Election Stress!

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So, today is Election Day in the US and we are just hours away from the first polls closing on the east coast.

I decided to wear my Bernie Sanders shirt to vote to pay silent homage to the Bern.

Recent media coverage is similar to that of a sporting event; CNN has been promoting their election day programming like one would a boxing match.  The media’s sensationalizing of this election in particular has been a shit show.  I know I speak for many when I say that I just want the shit to end.  I want to wake up tomorrow with the best candidate for the job declared the winner.

Times like these are anxiety provoking.  I for one have been having stress/anxiety dreams for the better part of a month leading up to this day.  But the end is in sight y’all.  We’ll get through this.  Hopefully in once piece.

With that in mind, I give you a song that gets me pumped, especially when I’m feeling down.  It’s “Ain’t No Man” by The Avett Brothers.  Be well, everyone.

Top 5 Bukowski Quotes on Living

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Since being snowed in has giving me time to read for pleasure, I’ve been thumbing through my some Bukowski.  His body of work is extensive, and while my collection isn’t complete, it’s enough to get me through.

I guess in reading his work, it occurred to me that he got a lot of shit right about life.  I suppose I’ve understood his perspective more with age and experience.  As a result, here are my top 5 Bukowski quotes that are truly resonating with me right now.

5. “If you’re losing your soul and you know it, then you’ve still got a soul left to lose.” (Tales of Ordinary Madness)

4. “Too often the people complain that they have done nothing with their
lives and then they wait for somebody to tell them that this isn’t so.” (What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire)

3. “How the hell could a person enjoy being awakened at 6:30AM, by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?” (Factotum)

2. “We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.” (The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship)

1. “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” (title of work)

What Are YOU Listening To? // Top 5 Autumn Drive Tracks

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We’ve been having beautiful autumn days here in Maryland!  The sunshine and temperature is perfect for early afternoon drives with the windows down.  And because I’m a big proponent of cranking my music up on long drives, here’s a brief smattering of the songs I’ve been jamming to recently.

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Stuck In My Brain: 10/17/2015

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I have songs trapped in my hang on a regular basis.  It’s never only one, the songs never make sense when paired together, and the songs can play on top of each other in my brain. It’s like a CD that skips, but the CD is a compilation and the CD player is on your car as you drive on a bumpy road.  Kinda like that.

A Saturdays call for a lighthearted post.  Let’s talk music.

“Bad As Me by Tom Waits

This is a great song.  It’s gritty.  It sounds dirty.  One of my favorite tracks off of the album “Bad As Me.”  I get in moods that call for this song.  Lyrics of note:

“You’re the letter from Jesus on the bathroom wall
You’re mother superior in only a bra
You’re the same kind of bad as me”

“Runaway” by Kanye West.

I’ve never been a big Kanye West fan.  In fact, once upon a time, a guy told me he couldn’t date me because I didn’t share his love of Kanye West. I was definitely okay with that decision.  That being said, this song gets me because I’ve been able to relate to those lyrics a few times, and I am keenly aware of that fact now.  That is for another post at another time.  Lyrics of note:

“See, I could have me a good girl
And still be addicted to them hoodrats
And I just blame everything on you
At least you know that’s what I’m good at”

“Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam

My brother’s cat passed away last night.  It was sudden and unexpected.  On the drive home, after the tears and the goodbyes, I drove home and this song came on the radio.  It was fitting because of the last line of the song.  My brother cared for his can like he would his own children.  He told her he would see her later.  I couldn’t control my emotions.  I cried in the parking lot as he said goodbye.  Lyrics of note:

“Nothing you would take
Everything you gave
Hold me ’til I die
Meet you on the other side…”

“You Gotta Be” by Des’ree

I was listening to some lovely 90’s one-hit wonders this morning and this song came on while on my way to work, mentally taking me back to the mid-nineties, and how awkward that time was for me, especially navigating social relationships.  I always found that song encouraging, especially in elementary school.  I guess this week I made a conscious decision to complete this semester and give myself something to be proud of, and this song clicked with me based on that. Lyrics of note:

“You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together”

So. What’s stuck in your brain? let me know!