Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bad Art Animals

Have you been to the Museum of Bad Art lately? There is something about that dog that reminds me of Joey from Friends.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ah, Mug-O-Chum

During these cold wintry days, I know a lot of you like to curl up, Rockwellian style, with a hot coccoa in front of the fire. Yummy. But, did you know that during these chilly days sharks also like to snuggle up with a bucket of warm chum? Why if you look close you can even see the marshmallows in the back. Good times, good times ...

Friday, January 23, 2009

Entrepreneurial Spirit

The wheels are turning today. I am taking a class at the University of Akron called Idea Having and the sparks are starting to fly. Check it out.

I have a back hair concept. Had an indoor pool party for Whit's birthday recently and there was this man there with more back hair than Robin Williams. And I got to thinking about Back Hair Mullets -- like a back mowhawk -- and wondering if I couldn't start a craze and then create a line of grooming products to support said craze. Wheels are turning. Big time. Note the density around/along the spine? Nature's so wise.

These are my endeavors.

Last night I watched Teeth, the movie about the girl with vagina dentata -- lots of blood. Chunks of wang on carpet. I am also endeavoring to purge the movie from my mind.

P.P.S. I still get dreamy, and a little breathless, wondering what it would have meant for Ann Wilson to go Crazy on Me. I am endeavoring to figure this out as well.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Birthday Goodies

My birthday went pretty well, though I did have to work (had a little freelance disaster) all day into the night.

But I got breakfast in bed, a 'best dad' declaration from Whit--hand drawn, Stranger than Fiction DVD from my wife Ahleah, and Chicken Parmesan for dinner--made according to Cook's Illustrated (also from Ahleah). Yummy.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Here's to 46

Today's my 46th birthday.

Friday, January 16, 2009

I Found Frost in My Bathroom

this morning. Not this Frost, but the cold kind. A patch of frost on the wall by the window and I scratched a line through with my fingernail. It is that cold. -11 at the moment. On that note it seems appropriate to announce that I will turn 46 in a few days. Old. Cold. Blah.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cold Advisory - Schools Closed FOR WINTER

Whitman is home today because the schools all closed thanks to the weather. As I write this, he is in the room next to me singing "School's Out" in that loud, "I have my ear buds in and don't know how loud I am" way. No more teachers, no more books. Etc. Hearing what he listened to on his own, it became clear he had a metal head's orientation so I put Cooper and a few other older rock songs on a mix for him. Bad to the Bone. Some Hagar. Power by Rainbow. Last week I played him old ZZ Top, before they joked out with Sharp Dressed Stan. He likes La Grange best and says "play the one with the deep voice". Weird thing is, it all seems backwards. As a young kid, shouldn't he be the one into Emo instead of me? I long for the day as well, when we can sit and listen to The Smiths in our black t-shirts and talk about howzitgoing.

And then I woke up ...

This is great news.

Apparently heavy coffee drinkers hallucinate more. Any minute now I will snap out of it, the veil will lift, and I will discover I didn't lose my job last March, didn't gain 20 pounds, didn't stop writing poetry. Maybe it has been a lonnnnnng hallucination and Bush was never president. Maybe I was never born?

Seriously, the new year is off to a great start for me. I added two new freelance clients to my roster last week. My head is spinning now trying to accommodate their projects and the steady trickle of work from my older clients. And in the category of professional growth, I started taking a night class at the University in the latest graphic design programs ... Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop. The idea being that I am already doing the copywriting so if I can master the art and design side of advertising I will be a complete package. More marketable, etc.

As I write this, Otty is curled up against my stomach. Looks like 20 lbs. to me so I guess that much I wasn't hallucinating.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Good Riddance %%$#head

How nice to listen to Bush fart on about his legacy these days.

His attempts to warm fuzzy his informal style.

His sad efforts to paint an alternative reality where he's only experienced a few "disappointments".

Wished he done this or that differently. To hear him try and speak, you'd think he's recapping his choice of golf clubs at the last eighteen holes. Bush is like an arsonist who claims innocence because he didn't make the match.

And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, Ill say it clear,
Ill state my case, of which Im certain.

Ive lived a life thats full.
Ive traveled each and evry highway;
And more, much more than this,
I stayed the course and did it my way.

Regrets, Ive had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I stayed the course and did it my way.

Yes, there were times, Im sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And stayed the course and did it my way.

Ive loved, Ive laughed and cried.
Ive had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that;
And may I say - not in a shy way,
No, oh no not me,
I stayed the course did it my way.

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows -
And did it my way!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Snow Dogs

Akron got its second big snow of the season - so far. The dogs were happy to bound through it and do doggish things. A little tug of war here, and little hang on for dear life there ... that is Indy showing that she has some badger in her.
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