The first signs of spring seem to be coming early this year. There’s a back and forth I feel, alternately energized and tired, and when the busy comes on too strong, it’s all too easy to get too wrapped up in it.
The feeling I dislike more than any right now is the feeling of being behind. It takes away from the pleasure of the moment, because you’re always wishing for just a little more time to get it all done. I don’t know just yet how to change it, but I’m sure going to keep trying.
Pussy Riot - Putin Will Teach You How To Love
I’ve been so torn this Olympic season, watching on the sidelines as things in Russia (and elsewhere) become more and more scary for gay people. I’m torn because I love the Olympics for both the sporting, and more importantly, the bringing together of people from across the globe who share something in common with one another. When it comes down to it, we’re not that much different from one another, and that’s one of the greatest things about the Olympic games.
I was glad to see Bob Costas ask a few tough questions of International Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Bach, but there’s no denying that NBC really didn’t cover the reality of life outside the Olympic village. I have a hard time imagining what it must be like there, but it’s pretty clear that you have to remain closeted and then, should you happen to not be gay, you have to pretend like there’s no such thing as gay. Oh, and if you happen to use the internet to try to meet someone like you? Be careful lest it be a trap for someone to attack you.
All that said, I find myself fascinated, humbled, and in awe of Pussy Riot. They are without question one of the most punk bands out there today, and doing exactly what punk rock is all about: taking a stand for what’s right and expressing that stand through music.
While filming their newest music video, they were attacked and whipped by Cossacks for their demonstration. The result? They included the footage in their music video, and released it the very next day. Translation and backstory for the lyrics can be found here.
All I can say is, keep rocking, Pussy Riot.
I’ve been thinking a lot about sleep lately, and I think it’s in part because I often don’t get enough of it. For the last two days I’ve been aiming for 7 hours of sleep instead of my usual 5.5, and while it’s a modest improvement, I seem to be feeling better for it and the world seems to be brighter.
#sunset #albuquerqueskies #dukecityigers #albuquerque #newmexico #sleep #vscocam
My brother disappeared over the weekend. I’d gone down to see him and my mom. We were watching a movie at around 10:30pm, when he stood up and went to the kitchen. He then presumably walked out.
I went to see where he was after about 20 minutes. When I couldn’t find him, I assumed/hoped he’d gone out for a cigarette and a walk.
We went out to search for him and hour or so later, and phoned the police about 3 hours after that. We’ve done everything we can since then, including posting flyers and searching everywhere. It’s been 36 hours now. The temperature has been around 0° C both evenings and it’s been raining as of last night.
If you know anyone in south England - especially in Hants/Hampshire - I’d really appreciate if you could point them toward this post, ask them to take a quick glance at the picture and keep it in mind when travelling over the next few days. We believe he’s been off his medication for around 5 days. He’s not violent at all, nor a hazard to anyone but himself. He will probably be confused, with some periods of lucidity. If found, please immediately contact the Hampshire police on the non-emergency number 101, referencing case #200 from 16th February 2014.
— From NYC.
Look close enough and you’ll see that even when they’re not in bloom, rose bushes are still beautiful.
#macro #dukecityigers #albuquerque #winter #roses #desert #newmexico
I’ve been finding myself wanting to see more and more sunsets. Watching them leaves me feeling very calm, and that feeling is one that I’ve been craving for longer than I let myself realize.
#newmexico #sunsets #albuquerque #dukecity #dukecityigers #vscocam
I like the idea of looking both forward and backward at the same time. The recent past is on the painful side for me still, and the future feels brighter. But I find myself trying to find the good in the last year, but at the same time not overthinking it or getting too bogged down in what was. I’ve changed a lot in the last year, and I feel like a better and stronger person for it.
#introspection #life #albuquerqueskies #albuquerque #newmexico #rearviewmirror #dukecityigers
It’s been so long since I’ve felt the sense of infinite possibility. It’s final been nipping at my heels, and I’ve been been heeding its call as best I can. I have a long way to go, but I finally feel like I’m getting somewhere.
I’ve been generally listening to the same 5 podcasts for the last two years, and recently decided to try out some new ones. You Made It Weird has scratched an itch I didn’t know I had: hearing a conversation between two people about unusual and often uncomfortable things. I like how well Pete Holmes and many of his guests are able to articulate simple things about human nature. Every episode I’ve listened to so far has left me completely and totally introspective.
Also, I really dig the description of the show:
Everybody has secret weirdness, Pete Holmes gets comedians to share theirs…