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Play This, Count The Goosebumps

Commuting, Advertising, and Randomness.

Commuting

I live in the Richmond District, but work in SOMA, which means that I must take the bus or a cab to work. Cabbies drive like they’re running from the police, and since I’m rarely in the mood to vomit, I usually choose the bus. The bus [as well as the MUNI and BART rails] can be summed up in two words – forced intimacy.

During rush hour(s) one often finds oneself literally atop of another person. This can be good or bad depending on whether you find the person who is deep within your personal bubble (a concept that is constantly challenged in this city) to be attractive. Color me shallow. A bit of control can be exercised, though, in order to ensure that you are in good company during your commute. Just yesterday, by simply turning my hips and taking an extra step, I avoided being pressed up against a hippie whose dreadlocks smelled of B.O. and patchouli. Your face needs only to be inches away from such a stinky, tangled mess once in order to remember that life-lesson.

I no longer listen to comedy albums on my iPod while waiting for or riding on the bus. To those groggy, stoic commuters, the laughter that explodes from my mouth at seemingly random intervals and destroys each quiet, unfriendly morning suggests only one thing; that I am not sane. In the microcosm that is the public transportation system, it is important to maintain a positive, respectable reputation.

Speaking of the iPod, I derive great enjoyment from setting 24,250 songs to shuffle. A month or so ago, I found myself on the bus, sitting across from a mother and her young, silly child. The little girl was gnawing on a graham cracker and bouncing her feet whilst in her mother’s lap. A sucker for cute, living things, I was smiling and exchanging faces with her. The shuffle-feature injected into this scene great contrast as Pantera’s Sandblasted Skin was screaming in my ears. Apple really does have a sense of humor.

Advertising

I support freedom and acceptance of sexual preference. I have grown up with LGBT family members and friends, explored my own sexuality, and currently live without any sort of corresponding label. After all, just when you establish yourself as straight or bi or gay, someone so attractive and cool comes along and puts your sexual preference on its side. One thing that I don’t understand, though, is the need of many people in the LGBT community to advertise their sexuality. I’m not referring to blogs, books, or other media outlets – I can understand using such venues for self-expression. Hell, I encourage it. I’m speaking of bumper stickers, bracelets, tee shirts, etc. I find it tacky that people choose these decorations as miniature soapboxes for information as intimate and personal as sexuality. Would it be well-received if I wore a shirt that stated my preference for heterosexual sex? I think that it would be awkward and inelegant.

I see the same trend of unnecessary advertisement in many vegans. They often announce their food preference when it really isn’t relevant. I don’t think that this is harmful behavior or anything. I simply don’t understand what it is that motivates them to do it. I never hear them say that they are making spaghetti; it’s always vegan spaghetti. Should I list the ingredients that I plan to exclude each time I mention that I’m cooking?

It has become clear to me that I lack that common character component that drives people to constantly confirm that there are others who subscribe to their preferences, who exhibit the same behavior, who share a similar stance on a particular unimportant issue. Don’t get me wrong – I do enjoy being in the company of other like-minded individuals, but to desperately seek the confirmation of their allegiance to me and my choices seems… well, desperate.

Randomness

I was reminded of my affinity for food when, while watching a baseball game, I realized that the bases resembled pads of butter, which then evoked in me a strong desire for pancakes.

There are many Youtube videos of people getting burned while drinking flaming shots. These people are choosing ingest fluid that is on fire. If I had it my way, and Natural Selection was still heavily in play, the fire that engulfs their cromagnon faces would never be extinguished.

I love 80’s rock [not ironically, you hipster twit] because of lines like this one: “Run through the streets like a tiger…”

The word ‘misogyny’ sounds a lot like ‘massage.’ Can’t be that bad.

The assumption that I [clearly a white guy] want to use chopsticks is kind of irritating. I know how to use them, and even find them to be more useful than standard silverware for certain dishes, but really prefer a fork in most cases. I’d like to open my own restaurant where I force people to eat out of top hats with hammers.

A pro for the small, mid-western town that my mother lives in: Five beers for ten dollars.
A con for the small, mid-western town that my mother lives in: Not a lot of Wi-Fi networks.

During my last flightmare, I noticed that first class ticket holders were allowed to board the plane before those with special needs, like the elderly, children, crippled, etc. Wu-Tang nailed it with C.R.E.A.M. [Cash Runs Everything Around Me]

Hoover wasn’t the last cross-dressing politician. The whole lot of them is still doing it; pretending to be something they’re not.

Dear Clothing Stores in San Francisco,

There should be variance in the decibel levels between music being played at your establishments and music being played at nightclubs. As it stands, there isn’t. I feel that this phenomenon is the cause of my having purchased a certain, ridiculous shirt.

Sincerely,
Don and his exhausted eardrums

I’ve concluded that life is a baseball, thrown at your face, with the word, “Duck” written on it.

A list

Rejected Reality Show Ideas Based On The ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Concept

So You Think You Can Jog?
So You Think You Can Help Me Move This Weekend?
So You Think You Can Count?
So You Think You We’re Alone Now?
So You Think We Can Decoupage?
So You Think You Can Evoke Economic Growth Via Persistent Campaigning Of Fiscal Responsibility?
So You Think You Can Fly, Bobby?

Greatest Song Ever

A Tender Moment

Conversation with a wordsmith

Don: Good morning, Mr. Cracker Basket Sassypants.
Justin: good morning, sergeant wristwatch frenchtoast.
Don: Well played, sir.

Nikola Tesla

During my first year of middle-school, I was exposed to Nikola Tesla. After a week of playing with light bulbs and building make-shift, one-way switches, my first period science teacher escorted the class to the library, pushed to the side a dozen books about Thomas Edison, and retrieved one whose cover portrayed the face of a thin, dark-haired man. “Tesla is the reason ya’ll have Nintendo. Dude was a genius. Edison was just a cracker business man, mostly.” That teacher, whose name escapes me, spent the bulk of his adult life playing basketball for the Chicago Bulls. He learned to trash-talk during his time as a professional athlete and certainly had a way with words.

To this day, I’m amazed and saddened by the fact that, in the US, Telsa isn’t showcased the way that he deserved to be. I suppose that this is my contribution to the cause. Please watch it, my nine viewers, and spread the word.

The Desk Project

When I moved to San Francisco, I was faced with the task of furnishing my new home. I was renting a room in a house in the Sunset District. The house was lovely, and my room was spacious, but the neighborhood was awful. It consisted of homes, Chinese delis that proudly displayed skinned ducks in their windows, and cell phone stores. Tons of cell phone stores. I really can’t stress how great the quantity of cell phone retailers in that neighborhood is. What could these people possibly need with so many of them? You can almost hear that neighborhood hum at night. I digress…

The first piece of furniture that I purchased was an oak table. It was used, but in pretty good condition. It fit the bill perfectly, as I require more desktop space than the usual computer desk provides. I am, however, sick of looking at it. It has a thin lacquer on it, which means that it’s oak-colored with a sheen. I’m capable of sanding and painting it, but really don’t feel like doing so. I’m lazy. There, I said it.

My mental exploration into possible solutions to this problem has led me to tape. Specifically, gaff tape. I chose it for the following reasons:

1. It’s threaded, similar to duct tape, which makes it strong.

2. The adhesive, a high quality synthetic rubber, leaves no residue when the tape is removed. When I’m finally ready to sand and paint this oak beast, I’ll have no problems doing so.

3. It comes in many colors, including the drab olive green that matches my messenger bag!

The tools needed for this project are tape and your roommate’s toe-nail scissors (I recommend cleaning them before and after).

Below are some ‘before’ photos of the desk. If you look closely, you can see the scuffs and stains that it has sustained over the years. You may also notice that my room is a mess. I just moved in and am still unpacking. Give me a break.

Table

Table

Table

Table

Table

Table

The tape looks like this:

Tape

Tape

Tape

Partway through:

Progress

Progress

Scratches

I finished within the hour, then placed some items on the desk for the ‘after’ shots:

Done!

Done!

Done!

Done!

Done!

I like the way that it turned out. The feel of the desktop is like that of canvas and not tacky at all. Perhaps I should do the rest of my furniture!

Stuck in my head!

All… my… friends… pilot a motorized mode of conveyance that is elevated to lower-than-moderate position.

Easy now; the Colombia blog [with images] is on its way.

The poet, Saul

About two and a half years ago, I had the urge to post some of the Lyrics from Saul Williams’ ‘Telegram.’ For some reason – we’ll go with sheer laziness – I didn’t. The aforementioned urge has persisted, and the words are still perfectly relevant, so what the hell. Here it is:

Telegram to Hip Hop:
Dear Hip Hop .(stop)
This shit has gone too far (stop)
Please see that mixer and turntables are returned to Kool Herc. (stop)
The ghettos are dancing off beat. (stop)
The master of ceremonies have forgotten that they were once slaves and have neglected the occasion of this ceremony.(stop)
Perhaps we should not have encouraged them to use cordless microphones, for they have walked too far from the source and are emitting a lesser frequency (stop).
Please inform all interested parties that cash nor murder have been added to the list of elements. (stop)
We are discontinuing our current line of braggadocio, in light of the current trend in “realness”. (stop)
As an alternative, we will be confiscating weed supplies and replacing them with magic mushrooms, in hopes of helping niggas see beyond their reality. (stop)
Give my regards to Brooklyn

I highly recommend the album on which this song is included. In fact, I recommend getting your hands on anything with Saul’s name on it. Books, albums, etc. It’s all very good.