Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Keeping Things Simple With Kurt Vonnegut

Keeping things simple.

I work at home, and if I wanted to, I could have a computer right by my bed, and I’d never have to leave it. But I use a typewriter, and afterwards I mark up the pages with a pencil. Then I call up this woman named Carol out in Woodstock and say, “Are you still doing typing?” Sure she is, and her husband is trying to track bluebirds out there and not having much luck, and so we chitchat back and forth, and I say, “OK, I’ll send you the pages.” Then I’m going down the steps, and my wife calls up, “Where are you going?” I say, “Well, I’m going to go buy an envelope.” And she says, “You’re not a poor man. Why don’t you buy a thousand envelopes? They’ll deliver them, and you can put them in a closet.” And I say, “Hush.” So I go down the steps here, and I go out to this newsstand across the street where they sell magazines and lottery tickets and stationery. I have to get in line because there are people buying candy and all that sort of thing, and I talk to them. The woman behind the counter has a jewel between her eyes, and when it’s my turn, I ask her if there have been any big winners lately. I get my envelope and seal it up and go to the postal convenience center down the block at the corner of 47th Street and 2nd Avenue, where I’m secretly in love with the woman behind the counter. I keep absolutely pokerfaced; I never let her know how I feel about her. One time I had my pocket picked in there and got to meet a cop and tell him about it. Anyway, I address the envelope to Carol in Woodstock. I stamp the envelope and mail it in a mailbox in front of the post office, and I go home. And I’ve had a hell of a good time. And I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you any different.

Electronic communities build nothing. You wind up with nothing. We’re dancing animals. How beautiful it is to get up and go do something.

thanks to one of my favorite writers, Jamie Brisick, for sharing & re-reminding me of some important & often overlooked basics.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Salvation Sunday

tryin something new to keep the lubricated zine pulse alive ... our dear friends @ the best shop in santa cruz, Idle Hands are in cahoots with us! we'll be throwing SALVATION SUNDAY monthly bringing you live music, trunk shows & renegade art shows from talented folks far & wide to our neighborhood. our first one is this sunday, june 26... with live music from Gavi Grapevine (fame Fire Whiskey) & leather products from Hoof and Horn Leather Goods (Oakland), as well as their brilliantly talented kids zines, Devil Zines (as seen in the Huffington Post) ... all amazing artists that you should come & check out & support! friends & family are welcome as this about art & community! cheers & can't wait to be saved this sunday with y'all!

June 26th
Idle Hands
803 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA


holy crap.
it's been awhile.

but i promise,
i'm rededicating myself to being dedicated.

see you on the other side.

the lubricated family.