yesterday was mr duane storey’s birthday

if you dont know duanes storey you should ask him cuz its fascinating and tragic and in the end triumphant. some of it involves expensive camera equipment, computer technology, and one of the best views of downtown vancougar youve ever seen

some of it involves getting beaten up by punks next to a 7-11 for no apparent reason whatsoever.

and of course some of it involves being so drunk on nude years that he pulled a My Life As A Dog but instead of not being able to drink milk outta a glass he had difficulties with chinese food while sitting on his bed.

in a room that we all crashed.

and partied in every night.

even though i had a better room.

ah duane.

photos by duane via flickr

if i lived in toronto id be out all night with the likes of raymi and fil and pitt and christie and alison. if i lived in vancity id be drunk each night with chad and keira and miss 604 and duane. but fortunately i live here in hollywood where i can type to you at 10:30pm from my office at the la times.

while thinking of how i forgot to write something like this for duane yesterday.

duane has talent up the ying yang. he tried to show it to me but i dont like to look up dudes’ yings. duane has a very kind heart and excellent taste in wine women and song.

soon his webmaster skillz will be put to the test because a secret tony pierce blog will be launched on one of his servers and if he thinks he has the strength this very blog, the busblog as well as might just end up in his capable hands.

duane is a canadian gentleman. the sort that you can reach out to if, say, you lost your wallet in a foreign land and despite staying on the fancy floor of the fancy hotel the concierge wont let you cash a cheque with them even if you have a fancy business card. but duane will loan you the cash no probs no questions axed. and then he will lend you more. at a very low interest rate.

and for that reason we thank duane for being duane and wish him a belated birthday from america.

everyone should have a good reason to blog

maybe youre trying to seduce a girl in canada. maybe youre trying to seduce a media outlet. maybe youre trying to seduce good while drive away fear.

whatever your reason, you should write tonight.

very smart girl the other day told me that evil is seduced by sadness. if evil is trolling around the planet it looks at auras and those auras are either saying hey ho lets go or theyre saying woe is me woe is me. since evil is a lazy fuck guess who it will try to find a home in? guess where it will try to find an ear it can whisper in? and guess the sorts of things evil will want to whisper?

things like: no you cant, god you suck, everyone else is better, youre so boring, youre so old, youre too young, youre so dumb.

meanwhile beautiful magic is attracted to happiness and wonder and possibilities and omg love.

so send your birdcalls of joy out into the world and keep that radio station of power blasting at 50 thousand watts. will there be some who call in on the request line and tell you that you suck. of course. thats evil telling you that youve beat him again. thats the devil saying hes defeated. hang up on him and play some zeppelin.

write something good tonight. write the way you wanna write. write about the one good thing that happened to you and then write the next thing tomorrow and rinse and repeat. do it day after day until you have a week of nice things. until you have a month of rock. until you have two months of joy. then tell me that the girl next door doesnt climb off the pages of playboy and into your heart.

today i got to see the donnas play at LAX and it was pretty fuckin rad. i will have more pics up tomorrow at the LA Times Travel blog called The Daily Deals blog, and because im a positive thinking im going to believe that the video i uploaded of the scene and a song and my interview with the CEO of Virgin America will get processed properly too and i might even put that up on here, the world famous busblog

home of the brave

land of the loved.

congratulations, kansas

zulieka giving kansas her love, look out boston here she comes on your ncaa college basketball championship. therefore congratulations william s burroughs who shot his wife in the head and killed her and was still allowed to do drugs and write and live free, unlike oj whose gloves didnt fit. etc.

but most of all congratulations to zulieka one of my favorite bloggers of all time because she has a grace about her writing and a sensuality and an intelligence that is completely overlooked when the lost try to explain the varied nuances of blogging.

the problem with journalists and authors and even other bloggers when they write about bloggers is they completely ignore the breadth and variety of the 100+ million blogs. they pretend that everyone is either matt drudge or dooce or some lonewacko banging away in his mothers basement. truth of the matter is there are as many different types of blogs as there are snowflakes. and zulieka’s is one of the snowiest.

for years i have had the pleasure of watching her fascinating life unfold and yesterday i read that she is moving from kansas to massachusetts(!) apparently her mother bought her a house. so look out mass, z, lil baby z, and freddy are headed your way.

but first, heres what zulieka noticed about the game, something that i didnt see since i was working.

Then after screaming I felt bad for the Memphis underdogs, who came out of nowhere and really did deserve the win, even though the cameras shied away from their cheerleaders the whole time making us wonder about the implications of that absent footage until finally an accidental shot of a female trombone player from their side cleared it up. Wow, Kansas girls aren’t exactly hot but at least there’s been some circulation in the gene pool.

This is typical of me, and it’s happened before at an auction and at casino. I love to win at any cost. What a fantastic game, what lovely tattooed boys. Yes, goddamn it, I was watching it too, at the same time you were.

for some reason i felt sad that she was moving away from kansas. i have no idea why. its more likely that i will find myself near boston than kansas, but i guess i always thought that kansas was better with zulieka than without her.

and maybe i think that boston doesnt deserver.

did i say that outloud?