I Went On A Walk / I Walked Somewhere
Voting was easy, I was in and out in 16 minutes (I timed it) and I was right behind the mayor at the ballot-eating machine. I think the only other time I saw the mayor was at that Dirt Palace event when everything became legal, he was giving a speech and he said something like "there are two very culturally important people here today" and I looked over at Fortress Crook_djaw and we shared a nice little smile and nod, a perfect moment. I believe he was talking about two other people, but in honor of the moment I must admit that I don't entirely recall who else was there.
On the way home I decided to get a coffee and sit with it somewhere so I went to the dog park near the chapel. I caught a bunch of insane gigs at that chapel over the years, the one that sticks in my mind was a single 45 minute monsterjam in the basement with Seijiro Murayama (ex-Fushitsusha), Scott, Blind Lukey, mem1, MacArthur winner Sebastian, Mori, and I think 2 other classical people, and the only audience was me and Agnes. It was at 2 in the afternoon and for 3 minutes in the middle of it we all just listened to a large fly buzzing around the room. It was one of those gigs where you drift away from the idea of the self as a separate entity, or in the parlance of the noise community, it was "totally fucked". In the years since then I've gone to a few funerals in that chapel, so the air is heavy on the block now, the same way the air gets heavy in the kitchen when you're cooking a stew for a very long time.
The dog park is right next to the chapel, there are trees and dappled light, dogs running off leash, and people strolling around. There are benches on the perimeter and for reasons I can't discern, there are quite a lot of dining room chairs scattered about, in singles, duets, and trios. Who brought all these chairs here? And why? No one's even sitting in them, it seems like they're only there for the dogs to whip through, like a moveable hedge. Kate and James showed up randomly and I opened the question up to them-- Kate's theory is that someone brought one chair one time, and then others followed. It seems like a wild premise but that's how it goes with graffitti-- there's often one stop sign with a ton of stickers on it and then the next stop sign is clean as daybreak. It's probably not a satisfying answer if you're into true crime podcasts but yeah, i think "there's chairs here because there's chairs here" seems about right. Kate and James were both looking good (naturally) but the big news is that James' hair is really long now, it's great.
Finished my coffee and masked back up, then went to the post office and got some nice mail-- the new Life Harvester from Colin and some back issues of Pedant from Dennis Typhus-- both free weird 21st century newsletters for my collection of same.
Got home in time to meet up with Dan Wars, he said he had something to drop off for me and you know what it was? A pumpkin! He wound up with an extra so he brought it to me because I carved mine early and it rotted well before Halloween. What a sweetheart! He also gave me a mix tape of Halloween music. I listened to the tape and carved the pumpkin, I really took my time and it came out great.
old ones on the left, new one on the right:
After the post office I went to the bank to get bug out money-- it felt insane to be in there with my mask on making a withdrawal, so in an effort to seem more friendly I asked the teller if they could give me some of the cash in 2 dollar bills. They were out of 2's so it just felt weird anew, but a different weird. When our transaction was complete I asked if I could have some candy from the bag of Halloween candy on the desk behind the counter. They said no problemo and gave me 2 Kit Kats, and I felt cute again.
Went to the co-op to get food but I didn't run into anyone I know, except maybe someone who was at a talk I gave at the library last year-- we never met but at the time she was wearing a cool vibrant pattern and we accidentally made eye contact while I was saying "stupid shirt" about something else and I felt so bad. I didn't say anything at the co-op except "pardon me" because I was in the way, but if I was right about who it was then "pardon me" is like the major thing I wanted to convey. It was a cool shirt and my comments were unrelated, it was poor timing. Could've been someone else at the co-op though, who knows. I was worried I was going to accidentally buy more than I could carry but I didn't, I got just about enough to not struggle with on the half hour walk home. I got potatoes, cabbage, kale, black beans, half and half, coffee, yogurt, oatmeal. I'm going to start sauerkraut tomorrow and make roasted potatoes tonight.
Bowie is so good, and it's been a while since I listened to music on headphones-- I forgot how much is in there. I listened to "Heroes" and Station To Station, and there were so many weird grunts, handclaps, tons of little sounds... lots of fun in the studio. It seems like almost every song has an acoustic guitar playing the chords in the background, because his background is like, a psychedelic folk guy, that's probably how all the songs start, as long-hair strummers. Also almost every song has a honkin' sax solo, because that's his background too, a honkin' sax guy. Every era, every record, almost every song has a honkin' sax solo in it as the coup de grace, it's so dumb and it rules so hard. Starman in the studio saying "you know what would be good right here?" and everyone rolls their eyes and laughs. Starman laughs, and does it anyway- "You know I'm right" reaching for the saxophone case. There's a new movie out about Starman, it looks bad. Lucky for us the records will always be good. I mean even the bad records are good, that's something I've come to realize.
links / misc
- Well, you probably have a regional bail fund that you care about, no idea what's going to happen in the next couple days buuuuut charging up a bail fund is probably going to help someone out big time regardless. One for RI/MA is the FANG Community Bail fund, which is here: [gofundme] and there's a page that splits your donation into over 70 different bail funds: [link]
- fundraiser for Jaylon Butler, who is dealing with legal and medical problems as a result of getting swept up by police during a protest-- [gofundme]
- If you're a Providence artist and you're struggling with bills right now, you can apply for the Interlace Grant Fund. The application is not complicated and you don't need to write a bunch of garbage for it. The winners will be selected by lottery. A big problem with grants is that a lot of people that should get them find it difficult to apply or talk themselves out of it. This is an easy one, if you're having trouble, just do it. Annnnd if you're not struggling or have inherited wealth you could call on, I'd say sit this one out. The deadline for the first round is November 8th. [link]
- If you need a pick me up, here's a link to a video I made last year, it's my favorite Flipper song, and I matched it to an ice dancing performance from the 2019 Nationals. [youtube]. Life Is The Only Thing Worth Living For!
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Oh yeah,For the past couple weeks I've been making pdfs of each post for Joanne and sending them out with the emails, because she likes to print them out and then read them. But now I made a thing that you click and it reloads the page with a more print-friendly layout, so it can just be printed from the browser, without needing me there to make a pdf. Does this make sense? Or more to the point, does this work? This is going to be on all posts moving forward so if this is a useful function for you, go at it, and if there's any adjustments I can make for readability, like changing the font or the font size or something, please let me know! The button's going to be here at the end, so just scroll down and click from now on: