Ames High School - Spirit Yearbook (Ames, IA)

 - Class of 1978

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| S ۱ ass mA vee ۳۲ ۳۷۲۱ " e سح‎ s Harry Chones had boarded the East Gerry-Gerry Metro train earlier on Wednesday. With the assembly line men on strike he saw no reason to waste time at the factory. Chones managed assembly line production for Gerry's second largest industry, Barr and Simon's Audio-Visual Parts, and felt fairly secure with his $500,000 salary. He was 48 years-old and lived alone in a high-rise apartment complex in downtown Gerry. He paid $2,000 a month for three rooms and the right to say that he was a part of Gerry's high class, heart of the city, metropolitan sect. Jaunts to the theater, high class dining, and three star accomodations when traveling—Chones had grown accustomed to such a life. He knew not of the rat-infested homes and grimy diners of the suburban areas which lay not far from Chone's streamlined chromium existence. He was totally oblivious to suburban life despite the fact that the train which carried him daily to and from work snaked its way through the filthy areas boring toward or retreating from the throbbing pulse of downtown Gerry. The train was scheduled to depart the East Gerry station at 3 p.m. and, accustomed to the 15 minute delay of the 5 p.m. train, Chones was surprised to find the landscape passing by the window at promptly 3 p.m. As always was the case for the train ride home, Chones pulled some papers from his briefcase (production figures for the year 2007) and busied himself with calculations. He had scarcely begun work when he threw the papers back into the briefcase, closed it, and placed it under his seat. The lack of noise from the almost empty 3 p.m. train provided an insufficient atmosphere for working. Chones glanced out the window and noticed that only now the train was passing the outer limits of his factory which before he had never realized 5 so vast, with people working five miles from the main office in these dilapidated structures. He strained his eyes to make out figures through the half jarred windows, but saw nothing. The train pulled to its first of five stops; Clearwater. Chones knew that his factory was one of many which dumped its wastes into the creek that flowed through Clearwater, and he was somewhat skeptical of the ‘‘clear water’s’’ purity. The train eased away from the Clearwater depot and moved on, through sordid suburban areas, home for the down-trodden subjects of lower class conformity. And yet, there was some uniqueness in the midst of all this filth. Some of the homes had totally collapsed while others were only partially so. The train moved on through such filthy areas until it reached the third stop; Stern Hill. Here the living conditions were better, the conformity stiil existing but in the form of ranch-style homes, not unfamiliar to Chones for they were similar to the house he had lived in while growing up in Ames, lowa. But when Chones inhabited such a home it was a symbol of middle class ranking, the home of a usually well respected man. Chones found it hard to imagine what these ranch-style homes had evolved into. The fact was that most of the owners (for that is what they assumed they were) of these homes worked for one of Gerry's numerous industries. Theoretically, upon hiring, industry management gives the new employee a home to live in. A portion of that employee's check is to be withdrawn each payment day until, over a long period of time, the home is paid for. The employee, of course, has no means of double checking the home payments which are computed on incomprehensible computerized data sheets. The employee then lives under tiie allusion of owning the home, while in reality he is being sucked dry by industry management. The train lay still now in the Janesville train station. The station actually lay west of Janesville and was the last stop before the Gerry Metro stop, the last stop on the” wrong side of the heath. The few hundred yards of ۷ covered waste land, which separated - Gerry's inner-city from the miles of suburbs, was called Gerry's heath. The government prohibited any land © transactions involving the heath because there is no reason ''to rape mother nature if we don't have to.” Instead, the government was screwing mankind. Everyone knew that tne heath's real purpose was to provide a buffer between those who had everything and those who thought they wanted everything. Walking through the lobby of his © apartment, Chones noticed that the conformity which existed everywhere else found its way into his own apartment complex. Conformity was ubiquitous; the ` only difference was whether one wrapped himself in rat's skin or in mink. ٦ Chones stepped into the voice modulated ` elevator and called out floor 17. He © exited and strode down the hallway to his apartment door. Sliding his forefinger X | over the lock, controlled by his touch f ` only, a chromium door glided open ` allowing Chone's entrance into his streamlined existence. - He was home. Home, it was a misnomer; - these rooms filled with electronic - gadgetry, elaborate audio-visual machines wall-to-wall, were his living quarters, but not home. All human qualities that make empty rooms into à home had disappeared the day his live-in ` girlfriend had been relocated halfway Around the world to oversee production in a new plant. She still sent him video ` taped letters from her new location, but it wasn't the same as

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