Friday, June 26, 2009

"Orenthal James Simpson 1947-2009"

(AP) Reports are coming in stating that Orenthal James Simpson has passed away today while incarcerated at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada. Details are sketchy currently, but sources are saying that Simpson, affectionately know as O.J. to friends and family, was trying to defend a fellow inmate while being "shanked" mercilessly to death. This coming mere months after being sentenced at a noble attempt at vigilantism to reclaim his own possessions from a number of corrupt memorabilia resellers in the black underground racket of reselling celebrity items for huge profit. "He carries on in death as he did in life. A noble spirit who only thought about others, and was always willing to put their needs in front of his own," said former lawyer and friend Robert Shapiro.

Simpson came to prominence after a stellar and Heisman award winning performance as a University of Southern California running back in the late 1960's. Simpson parlayed this into a very prominent career with the American Football League's (and later National Football Leagues) Buffalo Bills. But perhaps how OJ is most remembered and beloved is for his role as Officer Nordberg, the dimwitted and hapless but lovable sidekick to Lesley Nielsen's Officer Frank Drebin in the hit Naked Gun movies. "[Simpson] played these roles with a gullibility that made you think he could be anyone's friend," said close friend Al Cowlings.

Simpson leaves 5 children from his two marriages. He died just short of his 61st birthday.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

"Be Careful What You Wish For."

"This is not a relationship. We're not in a relationship."

" I know. We firmly established that in the beginning. I never asked you for that. BUt we also were not about labels, and suddenly it's labeling by labeling what it's not."

"I know. That's because it feels like a relationship."

"I know. It feels like all the shitty parts of a relationship."

"I know."

What does hanging out mean? What is it's definition in the American dictionary of relationships? It seems pretty simple upon first glance, but it becomes so much more complicated once you actually attempt to do it.

This seems clearly to be because there's so much expectation on what's supposed to come after "hanging out". And what exactly are the boundaries where you cross over from this state into dating or a relationship or whatever comes after.

I propose a moratorium on labels and titles that come from the American Dictionary of Relationships. Because the words never mean what they are supposed to mean in it and they always suppose so much more than they need to.

How can you get to know anyone if the immediate bottom line seems to be to jump into a binding contract with them off the bat?

In order to hang out, it would suppose a requisite is to actually spend time.

But hang out has so many different interpretations connected to it. What does it mean? and where does it go from there? This is one of the great mysteries in human relationships.

And exactly how do you spend this time...the dating of our ancestors is seriously antiquated and outdated.

Going to the movies are never appropriate early dates. Your going to sit in the dark for two hours with someone you were supposed to be getting to know better. And f one of you doesn't like the movie, well, that makes for awkward conversation after.

Going out fora "dinner date" just sound antiquated. It sounds like something old people do. We are not old people.

Life is not natural I guess. Not in the way we want to. Or at least relationships aren't prone to be.

I think I, personally, have been on two "dates" in my life.Neither of them went particularly well because they felt and were forced in some fashion. There was nothing natural about them. The girls were fine, nice even, maybe it was just the wrong time. I don't know.

Every other way I've ended up with someone is by a victim of circumstance in meeting.

Which is not working.

So, isn't the way it was intended is you see someone, your attracted to them, and you try to find a way to send more time and get to know them more?

And yet every way to go about this seems forced and unnatural and hopeless. It's a tease of a little game that men and woman play with each other on a global scale.

We are supposed to show interest but not too much interest. We are supposed to have fun, and if we're lucky it's too much fun that lasts a really long time, or it's short, messy and complicated.

What happened to simple? What happened to sitting on the couch watching movies? What happened to taking a walk and talking? Whatever happened to comfortable silence?

How do we meet people in this day and age?

Maybe we just don't.

Friday, June 19, 2009


What is heartbreak?

Is it the song you put on repeat to try to catch a glimpse of what you at least deluded yourself was happiness for that one brief time?

Is it the song you put on repeat to remind yourself how miserable and self-deprecating you want to keep yourself because that's what makes everything just a little more bearable?

It's certainly better than a week straight of rain, the pitter- pitter-pat constant outside your window, no sight of the sun for miles, reminding you that the weather doubles as an explanation for your mood.

What is heartbreak?

Have you ever known heartbreak?

All sorts of things can cause it, the staggering brilliance of an incredibly emotional invested movie, the whelping and emotion of the most emotive song, a simple black and white photograph encapsulatiig a simple theme or mood, a novel painting emotion with words instead of images.

A girl.

Heartbreak happens to everyone. If your lucky, more than once. IT's a way to prove investement into something.

It's caused by feelings which we can never, no matter who scholarly the psychologist, ever fully realize, analyze or understand.

Hopeless romantic is such an overused term, but seems appropriate for almost everyone.

Heartfelt or heartless...even all the Grinch wanted was to love and be loved. That's why his heart grew three sizes that day.

People, writers, artists try to use these nihilistic terms in order to contextualize their pain, their heart ache.

"everything we know is wrong."

"just give up. it's easier."

They use these in substitution because they think it's the one way to get that feeling of happiness back.

So when you come to grips with heartache, when you take it on and start accepting it, when you truly move on from the thing your heart was broken over....

what's next?

"there are plenty of fish in the sea."

"you gotta get back up on that horse."

That all assumes so much and so little at the same time.

Maybe it's all in the chase....maybe the chase is the real cause of heartbreak.

Or, maybe it's never getting across the finish line. It's always in the run, and never in the finish.

Or maybe, just maybe there is no finish. Could it all just be chase?

Exhilaration is never matched out side those first few moments when eyes meet, conversation clicks, and while perhaps too soon, you both are thinking, this may be the one.

But it's never the one really, because there is no "one".

Because at the end of the day...

it's just heartbreak being prolonged.