NOTES FROM THE DUMP

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

…RANDOM NOTES FROM WRINKLED SCRAPS…

AS I STEPPED FROM THE PORCH…

…and walked over to my truck Irene followed me out to the door and holding it open with one hand and shaking her other fist at me said, ‘…and, you fat-ass son of a bitch, it better not be another year before you get back over here you bastard, you hear me…don’t stay away so gawddamned long…’ and from inside the house I hear her son Ronnie say, ‘Jesus Ma, a simple good-by would do it…’

THEN THERE’S THE FLIP SIDE OF THAT…

…I ordered a foot long from Wacky Willy’s Nearly World Famous Hot Dogs in Claremont NH and also, from his partner Sonya, got a container of the world’s hottest salsa…as I walked back to my truck Sonya stuck her head out the window and said, ‘Terry, wait…don’t go…’ to which Wacky Willy immediately amended to the delight of a dozen onlookers, ‘…bet you don’t hear that much…’

THERE’S AN ATTITUDE OF REPOSE…

…one must assume in a bar if the day’s catch is to be made…certain protocols are necessary if one is going to successfully spend the day cadging drinks and dope in a dump like Carrie Nation’s, then the world’s best watering hole; now, like many of its worthy patrons from nearly forty years ago, dead.

…well that’s the way it goes. I lived in the place, literally; I was proving my father right, my father who had said to me once, ‘Son, if you don’t change your way of living, in ten years you won’t know where your family is…’ He was half-right, only took five years.

…there’s a visceral appeal to the netherworld, Subterranea…one more of those places/things you realize you should avoid but can’t, the draw is fraught with intrigue and dazzling possibilities and surviving danger is the biggest adrenalin rush of all…on a number of occasions I should have been dead but luck intervened and here I still am…it pays to know people in low places.

…I have to be in a certain mood to write - melancholy works - and some of J. S. Bach’s many concertos and choral works are as melancholy as it gets and helps a lugubrious guy like me cope…I wouldn’t say I’m a crybaby or overtly sentimental nor do I look at it as neither a boast nor complaint to realize after nearly seven decades that I am an emotional, philosophical, fiscal and physical basket case, and the vainest of narcissists. Who knew? I haffta laff…

IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT “…NOTES…”

…you know how self-centered it/I is/am…(I don’t understand why anyone would be interested in reading about what I do when I’m sure what you do is far more compelling, but anyway – he went on with another maddening interjection)…me is what I do, it’s all I know and not so well at that. Some people like it some don’t, so it goes…you know that even though Kurt Vonnegut used ‘…so it goes…’ long ago in Slaughterhouse Five, doesn’t mean you can’t use it now and again. I mean he didn’t have residuals on the phrase…anyway, where was I before I interrupted myself…o yes, as usual babbling along ad infinitum ad nauseum…

…over the years from various media outlets – People Magazine, The New York Times, NH Public Television, and a raft of local, statewide and ultimately nationwide reviews in newspapers and magazines - NFTD has had basically rave reviews; here at home we/I know better; you don’t have to be around me in real life very long to see that the me in NOTES is nowhere to be seen, in fact doesn’t exist, is a self-made, self-serving myth…I suppose one way or another everything in NOTES is at best embellished truth and at its worst out and out fabrication, lies.

…the truth lies somewhere in between and in large part as life wanes I cannot always discern what I think happened and what happened. Doesn’t seem to matter…nothing else matters when you can’t breathe.

…I dissolve into the ever-ready abyss of despair and wail off a few lamentations at my self-wrought plight, such an indignity, such an ignominious end to a wasted and largely vainglorious life…not to put too fine a point on it…

…awash in lassitude a latitude wide, drowning in ennui, staggering from vertigo, clambering for purchase – did I forget anything? – o yes, wallowing in self-pity! I find only NOTES FROM THE DUMP ever-present and unquestioning; in it I create a world I wish might have been but wasn’t and will never be. In it, NOTES, as in me, a touch of humor to ease the nearly insufferable pain.

…fact of the matter is I wish I was dead because this isn’t living; enslaved to a bunch of pills, tethered to a noisy 24-7 machine, in and out of hospitals, surgery, can barely breathe, can’t sleep, can’t eat, can’t even pace the floor (with apologies to Ruth Brown). And can dance neither vertically nor horizontally…

…but you can’t just give up the ghost, you’ve got to struggle on, it’s a struggle to be sure; life is not a walk in the park for anyone, rich or poor, known and unknown, so I’m apt to grouse about it at length sometimes when it’s particularly virulent like a plague bacillus instead of nice and comfy like we’d like, but I’ve lived large in nearly seven decades; until recent years I had an easy life and I know I know so and so has it a lot worse than me okay, I feel bad, but I’m stuck with me, ergo so are you, lucky you! Actually, lucky me to have you in my life, Dear Reader, even if I don’t know your name or if I do!

NOTES FROM THE DUMP, NFTD, think about it - world-class writing for world-class readers…wheew, speaking of world class I’ve got a world-class headache which I’ve probably given myself, I’m kind of hard to take sometimes – I’ve had a couple other people in this world tell me I gave them a headache too…it’s a thing of mine…

3 comments:

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Terry Ward said...

Thank you, that's good to hear...stay aloft.

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