- Goodbye, Grandpa
- I wonder if you knew most of the family had descended upon your house this weekend to say goodbye, even though you were mostly asleep and unable to communicate the whole time.
- 02/16/2020 @ 11:27am MST (America/Denver)
- Farewell, Quincy
- You were the best boy.
Oct. 17, 2003 - Feb. 1, 2020
- 02/01/2020 @ 1:28pm MST (America/Denver)
- Thailand in December
- Looking back on what I didn't like about the trip, I'd have to say...the most off-putting thing had to be the way they had so much Christmas stuff everywhere. No religious iconography, though. Just Santa, elves, giant trees, snowflake stickers, and horrible, horrible Christmas music.
And they kept it all up until after Christmas! Like, somehow Christmas was actually the entire month of December over there, all the way to New Year's, so they played Christmas music non-stop in every tourist trap and mall there. Let me tell you, there's really nothing more ironic than sweating in unseasonably warm winter weather at 95 degrees F...to the tune of 'Let It Snow'. Or 'Baby It's Cold Outside'. Or 'Little Drummer Boy'. Do they play that because of the Westerners? I don't know, but as a Westerner myself I just wanted to set the speakers on fire the entire time. Hate it.
Of course, everything in those places is tailored to Westerners. Western food, Western manners, Western comforts...Western prices. Yuck. I would have preferred to spend every day of the trip wandering through local markets instead. Hot and sweaty? Yeah. Cramped? Full of foods I can't name or recognize? Of course! Then again, I've never been one to enjoy being surrounded by marketing or shallow interpretations of cultural practices in an attempt to get me to buy things. Gimme the real stuff. Show me the Buddhist temple dishing out free lunch to the needy. Is that a basket full of fried beetles? Tell me about the long history behind this monument and show me the people performing rituals before it. Let me look that world in the eye and appreciate it. But please...no more of this scrubbed down approximation of Western culture in a place that has long developed outside of such things.
- 01/15/2020 @ 1:23am MST (America/Denver)
This site is a personal art site and therefore does not necessarily present itself as a polished portfolio full of eulogies to my professional accomplishments. It has been around since 2003, which makes it pretty old now that I think about it. The name means dragon-dragon in Japanese, because I love dragons and I wasn't too great at names back then (case in point: my leopard gecko was named Gecko). I've taken to using the name Surros Gallery since it's much easier to remember, but this URL continues to be my home on the internet. It still functions as a repository for many of my creative ventures, from art to photography to silly site pages, so take a look around and enjoy!
Things about me that don't involve dragons: I enjoy writing, video games, and creating things in general.
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