Wandering Around an Empty Downtown

Wandering Around an Empty Downtown

When you tell people you are not doing anything for Christmas, they always, kindly, invite you to their house to be with their family. Then you have to tell them that you really don't want to spend the holidays with their family, that you would much rather spend it alone. There's something spectacular about smoking a bowl, reading a bit of Nietzsche, and wandering around an almost-silent city. Think of Kris Kristofferson's 'Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down' and amplify the lonesome sound of the city sidewalk and you'll have an idea of how weird and eerie and, sure, lonesome, but also cool it is to meander around the desolate landscape wondering about the eternal return of the same and what it means to think you will relive it all again and again. Not saying you should avoid your family or your friends, but that, if you do, it's OK. It's better than OK. It is life. (Baynard Woods)

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