Friday, December 14, 2007

minor themes and variations

While I have my big board list of things I'd like to do in 2008... including very much making number 8 a top priority, I thought it might be cool to talk about the little things I'd like to do. These are non-binding, non-contractual sort of things which would just be nice...

1-Get to the tops of all the tall buildings in Charleston. Might be cool to see the view from the Death Star or the Union Building.

2-Try a bottle of absinthe.

3- Fill paper bag with dog shit. Light on fire. Leave bag on Bruce Springsteen's front porch.

4-Have coffee with the two presidential candidates (yes, I realize they are both players to be named later. My early picks, I think, are Clinton and Huckabee).

5-Not mention Sammy Kershaw in print for 12 months.

6-Figure a better way to mow my lawn that doesn't bring me perilously close to failing at number 8. Who the fuck decided it was a good idea to a 80 degree slope as a yard?

7-Do something extraordinary. Tell no one for at least a year.

8-Forgive public broadcasting (how long until the emails start on that one, I wonder).

9-Read more things that baffle everyone around me.

10-Have a thick hamburger, cooked medium rare and seasoned, with a slice of provolone cheese, sauteed mushrooms, creamy horse radish sauce, tomato and lettuce on a Kaiser bun. It's one of the few things I miss from my ill-fated Freshman year at East Tennessee State University. A side of waffle fries, like the kind I got with my Dad at the Halo Burger in Michigan, would be cool too.

11-Learn to be more comfortable with hugs. Try to get over issues of touch before it becomes a complete phobia by the time I'm in my 50s. I'm not comfortable being touched by most people. It's short-circuited a lot of relationships that never got started because it takes me months to feel comfortable with just casual contact. I have suspicions as to why that is, but that's another post.

12-Try to get less irritated with my family.

13-Fewer cryptic blog posts, emails and statements that are really designed to confuse. A little less vague, a little more honest, too. Just fucking say it. Try to be nice about it.

14- Accept that there will always be people who have nicer things, more money, are better loved and are getting laid a lot more than I am. There are also people who, surprisingly, are getting less. Don't envy the one and feel sorry for the other. It's all temporary.

15-When possible, sleep late on Sundays.


There's a Blog in my Soup said...

To help with #9 (not that you need it or asked for it), I highly recommend Steven Hall's Raw Shark Texts: A Novel.

Buzzardbilly said...

Absinthe is okay. If you're in the right crowd, say plan a get together around it, then it can have this really great Paris in the 20s kinda vibe. Maybe that's just me. Definitely, go with the old-fashioned strain-it-over-a-sugar-cube method. Otherwise, I hear the taste if foul.

I have to ask what the deal is with public broadcasting? Did I miss reading something here?

Of course, you don't have to say if you don't want to.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Can I help with #3? I've never done that before and maybe we could hit Huey Lewis' front porch, too?

primalscreamx said...

Evil Twin. Yep. As soon as I can figure a way to get past Bruce's security without being riddled full of bullet holes we're on. Huey should be much easier.

Buzzardbilly... in the spirit of less cryptic posts, it's easiest to say I've gotten my toes trampled on a few times by different areas of the organization. Some of it is sour grapes. Some of it is personal slights and some of it is a tendency of the culture of the place to use others for their own ends.
Anyway, the point is to let all that go and move on.

Buzzardbilly said...

Ah, Screamxer, I see. I too went through something very similar to that with an organization I loved in principle but hated how they treated me. It's very hard to get passed the feeling that an cultural institution as fluffy-seeming as the Easter Bunny shit on you.

Even focusing my anger on the individuals who did the shitting, didn't make it any easier. In time I did forgive them, but it took a long while. Once you let the anger go, it all falls by the wayside (or at least to some less irritated part of the mind). It takes time.

jenlyn said...

Sam's on Capitol Street has pretty good hamburgers. The samburger is part sausage, part hamburger. They have steak fries and good soup!