Monday, October 9, 2006

i'm extreme


most people misunderstand when i say i live my life on the extremes.

cable tv has conditioned our minds to think that ‘extreme’ pertains soley to jumping off sky rise buildings, or some derivative of death defying feats. so for this post, let’s forget what we have learned and understand extreme from a different angle.

i live my life on the extremes. for example, there was a two-year stretch in high school where i wore only jeans and white t-shirts. i bought lucky brand dungarees (purchased at nordstrom rail), hanes a-shirts (aka wife beaters) underneath plain white hanes tshirts. if it got cold i’d wear a russel athletic sweatshirt (kangaroo pocket not zip up), i had every color. i was a simply dressed man in those high school days. i started out talking about being extreme, and now i’m filling the page with banter about my high school wardrobe? where’s extreme you ask? hang in there.

after college, my collection of jeans acquired holes in the knees, and frayed cuffs. instead of going back to nordstrom for $70+ jeans, i visited target and discovered dickies! soon i had every color of dickies in three styles: original, cell phone pocket with double stitched knee, and shorts. this is around the time i discovered t-shirts on ebay.

the post office charges $3.20 for packages <1lb sent anywhere in the lower 48 states. so when i did an ebay search i’d look for “tshirt” + less than $1.00. my total charge would be $1.00 for the shirt +$3.20 shipping = $4.20. i got some crazy shirts! but that’s all i wore, dickies and ebay shirts.

my extreme personality doesn’t start and stop at my wardrobe, however my dressing habits are a representative metaphor for the ‘extreme’ personality i have. other examples are: i used to like hot, and now i prefer cold. i only listened to rap and punk now i’m dance and acoustic.

i normally don’t sit in the middle of the road, i’m either on mute or full blast. drink only water or kill the 750ml that night. i figure if you don’t go all the way, don’t go any of the way.

anyhow, one of my favorite bands did a prince cover that i can't get enough of (click on picture to download the .mp3)

edit: the moment i found this song (mentioned above) i immediately thought to myself "i need to share this with karen!" and then i remembered =(. karen and i talked many times of going together to a tegan and sara show.


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