Monday, October 9, 2017

I didnt sign anything

Its nice when you hold the door open for a stranger, but sometimes I hold the door open way too early just to watch you fumble and awkwardly speed powerwalk over to make the door. When a social contract is masquerading as a common courtesy.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

high anxiety

I know I been accused of repeating this in the past, but that was sincerely the worst flight i've ever had in my life. As we began our descension, i swore we hit a pocket of bricks and a loud BANG that threw me nearly to the ceiling and bouncing left to right. People moaned, the plane shook and the pilot quickly rapped an unreassuring "please prepare for landing". The Caballero to my right and I both yalped aghast at the same time as the plane jostled us around; although he didnt speak a word of English, when i looked at his pale face, I recognized the familiar language of paralyzing fear. I'm nearly positive the woman to our left shit herself; as the Caballero and I road this horse all the way to landing, my grip leaving a permanent impression on the seat headrest in front of us. As the final nail drove into the uncomfortable hard landing, I felt the image of my spirit momentarily glitch outside my body, then it was finally all over. The Caballero and I exchanged the strongest grip handshake ive ever delivered and shared a momentary laughter of terrified relief. When I got off this flying piece of metal, I kissed the Earth like I was praying to Mecca. Although every part of me wants to scream out "i'm NEVER flying ever again" I know realistically that is not an option. So instead I just say FUCK FLYING, FUCK IT FOREVER!!!!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hurricane tips

Seemed like a good idea to pass this on:
A few 🌪️hurricane tricks for Floridians who are seasoned storm veterans:

1. Share  memes laughing and taunting the hurricane while its still a week out and off the coast of Africa.

2. Deny it can ever hit your location and try to remember the last time a really bad hurricane happened in your recent memory.

3. Live your life casually and make plans for the weekend as if nothing is happening.

4. One day before the hurricane hits, panic and buy all the cheap price gouge-free bread there is on the shelf, leaving dozens of other unprepared floridians to starve.

5. Nail a used door to your sliding glass entrance and refreshen tape to all windows, since windows already had disintegrated tape from previous hurricane 1 decade prior.

6. Throw all chairs and patio furniture into neighbors pool.

7. Get drunk and walk around barefoot during eye of the storm to survey damage.

8. When the storm is over, leave the house to buy more bread and speed through intersections without traffic lights.

9. Consider looting your local dollar general and any unattended generators you come across.

10. When power is restored, post on facebook about how this storm wasnt so bad meanwhile 70% of people in your city still have no power and are  repeating points 7-10.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The most Notorious word in the english language

Hearing a stranger use the word in the context of racism privately with me, was and still is a personal litmus test. People make assumptions all the time about skin color, and being a lighter shade myself they soon are disappointed i dont share their same prejudice collective views on race. To me it wasnt so much the word itself, but the subtle expression behind it that defined an extreme ignorance from its user.

Some time ago, a mixed group of kids playing basketball outside my house casually called each other by it; ironically it was my initial natural reaction to recoil, but they didnt. It was at that moment I realized that I was becoming antiquated and giving the word too much power. To say we can never utter the word, in any formal or informal context, racist or not, is indeed a censorship of language and history. Over the last few decades; the popularity of rap music, comedians, online internet forums, memes, screaming microphone insults during FPS games, and especially 4chan have given the word a new context outside of racism and desensitized me a lot from its original implication. Holding this unspeakable word to the highest esteem and erasing it from any and all context, is not only censorship of language and history but only empowering racists who intend to effectively hurt people with words.

There are a number of racist slurs we can list off for every color, religion and gender; except one. I think the most important thing we can do to desensitize it and take away its power, is by understanding the context of which it is used as well as recognizing that name calling alone cannot bring any harm to you as much as it does the person using it.