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Monday, November 29, 2004

Off to Puerto Vallarta today.

Back next week.
I don't anticipate doing any posting (or much of anything else, really) until then.


Sunday, November 28, 2004

Jim Mail

Jim Mail, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Jim's Change of Address finally kicked in yesterday. Thank God I won't have to go and bug those women at window 12 anymore.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Exodus Still 2

Exodus Still 2, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Breaking tempered glass

Exodus Still 1

Exodus Still 1, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

From my latest movie, about moving out of my studio. I sent stills to my press kit on today, submitted the dvd to the Tiburon International Film Festival.

This shot shows me throwing crap out, with the drug warning from Wellbutrin superimposed on the action.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Shopping Bag Sketch

Shopping Bag Sketch, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Thinking about sculpture/performance. Xmas shopping season is just around the corner!

What's in these bags?

Monday, November 15, 2004


Medal, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Dagmar came over today and we made some "Real American Hero" medals for her birthday party on Saturday.

Dagmar writes:
"this year it will be a special party. i actually have
something to celebrate: for the first time in seven
years i am turning older legally. yes, i now am a card
carrying alien residing in this beautiful country, the
united states of america.
and so i want to dedicate this birthday to you - all
my friends who helped me become a green card carrying
member of society, and who helped me not go completely
crazy during those rocky and confusing seven years."

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Glory Hole

Glory Hole, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Perhaps not what you were thinking.

Pipe Warmer

Pipe Warmer, originally uploaded by dumbeast.


Boomer, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

One of the best things about blowing glass with Dan is that sometimes Boomer is there, too, and every once in a great while, he can be talked into doing his droll Chihuly impression.


Encomium, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Blew glass with Daniel Reilly yesterday. Dan's utilizing some fairly advanced decorative techniques these days. We made an 'encomium', if I understood Dan correctly, although, looking up that word, it's nothing like what the rest of the world seems to think that it means. It was one of those 'picking up a pre-made cup from the annealer on a sleeve of glass on the pipe' kind of deals.

We also made a graal piece, incorporating a pre-blown blank that had been coldworked through layers of color. It all worked out pretty well.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Silver View Posters

Silver View Pano, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Corn Oil

25 LB.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Silver View

Silver View, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Grand Opening Plants

Grand Opening Plants, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Grand Opening

Grand Opening, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

The Silver View Supermarket opened today in the building that Goodluck used to occupy. It's so pretty in there. It's like an art installation of a Chinese Supermarket opening.

They don't have their business business down yet. Checkout was like an exercise in faith....Nothing got weighed, just, eyeballed and rung up. And paying with plastic was a big problem unless you were buying $20 or more groceries, so I had to schlep to an ATM four blocks away for cash and then come back to the store. Then making change almost destroyed the transaction. Couldn't make the conceptual leap required to recognize that two nickles are equivalent to one dime.

I'm going back tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 10, 2004


Hummer, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Finally bagged me a Hummer yesterday. I think that completes the set.

The bumpersticker reads:

The air you breathe means NOTHING to me


Homer, originally uploaded by dumbeast.


Tuesday, November 09, 2004

New Bike

It's a sweet ride.

Thanks, Mary

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Boohoo, me little downtube is broke!

The downtube on my bike failed today, right at the crank joint. Well, that frame didn't owe nobody nothin.

But I sure loved that bike.

Monday, November 01, 2004

bag man

bag man, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

The zipper on my old JanSport backpack is feblodget. I got tired of fighting it, so, yesterday I went to the Laney Flea Market to replace it. I think I might have made a horrible mistake.

Does this fluorescent orange messenger bag make my ass look fat?


Cathy, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

We had Cathy & Adam over for dinner last night. Mary made spaghetti bolognese (excellent), Cathy brought cookies.

If Cathy ever offers to bake anything for you, by all means, let her do it. Then thank her.

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