Writing this after working out. Did Simple & Sinister (20kg two-handed swings, 16kg get-ups).
There’s a scene in this episode of Cobra Kai (s01e07 “Molting”) where Johnny Lawrence talks about some things that happened in Karate Kid. They cut between him talking about what happened and then scenes from Karate Kid showing what actually happened.
Let’s say some of the retold story doesn’t match up 100%.
Everyone does it.
I just finished reading That Will Never Work and the author talks about how the neat origin story (got tired of paying late fees one day) they told the media was a very cleaned up version of the messy reality. It’s always something to keep in mind when reading memoirs and biographies.
All stories are edited in some way. Intentionally (to compress timelines) or unintentionally (faulty memory).
Which reminds me, I need to finish reading Rebel Without a Crew. It’s Robert Rodriguez’s memoir and it’s a collection of journal entries. While it’s curated and edited it’s likely much closer to the reality of the time than a biography written 15 years after events happened or Johnny Lawrence talking about events 35 years later.
Rodriguez captures a lot of the mundane, tedious work that goes into making an independent film. Especially before digital tools were available to everyone.
Which makes me think of Chuck Klosterman writing about high school:
Whenever I try to remember friends from high school, friends from college, or even just friends from five years ago, my memory always creates the illusion that we were together constantly, just like those kids on Saved by the Bell. However, this was almost never the case. Whenever I seriously piece together my past, I inevitably uncover long stretches where somebody who (retrospectively) seemed among my closest companions simply wasn’t around.
I’ve been trying to write a little bit every day about how the day has gone during quarantine. Every day is so similar that the days will blend together looking back.
A lot of people are recording video and making things and sharing them while at home. A lot more than would probably journal if this happened 20 years ago. The curation for sharing things publicly is happening in real time. If we look back on this in 35 years it might look like all we did was play games and talk to each other with while switching to wackier and wackier webcam backgrounds.