February 5, 2014
I'm four kids deep; basketball, soccer, ballet, school every single day and it just keeps piling on. My wife and I went out for a date the other night...without the kids. We didn't know what to talk about. We had to find our "groove" again. That place where you're comfortable being you without all the little yous running around.
But shouldn't "you" be you regardless of where you are or who you are with? I know, different people, different needs, "you" use different voices. But somewhere, shouldn't there always be a "you" you? How does raising kids, giving everything you got to them, turn into losing the "you" you thought you were?
Maybe you never really knew "you" as well as you thought you did.
(And by "you" I mean me. But you can be "me" if it helps.)
I do believe that hardship reveals character (that's why I try to avoid it). And stories, really great stories, are FULL of hardship. But it's easier to read or watch hardship than to live it, cause that's them, not "you"..."me"...me?
I know this: my high school calculus teacher, in response to complaints and whining from us about homework and quizzes and all the things you complain about when you're a stupid, selfish bundle of teenage potential train wreck, used to sing as he wrote equations on the board:
And since I am both "you" and "me."
Man! He was teaching us on so! many! levels!
Maybe I should just solve for "x."
Thanks for reading.
Hug a teacher.
July 15, 2013
It&s been a while.
And I can't apologize, because I didn't do anything wrong.
Between CI meetings, websites, meeting about the CI meeting, updates, business goals meetings, e-blasts, lunches (both business and nom-nom), I've had neither the time nor energy to deal with you.
I got bigger fish to fry.
And I'm sorry if that’s hurtful, but I'm not here to make friends. This is a business and I've got to make priorities. I've got data to provide, results to engineer, prides to soothe, and a condo I'm trying to buy (for the kids).
So just calm the heck down, take a chill pill, trust me, and put a sock in your righteous indignation.
I mean, yes, I did promise you I would write once a month. And yes, that does qualify as a "commitment," but you have to understand, these things happen.
You'll understand some day.
As they say in the big leagues, "It's cut time, and you didn't make it."
At least, that's what my ego, on days when it's large and crushing, says to say. And the more I succeed, the larger and crushinger it gets.
Luckily for you, success isn't a habit for me, so I apologize for not updating the blog. It's a fun part of the web comic experience and I enjoy doing it.
It's a thing.
I wasn't kidding, I have been REALLY busy. Here are some links of stuff I've worked on:
This was a work of blood and tears. I love it for so many reason…but…still not happy with it.
If you read this comic regularly, and haven't watched this…I haz sad. This, also, was an effort of love, and has a degree of entertainment that I'm rather proud of. And I did, literally, bug my bosses with this. A lot of this is exactly what happened. And a lot is close to exactly what happened.
Now keep in mind, the target audience for most of these efforts are other businesses. But even so, they should be easily understood or provide entertainment to anyone who happens to view them.
I'd be interested in your thoughts on any or all of these.
Thanks for reading.
January 21, 2013
Well, that finishes off the year…technically. Sorry for the delays, but I hope you enjoyed it. NOW, on to bigger and better things! What could be bigger than eggnog, you say? (link to “resolution” strip)
Oh, just you wait.
But in the meantime, a brief discussion about Les Miserables and Russell Crowe.
I watch the movie over the holiday and need to share a few things. First, the movie was VERY good. I cried. There was weeping. I wept and cried.
Second, the role of Javert, played by Russell Crowe. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one wondering, “Russell Crowe can sing?” when the movie started. Nor was I the only one still thinking, “Russell Crowe can sing?” when the movie ended. So I won’t waste your time with criticisms or justifications, all I will say is…
…what a lucky Aussie.
Of all the people who could have played that part, of all the voice talent to select from, he got it! It was, of course, a themed movie where “stars” got a chance to show off their OTHER goods. Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen…who knew?! And somehow in that formula, Russell Crowe gets Javert?
John Travolta, Neil Patrick Harris, Mathew Broderick! Hell, even Jack Black or Kermit the Frog!
But Russell Crowe? Or more to the point, Russell Crowe’s voice?!
I don’t begrudge him. I envy him. My singing sounds like a beach full of mating seals, BUT if I had the chance to play the part of Javert, oh yes, I would push that envelope and die trying.
Range? I don’t need no stinking range.
But as I said, I’m not criticizing him. The movie, and Russell Crow, are a must-see. If the singing doesn’t punch you in the gut like you expected, so what? The acting throws a mean right cross, the production is an uppercut you can’t avoid, and the message is the knock-out punch it was in the book, the Broadway production, and the video game.
So go see it. Take some tissues.
We have another guest strip today. Ned R. Mayes is a veteran designer and I love that he agreed to do a strip. Here are some basics.1. How long have you been illustrating?
30 years2. What was the first thing you drew for pay?
Clothing, jewelry and accessories for Newman's Department Store3. Do you have anything online for us to see?
No4. What is your favorite thing? Movie? Food? Hobby? Sport?
Family, Friends, classic cars, and Estonia History.5. What is the chief export of Estonia?
As always, thanks for reading,