the cat's in the bag, and the bag's in the river, fuck me

swimmerguy's picture

I haven't written on here in what seem like a while. I could check exactly how long it's been, but I don't really care that much.
The site crash probably has something to do with it, I guess.


So, it's summer. I've never really known why people like get such big boners over the end of school. Like, school isn't that bad, and summer isn't that great.
I guess it might be different for some people, school's harder than it is for me, but still, summer isn't that great.

What's summer been so far?
Well, except for a beach party on the first day, not so much so far.
It's been hours and hours of looking at Wikipedia articles.
It's been other hours and hours of looking at Calvin and Hobbes.
It's been going through my entire stash of indie hipster music.
It's been staying up, really really late, or early, depending on how you want to look at it, watching film after low-budget film, usually horrors or thrillers, and looking at old episodes of Ugly Betty, drinking cup after cup after gallon of peppermint tea.
It's been going to a new place I found in the woods I now call Chad's Laughing Place, after Annie's in the book Misery, a peaceful log set up just like a recliner over a stream where I can read Ray Bradbury short story collections and The Economist.

Now, it's been summer for less than a week, but I'm willing to bet that most of the time I'm here at home will be much like that.

Now, that's not so bad, of course, I mean, I just recently watched a movie called Cube, about these strangers who all of a sudden just wake up in separate cubic rooms, all dressed the same, with no knowledge of how or why they're there, and then have to move through all these little cubic rooms, only some of them are booby trapped, trying to find out how to get out of this giant cube structure and figure out why they're there.
And it was actually pretty good, the premise was excellent, the acting was okay, I guess, not very good, and interest started to decay by the end of the hour-and-a-half film, but pretty good for an indie low-budget.
They had a sequel which I also watched, called Cube 2: Hypercube, which I was hesitant about watching, because if it'd been too similar to the first, I would be so fucking uninterested.
But it wasn't, they weren't in a giant cube made of little cubic rooms, they were in a tesseract, a four-dimensional cube with all sorts of weird time-distortions and gravity shifts and shit.

Sorry I got side-tracked, but yeah. Basically summer's been okay, but at least at school, even if it's a little more boring sometimes, at least I have my friends there all the time.
Now, especially with my brother gone, it's a little more lonely.

I suppose I can drive now, I could like go on a day-hike in the mountains...
But my parents probably wouldn't like that...

Anyway, I'm tired of writing about this, I can't fucking concentrate.

So how are your guys' summers going?

Edit: Oh yeah, and have you guys ever read The Better Part of Wisdom, short story by Ray Bradbury? It's a pretty impressive and delicate handling of homosexuality, about a guy and his boyfriend sharing an apartment building, when the guy's grandfather shows up, and is able to accept his grandson by remembering his long ago childhood with a fantastic and short-lived friendship/relationship with another boy, a relationship in the innocence of childhood


MacAvity's picture


My summer's been going eerily similarly to your summer - even down to the Ray Bradbury short story collections.
And I totally agree about summer not being much if any better than the school year. I'm leaving for vacation in a couple of days, but up until now it's just been three weeks of nothing interesting.

hellonwheels's picture

My summer is sucking soo far....

Never have time to go anywhere or do anything, first real day for that will be tomorrow morning.

as far as school, I kinda agree w/ you, and kind of don't...

If ya ever want to go hiking w/ a friend in the area, hit me up man, I need to get more time in in the cascades this year. So far I have done wallace falls, rattlesnake ridge, and mt si, but I definitely need to get out and hike/ backpack more.

want to d staircase @ some point this summer, but it is definitely more than a day hike out there. you have to camp. But I swear, that is one of the most beautiful hikes/ places in the entire state. and its in the park, so it's fairly cheap to go there.

Mental wounds not healing, driving me insane, i'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train- the ozzman

elph's picture

Your wish temporarily "on wait": cat clawed its way out! :(

Calvin and Hobbes: one of my all-time favorites! You do know that the complete 3-volume edition can be purchased for under $90? Tell your folks it'd make a great coffee table item.

I hope you're also familiar with Walt Kelly's Pogo... It's on a considerably bit higher intellectual plane (not imagination made real)... but, regrettably, this aspect is missed by many readers.

A famous quote from Pogo: "We have met the enemy... and he is us" (1970-71). Reference here being to mankind's destruction of the environment...

Challenge: What is it Pogo said he would do to establish world peace... if he only had... ?


As for Chad's Laughing Place... at a bit younger age, I had my own functional equivalent about a mile deep in the timber across the road from our home... a clear dredge stream not very distant. It was my private refuge: So relaxing... and all alone with nature... even an occasional quickly passing thunder storm (thick overhead foliage plus a rather flimsy tarp came in handy).

Dracofangxxx's picture

Dude, Calvin and Hobbes is amazing.

I've got pretty much all the books, and you're right... it was only like 40 bucks for it all. The bookstores had good sales c:
That's redick!

elph's picture


I remember shortly after the 3-volume edition came out, Borders ---sadly, now defunct --- (I miss so much their Seattle's Best coffee and comfortable reading areas) had it on sale for some ridiculously low price.

There is nothing currently available that even comes close to the quality of Calvin and Hobbes... and Pogo is even longer gone.

jeff's picture

Easy fix...

"You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks" - Dawes, When My Time Comes (

elph's picture

What I meant...

...was enjoying a Seattle's Best in the very inviting atmosphere at Borders! This was a nearby daily "haunt" for me --- now trashed.

B&N is much larger than what Borders was... but it's just not the same! :(

jeff's picture


My friend always wanted me to go with him to hang out at Borders, read stuff, etc., and I was always like 'But I have 100+ books I need to read at home..."

"You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks" - Dawes, When My Time Comes (

swimmerguy's picture


The complete 3 volume Calvin and Hobbes is actually exactly what I have.

elph's picture


Now... I'll have to order my set.

Does anyone know where it's available for less than $90?

Tycoondashkid's picture

my summer so far

2 Thunderstorms that downed power
Flooding that drowned 5+ dogs and cats :(
Mini-Snowing attack
Power Short Circuit
& very heavy rain

but the rest of it is very similar to you, i even had a "safe space" when i was younger all the way back in Douglas a old abandoned tree house, when i ran away from home i would hide there and no one could find me

anarchist's picture

My summer:

Horror video games and dubstep. Best summer ever.