This shit right here? It’s the focus of my next 7 days. The actual Master Cleanse plan calls for 10, but fuck that noise. Why? It’s rather simple. I’m cleansing to reset my system. I’m cleansing to prove that I can. And finally, I’m cleansing to take a step back from alcohol. Not for nothing, I also want to test myself. I’m strong, and I’m smart, but I’m nothing if not a creature of habit. Habits in food. Habits in drink. Habits in music. So now we rage against that habitual machine. It will also be eye-opening to experience the mental and physical hurdles that billions of staving people on this planet encounter every day.
Unrelated, Moonlight won the best picture Oscar after that now-famous royal Academy fuck up. So that was cool. The movie was a pretty cold glimpse at a story normally left untold. Every day I walk the halls of my building knowing there are of kids amongst the masses who think and feel differently than the “norm”. We work hard to accept those differences as merely part of the “norm”, but the sum never adds up. Moonlight is a necessary piece of art for a demographic, and world really, that still struggles to accept homosexuality. Kudos to that team for having the balls to make a gorgeous film without limits.
The Neon Tangerine continues to melt down in Washington. His dementia seems like it’s got the upper hand, and it would probably behoove me to start a dead pool in my office. If nothing else, this administration is pure comedy gold. Huge shout out to Desus & Mero on Viceland and from the Bodega Boys podcast for continuous coverage of the daily executive shit show from Capital Hill.
I’ve been on a huge U2 kick lately. What’s happening now is what happened a few years ago with Pearl Jam. When I was an angsty early 20-something, I couldn’t appreciate what Vedder and the boys were all about. Now that I’m a grown man, the song writing and guitar tones of U2’s entire catalog is mind blowing. They were once a punk (ish) band from Ireland singing because it’s all they had in the world. I can feel that now, and it’s worth it.
The Pretenders. The Replacements. Run The Jewels. Vince Staples. Ryan Adams. These are a few of my current favorite things. Specifically RTJ3 and Prisoner from Ryan Adams. Tremendous records. Also give After The Party by The Menzingers a run through. I thought they hit the wall on their last (2) records. After The Party is a look in the rear view as your twenty’s give way to the real shit storms of adulthood. Good stuff. Leave me a comment and tell me what I need to be hearing. Peace.