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I’m Bored. I Think I’ll become a Beatnik !


A personal journey to become a Hep Cat. By Phil Strawn

Sluggo-nik

I am bored and uninspired. Writers’ block has crippled my creativity, and painting a picture on canvas no longer holds my interest. My guitar rest in a closet, untouched for two-years. My barber hasn’t cut my hair in months, and my goatee is taking shape, so the time is right for a change.

Last night, during supper, I announced to my wife that I have decided to become a “Beatnik.” Without looking up from her casserole, she asked if it will be like when I decided to become a “Hare Krishna” and move to India to play the sitar and hang out with Yogi’s. Ouch, that stung. She knows me too well.

“This coming Monday,” I say, “around 9 AM CST, I will no longer be a grumpy old guy, but instead, will become a finger-snapping, beret wearing, caffein guzzling, poetry writing, deep thinking Hep Cat.” She touched my whiskery cheek and said, ” now won’t that be fun.” She thinks I am not serious this time, but she can hide and watch.

I didn’t realize a change was afoot six months ago. The transformation has been silent and gradual. It’s as if Tinker Bell, the Beat Fairy, has visited every night and sprinkled pixie dust on my pillow.

A month back, out of the blue, I re-visited “On The Road” by the great beat author Jack Kerouac. It’s a challenging read, but I made it through for a second time. The free and rebellious nature of the characters piqued my imagination. If I can capture the “cool factor,” it might add a few more years to my punch card. Daydreams have no age limit or shelf life.

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6 thoughts on “I’m Bored. I Think I’ll become a Beatnik !

  1. jpgp5908aolcom on said:

    like…cool man

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  2. LadyinPink on said:

    Ha I keep running across posts and people talking about Kerouac. I personally have never read him but I know people who swear by him. Maybe the universe is telling me to pick up a book and just read the damn thing!

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    • He wrote multiple books that were different than On The Road. Over a twenty-year period, I have read most of them. On The Road is a tough read, but worth it. Funny about Kerouac, he was considered the father of the beats, but when the Hippies discovered him, he told them to buzz off. He hated hippies.

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  3. I am trying to comment as me and always seem to comment as my wife haha.. can Kerouc give me tech support too?

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