Friday, November 15, 2002
rematch, sunday, bitch.
this time your momma wont be able to save you.
you fixin to retire soon?
what do you think about ashley and tony.
same ole same ole. i take a drink every time they break up.
why doesnt he just make her his girlfriend and get it over with?
i think he likes someone else.
oh, her. shit.
hell i'd wait around for that shit.
dude, did you see fragrant's latest photo essay?
of course, i lurve her.
what happens if it turns out shes not a anorexic ex fashion model after all and really a three hundred pound dude?
i guess that would make us gay.
did you see the one she did in october?
yes. im telling you. i'm all about that psycho killer.
qu'est-ce que c'est?
did you see hbo do that nice little tony tribute to get his readers to buy his book?
why are vous parleying en francais n shit?
can you believe the Vodka Pundit gets so many hits and he barely writes anything?
how do you know he gets a bunch of hits?
watch what happens when he links to the busblog, people flood like crazy. its amazing.
maybe he gets lots of hits cuz people keep seeing if he's written anything.
no, he gets a lot of hits, trust me. tons. and he normally writes a bunch more.
it's that picture. ladies love the blog of a handsome man.
then why does tony get so many hits?
sometimes popularity knows no reason. ask the bush family.
i had a nightmare last night.
i dreampt that bush beat gore in '04, honestly this time, and then jeb ran for it in '08.
the most likeable bush of them all.
life is pretty much over, isnt it.
god, i really hope so.
rock paper scissors championships
i was going to be eight minutes late for work and i knew my boss was going to get on my case and i wondered if i should tell him the truth when he would ask me why i was late.
would i lie and say subway problems?
or would i tell the truth which is blonde girl showed up on my doorstep at 2am. the shoes that she came to retrieve were nicely packed into a box next to the satellite dish. in the box was a magazine with her favorite band on the cover and under the magazine was a tape of an hour of her favorite actress on it.
i might not ever talk to you if i break up with you, but if theres a box on a doorstep from me to you, odds are theres probably gonna be some good shit in it.
unfortunately, like most things, this made her cry.
she cried and knocked on my door. tap tap tap tap.
i snored peacefully.
bang bang bang bang.
more snoring. very little can wake me from my slumber. its the only time this haunted mind can stop dreaming and talking and rest. and when it rests it shuts off completely.
however, the hot woman who lives upstairs does capture my attention, pretty much at all time.
she was disturbed and she got up and went to her balcony and her hardwood floors squeaked and my heart fluttered and i woke.
knock knock knock knock.
i went to the door, turned on the porch light, opened the door. daisy princess sobbing. can i hug you she asks.
did you guys see giselle last night when the protesters hopped on the catwalk? she didn't miss a beat. every step she made was exactly the step she would have taken if no one was there. more than just a hot brazilian, but a pro.
i allowed the twenty year old into the home. let her hug my back. i turned off the porch light. shut the door. went back to bed and quieted the disturbance that my neighbor was experiencing.
perhaps this isn't what a pro would do. and obviously im no expert on women. i am a victim. anything that happens to me is because they make it so.
when i was in college i learned from the frat boys. they were handsome and rich and they had nothing inside of them other than mgd and semen but what i learned was no matter what ignorance they spewed or how many times they'd listen to legend, because they were surrounded by women with low standards, they were always satisfied.
so i learned to show up in places where there would be hot babes, keep my mouth shut, and have a clean apartment with a second pair of sheets somewhere.
all my body wants is peace and quiet and a nice hand to hold.
ashley is much more than that, and she isn't right for me and im not right for her and the frat boys would sometimes throw stephen stills in the boom box and you know the one, where the eagles fly with the dove.
some people can let the sands of the hourglass stream through as they wait for their dreams to come true. im not so patient. i have no willpower.
i might not ever find the girl of my dreams who also thinks im the boy of her dreams but im not so sure its a great idea to sit around alone while i figure out the answer.
she apologized and made promises and asked me if there was anything that she could do to prove that she was sorry and i thought of a few things.
let me sleep with all of your friends.
she sniffed and hiccuped still sobbing a bit.
even the fat ones.
she said, im the only fat one.
then i said take off your clothes.
leather chaffs at three am when you're trying to sleep.
the subastral lilipad
Thursday, November 14, 2002
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Rykodisc Records (1980)
Who's this kid with his mumbo jumbo
Living in air-conditioned limbo
Though they treat him just like a guest
He's living under threat of arrest
Now that he's finally trying to make some sense
He drinks in self-defense
Give me temptation
The subtle touch of authority will
Take you anytime down to the station
You say that it's alright by me
Now you're living with the curse of sophistication
Now that you're shackled up to the rigmarole
With absolute control
I see you lying so wide awake
After I've given you all that you can take
So for heaven's sake
Give me temptation
Still you want to succeed so badly
Finding your life will not be deadly
You tell me you can take it or leave it
Sometimes I think that you really believe it
You're just itching to break her secret laws
As you go from claws to clause
Give me temptation
i know martina, i miss anna too. but she'll come back soon.
i know, baby, in a way shes my best friend too. i know shes your doubles partner. but shes sorta my doubles partner also.
life isnt the circumstances that happen to you, its how you handle those circumstances. so dont cry. not here. not in front of everyone.
shhh shhh shhh.
youre both young and talented and rich and cocky and youre good for each other. i have no idea why you let her date guys like enrique even if it is a joke, but the joke has lasted long enough and if you wanted to get me jealous im jealous. i want her back as much as you do.
dont you think i want to make money off her ass too?
lets play a game martina. in her honor. it'll be like a russian drinking game.
every time you miss her you take a shot of vodka.
or write a nice letter, or do twenty push ups, or pop in a tape a naughty tape. and then call me.
in fact why dont you do all those things in that order every time you miss her.
i know shes your best friend, but thats not really cheating.
the phone? please. you cant cheat over the phone, plus im not really her boyfriend.
technically enrique is her boyfriend. phhhhhttttttttthhhhhhh.
so go back to your game now, baby.
she'll be back soon and she'll be back better than ever.
i promise you.
mc brown has the low down on the new quentin tarantino film that just happens to be filimg in marc's garage. the same garage that moxie let me park her porsche halloween night.
did i tell you how ridiculously skinny that girl is? how tall those white patent leather boots were. how all the bums and crackheads of echo park just froze when she strutted down the street in her pink dress and the weis-ster on her arm?
everything revolves around marc though, you should start to learn this.
if the mc hadnt been the music director at kcsb in 89 grunge woulndta never happened and kurdt might still be alive.
speaking of which theres a girl who works here who has eyes like courtney that drives me crazy. she saw me in my baseball pants yesterday and i caught her taking a second look. i thought about asking for her number and then didnt go for it. then thought how cool it would have been to ask for a girls number while wearing a cubs hat and pinstriped baseball pants.
guess i'll have to wait for that opportunity next week.
lets hope shes not married to a guitar god by then.
speaking of one degree of marc brown, he did the design for rupauls blog. and rupaul has recently seen "bowling for colunbine" and puts it on his top ten list for the year. which makes me wonder why siskel didnt partner up with ru when he was looking to fill gene's seat.
it also reminds me that i really need to get that public access cable show "Bloggers" going and have ru be the weekly special guest star.
as in weekly.
since im thinking, i was thinking, why hasnt someone made an IMDB for music? all music guide is good, but it could be improved by like, a lot.
then i was thinking that theres not one all-encompassing place for entertainment news. like an Entertainment blog. some one might want to call it an E Blog.
then i was thinking that i love sksmiths writing. if she wrote a book i would buy it. i bet she could write a book pretty fast.
write a book, sksmith
the weisboss sent me a link to a paper in minnesota that reports on the homecoming of former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson who's in a new band called Guns n Roses.
Guns is playing tonight at the huge basketball arena. not exactly where you'd expect to find everyone's favorite local punker, but you know, who really cares these days? tommy sang back up for P-Diddy in "all about the benjamins" so why not fill the boots of duff and count your thousands.
heres the story in its entirety cuz i just dont care today.
Guns 'N Roses a fitting replacement for Stinson
Of all the weird rumors that surfaced about Guns 'N Roses in the past half-decade, the one that most surprised local music fans was news that former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson had joined the multi-platinum metal band.
That was almost three years ago, and some people still cannot believe it. Of course, that's partly due to the fact that Axl Rose and his all-new lineup of players have only played six gigs total in that time. The proof will finally be in the cranking Thursday night, though, when the new GNR makes its debut at the Target Center with Stinson on bass.
Tommy's addition to the band seems to fly in the face of what the Replacements were all about. The Twin Cities-reared garage band offered fast-paced rock 'n' roll without flashiness, concept or pretense.
However, maybe Stinson isn't such a bad fit for GNR.
"I'm not the least bit surprised," ex-Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg said last spring of his old bandmate's new gig. "People don't move to Los Angeles to be a musician or a songwriter. They go to be a star. That's what Tommy is doing. . . . It's what he's always been groomed for."
Since Stinson himself was not available for comment (no one discusses Guns 'N Roses to the press except Axl), we decided to look to the bassist's storied history for proof that he is GNR material:
� 1978: Tommy's older brother, 'Mats guitarist Bob Stinson (since deceased), threatened to beat up the 12-year-old if he didn't learn the bass. Lesson applied: His first of many experiences with bossy bandmates would make Axl more bearable 20 years later.
� June 1980: The Replacements' first gig was in the basement of a Minneapolis church. Lesson applied: His first of many experiences with Christ figures would make Axl more bearable 20 years later.
� Spring 1983: Stinson dropped out of the 10th grade to tour. Lesson applied: It doesn't take a genius to gig in a rock band. Especially one that averages two gigs per year.
� 1983-85: The Replacements build a reputation for erratic, alcohol-soaked live shows, some brilliant, some notoriously sloppy. Lesson applied: GNR's early troubles with heroin produced equally mixed results, but at least they never resorted to Jackson 5 or Yes covers.
� 1985: Like the rest of the band, Stinson allegedly doesn't read a single sentence in the Replacements' major-label contract with Sire. Lesson applied: So when your new boss comes around saying you can't do any reunion gigs with your old band -- as was rumored but is debunked by Westerberg -- don't ask if it's in the contract.
� Summer 1986: Tommy stays in the Replacements after his brother is kicked out, allegedly (and thus hypocritically) for alcoholism. Lesson applied: Doesn't seem so bad (or hypocritical) compared with Axl kicking out all of his bandmates for personality issues.
� 1990: Tommy sings lead for the first and only time on a Replacements song, "Satellite," originally issued on the "Don't Buy or Sell -- It's Crap" EP. The track was actually quite good. Lesson applied: It doesn't pay to contribute your own songs to somebody else's band.
� 1993-96: Tommy records a wildly underrated rock album with his own band, Bash & Pop, and again goes through the record-company wringer with another group, Perfect. Lesson applied: It also rarely pays when you release songs with your own band. So why not earn a regular, respectable salary and let somebody else deal with the labels, managers and botched tour plans?
IF YOU GO
Guns 'N Roses
Opening: Mix Master Mike.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thu.
Where: Target Center, 600 1st Av. N., Mpls.
Tickets: $33.25-$63.25. 651-989-5151.
hi it's still tony's blog tony's oversleeping. if he had simply installed a little peice of software in his computer it could Tivo for his ass, it could run the stereo into his bedroom, it could turn on the lights for him, and it could be his alarm clock in the morning.
instead all he has that box do is download porn he never watches.
thats your hero, america.
number fifty-five on the weblogs top one hundred today.
so i got nothing to say. im just a blog.
but i can lead you to places that you would probably like.
you might like this shit. it's twisted and a little sick, but it's funny.
moxie keeps wanting to put this picture up, lord knows why. i know why, you can look at it and ask, how does that guy get any?
this ive seen before, but it's still funny.
now this is interesting. this is the Site Meter of those sorority girls. you people are perverts.
speaking of wrong. whats up with the major leauge all stars in japan? last night MLB won its first game against the japanese stars. that was their fourth game. and whats worse is a bunch of japanese stars have been in cuba for an international tournament. so my question is, how much did japan pay for mlb to throw these games?
this girl still hates tony, too bad she doesnt update more.
meesh doesnt hate tony, and she updated last night.
chelle's halloween costume
look at all he gives you. i have a feeling that once he wakes up he might not post again until he gets ten quality comments for this love he's showing you.
and finally, our boy has two tickets to the no doubt / garbage / distillers show at the long beach arena the day after thanksgiving. surely there must be a young woman who wants to pick him up, dressed sexilly, brimming with compliments, and dying to spend a little quality time with him.
or perhaps theres someone who wants to pay pal his ass $100 and the tickets are theirs. theyre floor seats. show up early and you're in the front row.
metafilter discusses drudge getting a billion hits in a year
hi everyone, this is tony's blog
i'd speak in italics but thatd be annoying and those are his gimmicks, not mine.
tony is passed out, pissed that the los angeles parks department has had five days to take care of the softball fields of this fine county and hasnt done so and the xbi playoff game had to be postponed until next week.
he also was given the news that the xbi wasnt interested in a blog for their website, the job that he secretly has been applying for despite being handed the promotion to captain of chopper one, the finest, quietest, fastest, most deadly immoral black uber copter in the bureau.
blogs are considered amateurish, he was told.
and i say good. finally he can quit holding back in this blog. and if he wants to say fuck he'll say fuck. if he wants to say raymi is one sexy bitch, he'll say it.
raymi is my secret canadian love slave.
she cant keep her clothes on.
she likes you to see her naked.
shes funny but not in a cutesy way.
and no way in hell is she nuh nuh nuh nuh nineteen.
tony holds back on you so much.
sometimes i wonder if his foot gets tired mashing that brake like all day.
this girl came over the other day and tricked him into having sex with her.
super pretty girl but that didnt matter she wanted it rough as in ouch bitch
maybe she'd been a stripper once cuz she whipped her hair around like a pro
kept trying to get the upper leg
sunk her teeth in, defied gravity, shape shifted, scratched, turned into a wolf at least eight times
how come he never told you even one thing about her?
and what about the one who sat on one end of the room and talked so dirty in such a sweet voice
and she lifted up her dress and
she said no you sit right there
even the music stopped the lights stopped twinkling the wood didnt dare squeak everyone wanted to watch this little whisp of a girl with her legs out like that and her eyes zeroed in on him and his eyes zeroed in on her lipglossed filthy mouth
she was saying things that he wished he'd said
things that still suprises him when she calls up now and then and reminds him
i bet he wasnt even going to tell you about what happened in the subway today at hollywood and highland which is a crying shame cuz if he doesnt tell you then who out of seven hundred and fifty thousand blogs is gonna tell you, hollywood and highland of course the new center of hollywood.
black dude comes out i swear to you with a boom box on his shoulder busting with the hip hop.
it's jay-z's the blueprint part two.
different black guy in a dress shirt and tie says is that part two
and they give each other the soul shake finished off with the one shoulder hug, pat on the back
boom box guy danced around clear wide tape holding in the eight d batteries gay asians saying to each other why doesnt he turn that trash down
third black dude cant believe what he's hearing and neither can i
neptunes baby he tells us
no radios no eating no drinking no smoking says the signs everywhere
eight ten pm
fuck those fucking signs wheres the train no train then fuck you let the music play
he doesnt tell you about his old best friend in high school whose dad was mafia and whose girlfriend was generally considered the town slut.
do you have any idea what sort of life he leads? dont ever feel sorry for him. ever. greatest friends alive. hottest babes. funnest jobs. even his bad days are day dreams.
he doesnt tell you about half of the web sites he goes to or about any of the tv he watches or who he really emails and chats with and whats going on with him
and he acts all suprised that places like the la times are conservative when hes about ten times as conservative
and he doesnt have shit to lose cuz they wouldnta hired him anyhow and he has nothing and therefore he has everything.
everything you can take with you when you sleep.
raymi fucks the city
Wednesday, November 13, 2002
on the bus i was thinking about who i'd dedicate the book to. my pal thor garcia dedicated his first collection of short stories to marc brown, because he was always there which is probably the finest dedication of all times.
and i was thinking about the old fashioned to my mother like jd did in catcher in the rye.
then i was thinking about dedicating it to alan greenspan because if he hadn't stuck his little dick into the economy when it was booming i would be making probably $75k a year flying around the world making dreams come true instead of writing the busblog, so out of a sow's rear ive spun some silk.
then i thought maybe the boss who fired me or the girl who said all the rotten things that led to me getting fired even though i hired them both and made their lives pretty easy. but if those two hadn't done what they did i wouldn't have been rehired four hours later a hero and a semi-martyr and i wouldn't have been reassigned to fight crime with karisa.
then i was thinking about dedicating it to her, but then ashley would set fire to my beachhouse and i'd have to prosecute her to the fullest.
so the list grew: bud selig, master p, anna, mariah, elvis, angus young, hank williams, mozart, hef, kobe, phil jackson, michael jackson, my attorney.
then i thought of something that made me laugh so hard i nearly fell over
to my baby's momma
but people might get the wrong idea, and the purpose of anything i type is to get laid or paid so ixnay on the baby jokes cuz until she takes a dna test that shit ain't really all that funny.
except to me.
then i thought i should dedicate it to the Los Angeles Times who refuses not only to offer me my dream job, but didn't even bother to write an LA Times Magazine feature on me and here i am only a few subway stops from their plush headquarters.
im sure ashley would want me to dedicate it to her, but shes been a very bad girl and proved the other day that her love isn't for me, but for another so let him learn to read and write and when he puts out a book then he can dedicate it to her.
i have a few titles that he can use if he gets stuck.
it is so hard for me not to write about that stuff but im doing my best not to. shes a sweet girl whose still in love with her first love. and you will always be in love with your first love. even if they're less than perfect. even if guys like me do everything for you and fill your wallets with cash that you in turn spend on clothes and food and sin.
i don't want to write about it because i want it to be over and done with. she asked if there was anything that she could do to make things better and there really isn't. she has a new tattoo that she could put my name inside i kept thinking but then i thought that wouldn't even do it.
have you ever been so disgusted with something that nothing could make things better. not a zillion apologies. not ten zillion catholic girl skirts.
for a while there were really only two girls i liked and only one of them liked me back and now neither do, so i write to you.
and yesterday i asked my friend, so why then am i so happy.
and she said cuz you're illegally insane.
In Search of My Life's Stories
Universal Music Group, 9/18/2001
Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for the astonishing...
H to the izz-O...V to the izz-A...
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the 8th wonder of the world
The flow o' the century...oh it's timeless...HOVE!
Thanks for comin' out tonight
You coulda been anywhere in the world, but you're here with me
I appreciate that...uuunnnh...
H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
Fo' shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down in VA
Was herbin' em in the home o' the terrapins
Got it dirt cheap for them
Plus if they was short wit' cheese I would work wit' them
Boy and we...got rid of that dirt for them
Wasn't born hustlers I was burpin' em
H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
Fo' sheezy my neezy keep my arms so greasy
Can't leave rap alone the game needs me
Haters want me clapped and chromed it ain't easy
Cops wanna knock me, D.A. wanna box me in
But somehow, I beat them charges like Rocky
H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
Not guilty, he who does not feel me is not real to me
Therefore he doesn't exist
So poof...vamoose son of a bitch
H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
Fo' shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down in VA
H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
That's the anthem get'cha damn hands up
H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
Not guilty ya'll got-ta feel me
H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
That's the anthem get'cha damn hands UP!
Holla at me...
I do this for my culture
To let 'em know what a nigga look like...when a nigga in a roaster
Show 'em how to move in a room full 'o vultures
Industry shady it need to be taken over
Label owners hate me I'm raisin' the status quo up
I'm overchargin' niggaz for what they did to the Cold Crush
Pay us like you owe us for all the years that you hold us
We can talk, but money talks so talk mo' bucks
Hove is back, life stories told through rap
Niggaz actin' like I sold you crack
Like I told you sell drugs...no...
Hove did that so hopefully you won't have to go through that
I was raised in the pro-jects, roaches and rats
Smokers out back, sellin' they mama's sofa
Lookouts on the corner, focused on the ave
Ladies in the window, focused on the kinfolk
Me under a lamp post, why I got my hand closed?
Cracks in my palm, watchin' the long arm o' the law
So you know I seen it all before
I seen hoop dreams deflate like a true fiend's weight
To try and to fail, the two things I hate
Succeed in this rap game, the two things is great
H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
What else can I say about dude, I gets bizzay
H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A...
see me smiling? thats cuz my new girlfriend linked me. she pointed to the nirvana photo essay. whats her name? hmmm. well it's either Kalle or Halle. or maybe neither of those. is it really that important to know your girlfriends name in this modern world?
i wish she didnt live in orange county and i wish she didnt like no doubt and i wish she wasnt so damn talented. but i love her art and i love that her site is called youfuckedupmylife.net
i heart gurls with issues.
im not the only one, as it looks like she already has a fan club.
where the hell's my fan club?
chicks get everything i swear. so do you think she likes older guys? like super older guys? shes 22, im 109. do you think she likes guys with a slight belly?
the xbi softball playoffs are tonight. do you think she likes power hitting shortstops with a little speed?
shes a gemini. thank you lord. and latin? i think so. ive been with a latin girl once. it was muy caliente.
would she be impressed that i sold 62 books in not two weeks like i thought yesterday, but in 8 days? and today i got promisory notes from people who want to buy books on friday and are curious as to if they can get the super discounted rate.
what would halle do?
often im inspired on the bus. and whereas its not really fair to the 62 who got it together and ordered the book when they were supposed to, i came up with this plan that might help the slackers.
buy two or more books at regular price, free shipping.
joe cocker is on regis singing an inxs song.
life is beautiful.
im gonna go four for four tonight. our team is gonna go to the xbi world series.
i wonder if halle likes a guy in baseball pants?
okay, now today's fun link comes to us via my buddy robert at viralplanet, it's a fun toboggan flash game. sick and fun. for more funny videos and games go to viral planet!
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
yep it's me.
but, but i thought you were toast.
but how did you escape?
turns out you got your accounting wrong, and someone from the xbi showed up and paid for the 60th book in person.
but i heard that you were killed.
where did you hear that smart guy?
uh, uh, drudge.
Drudge? since when has that guy ever been right?
i dont know, 9 years ago.
exactly, in dog years thats like 100 years ago.
well, im glad youre alive, little puppy, you look good.
food and water will do wonders.
okay well, i wish you luck. thanks for helping me sell all those books.
dont i get a cut?
a cut? at ten bones im barely covering cost.
what are you printing them on silk? hand over my share.
look, if i wanted to give people a cut of the earnings, i would get a real publisher.
sixty books in two weeks. thats kind of amazing dude. i gotta tell you. what bookstore sells that many books of an unpublished author for a book that isnt even named?
beats me. but then, im just a stray dog probably about to drown in this surf. hey how many did you sell to friends?
i dont know what you've got, mr. man. but it sure is something.
you know im starting to think you're right, mr. dog. remember those sorority girls from oklahoma?
cant say i do.
well theres these beautiful young girls who have a very nice blog theyve just got started up. if you go to their links page where do you see my name?
holy shit. right underneath "days."
thats respect, dog. and they bought a book.
maybe you should put together a book tour and meet your fans.
nah, once they met me they wouldnt like me no more.
yeah. probably not. and it probably isnt even worth trying.
yeah, you probably wouldnt want to rent a van and get welch and layne and moxie in there and rake in the green.
nah, wouldnt want that.
well, okay fella. heres my roast beef sandwich from lunch. no hard feelings?
nah. no hard feelings. thanks for making me sorta famous for a few days.
bye lil fella enjoy the surf
don't shoot the messenger but i have good news and bad news. bad news is the little dog died. hit by a train. then he got hit by another train that dragged him a few miles until the children just wouldn't shut up.
then the birds pecked at him. then the rats. then the ants. then the lice.
good news is all of them are full now and enjoying little naps all along the woods near the train tracks.
other good news is you still have the rest of today to buy your busblog books. just about half price. since tomorrow they'll be flying off the shelves at the much more reasonable $19.
do you know i love you all for buying this thing? you don't even know what it looks like. its not even named. it doesn't even have a cover to judge it by and still you order em up like my ass was stephen king or some shit.
you know how many books ive written?
ah, those poetry chapbooks in college don't count. maybe one counts since it got me laid, but they don't really count.
when i was young and impressionable i would send those to publishing houses and to bob guccione each christmas with secret hopes that they'd fall for me and hire me up.
i appreciate all that you have done for me, dear readers, to get me hired on at the la times, but it looks that my path will be much like my boy bukowski and we'll only be globally loved and paid in full when we're old and fat and bald and near death.
so its cool.
i would much rather be like him than say joyce carol oates who is loved by all but couldn't bust with the freestyle if you put a gun to her head. true story, in college i was an usher for arts and lectures and joyce carol did a reading from one of her silly books and people left and i asked my boss what's the big deal about her and she said shes a genius and then two weeks later that scientist guy in the wheel chair showed up and didn't say a word with his lips and captivated the crowd and made us laugh and laugh and laugh and ive done some public speaking in my day, make em laugh without moving your lips and you are a genius, son.
broham asks me to italicize when i interview people and dogs and fireplugs.
i appreciate his request i do and i understand how it all might seem like fingers on the blackboard, some of you can handle the lack of capital letters but grammar bad and make your imagination figure it all out and its just too much.
little do any of you know the classic works of another one of my unpaid idols, one mr. ronald sukenick, author of 98.6, Up, and my favorite Out which is out of print but for a limited time available to read on the Internet.
here's a fun game, read Out and drink every time i rip off sukenick. then read buk and drink every time i rip him off. then read vonnegut, like karisa did and drink everytime i rip his ass off.
little known fact, i once sent Sukenick one of my poetry books and he sent me Vurt to review and i was so blown away that he even responded that i read the book in a week and then was so blown away by that book that i couldn't write a word. i was typeless.
read Vurt and drink every time you see italics and see me rip his ass off too.
jd salinger, i rip him off just for fun. true story, i was at santa monica college for two years. at the end of the second year i got a C in history and i asked the lady if she could give me a B minus and she said you cannot write an essay to save your life. i said please i wont be able to transfer to ucsb unless i get a B in this class and she said i cannot in good conscious send you to a UC school with you being as bad of a writer as you are.
she meant it. that old bag. she looked back down at her papers and the discussion was over.
i started crying. i don't cry. i didn't cry much then. but i started crying. i cried to the library. all my best laid plans were gone. i would have to go back to the electronics store a failure, i had already given them my two weeks notice. i would have to spend six more months selling tvs just so i could retake history and get a better grade. i cried on my way to the library. i passed people who saw me crying and i didn't care. got to the library and just roamed the stacks like i would do all through college. and i found myself in front of jd salinger, my hero at the time and i cracked open nine stories, perfect day for bananafish and i read it and i thought, if this is how you write, shes right, im really not a writer.
took the money i saved for college, flew to europe, turned twenty-one in florence kissed a girl at octoberfest and realized that i might not be a writer or a good student but by the way, what was i talking about?
oh yeah, i have been getting some foul emails from people who read ashley's diary. let me say this once, kids. not everything that i write in here is true, and that can be said for your little friend over there too. when i last left her she said a lot of things that she didn't feel necessary to say over there. and i think shes either lying to me or you. and until she sets the record straight shes lying to both of us.
no where in her tale does she say that she has any regrets, meanwhile that's all she said to me. so before you judge me, which none of you could, get the entire story told to you, the entire story. and then ask yourself if i had done what she did and then crawled into her bed, what names would you call me then?
unimaginative children doomed to repeat the failures of your family and friends believing the pouts of a princess permanently tied to an idiot young dumb and full of sound and fury signifying nothing.
ten fourty pee em backpack stuffed with bread, brie, two bottles of champagne, one brut one extra dry, he could never remember which one was better. he rides his bike to the subway. no one rides the subway at ten fourty pee em.
the elevator smells like industrial orange cleanser. suddenly orange is the scent of freshness. some one has urinated against the glass wall. someone has scratched the name jed below the button that says mezzanine. some one is watching him.
three people wait for the northbound train. one old man who looks at the tunnel hole willing it. not knowing that there is a wind that comes minutes before the subway, then a sound, then a light. theres nothing to look at. has the boy brought a condom? no. they're just friends.
the thought sat like a lump in his breast. only good that word ever did him was in a heated scrabble game. seven letter triple score bitch. plus it would take about four bottles to blur the line of friendship. friends. the old man looked down in the tunnel and he's old enough to remember la when this wasn't the only rail in town what's he looking for, salvation?
a mexican made it four waiting for the train and he knew about the wind and sat down. its all about astrology he thought. gemini and aquarius. just like clue. parker brothers had taught him everything. if he knew it wasn't in the library why did he keep going there.
the train arrived he rode to her house. it was a tough ride since she lives on the top of a very high hill. it smelled like isla vista up there. eucalyptus and dynamite. gasoline and burned leaves. he put it in first gear. this was great exercise he thought and it would be fun to speed down late that night. which he did. two twenty a-em. drunk buzzed really santa anas warm, warmest night of the fall for sure. must be seventy. must be going fifty. no need to worry about rabbits darting in the road or acorns or potholes he was being guided by voices.
her hair was soft and her lips were familiar. moreso than he remembered. every night felt like a dream so he traced her outline as she laid on him pressed down on her skin until he felt bone. eighth of an inch here. sixteenth there. he wasn't much of a romantic. he said if we had to eat you after a plane crash we wouldn't get much meat. she said the meat is the muscle and put his hand on, muscle.
must have been going sixty near the bottom of the mountain. hollywood hills meets hollywood blvd. night crew mopping the popeyes. people buying magazines. people leaving bars. people dressed real nice. he had his gangsta flannel flapping behind him no lights no brakes, a game he played since a little kid called lets see how far we can coast. the lazy mans game of human curling.
pink floyd plays in his ninety nine cents store fm radio. no dial just two buttons. one scanned in the stations, one you push for the next station. is anyone out there. the wall. when he was an ice cream man he would play dark side and animals to drown out the ice cream truck tings and tangs but it bled through mixing like strawberry twirl and carmel. she had silky hair that smelled of a fresh shower. velvet pajama pants and pale skin. he wanted to touch everything like in an x dream and she didn't care. only he was scared. she felt so comfortable with him she said often and is that failure asked his head.
thirty five whispered the wind as he turned left on sunset. go east old man. ameoba records says hi. archlight movies says hi. give us your money says the dennys the dirtiest dennys of all. now the game is called count the hookers. okay one two. three. no shes not one. oops, yes he is. four five. two people are fighting on a fire escape while one watches. not fight fighting fist fighting is one a girl don't look keep going. hi ninety nine cents store hi tulips strip joint. i wonder if its open i wonder what the cop car is doing empty not too close to the door but not tooooo far away. i wonder what it looks like in there in seedy hollywood on a monday night at two something a-em.
donuts. okay we'll stop here. don't get off the bike. three russians parked sitting on their hoods talking russian. laughing. plotting. planning. hating. hi russians with your blue eyes and short hair. everyone is welcome here. donut man asks if i want coffee. do you have eclairs with creme? of course. sixty five cents. thanks keep the change. tip everyone the brain says. over tip those you should tip and tip the ones you shouldn't. later he'd be robbed.
nine, ten, eleven. that one has a shelf butt. how does she do that? that shelf is out so far its about to fall out.
two bums playing throw the screwdriver at the palm tree. hi.
hi trash making its way home. hi fallen leaves. hi everything. hi.
tony making his way home down the hill next to the church coasting feeling like a kid again as he normally does with his very good friend who asked him to call her when he made it through the jungle back home 2.6 miles all downhill all one big thrill and when he does his phone rings and its another friend who had a date and wanted to let him know how it went.
hi three am. and he wonders who had a better night than he
hi dog still tied to the railroad tracks.
hi tony, please save me.
poochie, the stars were out last night did you see them?
any time i saw a light i pissed on my tail scared that it was a train. they come so close.
the stars were bright last night, cleansed by the rains that removed all the gunk of the stratosphere, blow dried by the santa anas, polished with the truth of the season, no longer disguised by the resin of halloween, twinkling where they belonged, where they should be, reliable as if they were anchored in their places. places everyone places. its not da plane, it's the stars.
please untie me from this track tony. im hungry.
not until we have 60 pre-orders, puppy.
woof those pre-orders.
you lick your balls with that mouth, fluffy? we only have nine more to sell to get to sixty.
51 people have bought books? thats incredible.
i think 43 people bought books, a few people bought more than one so they can take advantage of the low price and give them as gifts.
please save me, tony.
a deal is a deal doggie. like the good stars i will always be there for you.
what if im bad?
are you a bad doggie?
then you have nothing to be worried about. stars are never bad. theyre there for you every night through thick and thin. you can pray on them, you can wish on them. they dont need the cover of darkness to shine, indeed they love the night which is much different than darkness. they dont hide, they glitter.
im going to die, arent i tony.
we're all going to die. but its how you go out.
i dont want to die like a dog.
then dont. live.
i saw the stars last night, tony. i saw how a few of them together made something bigger.
did you see how some made two big dips?
please untie me. i'll be your best friend.
this is the last day to get the busblog book at the low low price of $10 + s/h, we have a deal my little one. what would i be if i backed out of a deal?
who taught you that? thats not nice. bad doggie! matt is our friend.
a friend tied me to these tracks. left me to die. left me to get hit by a train. only wanted me around when there was nothing else to do, but whenever there was excitement around, ignored me. dissed me. turned their back on me while hiding their shame.
every dog has its day.
Monday, November 11, 2002
i know it's not fair to have two teams, but i do. and both have been robbed by the patriots in the last year.
i know i better watch my mouth because for some odd reason i have a lot of readers from the Massachusetts area. a lot as in a lot. like i might have more red sox, celtics, pats fans reading my page than any other non-californian group combined.
with that said, i hope that if they watched yesterday's spectacular comeback, they can understand why i hope tom brady slips in the shower or gets a hold of a bad can of beans.
karisa's favorite number is twelve and im sure she thinks brady is wicked cute.
what i think would be cute is if he got run over by a snowplow.
last year, as we all know, my adopted team, my second team, the raiders, were this close to returning to glory in the super bowl. the silver and black were back.
but no, the refs in the skyboxes looked at the replay and ruled that the collapsing little brady was somehow throwing a pass instead of fumbling under the might of the raidahs. and instead of it being first and ten for oakland, it was a second life for the patriots.
the rest is history as brady and that freak vinatieri combined for one of the most classic comebacks in playoff history.
less emotional types would have been able to look at that game for the beauty that it was, a spectacular battle of wills in the ankle high snowy tundra as a nor'easter blew and the football gods worked their magic. but im completely emotional when it comes to football. in a freaky scary way. ive had amazing sex in my day and barely made a sound. but ten seconds into a football game and im cursing like a sailor and praying to the lord and throwing pretzels at the screen in disgust.
even though i was perched in front of my 35" mitsubishi for that game last december, i also had the vcr taping it so i could soak it all in throughout the week and during off season. who doesnt love to watch football in the snow?
that tape was erased this summer because even when i saw the label i cringed and kicked the wall and yelled "it was a fumble!" because of course it was a fumble. of course it was. of course it was.
so my real team, the hapless bears played the pats yesterday in the college town of champagne urbana where most of my high school friends went to college.
the patriots this year have had their ups and downs but they are the defending champs and definitely a team to be nervous about when they come to your town.
the bears on the other hand are the bears of old. shitty. lucky on occasion. just enough brilliance to get your hopes up only to dash them when you start to believe.
the bears were kicking ass yesterday, people. and im sorry to talk sports with you today, something i try to avoid because i know how learned you are and so above the petty pace of the national football league, but ive got to get this out.
anthony thomas, the a train, was making the patriots defense look retarded, the hobbled bears quarterback jim miller started to look less like a crane operator and more like a real nfl quarterback. the bears defense was on fire led by the ghost of dick butkus, middle linebacker brian urlacher.
and even though the patiots who were down by 21 points in the third quarter seemed to be coming back there was just no way that they were going to be able to score three touchdowns in the final quarter.
until of course they did.
and if you weren't watching you missed out because once again the patriots were blessed by the soothing kiss of instant replay. once again from a replay official up in the sky who didn't even need to be summoned because the play in question happened within the last two minutes of the game.
americas sweetheart tom brady threw a pass that didn't even go two feet before bears lineman bryan robinson apparently intercepted it with under a minute to play and the bears up by four.
but after further review...
so the pats had a second chance. a chance they didn't deserve. after last year they shouldn't even be allowed to benefit any more from instant replay without having to sacrifice their first born male children, but life isn't fair and neither was the drive they put together capped by one of the finest twenty yard touch passes and graceful catches that you'll ever get your heart broken over.
it was over.
tom brady had done it again.
drew who? the new englanders continue to ask themselves and boo hoo weep the bears fans.
this one didn't hurt me as much cuz ive seen it all before. in the nightmares that i have.
some mornings i find that i have inadvertently left the front door unlocked but it doesn't worry me. there has been a thief that has stolen my dreams in the night and he wears number twelve.
bush is the president, weed still isn't legal, they don't show titties on tv, and tom brady continues to snatch illicit victory at the hands of my heroes.
my mother who is a bigger bears fan than i normally calls me after each game.
she didn't call last night.
im sure she threw her phone through her big screen.
or hung herself.
me, i dug through old boxes of yesteryear. memories that normally haunt me stained with dust that makes me sneeze but nothing could be worse than that i had to watch last night.
this time i didn't have to erase the tape because now i know better. some one upstairs likes me.
but they like tom brady a ton more.
next sunday the raiders return to new england and i can only hope that brady used all his magic yesterday evening, but im not going to bet against him.
boston globe sports blog
hi little dog tied to the tracks
hi tony, american superhero. wont you please help me?
no can do, little pup, i gotta sell 20 more busblog books before i can really concentrate on anything else.
wow, thats ashame, how many have you sold so far?
so once you sell 20 more will you shut the hell up about this book and untie me from this rail?
yes, little puppy, yes i will. i'll shut up and i'll stop hawking it like a mad man.
i see doc searls wrote in his blog that he's gonna buy one.
yeah, funny thing about that, doomed doggie, even when the likes of instapundit and the buzz machine and doc and welch get behind it, their readers come over and look around but they don't buy. only my regular readers are the ones buying. maybe one or two who dont know me go for it, but... hey whats that sound
it's a train coming.
how many lives are you up to, poochie?
lives? dogs only have one life. youre thinking about cats.
why do cats get 7 lives?
cats get 9 lives, college grad, and i dont know why. seems pretty unfair.
is that rope long?
kinda but it's tangled.
okay my little pal, i'll see if i get 20 sold today and if i do i'll untie you.
thanks tone. today is the last day to get it at the discounted rate, right?
well, its supposed to be, but since it's veterans day i figured i'd extend it till tuesday just to make sure anyone who had today off would be able to grab it tomorrow before the price went up.
youre so kind.
yep. thats me.
see you later lil fella.
layne is back from his bender
Sunday, November 10, 2002
digging through all my boxes of shit tonight looking for the classic "the day charles bukowski met ernest hemingway" i found everything i have ever written except for the desired short story.
one of the best things that i came across was a series of correspondences that i had with the coolest girl ive never met, which, fortunately i printed out and never lost.
am i sentimental? intensely. is it possible to fall in love through email? with her it was.
a while ago she popped an email in my box. we wrote a tad and she says she lurks my site. so thats nice. hi. i asked her if i could run some of the emails that we wrote some 8 1/2 yrs ago and she said sure.
subj: his circle and hers meet
94-05-27 16:36:11 EDT
if i didn't think, i'd be much happier. if i didn't have any sex organs, i woudn't be on the verge of nervous emotion and tears all the time.
and with that i say hello. i am very pleased to hear that you have regained consciousness my deer boy because life is but a trist. so when we run away, i'll bring bel canto, the sisters of mercy, concrete blonde and smashing pumpkins. you ffigure out the rest. i feel very ugly today. must be from zei, you know, residualness. i never had long hair my sweet insipid wonder. i did last summer, but no more. i dig my bangs and i am so white that in high school there was a rumour that i had the pigment sucked out of my skin via hypedermic needle style to be more gothic. really its in my dna. if you kissed me would you touch my face? so you want to know everything? excerpt, the journal of miss jenni, july 23 1992: when will my confusion stop. it wats me up. how is it possible that i became so lost. if i was disfigured, id know. im still very religious on my own terms ; wait for it. and why do i continually allow myself to be taken in by those who are much too experienced and worldly. and i am also so large. so manipulative. so coy. what a funny game i play you got to me and i never even loved you. you don't remember i won't let you forget. how could i bleed when there were no cuts.
ta da. i am melodramatic and special. i cry for kali poulton the little girl abducted. i cry for those for in spite of their vision can't see where what they feel may take them. i am so lucky. i have it all. brains, money, wit, charm, compassion, friends, power and yet i feel very empty somedays. if it is a boy that creates my void i may have to wither up. last night my hormones fucking raged at zei. i wanted it. no one was there, mentally. i think id rather have a persons mind than their physical being. i want to trap boys under glasses and pick at their brains until they cry. i also want to run away and get married and have lots of children and fix the human race. but right now i just want to exercise my right to abuse boys. this boy has talked to me for two weeks now and i know hes lame and gay. i try and play, but hes like, duh cat. sucks. did you dump the shit lovely? did i tell you i think about you more than i probably should? well now you know. yo slick. blow.
take care. of me.
jennifer louise elizabeth marie