Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Another Boring Romantic, That's Me

Well hello, internet. Remember me, the one who used to rummage through your desk drawers while you were at lunch and accidentally-on-purpose brush against you when reaching for the DOOR CLOSE button in the elevator? I'm back from a busy couple of weeks of...not much, really, save for fighting with my own brain. I know there are things I need to be doing--websites to pitch, unsolicited emails to send--but for some reason, my frontal lobe would much rather spend the morning organizing the silverware drawer and wondering whether to be proud or ashamed of my more-than-impressive spork collection.

I've for real been trying to find more work and my emails are most often ignored, although I do get the occasional "you're good with words but we're just not looking right now" response, which is the equivalent of when I'd ask someone to the prom and they'd tell me that I had a really fantastic personality and more novelty t-shirts than they'd ever seen (I was partial to a Bubba Gump Shrimp tee at the time) but they didn't like me in that way. "That way", of course, served as a euphemism for "any way that might involve actually touching you". So that's where we are. Several websites, all of the local alt-weeklies, and a couple of other stray outlets for all my typed thoughts don't want to slow dance with me.

Anyway.

I have gone to a couple of concerts and managed to skip town for the weekend, despite the best efforts of the airlines. I rolled into LaGuardia on Saturday morning just in time for Crazy Bag Full of Batteries Guy and--courtesy of the subsequent terminal closings--I spent several hours sitting crosslegged on the stained carpet at the gate, reading People magazine over a stranger's shoulder and hoping she wouldn't notice all the powdered donut dust I'd rained onto her shirtsleeve. The flights back on Sunday weren't any better. Thanks to an endless storm system that left the local radar as red and angry as my complexion, I had flights delayed, canceled, re-delayed, then ended up on a completely different set of planes than I was originally scheduled for. It essentially turned into an airport key party, where you'd just go home with whatever flight you pulled out of the bowl.

On the music review front, I attended last week's Willie Nelson/John Mellencamp/Bob Dylan show in Durham, North Carolina and wrote a piece for BitchBuzz about it--one that I'm 'specially proud of--which you can read if you clicky here. A couple of days later, it turned up on John Mellencamp's official website, which is one of the coolest things that has ever happened to me, ever, because I've been a massive Mellencamp fan (SHUT UP) since I spent my after-school detentions writing Dr. and Mrs. John Cougar Mellencamp on my Trapper Keepers.


Look at that. I wish I could let my fourth grade self know that things like this would happen. I also wish I'd never bought that Bubba Gump shirt. Or any clothing, really, that was ever on sale at Spencer Gifts.

So. How have you guys been?

17 comments:

*Akilah Sakai* said...

That's awesome! And it ended up on his official site?! That's the cherry on top. Happy for ya'!

Scribe said...

Sweet Cherry Bomb, that's fantastic! You not only saw three legends (Mellencamp is a favourite of mine too), but you got a spot on the Mellencap fan web site! You rock!

Perfectly Shelly said...

So....are you coming to St. Louis to the Farm Aid concert? I live an hour an a half away, but if you can stand a fat, middle aged woman, I'd hang out with you!

Especially if you got backstage access or something....hahaha

Jaxie Fantastic said...

Oh how I have missed your posts. You always make me laugh.

~Jaxie

P.S. It is some kind of awesome that you get to review concerts and that your review ended up on the JCM Fansite. Sweet glory of life that's awesome.

Lisa Page Rosenberg said...

Oh we have missed you.

Johnny Cougar did not miss you and that is fantastic.

basilexposition said...

Glad to see you're posting again! Serious congratulations for getting on the Mellencamp site, you really deserve it.

Jules said...

That is completely AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

MonsteRawr said...

Awesome status has just been raised from Kick Ass to Sa-Weeee! Congrats.

Michael said...

That is fantastic news, but much less than you deserve.

As a former US President once said, "things are going to change, I can feel it."

miss. chief said...

that`s awesome news! congratulations!

Mike said...

"turned up on John Mellencamp's official website"

This is it! The big time. Go out and buy that Porche now. You need bling to keep it going. We'll all chip in to help out. Trust us. No really!!

TMC said...

Congratulations!

LiLu said...

Spencer Gifts: the lower class Hot Topic. Well done.

Eric (Extra P.) said...

Those little moments are so awesome. They can't take that away from us. Though they can repossess our cars.

Phil said...

With the exception of attending concerts, writing great concert reviews that show up on amazing people's websites, and working on freelance writing, I'm doing about the same. That is to say, I've been spending time in airports in order to escape for a few days from the madness that is Los Angeles.

Reluctant Runner said...

Little Johnny Cougar is a rock star and a doctor? Well, ain't that America.

theloosemoose said...

I love John Cougar, too. (I'm old, so I don't need to use "Mellencamp". It's true - look it up!)

CONGRATS on having your amazingly well written concert review end up on the official website! What a thrill!

You are truly a great writer. Keep at it.