Dealing with Authenticity

It is about two hours after I have celebrated the New Year, and what better way to start it off but with a rant? To most people I know, I have never really been black. I have been to some degree, My skin colour is decently dark and my hair is curly and nappy; otherwise, I don’t sound black, I don’t only like black things, and best of all I don’t act black. I am sure some of the people in the audience have heard this before. Rather I hope you’ve heard all of this before.  Continue reading Dealing with Authenticity

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Dealing with bad/dad jokes

Swiping through my Wakie feed, I usually see mountains of lame, very-poorly thought out jokes with many upon many likes more than the jokes I find much better. I have always wondered why this was, is it because dad jokes are easy to interact with? Because they are easy to engage with? To notice as jokes? It could be because there is are large amounts of people of which English is not their first language and so they simply can’t grasp wordplay as well as native speakers.  Continue reading Dealing with bad/dad jokes

Dealing with people from another era

There I was with my headphones on, looking out of the window towards my grand-aunt’s backyard. Holding a glass of fine-high-class/grade orange juice with just the right amount of ginger ale, I swirled it around like a sophisticated wine connoisseur. I was listening to one the hundreds of podcasts that I have downloaded on my phone. I was here because it was Thanksgiving (for those who don’t know that is in November for us Canadians, and it is a special celebration). The subject of the podcast was a professor figuring out how to recreate the ‘succession’ of a particular pope. Every ruler (who were each played by a student) had someone in mind for the position. It was like Dungeons and Dragons for renaissance history nerds. Continue reading Dealing with people from another era

Dealing with being Needy

I am extremely needy. I think it comes with being a hyper-extrovert(or for you hacks without hyphens, hyperextroverts), I haven’t been able to find a single written thing about us, you know? Probably because I haven’t bothered to type a single thing into Google yet. Also, probably because I just made up the term. Like just now. Like now, now.  Continue reading Dealing with being Needy

Dealing with Authority in the Morning

You ever spend an eternity in front of someone that speaks forever? Yeah, that was today. That was me, in that moment. This morning. I had spent an entire three and half hours(yeah I spelt it out goddammit) of my father talking about everything from my aunt reeling freighter ships on a ding boat to finally getting my driver’s license. “Get a job already, apply for your scholarships.” I know, I know, I know. “You say you know but you don’t know, you’re like john snow” okay these quotes aren’t even from my dad anymore, they’re from me. The man’s voice has invaded my headspace like an annoying parasite from Animorphs (remember those books!). Continue reading Dealing with Authority in the Morning