Running With The Devil


If you ever want to quote or attribute anything to my name, use this:

Screw cleanliness. Self awareness is next to Godliness.

Love is a lot of things. One thing it is, that people rarely talk about, is compromising your principles for harmony. I’m coming up on four years with the loves of my life, my wife, the Bobina, and my two of my three daughters,, 16-year-old Tay, and 7-year-old Goose. Before they came along, my middle daughter, now 8-year-old Bug, and I had an odd bi-weekly habit. I’d take her to, what I call the main ring of Hell, the Mall of Georgia. I’d let her “ride the ponies” (carousel) and play on the playground. Then we’d buy a couple of cookies (oatmeal raisin for me, whatever she wanted for her) and call it a good 2 hours. I did it for her. I loved her so much that I sucked up my disgust for crass consumerism and unnecssary crowds. I’d pop a couple of  extra pills and we’d have a good time.

I know my faults. There are many. Mostly, I have a low tolerance for nonsense. As opened-minded as I think I am, I have serious deals with music and other forms of pop culture snobbery. When I first met my wife, my myspace (remember that social media before it became a crack den?) “handle” was “Lance, Music Snob”. I made fun of other people’s music. Thinking back, I wanted to punch me too.

Saturday, I found my version of The Holy Grail. In the mall of georgia courtyard is a small store called The Rock Shop. http://www.facebook.com/rockshopmusic?sk=wall Inside are vintage t-shirts, posters, and DVDs of some of my favorite punk and rock bands like The Ramones, The Misfits, Alice in Chains, Iron Maiden, The Clash, and many more. While I contemplated spending 20 bucks I didn’t really have on getting a 1992 Alice in Chains concert tee, the proprieter, a well tattooed dude about my age, chatted up a weird guy who was thumbing through Van Halen merchandise. My hands were on the t-shirt, I felt my debit card in my ripped blue jeans pocket when the bomb dropped.

Shop owner: ” you know, Van Halen is back on tour and has a new CD coming out. I can pre-order it for you.”

Weird guy: “Yeah, I’m excited but I’m also disappointed. Sammy Hagar’s not involved. I mean I like David Lee Roth but the band was so much tighter with Sammy.”

My fists clenched and my temples throbbed. Diamond Dave is Van Halen, you giant jackass! ….I said it under my breath.

I realized that I really had changed. My wife and kids have mellowed me and given me perspective. Four years ago, I would have yelled at the weird guy, gotten thrown out of a great new place, and wasted an opportunity to look forward to the mall with the women I love. My wife called me at the exact moment the conversation happened inside the rock shop. It was like she knew something was going down. I walked out and started breathing normally again.

Yesterday, for the sake of this blog, I compromised another principle. I suppressed my deep dislike for The Facebook and re-opened my idle account after two years burning up the internets with twitter and this blog. http://www.facebook.com/lance.burson &  http://www.facebook.com/lance.burson?sk=info&edit=1#!/pages/My-Blog-Can-Beat-Up-Your-Blog/339720439382777?sk=wall 

I’m enjoying the new avenues to talk to friends, family, and fellow writers. If I see Nickelback or Van Hagar mentioned positively in a status or post I’ll ignore it or maybe go to the gym and hit a speed bag.

I’ve dealt with my Devil. Now, like Diamond Dave’s Van Halen, in 1978, I’m just running with it.

20 responses to “Running With The Devil

  1. I saw you “liked” my blog page and got excited that you were on Facebook. I had no idea you also had a blog page. I have since added it to my page’s favorites, so now I can annoy you in a couple different ways.

    As for snobbery, I totally get it, although I don’t have your passion for music. I hate when I hear people talk about sports that are completely ignorant about sports but act like they’re not. It’s all I can do to bite my tongue. Who are we kidding? Sometimes I don’t. No shame.

  2. ew @ Hagar. Lance you are funny. You are definitely serious about your music. You’re right–Myspace is a cyber asylum. Oh well, at least I still get the odd proposal to be someone’s SOULMATE there. Aw, that is touching. Are we mellowing out, or just saving our energy for people who are worth it???

  3. Ha! I love your music snobbery, just responded to you on my blog that you know so much about music – it’s scary good, which it is. But yeah, best not go around making people want to punch you.
    eden

  4. ‘One thing it is, that people rarely talk about, is compromising your principles for harmony.’ for a moment there I thought we were going to experience a disagreement, as rare as those are, but after reading I understand where you are going.

    And in jeopardy of our mutual brotherhood, Van Halen is better with Sammy.

  5. Another awesome song. And I’m with you. Dave IS Van Halen. And congrats on not shooting off your mouth. Like you, I’m mellowing (also with a little help from my better half and kid) and it’s pretty awesome. Congrats. :-) Also, serious props for being able to handle a mall for two hours. You’re a better man than I.

  6. As much as I hate to admit it, if it weren’t for facebook, I’d have zero social life. A lot of people knock it for creating “superficial relationships” and keeping people from interacting on a physical level. But then there are those of us who break out in a sweat, vomit, and crawl into the fetal position when forced to interact with the world at large. But I am also one of those people who actually personally knows every single person on my facebook save for a small handful that I met through blogging and count as a friend. Oh, and you know what? I haven’t been to a mall in 3 years, but there is something super sweet in imagining you with your baby girl and a cookie ;-)

  7. Here’s some snobbery for you: Tom works with a German uber-snob, and just today, Tom said he liked one TV show more than another one, and the German said “You are mistaken. If you go back and watch it again, you’ll find that you like xxxx better.”

    This will be the quote of the month around our house for February, I’m sure.

    I’m glad you’ve found a little oasis in the mall and that you didn’t ruin if for yourself!

  8. My music snobbery extends to the point where I refuse to worry myself with any of the Van Halen incarnations.

    And I’m all the way here, on my side of the screen. Far to distant for you to take a swing at me. So there!

  9. I hate Nickelback . . . and I don’t know if I’d have been able to not yell at anyone who though Van Halen was better without David Lee Roth. I did hear, when they last toured with Diamond Dave, that they had to have completely separate trailers . . . the Van Halens did their thing, and Dave did his, and they only saw each other when they played.

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