This mixtape will be perfect for:
A. sitting in the complete dark (preferably with headphones)
B. not being able to sleep
C. actually having a campfire, alone or with others
D. pretending yer camping in yer room
E. walking around late at night
so today was "Fat Tuesday", the last day of Mardi Gras,
and where I'm from (Mobile),
we would celebrate the holiday just like they do in New Orleans
(a little tamer though, i should add) with parades, candy and moon pies...
anyway, driving & walking around downtown Birmingham this afternoon, even though this city doesn't celebrate Mardi Gras, I got all kinds of "dejavu memories" for one reason or another ... here's 2 of them:
1. I was standing on the street corner and a jogger ran up behind me and passed me, breathing heavily ... when i was 7 or so, I was with my family at a Mardi Gras parade and i had caught the most candy, necklaces and moon pies i had ever caught ... my paper bag was so full that it was bulging ... as i awaited the next parade float, i suddenly heard a heavy breathing approaching from behind me ... within seconds, some kid had run up, snatched my Mardi Gras victory bag out of my hand and was gone, running down the street ...
it was my first lesson in Shit Happens 101.
2. I had to stop at a green traffic light for a funeral procession to pass by today and i suddenly remembered that my favorite part of the Mardi Gras parade each year was the very last parade float of the holiday, which was called Folly Chasing Death ... on the float was a broken Roman pillar, and a dancing man in a court jester costume "chasing" a man dancing in a skeleton costume around the pillar, over and over as the float slowly moved down the street ... I don't know why, but it always fascinated me to see this float ... in fact, ever since the 1st time I saw it, the entire holiday of Mardi Gras for me revolved around the excitement and thrill of waiting to see Folly as he chased Death ... again.
aside from dejavu and Mardi Gras, HERE is the 2nd installment
of my thriftstore mystery tapes.