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one hundred years of solitude Below are the 4 most recent journal entries recorded in the "drowning in flame" journal:
November 29th, 2007
09:01 pm


I think I'm in love
"I’ve been meaning to mention the series of Eastside posts I’ve been doing over at and I’m finally getting around to it. It’s kinda weird to explain it to the people I know, or those that grew up on the Eastside, but there is now a faction of the city that calls the neighborhoods of Echo Park and Silverlake the “eastside”, since they base the geographical center of the city somewhere closer to the beach communities rather than Downtown. Anything east of that is therefore now “the eastside.” Part of me says I shouldn’t care as much as I do, but the other half sez fuck those putos and their flippant rewrites of history.

I grew up in Boyle Heights, a part of the Eastside that is still in LA city proper and not part of East Los. There is nothing cool about being from the Eastside, it’s just a place crammed with overhead freeways, lacking public space, and needing much to make it habitable. But it very much placed you, it was a way for others to understand literally where you come from, and maybe even what to expect. But now, with these bullshit “fluid” demarcations that mean nothing and are being imposed by people that are just passing thru the city, the term Eastside is being used to differentiate between cretins that stay on one side or the other of La Brea/ La Cienega, as if anyone cares how hipsters try to define themselves separately from their parents. It should be noted, for those that aren’t from LA, that the Eastside has been the Mexican part of town. The new fake “eastside” is being used to demarcate the subtle differences between the same social classes of a mostly gabacho heritage, (on the historical westside) and whether one can tolerate a bit of sand in the communal potato salad. It’s a complete disconnect from the actual meaning of Eastside, given meaning only by those that want to differentiate themselves from their fellow westsiders.

Being from LA doesn’t give one much to cling onto. East Coasters tell me my region has no seasons. Frisco-eans say my hometown is full of plastic people. And LA people say the place I call home is a ghetto. Hmm. Fuck the lot of you. I know where I’m from. I know my neighborhood. Just because others are confused about the “eastside” doesn’t mean we are. I hope other Eastsiders take on the task of challenging those that thoughtlessly deny us our history. (Maybe the Rough Rider Blog can garner some recruits for the cause!) We have nothing to lose but our blogging minutes. Eastside: Presente!"

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November 22nd, 2007
10:13 pm


Just another day....
As Americans sit down on Thanksgiving Day to gorge themselves on the bounty of empire, many will worry about the expansive effects of overeating on their waistlines. We would be better to think about the constricting effects of the day's mythology on our minds.

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July 7th, 2007
01:09 pm


teh: An expression used by idiots to helpfully identify themselves to other idiots.

Idiot 1: That's awesome.
Idiot 2: Wait, what?
Idiot 1: Uh, I mean, that's "TEH" awesome!
Idiot 2: Oh, thank god! For a second there I thought I wasn't talking to another idiot!
Idiot 1: "PNWED"!

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June 27th, 2007
01:55 am


Pretentious grammar irks me-- except when it's also incorrect and makes me laugh.
Q: What sort of self-congratulatory asshat would use the word "persons" when he should write "people?"

A: The sort that would fail to realize that "persons, " on top of being widely discouraged by style guides, is only appropriate when all "persons" being referred to are countable and known.

Who says I don't respect the English language?
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