“600 Days (And Other Things That Don’t Rhyme)” by Richard F. Yates
I’ve been listening to a lot of Robert Anton Wilson lately. (There are about a million recordings of him delivering lectures and giving interviews on YooToob!) And, although it seems like people believe (or believed) that he was a conspiracy theorist---I’m sensing that he was more of a JOKESTER. He really seems to have understood the HILARIOUSNESS of the Universe---making him a genius comedian, in our book! (Canonization in our religion is imminent…)
In DEDICATED WORK NEWS, I’ve hit another milestone, which shows how obsessed I am at this whole MAKE STUFF---EVERY DAY concept:
I’ve hit SIX HUNDRED DAYS OF POSTING SHIT IN A ROW!
Why? Why am I doing this? I pretty obviously have nothing important to say---but for some reason I can’t seem to shut up about not knowing anything! Regardless, I’m proud of my streak of nonsense! When I get to 666 days of nothingness, I might even have a party! (If I can figure out how to LIVE STREAM IT, maybe I’ll do that!)
In other “NEWS” (you can choose to believe it’s fake if you want,) Mariah and I tried a new EATERY on Friday. Nestled inside The Merk Building, 1339 Commerce Ave., in Longview, WA, USA, we tried a new Hawaiian themed restaurant called NW Sunshine. We’re always excited to try something new… (Obviously!)
The building, when I was younger, was a giant Bon Marche---way back when Commerce Avenue had stores, like Woolworth’s, Sears, J.C. Penney, and even an 88 Cent Store!!! (They have all closed---because we are living in a GHOST TOWN, haunted by people who don’t realize they’re already DEAD and living in HELL---which ain’t so bad, really…)
According to The Merk’s website, the building was originally the local headquarters for the Long Bell company, built back in 1923! Now, it’s home to a bunch of different businesses: cake shops, salons, clothing stores, an eye clinic, and stuff like that. There are some interesting pieces of artwork scattered around the space, and a great many historical artifacts (old school year books and photographs and even a bunch of The Log of Long Bell covers in frames---this was the company newsletter for the giant lumber company back in “the day,” and the publication contains a TON of local history from the nineteen-teens and twenties!)
The atmosphere, if you choose to eat your food here, is pretty neat:
And the food was pretty good, too. The way it works is that you can choose your protein and your starch, and then mix and match… Mariah got teriyaki chicken and hand tossed noodles, and I tried to the tofu with rice (or vice-versa---I can’t remember who ordered which dish), and we shared a soda. The whole thing came to just a hair over twenty bucks, and there was a seriously LARGE amount of food for that price. We both agreed that the rice was good (tasted very fresh), the tofu was good, and the chicken was pretty good. Oddly, when I reheated a plate of leftovers the next day before work, I preferred the noodles to the rice! (So the rice is great if you’re going to eat it all right there, but the noodles make better leftovers---in my opinion!) So, overall, it was a positive experience, mostly because it’s always fun doing stuff with my wife (who is ALMOST as silly as I am!!!) But twenty bucks for enough food for two people to eat, TWICE, (only 5 bucks per serving) is good value for the dough. Plus, if you have time to check out the artwork and photos and other businesses at The Merk, all the better. It’s a cool, old building with a lot of local history packed beneath the rafters!
Last!!! Here are a couple of SNOW pics from a week or so ago!
We don’t get snow here very often, probably because Hell is a bit too warm for the stuff to stick. (It fell for a few hours---then melted away by morning.) I’m always amused (or surprised) at how BRIGHT the world looks after it snows. When I came home from work, before the snow really got going, it was pretty dark outside, but after it snowed for an hour or two, and covered the lawn and the road, all of a sudden, every light source for miles around was reflected by the crystalline, white surface, and the world got a lot brighter! (Or appeared to get brighter. Optical illusions are common in Hell.) One of Mariah and my favorite things to do is look at Christmas lights when it’s all snowy---but most years Mother Nature doesn’t even THINK about sending snow our way until late January or February. In fact, I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for 46 (almost 47) years, and I can only remember about FOUR White Christmases in four and a half decades! That’s not many opportunities to see colorful lights blinging off that ultra-reflective surface. Maybe, once we retire, we’ll move somewhere that gets snow EVERY Christmas. Or---maybe we won’t!
Anyway, that’s enough of my nonsense for now. Go make some nonsense of your own!!!
---Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Holy Fool)
SUPPORT INDEPENDENT FOLKS WHO ARE JUST MAKING STUFF BECAUSE THEY LOVE IT!!!
[This piece was originally posted, using Partiko for Android, on 17 Jan. 2019, here: https://steemit.com/art/@richardfyates/600-days-and-other-things-that-don-t-rhyme-by-richard-f-yates
I would have posted it SOONER---but I've been busy! Or lazy!]
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