CAPITALISM AT WORK
Monetize your happiness
Work, and don’t relax
NOTE: Side hustles take time that could be devoted to doing nothing.
cicadas to city dreams
so easily are we lost
in the bustle hustle
growing up suburban
sidewalks were canvases
meant only for my chalk
meant only for creatures I’d create
in the city, it’s vibrant
with people of diverse
colour and aspirations
of becoming even bigger than
what our parents could’ve ever wished for us
staying up late nights, I’m
drowning in all the things I swore I’d do
I’m reminded of the nights I’d spend sleeping,
dreaming of worlds I’d build and lives I’d change
it’s easy to think you’re not good enough
when there’s all this mess in front of you
but find quiet pockets in time
tranquility in a book, in a warm coffee
because regardless of wherever you are
(or wherever you wish you’d be)
there’s nothing wrong with where you are
STUCK ON THE CORNER
Stuck on the corner
Which direction looks better?
Duh! The sunny side!
Make whatever kind of art
You wish to create
NOTE: If you wish to, look the part. The model is Victoria Borodinova, who is an excellent watercolor artist.
Below is one of her watercolors.
BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC
Music: “D minor Blues, (instrumental)” from the album EARTH
Artist Location: South Australia, Australia
Info: “I’m a Melbourne based songwriter. The guitars and vocals are mine, the rest are midi instruments. I record and produce my music at home. … I’ve released a few albums on Bandcamp that you’ll find in the discography. Hope you like them.”
Price: $1 (AUS) for song
Name Your Price (Includes FREE) for 14-track album
If you are OK with paying for it, you can use PAYPAL or CREDIT CARD.
Genre: Blues-Rock Instrumental
• Ray Romano was happy when his TV sitcom Everybody Loves Raymondpremiered. His wife, Anna, was in New York, and Ray was in Los Angeles. Ray decided to celebrate with a friend named Kevin James in Las Vegas, and he telephoned Anna to tell her, “Hey, my show aired last night. You know what? Millions and millions of people saw me on TV.” Ray admits that at the time, “I’m just goofing around with this bravado.” He then added in his conversation with Anna, “OK? So that’s why I’m doing what I’m doing, ’cause I am a TV STAR.” She told him, “You’re still the d**k I married.” Ray laughs and says, “That’s good for me. There’s somebody in my life you get the truth from.” By the way, when the producer of The Late Show with David Letterman telephoned him to express interest in developing a TV sitcom around him — the sitcom that became Everybody Loves Raymond— the producer said, “Just want you to know we’re interested. Don’t sign with anybody else because we’re interested.” Ray replied, “There IS nobody else.”
• The Bob Newhart Showis a much-beloved TV sitcom featuring Mr. Newhart as psychologist Bob Hartley and Suzanne Pleshette as Emily, his wife, a schoolteacher. In the sitcom, Bob and Emily are childless because Mr. Newhart did not want a show where the children use big words and are much more intelligent than their lovable but bumbling father. However, for the 6th season of the show, Mr. Newhart read a script in which Emily announced that she was pregnant. When he was asked what he thought about the script, he replied, “I think it’s a very funny script — who are you going to get to play the part of Bob?”
• Performers in television need to make their marks; that is, they need to stand in certain spots so that the camera operators can properly do their jobs. However, some performers in the days of live television declined to worry about making their marks. For example, comedian Jackie Gleason moved where the spirit moved him. When a camera operator complained, Mr. Gleason told him, “Well, pal, since I’m the star of this show, and your camera has wheels, just who in the h*ll do you think is going to move their *ss?”
• Tommy Smothers, one of the two famous Smothers Brothers, was a genius at overcoming censorship. Back when satirist Pat Paulsen was running for President, network censors were very nervous about what Mr. Paulsen might do and say. As a producer, Tommy made Mr. Paulsen fidget during tapings, thus accomplishing two things: 1) making Paulsen the politician appear shifty, and 2) making editing the tapes impossible because of the technological limitations of the 1960s.
• Groucho Marx could be cynical about such things as politicians and marriage, but when satirist Paul Krassner asked him what gave him hope, Groucho answered, “People.” Of course, Groucho met many people as the host of You Bet Your Life, and his favorite contestant was an elderly gentleman who was happy. Groucho asked what made him happy, and the elderly gentleman replied, “Every morning I get up, and I make a choice to be happy that day.”
• Comedian Martin Short has created many characters, including his favorite, talk-show host Jackie Rogers, Jr., whom he created when he was just a kid. Often, he would perform a variety show with Mr. Rogers as host. The venue was his family’s attic, and the audience was a tape recorder. Mr. Short says, “In my mind, I would see this show airing on NBC-TV at 8:30 on Thursday nights. But it was only every other week because I was far too hip for weekly TV.”
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