Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Blind Men and The Elephant

It was Tuesday evening and, as always, six blindfolded men got together to play pin the tale on the donkey. Because that's what people who wear blindfolds do. They made the fatal mistake of coming to the gathering already blindfolded. Because of that mistake, they ended up groping a large elephant. Who, in turn, lied to the blindfolded men by telling them he was a snake and they'd better back off.

The blindfolded men didn't have the first clue where you'd pin a tale on a snake, or the sense to remove their blindfolds, so they backed off.

The End

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Brahman, The Tiger, and The Jackal

This is a tale of money, pity, and hunger, but mostly money.

The Tiger was caught in a cage and asked a passing Brahman to set him free. The Brahman saw no harm in letting a hungry, wild animal lose, so he did as the Tiger asked.

The Tiger was indeed hungry and somewhat of a bully.
"Give me your lunch money." The Tiger demanded. "I'm hungry."
"I have no money." Replied the Brahman. "Where do you think I would carry it? Look what I'm wearing."
"Oh, a wise guy, huh?" Snapped the Tiger.
"Actually, I am a wise guy." Said the Brahman.
"Alright Brahman, I'll make you a deal. You go and beg, borrow, or steal some money, bring it back here and I'll let you go free." Said the Tiger.
So the Brahman went on his way to acquire the funds.

The Brahman first asked a tree, but the tree was broke. Two children were climbing on its limbs and they busted off. What have trees done for people as of late anyway? Nothin' for nobody.

So he asked his friend Bull for some cash. He was named after the bailiff on Night Court. Bull resented the name since it lacked creativity. Bull wished he had been named after more popular characters on other sit-coms, and wouldn't help the Brahman.

He then asked a road for money, and realized that's where you go to get rid of things, not find them.

All the while, Hansel and Gretel were lost and frightened in the forest, but that's not important to this story.

The Brahman then screamed his situation to the Jackal. The Jackal then told the Brahman,"I'll help you get out of this predicament, but it will cost you."
"Well, money is what got me into this mess in the first place." Said the Brahman. "I don't have any money, where do you suppose I'd keep it? Look what I'm wearing."
"I can see you're a wise guy," said the Jackal, "So, I'll do this pro bono."

Soon, the Jackal and the Brahman returned to negotiate with the Tiger.
"Well what do you want?" Inquired the Tiger.
"Don't you know that things in stripes belong in cages?" Queried the Jackal.

The Tiger didn't care for the Jackal's remarks, and figured he'd just eat the Jackal. But the Tiger agreed with the Jackal.

So the Tiger got back in his cage where he belonged, nobody had to pay money to anyone and they were non the wiser.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Law & Order: Trial by Burly

"Dead Men Scare Me Stupid" John Swartzwelder P. 48

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"...They never found me in good old Number 7."

"Dead Men Scare Me Stupid" John Swartzwelder P. 25

Monday, May 18, 2009

"...I had been hung by the wrong leg..."

"Earth Vs. Everybody," John Swartzwelder Pg. 82

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Burly Bum

"Earth Vs. Everybody," John Swartzwelder, pg. 57.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Earth vs. Everybody

I recently finished reading John Swartzwelder's newest book "Earth Vs. Everybody." It's his fifth book about the ongoing adventures of Detective Frank Burly. Very funny. Unlike TBS, which for some reason will play movies like Saving Private Ryan and try passing it off as comedy.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Los Angeles California, the birthplace of me. Or, I got a new job and had to move.

I now look like this:As we were cruising south on Interstate 5 at a comfortable speed of 71 mph through the majestic landscape of Oregon, we were stopped at the California border and asked what fruit we were smuggling into the state. Just then, I noticed my skin began to darken and my hair suddenly became a healthy jet-black. I had the overwhelming urge to cover my luscious locks with a thick coat of pomade and my teeth looked like I had gargled with bleach. I think the transformation was the result of exposure to the California sun and the consumption of too many Wheat Thins.

It was at this moment I realized I would have to start pumping my own gasoline and paying sales tax again. The road then became a dangerous place for me to be on. I was so distracted by my new state of handsomeness, that I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror. Due to all the swerving and my slow pace, I decided it was in my family’s best interest to let my wife drive the remaining 14 hours of our 15-hour trip to Los Angeles.

We finally made it to our new little home nestled between the 405 and the I-90 freeways. It’s a quiet little place with all the comforts of home. The constant sound of the traffic above is as soothing as the ocean, there’s plenty of barrels for fires, lots of cans filled with fish bones, and concrete as far as the eye can see for our kids to play on. And it’s a steal at only $2,700 a month.

My wife was pretty tired after the long drive, so after she carried me into the house, we rested a bit before we began the arduous process of unpacking. Needless to say, we made it safe and sound and we’re ready to give California a try until the next layoff.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Parody or Potty?

I've always been a fan of "Weird Al" Yankovic. Like so many competent professionals, he makes his job seem effortless. When listening to his music, you can't help but immediately think, "I can do that," which is exactly what my brothers, cousins, friends, and I attempt to do quite often. Over the years as popular songs and artists would release music we disliked, we would attempt to create our own parody of that song. I guess the intent was to try help others see the error in their ways for listening to such tripe. We would do this by imitating the artist and the way they sung and/or supply our own set of lyrics that usually included the name of our dog or simple potty humor. Not all songs fell under the category of ridicule, some just came about from what we happened to be watching on TV.

I'm afraid I can't take credit for these lyrics, although I wish I could. This was nothing short of pure inspiration conjured up by my brothers and cousins. The following lyrics are to be sung to the theme from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Which was always Transmitido en Español en SAP).

I gotta get up,
I gotta get goin'
I'm gonna see a friend of mine.
He's tall dark and ugly
I love him because he's just...

Raider, Tusken Raider,
The toilet seat's cold
And that was pretty much it, they never came up with lyrics for the rest of the song. Which is what usually happened with most of the songs. Other parody classics we came up with included:

"I'm in a Hurry to Wipe My Bum" (Parody of "I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)" by Alabama)

I'm in a hurry to wipe my bum oh I'm,
Poopin' poopin' til I'm all done.
All I really have to do is wipe and leave,
But I'm in a hurry and use my sleeve.

"The Poop Scoopin' Boogie" (Parody of "Boot Scootin' Boogie" by Brooks and Dunn)

Get down, turn around, go to town,
Poop scoopin' boogie.

All we really did to this song was change two words, but it now has a different connotation.

"Diarrhea" (Parody of "Mamma Mia" by ABBA)

Diarrhea, here I go again
My my, I sure have to take a poo.

Again, not much else went into coming up with other words to finish the song. And of course there's:

"If You Like Queen Amidala" (Parody of "If You Like Piña Colada" by Rupert Holmes)

If you like Queen Amidala,
And her big silver plane,
If you are into Yoda,
If you think Jar Jar is lame...

So yes, most of our experience as parody song writers were similar in theme, we simply used potty humor and some Star Wars references. Any other song that we tried to ad lib on the spot would just result in inserting different variations of our dog's name into the chanty. Needless to say, we weren't very good at parody song writing.

It's also quite ironic that I gripe so much about how much I despise blatant potty humor that seems to pop up in so many movies, yet it is the main inspiration of all our song lyrics. Maybe it's because there's so many things that can rhyme with words ending in, "-ee," and "-00."

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Freelance or Sleeping with the Trilobites?

This was a spot of freelance that came my way recently. They're illustrations that will be used to educate elementary school children. They didn't give me too many details about what was going on, but this is what I can gather. Let's begin now:

This is Gerry, Gerry is a geologist, but not a very good geologist.This is another geologist, his name is Gerry too. He's a better geologist than the other Gerry. This is Pam, she's a paleontologist, she's also Gerry's accomplice and the one who ordered Gerry to "push the button."Gerry has decided to carry out the job "the old fashioned way," by stoning the other Gerry. These are the stones and the tools that Gerry will need to get the job done.
This is the hole that the carcass will be thrown into. Notice, Gerry has also chosen a remote location that no one is likely to find.
The stiff goes in here.
This is what the inside of a hole looks like. Once you've hit bedrock, that's deep enough.
Here is a close up of fossils that you might find in the hole. Take them with you, you might be able to sell them. Boom! You've just increased your pay-off.
Well, it's done.
Here are a wide variety of stones that can be used to carry out lapidation.
If you'd like to make your own stone, there are three simple steps. It may take awhile, so you need to get started right away.
This is Pam. She pays Gerry off with a giant dog biscuit.
She swears she won't say a word.
The End.

Friday, January 30, 2009

I'm It.

I have been "tagged" by several people in the past, but don't really know what that means. I didn't care for the questions that were asked, so I decided to come up with my own.

Things That Bug Me:

1. When people lick their fingers to turn pages in books.
2. When people talk during movies, bring babies to movies, eat smelly hot dogs during movies, or leave before the credits are over.
3. The smell of vinegar and pumpkin.
4. In the movies when one person starts to clap, then two, then three, and suddenly everyone is applauding.
5. When people eat ice cream off a spoon, leave a mound of it on the spoon, and then finish it.
6. Papyrus Font

Favorite Supermarket Aisles:

1. Laundry detergent aisle.
2. Bread aisle.
3. Cereal aisle.

Least Favorite Supermarket Aisle:

1. Dog food aisle.

Favorite Non-Video Games:

1. Pit
2. Connect 4
3. Set
4. Boggle
5. McDonald's Monopoly

Least Favorite Non-Video Games:

1. Monopoly
2. Monopoly Jr.
3. Monopoly the Mega Edition
4.Chutes and Ladders (It never ends.)

Least Favorite Foods:

Anything that ends with, "-slaw," "-loaf," "-role," "-ish," or "-ushi."

Favorite Tire Brands:

1. Michelin
2. Good Year
3. Pirelli

Favorite Saturday PBS Programs:

1. The New Yankee Workshop
2. America's Test Kitchen
3. The Woodwright's Shop

Best Whining in a Leading Roll:

1. Luke Skywalker - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
2. Daniel Larusso - The Karate Kid
3. Dr. Gillian Taylor - Star Trek IV The Voyage Home
4. Willie Scott - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
5. Randy Parker - A Christmas Story

Dream Job:

1. Host The Price is Right.

The One Christmas Gift I Wanted, but Didn't Receive This Year:

Well, there you have it. If you'd like to be tagged, knock yourself out...consider yourself "it."

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


This was a bit of freelance that came my way last week. These were done for the Shakespeare play Comedy of Errors that is playing here locally. They wanted the backgrounds to be in a Warner Bros./Maurice Noble style. The WB cartoons, Deduce You Say and Drip Along Daffy were used as the reference for style and color. My buddy, Fred Gardner, designed and drew the layouts, and I painted them along with Scott Fassett. They then projected the images onto a screen which serve as the backgrounds for the play. I thought it was a pretty cool idea.

The image above was painted by Scott, and I painted the images below.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Keeping Busy of Waiting?

I broke the old Nu-Pastels out (HAHAHAHAHA, get it? Because they break and they're old because I've had them for awhile, but they're also nu, because of the brand, but not spelled like new...sigh, anyway) the other day whilst I play the waiting game, and decided I'd try to do some head studies. I spent about an hour on each of these.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Out With the Old or In With the New?

Since it is the beginning of the new year, I've decided to post the happenings of the holidays up to the present day. We began the holiday months by spending a quiet Thanksgiving at home, and let me tell ya, the good folks at Del Taco out did themselves once again.

We started off the Christmas holiday by being laid off from my job. Just before Christmas, the studio I worked for decided to pull the plug on our project which sent me into the realm of unemployment. Between putting together portfolios and trying to find a job, I now pass the time listening to the Mamma Mia soundtrack and putting Legos together. The highlight of my day is checking the mail, which usually contains 20% off coupons to Bed Bath and Beyond. The other highlight of my day is watching Cash Cab on the Discovery channel. It hasn't been all humdrum and glum. We didn't let this setback keep us from enjoying the season. Since money is a little tight, we had to be a bit inventive with our gift giving. Luckily for us I have been doing a bit of inventing, which mostly consists of me duct taping flashlights to different things. I also decided to just return items that we've borrowed from others over the years. This year, I gave my mom back her spatula but with a brand new flashlight taped to it. My dad got a new Blue Ray player this year, so I gave him back his Ambervision glasses.
And I gave each of my brothers a new Norman Rockwell calendar. Our insurance company sends us one each year, so I just gathered the ones we've collected from years past, scratched out the old year, and put 2009. I also threw in a few 20% off Bed Bath and Beyond coupons for them.

We spent New Years with friends playing the Nintendo Wii. They got a new game called Wii New Years, so we just played that all night.

Well, out with the old and in with the new. We had a good year. It was a bit rocky towards the end, but we're optimistic for what's to come.