthony Neal [NewBlackMan] WATCH — The African Influence on Cuban Cuisine [newblackmaninexile.net] [twitter.com]

Mark Anthony Neal [NewBlackMan] ‘Midnight Without A Moon’ Fictionalizes Civil Rights Moment Through Eyes Of A Teen [newblackmaninexile.net] via @NPR [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Africa at the Oscars: A History of Best Foreign Language Film Submissions From the Continent – Burkina Faso [shadowandact.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] How the Films of Hayao Miyazaki Work Their Animated Magic, Explained in 4 Video Essays | Open Culture [openculture.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] George Orwell’s Life & Literature Presented in a 3-Hour Radio Documentary [openculture.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Slow Strangulation of a South Asian Magazine – The New Yorker [newyorker.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Arrival Premiere with Writer Ted Chiang [youtube.com] => @ava, @JulieDash, @floydwebb

the kinte space [KinteSpace] 2016: the year music went ‘exclusive’ – The Verge [theverge.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] VernissageTV’s Top Ten Videos of 2016 | VernissageTV Art TV [vernissage.tv] @vernissagetv

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Employment: A Prize-Winning Animation About Why We’re So Disenchanted with Work Today | Open Culture [openculture.com]

Jamillah James [jamillahjames] A beautiful thing happened last night at Theaster Gates’s opening at @RegenProjects: TG serenading the incomparable… [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] by CHLOE. [eatbychloe.com] recommended by @sweetpotatosoul [youtube.com] #vegan

the kinte space [KinteSpace] 7 Must Try restaurants in Accra | BLackFoodie [blackfoodie.co] => @RowenaMonde, @MindOverMunch

soulphoodie [soulphoodie] Top 10 Local Black-Owned Farms That You Should Support [bit.ly] via @MCJTweets [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] young bruh, she is both attracted to you and hates the fact hat she is attracted to you at same time -her “friends” will not approve

the kinte space [KinteSpace] young bruh, do not confuse what was built by white people with what is owned by white people

the kinte space [KinteSpace] young bruh,
nowhere to run?

we will find a way,
a hole in the Sun

the kinte space [KinteSpace] young bruh, I’ve long ago tired of disappointing people with my disappointment of them. I’ve too long failed to respect monasticism.

Free West Papua [FreeWestPapua] These 5 school children were shot dead by the Indonesian police for protesting about the treatment of another child [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Indigenous people are left poor as tech world takes lithium from under their feet – Washington Post [washingtonpost.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The war on cash being justified for “stopping crime” is a really poor excuse [privateinternetaccess.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Wealth Divides [storymaps.esri.com]

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Comparing The Most Popular Solo 401k Options [thecollegeinvestor.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Economy of India: For the first time in nearly 150 years, India’s economy surpasses that of United Kingdom [timesofindia.indiatimes.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] 9 million American men in prime working age can’t find jobs. I’m one of them. – Vox [vox.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Apple Loses In Court, Owes $2 Million For Not Giving Workers Meal Breaks – Slashdot [apple.slashdot.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] A Google employee is suing the company for being too confidential – The Verge [theverge.com] => @iAyori, @Bizmonger

the kinte space [KinteSpace] IBM Employees Protest Cooperation With Donald Trump – Slashdot [politics.slashdot.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads [songhaysystem.com] @superwuster [twitter.com]

Nanjira [NiNanjira] “I don’t think there is a female politician in Kenya who hasn’t been called a prostitute at one point or another”
💔 [theguardian.com]

allAfrica.com [allafrica] Residents Who Waited 22 Years for Houses told ‘Patience is a Virtue’: [allafrica.com] #SouthAfrica [twitter.com]

Pan-African Alliance [PanAfricanUnity] People talk about how underdeveloped Africa is, but few remember HOW IT GOT THAT WAY! ☆ [amzn.to][twitter.com]

Shadow And Act [shadowandact] Still fighting it 52 years later… [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] December 17, 1663: Queen Nzinga Died At 80 | Black Then [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Walter T. Bailey: First African-American Graduate of the University of Illinois’ School of Architecture | Black Then [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Schooled by Youtube: RICHARD PRYOR DEFINES THE CONNECTION BETWEEN RACISM AND CAPITALISM, 40 YEARS AGO! | Black Then [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Opelousa Massacre of 1869: Hundreds of Blacks Beat and Killed to Keep from Voting | Black Then [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] W.E.B Du Bois Describes the Making of Black Durham, N.C “Once Referred to as “Black Wall Street” | Black Then [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Insurance Policies on Slaves: New York Life’s Complicated Past – The New York Times [nytimes.com]

The Independent [Independent] The most expensive countries to raise a child [indy100.com]

Engadget [engadget] Space Station gets its first African-American crew member [engt.co] [twitter.com]

Althea Champagnie [Champagnie] A wonderful video of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician, talking about her amazing career… [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Solar Power Is Now The World’s Cheapest Energy [popularmechanics.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Can sub-Saharan Africa produce enough food to meet growing demand? | Ars Technica [arstechnica.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] China Chokes On Smog So Bad That Planes Can’t Land – Slashdot [science.slashdot.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The strange effects of thinking healthy food is costlier – Science Bulletin [sciencebulletin.org] » @MindOverMunch

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Female Doctors Beat Male Counterparts In Caring For The Elderly : Shots – Health News : NPR [npr.org] » @TamTamsWorld

Economic Policy Inst [EconomicPolicy] EPI’s minimum wage tracker is an up-to-date resource on the minimum wage in every state and city in the country.… [twitter.com]

Chickasaw Nation [ChickasawNation] Kellytown archaeological site to be renamed Aaittafama’, a Chickasaw word meaning “a place to meet together.”… [twitter.com]

Open Culture [openculture] John Cheever Reads “The Swimmer,” His Famous Short Story, in Its Entirety (1977) [goo.gl] [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] BFI Video Releasing Charles Burnett’s ‘The Glass Shield’ on Blu-Ray in January – Shadow and Act [shadowandact.com] » @megafunkmega

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Frank Gehry says this 1960s structure has lost its reason for being, but it’s causing a stir on Sunset Boulevard [latimes.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Finding Wisdom in the Letters of Samuel Beckett, Saul Bellow, and Elizabeth Bishop – The Atlantic [theatlantic.com] => @RowenaMonde

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Unthanksgiving and the occupation of Alcatraz by American Natives – We Make Money Not Art [we-make-money-not-art.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Legacy of Octavia E. Butler [youtube.com] => @RowenaMonde

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Vampires and Cyborgs: Transhuman Ability and Ableism in the work of Octavia Butler and @JanelleMonae [socialtextjournal.org] @moyazb

michael massenburg [mikemassenburg] Simone Leigh – Hammer Museum [hammer.ucla.edu]

Urban_Agenda [Urban_Agenda] Tonight? We welcome Dr. Duchess Harris back to the studio! Her book, ‘Hidden Human Computers ‘ inspired the ‘Hidden… [twitter.com]

Rowena M. [RowenaMonde] Is this really necessary? Why not just compliment him?😭 [twitter.com]

Maria Popova [brainpicker] Denise Levertov on making art amid chaos and the artist’s task to awaken society’s sleepers – gorgeous read… [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] young bruh, mass tells space how to curve and space tells mass how to move –the groove that tells you what to do => @mreeuh

Hapee [hapeeg] I’ve left Twitter. It is unusable for anyone but trolls, robots and dictators | Lindy West [theguardian.com] via @guardian #samehere

Buster Benson [buster] Here’s the cheat sheet for the 4 conundrums of the universe that our brains attempt to solve with what we call bias… [twitter.com]

I have finally taken the time to sift through years of Twitter links (Twinks) and collect all of the links to royalty free content (mostly still images). I commend Open Culture for providing me with most of these 21st-century sources.

BTW: I do notice that flickr.com, a Yahoo! property, plays a big role in this collection, making even more tragic its possible demise.

Frank Deale [fdeale] Race: The biggest mistake in the history of science [theconversation.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] More Kenyan Women Are Now Engaged In Business Thanks To Mobile Money Services, A New Study Shows [ow.ly]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Today’s teens are way better behaved than you were – The Washington Post [ow.ly]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump – The Washington Post [ow.ly]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Surface water is disappearing—and reappearing—globally | Ars Technica [ow.ly]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Mystery of London fog that killed 12,000 finally solved [ow.ly]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] What could make a star green? [ow.ly] @tinplatestudios, @mreeuh, @BlackSciFi

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Psychiatrists Must Face Possibility That Medications Hurt More Than They Help – Scientific American Blog Network [ow.ly]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] American death rate from drugs, alcohol, and mental disorders nearly triples since 1980 – Science Bulletin [ow.ly]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Significant number of airline pilots suffer depression, suicidal thoughts | Ars Technica [ow.ly] @TamTamsWorld

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Finding North America’s lost medieval city | Ars Technica [ow.ly] => @RowenaMonde

the kinte space [KinteSpace] This psychedelic NASA video shows how CO2 spreads in the atmosphere – The Verge [ow.ly]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Comic: How to be a Tech Analyst (Apple Edition) | iMore [ow.ly]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Mistakes Developers Make When Learning Design – Smashing Magazine [ow.ly]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] A Visual and Interactive Guide to the Basics of Neural Networks – J Alammar [ow.ly]

Cory Doctorow [doctorow] Billboard for Trump Tower, Mumbai[mitchwagner.tumblr.com] [twitter.com]

Dr. Vandana Shiva [drvandanashiva] In #India we repair everything .#Repairing is highly skilled work wch shd be rewarded , protected & incentivised . [theguardian.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] I Boosted My Credit Score Almost 200 Points—and Got a Free Trip – Grow Magazine [ow.ly]

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] American Express Will Give All Parents 20 Weeks Of Paid Leave – Slashdot [ow.ly]

The New York Times [nytimes] 2 Credit-Reporting Agencies Must Pay $23 Million for Deceptive Practices [nyti.ms]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Los Angeles to pay more than $8M over deadly LAPD shootings | [abc7.com] [ow.ly]

Paul Kirby [paul1kirby] Fascinating chart. How the French changed their mind about World War Two. [les-crises.fr] [twitter.com]

Tara [taraw]#Proud of the ladies depicted in @HiddenFigures. Hate that it took a movie 4 me 2 know about these great techies… [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] December 11, 1917: 13 African-American Soldiers Are Killed | Black Then [ow.ly]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Black Abolitionists: “The Forgotten Hero” Octavius Catto | Black Then [ow.ly]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Walter “Wiley” Jones One of the Wealthiest African-Americans in the South | Black Then [ow.ly]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Kimpa Vita: Kongo Prophetess and Leader of Christian Movement “Antonianism” | Black Then [ow.ly]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Black Abolitionists: George Washington Carver Founder of Today’s Sustainability Movement | Black Then [ow.ly]

MAG-Net [mediaaction] Orange Crush: The Rise of Tactical Teams in Prison by Brian Dolinar of @UCIMC and team #mediajustice [truth-out.org]

Ras Omowale [RasOmowale] 📷 Black Consciousness Study Group of the Pan African Writer’s Association (Los Angeles) Educational… [tmblr.co]

The Answer-Man [ebonstorm] Mattie Smith Colin, Chicago Defender reporter who covered Emmett Till story, dies at 98 [fw.to]

Tiffany Brown [webinista] [this is good]

“Becoming Ugly”[jezebel.com]

Print magazine [printmag] Henri Matisse: Artist & Graphic Designer[bit.ly] [twitter.com]

Shadow And Act [shadowandact] Nigeria: Nollywood and the Vicious Circle of Movie Piracy [shadowandact.com] [twitter.com]

Open Culture [openculture] George Orwell’s Six Rules for Writing Clear and Tight Prose [bit.ly] [twitter.com]

Maria Popova [brainpicker] 100 diagrams that changed the world, from the Rosetta Stone to the Moses Harris color wheel [brainpickings.org] [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] What’s Wrong With Literary Studies? – The Chronicle of Higher Education [ow.ly] => @RowenaMonde, @BBandGT, @arickamarie

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Award-Winning Senegalese Filmmaker Alain Gomis’ 4th Feature ‘Félicité’ to World Premiere at Berlin – Shadow and Act [ow.ly]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] all these fake-white-savior films and not one flick about the Reuther brothers [ow.ly] => @ava, @JulieDash

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Hear Controversial Versions of “The Star Spangled Banner” by Igor Stravinsky, Jimi Hendrix… [ow.ly] => @megafunkmega

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Heritage of Slavery (1968) w/ Fannie Lou Hamer & Lerone Bennett, Jr. [ow.ly] @Reelblack => @floydwebb, @WorldProfessor

Revi Mfizi [revimfizi] We get so angry when Russia helps Trump get elected, but we’re comfortable with Americans & Europeans picking Katum… [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] on behalf of @SarahKSilverman I am announcing her 12-hour miniseries where she play’s Einstein’s first wife, Elsa

Kimberly N. Foster [KimberlyNFoster] After I said some nonsense, one Black woman scholar, whom I love, said, “I don’t think you know enough.” She was telling me to hush

The goal is to update myself with respect to my 2007 post, “Flippant Remarks from the Rental Class.” The tragedy is that almost all that I can see changed is worse than affairs in 2007. Climactically (and melodramatically) I am stricken significantly with a hatred for the very concept of a “neighbor.” My goal is to look back on these words and laugh, truly-truly in a better place in this world.

The most significant change is related to the un- and/or under-employment of my neighbors. My neighbors are ‘young people’ mostly in their 30s. My upstairs neighbor, the person who is charge of my ability to sleep and is therefore my chief torturer, is either underemployed or unemployed. She seems to always be “home.” It is possible that she has some kind of health-related, government-based financial support because she often has coughing fits that I can hear quite clearly through the wood of the apartment house we “share.”

She definitely has shared her apartment with more than three different occupants so far, many staying for months at a time. I am certain this was done illegally (or at least in violation of her lease) but Roque and Mark is not the same company it was in 2007 and has done nothing to investigate the possibility that one of its tenants might be engaging in some kind of Airbnb-like behavior. Because I am a Black man I assume that Roque and Mark may have some, inside-baseball sympathy for such a poor person (because my pauper upstairs is a “white woman”) and is turning a blind eye for the sake of the housing crisis in Los Angeles—as long as the ‘right’ people are affected.

I can tell that my upstairs neighbor has company from the loud creaking of the wooden floor beams in the wooden ‘house’ that many might mistake for an apartment “complex.” I can also tell she has a companion when she tries to have a “private” conversation, early in the morning or late at night. This “valiant” behavior is a refusal to accept the reality of the fucked-up living situation: none of us can afford to have a private conversation, bitch! This house is built with rooms right on top of each other which is logical and economical—but I have learned through years of torture that this stacking of rooms—especially bedrooms, made entirely of sound-conducting wood—can be horrible. I have developed a bitch-made dread for going to sleep. I consider it impossible to be a morning person without drugging myself. Were it not for my unusual employment situation at the moment, my ability to earn decent money would be seriously threatened.

My poor female upstairs is often the host of an even poorer male (she will also sleep/cough in the sitting room and generously allow guests to take her bedroom—her guests sonically/architecturally dumped on top of me). I can hear his louder stomping/creaking of the floor boards when he decides to move around at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning like it is a bustling sunny day. The vigor in the late-night movement is never the behavior of professional persons who should sleep in order to go to work in the morning. The loud commotion is clearly, childishly self-centered and self-entertaining as a distraction away from the truth of their squalid situation. It is like meeting a dented, sun-damaged, unwashed car on the freeway with expired license-plate stickers as it swerves into your lane, cutting you off from moving ahead—and the car keeps swerving in and out of your lane sporadically for hours.

And, yes, there are two small dents in my bedroom ceiling from me banging out my desire to sleep. But, after some thoughtful representative at Roque and Mark sent me a letter telling me to stop this and call the police instead (which was in white-trash retaliation to my initial written complaint), I do nothing in response to this horrible, bitchy person—nothing except hate her with a self-destructive passion. (I cannot see myself calling the police about this matter because the noise happens sporadically and travels vertically—not out in the street like loud music would.) I hate her with an intensity that would make a Sith Lord salivate. I despise all my apartment neighbors because I assume (from over a decade of experience) all of them are just as thoughtless as my current torturer—but hating is different from despising. I hate this shitty person with her tuberculosis-like cough and it is crippling me, slowing down the work requiring solitude and reflection.

The last time I had this problem was in the last apartment house I “lived” in. The similarity of the problem is supernaturally terrifying. These creatures seem to be following me. This is animal-territorial, narcissistic, trailer-trash, wannabe succubus shit. You see some folks just know they are going nowhere so they live “life” to the fullest as a last gasp before youth implodes, shitting and eating the same place, overflowing crapulence in small, cheap places not properly designed for their “joy.” From an armchair-architect point of view, Los Angeles (earthquake country) is full of wooden apartment houses masquerading as sound-dampening steel or concrete apartment complexes. I feel like I would have to leave Los Angeles county entirely (to the east, to the desert) to find relative peace, far away from this rabble of noise-polluting adult children.

Notably, my upstairs neighbors (including the last one) have cheap, noisy beds. What keeps me from completely going berserk is the fact these people did not get these crappy beds on purpose—just to torture me (often waking me from a deep sleep several times a night just because they are moving in bed—not doing anything sexual …most of the time). They have these cheap beds because these are poor people. I must realize that my failing attempts to “live” beneath my means in this predatory, “modern” economy would put me on a collision course with such poor people. I must realize that I’ve taken downstairs apartments is because of my children (which is an out-of-date excuse because they have outgrown stomping and romping as toddlers). I must realize that I am getting too old to play house with narcissistic neighbors. This is a deadly game.

Solutions? Apart from a cultural revolution related to meditation and making silence and grace sacred, I see no viable solutions to this way of death. (Someone visiting my upstairs neighbor started throwing around weights and jump-roping recently—do you understand what I mean by poor now? …can’t afford a gym membership?) When people actually commune in a common living space they have to be on the same cultural page. Americans have a barbaric, deep-seated tradition of abstract and concrete violence that towers monumentally over a nice, polite downstairs neighbor with a smile knocking on an upstairs door, beaming with love, asking for a little peace and quiet.

There is a difference between cultured, civil people who have made an innocent mistake and fucking barbarians. I have “lived” with savage rubes of all skin colors for decades. I know when I can reason with a person and when to keep myself out of handcuffs (or the hospital). My desire to be close to the ocean puts me at odds with every kid who can drive a car from the Midwest or deep south, looking to California as a fresh start, a land of opportunity (for human garbage, literally dumped on top of me every fucking night). And I have not even started on my next-door neighbor and his stomp-walking girlfriend that just moved in a few months ago—where are these people buying these cheap-ass beds!

And, oh yeah—speaking of my job situation—I leave my night torture at the apartment to suffer from even more noise pollution in my ridiculously busy office! The sense of depression and helplessness has never been this strong in my entire adult life! Welcome to 2017! So, in full anticipation of never writing about this again because problems like this will go away never to be replaced by something worse, here are a few random points:

  • The first long-term and probably illegal guest of my upstairs neighbor was an African-American woman who clearly was suffering from a major illness. Have you ever heard a humidifier vibrating a kitchen? My neighbor allowed her to occupy her bedroom which allowed her watch television all night and into the wee hours of the morning (since I will be accused of being a “racist” for writing this article, I will say that African-Americans are fond of going to sleep with the TV on way more than white folks—it’s like being comforted by those white voices and images—an electronic companion.)
  • The second long-term guest of my upstairs neighbor was an Afro-Caribbean lover of loud reggae music who also took over the bedroom (possibly with yet another poor, sad white woman). He really, really knew how to keep me awake by creaking the living hell out of bedroom floor beams—like he was assembling his own boat in the middle of the night without hand tools.
  • The third and current guest of that piece of shit upstairs is probably her daughter or her niece and her boyfriend or pathetic husband—and these two use the bedroom but are much quieter then all of her previous guests. But, in the sitting room, I’ve been hearing the same three pop songs pile driving through the floor for months and, as a bonus, I hear someone clearly jumping rope, punctuated with weights being thrown, surely doing damage to property “managed” by Roque and Mark. My only mitigation is when this stops (usually) around the customary 10pm.

I do not want to know another person like this ever again. I hate this shit. Happy new year, bitch.