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Another Monday, another trip down Myspace memory lane.

Standard Recap: This is a series where I go through my Myspace blogs from 15 years ago and examine what I was thinking at that point in my life and see if I've had any personal growth.  Lets pull back the lever on the internet time machine and hop back to the wonderful year of 2005. (Disclaimer: I do go through and correct typos from the original postings. Other than that, all posts included all original text. No censoring or editing.)

Subject do or do not there is no try
DateCreated 1/1/1900 12:00:00 AM
PostedDate 7/5/2005 6:05:00 PM
Body Rainbows and gummy bears.......rainbows and gummy bears......rainbows and bullets to the head.

That's right kiddies, I'm back and feeling punchy. Damn you Tom Cruise for stealing my Prozac. But since he is the great and powerful Oz of the medical field, I should listen to him, and know that depression can only be cured by dating women half my age. Too bad the laws of the state of Illinois say that is currently illegal. What is a guy to do? Just kidding, I'm not suffering from depression. It's all an act....or is it? Could it be manic schizophrenia? Could I claim that as an excuse to use the carpool lane?

OK, better switch gears before I make the 3 people that read this frightened to talk to me. Back to the happy thoughts and rainbows and gummy bears. 

So for some reason I decided to watch the Live 8 concert on Mtv last week. Why, I'm not sure considering that the major acts I have no interest in ever hearing, but I guess I wanted to be a part of history and solve all the worlds problem, which can only be accomplished by watching Wil Smith sing "Switch."  So after about 20 minutes and realizing that Mtv was more concerned with asking Joe Anonymous what he thought about the concert and other pointless questions that obviously were way more important than SHOWING THE FRIGGIN' CONCERT THAT WAS HISTORICAL, I decided to watch something much more entertaining like a test pattern.
 But I got to thinking, what was the point of the concert? From what I gathered, the point was that if enough people watched the concert than the supreme rulers of the world would gather and say, "Damn, all these people watched Coldplay, we should erase Africa's debt thus ending starvation and poverty FOR EVER!!!!!!!"  Excuse me? WTF?!?!?!   How exactly does watching a bunch of crappy bands that will be on "Where are They Now" by November helped out Africa?  Maybe I just don't get it. Maybe I'm not hip. But again, how does it help Africa?
  Sure it draws attention to the situation ongoing in Africa, but how many of the thousands of concertgoers could even find Africa on a map. I'm be willing to bet that at least 80% of the concertgoers upon leaving the concert, stopped by Starbucks, shopped at Old Navy or Hollister and forgot all about the point of the concert.
   While I admire the goals of Bob Geldof, the cynic says that nothing will happen. And even if the Supreme Powers do forgive the debts, what then? I just don't get it.

  OK, well that was somewhat different. Tomorrow's topic: Bad dating shows and how they've killed my desire for dating. OK, time to return to life.

Sweeneyism of the day: I base most of my reality on movies.

Once again we start the writing off with what at the time I played off as a character but now I can look back and say, why did it take so long for me to realize I have real issues.  This was written shortly after Tom Cruise got into a debate with Matt Laurer over psychiatry and drugs. Fifteen years later, Tom Cruise is on top of the box office with Mission Impossible 6 while Matt Laurer hasn't been heard from since being forced out of his job due to the #MeToo movement. Well, that and being a sleaze. Who would have predicted that in 2005?

As for the Live 8 concert. I have no recollection of the concert. Looking at the line up on Wikipedia, I don't know why I would have watched the show. Also didn't realize Coldplay has been around that long. I'm curious, but not curious enough to look up information, to know how much affect Live 8 has had on whatever the concert's purpose was supposed to help. I would wager this was an early example of slacktivism. People feel good about helping while not actually doing anything.

Looks like next week's Myspace topic will deal with situations I'm still dealing with. Curious to see how much has changed and sad to see how much has stayed the same.

Sweeneyisms are quotes by ex-coworker and Positive Cynicism voice over talent, Jim Sweeney. Had I really had a vision and desire, I think Sweeney could have been a viral star. Now, reality has surpassed Sweeney's crazy to the point where he seems to normal.


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