Where you can read the relatively rational ramblings of a silly half-monkey, half-boy. This freak of nature is named Joel. He also responds to the name 'Bart Wang'.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

My week off

They're not as frequent as they once were. This is actually the first week I've had off and stayed home in over a year, believe it or not. Ok, I'm not crying the blues, I get a significant amount of time off. It's been a decent week. Melanie had to work nights four times but we did get some time together. Went out for breakfast twice (once with Melanie, once with Cal & Soo whom I have not seen in way too long), watched a few movies (including the extended-and-awkwardly-edited Mallrats and Iraq In Fragments) and got some new tattoos.

Yes, after several years of talking about it, I got new body art. My friend, Andy Richens, was gracious with his time and talent and did a spectacular job. If you want the best looking tattoo you can get from a guy with serious skills and dedication to have your tattoo look perfect, Andy is the man. He's opening his own shop in just over a week called Pick Your Poison (no website yet). I went to see him at Lucky 13, where he has been for some time.

And now, without further ado (whatever 'ado' means), here's the ink... Please ignore the redness around the letters. That will fade with healing time.

This is the left forearm. I'm going to start a new company called 'To Write Love On His Arm' and make a lot of money. For charity, of course. (Go here if you don't know what I'm talking about.)

This is the right forearm. No other comment except to point out how perfect the lettering is.

This is the whole ordeal. Yeah, on the abdomen too. That was the most uncomfortable part, not surprisingly. Can't wait for it all to be healed. And, in case you were wondering, as Bill was, these pyjama pants were from Old Navy. Yes, I have a navel ring. No, I'm not a chick. Yes, I used to have another piercing which made it appear less girl-ish but it had to be taken out (against my will). No, I'm not taking it out now. No, you shut up.

Check out this video. It's, apparently, a Scientology-produced video that was shown when Tommy won their 'medal of valour'. He crazy. I got this link from Nagy.

I'm listening to the new Blind Boys Of Alabama album. It's good, classic gospel. Missing Clarence's booming voice, though.

Yesterday, I watched the online record release party for my new musical love interest, Waz. It was a great time. Very cool to see him (and his friends Jamie, Malcolm, that other dude who's name escapes me as well as Pete Yorn). I tried to enter the chat enough so that my name (or, at least, my alias - Bart Wang) was spoken but it happen. Waz has been really cool in sending e-mails so I wanted to tell him I was there. Anyhow, it seems I was still noticed as he later sent me a message that said,

"Hey Joel. You've become a legendary Bart Wang figure. At the end of the show, pete, the band, and I were sitting around and pete says, "Who's Bart Wang? He's great!" It was classic! Thanks for tuning in!!!"

I recorded the audio of the show (though I think I might have messed up part of one song) but I'll post it here soon.

Tonight is UFC 80 and I'm planning to head down to Grimsby to watch the carnage. Yay for half-naked, sweaty, wrestling men!


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