Friday, May 24, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
To George and Susan on Their Wedding Day
This is not the toast I gave, but the toast I wrote before I was convinced that this toast was better absorbed through the eyeballs than the auditory nerve. The actual toast I gave will follow on a later date. Following that, I may give a lecture on how to give toasts, depending on how these two posts are received.*
"There's been a lot of talk about the definition of marriage lately. *Pause for laughter* People have argued this til the boring end, and yet I do not stand here to speak about the definition of marriage. I wonder about the meaning of marriage. What does it mean for two people to stand in front of their friends and family and declare that they will be married. What does it mean in this world, in this time, for two people to be married?
We hear no end of suffering, we see no end to bloodshed, we see no peace among the disparate groups of humans on this planet. Misery seeps through our lives, infecting every aspect. Cynicism rots our core until we can no longer raise a hand in aid of another. What does it matter that two people wish to join their lives, to entwine their fates, in the face of such utter hopelessness, despair, and cynicism? What can we do as witnesses, but bear the silent burden?
Bear with me, folks, this does lead to a point. * Pause for nervous laughter.*
When two people stand up to be married, they are defying the naysayers, the broken ones, and the fearmongers. Two people who love each other enough to stand in front of those they value most in the world to say "I love you, and will hold your heart above all else in this world" are expressing defiance. Defiance in the face of despair, hope in the face of suffering, and romance in the depths of cynicism.
Marriage is the ultimate rebellion. Marriage is punk rock. Marriage is a middle finger held up to an uncaring universe. Marriage is a defiance of the unending wave of terror that floods our lives from all directions. Marriage is a beacon of warmth, love, hope, and romance in a threatening world, and we witnesses will always be ready to remind you of this day. This day when you stood in front of all the people who matter to you and said, "I love you, and take thee to be my partner in all things."
* Received has always looked like a misspelled word to me.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Varying Degrees of Awful
Last Saturday, I was walking into my local Metro station when I was asked for spare change by an allegedly homeless person. The exchange damn near broke my spirit because it happened like this:
"Hey, man, spare some cha-oh, sorry, bro."
I was wearing some green, heavy-duty carpenter's pants that I use as hiking pants. They are durable, but have wide enough legs that the thick denim isn't stifling, even in a DC summer. These pants are pretty faded, worn around the hem, and have some permanent grass stains at the knees. I was also wearing a green, long sleeve shirt that I always think makes me look like a revolutionary. Apparently, I looked so pathetic that even a homeless man didn't want any change I might have had.
Thanks, Universe. I needed this. Everything is now cobagulating.
I try to remind myself that my life could be so much worse, but this doesn't feel helpful. Everything can always be worse. There can always be some other, larger, more hideous monster around the corner. As much as I sympathize with the plights of so many people in the world, reminding myself that other people live in utter terror for their lives doesn't make me want to thank the Good Lord Pasta for my life. I am torn between feeling guilt for being lucky enough to be born who I was born, and for trying to assuage that guilt by remembering that I didn't have any choice in the matter, so far as I know.
At least I can go to sleep, reminding myself that life isn't fair, there is no plan. This comforts me more than any other platitude.
Monday, April 08, 2013
Goofy Confessions Used to be Thing
Confessional Mondays or whatever used to be one of those go-to joke posts or go-to emotional posts that people would use for inspiration in the days before Facebook consumed all everything. To remind myself to attempt to live up to my own ideals, here is a hopefully funny, but probably lamely egotistical posts.*
I often confuse Cracker Barrel with Crate and Barrel.
I thoroughly enjoy and support high school robotics competitions, but worry about the use of drone technology by any entity.
I don't read as much as I'd like, but I am playing video games much less than earlier times in my life.
I can barely keep up with the pace of the New Yorker's print schedule, mostly because I spend so much time in my garden during the day.
I have not applied to jobs because I was worried I would be offered those jobs.
I find mowing my lawn tedious, but will spend hours weeding around my roses, hyacinths, irises, and lilies.
I am willing to shoot a deer, but almost cried when I ran over a hiding rabbit with my lawnmower.
I refuse to look in medical textbooks, unless I am forced to perform surgery after the whateveralypse.
I have many books on my shelves that I haven't read because I want my guests to think I have read them. This desire has greatly lessened since Lady Chemisty joined my life.
I like to think advertising doesn't work on me.
I have yet to finish writing a single story.
* 90% of this sentence is redundant.