Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I'm Canadian

I recently visited with my Uncle Jack!

Uncle Jack and I have a special bond.  We have both had kidney transplants.  His happened 26 or 27 years ago (kidneys generally only last 11 years in TODAY'S medicine, so the life of his kidney is nothing short of a miracle).  Mine happened a year and a half ago.

We rarely see each other, but when we do conversations are always turn to our medications, complications, hospital stays and "clean living" (his secret for being so healthy).

Uncle Jack was so excited about our last meeting that he told my mother how proud he was of me and how I have been dealing with the family kidney 'issue'.  Our kidney issues are hereditary. As patriarch of the Hope family, he provided me with documentation/family records that proved my great grandfather, his grandfather, immigrated to the US from Canada. Quebec to be exact.

Amazing! Now I know why I love poutine and it was only natural that I have always been drawn to all things Canadian.

(Additionally, via the same family records, I learned that my great uncle lost his life in the Cocoanut Grove fire of 1942.. I'll save this story for another blog post)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Were they freaking out on 12/12/12 back in the twentieth century?
Motherfuckers be freaking out on the social medias and in the real worlds today.  What's up with that?

What's up with the fact that its 12/12/12 and the baby whales be dying up in here?  WHat's up with that?

Why are Kirk and Spock and Bones and that Scottish Doode (James Bond) not fixing this problem, yo?  Where's their invisible bird of prey, yo??/  They need to be thinking about the crazy baby whales that are getting eaten by the Japanese and Fijians and shit.  Bring them peoples noodles and stuff.  Maybe even those lychee candies that tastes good.  Lychee candies gotta be better than whale meat.  I heards that whale breast milk is the consistency of cottage cheese.  how is that shit healthy?  I guarantee the whale meeat is all fatty....

Where's Bjork?  And would she be freaking out back in 1912, singing her whale songs? DOODE, WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?


TMI:  At 12:12:12 on 12/12/12 I was holding my junk as I had to use the restroom. WHAT'S UP WITH THAT? YO!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

dc uNITED disMEMBermeNT pLAN oh my!~!! @thedplan @dcunited

So the D-Plan (Dismemberment Plan), who you might know from such works as Ice of Boston

my personal favorites: Back and Forth
8 1/2 Minutes


The D Plan also used a picture of a display I did with the Screaming Eagles in that article.

Oh how great it is to be in DC at this time.

Vamos United!

To honor both DC UNITED and THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN, I hastily created the below IDEA for a banner, thoughts?

Friday, September 28, 2012


Languishing in the fall days of eternity.
Longing for trees and dirt below my feet.
Leave the asphalt of my failures behind while I run run run.
Climbing towards victory, ever upward onward and beyond.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pic of the day

Found at an antique store in Fredricksburg, Va

Beat I am, rest is need before winter arrives

I hallucinated, I think, last night... after running around chasing a ball for 50 minutes.  I got it in my head that my sweat smelled of pee.   Paranoia... yes.  the kidney transplant always has me going in that direction.  before the transplant my breathe and sweat occasionally smelled of pee... symptoms of kidney failure, the doctors told me . as the toxins in my body needed releasing and thier scent was urine smelling.

But yes 50 minutes of chasing a ball, colliding into Russian speakers and occasionally being beamed by laser rifles fired soccer balls does tend to make an elder like myself  occasionally tire ed, occasionally

the work day has been lost
my feet not hurting but tired from pounding on the faux turf covered concrete
eyes heavy
face warm

Fall is near, rest is need prior to long winter's night that fast approaches
preparations need to be made as this winter will be long and never ending

Friday, August 10, 2012

Di Vaio

I've spent the morning designing a banner for Club Echa Panza, that I am more than likely to make, for a game where there is only .5% chance of me traveling to.

Supposedly a player from Montreal, let's call him Di Vaio has been accused of match fixing in his native Italy.  This player now plays in the MLS for Montreal as a designated player.

After doing some quick research, it appears that Di Vaio was acquitted of all wrong doing:

I will still go ahead with the EVER SO POLITE banner that makes reference to Di Vaio's match fixing scandal or Scommessopoli.

UPDATE (10:07am): No butthurt fuckers will need to go to Steve Zack or his equivalent at Montreal to complain.  

UPDATE (10:29am): scommessopoli is such a stupid word and looks stupid on a mock up of a banner

S'il vous plaît ne soyez pas mal bout à bout

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Going for the Gold!

I am not one for national teams.  But here ya go!

In honor of the USA v Japan Gold Medal match in soccer today, August 9, 2012 (same date the US dropped the atomic on Nagasaki).  I give you the above.

Fixed the poster to not be so bigoted and added something for the ladies!

Vamos USA!!!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Propane and grilling accessories

Stopped in the highlands of Maryland, I saw a propane sign at a fancy gas station rest stop. With my super duper MS Paint skills, I created this!!

Friday, July 20, 2012

El Jefe

New Idea for tifosi or possible a wheat glue poster.  First for a non footballer

do you know who it is?

Monday, July 16, 2012

I went to Ecuador and ate Guinea Pig

Cuy, or Guinea Pig, is a delightfully tastie critter.  To me it reminded me of what a greasy turkey would taste like.  Some say pig/pork, but I never got that taste.  The cheeks and head meat were the tastiest.  I stopped at eating the eyeballs, not due to how disgusting the thought was, but because once I started chewing on the critters teeth it made me think a bit to much about what I was eating.  Try chewing on teeth.

But yeah, Guinea Pig is tastie!

Ecuador also has llamas. Lot of llamas.

 While at first thought, llamas might be cool... being they are so foreign to anything in our cultural recollection, but really... they don't anything.. they eat, graze, chew cud and glare at you as though you might be the devil. BORING animals if I may say. I invited several llamas to spit (as they are prone to do) but none could be bothered. ASSHOLES!!

Ecuador also has a hard on for Che!

His image is EVERYWHERE.
On trucks, on motorbikes, on the side of buildings, on bars and tourist trinkets. I saw more images of Che than Jesus.  But saw far more Virgin Marys than Che and Jesus combined.

What's with the poodle fixation?

Dogs are loved in Ecuador, even though they may be dirty and look as though they are homeless. Dogs of all varieties are loved.  Poodles probably the most loved.  In the middle of nowhere, on the road to the Amazon, we found a gaggle of poodles romping about a roadside sugarcane juice stand. Side note: oddly enough most dogs that are pets know English or at least the command SIT! Either that or dogs are dumb and sit at the first 'command' a human gives.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Life was simple back when I used to listed to Unrest and drink coffee all day


I am old, broken and mostly lazy lately.
Where have I gone , when did I destroy myself.
A disappointment to all those that matter.

I lack eloquence, the ability to self edit and I run my mouth when I should listen.


I guess its Monday!

Unrest and coffee.

Now I have both, yet nothing is fixed.

Self loathing.

I think I need a vacation.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

I worked in this building 2004 -2008

Found the above picture at  The picture was taken at 14th and G.  Great read about old DC.

In the background can be seen 1333 H Street, NW. (top right)

I worked on the 7th floor.

There I worked with the man who claimed to have invented the high five, enjoyed mouth was as a beverage and secretly stashed Reese's Peanutbutter Cups around the office.  Also worked with the bird lover, who took her bird everywhere.

Those were some good times!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Party in Portland!

Those peeps sure know how to party in Portland, y'all!

long live the stripes!!!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Happy World Kidney Day

How to celebrate??
  • Kidney Beans for Lunch
  • Make an appointment with your doctor
  • Understand what your kidneys do
  • Understand that 500,000 US Americans are treated for End Stage Renal Failure each year
  • Donate to National Kidney Foundation or any other organization that promotes kidney health and research.
  • Visit or volunteer at your nieghborhood dialysis center
  • Update your donor status on your driver's license
  • If you are healthy, offer to donate your kidney (you only need one to live). Post op drugs are AWESOME!!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012


Nickelback wearing a shirt with a picture of me, 
wearing a shirt of Nickelback on top of some poutine.

thank you to my colleague for pushing/challenging me to make this masterpiece


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Zombie Apocalypse

The only plus I can see.. Most New Yorkers, in the 5 Boroughs, will be the first to be eaten.

So we got that going for us

Friday, February 03, 2012

I Stand With Ultras Ahlawy

All supporters, ultras, hinchadas & Torcidas organizadas... UNITE behind our brothers and sisters.