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August 1st, 2013

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02:15 pm - [Secret Aspirin.]
When I need to get myself pumped up in some way I have more than a few techniques that I've developed over the years. I'm sure everybody does. And some situations require certain techniques. Many years ago if I were feeling down or something I'd go out by myself at around 10AM and buy a pack of Dunhill cigarettes and get a double espresso at settle into some small cafe where I'd read the newspaper or Salinger short stories. I'd claim the entire booth or table and I'd do a ton of writing and maybe some drawing and I'd lose myself that way for hours. Later on I'd order a softshell crab sandwich and switch over to Guinness. You'd never mistake the fact that I had been there all day by the sprawling piles of papers and sketchbooks and clutter. This sort of thing made me feel invincible.

I don't get depressed much anymore and I don't smoke either and I haven't done the cafe bit in a while. But still I have moments when I need to get myself motivated in some way and I have a seriously long list of little ways to achieve that. Music in general is a big chunk of that list and one that I go to frequently is listening to Bo Diddley.

I have an art show tomorrow and I'm showing new work from the One Thousand Thousand project and I have a ton of work to do and can't seem to get moving. I'm listening to Bo Diddley and watching video clips of him perform. This is what helps me: http://youtu.be/yeZHB3ozglQ

Seriously. Go and be as badass as Bo Diddley. Of course, you'll never in a million lifetimes be able to do it like he did. Not even close. But even if you managed to reach his shadow you'd be accomplishing a whole, whole lot. I mean, just being half as cool as Bo Diddley was is still plenty more cool than most people will ever be.
Current Mood: Close to unstoppable
Current Music: Bo Diddley

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Date:August 2nd, 2013 06:17 am (UTC)
I use to do the same when I smoked. I would write for hours at cafe's. I miss the ambience that cigarettes created and the stimulation but I do not miss being addicted to nicotine.
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Date:August 4th, 2013 02:31 pm (UTC)
i love love love being at restaurants and cafes alone.

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