why i love the clash episode 34132423

greatest punk band ever.

and yet look at how theyre dressed.

they make pete townshend (who has 777x more money then they do) look homeless

dapperest mfs in town.

topper has a damn hankie in his pocket

i wanna be punk like them.

in that, i do not want to abide by yr rules

i dont want you to think you know whats coming.

heres whats coming: awesome fucking something.

the clash were the most melodic and at times quietest punk band ever

they defied the term

intentionally? no. but you just cant put them in a box.

i dare you to find the box for me.

or most of the things ive done.

if you did though, heres the stamp they’d have put on it

awesome

fucking

something.

if i was more in touch with my feelings id cry now

i had this super important call today on zoom.

i showered, shaved, put on a nice shirt

even put on pants even though no one can see.

opening was good. middle was decent.

then i was asked a question i should not have answered.

i knew it was a sensitive subject and worse of all, i knew i had a punk rock answer.

not everyones punk rock. this person was super cool, but not punk rock.

i should have answered the question with another question like

“you’re an expert in this world, what do you think?”

instead because this was a tiny bit like a job interview, i was dead set on

being smart.

or at least being perceived as bright.

i did the opposite.

i said the thing i should not have said.

i called a play that was complicated.

that required everything to fall into place perfectly.

if it was a football pass i needed to thread the needle

i did not thread the needle and it all fell apart.

i went on a long walk.

then i accepted a lunch date.

i really wish i had someone to talk with about this but

the truth is, it’s ok.

the truth is, imma do this damn thing even if it’s literally the last thing i do

i may get rich off it, it may put me into debt

i dont care. it doesnt matter. it will get done and when i die this is the thing that people will praise me for.

not that i need praise when im dead

but im gonna say here and now, i fucked up today

it was an unforced error.

i knew the question was coming

and i muffed it.

im gonna watch tv now and think about crying

but do everything except that.

i have a big meeting tomorrow

could be life changing.

could just be another sign that i should just keep doing what im doing, as is.

either way, it’s a 30 minute call.

they say in sales if you are talking more than the customer you’re talking too much.

so what can i say in 14 minutes that will get this to a second, hopefully longer call?

  • what’s in it for them
  • how is this for the greater good
  • are the risks smaller than the reward
  • is it worth the money
  • is it worth the time

so maybe i should figure out how i can spend two minutes on each of those bullet points

even though id rather be talking about anything else

 

 

todays MLKs birthday

im always a little surprised when ppl say they have to work on mlk day

businesses that close for presidents day or memorial day

make their ppl come in on mlk day.

ive worked at a few of those joints.

what more does a guy have to do to earn your respect that you’ll actually honor his holiday?

when i was at LAist i drove around the country and when i was in memphis i stopped by the Lorraine Motel, it still looks exactly the same outside

but inside its a civil rights museum

and they have some deep exhibits.

mlk makes me think you can do everything you can and it still wont change some people.

which is a good thing to realize quickly.

that way you dont waste your time doing things to change people.

instead you should do things

because theyre awesome,

and maybe youre the best person to do them.

busy week this week


monday: covid test

tuesday: see if i can finish the hear in LA redesign to make it look like Medium

wednesday: important zoom meeting

thursday: zoom interview where i advise high school kids about how to deal with public speaking

saturday: hot date (if i dont have covid)

i have had zero inspiration

so today i drove to boyle heights to get a taco

instead i got a burrito and a tamale

i ate outside with a lonely old man

a lonely old lady

a high school kid who littered

three younger lunch breakers from the cell phone store

and we looked out on cesar chavez and watched life go back and forth

a lady pushing a baby carriage

pigeons figuring out who to poop on

busses

incredible tamale

and later a really good burrito

they dont put sour cream on them tho

so i will never return.

last night i watched videos on how to make a site

i bought this $50 wordpress theme. i bought this $50 engine to drag and drop everything.

i paid a friend a bunch of dough to move over the Hear in LA content to this new place.

then today when i tried to do what i thought i had learned, i was stumped again.

it seems harder than ever.

it seems super hard.

tomorrow we are gonna go over it, he and I, because maybe theres a button switched on that shouldnt be. or maybe im just the dumbest man alive.

yesterday i got some weed gummies because i was waking up coughing

and a cough these days of COVID is like a gunshot

aint no one wants to hear it, and i for sure dont wanna be doing it.

this morning i woke up groggy. and it didnt get me high.

but i didnt cough.

so tradeoff?

a year ago today amber and i broke up

as you probably know, the xbi does not allow me to be in long term relationships

but for four years i was able to get one exemption after another

to the point where i feel like they wanted her here with me

and i could see why, i ate better, i was doing things that they probably liked

and i wasn’t dating any of their enemies

we all knew the hammer was gonna come down, and for it to happen at the same time as the insurrection was mighty dramatic but if anyones a drama ho its the xbi

some things have not changed at all in this apartment and ive gotta fix that

for example her office is pretty much the same

but the worst is my damn icloud shows me pictures of her all the time – at the worst times.

i delete a bunch and then a bunch more magically appear.

i must have taken thousands of pictures of her.

do i know where she is? no. have we been in contact no.

normally that would be a good thing. but in this case i think its best for both of us.

typically i like being in touch with my ex gfs, they were super important to me and i value every relationship i have been in. every.

but sometimes, especially when youve been tied at the hip it’s good to breathe a little and im sure she is enjoying her freedom because i admit, i was a bit possessive with her free time.

i didnt realize how much i was until she was gone.

lately ive been going to one movie after another. something i wouldnta done in the past bc i woulda wanted to see the movie with her, talk about it, and as we would drive home she would read the LA Times review of it aloud and we would either agree or disagree with it.

whereever she is i hope she is happier than shes ever been.

i hope shes safe and healthy and living the life she always wanted.

she deserves it. shes a good person.

the only problem with Hear in LA is me

let’s say in 10 years i finish this thing.

i will overshadow it.

the same way Huell Howser overshadowed his show, and Anthony Bourdain overshadowed his, and Studs Terkel overshadowed Working.

you can’t help it. you think of the host and not the guest.

and worse, some people might not even dive into the thing because of the host.

in no way am i saying that i am powerful enough to go to every neighborhood in LA and the takeaway will be omg tony pierce is cooler than LA… im saying it will be known as a crazy epic thing that tony pierce made

instead of, omg heres all the neighborhoods of LA, thus here is LA, thus wow – lets check out some of these places

AND

how cool were those people.

it seems to me the only way to get those results instead of the one i am afraid of

is to do it with a team. the bigger the better.

today Kevin Merida, the new editor of the LA Times, basically said Hear in LA is the way the LA Times should build trust.  when i agreed, both Angel Jennings (who used to be the only Black reporter on the giant Metro desk – and now she’s on the masthead) and the EIC both liked my reply when I said it was perfect.

not only do i hope they didn’t think i was being sarcastic

but i hope they know that if i am approached to do Hear in LA at the Times I would be more than interested, but i would want it to be a full court press

i would want as many people on the payroll as possible to interview the people in their neighborhood.

because when it’s a full team effort, the story becomes less about the storytellers

and way more about the people who are in those neighborhoods.

when Hear in LA is completed, i want people to remember the people.