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Monday, February 28, 2011

It's a Long Story: Chicken John Hardcore

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Possibly not nurturing.
  • Possibly not nurturing.

Yet again, it's hard to tell what ol' CJ's doing here, which is the whole point of his contributions to this space -- to provide something different than the usual culture-blog function of telling you something either has happened or will happen, which is noble, but routine. That doesn't happen here, and, um, what's that they say in the DVD commentary thing? "The actors are saying this stuff, so don't blame us?" There's no reason to agree with everyone.* -HS

Once upon a time, 1940 or so, there was a kid. Name of Jimmy. Jimmy Long. Jimmy lived in the Ozarks with his 29 brothers and sisters. He was the youngest. "Brothers and sisters." As may be obvious to some, the older brothers had sex with the older sisters and made much younger brothers and sisters. They had a farm. Jimmy never left the farm, nor did anyone EVER come to visit from off the farm in all his 14 years. One day, his parents took him to the circus, dropped him off and told him not to return; that they couldn't keep him anymore. And drove off. Without a penny in his pocket. Without any education or skill set. With little or no language skills. And totally un-socialized. That man stayed in the circus for 60 years. He made it work. Can you imagine the obstacles he had to overcome? Can we even compare it to something? Anything? I mean, can someone drop you off at Google or Cal Trans or Buy Rite and you're still there 60 years later?

Possibly not nurturing.
  • Possibly not nurturing.
The point is it's not what you get it's what you do with it. Anyone can do anything if you give them enough money, enough time to practice and eliminate their predators, but people who can do anything with nothing -- these are the people you wanna know when the shit hits the fan.

I mean, we're talking about people who move through betrayal and disappointments and let it all go. Our world has become a place where victims can get justice. Everyone I know belongs to a special interest group. Either they're handicapped, lysdexic, trans something or other, afflicted with a disease, suing the city or the state for something or they are the biggest victims I know: employees of the City and County of San Francisco.
But lets talk about the people who know real betrayal. I'm not talking about the way it felt when you found out that Fudgie the Whale and the Carvel Santa ice cream cake were the same fucking mold...


I'm talking about real betrayal. Not something you read in a book, or felt while watching a movie. Not something petty either, like your boyfriend fucked your slutty girlfriend. I fucked her. Everyone fucked her. That's just how she's drawn. I'm talking about losing your religion. Being shaken to the core of your being. What is you core made of? Is it soft? Is your core soft and your outside hard, like candy? Or are you hard to your core?

I'm asking you if you are hardcore?

Are you hard all the way through? Did you endure hardships that have left you hardened, wizened, yet effective and efficient? Have you learned to let go of the pettiness and the victim crap? Ready to let go of expectation? Do you wish to stand outside of judgment, outside of commerce?

Is today a good day to die?


OK. Then maybe you're not ready for all that. That's OK. You should check out the Omni Circus. The most baffling art group anyone has ever seen. Go knock on their door on Russ alley betwixt Natoma and Minna in the Tenderloin. Bring a drill and tell them to put you to work. They build robots out of junk. And what could betray you more than a challenge to your very own humanity? Embrace disappointment. Get some calluses.

And remember Jimmy Long. He's got the best story out of any of us. There will never be anyone more hardcore.

*The term "slut" is, in factual terms, meaningless. As in the example above, it only ever means a woman who does what she wants to do, not what you want her to do. Therefore, it would make more sense not to use the word "slut." However, editing it out would cause howling; so it stayed, also because if we had make sense out of this whole thing, we'd probably just turn it into some cheery little puff-piece about how quirkily adorable the Omni Circus is, with information about when exactly their next show was.

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