I just saw the SNL episode where Ernest Borgnine made an appearance in “What Up With That”. He’s 93 years old and grins like a man who’s been in show business for 70 years and still hasn’t seen everything. He grins like a man who’s enjoying the fuck out of the weird but wonderful shenanigans of the industry he’s spent his whole life feeding with his own talent.
Or else he was on some really amazing psychedelics.
I love that he never got his tooth gap “fixed”. His smile would have lost that inimitable Borgnine quality that will never be seen again.
I want to have that grin, that fresh enjoyment of the world and all its wild permutations of life if I get to reach 93.
I just spent the first 42 minutes of the new year holding a kitten who, for the first time, expressed his wish to be held. The sound and vibration of purring is the same kind of joy I saw in Ernest Borgnine’s wide grin.
Ten minutes before 12am I asked Twitter what should be the last song I hear in 2014 and my night-owl writer friend Steven said it should be “Imagine”. So it is. Was. Is still.
First random thoughts of 2015:
I cherish the hope that Richard Armitage is not an asshole. Or a bigot. I cherish the hope that he is as handsome on the inside as he is on the outside.
I am very feminine in many ways and yet I still feel some of the gender ambiguity I experienced when I was a young teen. For a couple of my teen years l considered myself asexual. I have probably admitted that to some of my closest friends but I can’t remember ever saying that out loud.
I feel most comfortable and most natural in men’s shoes and clothes even though I love women’s clothes too.
I’m not invulnerable to rock ballads of the 80’s.
It’s probably a good thing I didn’t build a roller skate-based life.
Holy shit, I’ve had about a thousand beers now.
It’s that moment when I should either put “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on, or give in to sleep.
DUDES, I TOTALLY JUST PUT “TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART” ON!
I don’t want to go to sleep. As long as I don’t go to sleep it won’t really be the new year. As long as I stay awake I can’t recognize the arbitrary passing of time.
Now I’m playing “Take On Me” and remembering how much listening to it when I was a teen made my stomach flutter. Totally at odds with my unsentimental suit-wearing self.
Seriously, have you not heard me admit to my own million contradictions until now?
I’m the Every-person. I’m woman, I’m man, I’m everyone you’ve ever met.
I don’t like three in the morning and we’re riding up hard on it’s petticoat now.
In my youth, if I could choose to be any man, I’d choose Bowie. Now I’d choose to be Ejiofor.
I wonder how differently my teenage friends saw me than I saw myself?
More frighteningly, I wonder what how differently my siblings saw me than I saw myself?
I’m tired. I’m half asleep. I’ve put my kitten to bed.
I wish all the wishes for you.
All of you.