Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Behemoth's Mother Speaks...

Hey, finally a You Tube you can watch without waiting an hour for a download -- here's a clip of Project Object performing in Troy, NY this past Saturday night. By the way, Eric is going to section off the film clip I posted here yesterday -- which took more like an hour to download than ten minutes -- and I'll download it in Parts 1, 2, 3, etc. on You Tube so that it will make for easier viewing.

So all is kind of back to normal here -- the tour is over, Eric came home Sunday night and promptly disappeared yesterday to rehearse with another band he's in with Julie -- The SZ Trio. I spent the day bumming and surfing the web and then stumbled on a new audio magazine which not only pays big bucks, they want previously published short stories and flash. Ha ha - do you think I had to sit on my hands to keep from sending them everything I've ever written? A little bit, a little bit. Nah, I just sent them two stories and we'll see how it goes. Naturally I waited until I submitted to them before I actually read the submission guidelines and learned they prefer speculative fiction. Speculative fiction, huh. To me that's an oxymoron but yeah, yeah, I know I'm wrong and I'll let you know how it all pans out.

In a perfect world, I'm headed for New York City tonight to KGB Bar for a reading by members of the The Memoirist Collective. I really want to go but some other stuff popped up in the meantime and don't know if I can swing it or not. But in any event, if you are in the NYC area, this is a must see event - click on the link and you'll find out why.

Speaking of writing...last evening and Sunday I watched the two night, four hour premier of "24". Yes, I admit it. As soap opera-y and melodramatic as it gets, I fucking love that show. I just wish I were one of the writers. How can you take actors of that quality, a setting, premise and scenario that are just incredible, and muck it up with soap opera back stories and improbable dialogue? Bah! But still I watch...and will be glued to my television set weekly for the next, um, twenty-four weeks. I'm not a television watcher; other than Sunday animation night on Fox (The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad and yes -- new episodes of King of the Hill are on the way) I avoid t.v.; there's nothing that interests me and when I see commercials for stuff like American Idol and Dancing with the Stars I cringe and pull the covers up over my head in embarrassment that I'm part of the human race responsible for this crap. Ugh - my absolute worst moment came a couple days ago when I saw an advertisement for a new program called Armed and Famous featuring real "celebrities", and I use that word loosely -- very, very loosely -- who are now acting as real policemen. Erik Estrada, LaToya Jackson, and Jack Osbourne (what, did Ozzie cut off his allowance?) are the cast members.

Oh god. Kill me now. Please. I'm begging you.

In other death and destruction news, yesterday I went on the grapefruit diet -- grapefruit is one of the few fruits on earth I don't seriously love -- grimaced as I ate one for breakfast and another for a snack -- then remembered I had a chocolate chip coffee cake in the freezer and just could not get that out of my mind so now we'll find out if grapefruit is in fact a fat burner and will make that cake I ate go right up in flames though I suspect, No, No it won't, Robin, and your jeans will be a little big snugger today, not looser as you'd envisioned when you forced yourself to eat that first sour segment. Then I researched it a little further and learned that grapefruit interacts with certain medications and wouldn't you know it, one of the drugs I take for my blood pressure is on the list though the side effects aren't all that bad so whether I will continue to pursue this remains to be seen.

I'm guessing NO.

Hey, here's something else -- I bought a new painting -- it's the one on the far left, a study in turquoise:

The artist is an incredible 13 year old named Tucker and I encourage you to click on the link and read all about him and maybe purchase a piece of artwork, too. He's an amazing kid. When Eric returned from his tour and saw it, he was like "Wow! Where did you get that painting, Mom? It's fantastic!"

The photo doesn't do it justice. It's pretty spectacular "live".

I think that's it for now; I still can't spill any big news but expect that to change in the next few days...right now I need to sign off and see if I can get it together to go to New York tonight because I know if I don't make it, I'm going to be kicking myself for months; on the other hand, real life is getting in the way and I have other obligations so I need to sit back and make a decision one way or the other...with the first one being Should I or should I not force myself to eat a grapefruit now?

Maybe it will give me super powers and propel me on a train to NYC?

More likely it will send me back to the freezer for another slice of that damn cake, which, if I had any sense at all, I would have tossed in the trash yesterday to cut off further temptation. But oh, it was so, so good.



lisaannette145 said...

You know. The more I look at those pictures of your kids, they look nothing like their mother. They must favor Gary's side of the family.

Say, did that DVD of Zappanale ever publish?

Your whole family seems to be fans of Frank Zappa.

Daryl Darko said...

i watched the P/O video from PhotoBucket, it did take an hour to download, even on my broadband connection but the quality was highhighhigh. Ike looks in good form? Not enough attention paid to Eric. would like to see the video that the dude sitting on the floor shot!

i've watched 24 every season but the last one. got a little sick of it, but now i'm back in, as Jack would say. i don't watch as much tv as i used to but there is one other show on right now that has stellar writing; HEROES.

i wish i had two heads and two bodies because i so want to be writing right now, as well as continue doing all the photography i'm doing, but alas, i am only one man. i start my new classes at the college tomorrow.

ciao baby!

RobinSlick said...

Nah, you never met me in person. Both kids are 50% Gary and 50% me all the way. Eric really favors me; Julie looks like me when she's upset/depressed (ha)...so yeah, prolly Eric looks 70% like me and Julie 40%.

Yeah, you can buy the DVD at www.zappanale.de

I should get a copy myself but the artists are supposed to get gratis copies - hmm, must look into that.

I hated Zappa until the kids "brought him home" eight years ago and now I'm a diehard fan. Gary and I were both solely into British rock so naturally we were big King Crimson fans and don't laugh, I thought Adrian was a Brit because I didn't know him from Zappa; I knew him from his days with Bowie and Fripp.

Daryl, I am so with you on the cloning. I want to go to NYC so bad tonight but the thought of being at the mercy of cabs on a freezing night there with the last train leaving for Philly at 11:00 p.m...meaning I won't be home until 1:00 a.m. and I have to be up early tomorrow for some true drudgery...ack...I still can't decide. NYC will be a blast and full of writers I love; but the truth is, it might also be crowded with hipsters 20 years younger than I am which will depress me further. But I need to be around other writers to get fired up to write so I still haven't made up my mind.

Terrible when a warm bed means more to me than anything, huh.

Let's you and me write a 24 script. Those idiots. Who talks of sappy relationships in the middle of bombs going off? Gah!

n.l. said...

You in the mood for an interview? I'm starting a print magazine and need one or two more interviews, I've finished reading your book... You know you wanna get in on this. So email me if you're game: nl@nlbelardes.com

n.l. said...

There's so much music on your blog I feel like I'm reading mine.

RobinSlick said...

Hi there, N.L.

I sent you an email.

Let's talk!