Wednesday, January 18, 2006

LIfe is but a dream

I woke up around 3 am this morning and couldn't go back to sleep. So I read...

"Wearing Dad's Head" is a collection of short stories and is pretty good. Reminds me a little, flavor-wise, of some of the dreamier russians, Bulgakov or Nabokov, for instance. And when I say "dreamier" I do mean evocative of dreams.

The author (Barry Yourgrau) writes in this surreal-yet-real poetic prose most like a child's memories or... a dream.

Example: the author is gang pressed by Pirates and forced into a late night raid of his parent's middle-class home - but the day is saved by frumpy middle aged neighbors who spring out of hiding and blow the pirates heads' off with blunderbusses. Neat, hunh?
So, anyway, I read for a while then fell asleep.

Here's something interesting. Try reading something haunting or dreamlike (hey! you might even try this book!) as you fall asleep. Its better than drugs! (Okay, not really, but I thought a little tip of the hat to the mainstream now and then... and, hey, if you happen to be with law enforcement, put in a good word for me, wouldja?)

Then, at 5:40 am, I was woken from a dream about an old Honky Tonk, with some crusty rancher reminiscing about days of yor - how he knew some hussy named Betty (hooker or a barroom singer, I didn't quite catch which) back in the day. What this all means, I have no idea, but I am open to feedback.

I got up, took a shower, and made some coffee. Have I mentioned I really like coffee? Really, really, really.

A little later, I went outside to warm up the car.

Okay, I live in Arizona and the car doesn't need much warming but it can't hurt and, besides, its part of my morning routine to get my ass in motion. A body in motion tends to stay in motion and a body at rest, well... whatever I can do to generate momentum, you dig?
I'd left my shoes in the car so I went out in stocking feet. I could feel everything in that scritchy sorta way through my socks as I walked - smooth concrete by the door, then the rougher concrete on the driveway (snagging my socks slightly), and then, standing in the street, I could feel the hard little bits of rock snared in the street's asphalt.

The moon was up and everything was very still. I put the coffee on top of my truck and stood there for quite a while.

Later, driving to work, I heard Adam Corolla on the radio raving about "24 hours." What the f*ck? Is everyone one a 24 Hours Moonie?! Color me incredulous! This after hearing a sermon - shouted from on high atop the mountain - less than 24 hours earlier. For crissakes, what's the deal with this show? And yet, this too, lent a skewed yet meaningful quality to the day's beginning.

Later yet, after a fairly hellish morning at work ("Don't ever get old," my Uncle Wally used to say. To which I would add, "don't ever do customer service!") I slipped out for a light lunch, read some more of my book and dozed off yet again.

I woke up an undetermined time later, the sun brightly shining, a light breeze blowing through the car and I felt... ever so floatey and slightly out of sink with reality - but in a good way.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Inane and the Beautiful

I was coming down Camelback as the sun set today. Not that there's anything highly unusual about me coming down the mountain at this time (assuming the evil rich white people haven't gang tackled me on my way out of work, that is) .

It was a little chilly but I'd taken off my t-shirt and wrapped it around my head to keep from getting an earache. I've gotten them since I was a little kid and a t-shirt seems to be just right for keeping heat loss to a minimum and the wind from whistling in my sweaty little ears. I've tried hats or hatbands but I always, always, lose them. I like to think of this as a display of non-materialism though some might say disorganization. Anyway...

The cold air felt good on my skin, and besides, I like looking like a slightly crazed street person while coming down amidst the inane and the beautiful. Speaking of which:

I passed a beautiful man and woman on my way down today. Maybe perfect is a better way of putting it. They were perfect and beautiful (I bet they had great teeth but I didn't stop to look) and the things they were saying seemed… well, they were so incredibly vacuous that it just seemed scripted. I felt as if I were in some bizarre version of “The Truman Show,” only the show was about me reacting to their unaware, narcissistic ways.

During my 5 minutes within earshot, I discovered:
  • He flys a lot to different places and gets comped a lot of rooms and flights.
  • She's independently wealthy (giggle) or at least will be after she inherits from papa.
  • His parents just got back from a month in Costa Rica. It’s the perfect vacation spot because the natives all speak English and they love Americans and are happy to have us there.
  • She woke up in the middle of the night, simply awestruck by how well scripted and acted “24 Hours” is. (I swear)

This last part was spoken at such a volume it felt like she was yelling it directly at me. Either that or she wanted the whole world to know. I have no idea.

Hey, it could've been worse. At least she was talking to someone there with her. She could've been talking on a cell phone.

If you haven't tried this, you should. Get your cell phone, go up Camelback, and then talk about any of the following:

  1. Where you should go out tonight. Talk about this endlessly.
  2. Please, please, please, shout out how "fucking wasted" you got last night! This one never gets old.
  3. Be sure and talk about stocks or investments or maybe just how good you are with money. In fact, say something like "Man, do I have a lot of money!" Then look around to see who really takes notice. These are the people you should hang out with.
  4. Oh, and if you drive an expensive car it is your duty to mention it as much as possible. After all, you worked hard for your money (or not, but who cares, really, so long as you have it!) and an expensive car is just another shining example of what you've become.

More later.

Or not.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Odd juxtaposition

So I'm sitting in an examining room, sitting on a little table with bright yellow naugahyde padding and crinkly white paper and I'm waiting for the doctor to come in.

I should mention that I've never been big on Doctors. I was pretty sick as a little kid and have this thing about the smell of rubbing alcohol and deceptively mild tones, but that's a whole other neurotic rambling so let's skip ahead, shall we?

The nurse comes in to take some of my blood.

Now, I'm a pretty big sissy about having my blood taken. I mean, its mine, right? Supposed to reside inside of me? So having it removed from its home seems a little... disconcerting, to say the least.

It's like the smell at hospitals. Ever smell that smell? It could be very faint but is unmistakably omnipresent: The smell of sickness. The smell of disease.

Of course animals freak out when you take them to the vet 'cause they can smell/sense all that wrongness. Having your guts exposed to the light of day is not normal. A poutpurri of puke, shit and whatever other odors that abound in hospitals and/or veterinary clinics - this is not normal. The animal in us responds to this. (At least my animal does. If your animal doesn't - you might want to get that checked. Anywho... )

So I tell the nurse that I'm kinda funny about getting blood drawn. "Funny how?" she says, all business. "Well, you know... I get kinda light headed some time. I've never passed out, but..."

She doesn't say anything but I can sense her exasperation. Here's another seemingly big he-man type (at least I look the part) who is, in fact, a big girl. "Fine" she says, "lay down." So I do. Then she has me breathe, "in through your nose and out through your mouth."

Breathing is actually something I'm pretty good at but she keeps prompting me. "I can't hear you. Breathe louder. In through your nose and out through your...." Yeah, yeah, yeah. But then I realize she's drawn the blood while distracting me and I'm fairly impressed. Or maybe I'm just light-headed and woozy but either way, the needle didn't hurt and I haven't made an ass out of myself. So, kudos to her.

About the exam room - I'm there to be tested for STD's/HIV (haven't gone in a while and am doing the responsible single adult thing) and on the wall, directly to my left, are the following two images:

1. A calendar shot of some revoltingly cute puppies or kittens (I can't for the life of me remember which, but they were big-headed, wide-eyed and oh, so cute you could puke)


2. Right next to them are a montage of full color close-ups of oozing, puss filled chancres and sores. These are people inflicted with herpes, syphyllis and/or whatever. And they look like an illustration for human suffering - something right out of Bosch. I am filled with dread, revulsion and...


And not just fascination. I mean the whole thing - the juxtaposition of the cute, cuddly critters (let's sat cats) and these Hiroshima wannabees is actually... well, its ironic of course, and certainly bizarre, but even beyond these, it pretty amusing. Funny even.

Horrible and funny.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Resolutions are for Ass-monkeys.

I have recently come to the conclusion that New Year's resolutions are (that's right, you guessed it!) for ass-monkeys.

So what does that make me? Yeah, okay...

But that's Mr. ASS-MONKEY to you!

Disturbing Side Note: I googled (yes, google, damnit! Please, no search engine
snobs.) "Ass-monkey" and came up with a wide variety of images. Here's a

Who knew?

Saturday, January 07, 2006


Okay, so I have this natural distrust of anything authoritative. Anybody with power over me is someone to be watched.

War is Peace.

That's what democracy is all about, right? You get to question leadership and leadership decisions, especially when the ol' propaganda machine cranks up and we are force fed a bunch of jingoist bullshit. Ahem. (Or should it be "Amen?")

"War is Peace." I think that one came from 1984. Whereby the masses get hoodwinked into - well, just read the book and you can draw the parallels between that conception and our reality. That and Brave New World. Anyway...

People to be watched out for include:

Elected Officials
Rich People
Any Large Organization, but especially:

  • Banks
  • Insurance Companies
  • The DMV

(Okay, I don't know if the DMV really belongs with the other two, but let's face it, everyone likes to bitch about the DMV, so why not?)

So why am I distrustful of these people and/or organizations (DMV notwithstanding)?

Because they wield power. Very real power over my life. For instance, if a cop pulls decides to screw me over, he or she can do that.

(to be continued)

Monday, January 02, 2006

Words, words, words!


All these universes living in my mind, and yet, when I speak to you on the phone, all I can say is, "er, uh, um."


"Let us go then, you and I..." and yes, let's!

Let us go and stuff
our mouths with magic,
glistening eyes with light
and warp and woof
our way into the fugue,

Dance and dwell in the tapestry
til the sky tears open.

You know what, fuck all this. Here's what I want:

You with me. Or me with you - who cares, really? But the two of us together, moving towards something. That's what I want.

Let us go. Let us go.

Let us go.


Sunday, January 01, 2006

"Happy Freakin' New Year!"

1. I would've entitled this article "Happy Fucking New Year" but I detest vulgarity.



2. These are my Uncle Bob's Dogs. If you think the holidays make you unhappy, just remember, it could be worse. You could be wearing a little Santa's outfit.

And, finally...

3. There is no "3".

Happy Holidays!

Piece of Mind

A friend, M, emailed me the following new year's credo:

"Peace of mind is better than piece of ass."

To which I replied, "but both in congress!" (Okay, I didn't really use the word "congress", but it's a nifty word, particularly in this context... not to mention a somewhat ironical subtext, now that I think of it. But, I obfuscate...)

(Did I mention that I am listening to Utah Phillips while writing this? Its interesting, really, to surf on the wash of his words while trying to maintain some semblance of my own literary identity.)

So I was talking with M, the sender of the thing. We'd just come out of the Bikini Lounge, a nice little hole in the wall joint (the bartender there a deliciously malicious little bruja of a woman, thick and squatty, with a raspy Janice Joplin voice) and M and I we're talking in the parking lot.

I was saying how I was becoming less and less involved in my own life - but in a good way - how I'd learned to simply get out of the way, remove myself from the equation and just let things happen.

She chimed in and we talked about all the different ways you can get out of or into your own way.

Sex can be like that. Or shooting a basketball. Or even dying, really.

Not so long ago I believed all deaths, in particular my own, were tragic, and, if possible, to be avoided. However, after practising enough "getting out of my own way" in day-to-day life, I've finally come to believe in my own non-existence.

So instead of "just do it!" I say, "just let it happen." (Yes, this sounds trite, but just go with it for now... hey! "go with it!" maybe that's the saying. Anyway...)

Of course the same can be said of relationships. But to combine "peace of mind" and "piece of ass" - now that truly is the sounds of one hand clapping!