Adventures in Summertime Boredom

radiosilence95's picture

My forearms are incredibly sore from golf lessons. Yup, I've taken up golfing, simply because, like bowling, it doesn't require ridiculous amounts of athletic ability. My instructor says I'm better than the average beginner, so maybe I've discovered a hidden talent. Maybe if I can sharpen my skills enough I'll join the school golf team. My grandma's gonna start taking me to the driving range so I can practice before my next session. It's actually kinda hard, getting the right stance and swing and wrist movement and whatnot.

My feelings have been hurt. Last night my group of friends went out to our normal restaurant and for whatever reason decided to exclude Judd and me. I've been dying to go out with friends. What justification could they possibly have for not inviting two members of the normal group? I think some apologies are in order here. Judd and I are gonna go out Monday if his mom allows it and not invite everybody else. I'll of course try to get Brittany to come, but if she's busy, we're gonna do something else this week. Probably just the two of us. Alone. By ourselves. An opportunity to reveal my feels. Oh god.

I have horrible time management once summer starts. I stay up until four in the morning, browsing the internet and listening to music, and then sleep in until one in the afternoon. Not healthy. I've done nothing productive. At all. No poetry, not enough time with friends (though there's a bit of an improvement over last summer), and no real job. I am a lazy, worthless vegetable. I need to get off my lazy ass and do what I wanted to do this summer. I'm gonna make it happen. I wanted to exercise outside, write better poetry, chill with my buddies. Just get out of my house.

It shall happen.

I've been reading both Oliver Twist and Les Miserables (I hope the italics work; this is the first time I've bothered to use them and I am technologically impaired). They are both very good classics but they are so very, very long. So if you have the patience of an avid reader such as myself, you should go read them. Les Miserables is a book that rambles into historical information that isn't entirely essential to the story, so skipping a few pages won't hurt. I love that even though it mentions religion and God it doesn't stray into the preachy zone, although during one of Victor Hugo's ramblings he does say that atheists, in choosing to be atheists, give themselves no real reason to live, basically. Unless I misinterpreted. But really, it's awesome.

Oliver Twist is just super depressing but somehow readable at the same time. I watched the movie once and I can't remember if there's ever a time that Oliver gets to be truly happy.

Also, Marilyn Manson has a new album out. I listened to every song on iTunes and I gotta say, I was disappointed. Manson is a hero of mine, but I think his time is done. The only great song on the new album was its single, "No Reflection," which I listen to every day. Everything after Holy Wood proves that he's lost his spark. When Manson first began his musical career, he was shocking and controversial, new and exciting. The controversy and the shock value have died out and now his music is rather bland. There's just no edge to it anymore. Tragic, but he still made so many great albums.

I still feel a personal connection to him though, because when I was depressed and isolated, he taught me that it's okay to think differently and be an individual. He also taught me how much society can suck sometimes :P

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Tycoondashkid's picture

hmm

i could understand them excluding Judd if they knew he was a dealing for you know drug reasons, but they had no reason to leave you.

our summers are the same, stay up late and sleep in, except i am a actually nocturnal, during school days i used to go home have dinner sleep wake up at like 2am do stuff for like 5 and a half hours get dressed and go to school.

question, how DID you even use italics?

i like Marilyn Manson too, i was actually going to but it too, then i realized i couldn't

elph's picture

Italics:

Place "i" before what you wish to italicize, but replace the two quotation marks with < and >.

Similarly, close the italics by "/i" at end. Again, replace the two quotation marks as above.

same technique works for bolding: "b" "/b"

underlining: "u" "/u"

Tycoondashkid's picture

Testing

Italics
Bold
underline

YAY, thank you

elph's picture

No charge... this time! :)

But not all my offers are quite that easy... :)

Tycoondashkid's picture

what do you mean

this time how about ALL the time

elph's picture

btw...

I'm not Jeff! :)

jeff's picture

Aww...

No need to apologize.

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"You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks" - Dawes, When My Time Comes (http://youtu.be/Z0FrcTX6hWI)

Tycoondashkid's picture

i never said you were

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radiosilence95's picture

I don't think they know

I don't think they know about him dealing. There really is no reason that I can think of. I haven't done anything wrong.

Well, you might like his new album, but I personally did not. There wasn't a lot going on throughout it. Why can't you buy it? Broke?

Tycoondashkid's picture

hmm

maybe they just wanted certain people?

yep, broke, very broke :L

radiosilence95's picture

I totally know that feel,

I totally know that feel, bro. I make enough money to put gas in my car and go out to eat with friends once a week and that's it. I have a lot of money in my savings, but I feel like dirt whenever I withdraw any cash from it. There's a lot of junk that I wanna buy right now and I just don't have the money :\

Think you can get a job anytime soon? I can't remember how old you are, but maybe you can look for one?

Tycoondashkid's picture

can't yet

illegal for employers to hire anybody under 16 unless its for Work Experience which the government highly recommends they take us on, who doesn't love free labour :L

jeff's picture

Hmm...

Too bad about Marilyn, I didn't hear the new stuff yet. Perhaps I'll think differently?!

Have always been a fan, and briefly an acquaintance, albeit ages ago, heh.

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"You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks" - Dawes, When My Time Comes (http://youtu.be/Z0FrcTX6hWI)

radiosilence95's picture

Well, I am a bit pickier

Well, I am a bit pickier than most when it comes to music, so maybe you'll like it. It's not as gritty or industrial or in-your-face.

Yeah, I think I remember reading parts of the interview you did with him. I would love to meet him someday, though that is highly unlikely. He seems like a very, very interesting person to talk to. Is he a nice guy?

jeff's picture

Well...

Actually, you just described the direction I didn't like in his music as much, so maybe I'll like this! I like his first album the best. ;-)

I think I caught him at a great time, since he was just starting out, and was pretty candid when I interviewed him and when we hung out. I knew his whole band at that point, too, since I was at like 5-6 gigs backstage in the space of two weeks?! As well as having interviewed him and all.

Once he became bigger, I think he got more guarded and was a bit more cryptic in a lot of the press he did. I did go to his book signing a few years later, and when he signed my book, he said "Hey, I remember you...", so that was kind of nice.

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"You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks" - Dawes, When My Time Comes (http://youtu.be/Z0FrcTX6hWI)

radiosilence95's picture

His first album was really

His first album was really good. My favorite songs of his are scattered throughout all of his albums, so whenever I wanna listen to him I just turn to his greatest hits album. That one is my favorite, just because it's a mix of everything.

Oh my gosh you are so lucky. He's always seemed like a pretty nice guy to me, even though people demonize him.

I had his book, read it several times and loved it because it showed me who he is and where he came from. But then I loaned it to a former friend and her mom threw it away because she hated him, even though she knew it was mine and didn't belong to her daughter. So, if I ever come across it in a bookstore, I'll buy it again :|

ElsaGabor's picture

Hmmm...

I've never really listened to Marilyn Manson, nor do I know many who do, but I've heard he's quite good. I guess his album was like Madonna's latest: Uninspired and Cheap :/

radiosilence95's picture

You should give him a listen

You should give him a listen if you're ever looking for new music. If you're going to start somewhere, start with his greatest hits album, Lest We Forget. You just might like him.

I've never really been a huge fan of Madonna, but some of her older stuff is pretty catchy. Her new stuff is just...not good. Some singers and bands really need to learn when to retire. But no, we gotta keep going to make money! :P

jeff's picture

Umm...

Madonna sells out venues with $350 as the top ticket price. Again, if you don't like something, why do they have to retire rather you not having to change the channel?! ;-)

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"You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks" - Dawes, When My Time Comes (http://youtu.be/Z0FrcTX6hWI)

radiosilence95's picture

Well, some artists just lose

Well, some artists just lose their touch over time. But hey, as long as you're still making a lot of money producing music, then why not keep putting out albums, even if it's not about music anymore? :P

I should probably watch what I say about Madonna on a site that's full of gay guys...

jeff's picture

No...

Not about Madonna. I'm more interested in the larger picture where Madonna (or any artist) gets to decide what music she wants to make, and you can decide whether you like it or not. That's really the only place you need to make a judgment: Do I like this? Yes or no?

I'm just not sure how you can know an artist's motivation: not about music, just want to make money, should just retire, etc.

You just can't know any of those things, so why devalue the artist? Keep it about your reaction to their art.

It's not like she's just doing stuff to get attention, hehe:

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"You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks" - Dawes, When My Time Comes (http://youtu.be/Z0FrcTX6hWI)

ElsaGabor's picture

I have actually been looking for some new stuff,

I'll be sure to check the album out. :)

jeff's picture

Err...

Not sure how you not liking something means the artist wasn't inspired to make it.

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"You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks" - Dawes, When My Time Comes (http://youtu.be/Z0FrcTX6hWI)

ElsaGabor's picture

Maybe not that the artist wasn't inspired,

but that it sounded uninspired. The MDNA album just wasn't up to the high standards Madonna herself had set, at least in my own opinion.