04 July 2016

Chapter XLIII

Sorry I’m getting to this a day late, but it’s been a hectic couple of weeks. Chapter XLIII of my life began yesterday, and I’m hoping for some big things. I ended Chapter XLII with two major accomplishments: a promotion at the dayjob to a managerial position which not only gives me an office with a door I can close, but also the funds to attend the 2016 Viable Paradise writing workshop. That’s VP20, everyone! Or, is it VPXX? I’m partial to the latter myself, because it reminds me of a Chicago album.

Speaking of which, the song below is from Chicago XXXVI. With things to look forward to, I've been wondering if a new year requires a new attitude...

I think it’s time for you to lose that cynical suit, now.
You've worn it out and man, the jacket don’t fit you no more.
–Chicago, “Something’s Coming, I Know”
Let's give it a shot...

07 June 2016

"Agony in the Garden" in THE CLEVELAND NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDEBOOK

I mentioned this was coming, but now it’s here: THE CLEVELAND NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDEBOOK from Belt Publishing, which has a bit in it by me called “Agony in the Garden.” I got a kick from reading it out of my contributor’s copy. I have to say, these are really nice books!


If you're in the 216, you have several options for getting yours: The folks at Belt will have a booth at the Cleveland Flea on June 11 and will be holding a launch party at the Market Garden Brewery on June 22. (Alas, the dayjob prevents me from making the trip from NY.) I'm also told the books should be available now at Mac's Backs, Loganberry Books, CLE Clothing, Cosmic Bobbins, and Native Cleveland.

If you're not, or are just anxious to get your hands on "The Least Practical, Most Literary Guide to Cleveland," get yours now!

25 March 2016

For Belgium, the Philippines, and a Better Job...

Time for my Good Friday ritual... showcasing the land of my ancestors!

Ruben Enaje has done this for the 30th year in a row now. This was the guy who lamented a bit having to do this last year (his 29th) for lack of a successor. But now, he's doing this for Belgium. And, because he's Filipino (and you know how we are), he has other reasons...


Enaje, a sign painter, says he also prayed for peaceful Philippine presidential elections this year and a better job.
Mabuhay ng Pilipinas, muh'fuckers!

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