September 26, 2008

All these disparate things I’ve been mulling over this year are coming together, which is amazing, but overwhelming. I’m at this interesting place of not wanting to romanticize or pathologize what makes me tick, so to speak, and I hope I can stay in this place for a while. There is huge potential for learning. There is the real possibility of adaptation. And now I’m thinking of the tragedy of the Sandman. I know none of this sounds very concrete, but it’s complex and would require so many blog entries and footnotes that I would become sick of myself.

I’m still thinking about David Foster Wallace.  I’ve listened to some audio and watched this interview with Charlie Rose. I wish I would have seen him read. I actually wish I could talk to him, silly as that sounds.

I hope Obama kicks McCain’s ass tonight. I’m soooo sick of this. Seriously, the idea that John McCain and Sarah Palin could be running our country. What a fucking nightmare. What’s the difference between Sarah Palin and a moron? Lipstick, right.  Except hot morons where lipstick and Palin’s not really that hot, at least not to me. And the moron math gets all screwy when you think that Sarah Palin actually said this in an interview with CNBC’s Kudlow & Co. As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?

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the big and the little

September 25, 2008

I know I’ve been quiet here lately.  Frankly, I’m overwhelmed.  First off, the financial crisis and the proposed bail out staggers my mind. Literally.  Thank you Amos for doing such a nice job of commenting on it. And second, I can’t believe the election is right around the corner. Tanque has been has been keeping the blog flame lit the last couple weeks with lots of election related posts, which has rocked.  Including his endorsement of the Obama/Biden ticket. I think there was mention of my name in some comment about being inspired or hopeful about Obama. And I wanna clear things up and say I don’t feel either of those. The fact is I don’t look to a presidential candidate for hope or inspiration.  But I am inspired by the those folks who feel inspired by Obama. I think it’s a good ticket. They’ve got my vote. I think there’s a chance with Obama/Biden we can get things done that need doing. I want the conversation to change on a national level and Dems can do that. But c’mon these are politicians, man. And you don’t stay clean in such a fucking dirty business. Saints don’t run for president.

I feel like lots is going on in my life, but when you look at the shape of my days, you wouldn’t know it. I still find great joy in a sharp chef’s nice and fully inflated bike tires, the company of friends and the long stretches of quiet and time alone in between. I’m still purging and spent last weekend helping RU clean out our old basement. Whew! I did like that it was all very butch in a very classical butch kinda way, like driving a big pick up truck full of crap, most of which I’d hauled and lifted into the bed myself. RU has a fucked up back. The purge was a not the first choice for how I wanted to spend my weekend, but it bubbled up to the top after a failed attempt at camping in Indian Heaven on Mt Adams. It was just too dang foggy up there. And out here fog will kill your ass. I’m serious.

Mostly I’ve been trying to pay attention to the everyday details in my life and how I spend my time. The intention is to better align the external with the internal. It’s tricky, cause it doesn’t always add up. But it’s a good practice and hopefully it will become habit. To that end I’ve been having some kind of intense exchanges with my girl in western Mass and there are no conclusions to draw there except abstract ones, like a deeper understanding of the equation of capacity. If that sounds poetic, well it kinda is. Not that it doesn’t have very real implications. These things aren’t mutually exclusive.

I wanna a put plug in here to try and get as many of you all as I can to try green cleaning. Better for you, the environment and if you make your own solutions better for your wallet.


morons vote too

September 18, 2008

Thinking of Palin using a yahoo account to conduct state business — it’s just wrong on so many levels.  And all of the sudden I’m worried that the great mass of morons will want to elect another moron into office. I’m never been convinced that the popular vote is a good thing when running a government and this just adds fuel to the fire on that note.


r.i.p dfw

September 17, 2008

David foster Wallace killed himself this past weekend. I have been feeling really sad about it. Sad for him and his family. For his friends and his students. And sad to loose his voice. I’m sad we won’t be able to grow old with his voice growing old in our lives. I just started reading some of his essays this summer and I was pretty blown away by his writing. This excerpt is from a commencement speech he gave at Kenyon this past spring:

Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship — be it JC or Allah, bet it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles — is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.

Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful, it’s that they’re unconscious. They are default settings.

They’re the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day, getting more and more selective about what you see and how you measure value without ever being fully aware that that’s what you’re doing.

And the so-called real world will not discourage you from operating on your default settings, because the so-called real world of men and money and power hums merrily along in a pool of fear and anger and frustration and craving and worship of self. Our own present culture has harnessed these forces in ways that have yielded extraordinary wealth and comfort and personal freedom. The freedom all to be lords of our tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the center of all creation. This kind of freedom has much to recommend it. But of course there are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talk about much in the great outside world of wanting and achieving and [unintelligible — sounds like “displayal”]. The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.


flat line

September 16, 2008

Yep, today I almost bit it. I’m dead serious. Dump truck almost took me out. I was braking hard, dragging my feet, anything to stop before this fucker, who I don’t know how he didn’t see me except that he wasn’t looking, plastered me to his grill. And believe me, there would have been no walking away from it. Dumb luck for me that the dumb ass stopped his 5 ton vehicle at the last minute.

It was super fucking weird, though. The feeling I had staring at the truck and trying to stop. Not like the movies at all. I felt flat, underwhelmed, kinda pissed. A huge sense of “No way, man. I can’t believe this is it.” Had that same feeling years ago in a car accident. I was driving back from Indy to Btown with Licia and my jeep spun out on an ice patch on 67. It was so damn quiet in the jeep while we spun around. And I remember thinking, fuck, we’re gonna roll. Could die. Could very well die.



September 12, 2008

I was compelled to read this article about focus groups after getting hooked by this great lead in for the link: What Do Focus Groups Actually Tell Us? The only thing I can conclude is that swing voters are f-cking morons. The tag line made me thinking about morons fucking and the article made me think about how to win the moron vote. Ahhh, an afternoon spent in deep thought.


more about being butch

September 12, 2008

Today, I was asking a colleague (a guy)  in a super straight forward way what was up with a certain meeting invite and our new graphic designer (a girl)  overheard me and joked, “My, you’re sassy.”  How funny.  No one I know calls me sassy. It reminds me of how wait people will call me miss or lady, to which I always wanna respond something like, “I’ll tip you extra if you never say that to me again.”

It’s all these little things that add up to being read or not as butch.  Sometimes it’s uncomfortable, like getting the double take when I use the women’s restroom.  Sometimes it’s flattering, like the straight girl at the wedding party who can’t stop touching me when she when she wants to make a point.  Sometimes it awkward, like negotiating for service when I’ve gone shopping for a nice men’s suit.  But sometimes it’s just right, though, some girl will say or do just the right thing or some other butch will gimme the nod or bond with me over heartbreak and getting older.

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September 6, 2008

It’s so interesting how thoughts and feelings that arise around something can harden you or soften you or both. I like the idea of both because I’d like to get away from all the binary thinking of this either/or culture. Say for instance I’ve have some unwanted experience, like rejection, I can get pissed and hurt and close myself off or I can feel sad and closer to the pain of other folks who I know are feeling rejected too. Especially folks who feel rejected by me. And for a second I can also see maybe it was never about rejection; maybe it was about someone seeking out connection or trying to soothe their loneliness and longing and fear; maybe it was about self-preservation; maybe it was was about timing.

Maybe it’s ok if I’m even a little softer than I thought I was.



September 3, 2008

I went to the Oregon State Fair last Friday.  It was more like a country fair on steroids than it was a statewide event.  Certainly not like Indiana’s.  And probably not like Illinois’ or Iowa’s or Ohio’s either.  It had the strangest combination of food.  Not a giant tenderloin in sight. And even if there were a variety of things on a stick, like corn dogs and berry kabobs, as well as some fair classics, like elephant ears, soft serve ice cream and grilled ears of corn, I was thrown off by the Thai and Hawaiian food booths and the one serving the yakisoba noodles just seemed out of place.

The animal barns were pretty good though, what with the goats and pigs and pygmy goats.  I got to feed apples to a long horn cow and her calf and talk to a women who was raising some call ducks that had been hatched and looked after by a chicken.  Pretty cool ckicken, man.

As fas as I could tell there was not a demolition derby, but there was a rodeo.  And that was fucking cool.  I saw a little barback riding, which was insane and then watched about 20 minutes of  tie-down roping. There is nothing more butch than a cowboy on his horse roping a calf, throwing it to the ground and tying up its legs in 7.1 seconds.

Finished off the night with Willie Nelson, who played for at least and hour and half. Sang every classic, voice sounding as good as ever, made a few jokes, jammed on his guitar and threw his bandana into the crowd.  I’ve missed seeing so mnay icons when I heard Willie was coming this yea, I said to myself no way am I gonng miss seeing Willie one more time.


no title fits here

September 2, 2008

When work comes up in therapy, it’s not a good sign.  As a rule, I don’t use this space to talk about my job, so I will leave it there.

I have been trying to write because I want to tell some stories that aren’t getting told, like Toni Morrison said “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.”  Lemme be clear though, a book sounds kinda ambitious, at least once you’re sitting there on page three and hating yourself.  Hold your tongue RU! I had been telling myself for the last several months that I don’t need the help of a group or a class and I dunno why.  Bullheadedness, most likely.