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10 Simple Rules To Keep From Looking Like An Idiot Tourist When Visiting New York City
NYC, City, Travel
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Hello, followers. Long time no see, right? Sorry about that. But, let's get right down to business, shall we? I now offer you a 10 part survival guide to a visit to New York City.  Off we go!


TIMES SQUARE:


1. Please, for all that is holy, do not stop in the middle of the sidewalk in Times Square. The urge to hit people who do this is very strong. The flow of people there is already awful and the last thing you want to do when fighting your way through the crowds of people is to be walking and slam in to some idiot who just HAS to stop in the middle of the sidewalk with no notice to take a picture. If you are going to take pictures of Times Square, do it later at night when there are less crowds and less chance of you being a nuisance.

2. Don't ever take a "free" CD somebody is giving out and keep walking. They say free... but they expect you to give them some money for it.  If you don't they'll start yelling how you stole from them and cause a huge scene. It's rather stupid. As a rule, don't take anything that anybody is trying to shove in your hands when you are walking in this city. Odds are, you don't want it.

3. Don't ever pay full price for a Broadway show. If you are looking to get discount theatre tickets, go to the TKTS booth. You can get discounts on quite a few shows. If you can't, sometime, just going to the box office and asking if they have any promotions going on can be helpful, too.

THE SUBWAY:

4. I know this goes against what you think that you should do, but if you aren't sure what you are doing... ask. I know New Yorkers get a bad rap when it comes to friendliness. But, I assure you that it won't be a problem. New Yorkers are really, really nice... They just have places to be and things to do, so don't waste their time. Just ask what you need to ask, and be concise and polite and the world will be great. Thank them, too, they'll appreciate it.

5. Under no circumstances get a subway map from one of the ticket booths. New Yorkers will look at you like you are the most fucking retarded person who ever lived. Like I said before, just ask. New Yorkers are nice people. If you are trying to draw attention to yourself, that's the way to do it. It's like pasting "I am a dumb tourist" to your forehead. Just avoid it.

6. Don't be afraid to ride the subway late at night. There are some nasty rumors going about that say that it isn't safe and that you shouldn't do it. This is completely untrue. And, if you are feeling nervous about it, ride in the middle of the train with the conductor just one door away from you. You'll know where he is because when the trains come into the stations, the conductor sticks his head out of the window.

GENERAL:

7. Go with the flow of pedestrian traffic. You don't have to wait for the crosswalk light to change to cross the street if you can. As a matter of fact, you'll look like an idiot if you do. Keep an eye on the traffic lights and when you see that the light is turning yellow, go ahead and start walking out if you can.

8. Cab drivers WILL kill you. Do not get in their way. So, avoid them at all costs. Take the subway where you can and if you insist upon taking a cab, be sure not to tell them where you are going before you get into the cab. They cannot legally ask you beforehand. A lot of cab drivers hate going to the outer boroughs. So, don't let them know you are going out that way or they may just pull away before you can get in.

9. If you see a celebrity there is a unwritten New York rule that you completely ignore them. It is decidedly uncool to even acknowledge they are anything other than a human shaped topiary. Once you get back to your hotel room, let out a girlish squeal of delight, but not before, okay?

10. The best plan when visiting NYC is just to try to blend in as much as possible. Which really, shouldn't be that hard. Every type of person lives in New York

Jesus Is My Virtue And Judas Is The Demon I Cling To
Religion, Judas, Love
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So, today's blog post is going to try to be many things at once. It is a look at Mary Magdalene and Judas of Biblical fame. It is a review of Lady GaGa's latest single Judas. It is a confession about my own personal Judas. And, it is, hopefully entertainment for you. I'm going to put each section under a LJ cut so that you can read what you'd like and not have this rather long post take up all the space in your Friends Feed. 

MARY MAGDALENE: OR JESUS' FAVORITE LADYCollapse )

JUDAS: THE BIBLICAL CHARACTERCollapse )

JUDAS: THE SONGCollapse )

5 Random Musings About New York City
NYC, City, Travel
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So, I thought I'd just share some random thoughts I've been having since moving here earlier in the week. Expect many more of these. LOL

1. It is so easy to forget that you are living in the center of the universe. It feels just like living anywhere else... Until you step outside and are nearly killed by traffic, that is.

2. TV is annoying everywhere, but New York TV is an experience. Some of the commercials are so awful that I can't even begin to describe them. Try this one on for size:

3. Crazy is just the way people are here. It has come to my attention that no matter how crazy you may or may not be there is always somebody right down the street who is infinitely more fucked up than you. Seriously.

4. I didn't realize how inactive I was until I moved here. Walking everywhere can start to take a toll on your body until you get used to it.

5. Cultural diversity is a beautiful thing. I have always known this, but truly seeing it in action to this scale is amazing. It makes me feel glad to be a part of this city.

I'm Just A Holy Fool
Gregory Alan Wallace, Me
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Dear readers, I have a confession to make. I come to you humble and on my knees seeking forgiveness. As I've posted before, I've been going through a rough time as of late and though some of it (read: all of it) is my fault I believe that things may yet have the capacity to look up. The gods have bestowed upon me great gifts in my time, and have squandered them away. I turned them into great miseries. But, no longer. I have seen the holy light! An angel came to me in response to a message I sent out to the sky (read: internet) asking for guidance. He spoke of a great city; a city of wondrous things! A city where there are Rocky Horror showings EVERY weekend! A city where theatre is not just an art form, it is a way of life! A city where people like Lady GaGa and Sarah Jessica Parker live! And, he told me that the city had a place for me in it!

So, without any further stalling (and stupid religious tone) I make this announcement: In just two days time, I'll be a New Yorker (a transplant, true, but a New Yorker all the same!). I anxiously await the City to chew me up and spit me out, but until then, I'm going to have a wonderful time.

Things I've Learned From Comments Left By YouTube Users
Bitch of Living
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 Hello, class! Today's lecture is about the internet and the wonderful things we can learn from it. 

So, click here to read on!Collapse )

We're On The Right Track, Baby
Paparazzi, Lady GaGa
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Let me start by saying, right here at the start that I love Lady GaGa and the song Born This Way.  However, I have a bit of a problem with the concept of being born a certain sexuality. That isn't to say that I don't agree to an extent (I do) however I cannot deny the influence of outside factors on the lifestyle that I lead. And, the song does not say (to me) that we are all born some predetermined sexuality. It says that "we are on the right track."  So, what does she mean when she says "Born this way", then?  I think she means that we are on the path towards who we are. We haven't made it, yet.  And what we are is subject to change. No matter what we are, or will be, we are perfect. I tend to agree.

I believe that we come into this world sexually near the middle of it all, a good, old fashioned, bisexual and from there we are molded by society, family life, popular culture, etc. into the sexual preference that we feel most comfortable with today. I say (and have always said) that I could very well, someday, end up in love with a woman. It wouldn't shock me in the least. There is more to a person than their genitals. Does it seem likely at this point in time? No, quite the contrary, in fact. However, I understand that human sexuality is a fluid thing. I've seen self-proclaimed heterosexual men find themselves in sexual situations with men and find it isn't all bad. I've seen the reverse happen, too. Where gay men fill find themselves enamored with a lady. Things happen.

I don't like that we try to force ourselves into such rigid roles. Why do we need to constantly label ourselves? It is the fact THAT we love that is important, not WHO we love. I'm a man who currently finds himself solely attracted to other men. Simple as that. No further labeling required. Labels are for cans, not people.

I'm happy to be whatever I am and I think that Born This Way is the perfect anthem to express how I feel about my sexuality. It isn't the silly, poorly written song that I've heard people say it is, to me. 

Remember kiddies... "A different lover is not a sin. Believe Him."



Finally Making A Triumphant Return to LiveJournal!
Diana, Next To Normal, Pills
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Well, kids, let me say straight away how great it is to be back. As you can see from my userpic, I'm off my meds again. Threw the bastards right in the bin. Ahhh, I've missed blogging to be honest and those of you who may remember the last time I kept a blog that I updated regularly will remember that it was quite the experience. (More pop culture references that should EVER be allowed, vulgarity, poetry, music, short stories, and of course, ME) Prepare yourself for acts of depravity so vile that your poor little soul just can't take it any more. So, hang on to your hats, kiddies. Here we go!

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