Fake busy: people who say they’re super busy, even though they’re not, but they feel they need to sound important because if you’re not super busy then you’re a fucking loser. I’m guilty of it, too.
“Oh my gaawwwd, I’m sooooo busy, like, seriously…” Next time someone asks you what you’re up to, tell them that you’re not busy at all. “I’m doing absolutely nothing.” They’ll congratulate you, that’s nice, but their expression will say, “Fuckin’ weirdo?”
TV series The Real Housewives is about a bunch of rich morons who are all completely bat shit crazy and fake busy all the time. A fake busy day for one of them involves going shopping for a red carpet event on Friday night, then meeting a friend for lunch and drinks at a swanky restaurant.
That’s not busy, that’s just a rich, white person schedule. Busy is when you have to get up at 4am to catch a bus to the first of your three jobs.
“I need to take a backseat to a lot of shit,” I said. “Sometimes when I say I’m busy, what I really mean is I’m busy being lazy. Leisure and doing nothing is really important to me. I’m like you: I’m not a workhorse. How important is leisure and doing nothing in your life?”
“I’m not one of those people that’s like, ‘I’m so busy!’” Tommy replied. “I make time for my life. Because shit is short and you only have one go at it. And to not actually enjoy the life you’re trying to have is retarded. I’m sitting in my backyard right now, and I live on the water, almost in this estuary where the bay comes through in Alameda, and it’s ridiculous. It’s like a permanent vacation.”
“That’s rad,” I said. “I trip out on people that just work all the time, like Gordon Ramsey and Martha Stewart. I enjoy working hard as well, but I also like not working. And occasionally, sleeping. When do these people sleep?”
“I don’t know what people do that makes them super busy. They’re doing all these things,” Tommy said, “but does any of it enrich anyone’s lives? Does it add anything positive to this global bullshit we all exist in? Does it make life better?”
“That’s a question that I don’t think enough people ask themselves,” I said. “Because we’re all too busy adding to this global bullshit.”
On the subject of global bullshit, I asked Tommy how he handles self-promotion and social media. I hate it.
When we were growing up, the cool kids didn’t walk around saying, ‘Look at me! I’m cool!’ That’s what kooks and claimers did. The cool kids just exuded cool and did cool things.
And, most importantly, they didn’t engage and mingle with the losers. But now it’s the opposite: you’re a kook if you don’t engage. (And I mean “kook” in the original sense of the word: only “crazy and eccentric” people aren’t connected.)
People are harsh. People are frequently unkind. People are self-centered. People are egotistical, angry, and it’s gnarly. Most people I cannot deal with. I cannot deal with the masses like that.”
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