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For as much as I preach the words “never stop drawing”, I make precious little time to do so myself of late. This was just a freehand ballpoint pen face that just sort of drew itself. Funny thing was, I was trying to draw more simplified cartoon character designs, which were all forced and wrong. It was as if the pen was reminding me where my comfort zone was.

For as much as I preach the words “never stop drawing”, I make precious little time to do so myself of late. This was just a freehand ballpoint pen face that just sort of drew itself. Funny thing was, I was trying to draw more simplified cartoon character designs, which were all forced and wrong. It was as if the pen was reminding me where my comfort zone was.

The Hospital (a poem)

For some reason, I was inspired to write a poem after the last round of (positive ending) visits to the hospital for family.

Trouble is…I don’t really ever write poetry — but since I’ve promised myself I’d spend more time being creative, I figured I’d share this attempt. So…here goes:



The Hospital



At the hospital
    for the second time in a month.

Not for me,
    but for those whose blood made mine.
Both of them.
    Separately.

The smell is stale and familiar.
    The air is heavy with mortality.

I was born here —
    In this very building.

My sisters were born here.
    The first one didn’t make it.
        I never knew her.

My mother nearly died here.

    My niece was born here.

        My niece and nephew were born here.

    My daughter was born here.

        My son was born here.

My father nearly died here.

    Then my mother again.

        Then my father again.

            Then my mother.
                Again.

So grateful I don’t yet know what it feels like to lose a parent.
    Many friends and family cannot say that.
        But I know it’s only a matter of the next time…
            …or the next…
                …and I will.

    Will my father die here?
        Probably.

    Will my mother die here?
        Almost certainly.

Will I die here?
    
    It seems inevitable.


When I do,
    Take from me what others need,
        Burn the rest, and let those in my tribe
            Remember me how they wish.

DENIED! (animated gif, for illustrative purposes)

[NOTE: this is a re-post from a moment ago, after I realized tumblr wouldn’t display an animated .gif. Hopefully, the link above works.]

I’m not a sports guy, but this is (I think) a good illustration of what happened to me this morning.

This week, a customer called and asked about the status of the part I had ordered for his computer. I came in last week, but I had forgotten to call him to let him know (which is why I always ask customers to call me if they haven’t heard from me…because, well…ADD.)

So I said, “Sure…the part’s already here, and I have it ready to go. How about Friday morning?”

So, I get in the car to head over to his house, and…

<cut to metaphor>

I (represented by the white player, whose name I don’t know and can’t see, with the ball), was ready to deliver and install the part (the entire job is represented by the ball), when ADD (represented by LeBron James), with complete confidence, jumps up and pimp-slaps the job out of my hand.

<cut back from metaphor>

I swear I remember putting the part and paperwork in my car to deliver when it arrived, thinking “see? I’m planning ahead!”

I just scoured my car. It’s not there. I’m tearing apart the house looking for it…it’s not there either.

So, I had to (embarrassingly) call the customer to reschedule, explaining “uhh….I don’t know where I put the part.”

<shakes fist at sky…CURSE YOU, FAULTY BRAIN!>

Would-a, Could-a, Should-a

I’m watching Stripped, and now all I want to do is drop everything and be a cartoonist for the rest of my life.



Like I should have done 25 years ago.

#drawsomething2 #griffin (#dailydraw, #march22) &#8212; a #mythology/#macfarlane mashup: #PeterTheGriffin

#drawsomething2 #griffin (#dailydraw, #march22) — a #mythology/#macfarlane mashup: #PeterTheGriffin

#drawsomething2 #zoo (#zoolander, #benstiller). This isn&#8217;t actually #bluesteel, this is #magnum &#8212; this was a #dailydraw from a month or so ago that I forgot to post.

#drawsomething2 #zoo (#zoolander, #benstiller). This isn’t actually #bluesteel, this is #magnum — this was a #dailydraw from a month or so ago that I forgot to post.

Healthy (?) lunch choice

I decided I’d make a smoothie for lunch today, so I stopped by the store and picked up some ingredients:

Carrots - check
Kale - check
Nonfat Greek Yogurt - check
Milk - check

I got home, and mixed the ingredients together. I tasted it — a bit bland. What could give it a little flavor? Put a little sugar in it, and, hey — garlic is healthy, right? I sliced up a clove of garlic and blended it up some more.

Note to self: find some good smoothie recipes. Sweet carroty-kaley garlic chunks just don’t cut it.

That moment when you realize that, as of this May, @sirpatstew will have appeared in more movies as Professor X than he has as Captain Picard. #nerdmindblown

http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=fibiYqJ4lp0&u=/watch?v=OCbuRA_D3KU&feature=share

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! Stay safe!

(Thanks to Shawna L. for sharing this in Facebook).

t-campbell:

aluox:

me

And me

Ditto.
(BTW — LOTS of fun trying to run a business with a brain like this.)

a bit late, but&#8230;(twitter: please RT when you get it)(facebook: please &#8220;like&#8221; when you get it)

a bit late, but…

(twitter: please RT when you get it)
(facebook: please “like” when you get it)

This is just a little remembrance I made to note the passing of Harold Ramis yesterday. I posted it as my Facebook profile pic, but I figured I&#8217;d share it here for anyone else to use, as well."Catch ya on the other side, Egon."

This is just a little remembrance I made to note the passing of Harold Ramis yesterday. I posted it as my Facebook profile pic, but I figured I’d share it here for anyone else to use, as well.

"Catch ya on the other side, Egon."

Just because.

#drawsomething2 #jagger (#dailydraw, #feb22, #mick, #mickjagger, #rollingstones) Decided to change to my favorite #split_complimentary color scheme mid-draw.

#drawsomething2 #jagger (#dailydraw, #feb22, #mick, #mickjagger, #rollingstones) Decided to change to my favorite #split_complimentary color scheme mid-draw.

For as much as I preach the words &#8220;never stop drawing&#8221;, I make precious little time to do so myself of late. This was just a freehand ballpoint pen face that just sort of drew itself. Funny thing was, I was trying to draw more simplified cartoon character designs, which were all forced and wrong. It was as if the pen was reminding me where my comfort zone was.

For as much as I preach the words “never stop drawing”, I make precious little time to do so myself of late. This was just a freehand ballpoint pen face that just sort of drew itself. Funny thing was, I was trying to draw more simplified cartoon character designs, which were all forced and wrong. It was as if the pen was reminding me where my comfort zone was.

The Hospital (a poem)

For some reason, I was inspired to write a poem after the last round of (positive ending) visits to the hospital for family.

Trouble is…I don’t really ever write poetry — but since I’ve promised myself I’d spend more time being creative, I figured I’d share this attempt. So…here goes:



The Hospital



At the hospital
    for the second time in a month.

Not for me,
    but for those whose blood made mine.
Both of them.
    Separately.

The smell is stale and familiar.
    The air is heavy with mortality.

I was born here —
    In this very building.

My sisters were born here.
    The first one didn’t make it.
        I never knew her.

My mother nearly died here.

    My niece was born here.

        My niece and nephew were born here.

    My daughter was born here.

        My son was born here.

My father nearly died here.

    Then my mother again.

        Then my father again.

            Then my mother.
                Again.

So grateful I don’t yet know what it feels like to lose a parent.
    Many friends and family cannot say that.
        But I know it’s only a matter of the next time…
            …or the next…
                …and I will.

    Will my father die here?
        Probably.

    Will my mother die here?
        Almost certainly.

Will I die here?
    
    It seems inevitable.


When I do,
    Take from me what others need,
        Burn the rest, and let those in my tribe
            Remember me how they wish.

DENIED! (animated gif, for illustrative purposes)

[NOTE: this is a re-post from a moment ago, after I realized tumblr wouldn’t display an animated .gif. Hopefully, the link above works.]

I’m not a sports guy, but this is (I think) a good illustration of what happened to me this morning.

This week, a customer called and asked about the status of the part I had ordered for his computer. I came in last week, but I had forgotten to call him to let him know (which is why I always ask customers to call me if they haven’t heard from me…because, well…ADD.)

So I said, “Sure…the part’s already here, and I have it ready to go. How about Friday morning?”

So, I get in the car to head over to his house, and…

<cut to metaphor>

I (represented by the white player, whose name I don’t know and can’t see, with the ball), was ready to deliver and install the part (the entire job is represented by the ball), when ADD (represented by LeBron James), with complete confidence, jumps up and pimp-slaps the job out of my hand.

<cut back from metaphor>

I swear I remember putting the part and paperwork in my car to deliver when it arrived, thinking “see? I’m planning ahead!”

I just scoured my car. It’s not there. I’m tearing apart the house looking for it…it’s not there either.

So, I had to (embarrassingly) call the customer to reschedule, explaining “uhh….I don’t know where I put the part.”

<shakes fist at sky…CURSE YOU, FAULTY BRAIN!>

Would-a, Could-a, Should-a

I’m watching Stripped, and now all I want to do is drop everything and be a cartoonist for the rest of my life.



Like I should have done 25 years ago.

#drawsomething2 #griffin (#dailydraw, #march22) &#8212; a #mythology/#macfarlane mashup: #PeterTheGriffin

#drawsomething2 #griffin (#dailydraw, #march22) — a #mythology/#macfarlane mashup: #PeterTheGriffin

#drawsomething2 #zoo (#zoolander, #benstiller). This isn&#8217;t actually #bluesteel, this is #magnum &#8212; this was a #dailydraw from a month or so ago that I forgot to post.

#drawsomething2 #zoo (#zoolander, #benstiller). This isn’t actually #bluesteel, this is #magnum — this was a #dailydraw from a month or so ago that I forgot to post.

Healthy (?) lunch choice

I decided I’d make a smoothie for lunch today, so I stopped by the store and picked up some ingredients:

Carrots - check
Kale - check
Nonfat Greek Yogurt - check
Milk - check

I got home, and mixed the ingredients together. I tasted it — a bit bland. What could give it a little flavor? Put a little sugar in it, and, hey — garlic is healthy, right? I sliced up a clove of garlic and blended it up some more.

Note to self: find some good smoothie recipes. Sweet carroty-kaley garlic chunks just don’t cut it.

That moment when you realize that, as of this May, @sirpatstew will have appeared in more movies as Professor X than he has as Captain Picard. #nerdmindblown

http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=fibiYqJ4lp0&u=/watch?v=OCbuRA_D3KU&feature=share

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! Stay safe!

(Thanks to Shawna L. for sharing this in Facebook).

t-campbell:

aluox:

me

And me

Ditto.
(BTW — LOTS of fun trying to run a business with a brain like this.)

a bit late, but&#8230;(twitter: please RT when you get it)(facebook: please &#8220;like&#8221; when you get it)

a bit late, but…

(twitter: please RT when you get it)
(facebook: please “like” when you get it)

This is just a little remembrance I made to note the passing of Harold Ramis yesterday. I posted it as my Facebook profile pic, but I figured I&#8217;d share it here for anyone else to use, as well."Catch ya on the other side, Egon."

This is just a little remembrance I made to note the passing of Harold Ramis yesterday. I posted it as my Facebook profile pic, but I figured I’d share it here for anyone else to use, as well.

"Catch ya on the other side, Egon."

Just because.

#drawsomething2 #jagger (#dailydraw, #feb22, #mick, #mickjagger, #rollingstones) Decided to change to my favorite #split_complimentary color scheme mid-draw.

#drawsomething2 #jagger (#dailydraw, #feb22, #mick, #mickjagger, #rollingstones) Decided to change to my favorite #split_complimentary color scheme mid-draw.

The Hospital (a poem)
Would-a, Could-a, Should-a
Healthy (?) lunch choice

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