Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Note: Tonight's post contains somewhat graphic descriptions of drugs and drug use. Enter at your own risk.
Full disclosure: I'm all over the place tonight mentally so you may need to do some kind of intellectual lambada to follow along. The sinus headache dulls certain (I want to write "brainal" so I guess this is one of them) synapses, making it really difficult for me to express myself articulately and to hold on to one train of thought for very long.
Monday, December 28, 2009
The nice thing about writing a blog, rather than getting paid to write, is that I can write about whatever I want. And as I've said before, I love lists. So, today we have a list of my least and most favorite sports moments of the last decade (2000 - 2009). I'm going with my favorites rather than the best because I'm really only a fan of tennis and baseball, so I'd have no way of objectively ranking the best and worst of sports that I don't really watch.
If you aren't a sports fan, don't fret. I've only listed moments that in some way reveal something about me. So, look at this as more of a recap of significant moments of my decade, with sporting events as the back drop.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Things I do well: sarcasm, sassy come-backs, really bad jokes, storytelling.
Things I'm not so good at: expressing gratitude, putting feelings like joy and love into words.
Make no mistake. I'm not the guy you want making the toast at your wedding, unless you were looking for a cross between Henny Youngman and Milton Berle for the job. I tend to get all "guyish" when I have talk about all the things we typically associate with the heart (metaphorically -- angiograms and clogged arteries I usually do OK with).
But I'm going to give it a try anyway. Practice makes barely adequate.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I knew that crystal meth sometimes induced audio hallucinations. I had been hearing noises for awhile. But I remember the first time I heard her voice like it was yesterday.
We had just moved back to Manhattan from one of the dreaded outer boroughs. We didn't need to move. Our apartment was great. We had a backyard. The rent was reasonable, especially for two people. But I insisted. I was making too much money now to stay out in the boondocks. It took a full 30 minutes to get to midtown from where we lived. And since by that point I was taking cabs everywhere, I argued that it made sense to spend the money on our living space rather than on transportation to and fro. I never really considered that maybe Rafael (my boyfriend at the time) didn't want to move. As was typical during that period, I figured since I was paying there was no need to ask him what he wanted.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
While there might be people on earth that love Christmas music as much as I do, I doubt that anyone loves it more. It plays right into my wheelhouse of playing the same songs over and over and over. And since you only have about a month to get away with it, I try to take full advantage of it.
I'm also taking advantage of it being Christmas week to foist my love of Christmas on to you. I've created my "must hear" Christmas playlist. I've broken it up into categories of classic (before 1970), modern (1970-present) and TV (songs I associate mostly with Christmas specials). Feel free to chime in with your own favorites in the comments section, which FYI I read every one of.
Friday, December 18, 2009
It's been a long week and I couldn't bring myself to throw myself into another blog post today, so I'm cheating a bit. I am reprinting a letter I sent to American Airlines after they lost my luggage on one of my trips to California.
The story in itself is funny enough, but what's really interesting (to me) is reading exactly what I sounded like and what my thought processes were like when I was high. I resisted the very strong urge to take out some of the more embarrassing parts of the letter and I'm printing it in its entirety. Enjoy!
Monday, December 14, 2009
This is the post I intended to write when I ended up writing Brainstorm. I couldn't get into this without some preliminary exposition and then before I knew it I had written 700 words of prelude and it seemed really silly to try to switch gears at that point. In fact, I probably shouldn't have written that first sentence until I was sure that I was writing about what I intended.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
So I've been thinking a lot about how the computers are going to take over the world by the year 2025. Esquire says so, so it must be true. (The Techno-Prophet)
If you check the date on that article (December 2002), you'll realize that I've not only been thinking about it a lot, but for a really long time. For someone with horrible ADHD to still vividly remember an article he read seven years ago, that must have been some scary memorable shit. In some ways I'm looking forward to it (the computers taking over, that is). I'll be about 60 by then, but with computers in charge I figure I'll probably have my 30-year-old body again. And so long as they aren't rightwing gay-bashing computers, I'll almost certainly be in better shape politically than I am now.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Note: Because 3600 words is way too much to ask anyone to sit still for, I'm breaking this up into two posts. We'll do half tonight and the other half tomorrow. Also, I'm only linking to songs that you likely haven't heard yet.
What a difference a year makes. If I had done a top 20(ish) list of the songs I listened to throughout 2008, not only would virtually all the songs be by American Idol contestants, the list would have been dominated by the songs David Cook performed during season seven. This year a full 50% of the list is made up of songs by non-AI contestants; and only two of the songs were actually performed on the show. Well, that's not exactly true. Katy Perry performed Waking Up in Vegas on a results show. Plus, I only downloaded the Jason Mraz, Fray and Lady GaGa albums after I heard them or their songs on the show. Still, it's progress. Baby steps.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The truth is overrated. That’s been part of my philosophy of life for as long as I can remember – probably since the first time I heard some nitwit finish a particularly rude, unnecessary and unnecessarily mean comment with “I’m just telling you the truth. You wouldn’t want me to lie to you, would you?” Yes. I would like exactly that most of the time.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Note: Argue all you like, but we celebrated the end of the last decade (and millennium) in 1999, so 2009 is the end of this decade.
Here we are at the end of the first decade of American Idol. A look back seems in order. Who were the most deserving winners, in my opinion? I've ranked them in hybrid fashion, so that their rank reflects not only how deserving they are in relation to the other winners but also in relation to the contestants of their respective seasons.