There’s a lot I want to write at the moment but instead of dumping it on the Internet I’m going to keep it to paper and journals ready for the new year. There’s a lot of instant gratification to be had from venting on the internet but after reading truck loads of zines the last month I’ve genuinely had my eyes opened about what they can be, the time that goes into them and how amazing they can be. I’m sure I’ll stumble at first but it’s something I want to get involved in.
Well I’m parked in front of my computer copying the massive stack of CD’s that’s been surrounding my desk for months. This is a necessary bit of productivity while the camera battery charges so I can photograph a ton of stuff to sell on eBay to clear out my flat and raise funds for next years Toronto to New York ride.
I’ve mounted half my polaroid’s up on the wall. Got rides planned for tomorrow with friends and I’m London bound on Friday to pick up some bits and pieces and go for tattoo consultations. This week is turning out alarmingly productive which is a strange feeling after being pretty feeble for 4 months. I’m liking it.
Errgh first proper crash on my bicycle in forever. Standing by the roundabout trying to stop shaking. Hats off to the gentleman who came over to make sure I’m ok and stopped and chatted for 5 minutes to make sure I’m ok.
I’m pretty good after night shifts at work in terms of doing stuff but just can’t string a sentence together. Today’s special moment was answering the phone to someone and saying saying “Hey Tom how’s it going” (myself) and introducing myself as them. Smooth. I clearly need to get some tea and food.
Armed with headphones in bed listening to Dananananakroyds last album and it’s sinking in that I saw them for the last time last week. Stuff like that is just plain heart wrenching and makes me want to sulk.
Days like today are why I love cycling. I’m really not good enough with words to do today justice and describe how ace it was cycling around Sussex with it being so autumnal. Gold leaves falling all over the place and it being slightly grey all day and slightly windy but perfect. My friend and I both met at Berwick and cycled out to Horham and then came back down via Herstmonceux and Polegate to Jevington then over Beachy Head back to Eastbourne. The South Downs had a nice mist across it and Beachy Head was amazing as always. Perfect English Autumn day by all accounts. I need to find a convenient way to lug my camera about with me to photograph all this.
This time of year just gets better and better with the excuse to wear jumpers, scarves and hats as well. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy Summer but just find Autumn and Winter so much more appealing. I’m so grateful to be living in a country where there’s more to the seasons changing than just a temperature drop. I’m just hoping for snow again this winter.
"I could sit and watch my life go by Or I could take a tiny chance 'Cause some day I'll be stuffed in some museum Scaring little kids With the inscription carpe diem Something I never did.”
Jens Lekman - Rocky Dennis’ Farewell Song
I’ve been listening to Jens Lekman virtually constantly the last 2 days after picking up his album after someone I follow on tumblr posted one of the tracks (thanks mythologisingme!). It’s such an amazing album in so many ways. All kinds of charming, seriously recommend checking it out.
"The ocean wants a sailor, a gun wants a hand." Tom Waits - Face To the Highway.
I can’t wait to pick up the new Tom Waits album up tomorrow when I get the chance. I’ve spent all week looking through his albums in shops to try and find “Bad as Me” only to find out it’s off his new album that hadn’t come out. Felt a bit of an idiot but it’s out now so no more getting frustrated at shops apparent lack of it. My father has been listening to him for a long time and got me listening to Mule back when it came out. Being introduced to music by the parentals is always a pretty special moment.