Introspective (re: this blog) and Retrospective (re: Mike Kelley at PS1)

posted on: Saturday, December 21, 2013

I've been SUCH a slacker this month, it's sort of ridiculous. I meant to just take a few weeks off and somehow it turned into a bit more. But you know what? This post right here is a bit monumental. This is post ONE HUNDRED. That's a lot. And even more, in just a few weeks this blog will be two years old. That requires some deep thinking and some heart and soul and I've been thinking a lot about that, when I've had a moment to slow down or when I'm walking to the train or something of the sort. What's my plan? What's my goal? How is this project going to grow? I have some ideas but I need to really sit down and focus all my attention on it. Blogging is a labor of love and you can't let it get stale or become a chore. Otherwise, what's the point? So that's what I'll be doing these next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled because if I get my act together like I plan to, hopefully things will get exciting. Or at least somewhat entertaining. And maybe there'll be more focus, more dedication, maybe I'll even learn how to use photoshop for real.

So, that being said, it's been a busy few weeks, cram packed with holiday parties, friends and family in town, art, fun, sleep, fighting off colds, etc. The first weekend of the month, my dear old friend Kevin came to town. Kevin and I have been friends for ages now, we met in 2003 while volunteering for SXSW back when SXSW was indubitably and inarguably awesome and volunteers were treated the same as the douchebags who pay nearly a grand for their badges. Those were the days… Anyway, we totally clicked and have been buds ever since, even though we've never lived in the same state (he's been mostly in the Detroit area while I've been in Texas and NYC). Last September it had been a few years since we hung out so he drove over from Michigan to visit Alan and I for a weekend. Alan had his reservations (he'd never met this dude, after all…) but turns out, they get along super well! Yay!! A new yearly tradition was born.

So this year, Kevin came in December and it was bitterly cold (although not to a boy from the Midwest) but we still trekked to PS1 to catch the Mike Kelley retrospective. Which was AWESOME. I'm of course a big fan of contemporary art and of weird collage style works and weird video installations and just basically all the type of art that Mike Kelley did and PS1 is just my favorite. It was cool. Like, real cool. I only took a few photos, you know, just to prove I was there. But honestly, I was way too thrilled with all the art to even be interested in pulling out my camera. LOVED IT.

And afterwards, we were able to eat some awesome food at M. Wells Diette. Now that we're in our 30s, our adventures revolve around food instead of drinking, especially since Kevin attended culinary school a few years ago. It's kind of great… Vegetarians, look away. We ordered foie gras and duck terrine and beef tartare. And it was awesome. YUM. Those Quebecois really do know what's up when it comes to food… Sidenote: I'm an asshole and tagged this dish on instagram as vegan and got so many likes. Hilarious…


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