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Sunday, October 28, 2012






R. Mutt 1917

Friday, October 26, 2012

#MomentousOccasion (I’ll try to keep this pithy and to the point. Don’t be creepy.)

Stag's Lunchette - Oakland, CA

A couple weeks ago, I was doing my weekly Friday gig at Ward 93 at SF General.  Looking forward to that evening when Mary & I were going to see the live Jordan, Jesse GO! show in San Francisco. My cell rang, and it was Mary. She was on her way to work, had taken a bad fall, was hurt on 17th Street in Oakland, and couldn’t walk or even stand. She needed me to come help her get to Kaiser ER.

I whiteknuckled it to Oakland, first on the 33, then on BART.  All this time I’m thinking OMG OMG OMG, she’s sitting on a curb in Oakland, immobile and in pain, what could possibly go wrong, right? I picked up a cab at 12th St, told the guy that I needed to get to the 300 block of 17th St, and found her in front of Stag’s Lunchette. Sitting on a bench. We got her into the cab, took her to ER, they took care of her, and we cabbed home.

Mary & I had to miss the show that night, of course. We spent the evening switching out the ice packs and scowling at the crutches that they gave her at ER. But today, I heard the podcast of that show.

That night, Stephanie, the chef at Stag’s was a contestant at the JJGO show. She totally should have won the word mispronunciation contest. What a burn! They so obviously gave it to Kyle out of pity. Anyway, Stephanie, I’d like to thank you, or whoever it is that put that bench out in front of the Lunchette, for providing my best beloved a place to sit in her hour of need. I’ve got a new favorite lunch spot in Oakland.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Apple of Her Eye


Lynne-Rachel Altman in her studio

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fred & Ruthie

Fred & Ruthie



Hamstring. Don’t worry, Baby, everything’s gonna be alright.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hydrant Hose


Mission at 9th. Hi, Elinor.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Linked to rabbits


New Packaging


Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Plum Label Guy

Plum Label Guy copy

Monday, October 08, 2012

I Can Totally Print on Aluminum Foil



Glue-stick the foil to a sheet of printer paper.  I don’t know whether the ink will ever set.

MJF: “You know me.  All the –agonals are pretty much the same.” Also, ”Kunis-Kutcher? That’s not a good hyphenate.”

W. W. Bird


With geraniums.

Not Oy Vey


Hi, Martha

Cut-up Text

The woman in the seat in front of mine on BART the other night was reading an article. I could only see the upper right corner of the printout she was reading, so that’s all that I was able to copy down.
Virginity and chastity was relations intentional protection for conditions of oppression that things of those who relationships working class essentially intact.  In order to ”feminine” make a list to justify relations. Working class and allegedly competence, and human class and poor white women are also luxury of being categories representing all men and only a small group. Applied to different they do not appear to actually becoming a part of someone else’s by the same move forward to new.
In other news, how’s school going, MM?

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Yoga Fred


“No, I will not Downward Facing Dog for you, Monkey. On general principles.”

Friday, October 05, 2012

Erin Punzel at Creative Growth



Nice work.  Reminds me of @bradneely
Went to the Oakland Art Murmur with Al & Dagmar.  It was a scene, man.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Burger Icon

Burger icon 1

Monday, October 01, 2012

Professional Foot Model

Looks like the footwear of one of those thawed-out Paleolithic blighters.

From the inside => out:
  • foot
  • alginate
  • plaster gauze
  • hydro-cal
  • plaster
  • sisal
Lynne-Rachel Altman is working on a piece about diabetes & amputation.  My feet are manifestly epic. More photos here.

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