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Look at me, I'm all Sinead

I was on the Don and Mike radio show this afternoon.


After I got off the air I looked like this (that's Don and Mike):




Why?

Well, why not? And the fact that they PAID ME ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS TO SHAVE MY HEAD seemed like reason enough. Not like I haven't done crazy stuff with my hair before - here was a chance to do something new and come out with money in my pocket!

What is great is that I really like it too.

The show was fun, they were really nice guys. I gave them copies of my book plus handed out Pancake Mountain DVDs to the guys on the show with kids. Duncan even got to be on the air and tell his "muffin" joke - which just might have made the whole trip worthwhile. They've got photos of the shearing on their website (see link above).

And now I've got a really good reason to take some new photos.






Upcoming Shows

UNcover Erotic Art Exhibition. March 30 & 31, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I'm going to have seven prints hanging in this show.

MOCA DC Juried Erotica 2007 - March 2 - 31 at the MOCA Gallery in the Canal Square of Georgetown. First time they've held a juried show at this location. $1K First Prize - that would be nice.

Today has been the "Watch My Bank Account Shrink With Paypaling Entry Fees" as I submit images for other Calls for Entries. Between the submission fees, the framing and the shipping I really need to sell more prints.

Have another show set up for DC in April. And then there is ArtOMatic to prepare for as well.

Snow Day(s)

Wow. It's a good thing I work from home as I just received the email announcing that schools are closed again tomorrow.

so - for those of you keeping track - it was early dismissal on Tuesday, snow days Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - and Monday is a holiday. What a great week to be a kid!

The ice is still bad on our street (very little traffic and very little sun) but I would have thought that with two days to clean the roads that enough would have been done to allow school buses to safely maneuver. Apparently not. I'd rather them be safe, and no skin off my nose - I'm working here either way, but I know how much of a hardship it was when trying to maintain a full-time job while dealing with closed schools.

Course, today was the first day we were able to get out of the house. Our driveway is steep enough to require a 4-wheel drive with even the slightest dusting of snow. By Tuesday afternoon even that wasn't enough to get up into the garage. It took many applications of…

Deerhoof

Pancake Mountain Dance Party last night at The Black Cat in Washington DC with Deerhoof. Unlike past events we didn't close down the sign-up form and just kept it open for all that wanted to come out. The result was a lot of people and also a lot of fun. "Organized Chaos" is how I like to refer to these events. Lots of happy kids and lots of energy.

The band is really cool, we had them on last year when they came through town so they knew what to expect (and agreed to a second performance anyway! Amazing!) and they seemed like they had a good time.

Photos from the night have been posted on the Pancake Mountain website. Dan Brown came along with me and helped out with photos. Between the two of us I think we did a good job of representing the show. It is hard taking good pics in such a low-light situation, and we aren't supposed to use flash during the actual filming (it messes up the videocameras) but the new 30D did a good job, I'm pleased. Truth be told even wi…

Lessons Learned

There are a few lessons that I keep bumping into and feel worthy of making note of as they keep being proved true. Not only something to pass along to the kids but to post for myself as a reminder so that I can stop falling down those same holes. At least at this point in my life (being so old and wise - phbttt) I usually do see the pitfalls coming. If I manage to stumble into them anyway I recognize the situation so much faster, remove myself and move on without the damage I'd gone through in earlier years. My reaction time is much quicker. We do learn from our mistakes.

(Thank god there really is something about this getting older/getting wiser thing. It's not just about gray hair and wrinkles.)

1. Trust Your Instincts. Your brain is trying to tell you something. All your excuses as to why your First Impression was incorrect are just that: excuses. If that guy seems creepy, if that woman seems slightly off-balanced, if something seems odd... run. Turn and run now. Don't …

Blood, spit and mud

In their Xmas stockings each dog received (among other things) a new fancy rolled-leather collar. We haven't had Daisy a year and she's gone through probably five collars. She'll come inside naked and I'll find it somewhere in the backyard chewed to pieces. So new ones all around.

I'm home today with the kids - snow day - and the dogs have been outside most of the day. They love the snow and Daisy takes great delight in digging in it.

I usually don't keep an eye on them when they are out back, especially on days like today when they are outside so much and I'm trying to get some work done at the computer. Something today said to check on them, and I found Bonnie standing over Daisy and both of them snarling and fighting. Bonnie wouldn't let go.

As I raced outside and grabbed a stick to separate them I quickly realized that it wasn't Bonnie attacking Daisy. Bonnie wasn't letting go because she *couldn't* let go. The crazy, wild-eyed look on Dai…

Blake Gopnik does it again

I can't tell you how many times I've started reading a review of an exhibit in the Washington Post.... get all excited about it, ready to go see it... and then get to the footnote which states " EXHIBIT NAME is at the So and So Gallery, New York,"

Not that the show isn't noteworthy, but it isn't likely that I'm going to be able to drop everything and hit NYC for the day to see it. All it does is piss me off as to what I'm missing. ("Fuck, I'd really like to see that, I hope it travels down to DC.")

And really - there isn't anything happening in DC to promote in the Washington paper that they have to write about a show in NYC? Come ON. Nothing that they can write about to fill that space?

Well, they did write about the Jasper Johns show at the National gallery last week. Feh.

Orchids

Duncan, 2007

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