time for love
so often the storm clouds part
his backwoods outpost in Brazil, GZO Jones has been dispatching
skewed musings and so-called advice since he contacted us by e-mail
back in 2001. Ever since those halcyon days, Jones has hinted at
some sort of literary pedigree reaching back to the Beat Generation.
Sounds more like delusions of grandeur to us. Even so, the guy tickles
us from time to time, he has yet to miss a deadline and he works
Dear Dr. Jones,
Should beach volleyball really be an Olympic sport?
Not So Sure
Dear Not So,
I presume you refer to the ladies and their skimpy uniforms. Before
you get all prudish on me, consider that old-school Olympics were
performed by naked men. And winners were treated to prostitutes
and goodness knows what else. And women weren't allowed to play.
We've come a long way, baby.
For my money, women's beach volleyball is better than all the
so-called reality TV combined. But as much as I enjoyed the bikini
coverage (and I couldn't turn away), what really moved me were such
things as the gold for the Israeli windsurfer, the stirring successes
of the Iraqi soccer team, the comeuppance for U.S. men's basketball,
the gracious shot-put loser and the wrestler minus one big toe.
There's probably a few pretty good parties going on in Athens
As much as we humans are hell-bent on killing each other, every
so often the storm clouds part and an event like the Olympics lets
the sun shine through.
Dear Dr. Jones,
Does Ralph Nader belong on the ballot?
While Nader might have belonged four years ago, he doesn't
belong now. His message, however, does and that's the sad
That message will surely get lost in all the barbaric hubris.
One-third of the current U.S. president's tax cuts went to the
richest one percent of the populace. More than 40 million Americans
are without health insurance. Common sense says Bush attacked the
wrong country (to the tune of $200 billion). And the more his apologists
say it isn't another Vietnam the more it seems like, well, another
Vietnam. Only this time the National Guard is doing much of the
The National Guard? Could a situation get any more absurd? (Answer:
Yes, the Bushies could inexplicably get re-elected.)
So if Ralphie-boy really wants to help his country he should
be working to remove the current regime by any means necessary.
And that, in my jaded opinion, doesn't include a ballot with his
name on it.