Since I accidentally pulled the trigger on today’s post last night while I was finalizing it, I decided to make today’s post be a proper Week In Review. My last one was about the death of a wonderful person who I was luck enough to have in my daily life for the better part of a decade. His internet footprint was so small, I didn’t use his name in the title and used pronouns all but once. He must have wanted it that way, so i will let him remain virtually un-google-able.
When a person I am close to dies, it is the only time that my atheism waivers. I wish there is something out there for them walk into and have it envelope them in light and love and comfort all the pains they experienced while here with us. But there isn’t. He is gone and every day, he is remembered less and less. The same will happen to me as it will happen to you.
None of this means I don’t still have conversations with him and my dad in my head, but it is just a brain trick, a coping device. I know I am not really communicating with them any more than I am with a pair of shoes I donated to the Goodwill.
It is times like this that I wish I could believe in something. I believe in nothing. There is no man with a long white beard in the sky dolling out punishments and praises for the deeds we do here. There are no angels keeping us safe. My birthdate does not dictate the type of person I am. A small piece of paper from the inside of a cookie at a Chinese restaurant is just a cookie. We are not universally connected.
We are organisms empowered with free will.
I know it’s dark. I am very dark. I fight the dark inside of me daily.
Still, I have free will and choose to do the best that I can. My personal goal here is to “State Park” the hell out of it. Meaning I strive to leave it better than I found it. Here meaning everywhere. Maybe those tiny of reverberations of positivity can grow and be felt farther than my reach?
Since the last roundup, over on Waldina, I have celebrated the birthdays of Candy Darling, Boris Karloff, Jose Clemente Orozco, Doris Duke, Robert F. Kennedy, Corita Kent, Isabella Blow, Imogene Coca, Frances Marion, Rock Hudson, Hedy Lamar, Kay Thompson, Marie Dressler, Sara Sherman Wiborg Murphy, Ezra Pound, Bob Ross, Edith Head, Elsa Lanchester, Roy Lichtenstein, Lewis Hine, Mark Rothko, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Fontaine, Celia Cruz, Bela Lugosi, George C. Scott, Montgomery Clift, Rita Hayworth, Arthur Miller, Jean Arthur, Oscar Wilde, Jane Darwell, Carole Lombard, Le Corbusier, Buster Keaton, Groucho Marx, Jimmy Carter, Truman Capote, Edith Bouvier Beale, Sally Field, Vivien Leigh, Robert Mapplethorpe, Adam Ant, Georgia O’Keefe, Louise Brooks, Veronica Lake, Jean Seberg, Grace Kelly, added the Samuel_Novarro House and Lost TV Shows to my Not-So-Secret-Obsessions list and added Giant, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World, Blade Runner, Woman of the Year, and Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway to the Required Viewing Film Series. I also documented some self help from Diana Vreeland. It all adds up when I don’t keep on top of the Week in Reviews by doing them weekly.
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I have divided my tumblr accounts into two separate ones, changing Wasp & Pear to The Real SPA and creating a new one focused on men’s fashion, tattoo’s and yoga: Pete Crenshaw. The Real SPA is still a clearing house for everything I find inspirational, etc.
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Over at @TheRealSPA on Twitter, I tweet a straight feed from my tumblr account and pepper in original tweets whenever I see fit. Mostly, people DM me wanting me to buy more followers or follow them on Facebook or check out their YouTube channel. It’s all too annoying if you pay any attention to it.
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This week on @TheRealSPA Instagram, I posted photos of most of the people whose birthdays I celebrated on Waldina and several Scraps updates. I am strongly considering making a spin-off Instagram for just scraps. Starting back, I probably have enough content to create a weekly update for quite some time. Will he have more followers than me? Will you follow him? The answer is YES to both. OK, Fine. I just created one for him: @MrScraps. #InstaDog #InternetFamous
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