Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cute Shit my Aunt Sends Me: EVERYDAY GOOD THINGS HAPPENING...

Despite all the unrest in the world, the following is also happening every day.

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There.  Feel better? 

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Poetry in Motion: Remembering Summer (W.S.Merwin)

Over the years, I have posted quite a few "Poetry in Motion" posters from the NYC subways (and beyond).

I was delighted last year when I noticed that bigger and larger Poetry in Motion posters went up on some newly-renovated subway stations in Brooklyn.

I have a few to share, starting with this one, which I first spotted in September 2017 at the 53rd Street Station on the R line:



Remembering Summer                  W.S. Merwin

Being too warm the old lady said to me
is better than being too cold I think now
in between is the best because you never
give it a thought but it goes by too fast
I remember the winter how cold it got
I could never get warm wherever I was
but I don't remember the summer heat like that
only the long days the breathing of the trees
the evenings with the hens still talking in the lane
and the light getting longer in the valley
the sound of a ball from down there somewhere
I can sit here now still listening to it.
~ ~ ~

Initially, I thought there were multiple poems at the station, but they were repeated multiple times with different colors, as seen below.



Visit the MTA Poetry in Motion page here.

You can also click on the Poetry in Motion tag at the bottom of the post to see prior BillyBlog posts about the series.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Funny Shit My Aunt Sends Me: Christmas dance - enjoy

Sure Christmas is over, but we can still enjoy the festivities!

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Cool Shit My Aunt Sends Me: Tight Fitting Parking Spot

As they say, wait for the ending:


Monday, January 01, 2018

Another "Another Year, Another Beer" - A 2017 Recap

A year ago today, I posted a bunch of words on BillyBlog.

This is what I communicated:

"BillyBlog is on life support.

You used to be able to google "BillyBlog" and this site would be up in the top five relevant hits. No longer is that the case.

But why should it be otherwise?

I posted five times last year, starting January 1 and ending on January 11.

BillyBlog was pretty much moved to irrelevance in 2007, when I created Tattoosday as a feature, which then evolved into its own entity.

Tattoosday is in its tenth year and recently went on a bit of a hiatus.

A lot has changed in ten years. My blogger editing panel is littered with the corpses of blogs that I have tried to launch as side projects over the years.

I am not resolving to do anything with these vehicles, as resolutions seem to fail me; or I seem to fail the resolutions, year after year. However, I am setting a goal in 2017, and it is an ambitious goal that I already acknowledge, is unlikely to succeed in its entirety.

I want to post something daily, whether it be here, or on Tattoosday, or on any other of my side projects. Notice, I do not say will, but want.

We shall see if this gives us better results.


Here's to the optimism of a new year!"

So, a year later, what do I have to look back on? Let's compare 2017 to 2016.

Tattoosday in 2016: 127 posts
Tattoosday in 2017: 135 posts

So, slight improvement there! Hooray for me.

What about BillyBlog?

BillyBlog in 2016: 5 posts
BillyBlog in 2017: 94 posts

Wow! Hooray for me! What's even more exciting is that, I posted 61 times from 2010 to 2016, combined. Granted, many of these posts were copied as "Crazy/Funny/Cool Shit My Aunt Sends Me," but hey, a post is a post.

Also, check out Umbrellacide:

Umbrellacide in 2008: 52 posts
Umbrellacide 2009-2016: 33 posts
Umbrellacide in 2017: 74 posts

Talk about bringing it back to relevancy!

I have also been catching up on the Beer Book Blitz blog, catching up to 2016's conclusion (almost) and still have material for 2017, to be posted retroactively. (Update to follow)

I only managed one "We Lost a Poet" post. There's another still waiting in draft purgatory.

What is truly impressive (to me at least), is that I also archived my daily musings from Facebook naming silver linings to the cloud of the Trump presidency. 349 published in all of 2017. Again, many are short and pithy, but others are not. So, bully for me!

In the end, not counting silver linings, I did miss 60 days, all between August and December, on which there were no Tattoosday, Umbrellacide or BillyBlog postings. However, compared to 2016, I am way ahead of the game.

So, here's to continued success in 2018. Starting with this post. Cheers!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Cool Shit My Aunt Sends Me: Ann Arbor Artist

An MSU grad having to work on the streets?  These are clever.  Enjoy.
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David Zinn is an artist from Michigan. He runs around all day in the streets of Ann 
Arbor, with street construction, cracks, etc. on the road with chalk 
to create a lot of street fairy tales.
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David  Zinn's most famous creation was undoubtedly a little monster called Sluggo.
Sluggo has a green body and long, round eyes, and its partners have also become
a small street  in Ann Arbor unique scene.
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