Reflection

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Unashamed Dead Kennedys fan paradox

Posted By on Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 3:25 PM

The Dead Kennedys mocked extreme liberals, fascists and bullies regularly and stated that one should "think for oneself". As a recovering leftist, I started to pay attention to the insidious madness of political extremes and realized that Trump was the antithesis of the regressive left.
I spent half my life as a socialist, and once I started to pay attention I realized I was wrong.
I am happy to think for myself again, and I have DK to thank for it.
Slander and ad hominem attacks are a symptom of those who have no argument—it's just bullying. It's easier to call someone a fascist than to truly understand what it means. It's lazy. People need dialogue to proceed. You don't have to like Trump, but people, please, think for yourself. There are always two sides.
And to Jello "Ashamed" Biafra, I've paid very close attention to the lyrics, and I'm confident DK would endorse neither Donny nor Hillary, just free thought. I respect your perspective and appreciate you being civil about it. It was inevitable someone would question the paradox—I'm glad it was you. And thank you, Halifax, for being so tolerant. Cheers.
—The man in the coat
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Life lessons

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2018 at 1:36 PM

Ladies, I am going to show you all the love with this warning of caution. You might find yourself getting to know the oddball at the club or are already friends. Know this: He doesn't deserve you or your time and effort. I'm sure he's told you about his big emotional revelations these past few years and for sure he's let you know he's got your back when it comes to dealing with all the schmucks around town along with praising #MeToo survivors but it's all a facade. It's a LIE! He is dishonest, disrespectful and does not genuinely care about your health and well being. He told me he changed how he viewed life and relationships and I believed him but it's all for attention—sexual or otherwise. I had many moments of self doubt and why me because of his unbecoming behaviour and my flaw in thinking I just didn't do enough to be treated well. I was crying while he was smirking last night. 

A good friend reminded me this morning that it only took me less than a month to realize and confront his deception verses staying in it previously over a year. I guess I am stronger. We are all just trying to find our way with hope alongside the right people. Choose wisely in this small town. Self love first. —Female Warrior

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

I guess I miss ya

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM

He didn't notice me noticing you from across the room. My heart leapt and I lost my appetite and concentration entirely. No one makes me tremble the way you do—this context was no different. I've been wondering how you're getting along and recalling why it is I chose not to be there for you as a friend. He and I have known each other for years and I feel comfortable with him because I won't break his heart and he cannot break mine. I knew heartbreak was a possibility with you though, and I was afraid.  I wish I were capable of an adult connection, but even friendship with you is beyond my black and white mentality and my level of maturity. I believe keeping my distance is the most ethical thing for me to do, but damn does my resolve crumble when you're near me. For what it's worth, I care about what happens to you. I care enough not to reach out again. I still think of you and truly hope you're doing well. —(Every-Other) Summer Lover




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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Learn to swim

Posted By on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Hey Halifax, long time no see. I woke up here instead of a hospital bed in Ontario today. I was blackout drunk for 10 years and had no idea who or where I was and now that I'm back I can't believe how in-your-face the party scene is here. My family are in their autumn years and I just settled in for the winter. Am I fucking crazy? WTF am I doing back here? All I see is bars, drunks, free samples and piles of vomit in the street. I left Kitchener (previously known as Berlin and known for hosting the worlds largest Oktoberfest celebration and hate crimes outside of Europe) and I would have never imagined I would find such a hardcore drinking scene with a heaping scoop of racism. Who'd a thunk in just four days here I could write a book on how to stay sober while swimming through an endless sea of drunks. With an overall message of love and patience I thought I'd find peace and compassion next to my lady love. The ocean. And I did. "If the ocean can calm itself so can you, we are both just salt and water.” I'm not crazy, I'm fucking nuts. AND THIS CITY IS JUST AS BEAUTIFUL AS I RECALL IT. Wanna sober up? Want to stay sober? I'm the quiet guy who's not so alone down at the boardwalk, the ocean will always be there. Take good care of her and treat her with respect. —Landlubber


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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pleasant delusion

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 1:34 PM

We've never actually talked. I devote my life to helping others, don't really care about clothes, car, or fitting into the crowd. Heck, if I die with no woman beside me I accept this fate. Better than being a rabid drunk of days old. It's not about me anymore (not to sound like a pet detective actor of the 90's). Lets be honest ladies, gentlemen and other genders in this materialistic world: Yikes...not like I can't afford it I just don't see the true meaning.

Anyway,

Some times I think maybe, just maybe, you would accept me for me, you do your thing, I just come home from a long days work and just stare at each other and say nothing. Heck maybe open a coffee shop. Or wait, like a falafel house with plants and the first song we play every morning would be "Karma Police."

Maybe I am Robert Baratheoning it...maybe I am just delusional...regardless the thought of you makes me happy...and I am sure that will never change. —Paranoid android

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

My heart's land

Posted By on Sat, Aug 5, 2017 at 12:36 PM

We had to be done. Hell, we'd never even been single as adults. I need to find the me I want to be, not fulfill the me you thought I was. I love you still, I always will. No choice my dude. Someday if you can love me for me, I'll love you for you. I'm not waiting, but I can't bear to rule it out. If it's not meant to be, then that's that.Screw “should”





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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Casper

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 12:04 PM

You appeared as if by magic, and then you disappeared. You have reappeared when I least expect but not when I wish you would. You've taught me to love the magic and mystery of the universe. If I could only cast a spell on you it would be to let yourself trust the magic of the universe. —Wendy





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Monday, July 17, 2017

To the beauties and truths of Halifax

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Thank you to the all the beautiful humans who have supported, gifted, and graced me with their presence. I am ever grateful.

All these haters, see you later.

You don't love me like I love you. —The One All Over The Map





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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Once

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 12:07 PM

The forget-me-nots are out again, and you're back on my brain. Not that you ever leave for too long. Like those little blue flowers, you always come back. —I knew where to look for you…





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Monday, May 29, 2017

Talk to me...

Posted By on Mon, May 29, 2017 at 3:17 PM

They say actions speak louder than words—good for some. The rest of us live in the real world, where sometimes we wish we could follow through with our commitments—then life happens, and we let others and ourselves down. Small steps in the right direction will get you to where you want/need to be. —Listener





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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

No Need To Argue

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 12:16 PM

It is not easy when I have so many new equations and possibilities to fix things.  I argue with myself too much. But then there is you. A real relief. You are so familiar.

I like this little sanctum. I want to find others with you.  “I,” because of my responsibility for things to work.  I would like to believe that there are other ways in which things can work.  But maybe only one way, at only one exact time. A way nobody knows.

I like our introduction. It is hard to be here and now. You have changed the atmosphere.  How did you do that?

If you want me to be direct, I'll do that: Please throw your jacket on the bed; get it later. —Somebody





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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Flying Away

Posted By on Tue, May 2, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Dear my so-loved friend-named-after-a-bird, I miss you so much, and even though I'm writing this into oblivion because you are so far away from me right now, I know by the powers in my horoscope sign and the fake ass karma and spiritual shit I believe in that you'll feel this somehow. Enjoy your adventure and keep flying. —Lonely Not-Bird Friend





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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Running Man

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 2:50 PM

Yesterday I was biking home after dinner and feeling like curling up in my bed...when I saw a tall man running full-tilt down the middle of Beech street wearing full length running pants, a sweater tucked into long gym shorts, glasses, and a huge smile! I had a sudden huge rush of feeling—a yearning for spontaneity! Gratitude for freedom of movement! Joy for the people I have known who act freely in the world, mixed with melancholy at my own static disposition! So I just wanted to say, thanks for the moment, friend. — Inspired2Live





















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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Please Don't Read This

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 9:39 AM

I have this awful ability to read into everything since meeting you. Man, the most mundane of things can feel so big sometimes. It's so bleak out here and knowing you was not. I guess it's because everything feels more real in the summer. I really do hope I'll see you again. —Yikes





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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

There is a star in the east

Posted on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM

This odyssey began 31 years ago in a small town in that province east of here. We always seemed to be in different orbits which crossed in different times and places. You're right...we don't know each other any more. I guess that's life. To borrow the lyric..."The things I thought I'd figured out, I have to learn again." You're still the brightest star in my constellation and always will be. I can't explain it, it just is. I hope that our orbits can cross again sometime soon. If not...know you are loved. –That Guy that Helped You with the Meaning of "High Flight" in High School
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