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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Amazing, long post is amazing, long
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:35:30 pm »
Read it. It lost me on a few concepts that I'm not familiar with, and introduced me to some debates that I was not aware even existed. I'd like to revisit it and, as Net mentioned, brush up on certain topics, but I found it overall hugely accessible for someone that doesn't generally educate himself to the extent that he should.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Spagbook
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:31:31 pm »
You get people like that, sure, and yes you can totally get in shape with home workouts. I was very anti-gym for many of those reasons until I started going. Mostly I found polite and friendly people who are just into physical fitness.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Spagbook
« on: August 07, 2014, 06:02:55 pm »
Ugh.  You healthy sons of bitches.  I'm procrastinating doing the couch-to-5k as hard as I can, and YOU'RE NOT HELPING.

Summer sucks for running. It's hot as fuck. I still think it's awesome to start at any time.

My "big" 5k is the Get Your Rear in Gear. My entire family runs or walks it in memory of my uncle, who died of colon cancer. It's what got me started running. It's usually in late October/early November, so that could be one to shoot for that'll put your training right around when it starts cooling off outside.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Spagbook
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:14:39 pm »
TGRR: Thanks. :)

So, started lifting this week.  My torso is dog food.

 :lulz:

That mostly happens to my knees.

My trainer has me starting out on upper body.  I haven't actually gotten underneath a bar yet.  Noob is noob.  It's still my first week.

I know that feeling. I've been hitting the gym once a week with my brother in law for the last two months (with my regular running in between) and I'm still leaving there unable to move for a few days afterward. Great feeling!

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Hi there PD!

I've been dealing with general spaggotry, both Mine and THEIRS, for too long.

Depression/self examination/introspection/ (Also known as drinking a Fucking LOT of Whisky(still am)). 

Then, heard a radio show with Grant Morrison mentioning he was a chaos magician. Looked into chaos magic (wasn't sure about the MAJICKk side, although did like the idea of unstructured rules and changing, dropping, adapting systems and beliefs) which led me onto the principia discordia. There to BIP, which was helpful!

So, I've been lurkinghere for a while.

Some bars are gone, some are fucking hard to shift. And yes,

THERE IS NO HELP

but, that's alright, because I'm a Conscious Human BEing.

I'd like to contribute (I've got some  :argh!:) but sometimes the rug slips out from under.

Sometimes the rug slips

Sometimes the rug is pulled

The important thing is when you fall on your ass

You have a good laugh about it

Welcome to PD

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There's something horribly sad about a lot of those. And not sad in a dumb way, sad in a lonely and desperate way.   :sad:

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What caused the whole affair, you ask?

A guy came out of the bar and saw a drink on his car. He swatted it off and it splattered on some people nearby.

Yadda yadda yadda, 4 men and 3 women were shot.

That's about normal for late night parties.  Which by itself is a horrible indictment on American primates.

Aaron Hernandez lost a lucrative contract with the Patriots and a promising career as a top tier tight end because he (allegedly) killed some folks who bumped into him at a club and spilled his drink.

You always have to save face, always, no matter what desperate, psychotic, or otherwise overblown reaction you have in order to do it. What are you, a pushover?

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What caused the whole affair, you ask?

A guy came out of the bar and saw a drink on his car. He swatted it off and it splattered on some people nearby.

Yadda yadda yadda, 4 men and 3 women were shot.

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I have in recent years, forgotten what it is to party outside, even if there aren't any Portuguese around.  Your story reminds me of the Last Fling in Naperville, Il, in which everyone under 21 attempts to sneak into the beer tent, and everyone over 21 tries to stay OUT of the beer tent and sneak their beer into the open-air concerts.  This was the state of rebellion in Reagan's America.

Except that everyone fit in.  There were no Portuguese matrons, with their Roma-like ability to spot outsiders.  You were Irish in March, German in October, and were either Polish the rest of the year, or you pretended you were.  Even our town's Black person was Polish, and the steadily-growing but almost invisible Hispanic community all died their hair blond and tried to look vacant and maybe drool a little.

I never pretended to be Polish, but I did enough inane shit that people thought I was just, you know, really INTO it.

That's how we rolled.

That does sound familiar.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that seven people were shot last night (none fatal) outside some shitty club where a DJ promoter though it would be a good idea to host an after feast party within walking distance.

How do you shoot 7 people and none of them die?

A fatality would indicate that my city is capable of some measure of success.

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I have in recent years, forgotten what it is to party outside, even if there aren't any Portuguese around.  Your story reminds me of the Last Fling in Naperville, Il, in which everyone under 21 attempts to sneak into the beer tent, and everyone over 21 tries to stay OUT of the beer tent and sneak their beer into the open-air concerts.  This was the state of rebellion in Reagan's America.

Except that everyone fit in.  There were no Portuguese matrons, with their Roma-like ability to spot outsiders.  You were Irish in March, German in October, and were either Polish the rest of the year, or you pretended you were.  Even our town's Black person was Polish, and the steadily-growing but almost invisible Hispanic community all died their hair blond and tried to look vacant and maybe drool a little.

I never pretended to be Polish, but I did enough inane shit that people thought I was just, you know, really INTO it.

That's how we rolled.

That does sound familiar.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that seven people were shot last night (none fatal) outside some shitty club where a DJ promoter though it would be a good idea to host an after feast party within walking distance.

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Holy shit.

That was fucking awesome!

Thanks. I know I needed to write something about it. Roger called on Thursday night and like three minutes into the conversation my friends arrived at the doorstep.

I woke up the next morning with enough of a pounding headache and upset stomach to miss my run and blearily make it into work. Six hours into the shift I got a text, "Feast tonight?" and I groaned and I said "ugh. fuck it. I'm game."

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The abrupt end to our conversation the other night came about because I had some company meeting up at my place to walk down to the feast. It seems unfair for me to hurriedly explain such an event on the phone, so here is a better write up.

We call it many names. The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament is the official one, the one they've been using for the last hundred years. What exactly that sacrament is I do not know, and do fear to discover. Informally, you might hear of it as the Portuguese Feast and, indeed, in the sea of pressed bodies all named Silva and Correia and Medeiros eating malassadas and cacoila and carne de espeto you'd see the name was accurate. Then there's the Madeira Feast and, yes, that one is just as apt. It's said that the only place in the country, if not the world, that Madeira wine can be transported and served directly from the barrel is this one little spot on this one little weekend. The sweet, sticky, fortified wine is overflowing from little plastic cups and spilling onto the grounds, onto your feet and legs, and if you were an amateur and wore sandals the only cure for what we call Feast Feet is amputation. The mixture of pork grease and candy-like wine and sweat and filth will cake onto you and harden and that spoil knows no fear. It is part of you now. Finally, for those of us whom attendance on at least one of its four days in this first weekend of August it is simply called The Feast. It is the only one.

My humble apartment is what could be called prime real estate, this weekend. It's far enough away to remain unaffected by the rowdiest foot and vehicular traffic and close enough to walk. On Sunday, the parade will march at the end of my block. I like to invite people by before a stroll down the street for a few reasons. One, my ten dollar bottle of Madeira wine is better than the $8 7oz cup down there, and two, if you want to meet a friend there you will not find them among the throng of bodies. Unless of course, as in my case, your friends are extraordinarily tall seasoned alcoholics that you can pick out out of the crowd around the Madeira Hut.

Your first order of business is to stand in a fifteen to twenty minute line to have your ID scanned and wrist band printed. Each of these has a unique bar code and I find this disconcerting for the sheer fact that they assume they might have to scan one in order to find out who the deceased is. After the wrist band you find another irritated line of people waiting at hilariously unreliable ticket machines that are constantly running dry of the precious little gold drink vouchers. You stand behind a greasy little man with steroid acne and sweat who feeds it with twenty after twenty after twenty, pulling out strings of tickets that you suspect he might use to tie down Gulliver when he returns home to Lilliput. The little red Out of Service light blinks on for the fourth time and everyone behind you groans and looks to the neighboring line with envy and loathing.

At no point, thus far, have you been out of direct physical contact with a stranger since your arrival.

You have your wrist band and you have your tickets. Music is playing and it's always some semi famous band that had a hit or two just over a decade ago and gets by replaying it to nostalgic crowds for the rest of their careers. Thursday night it was the Gin Blossoms. Yesterday it was Blood, Sweat, and Tears. The press of bodies sets in. Tides of people ebbing and flowing, stopping to chat and holding wrists and hands and shoulders to stay together in their journey. Not all will make it. Invariably the weak link will be severed by a larger, drunker chain and they will not see their companions again that night. But weep not for them for this is New Bedford, and everyone knows each other. People from your past will resurface after years of seclusion, coming down from the mountains and rising, sodden and bloated and covered in seaweed, from the oceans. Yesterday I think I spotted a man who I was not only sure was dead but whose funeral I attended. And you exchange greetings and maybe speak and the press of bodies moves you along and you see them again maybe at the next Feast, maybe never again.

The wine flows. It's sweeter than sweet and it's dark, muddy brown that might once have been gold in a dream but nobody cares the quality of the wine that flows only that it does. Men wear brightly colored knit caps with tassels that stand erect or bent, depending on their marital status, the symbolism not exactly subtle. Down past the Madeira Hut and the lines of beer and linguica stands and the main stage and the side stage a glorious length of charcoal pit smolders. People are buying chunks of raw meat and sliding them down skewers six feet long, salting them and dousing them with Madeira wine. A few of the veterans put pepper and onions on the spit. You cannot buy peppers and onions there. They have brought them from home. As your skewer roasts on the perfect heat you guard your meat and drink more Madeira. There is a stand nearby with a v-shaped metal piece over a steel table dripping with beef juices and you position your skewer and yank it back and let the meat fall. And you drink more Madeira.

Across the way rides and games and little carnival vendors are set up for the younger crowds, for this is nothing if not a family affair. The next crop of Feast attendees must come from somewhere, after all.

After a thousand hellos and not a single goodbye everyone wanders off, in cars that will clog every street for a mile around over the next hour, or in pockets of people who carelessly amble through neighborhoods they wouldn't have the nerve to step foot into on any other night. Few of those people's nights are over, they are just moving on to the next bad idea, the after spectacle, the wind down from that glorious and disgusting undertaking that we somehow love that is the Feast.

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We are animals. Our social constructs emerge from our nature as animals. This is a stupid question.

I think we should overcome our animal nature by killing ourselves - then we'd just be a bunch of carbon.

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MOVE TO NEW BEDFORD

EVERYONE IS REALLY HAPPY AND BEAUTIFUL


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Or Kill Me / Re: I Forgot Why I Wrote this
« on: July 30, 2014, 10:23:21 pm »
Made all the more enjoyable by the visual I have of you sitting in a McDonalds, typing this out, your face a frothy mess of spittle and big Mac and your eyes glassed over with rage.

You're right that does make it better!  :lulz:

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