Friday, November 25, 2005

Happy T-giving

Happy t-giving...

A few things I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving:

I have a few new links on the list; Check them out!

-You can hear a short edit of the song I've been working on in Newhouse Studio 3 on Lance Berzerk's myspace page. Its called 'what did i do (edit)'. In the next week or so, I hope to put up a rough cut of the new version. THEY'RE MIXING IT IN 5.1!!!!

-Some awesome hip-hop: L'homme Run.

-And and awesome Ep, that I was lucky enough to work on this summer with Andrei Padlowski.

Also, the raw footage of Vampire Weekend, a movie that I made with a bunch of dudes, has been recovered. Its about a dude who's dad gets killed by vampires and tells his son to avenge his death, by killing "AS MANY OF THEM AS... POSSIBLE!" Walcott, the son and main character battles one vampire ON THE B-BALL COURT! Editing has begun by Ezra, and there are some MUST-SEE stills up on his blog, internet vibes.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

My Drive-By Experience

Before I begin, I think I should lay down THE FACTS:

First of all, Syracuse is a city; a normal, dangerous city. Not a particularly dangerous city, perhaps, but like most cities (except for Amherst, NY apparently) Syracuse is not a city in which you feel great about walking by yourself after dark. According to the FBI, in 2003, Syracuse fell somewhere between New York and Philadelphia for violent crimes (about 300 per 100,000 people).

But I have to say, from living in the city, I would assume much worse. Besides the fact that Syracuse University sends an email to me everytime there is a mugging or robbery in my neighborhood:

(the weekend of halloween there were atleast 7 armed robberies, and one kid was pistol whipped! The next week there were more state troopers and straight up cops on my block then there had been probably on my whole street the entire year)

I've heard plenty of stories from friends living in more dangerous parts of the city too: Desira told me about seeing some violent crime going down in her parking lot, involving a baby! Also, kids have been shot at, and apparently, someone was robbed on the actual quad of the campus last thursday. I could go on and on, really... Shit! THIS PLACE IS SCARY!

Personally, I've been hit by eggs, water balloons, etc.; my bike was smashed last year as I sat unknowingly in the Library.

People have various defenses/weapons that they think might work too:

-My friend Stone never walks at night without a full cup of coffee.. less than likely that someone would target a dude that's 6'5 to begin with, but if it'll get him to class...

-Once I was on my way to a Logic review sesh at night, and when I closed the door, the knob came off. I carried it to campus.

-Desira runs

Which brings me to my next point...

MY DRIVE-BY EXPERIENCE:

Last night I was walking home alone after having dinner at Stone/Caro/John/DJ's house. They live at the bottom of a huge hill, and over the top of the hill is my house, the dogg house. Anyway I usually run up that hill to stay in shape, and just because it takes too long to walk up, but last night I was too tired, and full of mushroom soup to do any sprinting up hills. About half way up the hill, I noticed a car, some oldsmobile or something, going suspiciously slowly down the hill that people usually do atleast 45mph down. I should have known something was up, but I'm much too confident in my own luck to act on suspicion. I immediately thought of the ridiculousness of the idea of a DRIVE-BY where I was the target. "That would be too crazy!" I thought. And just when I walked into the middle of a driveway, where there was no protective railing...

-click-


-pssst-


CRACK!

The only words that could come out of my mouth were pathetic,

"Hooo, shit!"

-I've been hit, WTF?! My leg! What is it... BB's? Wasn't a bullet... Doesn't hurt like BB's... Strange-

I looked for the car, which strangely enough continued its confusingly slow pace, to get a liscense plate, but the car was too far, and the thought of getting hit in the face as I chased after it was enough to make me cry with self-pity.

I looked at the back of my right leg and saw it was covered in some black ink...

-Are they going so slow to turnaround?-

A slingshot?

-Fuck, whats this car?!-

Some kind of air rifle?

Bingo!

Paintball! I was hit by a paintball, in the back of the leg.

But I wasn't angry, I was just confused. Why would they pick some random ass dude to do that too? Why in the leg? They had pretty good aim... Why so slow afterwards? maybe to hear if I would curse at them... Why didn't they shout anything at me afterwards?

I got home and was so confused, I didn't even understand the joke that my roommate Adam made.

"Jeez man, maybe it was an octopus."

"What the hell's an octopus?" I said, not even really listening to either of us.

"What do you mean, Wes?"

-Shit, I have to pee-

It came to me as I was in the bathroom:

My leg: I'm glad they didn't go for the head, or fuck up my jacket... Just a bunch of idiot kids.
Paintball? Such precision! Monday? 7:45 PM?: Probably some local teenagers in a shitty gray cutlass, maybe somebody's dad's. Probably not students at SU.

Doesn't seem so bad now...

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Mid-Winter '03-'04

I couldn't sleep. Sitting at my desk I stared into a black lamp above a pile of paper, one stick of Burt's Bees Wax, and earplugs across the computer desk from 103 cents I ment to exchange with a crips bill. I couldn't help but think of earlier that day.

I heard a friend proclaim facetiously, "having fun is so much fun!"
I ached for a more serious sense of humor...

My computer screen turned off. The screen saver (as it still does today), read "Insert text here." I'd never told anyone that I had changed it back to this after a friend had once done just that.
"I love ERK."
It remained until three and a half hours after she left for New Jersey on a sunday morning. She never saw my computer, or my screen saver again.

The stereo let out a click, and at that moment I realized the coffee I drank at 9 PM must have kept me up. It was a depressing thought... The feeling that I had did not come from anything meaningful; not from my eerily lonely walk home alone in the middle of the normally busy main street of Syracuse, not from the start of the winter or the snow itself, not even from the 6 minutes I stood still in the middle of the intersection closest to my dorm watching the lights change, uninterrupted by automobiles.

I became tired and remembered about a calculus exam the next day, and my ill preparation for it. The emptiness I felt was quickly replaced with fiery frustration.

I counted the hours I'd be able to sleep...
"Not good... for getting over a cold..."

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Well its been a long time, hasn't it...

A number of things have happened since my last posting:

1. Rusty James, my fish:



Has still not gotten back to normal(he's been spitting food out any time i give him any), but he's strong, and has proven to me that he will not die, even though he doesn't eat the food that I give him.

2. I sold a t-shirt:

3. Also, as you can see from that pic, it is now fall, which means, of course, that winter is coming soon. Soon ice will cover from Onondaga lake to the highest crest on Clarendon St. Snow will illuminate the entirety of Syracuse City, and I will wake up every morning with the mass bi-daily migration of crows from the valley where the dead rest to the tops of the trees outside my window.

4. I've been decorating my room:



I found this gem at books and memories, the awesomest bookstore in the whole city (I imagine). Kate Bush Ca. 1985. What bookstore has that?! Also, some really awesome 45's:
a. breakfast club
b. berlin
c. elton john
d. toto

5. I just cleaned the drain with my roommate, Kyle.

6. The dog house (504 Clarendon St.) Had a few visiting dawgs last weekend, Ezra of Internet Vibes, and New-kid-on-the-block, Andrei P.

7. I ate lots of pizza
a. Tonight (1 slice sicilian, Johnny's Pizza)
b. Friday night (5 slices, some black olives, Dominoes, with visiting + local dawgs: des, pete)
c. Had lots of brie on nice bread on monday, and afterwards, I felt like i had just eaten pizza.
d. Probably will eat pizza tomorrow, clint says...

8. I learned its hard to make lists on blogspot...

9. Registered for classes next semester, including:
a. Tennis
b. boring...

10. Gonna go to maine tomorrow to shoot the rest of Kyle's film, working title: 2-B.

11. I have a radio show.... NOW!

werw.syr.edu

be seeing you...