A Life Less Ordinary


From the previously mentioned Delaware/Maryland “Trip”, Ryan and Bully in a canoe, I snapped this photo standing on a dock (where I was fishing for dinner) right after a summer storm. Many questions with very few answers. Where did they get the canoe? Why were they in it? Where were they coming from? Best not to think too much, just wave, just smile, keep fishing, keep things simple. There was a huge hawk who lived in a tree right up the hill from the farmhouse where we were staying. If you went near it the hawk would swoop down and chase you for miles. Best not to go near the tree. Avoid the tree. Keep fishing. Maintain. Don’t lose your mind. KEEP IT TOGETHER.


Heather K., 1996, at the Show Pony. Note the posters of the era: Pj Harvey, Wu-Tang, Swirlies, Bardo Pond. Oh shucks, Heather! Heather was as Philly Scene as Yeungling Lager, any party, any show, any street, there she was, oh hey Heather what’s going on? Then one day you’re looking through your old photos and you’re like, oh shoot Heather, it’s been what, years? I totally forgot…whatever happened to Heather? Man. I hope that doesn’t happen with me some day. I think I’m getting sad now.


Eric Wareheim of outrageous Tim and Eric fame, in his room, doing his thing, 1996. Posters I can recognize: I Am Heaven, The Rentals (aw!), the first Ink And Dagger show (@ the Show Pony, w./Swag — pre-pre-pre Favourite Sons), the Cobras (Wareheim+Yerves+Ziemba), and PJ Harvey again. This is around the time when Wareheim and I were recording our own commercials for forties we happened to be drunk on at the time. The Stallion X one (pronounced Stallion “Ten”, we figured) was shot in a bath tub. One night we got in this big fight, wrestling on the floor and I think Eric was strangling me when we both suddenly got up, brushed ourselves off, and said, “Why are we fighting? Crap, it must be the forties.” That’s when we quit drinking forties. Smart idea, right?


In Baltimore, with Lyin’ Ryan and Beatles, probably early 2001. Pretty sure Moira snapped this one. Not really recalling the story behind this one, except both dudes were living at Bmore at the time — Ryan was in school and Beatles had moved there because he had a dream that told him he had to. Yeah, pretty hazy on the details, but I bet we had a good time! Great dudes!

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7 thoughts on “A Life Less Ordinary

  1. There certainly were, Alex! This is just off the top of my head, and in no particular order:

    Lightning Bolt
    Mad Goose
    Angry Dragon
    Philly Stripe
    The Rattler
    Switchblade
    Knockout
    Tombstone
    Iron Sheik
    Viper
    Hard Times
    Raptor
    Ooga Booga
    Wildstyle
    Gorilla Mist
    El Train
    Jungle Juice
    Thunderbrew
    Tomb Raider
    Swamp Fox
    King Kong
    The Atomic Bomb
    White Heat
    Suplex
    Desert Storm
    Volcano
    Black Magic
    Muddy Waters
    Komodo Dragon
    The Eliminator
    Defcon 5
    Laserbeam
    Clockcleaner
    Street Justice
    Jailbreak
    Boa Constrictor
    Cobbs Creek
    Blackout!
    Pistol Whip
    Hiroshima
    Wild Coyote
    The Gambler
    Street Lightning
    9mm
    Bottled Violence
    Gangbang
    Liquid Thunder
    and
    Warzone…

    …just to name a few!

  2. I’m moving out of town in 2 weeks, Foureyes. Philly’s all yours now, so I’m handing the Sheriff badge over to you. Not that I have a clue who you are, but you will do. As Resident Civic Sheriff, you’re also the Head Detective, so get on the Missing Heather Case pronto. Also, give me fifty possible things that Heather could have become. I’ll give you twenty:

    Astronaut
    Fireman
    Wizard
    Zombie
    Dictator
    Hell’s Angel
    Unicorn
    Gang Leader
    Folk Singer
    Billionaire
    Drummer
    Surfer
    Novelist
    Shaman
    Time Traveler
    Quarterback
    Graphic Designer
    Blogger
    Bartender
    Skateboarder
    Racketeer

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