Sunday, June 21, 2009

i'm in the doghouse, darling

friends! an amazing new creature entered my life recently in the form of a canine. we brought him home from the rough streets of garfield park, a neighborhood known for breeding pitbulls to fight and ditching them when they don't win. we've been calling him charlie.

this is him a couple days after bringing him home. he was a bloody scabby baby and left blood and dandur all over everything.

and this is him about two and a half weeks later! magic! thanks to a delicious diet that includes porkchops and chicken and carrots and eggs and table scraps he has gained over ten pounds and is growing a lot of his hair back already. we recently moved into a giant warehouse with nine other human peoples, whom he gets mass amounts of love and affection from.

he recently learned about cuddling and wants to cuddle and kiss us all the time. he's still not very good at spooning though, i'll wake up in the middle of the night with paws in my face and bony shoulders in my back.

he also is really punk and digs through trash a lot.

this blog is a memo to all my friends, requesting you come visit me and charlie. we would both love it.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

bog blog

let me tell you about my very first visit to a forest in the land of lincoln. it was really boggy, wet, and green - quite different from the forests i know in the golden state.

there are lots of brambles as well.

we hosted a couple of impromptu tea parties with kind folks we met along the way. this gentleman tea-guest kind of smelled like death, but maybe it was just from the bog-nook he has been residing in recently.

these two were far too wiggly and impatient to sit down at our nice tea table.

we found several good logs to dangle our feets from and climb over streams with and lay our bellies on and accidentally drop things off of. logs can be useful for lots of different activities.

digging, poking, meditating - all good things to do on a log.

supposedly these particular woods are among the most haunted in the united states. i don't know if i buy it (and yes, i did experience its' ancient "haunted" graveyard at night, but found it populated with more high-schoolers than ghosts), but we sure did find lots of old relics and pottery and wells and slaughtered cow-bones and foundations from old homesteads. even a bit of a whiskey bottle that is probably a hundred and thirty seven years old! its nice to come back from vacation with souvenirs. oh, vacation.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

cats and kittens

so when you're riding your bike in the rain on a warm afternoon and you get caught in a major downpour (thunder, lightning, the works) and you are still five miles from home and you forgot to bring your hat and rainslicker - well, it starts to feel like you are swimming through space. and your clothes kind of become your wetsuit.

maybe i would even go as far as to say that you become a fish on a bicycle at the bottom of the ocean.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

my so called life

so maybe one or two people are wondering why i have been away from the blago world for so long - or maybe not. in any case, i'll show you what i've been up to lately.

so mostly i've been in chicago a lot. it looks like this for the most part:

we got a quarter pipe in our space, and i tore a ligament in my elbow trying to own it. dustin has been making sweet boards out of rollerskates and scrap wood and gloppy paint for DUSTO Skateboards. let me be the middleman if you are interested in one of these babies.

with the ending of winter and the coming of spring, we planted lots of little herbs and are watching them grow up. seeing this city turn from white to brown to green is pretty miraculous. everyday something new is blooming or struggling to poke its head up from the warm dirt. my first real spring.

we have all been making lots of things, including fat suits.

we try to have fun too.

inbetween being in chicago and not being in the blago realm, i visited the home state of california for a few weeks. it looked a lot like this, only even greener! and fresher! and more mind boggling!

and maybe in a month i will be moving out of my current chicago home-space on the west side and into a bigger space on the south side which has a really intense bathroom with lockers and toilet stalls. i'll keep you posted.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

a change in direction

no more themed posts, friends. too much pressure. not enough commitment. i am resuming regular, haphazard, potentially dull blogging starting now.

here are some photographs of the space i am living in. these pictures were taken in january, at the beginning of the moving and building process.

fortunately, the space has changed a bit since these pictures. we have been sawing and drilling, making it cozy and messy. here is a more recent picture of the space, featuring dustin before his first attempt at a standing backflip.