Saturday, March 21, 2009

Boycott This Too

So Erik P. told a story last night. About the first time he felt the call of responsibility, appropriate adult decision making. He was out drinking, and it was already 1am and people wanted him to go to this other bar, other party, prolonging the fun. And EP had something to do the next day, and it was already late, so he declined and went home. And that's where "Nomad's Revolt" stems from: at what point do you start acting grown-up without realizing it?

After this explanation, a guy behind me yells "That was the most un-rock-and-roll story ever!", and the audience agreed and nodded their heads to Erik's lameness. But it's interesting that this was EP's second show that night, the first one was all ages, and probably very rowdy and sweaty. The one I saw cost me ten fucking dollars, in this trendy bar that didn't have any real beer. And I mean, nothing in a can; local beers only, cheapest was three dollars. There were candles on the tables. Didn't all of us old fuckers opt for the comfortable show, where no one was going to dance into us or spill beer on us? At least me and Kelly and Andre were enjoying ourselves.

I've just felt recently that many of the revolutionaries/partiers/don't give a fuck people I've known have slammed on the brakes. Rough housing and shenanigans are taboo, and I am seen as the immature loser, who's trying to relive some other repressed time period. As if we're SO OLD. Listen, if I've got another 60 years on my life, and I'm already deemed too old to do certain things then tell me what a 23 year old girl should be doing. I just haven't abandoned that spirit, just because I'm not in college anymore. Where does it say that it's only OK to be ridiculous and spontaneous and rowdy if you're in school. I'd agree it was a lot easier, but my understanding of anarchic life is that coming home from work and waiting for the next pre-planned activity coming up in the month is not fulfilling or stimulating in any way. I don't need an event as an excuse to hang out! Let's just see what happens!
Is pleasure too dangerous??

So with that in mind, I'm leaving Philly to go back to Binghamton for two months so that I can return to the Adirondack mountains and drive a boat all summer. Some people back home will decide I've failed at Philadelphia by moving back, but it's what I need to do to get where I want: Long Lake!

And please don't think I'm targeting a specific person, I'm really not. I'm not even that mad. I just want everyone to have a good time. And keep the good times coming. We've still got a long way to go!

"Wedge a stone in the gears of the clockworks,
try to keep us from acting our age. We swore we'd
carry on like this forever, 'til the free spirits bled.
But now can you believe who's a mother, and that
so-and-so's cut off their dreads"

After all, the nomads are settling down :(


  1. Not all of the nomads, just some. We don't have to grow up yet. Nope nope nope. Come to Oswego soon. For afternoons of brewskis and lake swimming, breaking into the fort and climbing that giant ass bluff.

    There is a crazed maniac of a child inside of me yet, and I know it is inside of you too.

  2. Hell, Cato I've got a kid of my own and still refuse to "grow up." Whats all that business anyways? Totally overrated! There are still adventures to be had, roadtrips to take, mischief to get into..I have a 2 1/2 year old who wants to get rowdy and break things! We get disgusted looks from resturant patrons because we have food fights..(OMG I can't believe that horrible man won't control his daughter what kind of example is he setting.)We throw popcorn in the movie theatres. We steal candy from the displays at the grocery store. We both know that ice cream makes an awesome dinner, and we both know that anybody who opposes us or stands in the way is a poopyface and were not affraid to say so!! Some of the nomads are not settling down we are just getting warmed up (and making a whole new generation of us!) Cause maybe someday once Ol' Silverback won't be able to physically do it anymore.. I have a little miss 29 years my junior ready to raise some hell!!

  3. It pleases me that you desire the Adirondaks that much. I'm going to try to get work at Binghamton but either way, I'm going to be in the North Country a lot this summer, you should totally come to my camp. It's not far from Goveneour. Or I can visit there, either way. Let me know when you're back to the southern tier and we will have excellent times like from ages, and such instances where beers are had in the outside night

  4. so, you're going to be in binghamton, and i'll be in oswego. all i ask is that you come stay with shannon and i....pleeease? i have asked everyone i care about to do so (you, brent and brittany). pleeeease come hang out??? seriously, i am begging. come hang out. sleep on my couch or in my bed, they are both equally comfortable. honestly, one of the best parts of philly was hanging out with you.