I’m having a Tyler Durden moment.
(“If you wake up in a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?”)
I’m having a few, actually.
Like there’s someone else filling out my dance card when I’m not around. Filling up my social planner, when I’m not looking.
I don’t remember making some of those plans.
It is very disconcerting.
(Let’s see, been on any recent benders? Nope. A beer here, glass of wine there. And no, no prescription medications either).
Everybody’s crazy (and i find comfort in that).
Crazy in their own special way. And we all work to shield it from the rest of society.
Since the alternative is a qualified mental institution.
And I’ve seen “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “13 Monkeys.”
Being institutionalized would be bad. Your smokes get rationed, you only get to wear some gown where your ass hangs out and the highlight of you day might be a rousing game of Chutes and Ladders.
Besides, there may be a Nurse Ratchet there and nobody needs to deal with a head case who is so worse off than your crazy ass.
(“In an insane society, the sane man must appear insane.” – Star Trek; the quote, actually, is from the cult movie “Serial.”)
So we all pretend that we’re solid citizens. Because the alternative is being institutionalized.
Pumped full of thorozine and lithium and haldol.
And that’s some scary shit right there.
I am holding it together, even though my night’s rest has been reduced to about three hours.
(I do get a lot of reading done, however.)
I just think I wake up as a different person sometimes.
(And Das Boots said she thinks an “alter-ego” would be fun to explore; I ain’t so sure.)
So in the crazy vain, a Train in Vain (to quote the Clash), for Video Friday I give you Suicidal Tendencies, “Institutionalized.”
(And a trivia moment: Mike’s mom is played by actress Mary Woronov; she played Principal Togar in the Ramones’ “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School;" the dad is played by actor Jack Nance, who played Henry Spencer in David Lynch’s “Eraserhead.")
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