Got the sniffles and the other day I blew my nose so big and bad I thought "I wonder if that's the last one forever". Boogers don't work on the boss model though, you don't beat them you just get to the end of the level. It got me thinking there's a lot that doesn't work on the boss model.
I'm definitely getting older, we all are, but I'm still making measurable progress on things I thought I was done getting better at, without really trying. I'm better at making omelettes, I can touch my toes with my pinky when I stretch, and I'm getting great at finding tiny little screws that roll off a desk. The trick is to not try to catch it or see it fall, just stay completely still and listen to it fall, bounce, and settle somewhere. That's the trick to the screws. The trick to getting better at stretching is just to stretch daily or more. The trick to the omelette is to move the omelette to a different part of the pan after the first flip, it makes it fluffier. The eggs thing is harder to explain, bordering on finesse.
Earlier in the week I was listening to Sun Ra "Somebody else's idea / of somebody else's world / is not my idea / of things as they are". Then that was caught in my head all day. Sun Ra used catchiness and repetition to get a good message in your head, I can't really think of a lot of other bands that do this. Flipper did it, with "Life Is The Only Thing Worth Living For", and Coltrane did it with "A Love Supreme", but with Coltrane it's more mantra than message, and anyway each of these bands only did it once each, not as a model. Lots of bands use catchiness for no reason-- I have a lot of respect for bands that use it for good.
I went to Walgreens to get a Milky Way Dark, because I was celebrating getting nice mail. It was like 2pm on a Tuesday and the cashier had perfect cat's eye eye makeup and her nametag said "BEAUTIFUL DAWN". The same Walgreens has a night manager named "HEAVEN"-- I was there a few weeks ago getting chocolate ice cream and she got called to the front for a refund or something. I stuck around to make sure I didn't mishear a Kevin, Bevin, Devin, Nevin, or Tevin. I didn't.
They're moving the highway or something near my house, and it's been shaking my house every weekday from 7am to 2:30pm for weeks. It's maddening to be in the house but it's fun to walk by it. The other day they had one of those big excavators on top of a big cliff and it was just picking up dirt and releasing it over the edge, the way you might drop food nuggets on a koi pond. When I went home I looked up "excavator skills" on youtube, no regrets there. Dan S told me that he had a job running an excavator one crazy summer, and he fell asleep inside it with his hand on the joystick, pressing "spin". The big arm was whipping around in a big circle that might've killed anyone that tried to go wake him up, and the motor was too loud to shout over, so they just waited him out. Really beautiful!
I started a new ball of string, for those bits of string that seem too big to throw away but too small to form into a solo ball. I love seeing the layers and variety of string pile up, and I love to think "it's all one string". Sometimes I think about unraveling it and making a history- this was string I used to make a friendship bracelet, this was fishing wire I used for a project, this jute was just kicking around the car, this is something that I don't know what it is.... I'm never gonna do this, only think about it. I'm also never going to soak it in epoxy and slice it in half and look at all the string ends as a bunch of closely packed 2-dimensional dots, but I'm going to continue to think about that too. The last time I made a string ball it was all 1 kind of string and the ball was huge. But I found that as the ball got really big the growth rate slowed tremendously, as I needed more and more string to impact the diameter of the ball. It didn't call to me as much. This time I'm thinking once it gets to a certain size I'll just start a new ball. I mean, shit baby why not?
- Sun Ra - "Somebody Else's Idea" [youtube]
- Here's a video I made back in September, it's an ice skating routine from the 2019 US Nationals, but I changed the music to Flipper. There's a fad in ice skating to set your music to slow gritty covers of pop music, of the same sort you hear in movie previews, and I thought, why not go with a slow gritty original? I didn't do anything other than switch out the music and somehow everything matches up. I mean I'm biased but I think this is truly uplifting. [youtube]
- Strawberry Band is playing another show, March 7 at the Lily Pad in Cambridge, with Electric Street Queens and Kremlin Bats. 10pm $10
- My sticker duplicates pile is getting too big and at the same time I need a greater variety of stickers to post in my beloved book. If you want to trade stickers please send a SASE to the address listed in the picture and I'll send you back however many stickers you send me. Providence locals swing by Analog Underground on Fridays, that's my day.