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Date:2009-02-23 11:48

So things have been odd and good and bad and busy lately.

- I'm directing a piece for the Experimental Puppet Theatre at the Center for Puppetry Arts that I have to finish writing today. It will be made up of excerpts from the show Mudville I've been creating but I have to rework them to be more self-contained and puppet-oriented. Luckily Chris and Gina and Aileen have all been helping me with design ideas so I'm daunted but excited about the possibilities. A tarp will be provided for the front row.

- My mom was given notice this week that the Temple could no longer afford to keep her on staff. It will definitely be a big economic blow to them but more importantly, a lot of my Mom's identity was wrapped up in that job and a lot of my Dad's identity was wrapped up in not having my Mom around all day (kidding). People alway say how you want better things for your kids than you have. That being said, I want an easier life for my parents in their old age. They made a lot of sacrifices over the years for us. They shouldn't have to be paying any more for that.

-Also, back on restaurant recruitment for the TAP project for Unicef this week. If anyone in Atlanta works/owns or has friends that work/own in the foodservice industry, give me contact info so I can come twist your arm.

- Went and saw Michael Franti with my brother last night. First off, great damn show. Incredibly positive vibe that really made you want to dance which brings me to the other aspects of the night. We knew some friends of our family were going to be there last night and we ran into them when we walked in and they had taken the liberty of saving us some seats in the balcony. It was a very kind gesture that would be rude not to have accepted. I lasted 15 minutes sitting in the old people's section listening to this very sweet woman tell me about her kids non-stop, while the rest of the place was going nuts to great music, and I had to make a jail break. I spent the rest of the concert dancing my ass off on the floor. Which brings me to my last point - it made me incredibly homesick. This is especially sad because I'm supposedly at home, and was even there with my brother, but all I could think was how much fun it would be with Aileen there. I miss my dancing buddy.

Anyhow. That's me right now. Hope you're doing well out there.

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Date:2009-02-03 17:58
Subject:Cancer of Da Butt. Well, Near da Butt. Thankfully, no.
Mood:relieved and blunt

Just felt like I should fill in for a few people about my weirdness just before the holidays and advise that all is well. WARNING - SERIOUS TMICollapse )

ADDENDUM: Forgot to mention, the man in the waiting room who was called into the doctor before me - Mr. Sitzwell. I shit you not.

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Date:2009-01-23 20:36
Subject:Johnny, Hanky and all the Glenn's

I often make reference to the 5th scotch being "the devil" or the 8th scotch being "Godzilla", but I should just take a moment to point out that the first Scotch?...That's "Mom".

Hi, Mommy. I've had a week. Thanks for coming by.

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Date:2009-01-21 09:58

Is it just me or does food taste better today?

It may just be my imagination but it doesn't have that slight aftertaste of another mouthload of crap.

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Date:2008-12-12 13:30
Subject:Pitches are out there...

So I made reference previously to two potential shows that as of yesterday, I submitted to Dad's Garage. Now that I've got them out the door, here's the detail:

1) I did subject myself to the 6+hours of pain for something I think might be brilliant and as a result have pitched a show for Dad's new season titled Musical High School Ten - The New, New Class, Senior Year.

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Among the Songs I'm writing:
- The Start of Something New…Again
- All of Us Are Special Even the Black Kid
- Staring Into the Abyss/Nothing Can Stop Us if We Work Together
- Before You Fucked It Up (love ballad)
- Unicorns, Rainbows, Everything Must Die.

2) I mentioned another idea this week, that I thought would be original but has already been done. I wanted to adapt the 1978 Made For TV Moive Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park to the stage, but a theatre in St. Louis has beaten me to it by only 6 months. This is good though because I spoke with the author and he's sending me their script for us to use!

2008 had one more kick in the ass for me, but screw that shit. I'm headed to berlin next week to see rubberdux and the boys and have a great time and I'll deal with this shit when I get back in 2009.

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Date:2008-12-11 12:50
Subject:Weirdness in my head

It's the holidays and I just turned 42 and things are a little weird right now and I'm feeling my age for the first time in my life (says the man who had a triple bypass at the age of 39) but I just want to say...do things NOW!

That thing you've been thinking about? The "wouldn't it be cool if I...?"
The "someday I'm gonna...?"
The "when the economy turns around I'd like to...?"

Do that shit NOW! You deserve it.
Doors are closing people. Stick your foot in there and pry that shit open.

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Date:2008-12-10 14:05
Subject:Dang It!

Looks like one of the best ideas I've ever had for a new original theatre work that I was going to pitch to Dad's is going to have to become a scripted work pitch, cause another theatre company beat me to it, and judging by the reviews, kicked ass with it. Fill you in later....

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Date:2008-12-05 16:57
Subject:Mikeynomics Lesson #34

If I weren't going to Berlin in 2 weeks, I would SO be going to Vegas this weekend...(and of course winning enough to cover my trip to the European Poker Tour in Prague next week)

This whole band in Berlin thing is starting to mess with my investments in my future. Though I have been promised a squad of skateboarding crime-solving monkeys to call my own.

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Date:2008-12-04 12:16

Tijjsshhh! Tijjsshhh! Tijjsshhh!

That's the sound of me fake crotch-punching 3 of my co-workers while passing them in the hallway. There are times I truly enjoy my work environment.

Okay tonight have to finish a project for dad's and maybe go hang with folks at highlander.
Tomorrow, Invasion Xmas and Campus Strikeforce (anyone game?)and an art opening maybe
Saturday, attempted writing of stuff that's not crap, shopping for warm clothes, dinner with the folks, than maybe go catch a local soul review at the EARL (missy_carter?) and Chick and Boozy midnight for the bday.
Was hoping to host a poker tourney for the bday on Sunday but no luck finding cheap tables and chairs. Too much hassle. Plus I have two scripts to finish by Thursday.
Then for work I have to code 3 contest websites, do all my end of year bookkeeping, organize the kitting for Unicef, and a whole mess more so I can get caught up enough to head to Berlin for the holidays.

Plus there's Carter's party, Kingsized Xmas Spectacular, and at some point I need to buy gifts for people.

SWAMPED! And yet I find time to punch people's crotches while humming "The Most Wonderful Time of The Year"

ADDENDUM Forgot to mention the doctor shows I've lost 25 pounds since my last physical 18 months ago. He should have seen me before Thanksgiving. Good health although he shoved a hand up my tuchus and expressed concern about the health of my prostitutes. Him and me both.

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Date:2008-12-03 10:48
Subject:Down with the sickness

I'm at the doctor's office for a physical and there are about7 or 8 pharmaceutical reps in the waiting room. They're al wearing very pricey clothes, playing freecell on their laptops, braggiing to each other about their new products and saying things about how they're actually having to use their incentive points to buy nintendo's for the kids this Christmas instead of the coach bag or golf clubs they wanted for themselves. " the kids don't get that we're broke just cause they're in private school..."

If I wasn't sick before, I am now.

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Date:2008-11-26 12:22
Subject:How to be a good uncle:
Mood: pleased

My brother explaining to my shy 2 year old nephew:
-"That's uncle Mike. Don't worry, he doesn't bite"

Me to my shy two year old nephew:
- "Yes I do, NOM-NOM-NOM-NOM!!"

He's been attached to my side for 18 hours non-stop.

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Date:2008-11-17 15:25
Subject:Oh my stupid mind....
Mood: amused

Well thanks to missy_carter I seem to be back on track with Cold Muthah Jones but. as is usually the case when one project is going along, something shiny has reared itself on the horizon and thus sprung into my head today, Crazy Scheme #438. I can't go into detail about it but suffice it to say, were I to pitch this show idea to Dad's Garage, and were they to give me the greenlight, I have no doubt that it would result in a brilliant piece of work, but it would cause me at least 6 hours of unendurable pain and a lifetime of mental scarring. Is it worth it? More to follow once the pitch is made.

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Date:2008-11-14 21:42
Subject:Writer's Bloc...

Hope is damned inconvenient. The election of Barack Obama and the departure of Cheney/Bush give many of us a feeling of new found optimism. The crash of the economy has pointed out much of the folly of the greed of the so called middle-class and those who once felt themselves blissfully secure in their place in the universe are no longer so certain they are masters of their domain.

What does this mean to me on a personal level? That all the snarky, satirical, formerly insightful statements I was hoping to make with shows like Mudville, my dystopia play, and others...are all pretty obvious and frequently irrelevant now. Gee thanks for the hope and concrete efforts to make the world a better place, Obama. Douchebag. Utopia sucks.

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Date:2008-11-06 10:26

The South Park guys worked quickly yesterday. I'm sure they produced two versions of the episode but they dubbed it in with verbatim quotes from the speeches and replicated the podium well. Watch the whole episode though, it's oddly comforting, considering how bitter and divisive the campaign has been

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Date:2008-11-04 10:46
Mood: pleased

It took less time to change the world than it did to get the free cup of coffee it earned me.

In and out in 18 minutes. Now that's a quickie. I'm still hoping for a happy ending.

ADDENDUM: Someone asked about the inked finger and to clarify, that was not a required thing. I brought my own inkpad and did it myself and left the inkpad behind me for anyone else who wanted to use it. I just reminds me of the Iraqui elections and what an amazing thing a vote is.

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Date:2008-10-31 12:32
Subject:Not feelin' it....

With apologies to all, I think I'm abstaining from Halloween this year. Not in the spirit what with many of my cohorts being flung so far this year. I think eric and I are gonna go catch RockandRolla and then I may swing by Dad's, but probably sans costume. I'll make it up next year. I promise. And to all of you who are in the spirit. Have a great time, throw down mightily and shake the pillars of heaven for me.

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Date:2008-10-22 10:42
Subject:Election Day Voting - Mike gets Hokey

Here's why I'm excited about voting on election day. Hokey as it sounds, it's the one day where I actually feel a connection with every inbred redneck, wine-sipping elitist, joeplumbersixpack, spoiled celebutante, dumb as a box of rocks moron, genius ivory-tower dweller, saint and reprobate, southern baptist, black muslim, fellow kike, and every other flawed fucker that makes up this amazing chaotic country.

Seriously, I may be white but I'm Jewish and that fact alone makes me feel separate most days from what so many refer to as a christian nation. Others may not see it that way amd it's not always on a conscious level, but I do feel it. Not on election day. Regardless of the things that separate us, that day unites us.

People talk about voting early cause of how long the lines will be. Truthfully, when the voting is in every polling precinct and they are fully staffed, I don't believe it will be nearly as long a wait as people are experiencing for early voting, but I kind of hope it is. So what if it's a 4 hour marathon? While I am no gung-ho believer in our presence in Iraq, I keep thinking of that footage of the Iraquis who have lost thousands of people to this conflict, heading out on foot under threat of bombings and gunfire to actually cast a vote. All those ink smeared thumbs up to the cameras.

Yeah, I can stand in line for 4 hours. I'll stand there grinning like an idiot.

Plus, I'll bring my iPod.

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Date:2008-10-16 13:12
Subject:Encouraging sign....

As I just noted to fierce_rabbit, a co-worker of mine who is a staunch member of the GOP and supporter of McCain (Ansley Golf Club member, fortune 500 VP husband) came in this morning and said, " I can't pretend to think otherwise anymore. Obama would do a better job." She's planning on staying home election day rather than incur the wrath of her father's ghost by voting democrat, but she's not voting for McCain."Plus the lines..."

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Date:2008-10-16 02:09
Subject:Missed Opportunities

There's two responses I would have given Senator McCain tonight were I in Obama's place:

1) Joe, you can but that plumbing business and hire more employees under the McCain health care and tax plans, but you won't need to because under that same plan, 95% of American won't be able to afford a plumber. Middle class tax breaks means more money to spend in American businesses. Pissing up, unlike trickling down, spreads wide and showers down gold...okay, I can see why he avoided using my full response but the first part is valid.

2) Regarding McCain's offense at the George Wallace comment from John Lewis. I had thought Lewis' comments a little over the top as well, until McCain's noted how outrageous to link his campaign to such a dark time in american history where children were bombed in churches. He's absolutely right. The hatred and disrespect the McCain campaign's rhetoric foments leads to the bombings of children in Mosques in Ohio, not churches in Mississippi.

Barack is definitely more pragmatic than I.

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Date:2008-10-02 22:29
Subject:They're on closing statements right now...

She did well and I kind of expected her too. I think Biden did much better than I expected. Biden showed humanity and intelligence, not just the expected competence.

The real surprise...she scares me much more than I realized. Her two most chilling statements - She agrees with Cheney's interpretation of the Vice Presidency and has never found cause to change any long held beliefs.

gonna be a long few weeks....

ADDENDUM: I wasn't really excited when Obama picked Biden for his running mate, but Biden did win me over tonight. He is clearly an asset to the ticket and would be an asset to an Obama presidency.

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