Explaining This Inexplicable Dude From My Building

(Without, however, the benefit of the Dracula Had An Aardvark Theory.)

I have never talked about this dude I used to know — either in a blog post or an FB post — because it just seems so petty. And so hard to describe. I guess one of those people who are so uneducated that they think they’re smarter than educated people. (A result of so vastly underestimating the extent of any decent undergraduate college education that they gloss over the whole thing. Kind of a self-taught Big Lie.)

Which … that actually wasn’t very hard to describe. It’s just so disorienting. After our first hanging-out … looking at him in disbelief at his stupidity, and he makes a jibe as he’s leaving that he is clearly on a higher level than I am. I can’t process that. I’m not on some lofty plateau. I’m just not an idiot, and that guy was, and he should have just listened.

Is what I’m saying.

I lent him Dostoevsky, and he gave it back the next day saying it was so bad compared to Stephen King. Just baffling.

He looked down on this ton of music I listen to, and tried to get me into Led Zeppelin (which I already have) and The Insane Clown Posse — who are sometimes tied with Nickelback as the most hated band in the world. (But I still am baffled by the last, after running across a record producer at the train station the other day who said he had produced some of the albums for the Insane Clown Posse. … I can say at least that I’m older now than when I knew this guy downstairs, and so I treated the dude at the train station with respect.) But this guy I used to know, he went on at great length about “Stairway To Heaven”. I was thinking of the scene from Wayne’s World where Wayne is at the guitar store, picks up a guitar, plugs it in, begins to play that song and is interrupted by the store manager, who points to the sign that reads, “No ‘Stairway To Heaven’.”

I can’t even. There were a million stories, and it’s all so petty. But … why?…


I Wish I Didn’t, But I Look Like A Neo-Nazi, And People Around Town Think I’m A Racist Skinhead, Because I’m Literally Insane

So I sometimes go off on strangers wherever, meaning a lot … and … if I go off on a person of color, I see it in the person’s expression. And I can tell that expressions are hardening earlier now, as if I’m known.

I shave my head for seven reasons:

1. It’s been my only haircut since the early 90s (almost)
2. It’s the only free haircut (and I can only afford a free haircut)
3. I’m a punk rock fan, even though I never go to shows, because I’ve been a shut-in for like twenty years
4. I happen to think I look good with this haircut, in a Sinead O’Connor sort of way.
5. I’m showing off to the beautiful wives (my age) of the boring men (a bit older than me) that I care so little about losing my hair that I can maintain a good hairline and just … fuckin’ shave it all off. I just don’t care.
6. I’m losing my hair. It’s half-grey, too.
7. I still feel like I’m a 20 year-old.

People have also always assumed I like guys, which … I’m horrified by the idea of men in a sexual context … but it’s especially prevalent now, that distrusting distance, because I’ve been chatting up black men at the bus stop and around the building, to help spread the word that I’m not a racist.

A Musical Example Of Mental Health Awareness

I think of a time in my life as the time I was a “mannequin”. That name is because of the Wire song all about people who go to parties and stand there afraid.

Well, you’re a waste of space. No natural grace. You’re so bloody thin. You don’t even begin to interest me. Not even curiosity. It’s not animosity. Just don’t interest me. Well, you’re an energy void. A black hole to avoid. No style, no heart. You don’t even start to interest me. Not even curiosity. It’s not animosity. Just you don’t interest me. Oh, come on! You’re a disgrace! Tell me. Why don’t you tell me?

For me that was the last three years of college. Communicating was this awful puzzle I didn’t think I’d ever solve. I didn’t yet know that I was schizophrenic.

Here is a song on the same topic by Sonic Youth, from a little over a decade later, when people were more aware.

When you feel the spiral turning for you alone and you feel so heavy that you just can’t stop it, when this sea of madness turns you into stone, a picture of your life shoots like a rocket. All the time. Put “me” in the equation it’s alright. I’ve seen you moving in and out of sight. My friends tell me it’ll all cut through you. From nowhere to nowhere. Cut together. Cuttin’ through. I’m island-bound, a mote inside my eye, and I can’t see you breathing as before. I am airless, a vacuum child, and I can’t stand to reason at your door in this time. Put “me” in the equation it’s alright. I’ve seen you moving in and out of sight. My friends tell me it’ll all cut through you from nowhere to nowhere. Cut together. I’m down in the daytime out of sight comin’ in from dreamland, I’m on fire. I can see it’s all been here before. Dream a dream that lies right at your door. When the seasons circle sideways out of turn and words don’t speak just fall across the carpet, you’re just in time to watch the fire burn. It seems a crime but yr face is bright you love it. All the time…..

What makes this song especially beautiful is that they devote so much stubborn mournfulness to the mentally ill in the last three or four minutes. Kim, the girl you would be afraid to talk to, hammers her bass into a tower of noise as if to say, I’m right here for you. I know.