Last weekend I received not one but two fun packages via the USPS, enjoyed an exceptional doom metal duo, an early morning anonymous choir in-store at Treehouse Records, Obscura Day at House of Balls, watching Alien with the boyfriend, and a burst of getting-things-done productivity. And yet I started this week off in such a downer mood. Feeling like I can’t keep my head above water. And no wonder. Just look at what I’d been reading!
Five discouraging, depressing or disheartening things plus one vaguely inspirational one:
- What Happens To 3 Out Of 4 Girls After Leafing Through A Fashion Mag For 3 Minutes? And that’s not just “girls” of course. Plenty of
- A highly enthusiastic letter was written by author Philip K. Dick in 1981. Dick had just seen a pre-release glimpse of Blade Runner — a movie that was based on his novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and which is now regarded by many as the greatest science fiction film ever made — and, delighted by the footage, felt the need to share his thoughts with the production company responsible. The tragedy is, Philip K. Dick passed away 5 months after sending this letter. He never saw the final movie.
- Gen X Hits Another Bump in the Road. Yep.
- The city Chernobyl built - “I thought there would be a much bigger fear of radiation, but the bigger fear is the loss of jobs and the uncertainty of the future,” Crow said. So sad.
- Mile High Bummer Club - “A 52 year old Flilipino guy lost it on a Cathay Pacific flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong. He tried to attack the cabin crew with a knife (maybe the tiny one they give you to spread hard margarine on your dinner roll) and nearly made it fully into the cockpit, before he got taken out in a head lock by a fast thinking Mongolian business man.”
- More hopeful than helpless but still sad. A well written essay/obituary for John Grabski III by Steve Albini. Also, fuck cancer.
But hey, it’s May now. Time for happier shinier new things. This morning I registered the boy for classes for SEVENTH GRADE. Damn. Thankfully he’s way more excited than anxious about the whole thing. And we’re both stoked about Saturday’s Free Comic Book Day. Our annual family tradition is to make a pilgrimage to The Source (this year in their larger location just up the road from their old digs). Hopefully there will be plenty of cosplay enthusiasts to photograph. And Sunday is the Heart of the Beast’s annual May Day Celebration in Powderhorn. This year with oodles of friends who now live in that neighborhood, and the boyfriend will be performing at the festival as part of a marching band. Hooray!