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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Rock You Like A _________

Here I am after a brief (long) delay, due to a lengthy (brief) hurricane of depression on the normally sunny coastline of my self-esteem. You see, I want to be good enough for you, and I try to be good enough for you, and 99.9% of the time I'm pretty sure I am good enough for you, but every so often the winds of doubt come whistling through my ears.

"Ben Lee," they howl, "you think you're soooo hot, but you're soooo not."

"You think you know how to blog?" they taunt, "you'll never be as good as Kristine."

"You're not even worth your own time."

It was brutal and constant, these tropical winds of self-criticism, ripping the roof off my normally confident blogging-brain and flooding it with doubt. I feared this city of myself, once such a big easy, had been waterlogged with self-pity and recovery was impossible.

Then I saw Dyan dance.

Sure, she'll pound her piano until it bleeds, clap hands center-stage while Nathaniel embarks on one of his many forays into the crowd, drink until there's nothing left to drink... But she's probably the most level-headed, about-her-wits member of the Blood Arm posse. And Dyan DOES NOT dance.

Saturday night, however, the world turned upside down.

We (TBA posse plus wives and children) were out drinking, celebrating the evening. (Every evening is worth celebrating where we come from.) The bar was cash only, and Dyan had spent all hers. "Ben Lee," she said. "Buy me a drink"

"Yeah right," I said, for I am poor and Jewish.

Dyan did not beg or prod someone else, no, that would have been too easy. She stood up and danced. It was not an awkward two-step shuffle or a cheeky stab at sexiness, it was a full-on manic assault. Her arms, legs, body, and head all took on lives of their own, and rose up together in protest of gravity itself. Her head tossed from side to side at such a rate I feared it would become unhinged, her arms windmilled with enough force to fan the whole room, and her feet generated so much static-electricity that sparks were on the tips of everyone's fingertips. She danced so hard that all in attendance forgot it was Murray Head's "One Night In Bangkok" blasting from the jukebox and tapped their feet.

Dyan didn't have to say anything, her gyrations sent the message loud and clear: BUY ME A DRINK OR I'LL FUCKING KILL YOU.

Needless to say, she was well taken care of for the rest of the night.

And somehow, immediately upon returning home, I could type again. It was as if the hurricane in my head passed from my brain onto Dyan and the bar that night, for the benefit of everyone. Or at least me, and everyone who was lucky enough to witness Dyan go nuts.

So here I am. Rock you like a hurricane. I missed you.

-Ben Lee

Oh yes. If you're feeling generous and you haven't already, it's nice to help people who's hurricane woes can't be cured by Dyan dancing: The American Red Cross


Blogger Abraham Thunderwolf said...

keep in mind, you will never hear me say a bad thing about The Blood Arm nor Ben Lee.

10:05 AM  

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