#1940 The facts of life

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1. One of the things I love most about travelling is how you’re forced to become best friends with whoever you meet along the way. You’re all thrown together in extraordinary circumstances and you end up becoming insanely intimate in an incredibly short amount of time. Can you imagine spending 18 hours a day for three weeks with your friends from back home? Of course you can’t – you’d all kill each other. It’s a dynamic that only works because there’s no baggage or strings attached. And because you know the relationship has a finite shelf-life, you’ll often get to know them better than your best friends and family – why hold back when it’s all going to end? There’s only one problem: when you meet those people down the track and try to relive the jokes, the fun times and the hilarious misadventures, you never can. It’s a moment in time. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

2. With all that in mind, how do people who travel constantly ever settle down? Nothing compares to the excitement of life on the road – the three day love affairs, the chance encounters, the near death experiences – maybe something suddenly shifts and they go, ‘Okay I’ll think I’ll go home now, I’ve had enough.’ But really?

3. Something I’ve been pondering for the last little while: everything seems glamorous and exciting before you’ve done it, right? I’ve always dreamed of living in New York – as far as I can tell, it doesn’t get any better than that. What happens once you’ve been there, done that and it no longer does it for you? Where do you go from there?

4. The Justin Bieber documentary Never Say Never is hands down the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. No doubt it makes me a giant dork for saying so, but it genuinely inspired me. The kid is a champion. That there is the perfect example of a self-made man.

5. Since then, I’ve gotten somewhat obsessed with the Biebz. I may have Youtubed several of his interviews, and then even gone so far as to watch Selena Gomez’s Letterman appearance. The bit where he asks her if Bieber is her boyfriend (from 3:00 onwards), is solid gold. She evades the question for a good 45 seconds, then Letterman goes for the kill: “Are you dating or not dating?” Selena Gomez: “He’s been in my life for so long, and it’s just nice to have someone who understands what you’re going through.” DL: “Now listen. This is not my first rodeo.”

6. When I’m at airports, my favourite thing to do is sit around and listen to sad, sad songs and reminisce; or listen to really angry, gangsta hip hop tracks and try not to dance.

7. “About five years ago, during one of the Yankees’ late-October playoff runs, Jack Nicholson walked into Manhattan’s Pastis restaurant in the middle of the lunch rush. He was dressed in a Sopranos-grade tracksuit, a stiff Yankees cap, and a pair of black shades. The restaurant froze. Jack made his way through the tightly packed dining room and a table of five blonds whipped their necks around to stare. Without breaking stride, Jack cracked a grin and, in that raspy drawl, asked loud enough for more than a few tables to hear, ‘Ladies! How we doin’?'” – GQ.

8. Chris Brown/Busta Rhymes/Lil Wayne’s Look At Me Now covered by a fast-talkin’ white girl. Genius.

9. Blue Valentine was the darkest film I’ve seen in a long time. I haven’t talked to anybody about it, so I’m interested to know if anyone else felt bad for the male protagonist in that scenario? All he did was love his wife and child. To achieve the tension, apparently the director made Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling live together in a low rent house for the duration of filming and he’d tell Gosling to do things like go into Williams’ room and try to get it on with her in the middle of the night. Method acting at its best – they were two very believable performances.

10. “When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it’s too late, she’s gone.” Russell Brand on Amy Winehouse. RIP to everyone we lost this weekend.


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  1. TheCelibateGay says

    Hey Issac,

    Totally agree about Blue Valentine!!!  Does this mean they lived together for the four years it took to shoot the film or just when they were shooting??  Needless to say no wonder they ended up a couple by the end of filming!!

  2. says

    1. I think travelling constantly teaches you to be really good at being detached. I haven’t worked out whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

    2. Maybe they don’t settle down, maybe they don’t want to? 

    3. If the grass is always greener now, it’ll always be greener then.  

  3. Mr. Pianoeater says

    This post blows my mind. I relate to everything! (and defs agree with the Beebs movie). Cheers for the Karmin link – highlight of my day!!!

  4. anonymous says

    Regarding no. 9, it is sad for the husband, but a lot of times love is not enough. If it was, there would be hardly any break ups.

  5. says

    Yes! I found Blue Valentine very depressing and had little empathy for Michelle’s character. She was cold and  mean! Ryan was great, coming across as a cuddly, lo-lopping puppy that she liked to stick her boot into. And yes – Russell is a very clever writer (Booky Wook is gold), I found his tribute to Amy was bittersweet, brilliant and insightful. So sad. :-(

  6. Andrew says

    Blue Valentine was so, so dark….up there with Candy, House of Sand And Fog and Requiem For A Dream in how unsettling it was – but not quite Precious level dark. I really felt sorry for him, especially since *SPOILER ALERT* it wasn’t his biological child. It was a brilliant portryal of broken dreams and what happens after you say ‘I Do’. Ryan was brilliant but i felt that Michelle really nailed it…..she can give one look to camera and she seems like the strongest and most vulnerable woman in the world at the same time.

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