busblog sunday press conference

Bill: Now what?

I’ve been eating junk food and chocolate. Now I’m headed to Vegas for a few days. Maybe I’ll meet a blonde girl from Canada with a tongue pierce.

Andrea: What’s the best decision you ever made in the moment?

Starting this blog during a 15 minute break at work 10 years ago.

Tucsonan: if she asked, would you say yes?

ive been drinking this whiskey called Red Breast, i was gonna get everyone shots of Jameson but this dude was all, get Red Breast it’ll make Jameson feel like a dirty ho. So i went to the bar and ordered up a bunch and while the bartender was pouring it

and keep in mind this was a fancy place, no sneakers no cubs hats, the types of joints i dont regularly frequent.

classy like.

so i go so is this hootch any good?

and he looks up and says makes Jameson taste like spent jet trash.

and id say yes it is way smoother than Jameson, but it has this magical ability to just guide you to a happy place instead of rushing you there.

and once there my friend you’ll say yes to pretty much anything.

the Dems should break some out  in Congress.

Monkey: What do you do when the things that are supposed to be good for you are only presented by the universe in ways that are bad for you? 

the reason you should send your kids to party schools is the answer to this question.

lets say youre a college aged kid. someone lets say too young to drink legally. and youve got all these pressures on you, and youre broke, and you have a girlfriend but you realize youre in a party school surrounded by sexually awaking beautiful young cohorts. and almost at every party you discover something new in the categories of sex booze rock.

and lets say you are also learning from the masters about the masters in art war poetry science and red tape.

and then lets say something gnarly happens while youre out of your mind, not because youre drunk or anything, but because your heart just got broke for the first time and this is a downer that a good nights sleep after a barfing wont cure.

in the pit you discover certain truths.

and in the party they come to life.

and they usually revolve around one theme

rock rock n dont ever stop.

you’ll never learn that in dartmouth.

Wesley: tony do you listen to the only band that matters?

one of the Buddhas preached from a whorehouse. he argued that if enlightenment could be attained anywhere, then why waste time in a stuffy temple.

while i appreciate his idealism, i doubt you’ll ever find me in a place like that, but i think there can be spiritual moments from any band.

even bands with bad intentions or limited skills.

this morning im listening to the Smiths, MGMT, Titus Androgmafopdspoiao, Weezer, Gaga, and Pavement.

MGMT will not go down in history, but watching Rivers so contently dancing around to Kids reminds us

that we were invited to make a joyful noise.

xTx: Any regrets?

Although it was great to ask Hugh Hefner questions about Tiger Woods and Jesse James at the mansion,

and even though I loved interviewing Bruce Willis at the Roosevelt Hotel and asking him if his vodka takes off would he consider expanding to wine, and if he did would he come out with a Yippe Chianti;

my only regret is not interviewing more inanimate objects.

BiggMike: who will play Tony P in the Busblog movie?

If they can’t get Ad Rock or Tom Waits, I’d settle for Drew Barrymore.

Roseblue: Diamonds, or pearls?

Wasn’t Blood Diamond a great movie? And whats best, now I never have to buy diamonds :)

Karisa: any tips for making it through sunday? 

we’ll ive competed in a few half marathons. and this is how i made it past the first 10 miles, which to me are the hardest because theyre the easiest and it f’s up what the last few do to you.

i pretend theres an in n out burger at the finish line. a double double with cheese. and theres only one left on the planet

and if i eat it the aliens wont blow us up, indeed they will keep us around because no other universe was crazy enough to spend all that water to feed all those cows to produce something we’d market as hamburger.

do it for the kids, karisa.

my mom sent me the sweetest card today

she also said, thank you for sending me that book that i cannot read to my grandchildren

i had mailed her “Go The Fuck To Sleep”.

she said when my 6 year old nephew came over she had to run upstairs to hide the book

out of fear he would think it was a kids book for him.

i had also sent them a pencil sharpener that lights up in cool colors as you sharpen it

and it is powered via usb.

“thats good because the kids arent allowed to plug things into the wall.” she said.

but they can run around with electrically sharpened pencils?

when i was a kid there were two books i was obsessed with

“the babe ruth story”, and “in the center: kareem abdul-jabbar”

i read them both over and over.

so imagine how great it was to get a call that kareem wanted to blog for us, six weeks into my new gig.

the blogosphere was excited too. kareem is the nbas all time leading scorer. even more points than jordan.

not every celebrity is cut out to blog, but kareem has penned several books of varied topics,

he’s a world traveler, a jazz enthusiast, and someone who people love so he hears and sees everything.

he wrote almost every day for a little while there and because he knows everyone,

when herbie hancock won a bunch of grammys, next day there was kareem talking about herbie, with a pic of the two of them.

when the giants won the super bowl, not only did kareem have a post with a pic of him and both manning bros.

but he explained that he wears #33 because his favorite football player as a kid

was a black blocking back for the NY football Giants.

and he wasnt afraid to write about controversial subjects like barack obama and rev wright.

on one hand blogging celebs can write about so much out of their experience,

but on the other hand actual important peeps like the captain are busy trying to win rings for the lakers

i love this picture because it is of kareem learning typepad from two of our tech folk, isabel and josh.

isabel, strangely enough, was laid-off a few weeks after this picture was taken, and went on to work for kareem for a little while, redesigning his website. later she married tom brady. jk.

josh was wooed away a few years ago, and recently he helped redesign this very busblog along with former timeser gregg.

i believe it was josh who suggested we call it: Kareem Abdul-Jabblog.

lindsay has some funny stories to tell about that blog too.

we had other celebs blog for us, former olympians wrote on our olympics blog,

pau gasol blogged during the playoffs

and just this fall steelers wide receiver  hines ward blogged as he participated and won abc’s dancing with the stars.

kareem is in terrific shape, looks 20 years younger than he should, and i believe his was the first blog we launched under my tyrannical reign.

im glad the times keeps its retired blogs online. thats true web 2.0. and you get to see our old design and how much better the redesign is now.

Dear Los Angeles Times, you rock

From: Pierce, Tony
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 4:38 PM
To: yyeditall; yylatbloggers
Subject: Dear LA Times, you rock

Dear Los Angeles Times,

I don’t think you realize, but years ago, I used to have a pretty successful personal blog.

And on that blog, every now and then, I’d write a post that would start

“Dear LA Times, you suck…”

And I would go off on how I would change things if only the Times would hire me to blog.

True story.

The readers loved it because who doesn’t love a profanity laden rant by a nobody as he shakes his fist at The Man?

One day I got the nerve to actually write the LA Times. The unlikely victim was Meredith Artley who was running the web site at the time.

I was running an upstart local blog, LAist, who just had a month so big that it had quadrupled theTimes’ most popular blog.

I wrote in part, “I don’t know what the word is after quadruple, but if you don’t hire me I’m gonna have to learn it.”

Because life is fascinating, I was hired not to write on one blog but to run all the blogs at the LA Times.

As the kids say: omgwtf. As my mother says, “be careful what you wish for.”

Those days all of the blogs at the Times added up to 3 million pageviews a month. In March, as you know, blogs accounted for about 72 million pageviews that month.

When I was invited to go into an office today, I was told that the LA Times no longer needs a Blog Editor.

One might think, how can the one part of the Times that has consistently shown record-breaking growth month after month, and year after year, not need someone whose sole agenda is looking out for the best interest of those blogs?

Especially if that part is the part that everyone agrees is the future of the company, if not the heart of its present?

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hi summer vacation

tony pierce?!

yes summer vacation, it’s me, your buddy.

but why are you talking to me, didnt you just take a summer vacation in April for a week and a half in sedona?

yes i did. and it was amazing, but i’m afraid this one will probably be a little longer.

wait were you fired at the Los Angeles Times?

it’s being described as a lay-off. and i’m not the only one.  a bunch of other people, more talented than me today got to say hi summer.


yep. hi.

hi tony.

sass is in america for a limited time

and neither of us had been to soul food for a while,

so we drove down crenshaw and i noticed that M&M’s on king had reopened

i warned her that the service was usually bad and the food was hit and miss, but when it was on it was sooooo good.

so we parked, went in, and the lady said it was to-go only.

i looked and there were about 10 people in the place eating, so i was all, ok so we order and sit down?

and the lady was all, no its too late, we dont have a server, you have to take it to go.

very confused, and not really wanting to bring the food back to my crib, we peaced out.

“see!” i told sass and kept driving south down crenshaw.

before we knew it we were crossing Florence and because sass is young, grew up in hong kong, and then moved to canada

she had no concept of rodney king.

like none.

i was all dont they have American History in HK?

she was like, nope, British History!!

huge frown emoticon HK!

so i gave her a brief retelling of the rodney king beating, trial, and subsequent riots and looting and showed her some of the buildings on crenshaw that burned

and then we ate at one of my favorite joints in inglewood, dulan’s soul food kitchen where we had chicken ribs sweet potatoes mac n cheese red beans and rice greens and string beans and grape soda.

so damn good.

the older i get the more i realize the less i need

there was a time when i needed music at all times. i only need it 72% of the time now.

there was a time when i needed the tv on constantly. that too has dipped around the 70 percentile.

i still need love in my life but it no longer needs to be celebrity tennis stars or runaway teens.

i’ll settle for women who can levitate shapeshift or cook a really great pie.

when i was losing a bunch of weight i saw how deadly chocolate was to my waistline

so ive realized that being thin is something that i no longer need as much as i once thought.

chocolate is what separates us from apes.

which brings us to soda pop. sugar not-free. sugar rich. extra sugar.

mexican coke made from real cane sugar sold in expensive glass bottles,

i have discovered, especially with a shot of good rum

while chatting it up with a jewish girl from the valley

one would be crazy to deny oneself of such a summer treat.

you only live once, saints,

milk it.