December 31, 2014
Oddly enough it was exactly a year ago, when I was at a new year’s party at Tricia and Mike’s house, where I sat by myself, and thought, "I need to have a new life for the upcoming new year." I have always had a fantasy of being a criminal - not one that would kill or harm people or even property, but the identity where people would look at me and say “he’s a criminal.” Or at the very least I would hear people slightly talking behind my back saying “Tosh, I hear he’s up to no good, if you get my drift.” The “drift” will be common knowledge based on false-hood. Nevertheless if I just keep my mouth shut, people will be able to tell tales about me, and therefore a narrative or two will come out of the woodwork. There are only a few people who know me. If I was going to make myself into a visual pie, 50% know of me due to my father the artist, 30% due that I’m a publisher, and 15% know me as a writer. Then there will be 5% who know me as an actor. Not often, but every few years, I get approached by people due to the fact that I played the role of “Boy” to Taylor Mead’s Tarzan in Andy Warhol’s “Tarzan and Jane Regained… Sort of.” Since then, I have acted off and on, mostly in the film works of Relah Eckstein, but without a doubt my most famous role is “Boy.”
Over-all my reputation is quite solid. The only crack in the image was when I was discovered in someone’s house, eating their toast in their kitchen. I didn’t know these people, or never been to their home, but I had the urge to go to a stranger’s kitchen and make myself some toast. The thing is that they only had whole wheat bread, and I always prefer Wonder bread. I snuck out of the house, purchased a loaf of bread, and once again broke into their home, to make myself the perfect toast. At that point, I was noisy in the kitchen, because I was trying to find the butter knife, and obviously I was going through a lot of drawers in the kitchen. The owner of the house (I think he was or is the owner of that structure) came into the kitchen and asked who I was, and why I was there. It was a good question (or two), and my first reaction was to tell him that I was a writer - and to be perfectly honest, I haven’t the slightest idea why I was in their kitchen. I told him, that I act by my impulses, and I never really think about it. I offered him a piece of bread, and asked him if he wanted toast. He said yes, but he preferred the whole wheat bread. I said “of course.” I took a slice and put it in his toaster and I sat down at the kitchen table. He sat down with me, and we didn’t say a word to each other. He had his toast, I had mine, and after we finished eating, I told him I had to go. I said goodbye and left his home.
Since he’s a neighbor and only lived maybe a block or two away from me, I ran into him this past twelve months. Mostly here and there, but commonly in the Ralphs Market on Glendale Bouvelard. One time I saw him, I was in the bread aisle, and our eyes connected to each other. I just pointed to the bread and shrugged my shoulders. He then walked away like that moment didn’t exist, and perhaps it was best to forget the entire incident. I will never do that again.
On the other hand, I have become very attracted to paintings by Henri Matisse, but only his still life portraits of food on a table. It didn’t exactly make me hungry, but when I look at these paintings or the artwork in various books I have in my collection, I felt vacant. I very much wanted to become part of the painting, but I just couldn't. The distance between the image of the food on the table, and where I stand, seemed like a long highway. Perhaps an endless highway, where I will never reach that table.
Now it’s December 31, 2014, and I feel that my life in the next twelve months will be one of radical changes. I do not have proof of this, there are no letters stating my existence for the next year, but I just feel in my bones that the year 2015 will hold some promise, and some failures as well. I’m feeling very hesitant to leave the house, because I fear I won’t be able to get back in. Maybe that is why I went to a stranger’s house, in hopes of expanding my territory - but alas, I now know that was a mistake. Nevertheless one learns from their mistakes, and as I write, I look at the front door of my living room, that leads to the outside world. After I complete this sentence, I will get up, and go, and leave my home.