I have a neighbor who lives across the street. Anywhere I’ve lived, I always thought it was very important to meet your neighbor… in case you run out of milk or eggs, then they can spot you! But I’m reluctant to go and meet him as I’ve already stereotyped him in my mind (the answer is “yes” if you’re wondering whether or not I’m judgmental- I’m super judgmental). Stereotypes aren’t necessarily bad things and have often saved certain folks that do the stereotyping a great deal of trouble. You can call it judgmental, prejudice, whatever… I just don’t want to go across the street to meet this dude. For 1, he’s got tribal tats everywhere but he’s white. 2, I take it that he’s a fireman because he only works 2 days a week and he’s got fire department stickers on all of his super nice cars that you and I paid for. I don’t like most firemen. They’re douchebags. They’re a huge drain on the economy, at least in western WA where it rains 300+ days out of the year. Their job is easy but society writes them a blank check because they’re supposedly “public servants” (yeaaa- cut their paychecks to a reasonable level and see how many of them would still want to “serve” the public). Once every blue moon a fireman will have to run into a building 9/11 style but all in all they make WAAAY too much money for having 95% of their calls come from homeless dudes on the side of the road that have chest pains (go look it up!). Why everyone thinks we need as many firemen as we have currently, I do not understand. But that’s for another blog where I will bitch about how stupid our ivy-league politicians are and how they are flagrantly pissing away our tax money on pet programs and using the hell out of all of us…
Either way, I work from home. I work loooooong hours. I work hard. I work diligently. I don’t leave my house much when I’m in town. I really am a homebody. But this fireman (who, let me remind you, works an average of 2 days a week) often stares at me with seeming disgust when I’m sitting on my porch at 1 in the afternoon, taking a smoke break and sipping a tasty beverage, not knowing that I was up until 2am the previous night and then up again at 7am cause I had a deadline to fulfill. His eyes (well, at least his douchebag sunglasses) seem to pass judgement all up in my direction as if he’s disgusted that I’m not at work, that I’m living on welfare (touche, Douche), that I’m a loser. So I just stare back, unhindered in the enjoyment of my Courvoisier, understanding that I’m on a mountaintop looking out and he’s at the bottom of the mountain looking up. Then, my conscience kicks in and I realize, “Maybe he doesn’t work at the fire department? Maybe he works from home and has a 2nd full time job? Maybe he won the lottery and didn’t tell anyone and that’s why he’s always at home? Maybe I’m a judgmental butt hole? Maybe I should just go meet my neighbor?” DAMN THE MENTAL ANIMOSITY THAT KICKS IN WHEN I SEE THOSE FIRE DEPARTMENT STICKERS!!! But seriously dude, stop staring at me. Go save a homeless dude or something…
Three days of Cinco de Mayo celebrations and we’re slapped in the middle.
#CincoDeMayo #CincoDeDrinko #beer #tequila #dosequis
It’s #official. We will play @showboxsea at the #market on July 13. ALL AGES. Tickets on sale early May. #allages #beer #bass #boots #beerme #cover #crowd #concert #dance #drums #dancing #fur #filthy #guitar #holycrap #insanity #jump #jointheunion #leather #music #newmusic #new #nevergonnastop #rock #rocknroll #sexy #show #song #seattle #seattlemusic #shakethatass #tour #tacoma #tattoos #tattoo #whiskey
What a privilege to perform to a sold out room at @SeattleLRshows last night #slrs5years
He’s back, people! Music video shoot nearly done. #tacoma #seattle #shakethatass #jointheunion #movie #video #music #seattlemusic #nerd #glasses #work #art #artwork #film
Just listened to @allenstone serenade me at the #seatac airport. Now time for take-off. #getaway #OKC #Sonics #beerme #airplane #sunshine #seattlemusic
I remember a wrist-watch commercial that used to air many years ago. It’s stuck with me for what seems like 15 years or more. I forget which brand of watch was being marketed but I remember the commercial vividly. When it starts, the viewer is unaware of what exactly the commercial is about. In the commercial, the viewer is first introduced to a very sculpted, handsome, symmetrically perfect man who appears to be a businessman of sorts. He’s in the middle of a crowd of people and he’s walking very briskly as he appears to be trying to get somewhere rather quickly. You can tell that he’s hustling along, trying to make up for some lost time. He’s obviously in a hurry. That initial scene cuts to another very beautiful, business-clad woman who also seems to be in a big hurry. The two individuals are completely unconnected and unaware of each others existence. Then the narrator of the commercial starts talking about that moment in many peoples lives that some would call a “kiros moment”; the moment where time meets destiny. He proceeds to explain the importance of time as the most valuable commodity in the world. As the commercial continues, the two stars of the commercial suddenly glance down at their own wrist-watches at the exact same moment that they pass by each other unnoticed as if they were a split second away from running into each other, thus, missing their “destiny” by a split second. The viewer is aware of the fact that they were supposed to literally “run into one another” which would’ve altered the course of the rest of their lives from that moment on. To sum up the commercial, the narrator prods the audience to buy the “correct” wrist watch because if you’re wearing the right brand, you won’t be a split second off.
Now, however clever that commercial was, we all know that one’s destiny doesn’t rely on what brand wrist watch one wears. But the idea that kiros moments take place in everyone’s life from time to time is legitimate. You may not have a #1 hit song on the radio, but you may have one in your notepad that nobody’s ever heard. You may not have the budget to market your product just yet but you’re a damn good salesman. You may know how to brew beer like a champ but there is nobody you’ve connected with thus far that knows how to turn that recipe into a profit. You may not have a girlfriend now but you’ve been doing crunches for a long time (catch my flow??)…
To sum it up, you cannot decide for yourself exactly when a kiros moment will take place. The thing that you CAN do is use the time that you’ve been given to harness your skill set, master your craft, and be ready when the kiros moment presents itself. If you’re a songwriter, keep writing. If you’re an author, continue spinning stories. If you’re a craft brewer, learn how to be the best at making beer.. etc and so forth. Create. Work hard. Place your passion before your comfort. Pursue the opportunity. Go with your gut. Don’t wait to be financed. It won’t happen. Your kiros moment is fast approaching.
Will you use your TIME wisely enough now so as to be prepared for the DESTINY that is soon to offer itself to you?
(Response and comments are always encouraged on my blog)
Empire of the Sun - ‘Alive’ (audio) www.youtube.comNew album ‘Ice on the Dune’ Coming June 18, 2013. Pre-order new album on iTunes + get first single “Alive” now
If you’ve not yet been exposed to the power of the band “Empire Of The Sun”, then you’re overlooking a key to your musical health. Go to their YouTube channel and soak up the melodies. They’re my favorite band right now… New album is coming out on June 18th. Get ready to start hearing this song everywhere..
Can you tell that I’m pretty excited???????
Evidence that last night actually happened. #portland #OR #portlandmusic #matador #joegarita #tacoma