I am so saddened by the news that Adam Yauch – MCA of the Beastie Boys passed away.
He was my age.
FUCK YOU, CANCER
I’m not going to pretend that I’m any kind of authority or super-fan of the Beastie Boys or Adam Yauch – I’m not. But some of their music forms the soundtrack of my youth and I still listen to it today when I want to remind myself of what it felt like to be young and vibrant and so alive. “She’s Crafty” and “No Sleep til Brooklyn” are probably my favorite BB tunes and both rank high on my “most played” iTunes list, with “Intergalactic” close behind.
Oh, it’s Cinco de Mayo! Seems like a good time for a list!
FIRST ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO LIST WRITTEN IN MEXICO, WHERE THEY DON’T REALLY CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO EXCEPT IN GRINGO BARS:
1. It’s Cinco de Mayo and I’m in Mexico. Which would be way more cool if Cinco de Mayo wasn’t a holiday that the Mexicans make fun of other people for celebrating. Still. It’s a holiday in my book….
2. It’s eleventy-seven million degrees fahrenheit here today. And it’s not a dry heat. So instead of beach blogging, I’m bed-blogging with 2 massive fans pointed directly at me. This is totally drying out my eyes, but making my hair fly around like I’m a supermodel at a photo-shoot, so that is cool.
3. I could turn on the air conditioner, but then everyone would think I am a total wuss. Air conditioning is a sensitive issue here, you guys. For one thing, it’s expensive. The electric utility here has some bizarre rate system that no one can explain to me, but basically it seems that once you hit a certain point of usage, the cost per unit of usage goes really, really high for the rest of the month. To get around this, many houses are built with 2 or more electric meters, so that no individual meter hits the dreaded usage level. My house has 2 meters. The problem is that (a) I don’t know which meter corresponds with which part of the house (and therefore don’t know which air conditioning units are on which meter) and (b) I have no way of knowing what the dreaded usage level is by looking at the meters. So that is confusing.
4. But the real issue is that people judge you on whether or not you can stand the heat. The thinking seems to be that people who can’t stand the heat are obviously inferior to those that can and also that if you can’t stand the heat, you should probably go the fuck back to where you came from and leave the whole “living in Mexico” thing to the professionals (and the Mexicans). This seems a little harsh to me– a person who hasn’t adjusted to heat + humidity YET.
5. Oh – I’m alive! (No thanks to Typhoid Fever.) About 5 days into the 10 days of antibiotics I started to feel like I just might make it and now I’m feeling enirely human again. Yay.
6. Big changes here at Casa de Colores — I’ve moved myself out of the big suite area in the back of the house and I now have a RENTER…. Weird, right? It’s kind of a great spot for a renter, though. It’s pretty much a studio apartment back there with a brand new refrigerator and microwave and a separate entrance, etc. It’s weird to have someone in the house – especially when I’m used to running around half-nekkid in the god awful heat and to playing my music extremely loud when I’m showering, cleaning, cooking and/or writing. Which pretty much covers everything I do in this house. So there’s that. But it also means that I’m getting a little bit of income to offset the cost of living here.
7. Which is good, because I’ve decided to live here!
8. Well, you know, KIND OF. I’m having a hard time making any kind of firm committment to anything these days, but I’m mostly sure that I’m going to try to live here, like, for real. At least for most of the year. I have to go back to Colorado to take care of my stuff, my Mom’s stuff, etc. for at least a few months this summer and then I hope to come back in September/October and to stay through until at least next summer.
9. I’m still trying to figure out exactly how I’m going to support myself here, but (SPOILER ALERT) it might involve (shhhhh) practicing law again.
10. OMG – the monsters in my head are having a massive rally against the aforementioned (shhhhh) practicing law again, so I can’t really discuss it now, but YES, I think it is going to happen.
11. The supporting of myself will also have to include some other stuff because, at least right now, the (shhhh) practicing law again is very, very part-time. I think the other stuff may involve WRITING for MONEY – just not the kind of writing for money that I dreamed I would be doing, i.e., the best-selling novel kind of writing for money. Oh no, this kind of writing is more the internet content and/or freelance article writing kind of writing. Not nearly as glamorous, but more likely to pay actual money sometime before the year 2020.
12. This is kind of a major announcement (Announcement!). I probably shouldn’t have buried it in a Cinco de Mayo list. Whatever.
13. Have I mentioned that I’m about to be an Aunt again?!!!! My brother and his wife are expecting their first child in early June! I’m so excited and I’m also a little bit sad that our artistic genius Mom (with great hair) won’t be here to enjoy this new baby and his/her little tiny twinkle-toe feet.
14. There’s more, but I can’t tell you about it right now. Ha!
p.s. sometimes i just feel like i’m writing you guys letters instead of “blogging” — is that wrong? there’s also a lot of pressure (ok, it’s internal pressure, but still…) to be either (a) somewhat profound or (b) funny when i write and sometimes i can’t come up with either of those things.
p.p.s. a baby!!!!