Memories and Memoribilia

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When I was growing up, I was the least affluent of my friends. I had many affluent moments and a handful of exposures to some great wealth, but generally speaking… There were 3 significant homes I had with my mother. The most impactful -relevant to this post- was the house I lived in during my late junior high to high school years. I’ve written of it before. Worth a read. A short story. Needless to say, i’ve come to reflect on it as a tiny museum shop, without the fantasy that term might actually suggest. There were walls covered in pictures and shelves with stuff, tedious furniture items mainly used to display other things on, multiple shadow boxes filled with … Read More

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Place and Time. Read Books.

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Madame Bovary is representative of a possible Highland Park woman in Dallas. If you don’t know the classic story by Gustave Flaubert: essentially a young lady cheats on her boring doctor husband. She jumps into another affair, it goes nowhere and she satisfies desires through material purchases and eventual debt. The first time I read it, I was at the tail-end of a relationship with a very well-read man. He was a bit questioning and suspicious of this book choice. He was intuitive of our demise. I will never forget the moment he walked past me, sitting on his worn, tan leather couch reading this book. He asked me what I was reading, I said, ‘oh this…classic I’ve never read … Read More

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Names

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Regardless of my music, I have often gone by my first name only. It stands independently, well enough. How many other Brockas do you know? When i call and make a dinner reservation, I’m internally like ‘do you really need my last name!?’ Not to sound like a narcissist but come-on man! Can’t it be a singular pronoun like Cher, Madonna, Rihanna, Beyoncé? I would like to eventually be able to market myself as such, yes, admittedly. If I were to say “Elton”, you may immediately assume Elton John. Rightfully so, it’s 3 syllables; it rolls off the tongue well. Also, how many Eltons do you know? There is a cadence to names, labels, advertising, marketing. What can we easily … Read More

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Jack and John

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Last night I came across an article that not only irritated me for its obvious clickbait ridiculousness, but just for its general ridiculousness of inquiry. Who is the type of person to seek out writing the journalism piece Fewer Women Run Big Companies Than Men Named John ? None other than the liberal bastion of dying hope known as The New York Times. Seeing as how i’ve just put together this blogpost in less than 30 minutes, maybe the author could’ve just as easily investigated the long history and commonality of the name John first? I thought I’d tackle two. Both highly innocuous and pretty powerful.  Is it because they are one syllable and easy to remember, that they’ve stood … Read More

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One Summer

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On the precipice of winter, this is the book you should read. One Summer by Bill Bryson 3 short months during 1927 a numerous amount of historically pivotal things occurred. It almost seems fantastical the list, the people, the industries, the evolution of our American psyche. Here’s a bullet point idea: The first Atlantic plane crossing and the history of aviation and Charles Lindbergh The evolution of baseball, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig (sports bore me, but i loved reading about this, if that says anything) The first crime catalyst for the electric chair, the couple(s) killed, and the worst bombings to date The Model T as the first vehicle, the first televisions, and the first ‘talkies’ non-silent movies Calvin … Read More

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