~Meniscus Archives~

Spring 2004
Issue #3

February - April 2004

Sex, Not Just for Teenagers
Mr. Ruggles

Like No Other Time, by Tom Daschle
A review
by Kristi Spurrier

Maintaining Spirituality in the Void We Call America
Mr. Ruggles
Libra Seeking Balance
Melissa Bator
What 2004 Means to Me
The Tonic
Bush's Capitalism: 21st Century Entropy
Jon Heinrich
Don't Think Twice,
It's Alright

Mike Kirkpatrick
Cows in the Road
Dan Berthiaume
Love, at 100
Pete Pidgeon
Summer's Freckles
Wes Ratko
Not a Love Story
Sarah Erdreich
Miami New Years
Team Meniscus
Tuckerman Ravine
Jon Heinrich
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: Ten tips for a successful Jazzfest
Chrystie Hopkins
Meniscus New Years Picks
Bootyjuice is a Band
Derek Gumuchian
One Double Grande Instrumental, Please (Hold the Flavored Syrup):
A Review of
Self-Titled Debut

Brian Gagné
Show Review:
Vida Blue, 1/3/04
Jackie Gleason Theatre, Miami, FL

Jon Heinrich
CD Review:
Spaceship Integration
Live From Nowhere

CD Review:
The Recipe
All You Can Eat
Love Is...
-Ryan Collins
Traded for Monkeys,
Livid [In Tall Grass]
What a Calamity!

-Brian Gagné
Meniscus Premier Launch Party
Zeitgeist Gallery
Cambridge, Massachusetts
August 14, 2003

Metro Saturdays hosts
Meniscus Portland Launch
Sky Bar @ The Roxy
Portland, Maine
August 30, 2003

State of the Art
Lounge Ten
Boston, Massachussets
October 23, 2003


Don't Think Twice,
It's Alright

Mike Kirkpatrick
Published 2/14/04

So, I recently learned that I was going to be a father. I, a man who not long ago had no woman, no money, no dog, and certainly no business being a married man whose wife is expecting. It is not my intention to impart to you the rush of emotions, thoughts, fears and hopes I have experienced since hearing the news. Rather I simply want to say after all I’ve been through in the last weeks that I “don’t think twice, it’s alright.”

As recent as two years ago, my life was pretty much consumed with bong hits and beer (if I was guilty then, I am guilty now). I had no direction and becoming a family man was the last thing on my mind. I valued my independence and individuality above all else. Even now I hold those principles incredibly close to my heart as they compose the foundation of my existence. I was quite content to live a life that was based more on theory than reality—to think and aspire more than accomplish. Looking back, I believe that I was more fearful of the future then than I am now.
I only know one thing in this world for sure—that change is an inevitable consequence of life.

Needless to say, a lot has changed in the last two years. This is more than a change in geography or career; to say the least this is the forever kind of change. What my wife and I have done, albeit a surprise, is create. Nine months away from greeting this child into this world, I have achieved my greatest accomplishment.

To be completely fair, I freaked out when we first heard. I’m certain that is not an uncommon reaction. Even now it can be surreal at times. Instead of romancing a trip to Jazzfest or taking week long backpacking trips, I am now faced with concerns of life insurance, runny noses, school districts, etc. But it is not as intimidating as I originally thought. In fact, it's pretty damn good. Perhaps my biggest obstacle to overcome was to realize that my life is not going to be different—it’s just going to change.

What has been of great benefit to my situation is to have an amazing wife, family, and equally as important, a network of friends who have always been there for me and undoubtedly will be there again. When we went to see the first ultrasound and we witnessed our baby’s beating heart, the world became sound again. This hectic period of actualizing the reality that is now my life, ceased.

I, like many of us have turned to music to guide me when losing my way, and once again it came through when I needed it most. Perhaps one of the greatest modern American poets, Bob Dylan, wrote many lines, which I am sure touched many people in many different capacities. For me the thought to “don’t think twice, it’s alright” is the best way I can express the most astonishing time in my life. I used to think that once family was entered into my life that it ended in a sense. Instead it has only begun.

By the way I have a dog, but still no money.

Mike Kirkpatrick


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