It's Friday night. And for someone who spends as much time on the internet and youtube, I already know that it's a rather quiet night of the week. Generally speaking, people are out doing things that AREN'T involving their face being in front of the PC.
Me? I kinda don't like people. Well, that's not entirely true. I do like people, but I hate gatherings. Like Randall in "Clerks", only the exact opposite. 1000 creative points for everyone who actually gets that reference. But yeah, I don't particularly care for gatherings of people, especially when I don't know who these people are. Interestingly enough, if I were to meet and interact with those same people individually and one-on-one, I probably would find plenty to like about them.
But in a group? I'll pass.
And I don't have any particular reason for sharing that other than to explain why I'm sitting home alone on a Friday night, sipping my rum and coke, and blogging entirely too early in the evening. (Really, isn't the magic of this renewed blogging attempt going to be found in the wee hours of the morning? I don't know, but I have my suspicions.)
Click past the break for the rest of my ramblings and some REALLY excessive name dropping.
Sam went out to a dinner with friends. She said she'd only be gone an hour or two. That was at 6:30. It's ten now. Not that there's anything wrong with that--I'll be the first to encourage her to go out and do something. Me? For the most part, I like staying in. Most of it, I imagine, has to do with the fact that the world I care most about has formed and taken shape over the internet. If there are people that I would care to hang out with in real life on a Friday night, they are my internet friends and don't reside within any immediate proximity.
Without any doubt, my man Chris would be at the top of that list. He actually represents the geographically closest of my internet friends. Chris and I, without sounding too gay, are truly kindred spirits. Yeah, nevermind, that sounded really gay. Look, I've said it before and I'll say it again: people who share nearly identical point of views and passions and ideas either are going to getting along brilliantly or hate each other from the get go. I've come across my share of people with whom I've not gotten along with for that very reason, but it occurs to me that Chris--despite his musical inclination versus my own writing/video inclinations--is quite possibly the first person that falls into the category of "getting along brilliantly". And all I can say is that we're close enough in proximity to be disappointed that we aren't able to hang out on a Friday night. All of this (aside from the proximity bit) probably applies to Eric as well. I'm telling you: we're three fucking peas in a pod. Wait, that sounds wrong. Three peas in a fucking pod? Yeah, that's better.
Another pair of fellas I'm long over due to spend a Friday night (especially a Devilmas night) are Obsquatch and Tripp. I have a standing invitation to come visit them, and they should know that the same applies here. I expect that once I have the studio established and I have a little mobility afforded to me, I'll do a cross-country tour of my favorite internet friends.
A person I've gotten to know very well this past year and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to for his support and, recently, inspiration, is Matt Horowitz. If you've never heard the phrase about infectious enthusiasm, than you obviously don't know Matt. If I were to only get one Friday night to hang with the man, I have no doubt that it would be a night to remember.
Two other people I'll mention (okay, three) just to smooth out the gender bias here. CulturalEnigma, in the few short months that I've known her, has become another source of inspiration to me. She is one rad lady and I'm looking forward to working with her more often. Another lady that I has floored me with her persistence, tenacity, and enthusiasm has been Anna M. There has literally never been a female performer that I've worked with that has been as ready-to-go and as dependable as Anna (well, CulturalEnigma is coming close, but Anna will always be my first). For that I salute her and award her 100,000 creative points. If I were to pick one other lady to occupy this list, I would definitely dig hanging out with Ziggystarla. We're not quiet as close as we used to be, but she helped start Talking Heads and I don't think I'll ever forget that. I'd also probably hop the pond to hang with the other Em--TheStarvingSoprano. Even though she's not really on youtube any more, I really dug her. Yeah.
Oh, and OF COURSE (since I'm naming names): BIllO, Ben, Jez (ooh, Jez!), Middlebrook, BERTO, and probably three or four handfuls of other peeps too cool to mention (you know who you are! Even if I don't. Sorry.)
It's thoughts like these that keep me motivated sometimes. In the case of Chris and Eric, I have a pretty good feeling that we'll all be working in the same studio one day, and that's pretty damn exciting. For everyone else, it's these future plans that will enable me to better get to know all of them, work with them, and share a Friday night or two with them.
So here's to future plans. May they arrive quickly.
The anguished musings of a jack-of-all trades creative professional based out of Longwood, Florida. Find out more about him here. You know, if that's your 'thing'.
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