Friday, November 30, 2007

How to talk to your kids about drugs...

There were many episodes of televisions shows in the 80s and 90s devoted to teaching us about the dangers of drug abuse. Some were done terribly.

Take the, now classic, Jesse Spano "I'm So Excited" freakout episode of Saved By the Bell.



However, sometimes anti-drug episodes can be done right. For example, the "Just Say Yo" episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

In this episode, Carlton takes way too many of his cousin Will's amphetamines because he assumed they were Vitamin E pills. After Carlton ends up in the hospital, Will needs to confront the issue of why he had them in the first place. That's right...Carlton was on speed...as opposed to Jesse who was on CAFFEINE PILLS. If you're going to talk about drugs...actually use real drugs as examples!

It's interesting how both these episodes deal with drug use as a way to stay focused and balance school with extracurricular activities instead of as an answer for boredom and/or depression.

NOTE: Neither of these shows alone can educate your children about drug use and abuse. Anyone who expects them to is a lazy parent and is doing their kids a disservice! Please show them films like Trainspotting, Basketball Diaries or Requiem for a Dream.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

However long I stay [alive], I will always love you?

Something to ponder:

Has the music of Robert Smith (The Cure) and Morrissey (The Smiths and his solo work), morose and depressing and quite self-indulgent, somehow been diminished by the fact that both men are still alive and nearing 50? How miserable could they be if they are both actually still alive? Hell, The Cure's "Lovesong," a classic tale of heartbreak and misery, was written as a wedding present for Robert Smith's wife...who he's been happily married to for almost 20 years now!

Can we contrast this with the music of Elliot Smith, Nick Drake and Kurt Cobain whose work has arguably become more powerful as a result of their suicides? Can you really listen to Nirvana without playing a detective searching for clues to why Kurt killed himself?

Does suicide legitimate the work of the depressed song-writer?

"See I told you it was bad. Really, really bad."

Discuss.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Quick Thought...

How does the current steroids issue get as much, if not more, attenion than the crack epidemic of the 1980s that destroyed American innercities?

Why not a "Just Say No to Steroids" campaign and be done with it?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A Thought I Saved from the Shower

I do most of my best creative thinking in bed right before I drift to sleep at night, during long walks and while I'm taking a shower. All my former roommates will agree that the third place is most annoying as I take extremely long showers leading to habitual lateness and an increased water bill.

Here was a thought I had in the shower about my thoughts in the shower:

A dry erase board in the shower!! That is exactly what I need in here so I stop forgetting my best ideas by the time I get dressed. Hmm, I wonder if I could get one in here and put it on the wall at an angle where it was still convenient for me to write, but would prevent the board from getting wet and my thoughts from getting literally washed away. (Laughs to self.) That's funny "literally washed away." Wait, is that actually funny? Literally...washed...away. I don't know. Hmm...wait, if I put a dry erase board in here, I'm going to think too much about thinking in the shower and then I won't be able to think without pressure and that'll prevent me from being creative. Shit, it's a catch-22. Shit, shit, shit!! Hmm...me thinking about the dry erase board in here is pretty funny. Can I get out of here fast enough so I remember what I thought about and write it down? This could be good for the blog. I haven't updated it in forever. Man, I've been here for atleast 15 minutes and I haven't even touched the soap yet and now that I'm using this new liquid soap with this weird net sponge thingee, this shower is going to take forever. Oh shit, I have to get back to my global economy paper!

Well, there you go everybody. That's everything I can remember from the shower. Back to my global economy paper.