January 25, 2009

Angel Falls show a HUGE success!!!

I'm still riding high from last night's standing-room-only Saturday Night With The Poet's Haven event!  We had a total of sixteen people read at the mic, and a coffee house FULL of people there to enjoy poetry.  I'll begin putting together some podcasts ASAP.  The next two episodes will contain material from the last two shows of 2008 as well as some material from last night.  (Episode 18 has been ALMOST ready for a couple weeks now, it just needed one more poem to fill the runtime.  I'll probably use Christopher Franke's poem from last night, as the episode includes his feature read at Cool Beans.  19 will feature the second half of Dianne Borsenik's feature at the Phoenix in South Euclid.)

That said, I will be needing music for the next few episodes.  If anyone is interested in having a song or two included in upcoming episodes, contact me.

Don't miss next month's Saturday Night With The Poet's Haven event.  February 14th, we will be at Phoenix Coffee in South Euclid, OH.  Our featured poets will be Carmen Tracey and Jeff Kosiba.  Jeff and Carmen featuring on Valentine's Day!  This will be fun!  :-D

Here's a look at the schedule ahead:

March 21st at Insights Coffee & More in Brunswick will feature singer/songwriter Ramona Stone!  The featured poets for that event and for April and May's shows will be announced soon.


January 18, 2009

16 Things (okay, get off my case, everyone...)

1. I have not written a poem in ten years. Most of the poems I wrote ended up getting burned. On purpose.

2. Tobacco smoke disgusts me. I don't have as much of a problem with marijuana smoke.

3. The first concert I attended was Hank Williams Jr. I was 8 at the time. All I remember is the horrible job the sound crew did. When I was 9 or 10, we went to see the New Kids on the Block in concert at the outdoor Blossom Music Center. All I remember is the chick who passed out before the show started and eating Mr. Hero sandwiches out of a cooler. The first concert I bought tickets to was Def Lepard when I was 16. I broke up with my girlfriend two weeks before the concert and ended up going to it with my mom.

4. I have dated three girls named Angie. I regret dating all three of them. One of them, I regret more than all others, because I lost one of my best friends as a result.

5. I don't drink as much or as often as one would think I do based on my humor and and Facebook posts. I can count the number of times I've been drunk on one hand. That said, it does take very large quantities of alcohol to get me drunk.

6. I spend more time shopping for video games than I do playing them. Yet I continue to buy them.

7. I refer to the owner of the comic book store I shop at as my drug dealer. Hey, $50 a week in comics is still cheaper than heroin, right?

8. In college, I wrote a critical essay about a comic book to antagonize an English professor who made a joke about "juvenile habits" after seeing a copy of David Mack's "Kabuki" on my desk. (Google it if you are not familiar. Definitely NOT a book aimed at kids.) That professor ended up wanting to read the book I wrote the essay on. Mission accomplished.

9. In 2000, I voted for George W. Bush. (Sorry, I could not vote for any ticket with Joseph Lieberman on it, let alone a Gore/Lieberman ticket.)

10. I attribute my surviving high-school to a well-worn cassette of The Cure's "Wish" album.

11. I attribute several of my high-school classmates surviving to the fact that I did not have access to guns as a youth.

12. I currently own six record players and one 8-track player. I have, since the new year, purchased eight new vinyl records, including new releases from The Offspring and Panic at the Disco.

13. I root for the bad guys.

14. I know how to bake and cook. I'm just too impatient to do all the work when I know I can just buy it in the freezer section ready to nuke.

15. It is really challenging to come up with one sex-related item to put on this list when I use Facebook for professional purposes...

16. I once spent four days working as a second-shift telemarketer. I quit when I realized that the call that woke me and had me screaming about how we were on the do-not-call list at 9:30 AM was from someone on the other shift.