Or you might go out and get some ice cream. When really stressed I used to be partial to Darvons, Percocets, Valiums and my two good buds - marijuana and Budweiser, all to counteract the paranoic jitters of crack. But now I like vanilla chocolate chip ice cream.
I'm much better off, as you can see from this photo taken last year just a few weeks before I went into rehab. Yikes, I'm so skinny and burnt out!
I never want to be like that again!
The media says these are stressful times because of the economy. Really? Unless you are some rich fat cat who did stupid things out of greed, or someone who foolishly took out a mortgage you can't afford, I don't see anybody hurting. Everybody's too busy spending all the money they're saving on low gas prices.
Or thinking of buying a new home with all the bargains to be had thanks to falling prices. Who were these simpleton investors who thought real estate prices would go up forever? The next pleasant surprise is that when housing prices drop, eventually rents do too.
There will be bad side effects from the stupid bailout plan, but again most people won't notice them and hopefully those that do will finally learn the lesson of not giving the government too much power.
In the meantime, how about nostalgia as a mood lifter? It's nice to look back on the good old days, but through most of history people had nothing but their memories to do so. That's not so anymore, especially if you had a camcorder in the 80's and your parents let you play with it all the time. That's was the case with Robert, shown here on the left in 2001 at Northampton's former eatery the 591.
Robert made this video that is almost like walking around downtown Northampton in 1988, showing the old Bran-Win, whose existence I had completely forgotten about, and the late lamented Main Street Records, back when big bulky vinyl still ruled over the then new format called the compact disc. I know you'll enjoy watching this, provided you can still do so with your eyes all blurry from tears of nostalgia.
July 1988 - Bran-Win and Main St. Records