Lauren gave me a really nice compliment yesterday that I failed to mention. She said I was very much like a Beatnik. I took that as an extremely nice compliment and have been thinking about it for a little while. I don’t nessisarily see myself as an actual Beatnik, there are very few who can (or should) but I certainly embrace the 60’s counter-culture ideas. I dislike mainstream media, people influenced by or in the mainstream media, shallowness, authoritarian governmental figures, rules limiting my freedoms, that sort of thing. I agree far more with the ideals than I do with the sterotypes. I don’t wear all black, call people squares or drink to much caffine… well, at least the first two. I do have a passion for good music, expressive art, poetry, writting and pretty much anything else creative. I wish I could say I have more qualities that lend themselves to being Beat, but I don’t. So, I guess I’m only a little bit of a Beatnik, not in the traditional sense of course, but more in the passive mentalities. I’m an artist, and I think that artists lend themselves to that side of the social spectrum. We certainly love creativity and freedom and we express it in everything we do, otherwise there wouldn’t be any point to being an artist. I don’t know where any of this is coming from, but I figured I’d get it out of my system. Everyone needs a little self-analysis every once in a while.