Welcome to the mind of John Scott Ridgway. Beware falling rocks and angels.

YOU ARE ABOUT TO ENTER WHAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY CALLS THE 'WITTING.' The implication being anyone who doesn't know what is truly going on in the world is 'unwitting.' I have an academic/artist background that includes three books, oil painting, radio and tv... though mostly, I write on the web and give the words away. Better read than dead, I always say. I studyied military intelligence, cults, english, history, and philosophy, among other subjects that I took in my quest to have something to say in my work.... I am proud to say I studied under peaceful warriors, like Dr. Danial Stern, an icon in the sixties who hung out with the panthers, dealt with agent provocaters, spies.


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I urge you to try out my new Jesus, blog, too. He is nothing like you have read before. This creature from the planet Heaven is mistaken for an alien, a cult leader, a terrorist.... Military intelligence agents and secrets are thrown all over in this blog.... please spread my writing whereever forfree... The book is not just for Christians. I am almost an agnostic... I, Christ... will lead you to heaven, or at least give you a lot to think about. After years of getting mostly a's in college, I can at least parrot a few things you have not heard.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

way too, too true tales

Another all too sadly TRUE STORY from the Pain Vault.

Opening the door to the blue room in the back of the chase café, he expected the reading to be like the week before, just a few friendly folk reading to one another. At least twenty readers and listeners are already sitting around smoking and talking in the huge room, which to him almost seemed even larger because the ceiling and walls were painted to seem a dark blue sky with warm, sunset reddened clouds drifting everywhere. The denizens range from a table of old black men with beat up looking clothes and the faint scent of wine to hip hop looking black guys to kids too young to maybe even hear what he was writing about? They looked to him, as he steeled himself to stay and read and just do his best and not really care who liked it and who didn’t, those people he stared into the table to avoid having to acknowledge seemed to range from punked out kids to death metal sensitives to book wormed up and otherwised

He realizes that he is just being angry because he is nervous, taking things too seriously. He looks up from the candle that he has been gazing into, seeing the entire room from his vantage point in the back. A voice that seems almost Satanic starts mumbling in the back of his mind, hating all the people around him, steeling himself to not care how they feel so he can get over his stage fright. The voice is cynical, afraid of being hurt, and translates his surroundings to his conscious mind; the fearful one on the edge of fight or flight finds a landscape of the most cliché bunch of poets that he’s seen. He feels out of place, too black and African in his beaded hat. Most everyone else is white, except the old men over in the corner who look like winos. He feels a bolt of hate for every punked out faced metal dude, book wormed up carrier of this and that weighty volume, angry black lesbo-licker shaped like wallaby. . .

He smiles and waves at an older woman a next table, a writer he has seen here before who is always friendly. She is shuffling papers about, going over her poems, too distracted to notice he was trying to get her attention. At the table past hers, a young woman does see him wave; she looks at him coldly for a moment without expression, then turns back to talk to the woman beside her and the dead, blank stare she gave him immediately becomes animated, a mask of friendship and interest. He feels way more alone.

He lights a cigarette and pretends to watch the smoke rising from his cigarette… waiting and waiting and waiting for the show to start and take his attention away from the fear of going in front of people and seeing if they could hear what he saw, feel what he felt.. . see all he’d discovered along the path. He drinks all his coffee waiting; his muscles feels taut, ready to spring out of his chair and take the stage—his stomach is a gray dull ache tinged with the green of nausea. Every play he was in during school had been the same. He knew it would pass. And after all, all poets read their work, and that’s what he was—‘not some goddamn clerk at Rudy’s hot dogs, hell no… ‘.

He doesn’t mean to say, “Hell no,� out loud and almost can’t believe he did as everyone around him looks over his way – like he was being dissen’ the reader. He wishes he could disappear and closes his eyes for a moment. He can barely notices the woman reading, can’t follow her words because his own are so loud in his head, they are insistent, imperative…

�Sorry,� he whispers.

He tries to concentrate on her poem, something about clean sheets . . . worrying about detergent? Her kids? Some bird now… kids and rivers…. the planet… something…
One after another they go up on stage and he doesn’t look up to see what they look like, just stares into the candle and hears his own words pouring though his mind, some hating him and telling him he’s nothing, that he’s some crazy who has to see a shrink.. other voices bicker with the satanic ones, say he’s a poet, an artist, a guy who faces the shit and sometimes it depressed him.. He hears his name and it doesn’t seem to mean anything. He hears it again and seems to suddenly be coming up on shore, noticing he was in a room of people watching him slowly get up as the host called his name out, in a slightly annoyed voice, for the third time.

He raises his hand hesitantly, “Uhh, hey, that’s me.� He sees the people around him looking at him like they don’t expect much, like they are angry at him, like the host sounded, because he hadn’t heard his name? He steps in front of the microphone and silently as he watches the host sit down, lights a cigarette and has a sip of coffee.

His new poem is a series of sounds and yells; words he corralled onto paper after he read that humans use just forty sounds to describe the entire universe…. He looks up finally and smiles at the crowd and remembers the woman who had read his poem a few days before, at the café, and listened to how and why he wrote it and told him that he should come down and read on Tuesday night. Looking down and reading the poem he didn’t think it looked like a poem at all and for a second feared no one else would think it was a poem either… He had worried about this earlier, a day before, and settled on the decision that since the sounds felt like one of his poems, filling him with the same electric shards bouncing angrily through his chest, like he’d touched some secret current flowing through the universe and acted as a conductor for words.

He clears his throat in the mic and it sounds loud. Someone in the audience whispers, “Christ, that sounds like shit.�

He starts using his lips to make a smacking noise that blast out loud as hell out from huge black speakers on the sides of the small stage. He is trying to make the noises and count them at the same time, so there are only forty…. He loses count too quick to have any idea of where to even start again and just keeps making more noises; some annoying and horrible, like war, and others funny, , some sad… he can feel the sounds as he stares into the black microphone and listens to the sounds of coming from the speakers, sounding so much more important at a loud volume, like he was hearing them for the first time… he closes his eyes and keeps making the noise until he is way past forty…

A woman with a loud voice that he recognizes as a reader of drunken, slurred angry words slamming her ex-husband, yells at him from the back of the room, “This sucks, get the fuck off the stage!�

Her voice slaps him silent . His eyes open wide.

The audience starts clapping and congratulating the woman for shutting him up. His poem slips from his hand and wafts slowly back and forth, then settles in the dust on the black stage His tears make him even more embarrassed. He pulls a black scarf out of his pocket and holds it over his face as he weaves through the tables of people never once looking up from his feet, completely and utterly terrorized by the through that if he looks up he will confirm his fear that the audience is silently laughing at him.
He gets back to his table and stops, stares down into the surface of his half empty cup of coffee and hears the host introduce the next reader. The audience gives the person following him a bigger applause than any one else yet – way more than they offered him when he was introduced..

He has felt like there is no reason to go on living so often that he no longer fights the sensation, simply sits down in his chair, covers his head with a black scarf, and gives into the bitter-sweet melancholy of giving up, losing all responsibilities and worries and regrets and sins behind once and for all. A lot of nights he can only sleep if he reassures himself that he will kill himself when he wakes up the next day, rather than go through the torture of suffering again He stands beside his chair staring into his coffee as the host introduces someone new. . He wishes he was dead. Just fucking dead. Feels the urge to die so strong that it seems like his will alone should kill him. He sits down in a chair, carefully keeping the scarf over his head.

He tells himself that he should just leave, but he isn’t sure he wants to be alone, thinks it might be worse… he doesn’t know why. He can’t think while he is crying… keeps losing his train of thought as images flash through his mind of lying to his mother, stealing money, saying the wrong thing to a girl, having the wrong answer in school… what the doctor called, “Tiny embarrassments that over the years have grown into festering sores in your mind.�

He tries to think of somewhere he can go, shit he can do that will make him feel better?. His mood seems to sink even deeper into ennui as he realizes that he has been asking himself all his life to try and make himself feel what most people do, normal and comfortable in their skins. better – feels like he has wasted his life locked in a battle most never have to fight, handicapped by having to expend most of his energy wrestling the demons in his head, instead of just going about a normal life of school, business and family and all the other signs people hold up to one another to signal that they have their shit together…that he was wasting his life just fighting off the demons in his head, had no time for shit like classes and work, and stuff…. sinking, has put these questions to himself what seems just then to be millions of times.

had the same thought so many times, put he recalls what seem millions of times that he has thought the same thought and feels even more weary, his body instantly exhausted. Nothing that comes into his mind inspires him with any real hope of avoiding the torture of being so embarrassed with himself that he seems unworthy to live.
Sounds break off from the words coming from the stage, become nonsense sounds like his poem . . . he wishes there was someone there who he could lean over and tell how the poems were similar in the way they sounded; be barely finishes the thought before another dark voice from the shadows of his mind tells him that he is full of shit, just pretending the poems sound the same?

A few hours later he is on the beach in a warm, summer night. He remembers how delighted he was with the water when he was young; the kid he was would have went swimming, splashed around, had no problem at all finding a little fun.

He walks out into the water until he is chest high, then begins swimming out toward the middle of the lake…

Four days, a worried, tearful black woman in her early forties comes into the café with his picture and asks the clerks if they had seen him? The woman behind the counter recognizes him as the kid who got a hard time at the reading, finds out that he never came home after the reading. Michelle tells the mother how he was criticized, how sorry she is that it happened, says she wasn’t there herself… somehow she knows the kid is dead already. Confirmation comes a few days later when the police come around asking what happened at the reading that could have caused a kid to drown himself….

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