Tuesday, April 1, 2014

But with this apparatus, Relax.

City Hall TV, Channel 49 in Chicago

I was walking home from work, thinking about some past life event. 

As I crossed Michigan Avenue, I had a thought: Oh no, I blogged about that, didn't I? Yes. Of course I did. I wrote about that and one hundred other personal things during the past five years.

When I got home, I looked up the post and then I started scrolling through many others. A theme emerged that kind of annoyed me. Besides being personal, the consistent tone of my writing is that it trends toward negative.

I started this blog on February 18, 2009 after purchasing expired milk and accidentally drinking it. At the time I wanted to be able to complain about it publicly, so I haphazardly signed up for Blogger and wrote about it. Since then, life has given me several interesting experiences and I've used this blog as a vehicle to air out thoughts and feelings on the Internet.

I've stuck to the notion that people don't want to read about good things. I've thought that people are more enticed by reading negative things than by reading nice things. That may or may not be true. What I do know is that it might be a good idea for me to take a tiny break from writing negative things. Perhaps somewhere between negative things and nice things are weird things. 

Tonight I wanted the TV on as background noise, but I didn't want to watch commercials. I ended up finding City Hall TV to be the perfect background noise. It was showing old footage of a lady singing opera with English translation underneath. When I started reading it, I thought the translation was so strange that I took a couple photos of the TV screen.

With two of the photos, I flipped back and forth and back and forth on my phone. It made it look like she was singing, "But with this apparatus, Relax," and it made me laugh. 

This was weird and I liked it.

Well, that was it. Happy April Fools. I am totally going to keep writing about negative things. It's what I do best. But I guess I could try sprinkling in some more weird and nice things, too. 

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