I Do Not Die

I Zombie icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 07 from the Astro Creep 2000 LP by White Zombie icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )

I Zombie: cancer raging
I Zombie: fascinating
I Zombie: crucify
I Zombie: do not die

Astro 2000

I Zombie: kill machine
I Zombie: never seen
I Zombie: never you
I Zombie: coming through

Astro 2000

I Zombie: duplicating
I Zombie: eliminating
I Zombie: fucking you
I Zombie: never through

Astro 2000

Life Paradoxes and Modern Tragedies

One of the reasons this website exists is to help provide an extra amount of clarity and perspective in the Information Age we live in, where technology and social media have eradicated many important forms of personal identity and privacy, and done so over the course of only a handful of years. To put it a different way, ChadSpace reminds me that I’m truly one of a kind, and also serves as an online journal of sorts for others to enjoy my amazing and thought-provoking insights in ways that perhaps contribute to their own less-interesting ideas. So here are two nuts that I just can’t keep squirreled away any longer:

01) Should I resolve to keep what I already have in my life intact, healthy and increasingly prosperous when it’s good, and when it’s enough, or should I march down the path of personal ambition and selfish change because that’s what the majority does? I have found that by doing the former, many people who are important to me are somehow becoming more distant—people who I wish could slow down and readily acknowledge what they already have in their lives. When I do the latter, I typically create new avenues to interact with these people, meet new friends, and realize certain potentials. Yet the amount of chaos and disharmony in the world increases whenever a person shuns or abandons something that is positive for an opportunity to gain more.

02) Why is it that Facebook and YouTube get so much money for being the most popular public landfills on the Internet? Facebook is a lot like the garbage truck that comes once a week, taking all of your empty milk jugs and coffee grinds, and YouTube is like the city dump that only accepts large items, like old refrigerators, microwave ovens, and rusted-out car engines. This sometimes makes me wonder how much capital and technical resources in Silicon Valley are committed to ensuring the successful revisitation of a shitty eight-year-old meme, and on-demand viewing of some asshat playing a really bad version of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony on a cheap ukelele.

Silence Means Death

Refuse/Resist icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 01 from the Chaos A.D. LP by Sepultura icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )

Chaos A.D.
Tanks on the streets
Confronting police
Bleeding the plebs
Raging crowd, burning cars
Bloodshed starts, who will be alive?

Chaos A.D.
Army in siege
Total alarm
I’m sick of this
Inside the state, war is created
No man’s land
What is this shit?

Refuse
Resist

Chaos A.D.
Disorder unleashed
Starting to burn, starting to lynch
Silence means death
Stand on your feet
Inner fear, your worst enemy

Refuse
Resist

Heavy Metal Suicide

We Didn’t Start the Fire icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 02 from the Storm Front LP by Billy Joel icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray, South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio, Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television, North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe, Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom, Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye, Eisenhower, Vaccine, England’s got a new queen, Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev, Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc, Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron, Dien Bien Phu Falls, “Rock Around the Clock”, Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team, Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland, Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev, Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it

Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac, Sputnik, Zhou Enlai, Bridge On The River Kwai, Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball, Starkweather Homicide, Children of Thalidomide, Buddy Holly, Ben-Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia, Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go, U-2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy, Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it

Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land, Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion, Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania, Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson, Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sex, J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say?

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again, Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock, Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline, Ayatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan, Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide, Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, crack, Bernie Goetz, Hypodermics on the shores, China’s under martial law, Rock and Roller cola wars, I can’t take it anymore

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
But when we are gone, it will still burn on, and on, and on….

Musician’s Humor

I’ve always had this peculiar S&M fantasy where a smokin’ hot girl guitar player tells me that my vibrato sucks in front of a large crowd of people, and then everyone starts laughing and jeering at me.

I’m sure Ms. Vidovic is much too nice to ever do something like this, but she has everything else dialed in to make this desire of mine a reality.

The Truth Is Out There… Maybe!

I rarely use Craigslist, particularly the version of it that is focused on this wacky little city of Redding that I live in. There are a lot of weirdos in the world, and many of them gravitate towards community services and resources such as Craigslist. Therefore, it’s not unreasonable to expect that if you spend time on the site then you’re going to have a higher frequency of encounters with the types of people you would never choose to have anything to do with in real life.

That said, every once in a while I will find a need to purchase something off Craigslist, despite my preference not to use the site. There are times when eBay “Buy It Now” prices are too unreasonable and the classified ads in the local newspaper are not exhaustive enough, and this is when I find myself saying “Well hello again, Craigslist!” with a sarcastic grin on my face. This happened two months ago when I decided to buy a vintage piece of music equipment called a Marshall JCM800 amplifier. I actually didn’t find the version of the amplifier that I wanted, but instead found and purchased two guitars—Ol’ Betsies 04 and 05 —from gentlemen in Hercules and Burney, respectively. Both experiences were quite pleasant, so I found myself wondering if maybe Craigslist isn’t as bad as it used to be.

My optimism was short-lived, however, as today I was reminded about one of the special types of “weird” that exists in Redding. While looking for a place to post an ad for my baseball team, one of the first headlines I found was “Bigfoot Reports Wanted.” Aha! This is the Craigslist I remember so well! The entire ad read as follows:

If you have seen anything that you believe might be a Sasquatch or Bigfoot,or if you have heard strange noises or had a strange experience. I would love to hear your story. Please email to bigfoot-reports at hotmail dot com.

Will be kept confidential

Hey… now that you mention it, I have heard strange noises before! I have also had two or three totally fucking strange experiences in my life! How is it that I never considered Bigfoot was behind it all??!

Oh yeah… that’s because Bigfoot doesn’t exist! People who believe in Bigfoot are at least silly, and possibly crazy. If we can map our galaxy without leaving the solar system and order pizza from our cell phones while hiking trails in the wilderness, surely we would have found Bigfoot by now and put him in a zoo where he belongs.

(Somewhat of a tangent here, but they should put questions like “Do you believe in Bigfoot?” on voter registration forms alongside questions like “Who was the second President of the USA?” When a person answers the former “yes” after getting the latter wrong, he or she is automatically disqualified from participating in all elections for at least four years.)

Also, I love the faux-official email address bigfoot-reports@hotmail.com. I’m now imagining some other irrational and slightly irritated guy in Oregon posting his own Bigfoot Craigslist ad with the email address bigfoot-reports-official@hotmail.com (because the email address bigfoot-reports@hotmail.com was already taken by this asshole in California). Then there would of course be the even more irritated Washington counterpart having to settle with real-bigfoot-reports@hotmail.com because the two better email addresses were taken already by the assholes in California and Washington, and so on, and so forth.

As an old pal from Texas used to remind me, Northern California is Bigfoot country, and wherever Sasquatch is expected to be, people with tinfoil hats can’t be too far away!

Tell It to the Breadline

Get Lucky icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 09 from the eponymous LP by Mark Knopfler icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )

I’m better with my muscles than I am with my mouth
I work the fairgrounds in the summer or go pick fruit down south

And when I feel them chilly winds, where the weather goes I’ll follow
Pack up my traveling things and go with the swallows
And I might get lucky now and then

You win some
You might get lucky now and then
You win some

I wake up every morning keeping an eye on what I spent
Gotta think about eating
Gotta think about paying the rent

I always think it’s funny
It gets me every time
I wonder about the happiness and money
Tell it to the breadline
But you might get lucky now and then

You win some
You might get lucky now and then
You win some

Now I’m rambling through this meadow happy as a man can be
Think I’ll just lay me down under this old tree
On and on we go through this old world of shuffling
If you got a truffle, dog, you can go truffling
And you might get lucky now and then

You win some
You might get lucky now and then
You win some