Friday, October 09, 2015

from the notebooks

in our hyper-competitive world where everyone strives to be noticed, to be unique, and different, would it not be radical to insist on our ordinariness, and trust in plainness, because if everyone is seeking to be number one, to be on top, should we not then evidence an inward draw from hyperbolic intensity and proclaim our radiant simplicity

everyday is halloween

you want proof of halloween everyday?  how about this christian group who predicted the world would end in fire last wednesdayevidently this group took the calculations made by another leader, harold camping, who said the world would end in 2011.  well, add 1600 days and the end of time would be 10/7/11.

i don't know what is scarier.  the end of days by fire from an angry god or our need to predict the end of time.  we are living in interesting times, brothers and sisters.  but then again when hasn't the times been interesting.  groups of all kinds have awaited the destruction of earth since we have been organized creatures.

plus our popular landscape is saturated with stories about the apocalypse.  why?  hard to give a firm explanation.  our epoch is changing.  change is scary.  we want things to stay as they are, or were, if only by the stories we tell ourselves.

the world didn't end on wednesday.  obviously.  and when the world ends there will be no one to record it.  as the character elijah, played by robert duval in the film the road [2009], said about being the last man on earth, you wouldn't know it,  you will be it.


Tuesday, October 06, 2015

everyday is halloween

movies that scared the pee out of me: the sentinel [1977]

i really don't remember seeing this flick.  only the shadows of fear, of being scared shitless, shroud my memories of this movie.  a young model moves into an apartment building that is occupied by a blind priest played by john carradine on the top floor.  turns out this building is the gateway to hell.  carradine is keeping the demons at bay.

but an image of the actor burgess meredith and the stairwell and the demons and the girl is seared into my memory.  i may even be remembering a bit from the trailer played on TV.  i don't know.  demons and the gate of hell gave me the cold sweats.  anything suggesting the devil and hell had me jumping out of my skin when i was a kid.

that image of demons and the girl and burgess meredith and the stairwell haunted my dreams.  the image followed me to my bedroom.  it was around the corners and a little beyond my field of vision.  and yet i know they were somehow present and  waiting for me.  i was haunted.  i was scared out of my wits.

perhaps that fear, vistigial, has kept me from seeking out this movie and watching it again.  i know it got middling reviews.  i don't believe in hell, or heaven.  and yet i remember my fear and how physical it was caused by images from this film.

 i know the boogeyman ain't real, okay.  and still. . .and yet. . .


Sunday, October 04, 2015

everyday is halloween

another zombie movie?  hell yeah!  particularly this one.  feels like i have a line on this pic because nick and i are active in scouting.  nick is a cub scout.  he will bridge over to the boy scouts this spring.  this flick is titled scouts guide to the zombie apocalypse.  it is a horror comedy about three scouts who team up with a young woman to kick zombie ass.  looks great!


Friday, October 02, 2015

everyday is halloween

horror and halloween have their own sounds.  sometimes the sounds are autumnal fitting for cooler breezes, lengthening nights, and falling leaves.  more often halloween sounds like surf and punk rock.  below is a video by the jeano roid experience.  roid is the guitarist for the nashville, tennessee based horror punk band the creeping crudsgood guitar rock with some whip-ass cool images taken from horror/exploitation films, TV horror hosts, punk rock bands like X and the cramps, and assorted stuff.  boils and ghouls i present to you 'theme from an imaginary spookshow'.


Thursday, October 01, 2015

everyday is halloween

full tilt into the scary season.  alors!  i try to live in the present and take each day as a gift but man i am like a kid waiting for christmas when it comes to the ancient traditions of samhain  and here it is, fall, and halloween a few weeks away.  now if i could only get my peeps at MIT to work on a calendar that can expand the month of october and collapse the rest of the 11 months.

but no.  time neither stops nor marches along.  time moves on its own speed that is, for this old punk rocker, going faster each passing year.  still, the present now is october.  and halloween is my favorite holiday.  i shall drink hard the nectar of autumn and savor each drop.

you have seen i have already started my everyday is halloween series with a jump scare scene from a recent horror film and a anti-memoir of a sub-genre i shall call movies that scared the pee out of me detailing movies that frightened me into a near catatonic state.   i'll continue my series to halloween.

in the meantime, nick, anna and i plan on hitting the local haunted house this weekend.  very exciting for this will be nick's first time at a fright house.

last week anna, nick, me, b. and j. took our laggard selves to dixon where we walked in the corn maze at cool patch pumpkins.  i think this is our third or fourth year navigating the world record holding corn maze.  last year was bananas.  we were lost in the maze for about four hours.  we were the last to step out of the corn that night.  crazy.

this year the maze is a little smaller, about 40 plus acres.  the designers also created two routes, advanced and not so advanced.  we chose the not so advanced.  we hit the maze at dusk.  so we can do half the maze in daylight and half at night.  night is better.  a little spookier.  we were well equipped with water, energy bars and flashlights.  but we sure as hell didn't want to get stuck in the maze for half the night. 

b. is a great map reader.  he got us thru the maze in an hour and a quarter.  just the right amount of time.  it was a lovely evening.  the supermoon was set for sunday.  but this was saturday night.  the moon was huge.  the sky was cloudy and the moon peeked out to create the perfect vision of halloween delight.

then suddenly it was over and time to drive home.  that is just the way it is.  just like life.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

this evening sun light strawberry orange topped with cones of soft cloud when nick asked me for the time to give away

Saturday, September 26, 2015


what do you mean when you say
yr heart flops in yr chest like a dying fish

then you give me that look
full of pity & love

shaking against the cold
telling me i look like a punk scholar

then i feel my own heart flip
flop in its cage of bone

open against our time now
& when you shimmy and i swirl

to that tune we both love so well
hang on babe

you sd giving me a kiss
it will be alright