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Hanson, And The Youth I Never Got To Have

DAMN YOUHANSON

 

So, feel free to judge me. I have no shame. I was listening to Hanson on YouTube yesterday.

Yeah.

Deal with it.

Anyways, it gets even more embracing than that.

So, I’m watching a live recording of their song This Time Around:

And as I’m watching the video, I realize that I’m staring at the guy singing… holy fuck dude, he was so fuckin hot! 

Look at him! 

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Look at the flawless skin. Those soft perfect lips. That perfect hair! That in-shape and healthy body. Look at that human perfection.

I’m 28. But I feel so much older. If anyone has read tis blog before you probably know, and for anyone who hasn’t, well, my past was filled with going through hell in my hometown of Ohio for being gay, running away to LA, only to wind up having sex on the streets for money, which did wonders for my mental stability, then I went to Melbourne where I struggled with anxiety, panic, and even became agoraphobic. I’ve been alone almost my entire life. Having to be an army of one. I’ve struggled with sex addiction. I struggle with my self-esteem. I feel alone all the time. And I fear I’ll never bee successful and that I’ll die alone.

On the inside, I’m not 28. I feel like a haggard 80 year old on their death bed. I don’t know how I’ve even managed to be such a horrible person. Or how I’ve managed to live this long.

And then watching this video, it just hit me. YOUTH. I never got to have a social life in high school. I hardly even had interaction with people my age. Nobody would speak to me. And then after high school when I went to LA… well, that wasn’t exactly my finest hour….

And Melbourne… I was collapsing every time I left my apartment. Who would want to hang out with me? How was I supposed to make friends when I couldn’t even walk to the grocery store without having a mental breakdown?

And now, in retrospect, I look back….

The “Prime years” of my life. The years where most people are stupid, innocent, and naive. The years when most people are their youngest, healthiest, prettiest selves. When all they want to do is have fun. Unaware of how cruel the world is.

All mine were wasted. Mine were filled with nothing but struggle, pain, and misery.

And now what do I do? 

The “Best Years” that everyone spends the rest of their lives talking about are gone. I never had them. In fact I’m hoping that most people’s Best years, are the Worst that ever happen in my life.

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ugh…. look at these little twats. They made so much god damn money off that fucking song…

Ugh… Im bitter today, sorry. 

 

 

Anyways….

So, I guess this is something I need to learn to live with and accept. My past is the past. It’s over. I will never get to have carefree years or dog days of summer. I won’t ever know what it’s like go to a Prom or a college party. I won’t ever know the blissful feeling of truly thinking the world is an easy place where the biggest worries of your day is “What am I going to do this weekend.”

That isn’t my life. And I’m hoping that there’s somehow a strength in that.

I’m hoping that it means something, or leads to something.

I’m hoping that my experience, as crappy as it was, somehow provides me with some sort of insight that will make my life better in the long run.

But who knows…

All I do know is,

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OMG WHO IS THIS ONE? He’s sooooooo sexy too!

God damn cute boys… motherfuckers should come with a *trigger warning* sign attached to them.

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But uuugghhhh….. Long hair piano boy has that voice.  OMG. This is hard. Who am I crushing on harder? I don’t even know anymore…

 

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Ok, I’m actually really falling for guitar guy. He’s clearly The Man of brothers.

 

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OH FUCKING HELL…. Please, take me anywhere, I shall follow!

 

 

Alright people, I’m gonna go cry and masturbate or something.

Keep on keeping on!

~ The Dark Horse

 

PS- OF course this wasn’t proofread, I’ve been lost in the surprisingly amazing **cough cough** voices of the Hanson brothers.

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Finding Inspiration In Slasher Films

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So, I’m sure you all the know the story, or a story similar to it.  I was the gay kid in Ohio that nobody talked to. I was the outcast, the loser, the weirdo, the obnoxious one, the one that nobody felt bad about leaving behind.  (The Randy for any Scream fans out there…)

I spent my childhood watching movies. Movies were my everything. My escape, my friends, my teachers, my inspiration. Movies were my life. They were never afraid to spend time with me even though everyone else was.

 

Growing up I had always watched horror movies on TV. My mother is a great woman… a devout Catholic actually! However, she’s also an oddball. She’s the product of the late 60s and 70s. Her older brother was a rebellious one. He stayed up late with their father and discussed dodging the draft and running away to Canada. He showed her the Beatles, and The Stones. My mother is sort of a flower child. 

She used to let us watch The Shining with her when it was on TV. The Exorcist. The Fly (The black and white one. The real one, as she puts it). Dark Shadows. Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, Rosemary’s Baby… the “classics” according to my mother. I had an upbringing of horror from the very beginning.

But then; it was 1998. I was 8 years old. My friend (who, only 2 years later would stop talking to me for being gay, along with the rest of my hometown) rented Scream 2. It had just come out on VHS.

He had a brother and sister, twins, a year below us. And an older sister a good 4 or 5 years older than us. We all huddled in the dark basement and put in the movie.

From that very first scene in the movie theater, a scene that has become iconic in the horror world, I was hooked.

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I didn’t know it back then. I didn’t know what it was. I just knew I loved it. Especially Scream. Scream was so smart. So in-touch with everything around it. It was incredible.

And then, the Jada Pinkett Smith death scene.  OMG….ABSOLUTE HORROR LEGEND! 

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She’s going off on the white girl who’s about to die (I think it was..oh, whats her face…. Felicity Shagwell…  Whats her fucking name?  Heather Graham, that’s it!)  So she’s watching STAB in the theater and Heather Graham is playing Drew Berrymore from Scream 1. And Jada is yelling at the screen.   OMG. it was so perfect.

Random fact – If you don’t actually watch horror movies in theaters, you should. Black girls literally scream at the screen. It’s amazing, and all part of the moviegoing experience. I’ll never forget seeing Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween in 2007 and this one girl was going off on all the white characters the whole movie. Comic gold!

ANYWAYS – then Jada realizes her man aint her man no more…

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And that was that. I was hooked. Horror became my life. I binged them all. Forever and ever afterwards, my entire life. I can’t get enough of horror, especially slasher.

One must honor the classics:

Halloween

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Hellraiser

And Friday The 13th (Although, AS EVERYONE KNOWS, the best part of the Friday movies, were the hot guys they casted) PS- do you know about “Frigay the 13th” and all the drama that went down on that set? GUUURRRLLL…..

 

And one must also appreciate the newer films of the genre:

Scream

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Behind The Mask

Urban Legend

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Ok… I’m getting so far off track, I’m sorry. Point is this: What does a loser have to love in slasher films? I mean, they’re movies about a bunch of hot popular people having sex and going to parties. It’s everything my life wasn’t right?

Wrong. 

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Slasher films actually revolve around the lone female who survives. Known as the “survivor girl” or “final girl” in the horror community, but more commonly known as “Scream Queens”. These women are the true force behind every great slasher movie.

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Scream Queens aren’t like the others in the movies. Scream Queens normally are virgins, normally don’t do drugs, tend to be more intelligent than their friends, and are never the most popular in the group. In fact, sometimes, they’re the ones the group believes in the least. And yet, they end up being the ones who rise above, and mange to outsmart the killer, becoming the lone survivor.  (Although, in some films you have multiple survivors)

 

And in a few films, the Scream Queen role is replaced by a male (example: Elijah Wood in The Faculty).  The Scream Queen rules remain in the cases of a “Scream King”

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Do you now see why an outcast like me would love these movies?

Watching the people who made fun of me, the people who always told me I’d never get to be one of them…they all die. And the person like me, the one nobody believed in, ends up being the strongest, the smartest, the survivor. 

Because of that, slasher movies hold a transcendent quality. And I know Im not the only one who thinks that. I know a lot of outcasts who have found great inspiration and strength in slasher movies. In fact there’s a shit ton of scholarly writing on it.

So what am I saying??

I’m saying, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GET INSPIRED! It’s time to watch some slasher movies! (Because it’s good for you of course!)

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~ The Dark Horse

OMG OMG OMG WAIT! Do you remember Freddy Vs. Jason?  (squeal!) 

That scene, when the main girl drags Freddy out of her dream and into the real world so he can fight Jason…. OMG… When Freddy first comes into our word and sees Jason and is like…. oh boy, I am fuckedddddd.   Why don’t these movies win Oscars?


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Did Taylor Swift Just Save Democracy?

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People… this is 2018.  

Where a horrible businessman and reality-show host can be president…

And a porn star can come forward with evidence that may just take him down…

And, It’s possible that Taylor Swift just destroyed the entire Republican Party.

 

Now, am I happy that Americans don’t act until Taylor Swift says to?  No…that’s actually quite depressing. However, if my choices are to have Taylor Swift encourage Americans to vote, or allow America to keep rolling over and allowing scumbag pieces of shit like Brett Kavanaugh to get lifetime access to Supreme Court rulings….

(Rereads this paragraph and realizes how fucking absurd those two choices are…grabs paper bag to hyperventilate, then needs to go brew herbal tea to calm down…) 

(returns to computer with mug of tea)

Ok… sorry about that, I just almost died because 2018 is literally fucking killing me. 

(Takes more deep breaths)

Ok ok, but in all honesty, Im at a point now where I’m like, ya know what, whatever gets the damn job done is ok by me. 

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And if this is who saves America….

oh dear god…

(no, no! Stay positive…this is a positive post…)

(Deep breath, cracks neck)

Then good for America.

Because someone has to get young people interested in voting. Because sadly, Republicans are angry and scared, and easily worked up. They will and do vote because right-wing media is constantly telling them how America is just inches away from total destruction every single day, and Republicans believe it with all their hearts. And it encourages them to vote with a ferocity unknown to most liberals.

For some context, Kathy Griffin still receives death threats daily, and there are still a good number of Republicans who actually believe she’s in Isis…. That is scary shit. Republicans don’t let things go.

 They are scared, angry, and refuse to quit. The Right-wing media machine will only increase their insane news stories all the way until November to ensure that every conservative in America is fully convinced that liberals are about to do something insane (like, pay Americans a fair wage or something…) thus ensuring that every conservative goes to the polls, convinced it’s a matter of life or death.

And so someone needs to encourage liberals to vote…

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And if that person just happens to be Taylor Swift then… God help our fucking souls cuz were fucked.

(takes sip of tea, REMEMBER POSITIVE! GOOD VIBES ONLY!)

OK, OK, NEVER MIND THAT… THERE IS HOPE.

Yes, Taylor Swift is probably very uneducated on Politics, but that’s fine. Because all she’s doing is encouraging people to vote. She isn’t running for office herself.  NO, THAT WOULD BE CRAZY. Can you imagine a celebrity with no education in politics or law deciding to run for office just because they wanted to? … That couldn’t possibly happen…ever.

(Slams head against table, hoping to end it all right here and now)

Luckily, A lot of democratic candidates are well-versed, and come from a wide array of backgrounds! In fact, there are more women and minorities running for office than ever, and that is an amazing thing. And what we all have to remember is this: THIS IS OUR COUNTRY. NOT VOTING IS GIVING SOMEONE ELSE CONTROL OVER YOUR DEMOCRACY.

Don’t let others have control over you, make your voice count, register to vote here:

www.vote.gov 

 

And Taylor… ugh….

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Thank you for saving America. (I can’t believe I just said that… Where is my chamomile tea? I NEED MY GODDAMN TEA! NOW!)

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~ The Dark Horse

(This post was not proofread, because Im pretty sure it’s the apocalypse anyways…)

CRUEL INTENTIONS: Or, The Joy Of Watching Bad People Get What’s Coming To Em!

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***This Post May Reveal Spoilers for the film Cruel Intentions***

Ok, so who here remembers the 90’s epic Cruel Intentions? It’s a total classic that I use as therapy, and I recommend you all do the same, because it’s brilliant and amazing and will leave you feeling so…satisfied. First off, what a fucking amazing cast! Can we please just take a minute to appreciate it?

Ryan Phillippe

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Selma Blair

Reese Witherspoon

Joshua Jackson

Christine Baranski

and even a cameo by Tara Reid

…. HELLO?  AMAZING! 

 

So, anyways, AS I HOPE MOST OF YOU ALREADY KNOW, the ending to this movie is one of the greatest cinematic masterpieces in the history of mankind. It’s literally the 90s-ist thing of all fucking time. AND it happens to be a scene that makes me deliriously happy because it’s about taking down the bad guy.

At the end of the movie (I’m going to try and not give too many spoilers because I want you all to watch this film)  Anyhoo – So, at the end, Ryan Phillippe decides to be a better person, then dies. Oops. That’s a huge spoiler. Anyways, before he dies he gifts his journals to Reece Witherspoon so she can finally get to know the real him, and his past that he’s now ashamed of. In his journals he also describes in-detail what an awful power-hungry, manipulative beast his step-sister Sarah Michelle Gellar is.  Then comes….

THE MOST FABULOUS END-SCENE IS CINEMA HISTORY

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Ok, so get this: Fake-ass bitch Sarah Michelle Gellar is giving Ryan Phillippe’s eulogy in the chapel of their uppity rich private New York City prep school. During the eulogy, someone runs in and starts calling everyone to come outside because something LIKE TOTALLY HUGE IS GOING DOWN! And then suddenly, in the most 90’s-bliss-filled orgasmic-moment of literally all time, Bittersweet Symphony begins to play. It starts soft, then gets louder.

Students start leaving the chapel one by one, then two by two, then in droves. Fake-ass bitch Sarah Michelle Gellar is getting mad. Really fucking mad. This is her moment in the spotlight after all….

 

She decides to walk outside and find out what’s going on….

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…Only to discover that Ryan Phillipe’s journal Cruel Intentions has been handed to all the students… 

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…And in the journal he’s written in-detail about Sarah Michelle Gellar, and how she’s been playing everyone in their school like puppets. Oh, it also reveals her little coke problem and how she stores it in her crucifix necklace (THE SCANDAL!)

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…And the bitch goes down.

Realizing the entire school knows all of her dirty secrets. 

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When you’re having a bad day, when you’re stressed, when you need relief. Watch this. It’s fucking poetry. I use this to make myself feel better.  Almost like a voodoo doll, I put all the negativity and all the people who have wronged me into this scene, and suddenly they’re fake-ass bitch Sarah Michelle Gellar. And one day, they’ll be revealed for the assholes they are.

They’ll see one day, I tell myself. One day, this hard work will pay off. I will be successful. I will be happy. I will achieve my goals. And everyone who has been mean to me and who has hated me… they’ll all see how wrong they were.

Want to see it all go down? Ladies and Gentlemen, VOLUME UP PLEASE. TO THE VERY TOP! AND ENJOY:

 

Let’s all be like Reece Witherspoon driving off, being a total badass!

~ The Dark Horse

( The may have been proofread, I’m not sure. I’m far too giddy over this scene to remember squeal! )

Pulling My Eyes Out: The Kavanaugh Disaster

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Dear humans of America, and republicans; What the flying fuck has happened?

For starters, just so everyone here knows this post will be totally centrist:  Kavanaugh is completely guilty. 

Ok, moving forward. Lets break this down:

1.) Sexually assaulting someone in high school is bad.

2.) Bragging about sleeping with someone in your yearbook is also bad.

3.) Lying about it when you’re an adult is even worse.

4.) And protecting someone who was an asshole, and then lies about it, simply because he will help you push through your asshole agenda, is even even worse! 

5.) And whats even even even worse is that this kind of attitude has become normalized in America! The republican party has gotten so used to lying and covering up for themselves and Trump, that it’s almost become second nature to them. They even lied for a pedophile in Alabama. The “Christian” party… chose to protect a pedophile over women. 

Protecting other assholes is basically the new job description for Republicans,

right under Be an asshole yourself.

 

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And republicans, if you’re reading this, please listen to me.  As a white man myself, trust me, I know how annoying the new Woke generation can be. It’s super annoying to innocently be standing in line at a Starbucks and have the black person behind you give you the stick eye, judging you, assuming you’re probably a racist.

And yes, it’s super annoying that everyone assumes you’ve probably sexually assaulted a woman. Trust me, I’m gay. So it’s really annoying to me as well…especially considering I’ve never touched a woman before.

BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT? Going insane and losing your temper and filling the Judicial, Executive, and Legislative branches with racists and rapists IS NOT THE SOLUTION! 

How do you people sleep at night? (Actually, I know that answer: Denial and cognitive dissidence.  That was an easy one)

Anyways, watching all of this go down makes me stressed, depressed, anxious, and tired.

It’s made me want to stab my eyeballs out so I never have to watch anything this sad and pathetic ever again.

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Am I saying we should blindly trust all people who claim someone raped them? No. This is America and everyone is entitled to a fair trial. However, should we believe someone who can give a clear and concise account that’s clearly been scared into her memory? Who hasn’t asked for money, and who has been given death threats, AND YET STILL DEMANDS TO BE HEARD, even in a sworn testimony, hand on the bible and all?

HELL FUCKING YES.

 

Also, not to mention, she isn’t the only accuser…

And watching this club of not just not men, but also woman, (like Ivanka, Omarosa, Sarah, and Kellyanne just to name a few)  that constantly protect and defend these horrible people is like torture.

Do you hear me? 

TORTURE.

Living in America in 2018 is like living life constantly stuck in a Saw trap.

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Even if we do manage to get out of this alive, we’re all gonna be fucked up for life.

 

So, anyways, Thanks America. Thanks for making me hate waking up every single day. Thanks for making me wish I was anywhere but here. This land where logic has gone out the window and where good will towards man has become one of our greatest urban legends.

 

~ The Dark Horse.

What China Taught Me

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So, I got back from China a month ago, and I realize I still havent blogged about my time there. And I think it’s pretty important to.  So, here it goes: I was there for a summer internship, and I recently returned back to Boston for school.

However, I’ve come back a changed man.

I feel more confident now. More sure of myself. Stronger. Wiser. and…. Well… I’m trying to figure out why.

Don’t get me wrong. I love this new feeling. I love feeling like I’ve somehow reached a new milestone in my life. A new “breakthrough” as the physiology world would like to call it.

And I think I’ve discovered what happened:

I was teaching English with this program. The program was horrible. The other Americans there were racist against Chinese people. They hated China and thought it was so “like totally weird” as one girl put it. And so, I had no choice but to breakaway.

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I taught my class. I had to obviously. It was how I was making my money in China. But after the schoolday was over, I left. I didn’t hang with the Americans at all. I needed to escape their toxic, and frankly, disgusting fucking attitude towards the world. I still get mad just thinking about it.

Like when my boss…my 35 year old boss who chose to work in China picked up a pair of child scissors, and then said “I wish they made full-sized scissors in this country, but Asians have these damn midget hands” ……

There are so many problems with that, not to mention that my classroom had full-sized scissors, so my boss had either gone his entire 3 years in China using only child scissors, or he just didn’t respect Chinese people (and apparently little people either).

And that was just one of MANY…. Don’t even get me started on the time when my boss brought the two African American teachers into a classroom and said, “We’re doing a scavenger hunt for the students and one of the tasks is to take a picture with someone born in Africa, so they’re probably going to come up to you and ask for pictures… is that ok?”

FIRST OFF: THIS IS COMPLETELY TRUE. PEOPLE, I SHIT YOU NOT.

AND SECONDLY, WHY SAY THAT WHILE I’M IN THE ROOM? HOW STUPID ARE YOU? So obviously, when the two black teachers went and told everyone what he said, I was there to back their story up.

OK. MOVING FORWARD. MY BLOOD PRESSURE IS GOING OFF THE CHARTS JUST THINKING ABOUT THAT FUCKING PROGRAM.

 

ANYWAYS…..

So there I am. In China. I don’t know much of the language. I don’t know a single person. And the one thing that I’m sure of is that I want nothing to do with anyone in my program. I signed up for that program being promised a great way to visit China, make some money, and have a group of friends to explore with.

That wasn’t going to happen…..

So, I ventured out alone. I had no other choice. I couldn’t handle being around a group of people who went, “Squat toilets? OMG EWWWW LIKE, WHERE ARE WE, THE JUNGLE??”

I joined a gym. Gyms are a great way to burn off energy, meet people, stay healthy… and hey, if all else failed, and I literally couldn’t find anything to do, considering I was now in China alone, I could always bum around at the gym for hours.

So, I went to the nearest gym (which was three subway stops away at the China Art Museum Station). I walked in and held up my translation app. I tried showing the words, JOIN, GYM, MEMBERSHIP, WORKOUT, and EXERCISE, but nothing worked. The women at the front desk didn’t understand.

So I mimed the actions of lifting weights. Then I pointed to me. And then I pointed at the ground. Trying to show Me, workout, here. Finally, the women understood. They went and got a trainer to give me a tour. The trainer, named Tommy, was hot as all fucking hell.

PEOPLE LISTEN TO ME -> The young men of Shanghai are like the fucking Asian Adonis.

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They’re way taller than any Asian stereotype. They gym like crazy. Their skin is perfect and hair always impeccable.

I stared at Tommy and shook his hand. Oh my god his biceps.

He didn’t speak much English, and I didn’t speak much Chinese. We toured the gym completely using translate apps.

He would speak into the app: “1,000Rmb for the summer.”

It would translate it to English, and then he would hand me the phone.

I would then say, “1,000 is too much. Make it lower.”

Then it would translate it to Mandarin, and I would hand it back to Tommy.

Something about haggling with an app, rather than face-to-face emboldened me. It was much easier to demand a cheaper price when you didn’t have to look the guy in the eye when asked.

Finally, after much back-and-forth and such, we arranged that I would pay 600Rmb for the summer. A good 400Rmb cheaper than the original offer. After I paid, Tommy, my new gym buddy, had me add him on WeChat (which is like the Chinese WhatsApp…and Facebook…and Instagram…and Apple Pay…it’s kind of like everything, really)

That night, I felt proud. I had just walked into a gym and managed to get a membership and haggle the price, even though I hardly spoke the language at all.

Then, I got a message from Tommy. It was in Chinese, but luckily WeChat has a mode that translates it.

He said he wanted to hangout. He could teach me Chinese and I could teach him English.

Obviously I said yes. How could I turn down a hot straight gym guy who wanted to hang out with me?

I told him yes.

He responded with: 哥们

I translated it, and it read brothers. 

I didn’t immediately know what it meant, but I imagined that it was probably the Chinese version of calling someone “Bro”. The idea that a hot guy called me bro made my heart beat fast… also, it got me a little horny.

 

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My gym was in Pudong, along with my work. So I started visiting areas of Puxi a lot (the other side of the river). I did a lot of exploring around The French Concession, Shanghai’s  trendiest area. It’s tree-lined streets, cafes, and mega-malls were always fun. And it was there that I made another group of friends. I wandered into a bookstore/cafe called The Mix Place.

 

I was walking around, flipping trough books and magazines, blown away by cool this place was. Then a girl next to me, very shyly informed me that the books here are all in Chinese.

I smiled, and said that it was fine. Then I complimented her on how good her English was. She blushed and acted shy. She told me studied a year in America, in San Diego. Then her friends, another girl, and a guy (who of course was fucking hot as hell. How do these Shanghainese guys stay so fucking fit?) We got to talking. I told them about my love of Asian food, and how I fell in love street food like Jianbing and baos.

They were all impressed that I, an American, had ventured into the realm of Shanghai street food. We all swapped WeChats.

Flash-forward a few days, and we were all hanging out again. Running amok all over the city. Imagine one of those movie montages where a group of friends are running around town, eating all the food, laughing, walking through the city lights, and there’s all that fun music playing to much fanfare, hoo-ha, and pfeffernusse.

We tried foods I wouldn’t dare alone. Stinky Tofu, century eggs, Chicken stomach.

We also got amazing treats, like milk tea, bubble tea, duck jerky, soup dumplings, and the list went on.

 

It was a culinary bender of epic proportions.

And we did this A LOT! It wasn’t just once! These people became good friends of mine. We hung out a lot, and It was amazing. They showed me Shanghai.  The ins, the outs. The wonderful, and the even more wonderful.

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On the train, where to next? The options were endless.

 

 

BUT DON’T THINK I STOPPED GOING TO THE GYM! I gymed 5 days a week.

And Tommy was a big help with that. Being able to walk in and get a high-five from that sexy motherfucker was a huge incentive. Then we’d say hi and ask each other how we we’re doing. Then there was this one time when I saw him in the locker room. After his shifts, he would work out… and I saw him in his underwear! (squeal!)  Oh my god. I don’t know what else to say besides that he was just a beautiful work of art.

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And then came the day when we actually hung out. We got coffee (but both of us ordered tea) We did a lot of talking through WeChat translate and Google Translate. He always gave me a look though… A look that made me think maybe, just maybe… he wasn’t straight. I never asked him, I liked the silent, multi-language game of cat and mouse we had developed.  Was I his bro? Was he just a super confident and sexy-as-all-hell man?    … or was he secretly wanting me as much as I wanting him?

 

Through Tommy, I was introduced to more of the Shanghai gym bros. And I have to admit, I developed crushes on all of them.  And here’s the best part: Shanghai has 24 million people. There isn’t much room to have personal space. To solve this problem, the folks of Shanghai just stopped caring about personal space. (How easy is that?) It was totally normal for one of the gym bros to see me in the locker room, while he was completely naked, just chillin out naked, cuz why not? And then just start chatting with me. My eyes would always wander southward… glimpsing at the pecs….the six pack….the adonis belt…. OMG HOW DO THEY DO IT? 

 

By the end of the summer, between my French Concession friends, and my gym bros, I had a very full social life in Shanghai. More full than here in America actually…

Is that kind of sad?  Naw.

Anyways, it’s like this: I realized that I built a life for myself in a city I didn’t know, learning the language as I went along. It was a crash course in life. But I did it. I survived.

Nay!…not survived, I thrived!

I said fuck you to the all douchebags around me. They spent their entire summer experiencing “China” only by clubbing with other Westerners in the tourist clubs until 4am, coming back to campus, having to wake up at 730 to “teach”, after class they’d go take their naps, so they could be ready to hit the clubs again that night.

They ended up loving “China” by avoiding China. They stayed in their groups of 10 or more Americans, keeping each other safe and in a bubble that would never be questioned. They were weak.

On the flight home, I thought of Tommy, and the other sexy as fuck gym bros.

blarg

 

And then I thought of my French Concession friends. And how much fun I had running all over the city, eating everything in site.

And that’s when I realized I had balls. 4 years ago I was collapsing from agoraphobia in Australia. The depression I was trying to fix, alone, for the past ten years had finally broken me. The depression brought anxiety, which brought panic, which ultimately led me to lock myself in my apartment, afraid to experience more panic attacks in the outsides world..

But now, I felt like the King of Shanghai.

How time flies right? 

 

~ The Dark Horse

(PS- I’d like to thank Harry Shum Jr. for standing in as my “Tommy” visual representation.)