MUTANT C.S. and low'in' dah rewf.
I'm nearly half way through with my 6 month venture into the realm of pseudo-independence! The pitfalls of having roommates, and all the drama that ensues from each and every one of them, is a HUGE drawback and downer for me while living here...BUT...all is not not well. I'm definitely enjoying the independence, the idea that I have more freedom to do more of what I want to do, whenever I want to, and not have to even think of telling anyone else. I've definitely learned to hold back on certain extra expenses, although that for sure hasn't stopped me from going to SF every now and again for the occasional show or to take someone there.
Quite a few shows have been enjoyed in the past few months. Definitely the two most memorable are the Chinese New Year Celebration, with MOCHIPET! Five hours of electronic music, including mochipet's awesome one hour set, followed by an awesome dance, drum circle, and christening of the OX for the new year. And more recently, I was lucky enough to see, for the third time, the Secret Chiefs 3, one of the most amazing groups...EVER. They played at a really sweet new San Francisco jazz club, Yoshi's, an older location of which is in Oakland. Was about to blow money on dinner somewhere after the show, but instead bought the brand spankin new sc3 dvd, live at the GAMH 2007, along with the animation AYLAQRUH: HURQALYA that goes along with it. needless to say, the dvd shows some amazing footage of a wonderful show that, sadly, I missed due to WORK.
"it all started one night when I came here for a rave..."
Aside from settling into the apartment and occasionally vacationing to not-so-distant lands, I've been occupying myself with a marine biology class at Sac City along with my wu-tang buddy, Mike, and trying to figure out things while I have the free time to figure them out. Priorities, goals, plans, you know...the really unimportant things. OH...and juggling. Been doing lots of that. KkLUTZ!
#1-Maintain a positive attitude, and always be the good guy. I'm pretty sure it's because I've been watching far too much Heroes and other supermen related media (BTW WATCHMEN was amazing!!!!!!!), but I've come tot he conclusion that I am definitely a good guy. there are far better, and far far worse, but as long as I can maintain my status as the good person, one who does the most good for the most people and the least harm through the most thought and reflection, I will consider my life to be meaningful. Regardless of whether I end up doing "anything" with my life.
#2- Stay focused on school. Don't overstress or overthink, take advantage of the education, just stay on track and, when you finally do finish, do whatever the hell you want to do with your life!!!!!! Now, I'm in now way the type of person who sees college as a means towards the degree, but in a way I see this process as being, in part, one of the many social requirements of the times, and by completing it, I'll feel more justified and less inhibited when it comes time to say Screw This and leave everything behind to start my name and my work somewhere completely different.
#3- As Mitch says in Dirty Work, "Don't take CRAP from anybody!" Go through everything you have to go through, regardless of difficulty, and reap the benefits later. Namely, a nice savings, and the opportunity to take more time off and go into the mountains!
#4-Go hiking more!!!
#5-Take part in the Bighorn Sheep field seminar in the Mono Basin in September!! It's totally worth it!!
Hope all is well with the millions of you who read this :-)