so its my last day in the big bad world of Texas, and I must say its been fun living here.
I find it pretty funny actually. You see I’m a little white kid from Ohio
and I’ll prolly always have that persona about me
but when you tell people you’re from “Texas” they all look at you the same way. . .
“Texas!” oh wow, . . . do u have to carry a gun when u go to the store?. . . “
I like to mess with them…
“yup, and then when I’m done I mount my horse named Silver and catch an armadillo for desert!”
Its funny. I don’t look Texan, and I’m not Texan. But the label is stuck. . .
anwho I’m all packed
I hope so.
I can’t believe that on my last day here it’s cloudy
I don’t think its been cloudy since Pancho Villa came through here
. . . no I’m wrong, it was when Billy the Kid was in town. . .
notice our dead palms. . . I think the one in the back is gonna make it
but that little one in the foregroud.
last time I”ll see these palm trees
and the last time I’ll look at this pool and say
“u know if only it wasn’t so gosh darn cold”
this is the last night I”ll sleep on not quite a bed. . .
… in a room that isn’t mine
and the last time (I’m excited about this one). . .
I have to clean up after a dust storm
the last time the neighbors dog will bark at me
(tripod isn’t out today)
hopefully he barked himself to death
I’m sorry was that mean?
my last load of laundry
and the last time I”ll use the living room as my closet. . .
I’m quite nostalgic today. . .
but I guess thats ok right
being my last day and all. . .
so I have this thing about artists. . . its kinda like when musicians make it big. Let me explain. You know how you like that band thats “yours.” Its cool, unlabeled, free, genius, and incorruptible. Lets take kings of leon for example, when they first started they were undeniably their own men. Long haired 70’s southern garage rock legends that couldn’t sell out if they tried! We loved them for that (at least everyone but America who’s still listening to Kelly Clarkson on the radio). We loved them , they were ours, and now they’ve hit the mainstream.
Why? Did they sell out? In my opinion no, I agree with the words of a friend of mine, that like the Beatles, some people get big because they are, simply put, that good. Nevertheless they are no longer our pocket band that no one in America knows about. Mind you, the mainstream only knows their hits. I went to their show in Pheonix. It was ridiculous watching the 17 year old girls trying to mouth along to lyrics that they had obviously never heard before, for 90 percent of the show!!!! So I ask u, is it really selling out if what you’ve “sold” are 3 singles? When I look at bands like that on stage I don’t see money in tight pants, I see passionate musicians who happened to make it big. I think labels like “sell out” should be applied to those that operate for fame from the start. The prefabricated crapola that we’re barraged with daily.
so!!!! With that illustration in mind, my point is that this principle guides how I perceive artists. I believe that art is for the artist, and you only sell out when you forget that. So if you happen to make it, great! But if you’re a real artist, that person proudly standing in that gallery will be the same person anonymously pouring their heart onto canvas.
I’m back from Denver! I love roadtrips, in fact they’re one of my favorite means of travel. With the right people they can be fun and hilarious. Mind you sitting in a tin box for hours crammed with people can be rough. This requires certain skills that can be mastered with time. And so in an effort to collect such knowledge for the benefit of people everywhere, I present a list of my personal favorite roadtripping skills. Which is funny cuz technically I don’t particularly like lists but I’ve been doing alot of them lately. . . meh who’s being technical.
sleeping in awkward positions – this skill will be your best friend when its hour 12 and you’vesurvived on nothing but chips and rockstar. It helps if you’re comfortable with the people you’re with ha ha, but if you’re not! this skill is that much more important! My current preferred position is scooched down in the seat with legs up on the window. . . aka bad posture, but hey! I’m asleep! leave posture out of this!!!
stay out of prank wars trust me on this one. . . just don’t start, or trying to sleep will be the last of your concerns.
holding it -there aren’t enough rest stops in new mexico. . .
not holding it– men, the world is your urinal (I’ve found ditches to be particularly perfect for this.
sing alongs– not only do they pass time, they burn calories. . . that is if you sing in a very animated fashion like I do. . . he he.
staying awake– this is mostly geared to the driver. . . mmhmm. . . you know the guy operating the vehicle that is actually a loaded weapon!!! this can be accomplished in many ways. . . such as coffee, energy drinks, talking, listening to music, mixing coffee with energy drinks, foot tapping, counting mile markers, practicing your spanish. . . now if you aren’t the driver your choices expand greatly because the danger of killing everybody in the vehicle go down by at least eighty percent. This opens up things like watching movies, reading, playing rockband, thumbwars, blogging, texting, or cooking on your George Foreman grill that is plugged into the powerstrip which is in turn plugged into the cigarette lighter.
spotting randomness– look kids! DEER! ! ! as a kid I could never see what dad was pointing out. Partly because I was too short and partly because I was too . . . short. So if you’re not short, this shouldn’t be as big of a problem. If you’re of normal stature and are still having trouble I suggest practicing with friends or getting a little brother.
all things tech– from programming the gps to consulting almighty google for the closest Starbucks, techies are highly suggested for every car group.
city driving skills– you can’t stay on the highway forever, yes that includes parallel parking
stretching– this goes right along with #1
reading– I put this as a skill cuz I cannot do it without getting carsick, and I envy those that can
beware of rattlesnakes– I can’t stress this one enough!!!
Help me make this list longer, what roadtrip skills have you gathered?
If I was in this crowd, I would have passed out. . . hands down. Say what you want about Bono lol but tell me that this intro doesn’t give you goosebumps.
Also! This album was inspired by the desert out here! Which should make people from El Paso and Las Cruces smile, cuz I think our Irish friends appreciate the beauty of it here more than we do. The grass is always greener in Ireland.
I need to get my vespa license. . . seriously. . . I envy our european neighbors who seem to understand that vespas not girly, they’re convenient, economical, fun ways to get around town! I see alot more of them here in el paso than I did in Pittsburgh. . . But I have to admit I’m starting to see them more when I hit up cities like New York or SF. . . Do you think the vespa will ever conquer America to the extent that it has Europe?
so!!!!! French people smell. At least thats what most Americans say, This stereotype has been built over time, (among otheres) in my opinion because of a fear of the unkown and the possibly that there might b a more sophisticated culture out there than the one that exists in the place that we call home. . .however! thats a rant for another time lol. Another reason for this stereotype is because of the prevalent rejection of anti-perspirants and deodorants in the area due to their cancerous properties! Being aware of this for awhile I was curious of the alternatives cuz lets face it there’s no way I’m letting my underarms go solo in the climate that I live in ha ha. . . so! recently I heard about the common use of mineral salt stone! The method? u wet it, apply it just like deodorant. Its chemical-less, odorless, non-staining, instantly dries, and lasts forever!
so . . . I went to whole foods market and asked the guy about it and he swore by it. . . telling me to personally bring it back to him for a refund if it didn’t work. Therefore! what can I say, I’m a sucker, so I bought one and am now 2 days into an experiment. Will a hunk of salt really withstand the El Paso heat, or will my family, friends, and co-workers beg me to “take a bath hippie.” So far. . . SO GOOD! On my break I walked from utep to downtown and back and although I sweated profusely ”
that ain’t gonna change” My friend with me didn’t pass out! And! I will admit to standing on a street corner, lifting up my arm to deliberately and shamelessly sniff my armpit in front of traffic. . . the result! nothing stinky! In fact, even though it may have looked funny. . . if not weird, and despite the probable embarrassment that my friend felt, it was actually a pleasant experience to my nostrils. . . . Mind u! Its too early to tell if this will in fact take conventional deodorant out of my life, therefore I will keep u updated on this experiment, as I’m sure u wouldn’t know what to do with your life if I didn’t lol
Unfortunately I was not able to go to chalktheblock due to my trip to Denver. . . BUT! This doesn’t mean that I didn’t get to enjoy it! U see, I had a mole. . . . a spy if you will. Whatever you want to call it I had someone get documentation! I was really awed by some of the things there, check it out!