San Francisco is amazing.
Addressing the dangers of excessive extravagance in our lives, Ezra cautions people to live in moderation. He references a “silk suit” and “suede shoes” as examples of luxuries that, despite being self-satisfying, can interfere with basic functions of everyday life when they are used without discretion. Ezra’s words create a metaphor that explains what will happen to an overindulgent person when “it starts raining the next morning”—he or she will stumped by the unexpectedness of life if they have not given thought to anything besides their own extravagance. Just like a person trapped in the rainy aftermath of a sleepover with no way to get home, anyone who is too caught up in their attempts to live lavishly will be left “marooned 4 days” because of their failure to consider that high expectations are not always flawlessly executed. Perhaps in Ezra’s own experience, he has been in this situation with clothes he purchased IRL1, planned to wear onstage, and was subsequently forced to abandon when weather conditions threatened the safety of these garments. Such a troubling experience would certainly remind Ezra to refrain from wearing extravagant clothes he bought IRL while performing as a musician, therefore internally reinforcing his message of conscientious modesty.
1. See: Koenig, Ezra (arzE). “swear I thought IRL stood for “In Ralph Lauren.”” 3 Dec. 2012, 1:42 p.m. Tweet.
Are you fucking kidding me Michigan? Well, I guess this will make Miami much sweeter. (at Godforsaken Hellhole)
Stalactite supervisor John Sato examines new formations with disappointment.
"A proper stalactite grows downward," said Sato, "But these younger stalactites are rebellious and have little respect for tradition. We’ve caught them growing sideways, diagonally, I saw one just yesterday that grew down at first but then went straight back up again into the rock ceiling."
Numerous theories abound as to why the stalactites are growing more bold. Some blame global warming for chemical shifts in the dripping minerals. Others feel television is to blame. But Sato has another theory:
"Many stalactites today come from modern rock. Classic rock held superior morals and produced straight stalactites. But modern rock, such as hard rock or acidic rock aren’t so solid. To keep stalactites on course, we must examine both the rocks and the role played by the minerals, the substance they communicate downward. Only with a comprehensive study of rock and role will we come to an understanding of the problem, and begin to move toward a solution. Such as an opaline silica solution, or a 50% fluorite solution."
Others feel that blaming rock is a cop-out, and that the problem lies with society’s standard of binary geological roles. Said Peter Saenz of GLAAD (Geological Land Appraisal And Diagnostics), “Who are we to say a stalactite has to be straight and hook up with a stalagmite? Maybe some stalactites are meant to meet other stalactites, maybe some stalactites want to find their own way through the caves. It’s not for us to dictate.”
This viewpoint has proven controversial, with high ranking clergy at the Vatican stating, “The Bible clearly states that speleothems are between one stalactite and one stalagmite, and that it is the stalactite’s role to descend upon the other.”
Peter Saenz retorts that the Vatican needs to mind its own business about what others go down on.