If I could only have one grooming tool, it would be floss. I don't want to have broken Cheetos in my teeth. To protect myself from the sun, I can find shade under a tree. To moisturize my skin, I could get really sweaty and then just rub it on myself. But how are you going to clean between your teeth without floss?
Jonathan Van Ness
Spade-"If you'd refrain from slamming my face any more into this dirty rock floor, I'll do whatever you like," was his even reply. "Fancy letting my head go?" Cat-"Sure," I said with an unpleasant snicker, not relinquishing an ounce of pressure. "How about I let you floss with my jugular as well? I don't think so.
My own plan for the coming fourteen months is to knock on doors and stuff envelopes. Maybe even to wear a button. To try to accrete with others into a demographically significant mass. To try extra hard to exercise patience, politeness, and imagination on those with whom I disagree. Also to floss more.
David Foster Wallace
It's rare that I'm able to get to my desk in the morning without stopping halfway there, turning around, and going in the opposite direction because of a pressing need to straighten all the pictures on the walls, floss my teeth a second time, and make certain that there really are 100 postage stamps in the roll of stamps I bought yesterday.
....You should keep dental floss on you at all times; when your eyesight goes, quit driving; don't keep too many secrets, eventually they'll eat away at you. But the most valuable lesson he taught me was this: Every day we get older, and some of us get wiser, but there's no end to our evolution. We are all a mess of contradictions; some of our traits work for us, some against us. And this is what I figured out on my own: Over the course of a lifetime, people change, but not as much as you'd think. Nobody really grows up.
A person of good intelligence and of sensitivity cannot exist in this society very long without having some anger about the inequality - and it's not just a bleeding-heart, knee-jerk, liberal kind of a thing - it is just a normal human reaction to a nonsensical set of values where we have cinnamon flavored dental floss and there are people sleeping in the street.
It seemed to her everyone had too much self-protective pride to truly strip off down to their souls in front of their long-term partners. It was easier to pretend there was nothing more to know, to fall into an easygoing companionship. It was almost embarrassing to be truly intimate with your spouse; because how could you watch someone floss one minute, and the next minute share your deepest passion or tritest of fears? It was almost easier to talk about that sort of thing before you'd shared a bathroom and a bank account and argued over the packing of the dishwasher.
I exercise regularly. I eat moderate amounts of healthy food. I make sure to get plenty of rest. I see my doctor once a year and my dentist twice a year. I floss every night. I've had chest x""rays, cardio stress tests, EKGs and colonoscopies. I see a psychologist and have a variety of hobbies to reduce stress. I don't drink. I don't smoke. I don't do drugs. I don't have crazy, reckless sex with strangers. If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I'm gonna be really pissed.
When we hear a Mozart piano concerto today, we're most likely to hear the piano part played on a modern concert grand. In the hands of a professional pianist, such a piano can bury the strings and the winds and hold its own against the brass. But Mozart wasn't composing for a nine-foot-long, thousand-pound piano; he was composing for a five-and-a-half-foot-long, hundred-and-fifty-pound piano built from balsa wood and dental floss.
HE NO BOUNCE BACK FROM FELONIES YOU DO THAT NOW AND YOU DOING LIFE I CAN SAY THAT NOW NO TRUSTING THE GAME, MOST THIEVES IS BUSTERS DON'T BE NO SUCKER, YOU BETTER BE QUICK DECISIONS, FALL BACK ONE TIME Y'ALL GOTTA PROVE NOTHING, JUST PROVE YOU'RE SMART I'M A PUSH THAT HARD LINE, I'M A WEAR REGARDLESS FEEL LIKE A REAL DON, KEEP IT ON NEVER FLOSS TO MY FAMILY, ALWAYS KEEPING SILENT BEFORE I ROCK TOO STEADY, BLOCKS IS HEAVY GOT A BIRD ON MY BACK AND IT AIN'T DROPPED ALREADY GOT A BIRD IN MY HOUSE AND I KEEPS IT READY AIN'T TALKING ABOUT FOOD I MAKE IT SPAGHETTI AIN'T TRYING TO BE RUDE BUT YOU NIGGERS IS LAME GOT A PISTOL ON MY ARM, I TAKE YOUR ASS ON A DATE, BITCH
YOU DON'T KNOW ME, I BONE YOU SEND YOU HOME FEELIN LONELY YOU ALWAYS SAY, DEFARI - HOW COME YOU NEVER HOLD ME HOW COME WE DON'T GO OUT SO I CAN BE YOUR BEST HOMIE CAUSE I JUST WANNA FUCK; YOU TOO GOD DAMN NOSEY PLAY YOUR POSITION, NO GAMES, NO PRETENDIN DON'T ACT LIKE YOU ON TOP WHEN YOU NOT BADDER THAN THESE WOMEN THINK YOU A QUEEN, WHEN YOU REALLY MY ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOU TALK, BUT ME, NEVER SHARING AND IF I'M SHARING NEVER VITAL INFORMATION CAUSE YOU'D PROBABLY SNITCH YOU BITCH IN A VITAL SITUATION NOW YOU WANT MY GOVERNMENT TO FLOSS WHEN YOU RUNNIN WITH YOUR HOMEGIRLS - STUPID, IT'S A COLD WORLD I'MA KEEP IT PIMPIN LIKE GOLDIE AND THAT NIGGA SLIM ALKAHOLIKS, J-RO, TASH, E-SWIFT BE THEM BUT YOU DON'T KNOW ME YET AND STILL YOU WANNA BLOW ME BUST A NUT, UH-HUH, OKAY, WHASSUP SHUT UP!
It's all about our egos. She felt she was on the edge of understanding something important. They could fall in love with fresh, new people, or they could have the courage and humility to tear off some essential layer of themselves and reveal to each other a whole new level of otherness, a level far beyond what sort of music they liked. It seemed to her everyone had too much self-protective pride to truly strip down to their souls in front of their long-term partners. It was easier to pretend there was nothing more to know, to fall into an easygoing companionship. It was almost embarrassing to be truly intimate with your spouse; how could you watch someone floss one minute, and the next minute share your deepest passion or most ridiculous, trite little fears? It was almost easier to talk about that sort of thing before you'd shared a bathroom and a bank account and argued over the packing of the dishwasher.
You will need to stay calm as you witness the candy floss in your daughter's smile harden into brittle bitchiness. You will need to muster a new resolve as your son's fascination with Pokemon shifts to porn. You will have to recalibrate your mothering instinct to accommodate the notion that not only do your children poop and burp, they also masturbate, drink and smoke. As their bodies, brains and worlds rearrange themselves, you will need to do your own reshuffling. You will come to see that, though you gave them life, they're the ones who've got a life. They've got 1700 friends on Facebook. They've got YouTube accounts (with hundreds of sub- scribers), endless social arrangements, concerts, Valentine's Day dances and Halloween parties. What we have - if we're lucky - is a 'Thanks for the ride, Mum, don't call me, I'll call you, ' as they slam the car door and indicate we can run along now.
MEMORY'S SO TREACHEROUS. ONE MOMENT YOU'RE LOST IN A CARNIVAL OF DELIGHTS, WITH POIGNANT CHILDHOOD AROMAS , THE FLASHING NEON OF PUBERTY, ALL THAT SENTIMENTAL CANDY-FLOSS... THE NEXT , IT LEADS YOU SOMEWHERE YOU DON'T WANT TO GO... SOMEWHERE DARK AND COLD, FILLED WITH THE DAMP, AMBIGUOUS SHAPES OF THINKS YOU'D HOPED WERE FORGOTTEN.MEMORIES CAN BE VILE, REPULSIVE LITTLE BRUTES. LIKE CHILDREN, I SUPPOSE. HAHA. BUT CAN WE LIVE WITHOUT THEM? MEMORIES ARE WHAT OUR REASON IS BASED UPON. IF WE CAN'T FACE THEM, WE DENY REASON ITSELF! ALGHOUGH, WHY NOT? WE AREN'T CONTRACTUALLY TIED DOWN TO RATIONALITY! THERE IS NO SANITY CLAUSE! SO WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF LOCKED ONTO AN UNPLEASANT TRAIN OF THOUGHT, HEADING FOR THE PLACES IN YOUR PAST WHERE THE SCREAMING IS UNBEARABLE, REMEMBER THERE'S ALWAYS MADNESS.MADNESS IS THE EMERGENCY EXIT... YOU CAN JUST STEP OUTSIDE, AND CLOSE THE DOOR ON ALL THOSE DREADFUL THINGS THAT HAPPENED. YOU CAN LOCK THEM AWAY... FOREVER.
BEEN GETTEN WORRIED THAT THESE SQUARE MUTHAFUCKERS WITH NERVES SAYIN THEY CAN GET WITH US BUT PICTURE ME GETTIN' SERVED MY OWN MAMA SAY I'M THUGED OUT MY SHIT BE BUMPIN OUT THA RECORD STORE AS IF IT WAS A DRUG HOUSE MY LYRICS BANG LIKE A CRIP OR BLOOD NIGGA WHAT ? IT AIN'T NOTHIN BUT A PARTY WHEN WE THUG AND THERE I WAS A YOUNG NIGGA WITH HEART AIN'T HAD SHIT TO LOOSE PULLIN' MY PISTOL ON THEM FOOLS YOU KNOW THE RULES D-R-E YOU GOT ME HEATED MY WORDS LIKE A PENATENTARY DICK HITTIN' BITCHES WHERE IT'S MOST NEEDED MONEY AND WEED ALAZAY AND HENNESSE TO MY THUG NIGGAS IN LOCK DOWN WITNESS ME BAIL ON THESE HO'S IN FLOSS MODE THA LIFE OF A BOSS PLAYA FUCK WHAT YA THOUGHT THO' MY ENEMIES DECEASED DIE LIKE A BITCH WHEN MY ALBUM HIT THA STREETZ NIGGAS CAN'T C ME
WELL LEMME SHOOT SOME OF THIS HOW HEAVY TYPE OF SHIT.. CERTAIN NIGGAZ WANNA STICK TO THE GAME, YOUSEA TRICK TO THE GAME WAITIN UPON YOUR TURN, SO WHEN WILL YOU LEARN? AIN'T NO TURNS GIVEN, NIGGAZ BE TWISTIN AND TAKIN SHIT PUTTIN THEY SACK DOWN, THEN PUTTIN THEY MACK DOWN ME MYSELF I HUSTLE WITH FINESSE YES I'M AN OAKLAND BALLER RULE NUMBER ONE: CHECK GAME, AND FO' SHO' YOU GON' RESPECT GAME BE YO' OWN NIGGA MEANIN BUY YO' OWN DOPE CAUSE THAT FRONT SHIT IS PUNK SHIT, SOMETHIN I NEVER FUNKED WITH BE TRUE TO THIS GAME AND THIS GAME WILL BE TRUE TO YOU THAT'S REAL SHIT; DISRESPECT, SEE WHAT THIS HERE DO TO YOU THAT JACKIN AND ROBBIN, DESPISIN YOUR HOMIE AIN'T HEALTHY, NIGGAZ BE ENDIN UP DEAD 'FORE THEY GET WEALTHY BUT NOT ME THOUGH, I'M SEWIN SOMETHIN MAJOR SO WHAT I REAP IS BOSS -- THAT'S WHY MY PUBLIC STATUS IS FLOSS WENT FROM A, YOUNG NIGGA LIVIN RESIDENTIAL TO A, YOUNG NIGGA WORKIN PRESIDENTIAL *1
2Pac F/ Eboni Foster
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked... You're not as fat as you imagine. Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday. Do one thing everyday that scares you Sing Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with people who are reckless with yours. Floss Don't waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind... the race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself. Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how. Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements. Stretch Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life... the most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't. Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone. Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't, maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't, maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary... what ever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either - your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can... don't be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.. Dance... even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room. Read the directions, even if you don't follow them. Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly. Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future. Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.