Today’s post comes from Taylor, the tenth post in the series, in the “Tell Your Story” project.
I have almost nothing for this week. I’ve thought about a lot and experienced a lot but nothing was so prominent that I could craft a cohesive narrative. So instead, I’m just going to experiment a little bit and try to talk about all the things I’ve thought about or experienced with no central theme. I hope it’s at least not too jarring.
To start with, a friend of mine mentioned that his dad was going to see if we couldn’t arrange to go fishing with his friend who writes for a fishing magazine. I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime in the near future, but maybe he could tell me how to catch a fish because after a couple hours of preparation and five failed fishing attempts, you have to wonder how bad you actually are.
We are going to try fishing in the Mississippi River soon. I don’t really know where, I mean, the Mississippi River is pretty big so hopefully I’ll find out before I’m in the car on the way there. Also, I don’t really want to spoil the fun, but I find it hard to believe that we’ll have any more luck over there. I guess it will be a fun little car trip if anything.
I wish that there was somewhere more private to go walking. I don’t have a problem running into a couple people but everyone and their dog seems to have the same idea as me at the same time as me. You’d be amazed how many entire families and dogs you pass midday on a tuesday. The worst part is that the trail I’m walking is partially flooded so half the time I have to walk out into the brush or off into the grass because seven people, a dog and flood water are blocking the path. My favorite people are the people who walk their dog but the dog and them are on opposite sides of the walkway so there’s no way to get around them without ducking off the path. The next time it rains though, I’m gonna take advantage of that. Last time it was raining and I decided to go for a walk, I saw almost no one. Except I did find two guys playing a card game under a bridge. They were also doing some work on the trail I think because one time I turned a corner and had to quickly get out of the way because I was about to get hit by a, pardon the expletive, fucking truck. I don’t know if they’re still working on it or what exactly they were doing or if that was just some random dude driving his truck down a walking path, but I digress. I need somewhere better to go for a walk.
My friend shaved his head. I believe his grandma or someone tried to give him a haircut and it didn’t turn out very good. I think that you can actually go and get a haircut now though. My hair is pretty long now and I should probably get it trimmed, but I also kind of want to have longer hair again. Except, I don’t know if it will be worth it. You’d be surprised how much ridicule you get just for the length of your hair. Or at least in my experience. Maybe someday in the future, when I move far away, I will have longer hair again.
I played poker for the first time recently. I am still really confused by the rules but I’m not that bad at it. I don’t think I’d ever play for money though because at best I’m breaking even.
My dad lent me a dvd for a comedy and I thought it was his but it’s actually his friends. So he ushered me to try and watch it and get it back to him. I thought it was a movie but it’s a series. He hyped it up a lot. I believe he said, “it’s funny as fuck” multiple times. I watched the first episode and I don’t know if I should grind my way through the rest of them or just give it back now because I thought it was terrible. I guess we’ll see, but I’m gonna feel bad either way.
A year ago I lent some dvd’s of my favorite show to a friend and asked him to watch them. He will not do it. He will only watch them when I’m there and by watch them I mean let me watch them while he’s on his phone. It’s gotten to the point where I have been asking him to watch just one episode and he won’t do it. Then my other friend invited him over to watch a different show and he goes over there every night to watch it now. He said that it is the enjoyable version of watching stuff with me, but made sure to tell me that he didn’t mean offense by this as though that made me any less sad. I mean, if he’s not going to watch it, he could at least give them back or something.
I wish that the face masks didn’t make my glasses fog over so bad. I can’t stand it. I need some tape so I can tape the thing down onto my face.
The protests in Minneapolis have been really crazy. 2020 has been a really bad year so far.
My friend’s car is absolutely busted. I feel really bad because he probably can’t get another car. To sum it up. The muffler fell off a while back, the trunk just opens itself at random. The left hand turn doesn’t work. If you turn on either the heat or AC, I can’t remember which, it just hot boxes the car with antifreeze. The defrosters don’t work and one of the windows is taped on. The couple days ago he was on his way home and it just stopped, so my friends had to escort his car back home yesterday. By that I mean they had to drive behind him while he tried to get it home, on the highway, which is under construction, stopping every couple minutes or so, because a big black puff would come out and it would turn off. I heard that when they finally, somewhat miraculously got it home, he tried to reverse it and the reverse lights came on, then he pressed the gas and it drove forward into a trashcan, then reversed. Then part of the door fell off. I didn’t know a car could so clearly state that it was done driving. I hope that he can somehow get a cheap new car, but I really doubt it. Maybe that VR headset wasn’t a very good purchase on his part though.
I’ve been listening to Arctic Monkeys and Cage The Elephants recently. I really like the song 505.
I’ve been wanting to get back into painting again because I’m not very good at it but I want to get better. Except I don’t want to buy a canvas and paints and paintbrushes, since I’ve probably destroyed the ones I already have. I wish that oil paints weren’t so expensive and didn’t take a literal month to dry.
I’m stuck in a loop where I want to do something creative, I start doing it, become unhappy with it, stop doing it, and then wish I were doing it. If I ever complete anything it will be a miracle.
I want to buy the Monkey ball game for the gamecube and beat that guitar level because I never could when I was a kid. I don’t know if anyone is going to know what I’m talking about, but it was this game where you were a monkey in a ball and you didn’t control the monkey, but instead tilted the stage and the ball would roll around. There was a level shaped like a guitar and you had to roll across the strings and it was really hard.
I think I am about out of thoughts now, so I’m going to call it quits. Hopefully reopening won’t make COVID any worse and hopefully next week, I’ll have something more cohesive to talk about.