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A little less than a happy high
You got a weird thing for Canadian melodrama
Today, I am dressed more appropriately for pushing smack on the corner a few blocks from here rather than sitting in my office playing responsible adult. In fact, one of my down-dressing colleagues came into my office while I was still wearing my knit cap1 and said that I had gone ghetto today. This mode of dress is strictly utilitarian, but it wouldn't be much of a stretch to say that with enough spirit gum and a few clever camera tricks, I could be Kevin Smith's stunt double.

It's no accident that I bring up the maker of the "NJ trilogy," and I blame J and K2 for whatever Jay and Silent Bob aesthetic that is lingering in my poor tormented mind. If they hadn't been hospitable and let me hole up during the storm, if they didn't have a profound wealth readily available visual entertainment, and if they hadn't persisted in using their Amazing Mental Powers3 to sway me, I may have remained pure and resisted the awful temptations of Selma Hayek topless. No. Instead, we sat and watched Dogma and talked about things like how it would have been better if someone had randomly fallen from the sky and landed on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike4 or how I'd never seen Chasing Amy.

Of course, I rented Chasing Amy after I found my way home and dug out an unlikely space for my car. You folks didn't tell me that it wasn't exactly a feel-good hit, but it did get me thinking. I won't say a lot on that just because I'm still processing. What I will say is that regret seems to hold some strange fascination for me. Perhaps it's because I can connect so easily with it, or perhaps it has something to do with being gifted with a sense that it's part of who we are as opposed to being just a part of who I am.

Talk to me.

1Our heat turns on late in these parts.
2No, not these guys, despite any superficial resemblance.
3There was a lot of talk about mind bullets while I was around.
4I honestly don't remember which film was released first in 1999, but man that would have been cool. I'd also argue that the federal building elevator in The Matrix should have been playing "The Girl From Ipanema," but I think that might be an entirely different post.
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From: ex_cayetana730 Date: January 25th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
komos From: komos Date: January 25th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh man... it's out?? I look like some sort of deranged beer-demon.

And yes, I'm guessing that I've just activated the powers of PhotoShop.
From: uruz Date: January 26th, 2005 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
One photomanip, coming right up.
komos From: komos Date: January 26th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you leaning more towards Judeo-Christian or far Eastern mythology for this one?
sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: January 26th, 2005 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Is that you in the pic? Rawr. (Cool, too, 'cause I so love to have a face to put with the personality.)

Care to explain the moment there?
komos From: komos Date: January 26th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not entirely sure that's the best image for a first impression of me, but yes, that's me in all my beefy, red-faced, bug-eyed glory.

As to the moment, I'll give you your choice of stories. It begins, "Having spent several hours imbibing Stone's 8th Anniversary Ale, our hero...

A) begins to think that he actually does a reasonable impersonation of a Tusken Raider;
B) decides to play
Donkey Kong with BeerSummit guests;
C) is not going to pay a lot for this muffler;
D) is just being incredibly silly.
sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: January 26th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's gotta be "A" doesn't it? I mean...the second I saw it, I thought, "My god. He looks just like a Tusken Raider..." (I swear it - gave me chills)
komos From: komos Date: January 26th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, you're good...

In any case, "D" is also quite true since I was at that point of delicate balance where I both thought it would be a great ideaTM and realized that I was being very foolish. It did bring people to the table. ^_^
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: January 26th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
That needs to go on the cover of your album: Behold It 2
komos From: komos Date: January 26th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
My musical personna is very angry. It's like some bizarre variant of "you can't sing the blues until you've lived 'em."
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komos From: komos Date: January 26th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
No need to apologize. I liked it even though it didn't leave me all tingly. I was just a little surprised.

Incidentally, I'm working up recs for you, but can you point me in the direction of a new graphic novel?
From: ex_cayetana730 Date: January 26th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw feel free to delete the comment with the link! I just thought it was a great picture.
komos From: komos Date: January 26th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nah. I'm just funnin'.

I think it's pretty funny.
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komos From: komos Date: January 26th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I ended up fixating on how entertaining feelings of inadequacy can have profound effects on the people who love you. Not so good feelings springing from that.

Why is it so easy to fuck things up?
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