a) i think my keyboard woes are solved, though i don’t know if i’m going to keep the old one or sell it. i feel like i ~should~ sell it but i don’t need the money urgently and it’s hard for me to part with the weighted keys. :c
b) my amplification problems can be solved for $100, which is a pretty acceptable number to me.
c) my friend invited me to her friend’s show at a punk house last night, and to be honest it was the most refreshing thing i’ve been to in a while. compared to a show in a bar, the vibe was so much more homey and inviting and less showy. i couldn’t find my friend for a while so i started chatting with the doorman - a guy with black leather boots up to his knees and a studded leather jacked and a blonde mohawk - and he was friendliest, happiest person i’ve talked to in a while. no matter what the “reputation,” i feel like ~generally, most of my experiences with people in “alternative” subcultures is that as long as you’re just being honest and down-to-earth, people who participate in those subcultures are just SO much easier to be around than… most people that i talk to. they really don’t pretend to be anything other than they are, and if you do the same, you get along just fine. and i LOVE that. that’s a generalized experience, and i’m sure it varies more from one group to another, but generally. generally. that’s been how i’ve felt. that was the most refreshing place i’ve been to ~socialize~ in weeks.
i used to work at a coffee shop where all the other baristas were tatted-up punks, and i was always too intimidated by the idea or seeming illegitimacy of a punk house show to go, but i am kind of starting to see the appeal. punk music isn’t where my heart lies, but its simple and incredibly straightforward nature has a real charm.
d) i have streamlined much of my closet and i bought a few new nice, timeless pieces (capitalism! materialism! shock and horror) to augment what i’ve got, and they cost more than i wanted them to but relatively speaking still a pretty great deal considering they’ll last forever, and i got rid of a BUNCH of mediocre clothing i’ve accumulated over the years, and cleaned a bunch of other stuff up and bundled up a bunch of things i have NEVER needed to give away, and that just feels really good.