Music: Yo La Tengo
Mood: full of possibilities
Once again I have neglected to post anything here for several months. My excuse this time: I have moved to Seattle. Seattle is great-it bears a striking resemblance to the place in my mind that I always wanted to live. Now that I am settled in and have reliable internet access, my thoughts turned once again to this great ampitheatre in cyberspace.
One of the many things that changed for me in the past few months has been my politics. On the other hand, my politics has always been evolving. I have never stayed with a political party or an ideology for very long, which I think is a good thing. As Operation Ivy once said, "All I know is I don't know nothin'."
I have spent the past couple of years living in Los Angeles, which I would describe as one of if not the most libertarian place in America. Everyone is out for themselves and you can basically do whatever you want. Conversely, it is a horrible place to live. I have never felt so lonely and the entire place is covered in asphalt.
Just before I left, I went by myself to a multiplex in Burbank to catch a matinee screening of Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth. I had a strange desire to see this documentary by a politician who I have enjoyed mocking over the years, but I have to admit I was profoundly moved by this picture. I have always taken an interest in environmental issues but that had fallen by the wayside a bit during my time in Hollywood. What I came away with from the movie was the inconvenient truth that even though everyone is upset about the way things are going in America and the world right now nobody is doing a damn thing. It is much easier to sit on your couch and lament than to do something.
I want to do something. I don't know what form that will take, but I want to do something that will in some small measure improve the lives of everyone. Thinking about myself has gotten me nowhere. I want to be able at the end of my time to say that I tried to improve things. If everyone is only out for themselves, then the world is going to look like Los Angeles.
One of the reasons I moved from Los Angeles was to get away from that mentality. Seattle is a much more community-oriented place and I think there is a lot more possibility here for me to create what I want to create. It's all about being somewhere you want to be, and I have to tell ya, I love it here so far. When I come up with something, you'll be the first to know.