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fly on, my sweet angel. . .

Daniel T. de la Rosa
April 11, 1971 - January 17, 2006

The thing that makes grief so painful is the regret. We feel shame for all those moments that could have, should have been. We regret what we never said, what we always thought -- "Oh, someday, we'll get together and do that." Take a trip. make a phone call. Write a letter.

At the end of someone's life, we try to think of all the great things that were. We smile and remember what we had. But, then, a suffocation of sorrow invades and we think of all those moments that never will be. Because we have come to the end and there are no more moments.

Life ends. That's all there is to it. You can bargain with god as much as you want, but it will do you no good. And, I'm not sure exactly what I believe, but I am quite sure that god doesn't care much for our desperate wagering. Begging for a little more time.

I am not an optimist. I have tried to make that clear here. The glass is not just half empty, it doesn't exist. It got smashed against the wall during a freak storm.

But, that will not stop me from asking you to try and do yourselves a bit of good. Try your hardest, do whatever you can so as not to experience this horrible regret that I now feel. Sitting and wishing I would have, should have, could have had a little more time with someone I love very much.

link * Miss Marisol posted at 12:30 PM * posted by Miss Marisol @ 12:30 PM   |


Best New What Now?

How could someone who hasn't posted in over two weeks be nominated for Best New Blog? How about Best Newly Neglected Blog? Best New Flash In The Pan? Best New Ten Minutes Ago Blog?

No, no . . . Hard working bloggers like Not a Ham Sandwich and Wave of Modulation and Last Girl on Earth are deserving of such an honor. And, of course, they were nominated as well in their respectively fantastic categories. Go see, go see!

But, if by chance you have stopped by here because of my undeserved nod (from g8s, of course), please note that despite the rumors being spread on the internets I didn't sleep with any of the judges.


And if you are sorely disappointed by your visit to my site, here's some girl on girl action to make you feel like it hasn't been a complete waste of time.


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One Hand Clapping

How do you people do it?

How do you have jobs, raise children, make dinners, fix cars, pay bills, run for the Senate, fall in love, be there for your family, run marathons and maintain your blogs?

Every time I sit down to write something, to share something, I end up curled up in a ball on the floor. The world is too much with us, late and soon. . .

But, I miss you. I miss your thoughts. I miss being able to deal with my thoughts.

I find it insurmountable, the task of blogging and daily musings. But, I do not wish to sever my connection to you all. To this end, for the next little while, I have decided to stop writing about what is going on today.

Instead, I have decided to post things I wrote before life became too much for me to describe. I have selected excerpts from my past writings to post here -- old essays and journal entries, etc. I hope you will still be here with me.

From "Copious"
July 5th, 2003

I am currently living on what I believe is the most conflicted corner of the tiny two by four mile isle of Key West. The 1100 block of Whitehead and Virigina Streets. On the southeast corner of this intersection is a squat, yellow, open-aired establishment that bears a worn wooden sign which reads "Anchors Aweigh." At first glance, it appears to be a bar, but it is really a cleverly acronym-nommed meeting place for Alcoholics Anonymous.

Not fifty feet away from the entrance to this building is a neglected corner store that the locals call "The Arab's Store" because the owner is a Palestinian immigrant. He is a kind, older gentleman who always takes a moment to say something nice to me when I shuffle in to buy the newspaper or a can of cat food for the stray that I have named Senor Gato Blanco y Negro.
The corner in front of the Arab's store is the hottest drug-dealing spot on the island. The mayor imports undercover cops from Miami to patrol this block and set up the witless potheads who end up getting busted for crack.

In this little crossroads of gay, straight, black, white, alcoholic and crackhead is a juicy slice of real Americana. It is inordinately loud at any time of day in this little hot spot. Teenagers in their booming cars. Old Cuban men hollering and laughing on their porches. Hookers arguing with johns. Police briefly blaring their obligatory sirens in hopes of showing some semblance of authority. Drunks arguing with the nagging voices in their own minds. The Costa Rican pedicab drivers serenading no one on their guitars. It annoys me when I sleep, but it's never boring.

Some of the older men in the neighborhood call me "Songbird" because I sit on my steps with a bottle of wine and sing to the cilantro and basil plants thriving in our little garden. It is not a perfect life by any stretch, but it is perfectly mine for the moment.
I try to not take it for granted because I know what life I could be leading in the place that I call my true home: New York City. Having 80 degree weather in February when the rest of the country is muffled by snowbanks, I should not complain. For every moment of serving annoying tourists, I get two moments of charmed life.

I get to swim in an Olympic sized pool in the middle of winter while gazing at the ocean. I get to ride my bike to a pink library and borrow stacks of magazines to read while lounging in my garden underneath a papaya tree. The air is clean and warm and fills my lungs every days that I wake. My skin is brown and I am never cold. Although it pains me to be far from friends and family, I sleep at night knowing I am never without love.

And, I get to sit on my porch with a nice bottle of wine and sing Ella Fitzgerald songs to an appreciative audience of weathered ears that have heard enough to know the blues when they hear them.

link * Miss Marisol posted at 1:54 PM * posted by Miss Marisol @ 1:54 PM   |