Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday Words



Wore a scarf today. That wasn't very fun. Well, the feeling of the fabric on my neck was okay. Maybe even slightly enjoyable. But, the reason for it was not a good one. It's getting chilly. I don't like the cold weather.

I need a pair of those gloves with the special fingertips that let you still use your phone.

I've been trying to write a piece that is due November 1 for over a month now. I am at 57 words. One of my problems is that I work best under pressure. And lately there has been no pressure in my life, so I have had no extra incentive to be creative.

Ya know, just floating through life.

I got a new tattoo the other day. Technically, it's not an original idea at all, as a simple Google search will show tons of the same tattoo. But, in my day-to-day life, I have yet to run into a person who looked at it and went "Oh, I know what that is." Well, one person sort of did.

It's a piece called "Flowers In The Attic" by a guy named Jason Byron Nelson. I've really liked this image for a long time and had been thinking for the last week or so about getting it tattooed on me. It's a person who shoots herself in the head and butterflies emerge out of the explosion.

From reading all five of Mick Foley's books, I've noticed that "juxtaposition" is one of his favorite words. And for good reason, as it's a fun one. What I like about the tattoo is the juxtaposition of the grisly, morbid act with the beauty that comes from it.

I sometimes feel like I have so much stuff in my head; all of these wonderful quips and ideas and other words that mean "words." And it's hard to get them out of my head and onto something readable.

Sometimes you have to go to the extreme and blow them out of your skull so that others can see them. And that's what this tattoo means to me.

An odd note: I realized a couple hours after getting that tattoo done that I now have tattoos of a head without a body (smiley face) and a body without a head.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Episode 29: Marriage Equality



Episode 29 of the podcast is live. This one starts out on an odd note: I swallow a gnat during the opening seconds. I begin talking and see a gnat fly around my face. I breathe in and the gnat gets sucked into my mouth and down my throat.

The big topic this week is about marriage equality. The LGBTQQA crowd can now legally get married in the state of West Virginia. I give my thoughts on marriage and look at this. Then I read a list of people's Facebook comments they posted. There's some ignorance there.

I give a status update on the next B-Sides book in my series and when I should be publishing volume two. I announce the stories that I have queued up for volume two and let you know which ones are finished and which aren't.

While we're here, I'll throw out some links to things I've written lately. 

It's mostly articles from the Beckley Register-Herald. Writing about football isn't the dream, but such is the life of a freelancer. I don't consider myself a sports writer, so I don't write like one. I don't write about a football game, I write about an event that happened and get reactions from people. The event just happens to be a football game. I think my style works.

Beckley Register-Herald:

Wyoming East at Westside

Nicholas County at Wyoming East

Summers County at Wyoming East

Independence at Midland Trail

Westside at Independence

Valley at Meadow Bridge

Wyoming East at PikeView

Thought Catalog:

A Friend Of Mine Was Arrested For Sexually Abusing A Minor ... The title says it all. A guy I worked with and had known since 2012 was arrested for doing some unspeakable acts to his girlfriend's son. I try to process that in the best way I know how; which is to write about it.

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And that's everything for this week. Episode 30 is coming up, and I'll try to have something special planned for that interesting number. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, etc about the podcast feel free to let me know.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Rumblings



I really like Bush. And the band isn't bad either. See what I did there? Vaginas.

I can't stand people who see a cat and make some sort of "pussy" joke. It just doesn't come across as clever to me. I don't think I like the word "pussy" as a whole. As a hole? See what I kind of did there? I don't like "tits" as a descriptor for breasts. I think that's mostly because of the ladies who prefer that word: it's usually fat girls with tight shirts showing a lot of cleavage going "My tits look good tonight!" Makes me cringe.

Once, I was out with a group of people. A mixture of guys and gals. A couple of the females were comparing their cleavage-baring shirts. One, in particular, was extreme. She made some comment about the shirt and apparently had a nickname for it. Basically, this was the shirt this lady wore when she wanted The D.

As the night wound down and people began coupling off, this lady and I wound up in her car on the way to my apartment. We pull into my driveway and make small-talk. At the point when I'm supposed to invite her inside, I instead say "Well, I'll see you later" and get out of her car. I just wanted that shirt to not work for her one time.

Does that make me a bad person? I think it makes me a good person. Man of the Year, to reference a mid 2000's Robin Williams movie I wanted to see until I walked into my dorm room and caught my roommate watching the ending. Oh well.

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A few quick hits:

I was walking down the street earlier and saw a car pull over. The driver got out, walked to the trunk, opened it and got out a bottle of Bud Light, then walked back to his seat like it was no big deal. It was 4 p.m. in broad daylight. 

I met a guy for the first time the other night. We were going to a party. He casually dropped the "n-word" at one point. We were talking about a predominately black area of town, so I let it slide. Maybe he was making a joke that didn't work? By the end of the night I had lost count of how many times he said it. Most people usually hide their racism or homophobia until the second or third time around new people. Not this guy.

October is breast cancer awareness month. My favorite part of this month is seeing NFL stars add pink to their uniforms. I wish they did that for the entire season. The WWE does the same thing.

I'll probably explore this more in the future, but for right now it's a sentence or two. When I had my first job at 18, I knew a girl that was 10 years older than me; we had the same birthday but 10 years apart. I was naive and kind of wondered what she was still doing at a shitty job at 28. I wonder if the 18-year-old kids I work with think the same thing about me?

I'm still a vegetarian. I've cheated a couple times, though. When I do cheat, I try to make it something special. I had never eaten a Big Mac before, so I did that for the first time. Not too bad, I guess. That's why I can't be a food reviewer. It used to drive Candace crazy when we would go out to restaurants that she would review and ask me how my food was. "It was okay."

Volume 02 of my B-Sides e-book series is in the planning stages. Figuring out what content I have and how it will be structured. Hopefully it will be released in the next couple months.

All for now. I'll be back with more in the future. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Episode 28: Simpsons & Stuff



Episode 28 of the podcast is a quick one this week. I talk about the recent season premiere of "The Simpsons" and look at some of my favorite episodes from the 26-year history of the show. I talk about the crossover episode with "Family Guy" and give my thoughts on that. And then I talk about some other stuff going on in my life. It's a fun time.