|Welcome to my online journal. I'm Alex Mead. For many years people called me AMPro --so much so that it seemed like my name. More recently, a lot of people on the internet have come to know me as green.earth.al and in show biz...My Rap Name is Alex. Whatever name I'm known by, I still seem to have the same opinions and convictions, I still like to write and make public my introspection and try to say something that will provoke some thoughts and help people see the world in new and helpful ways.|
this journal entry posted on May.31.2007
After one of the busiest weeks of work in recent memory (I'm exhausted), I have one of the busiest weekends of performing coming up.Friday
- June 1 @ 6pm = DanceAlive 2.0 at the UU Church of Buffalo (695 Elmwood). Me and the Blood Thirsty Vegans are going to try to open some minds and move some behinds. Saturday
- June 2 @2pm = BEATFest 3. My friends at the Buffalo Environmental Action Team will be hosting their thirst annual BEATFest to benefit PUSH Buffalo. I think my friend Kirk will be helping me out with some man made beats. I will get to rock the same stage as a moose ton of excellent local talents. BEATFest WebsiteSunday
- June 3rd, sometime during the afternoon of evening I will be stopping by the Bird House (on the corner of Bird and West) to kick it with whoever's down to collaborate. Bird House is hosting DIYFest (Do It Yourself) and hosting seminars on how to find free food, how to make musical instruments out of stuff you find, how to make hunting weapons and shoes, creative writing workshop and all kinds of stuff like that. The DIYFest is June 1st - 5th.
So, now I got to go to work and toss tons of tires, and hopefully I see some folks out and about in and around Buffalo over the weekend.
Peace & Love,
this journal entry posted on May.28.2007
Yep. Life is still going great.
I have been involved with a LOT of groups over the last five years, and I have attended a LOT of meetings. I have come to really detest meetings. My eyes glaze over and I have to send my mind to a happy place and sometimes have to do all kinds of mental gymnastics to manage my anger as all kinds of time gets absorbed into arguments about irrelevant things or some person, starved for attention, holds everyone's attention hostage telling everyone all about their life, usually while trying to convince everyone that their going to reveal how it's related to the meeting in a minute. Yeah, that's how meetings usually go for me.
The Art Activists of Buffalo Collaborative Community had its first meeting since Eddie and Christina arrived. We ended up putting three items on the agenda because that was what was needed. We did not draw out any one agenda item and beat it to death, but then nor did we leave any agenda item before everyone was really finished talking about it. We all managed to come to consensus about everything after some occasionally intense disagreements. Most of all though, everybody's gifts and talents were needed and offered before the meeting was through and everyone seemed to have gained a real appreciation for everyone else by the time our first house meeting was through.
This past week we've been saying the AABCC is alike a super hero team. It really is. Four very different people with four very different sets of skills and four different belief systems all coming together around the idea that there is a better way to live and a desire to discover it together.
Yep. Life is still going great.
Writing Down My Life In No Particular Order
this journal entry posted on May.21.2007
Once upon a time I wrote this book. It was called How to Care About Humans
and it was pretty much just the story of my life. Or the story of the life of a person that I used to be some three plus years ago.
Man, it was fun to write. I haven't read it in a while, but I remember it being really fun to read too. It was a bit easier to have a sense of humor about the world back then.
Every once in a while I work on writing a second volume. I've given myself a deadline that's 30 years from now. So, as you might imagine, I'm in no particular rush and long stretches go by where I don't write anything but these journal entries.
I have one rule that I make myself follow when I'm writing it. One year must pass before I write about any given thing. Enough time to make it past tense. Other than that I don't have to write it in order or write it all in the same style or anything.
It's really fun to see how my life goes in cycles. The people go in cycles. Right now I have all of these intense feelings about Heather and Christina, and I can use those feelings to write about the intense feelings I had about them a year ago or two years ago. My life is fun that way. And I'm reuniting with my Ice9 poetry family after a year's hiatus, so it's the perfect time to write some Ice9 history now that those feelings are being stirred in the pot.
For as angry as I am at humanity for what we allow to happen to ourselves and our surroundings, I have to say these are some interesting and fun times to be a writer.
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