I’ve been wearing it quite a bit and I am just fine with wearing it quite a bit more. It does not go well with t-shirts or flip flops, but I don’t give a hoot.
Let’s talk about the main benefit of not wearing pants. The breezy nature is almost enough to fill up my cup and while it’s runneth-ing over, fill it back up again. Delightful. I wore it to the Renaissance Faire today. The jousting and huzzah’s were just a little more fun with it swishing in the wind. A monstrous storm swooped in around 330pm and drove us back home. There are times when you have to keep your hands at 10 and 2 and not think about the 3 feet of visibility in front of you and lightening bolts flashing above in the sky because you have 3 other people rolling on those 4 wheels and everyone needs to go to bed safely tonight.
“I’m off the deep end
Watch as I dive in
I’ll never leave the ground…”
Saw A Star Is Born last night at my #1 favorite place to watch movies in my home town. It’s a restored palace of a house, a place destined to bring things to life on the silver screen. It has a snappy backlot addition, but I love the main theatre, big and wide with its turquoise interior and relatively cheap priced concessions.
Lady Gaga – I love her slightly off-kiltered being. I love how bare she laid it all out on the line in her Netflix documentary. She has let herself be a channel for the creative current. She has opened herself up for criticism. Still, she goes right on. She would not have deleted half of her posts in embarrassment.
She and Bradley Cooper do well together in this movie. He’s a mess. She’s not a mess, just talented and going up as he’s sliding down and down and down. This is not a review. This is not the review I read last week where the guy said something like “Lady Gaga isn’t as pretty as usual, but…” There’s a lot of stupid-fuck going on with people. Try not to pay any attention to them.
The sound track is also amazing and it is blazing in my ears as I type all of this. It’s 34 tracks of movie dialogue and singing and snips of songs. It’s like seeing it and yours ears seeing it. Go see it. Go see it in my favorite movie theatre or yours, just get thee to it.
The last song is a kicker; it will unstick all those tears you’ve been saving up for some special time when you think they’ll be needed, saved up from all those other times you did too much crying. It will happen again. Because the last time is pretty hard to come to terms with. You never know when that last time is going to come, or maybe you make it happen so you do know when it is going to happen, so that you have some control over a corner of a life where you have no control at all. I don't know.
I've had kind of a fucked up three weeks or six months, I can't tell anymore. I left my glasses in Chicago, Fedex returned them to me. The front desk clerk was asleep on the sofa in the lobby Friday morning. I reported a flight attendant to Southwest a month ago for informing the entire flight that there was sadly only one woman on the flight for the guys to look at. I have slept more sitting upright on an airplane than I have in a bed at any of the 10 hotels I've been in during the last 2 months. I need what is left of my impulsive head examined.
One bright spot. On my departing and arriving flights to Baltimore, I traveled with the Kansas Honor Flight crew. Let me Google that for you. As I was boarding, I said, HELLO KANSAS! Those vets are a lot of fun. They pointed me to the two female Vietnam veterans on board. That was a pretty sweet moment to savor. On the way back, on an equally early flight, they were all gathered once again, on board first. One of the guys said, "You're back!" It is nice to be remembered on the road. And it is nice to travel with people who signed an open-ended contract to give up everything - up to and including their life.
I’m going to make the first screens for the t-shirts. My wife is the handiest person I’ve ever met and she has figured out how I can make shirts to order instead of making a ton of them using a commercial printer only to gather dust and take up shelf space. Plus, they’re all made by hand, by me, one by one, carefully, until I am happy with what I’m looking at, then that will be good enough for you. I have to find the right shirts and make the screens and then we shall see what happens next.
I need to go dry my kilt. It’s still wet from being caught in the rain.