So, this is my life.

And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

unanswered questions


i've learned a lot in the past 2 months of studying. i now know everything there is to know about the law. every law. all laws. total. knowledge.

but there are still a few things i don't understand

-why traffic jams and then *suddenly* un-jams... with no explanation for the "bottleneck" effect in the middle of an otherwise usual highway.

-how it can take 35 minutes to cook a burrito in the oven and only 3 minutes to cook the same burrito in the microwave; or why hasn't someone found a happy medium.

-why anyone would buy toothpaste that doesn't whiten, or doesn't even claim to whiten.

-why somebody decided to give rachel ray her own tv show.

-why a protein shake made with milk tastes like a delicious ice cream treat, whereas the very same protein mixed in water tastes and smells exactly. like. fart.

-the appeal of so you think you can dance.

-why we collectively fail to question the price of wine in a restaurant (e.g. $34) when we all know the real price of that bottle is far less than the store price (approx. $7.99). and on that note, did you know that the largest retailer of wine in the US is olive garden? truth.

-the trick to a bottle of heinz ketchu--- oh wait, i DO know that.

-when it became more socially acceptable to flirt via text message than in person.

-dave matthews band. what is it that i've been missing since circa 1998?



disclaimer: this list is subject to modification and/or addition.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

a little recognition.


girl at pizza counter: (upon seeing the bright stickers on our shirts) ooh, you're taking a bar exam? to be bartenders?

liam: [blank stare] ... um... [waiting for a smile or an "i'm kidding"]... no. like... the PA bar.

girl: [nothing registering]

liam: lawyers?

girl: oh...kay. what can i get for you?



i know, right? we think we're so entitled.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

chapter 6



...For a long time you had found your only entertainment in the quiet pleasure of looking at the sunset. I learned that new detail on the morning of the fourth day, when you said to me:
"I am very fond of sunsets. Come, let us go look at a sunset now."
"But we must wait," I said.
"Wait? For what?"
"For the sunset. We must wait until it is time."

At first you seemed to be very much surprised. And then you laughed to yourself. You said to me:
"I am always thinking that I am at home!"

Just so. Everybody knows that when it is noon in the United States the sun is setting over France. If you could fly to France in one minute, you could go straight into the sunset, right from noon. Unfortunately, France is too far away for that. But on your tiny planet, my little prince, all you need to do is move your chair a few steps. You can see the day end and the twilight falling whenever you like...

"One day," you said to me, "I saw the sunset forty-four times!"

And a little while later you added:
"You know -- one loves the sunset, when one is so sad..."
"Were you so sad, then?" I asked, "on the day of the forty-four sunsets?"

But the little prince made no reply.


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Monday, July 28, 2008

confessions of a bar exam taker


no more studying.

just relax.

que sera, sera, right?

it's a been a long and busy two months, and in the end it really hasn't been that bad. i didn't mind the classes and the work so much as the mental and emotional trial of it all. the "what if" and the self doubt and the constant waiting. i'm reminded of a line from the critically acclaimed (the critics being every teenage girl and gay boy in the late 90's) mega-hit, Titanic:

Afterward, the seven-hundred people in the boats had nothing to do but wait... wait to die... wait to live... wait for an absolution... that would never come.

so now we wait. except there are thousands and thousands of us in this boat, and we're all sitting around trying not to vomit today. life is beautiful...

yet so exciting! it's almost over, after all the stress and hair-pulling and bitching and moaning. i feel so terrible for our friends and loved ones. on that note...

dear friends and loved ones,
thank you for putting up with us. we've been selfish and moody and terrible. and although we probably would've been more productive without you around, we would've missed you during those rigid windows of time we designated for fun and "blowing off steam." you mean a lot to us.
love, the bar examinees

i'd also like to mention the support of my out-of-town friends and family. i've discovered another benefit of having attended an evangelical christian college: you make friends with a lot people who have a direct line to The Almighty. and even when you wander away and explain to them that your views have changed, they sweetly declare that they'll "pray for you." aw. so nice.

so i took them up on their offers.

just in case i'm wrong about this whole "god is love and love is an energy field" stuff, i reminded people back in pittsburgh and harrisburg to pray for me. and i gave them exact dates and times. and wouldn't you know, they were happy to help, save for a couple people who expressed dismay at my request that a young goat be sacrificed on wednesday at dawn (most of the others probably assumed i was joking). and this fall when i get news that i passed the bar exam, i plan to properly thank all my wonderful evangelical friends by sending them digital photos of me in vegas, doing shots of absinthe off some hooker's tits in a smoky nightclub.

*sigh*

okay, that's all for now. thanks for checking in. and thanks for your prayers/white lights/well-wishes/luck/goat sacrificing for me! let's catch up soon! in august...

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Friday, July 25, 2008

bad timing but good times


it's not entirely convenient to have a birthday less than a week before the bar exam, but it was a
very happy one nonetheless.

i have fantastic friends. have i mentioned that? i have friends who vicariously search the world over for the hebrew version of my faaaaavorite book. i have friends who spend their precious free time making me a beautiful, creative gift from scratch. friends who send cards and make me mix tapes. i'm a lucky one.

and when you're lucky enough to have fantastic friends like i have, sometimes parties just sneak up on you.

the evening begins reasonably enough, with a beautiful dinner at what may be the best restaurant in philadelphia (though there are a few i haven't yet visited).

AMADA. you've probably already been there, because i'm always the last to know, but if you haven't.... go. go now. go tonight.
the restaurant is mysteriously expansive and beautiful, and even more vibrant inside than the constant celebratory buzz of the streets of olde city outside. the food: amazing. decadent.
should've ... sent.... a poet.
the 'drew and i ate for two hours and, despite ourselves, wanted to keep eating. i even ate pork, not knowing it was the unclean meat until it had already become the most delicious thing i've ever eaten.

the entire experience was lovely. thanks, A. you're the best. really.

and then the night got out of hand.

you know, sometimes you don't go to parties. sometimes parties come to you. they find you. they sense an occasion. they bring music and absurdly rich naked chocolate. they bring with them first impressions and introductions and the sharing of wine. before you know it, your living room is filled with friendship, both new and old.

before you know it, it's 2 am. and you have to get up and study soon. and you. are. drunk.

bad timing. but a
really lovely time.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

26



on the dot.


26 years, yet all things are new. una dolce vita.


it's a weird number, though, right?
maybe it's just me.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

20th century, HERE I COME!


dear world,

i have finally caught up with you.

oh yes, it has happened. after years of fighting it and making excuses and refusing to let go of the past, i. finally. have:



a digital camera.


WATCH OUT, FUTURE! i have arrived!


the first photo i took? well, what do YOU think?














obviously.






big ups to my mom for sending me my very own space-age film-less image capturing contraption!

it's the stuff of sci-fi films, i tell 'ya! amazing!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

on-point




thanks, brian. ur the best ex-gaybor a guy could ask for. hope your new home is treating you well.

just being miley


Entertainment Scientists Warn Miley Cyrus Will Be Depleted by 2013

Monday, July 21, 2008

thaxter says...



There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.



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gays are always unemployed


stereotype? yes.
unfounded? no.

as i step out for my morning latte, even along the two very short blocks to starbucks, i can't help but notice how busy the neighborhood is! and not busy in that i'm-rushing-to-work or i-have-to-get-this-copied-for-my-boss kind of way.

it's busy in the same way the gayborhood is always busy. homos reading the paper at starbucks. groups of guys gathered around a table at cosi (yes, i stopped for a bagel. mind your own diet!). cute boys with their laptops hanging out in the window of brewhaha. some even sitting on their stoops, complaining about how hot it be. yeah, i pass all the hot spots on my walk. and it appears to be just a normal, leisurely evening in the hood.

but, no. this was at 10:30 AM!

i wanted to stop and ask someone, "don't you guys have JOBS?" but i was afraid the response would be an offer to give a job..

the only thing distinguishing the neighb this morning from the neighb at 6 PM today is that everyone's drinking coffee, rather than whatever's on special at happy hour.

they really don't have jobs, do they? none of them!

i am slightly confused. i'm slightly embarrassed. and i'm so self-centered that my predominant thought is, "what if they think I don't have a job? that i'm lazy?" because i'm doing the same thing they all are.

if i had a t-shirt that said, "i'm actually an extremely productive member of society and happen to be studying for two states' bar exams in order to add ESQ. to my name," i would wear it on my coffee run tomorrow morning. and all of august. because then i will just be lazy and unproductive, if you don't count my primary task of stimulating the economy.



or maybe this is all just another ploy to make myself feel good about my life right now. it's better than being unemployed. or lazy. or gay.

---wait...


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Sunday, July 20, 2008

12 more days
































have you had your postsecret this morning?

Saturday, July 19, 2008

coelho dice...

The secret lies in the present --
if you pay attention to the present,
you will be able to improve it.
And if you improve the present,
whatever happens afterwards will be better too.

Each day brings us Eternity.



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cheese







because what today really needed was a smile.

Friday, July 18, 2008

buyer's remorse


M: i went shopping for cruuuuise clothes!!!
D: oooh, what'd you buy?
M: a couple t-shirts, a pair of cargo shorts, --
D: Cargo shorts?!?
M: yeah, they're cute. and i got --
D: you're gonna look like a total lesbian!
M: ...YOU'RE a LESBIAN!!!
D: i know, right?


well, i had a lapse in shopping judgment, i guess.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

what the hell am i doing?


watch this video before reading below.

do it.
















and now tell me why it brought tears to my eyes AND made me laugh. really, tell me.




because i have no idea.


cpgb max azria forwarded me the link. no idea what it was. i started watching. smiling. tears forming. what the hell am i doing?, i wondered.

in my confusion, i sought out the back story. there really isn't one. just some guy roaming the earth. no real purpose. i mean, he didn't even get skinny from it. kinda silly, actually. it's at wherethehellismatt.com if you want to read it.

i'm just so confused. is it the joy of those dancing around him? is it the sense of liberation i vicariously feel? is it just some great music? why has this video been watched almost 7 million times?

tell me.


oh, and thanks, cpg!

NEIGHBORhood


in the course of only a few hours yesterday, i randomly ran into so many friends and acquaintances. fawzy in old city, nick in the park,
larry from the alumni association, that blonde girl from law review walking her dog, eric & adam and emily and ami separately in the hood... i felt community.

and isn't that just one more thing that's wonderful about living in philadelphia*? in addition to the city's countless BYOBs, and its crowded parks, and it's 200-year-old cobblestone streets. it's the sense of community. on any given day, on any given street, you'll run into someone -- or seven someones -- you know. it's enough to make even the most solitary bar studier feel less alone.




*limited to center city philadelphia. all rights and reservations apply. while supplies last. no c.o.d.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

in the rearview mirror



two years ago as we arrived back on US soil, i scribbled a few last words into my summer journal, ready to be closed forever, placed on a shelf, and read every few months in spontaneous fits of nostalgia for roma, for firenze, for london. especially for london...


the entry that day:

Two hours and I'll be back in the US. I escaped so successfully and cut myself off in many ways. And I loved it. No one had my phone number. I e-mailed when I felt like it. I've been very free... But the consequence of this escape is that I haven't thought about starting work, or OCI, or home. I was living in the moment, or if I wasn't doing that, I was living for a rendezvous that was being planned. Now what?
Tomorrow I'll get back to work and down to sanity. I'll clear up the mess I made before I left here...


and a quote:

I had roses, and I apologized to no one.

(from v. for vendetta. watched it on the plane. it's actually a v. good movie)



we came home and made a camajalini mix "tape" by which to remember that summer. the songs still take me back:

Crazy - gnarles barkley
World Hold On - bob sinclair
Seven Nation Army - the white stripes
Mas Que Nada - black eyed peas
Upside Down - jack johnson
Hey Ma - cam'ron
Stop! Dimentica - tiziano ferro
Pump It - black eyed peas
Love Generation - bob sinclair


i guess what i'm trying to say is, it was a great summer. and these days i long for it. i long to hear, "prossima fermata: cipro. musei vaticani. uscita lato...destro."

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Monday, July 14, 2008

our god-forsaken right to be loved

he's cuter in his undies.
and holding a steak knife.



but i like this.

UPDATE: Video removed, but the song's still available.

one man's trash is another man's oscar pick


me
:
meh
i didn't love it
i didn't hate it
it was cute but a little overdrawn

Eric
:
ur nuts
me: i may have just read too much about it beforehand
i was expecting something great or thought-provoking
so i wish i had just gone into it blindly

Eric: i think it was great.. emotionally
i cried a little towards the end
i thought the end credits with the different art periods was so great
me: wow really?
cried?

Eric:
well a little...
when wall-e rebooted and wasn't the same
me: oh yeah that was kinda sad
but it resolved itself quickly
i wish he had stayed rebooted
that would've been a good ending

Eric: what about when they are "dancing" in space..
me: no
terrible
Eric: ugh u have a cold heart
i think u've become jaded


i know, i'll be eating my words when it wins 11 oscars this winter. whatev. i stand by my review.
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anything for a chuckle




Sunday, July 13, 2008

hypocrite


i scoffed at this person's postsecret when i first saw it. i saved it to my desktop, planning to post it and blog about how ridiculous it is.

and then a voice in my head said to me, "everybody's got their something." it's true.

i cried when carrie found out big was engaged to natasha, that stick figure with no soul.

i cried when vivian rode away from edward's hotel in the grey limo.
i cry every time time billy elliot gets his acceptance letter.
i cry when i hear don henley sing 'forgiveness.'

you do it, too. i know you do. your something is just different.


maybe we cry about the "silly" stuff, the fake stuff, so that we won't cry about the real stuff. the hard stuff. the stuff we can't do anything about. like news of an uncle's death ruining a family vacation. or an unresolved fight with a close friend. or the final end of a tumultuous relationship last summer. not a tear.


while we're on the topic, i'll share with you an old favorite that i've been holding onto since circa 2004... just in case you missed it back then:


enough is enough


this morning i decided to count the myriad chinese take-out plasticontainers i've accumulated since moving into my new apartment. just because.

and it turns out, i've spent at least $132 on take-out in only 5 weeks, and that's assuming i didn't throw any of the free tupperware away! considering how cheap chinese food is, that's a lot of food. and a lot of carbs. and a lot of grease.

so that's it. no more Jin House for me. so sad... it's like telling a child he can never again go to the playground. telling a jewish girl she's not allowed to go shoe-shopping. telling a tranny she can't stand on the corner of 13th and Locust!

but i need to stress one thing: this is not a boycott. just because i'm not going to Jin House, doesn't mean you shouldn't. by all means, order away! if only so they won't go out of business due to the loss of my frequent orders...

as for me, i'll be spending these last 3 weeks eating tofu and eggs and almonds, all the while sternly reminding myself that my morbidly obese body is not yet ready for the islands of the Caribbean.

and between now and then, if you and i happen to chat, feel free to ask me what i had for dinner. and if i admit, "sweet an sour chickie," you have my permission to verbally spank me.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

totally in the mood for some foie gras


and the crazy thing is, i've never even tried it!

i want it so badly right now just because it's getting such rave reviews.


and by "rave reviews," i don't mean by a food critic. i mean by the group of about 10 protesters that stands on my block about once a week with bull horns, screaming, "BOYCOTT VALANNI! FOIE GRAS! MURDER MEAT!" outside the posh neighborhood eatery Valanni. (i mean, sure, i've wanted to boycott the restaurant, too, but mostly just because their drinks are $15 each and weeeee-eeeak!)

but today, as i sit in my living room, trying to study contract/sales law, the constant screaming and chanting is really distracting me. i can't imagine how distracted Valanni's happy hour crowd, sitting right there beside the protesters and just inside the huge open windows, must be. they probably can't even enjoy their $12 syrup with just a medicine drop of vodka in it! INJUSTICE!

and i can't help but think how delicious foie gras must be, for it to cause such a stir and yet for restaurants throughout this city to continue serve it, knowing animal freak-- i mean -- rights groups will show up to scream and drive away customers. that must be some damn good liver. (and i don't eat liver. or much meat at all, for that matter!)

and also, i'm no animal hater. i love all living things, so long as they're soft, fun, clean, and socially beneficial to humans. but let's just be honest:
animals are animals. if they could, those geese would be eating our livers too! in a heartbeat! and if he were capable, even my sweet, little catticus would chase down an antelope and tear it limb from limb... hm... actually, i think he might be capable of that...

but back to my point. that restaurants like the one on my block are willing to suffer the intolerable, annoying, offensive, distracting, bar-studying-ruining screams of some PETA freaks with no happy hours of their own to attend on a lovely, summer friday evening means a lot to me. and a quick glance at Valanii's menu shows that the evil food item isn't exactly a staple of its offerings. it appears ONCE on the menu. and knowing that place, it's probably overpriced anyway. so it would be easier just to take it off the effing menu, right?

but if we take every cruel food off the menu of every restaurant these animal rights groups protest (and they would, eventually. every restaurant. because, like i said: nothing better to do), before long we would all be forced to be vegans. we all know the beef industry is terribly inhumane. delicious veal is totally out of the question. and poultry! don't get me started, don't EVEN get me started on poultry farms!

and if you take the argument far enough (which PETA and similar groups do), killing ANY animal is inhumane. soon we can't even eat fish. we'll be forced to eat human babies from remote villages in the Midwest! it's a slippery slope, my friend.



anyway... who wants to go to Valanni and try the foie gras this weekend? let me know!

i'm hearing rave reviews!

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

i don't know what came over me...

























but just like that, color came back into my living room.


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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

it pays to argue

"You can't argue with a law student." that's what a friend of mine said the other day as i told him my long and boring story of my half-couch debacle.

i'm not sure if it's hubris or whether some of us (not just law students) are simply more logical and more comfortable with arguing than other people, but there's one thing i'm sure about: it pays to think you're always right.


yesterday i found a large package beside my mailbox. addressed to me, and labeled "Open Promptly! New book!" but otherwise mysterious, with no return address or sender.

fearing it might be an emergency re-publication of one of my BarBri books and that i might need to re-learn entirely an area of law, i tore the package open. wide open.

only to find a 21-day free trial of fitness books from my friends at Men's Health. i would be billed automatically upon failing to return them in a timely manner.

bull shit.

if you want me to enjoy your product, fine. give it to me. but don't give me an effing trial period, at the end of which i have to pay to send the ish back to you, which i'm almost certainly going to a) forget or b) simply be too lazy to complete. and that's what they're banking on. they're hoping i shrug my shoulders, say "i'd rather spend $60 dollars than find time to walk to the post office and pay $5 to mail these back," and place the guide to fitness on a dusty bookshelf somewhere, never to be used.

effing publishers.

and while i'm on the topic, can i just point out that if you have to guilt or trick someone into buying your product, it must not be worth buying. anything i actually want, i'll go buy myself. don't send me something i didn't order unless it's free! you hear that publishers?!?!

this happened to my mom once. a vacuum salesman dropped off a fancy $600 vacuum and told her to use it for a week, she'd never look back. just call him if she didn't want it. after vacuuming every surface (including walls) in our house at least 9 times, she called the company. no answer. no message. same the next day. and the next.

finally she figured out they were avoiding her call, so she used the neighbor's phone. her call was promptly and courteously answered. her reply: "come get your vacuum cleaner
now. i'm leaving it outside, and it looks like it's going to rain." the salesman showed up that afternoon.


but back to my free trial... i was livid. so i waited out the annoying on-hold jazz music (which i believe only makes the waiting customer less patient), and i listened to the customer service pre-recorded assurances that my call was important to them, and i became more angry as the minutes passed. and when Joan at customer service picked up, i was ready to let the c-u-next-tuesday word fly. fortunately i didn't have to.

i just had to be a little patient, and a lot stubborn. this is what atticus, who was sitting beside me trying to calm me down, heard:

i never ordered these.

i didn't sign up for that.


NO.

NO, actually, i didn't agree to that when i ordered my magazine subscription.


no, it doesn't make a difference if you reduce the price to $45 dollars.

so, what, i'm supposed to tape it back up and write RETURN TO SENDER on it? there's not even a return address.


i shouldn't have to pay to return this to you.


because i didn't order it!


...

yes, please send me a postage-paid envelope to send it back to you. i think that's a great idea, Joan. thank you.


...

no, my girlfriend or wife would NOT like a subscription to Women's Health.



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head up, young person!

a little encouragement from a friend who's in the same boat.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

slavery to a pattern



We wrapped up all our thoughts we had ground over the summer like Colombian coffee beans, hoping to come up with a resolution that would make the future tolerable.


in an attempt to quiet my mind during these past few nights of unexplained insomnia, i've picked some less-worn paperbacks off my bookshelf. normally i'd re-read my faves, but i wanted something new -- "new" meaning something i haven't read 5 times.

i started with Jonathan Loved David, which i'll tell you about later, when it suits my homosexual-christian agenda, but not now...

the past two nights i've read an old -- well, i won't call it an "old favorite," because it was never really a favorite. it's just an experience.

The Mixquiahuala Letters. (if that words is upsetting you, it's pronounced something like meesh-kee-ah-wall-ah). the book came into my life as extracurricular reading suggested by my favorite lit professor. when i expressed to her my fascination with author Ana Castillo, we instantly bonded. in retrospect, the repressed (because of where we were) feminist in her must have been overjoyed to have opened the ears of a white male at the conservative christian college to a strong feminist voice like Castillo's.

i loved the book. it's comprised of 38 short letters from one lesbo to her best friend, over the course of two decades. i call the narrator a lesbo only because, if you met her, it's the first thing you would think. a single, 35-year-old artist who smokes a lot, loathes men, and obsesses over the summer she met her best friend. through the letters she re-lives their best and worst times together, their time apart, and their travels through mexico, starting one summer in Mixquiahuala.

when i returned the book to my professor, telling her i loved it, her first question was, "which path did you choose?" you see, the author intended the chapters to be read, not chronologically, but according to one of several sequences she outlines at the outset of the novel. the reader has three choices:

For the Conformist
For the Cynic
For the Quixotic

guess which one i chose.

go ahead, guess.



i chose the quixotic sequence, which cuts out about a dozen of the letters. i marked them off and refused to even glance at them as i read. i chose the same path the past few nights. partly because they were already marked, but partly because it was my only option.


and now i realize that despite reaching the final, hopeful end of the path i chose, i don't know how the story truly ends. i know up to the third-to-last chapter, but what happens to the women after that? i simply never read. i mean, i can't. i shouldn't. i'm not a conformist, and i'm definitely not a cynic.

i wonder, which would you choose?

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Monday, July 7, 2008

welcome to our generation


overheard at starbucks


girl: are you friends with that kid?
guy: on what?
girl: what... what do you mean, 'on what?'
guy: you mean on myspace or facebook?
girl: no, like -- IN LIFE. are you friends with him?


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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Saturday, July 5, 2008

speaking ill of the dead

we all know we're not supposed to, but what if that's the only thing to say about the deceased?

since watching the news in my posh hotel room on the gigantic flat-screen tv yesterday (i know, i need to get over it... it was just so nice), i've been paying attention to all the news and blog posts about senator jesse helms. and they all seem to have one thing in common.

how do i describe it? it's not malicious, yet it's far from sorrow. it's simply honest. a racist, bigoted, old curmudgeon died. and he happened to have been an important public figure. therefore, the media must report, even if there's nothing positive to say....

even fox news noted the senator's bitter opposition to civil rights for blacks and gays, as well as helms' fight against AIDS research, which he believed resulted from "unnatural and disgusting" behavior. (he all but said homos deserved AIDS.)


i can't help but think about my grandfather, who, like helms, was a bitter, mean, old fart with an opinion on everything, an unsurpassed church attendance record, and a horrible drinking problem. had a black man or an obvious homosexual ever walked onto his farm, a gun would've appeared soon after.

when my mother was cleaning out the house and preparing for the estate sale, she found my grandfather's Bible. huge, old, full of notes and cards. and she told me i could have it if i'd like it. while i appreciated the gesture, i quickly said "no, thank you." and then i spoke ill of the dead. to his own daughter.

"sorry, but i don't really want anything that was important to him. i don't want the negative energy connected to him and his belongings." in retrospect, i can't believe i said it. to my mom. and at a terrible time. but i did say it, and whether she thought i was crazy or not, she simply said, "okay." a part of me thinks she agreed.

i wasn't sad that he died, and i can think of nothing positive to say about him. so maybe it's better to say nothing... but that's not my style. i'd rather report the facts.


but i won't speak aloud the thought that crosses my mind as i read about the senator's death, the same thought on my mind when my grandfather died a couple years ago: good riddance.

there's just a tiny bit less hate in the world today than there was yesterday. i have no problem with that.


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buddha says...


Let your love flow outward through the universe, to its height, its depth, its broad extent -- a limitless love, without hatred or enmity.
Then as you stand or walk, sit or lie down, as long as you are awake, strive for this with a one-pointed mind.
Your life will bring heaven to earth.




lovely.

important firsts


first "weekend" away together, inter alia.



"and then there is another important first: the first time you realize, this really might be
something. and just like that, we moved out of the present and into our future."

-satc. carrie.


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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Oompa Loompa doompadee doo

I've got another puzzle for you...


as i pack for a short, holiday-weekend trip to the beach (or as philly natives say, "goin' down da shore -- hey! are yous guys goin'? huh?"), i feel compelled to share with you my plight -- partly as a caution to you, and partly just to vent.

the short version: don't get a spray tan.

the longer version: what was i thinking?

after years of avoiding the sun, you can imagine how pale i am. so pale, in fact, that the thought of going onto the beach in july upset me. in early may, i might have passed as a "first time on the beach this season"-er. but by july, anyone who looks like this is clearly a library nerd who never sees the light of day, except when he catches a bus at 7:45 am.

after a friend of mine got a fairly successful spray tan, i thought it was a great idea. a perfect summer tan without the fuss of wasting time in the sun, damaging precious cancer-free skin cells, and aging prematurely? sign me up!

today i'm singing a different tune. i am an oompa loompa. and let me tell you, that sh*t set in QUICK! the roasted-almond-brown slut at hollyood tans said it would be about 8 to 12 hours before i would see the color. but my blank-canvas skin soaked up the supposedly invisible spray like newly-plastered drywall splashed with red wine.

by the time i got home, my
hands and feet were brown. my toes looked like those of the guys who live on the sidewalks of 12th street. and my hands -- oh boy, my hands! brown as Whoopi, and NOT coming off. the loofah didn't work. soap didn't work. finally, in an ingenious move for which i verbally pat myself on the back, i emptied 1/4 tube of arm & hammer whitening toothpaste into my palms and scrubbed for dear life. and it worked!

so as i sit here, fearing the hue my skin might appear in the bright daylight of the jersey shore, i have to caution you. THINK before you spray tan, ok? promise me?

and while i would
normally declare a personal boycott, post a facebook rant about hollywood tans, and maybe even dedicate a revised version of kelly clarkson's Never Again to that horrible tanning salon ("NEVER AGAIN will I trust you....NEVER AGAIN will I spray tan... NEVERRRR"), i can't promise that i'm writing it off forever.

i mean, what's the alternative? being pasty and white in a society plagued with an unattainable standard of tan, youthful beauty? or even worse, going out into the sun... like, regularly... without SPF 45 on? shaaa... right! as if.

maybe i'll call HT and complain. or at least ask for a free spray tan... for the next time i'm going to the beach.



p.s. i'll update you later to let you know if anyone notices my clementine hue, or makes a comment about a bad spray tan, or asks me to work in his chocolate factory.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

they say you can never go home again...

and those are words i live by.

but occasionally i think about the grassy hills and dusty dirt roads and winding streams of that place i return to only for the christmas gifts and to end the guilt trips from my mother.

today i'm thinking about home in summer. so quiet. so calm. i should probably be there studying for the bar exam. this nostalgia will, of course, pass soon. but my ma, novice digi-photographer that she is, sent me some photos today, and for her i'll allow myself just a few minutes more...

here's a view from her window. car window, that is.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

what are you, person?


dear danity kane -- or, dear aubrey o'day, rather. since you're the only one who seems to have a personality or the ability to speak on your own:

i'm writing to let you know that, despite good intentions and strong motives, i cannot dislike you. i've tried. i've explained to myself why i should not listen to your saucy singles, why you're not real artists, why the titties are probably faaaake. and yet i've failed.

as you well know, you are a musical group with no depth whatsoever. you were thrown together into a mixing bowl reality tv show and whipped up for the sole purpose of making money. music is simply a byproduct of that process for you and your creator-god, to whom we shall refer as diddy. because i guess that's what he wants to be called these days. praise his name in the highest.

you girls have no interpersonal relationship aside from what mtv has captured/scripted/produced. you've weathered no storms together, except a couple break-ups (which were bound to happen, because that's how mtv deals with ex-boyfriends back home. we all know that, after 98 seasons of the real world).

and i'm pretty sure that each of you girls has just as much personal depth as the group itself. i mean, you haven't survived a meth addiction like fergie ferg! and you didn't have a painful childhood and the resulting yo-yo weight loss/gain problems with which janet struggles every month (during which time she gains, and subsequently loses, approximately 75 pounds). same goes for my gurl kelly clarkson; i love that bulimic angel. and you're not well-rounded like karina (see below!), who -- well, i don't know anything about karina, except that she's got some hot pipes and probably a very incredible story to tell on oprah someday.

and then there's danity kane. you girls came from middle class homes where the worst problem you faced were alcoholic, workaholic fathers and mothers who were extremely critical of everything you did. even when you succeeded. well, welcome to the dollhouse -- er. i mean, welcome to america. you're just like every other young woman in this country: total sluts.

so, as you see, i've come up with many reasons to dislike you. yet i listen. and this summer i have gotten addicted to songs like "damaged" and now "bad girl." speaking of which, it was so nice of you little kids to ask missy elliot to sing with you. who would've thought an old grandma could be a star somewhere other than the church choir? i bet it's the gastric bypass. that's why diddy asked missy to sing wichoo sluts. and that's nice. i like that about you/diddy. god, i want gastric bypass soon... anyway....

so i'll continue listening to your music and walking around my apartment singing, "DO -- DO YOU" and not finishing it (only to hear A in another room singing, "got a first aid KIT" if i'm lucky). and i'll watch aubrey's silly interviews and cleavage, which seems to have a publicist of its own.

but i will never be a groupie the way i am with kelly clarkson. and i promise that i will never swoon when i see you at a bra signing at victoria's secret PINK! rather, i will do my best to wonkily look you in the eyes and ask, in true vapid whore paris hilton fashion, "what are you, person? you remind me of something...?"


love,

mattity kane


p.s. aubrey: please tell jesse mccartney i frickin' luv him! thanks!



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