Welcome back, worthy comrades; welcome to another edition of our long running tradition, Flush it Friday. On this hallowed day we gather together in the gleaming bowl to air our grievances, share our triumphs, and generally post witty quips (pronounced: “gifs” [pronounced: “gifs”]).
Rather than keep with our usual structure (see above), I’m changing things up this week. “Change?” you cry incredulously. “The last person who promised change was that muslim Obummer!” Ah, fair follower of the porcelain way, fret not. I, unlike Obama, promise change you can believe in.
THE BAD: I’ve got a lot of things I need to take care of in the next few weeks, and I’m not sure how I’m going to have the time or money to be able to get them all done. I may have bitten off more than I can chew, and now that it’s crunch time, I’m unsure I’m going to have the resources to get everything finished. I need to pay rent, fly to La Paz to renew my passport, apply for a residency, and make a vehicle payment.
THE UGLY: This is probably going to total me around $3500 USD. With the current exchange rate, that means about $4500 CAD, which is quite a bit over what I make in a month, and my meagre savings aren’t going to be able to cover the balance. What’s uglier than financial woes?
THE GOOD: Despite all this, I’ve had a pretty stellar day/week/month/year. I’ve done things and been to places I never would have dreamed of five years ago. In the past year or so I’ve made some amazing new friends, both in person, and with many of you fine folks here on the blog ov hell (shoutout to my great comrades in arms in both Dork League and Group Message for Weirdos). I’ve had a chance, more recently, to sit down and discover new music. Even better, I’ve had the time to devote to this new music, to properly dissect it. Speaking specifically, it’s a beautiful day out – the sun is shining, the birds are singing, the palm trees are swaying in the breeze. I had one of the most amazing suppers I’ve ever had last night at a hole-in-the-wall Italian place (run by a quirky Italian chef who makes his own cheese and strawberry liqueur), and spent the entire evening laughing and joking with some of my best friends. Speaking generally, while this last year has been rough in a lot of ways, it’s taught me a lot about myself, about my faith, and about the things that are truly important in life: mainly, music, friends, and good food. And while the things that are important to you do not, in any way, have to line up with mine, I want to encourage you to remember that life is most excellent. I know I’m getting dangerously close to sounding like a “Live Love Laugh” type motivational poster, so I’ll stop here, leaving you with my favourite summertime jam. In the immortal words of Mahatma Gandhi: “Be excellent to each other.”