Life in Bomont

One of my favorite movies is Footloose. While I’ve always enjoyed the original, it wasn’t until the remake was released that I really came to like it.

Everyone enjoys a good love story, and I’m a sucker for romance. I always have been, and probably always will be.

There’s something about the movie that captivates me. Perhaps it’s the timelessness of it all, or maybe it’s just that I root for the underdog.

In some way, I relate to Ren.

I relate to his struggles and I relate to what he’s up against.

I love the small town setting of Bomont, and how the characters in the movie are coming of age. I miss that time of my life. I really do.

Footloose is one of those movies I wish I could have been a part of.

Everyone deserves a happy ending.

Fragile Songs

In my opinion, there is no music genre where the anesthetization of pain is more evident than grunge.

There were so many great songs written back then out of authenticity, and the impact they had on my own life was absolutely mind-numbing.

Eddie Vedder said it best when he explained why Pearl Jam never made one of my favorite all-time songs, “Black”, into a featured single.

Fragile songs get crushed by the business. I don’t want to be a part of it. I don’t think the band wants to be part of it.

They were essentially writing my life story in real time, and the resonance I felt during the grunge era was undeniable. I was simply living inside the music.

There was so much truth that existed in the lyrics I heard, and the squeaky clean image I bare today was obfuscated by the darkness I felt back then.

And now my bitter hands cradle broken glass of what was everything. All the pictures have all been washed in black…

That was the soundtrack of my life, and it lasted for many years.

Inevitably I hit rock bottom, and like every good artist, my therapy was the written word. Hundreds of poems exist because of this period.

Who knows, maybe one day they’ll become fragile songs.

The Facebook Conundrum

I have love/hate relationship with Facebook and I don’t ever see that changing.

I like what Facebook sometimes is, and what it can be. I love that I get to connect with friends from high school and see what they are up to these days.

I really like that I get to decide who I’m friends with, and who can view my stuff.

But, there’s some things that I don’t love about Facebook.

I don’t love that I’m unable to view the most recent updates, rather Facebook hijacks my account and always insists on showing the news feed.

I’m guessing this has something to do with metrics and actions that they think I’ll take. What I really want to do is my what I want, not what they think I want.

Aside from the nuances that drive me crazy, what I dislike most about the existence of Facebook is that I feel the need to have it.

Like I’ll be missing out on something if I don’t.

The pain of having Facebook is easier to bear than the pain of not having it.