today is Jose’s birthday, he’s 19

jose and elaine

Jose Martinez is the man and the muscle behind our South LA blog, OnCentral.

Today’s birthday boy was the college journalist of the year last year under the tutelage of former Daily Nexus sports editor Tom Nelson over at LMU.

when i wanted someone to run our blog i called Tom and asked if he had a recommendation he was all

do i!

Jose had just been the Loyolan editor-in-cheif and won that fancy award

so i interviewed him and he was fantastic and has only gotten better.

lovely young man who it has been a joy to work with and theres no way that OnCentral would be as kick ass as it is now without Mr. Martinez.

despite his questionable musical tastes.

but the kids… whaddya gonna do?

Happy birthday Jose! Don’t change a thing!

Birthday Bonus: My Top 3 favorite Jose Martinez pieces:

Know Your Graffiti: Disses, threats and the Mexican Mafia

OnCentral on Foot: Miramonte Elementary scandal

Nitrous: Providing courage, highs and more horsepower

Super Bonus Extra! Great story and perfect photo by Jose — 12-year-old blues guitarist phenom plays ‘like he’s about 50 years old’

brand new bob dylan

bob dylan is the greatest.
people are all envious of naked prince harry
or suave ass george clooney
or the guy who gets to drive the zamboni
but why wouldnt you wanna be bob dylan
smart, talented, unique, intense,
cryptic, mysterious, perfect.
for some reason i have two copies of his book
and i have not read it.
i listen every day to dylan.
today was “serve somebody”
and later in the night was this new thing
“Duquesne Whistle”
even the video is good.
damnit!

i am ridiculously competitive

it’s probably my biggest flaw.

at all times im competing

but never about the things i should be.

i should be trying to write better books than my friends

or being purer in my heart

or figuring out ways to make my mom happier now that shes retired.

but instead im trying to beat statues at Horse.

statues can ball.

why do i even bother?

how was your day? pas mal

obama not bad

your president pulled a fast one on the republicans today

in a way they didnt expect.

while they were getting all dolled up to trumpet their new wannabe VP,

the Obama camp got himself onto Reddit, perhaps the most powerful website currently in the world.

and took questions.

the popularity of the surprise virtual engagement was enough to break the site for several minutes.

but once the nerds did whatever they do to get the servers working again the commander-in-chief answered 10 questions

ranging from beer to Da Bulls to omg jobs and war.

the kids ate it up, and the presidents appearance dominated Twitter for the rest of the afternoon

because im the luckiest guy in the world i got to cover it for our news site

and got to write this headline: Obama gets on Reddit, breaks it

tony would you ever get a tattoo?

wood cut tattoo

theres so much in my life that if you’d had asked me when i was a kid if i would do

i woulda said no

which i ended up doing later in life.

and some of it was terrible, some of it was meh

and some of it was excellent.

if i got a tattoo i would want something different.

like something that looked like a 3d tattoo.

hopefully it would say something like busblog

or isla vista

or free pussy riot

or something.

but i doubt i would do it.

people tell me i have commitment issues.