dear people of the future

shits fucked right now in the usa

the most dangerous place for a child to be is in school believe it or not

guns kill more kids than anything else.

18 kids died yesterday and one party was outraged and the other was all whoops

whoops because one party gets millions and millions of dollars from the gun lobby to keep their mouths shut

i can be bought. true. especially now.

but even i, whore as i may be, has a line.

i dont even have kids but i cherish them. i know a little what it takes to raise them.

actually i dont know anything about that life. but still. it seems very hard. time consuming. painful. tiresome. burdensome.

to be honest i dont see the payoff, but my friends are no dummies and they keep having kids and havent eaten any of them yet. so there must be something there.

therefore we should protect them.

or at least find a new way for them to die other than this very silly one: guns.

wtf.

ive learned so much from twitter

ever been in a relationship and you’re like why did they take that the wrong way?

then you get on twitter and ppl constantly taking things the wrong way

including you.

how many twitter accounts are called bus-something? not a lot.

how you gonna block busblog and you’re named bus something LA?

maybe i do wanna be blocked by such a person.

been watching The Great on hulu bc someone recommended it and also i wanted to use it as background noise as i worked on my website.

way better than i expected.

i had no motivation today

there are things that come easy to me

some i gotta work on

and some i gotta toil over and try so hard not to suck at

this damn website has been a struggle

and thank heaven for Mark Johnson because he has been so patient

and has helped me so much

and the other day he got COVID while in NYC visiting his boys.

jordan has helped so much, mark has helped so much, and weirdly everyone who has been even the slightest bit positive

and especially those who have put up with my unending promotion

have made all this happen.

today i realized this has never been done before in the history of LA:

  • interview at least 5 people per 250+ LA neighborhoods
  • put the majority of the interview online in audio
  • make a real blog post for each resident

i gotta get motivated tomorrow.

meet me at the black church

when i was a kid the bible was a mysterious thing

i guess parts of it are still mysterious and in a small way id like to keep it that way

however i have an idea about interviewing this biblical scholar i know

about abortion

is it in the bible?

where does thou shalt not kill enter into the debate?

and isn’t there a part that says if the mom’s gonna die in childbirth, it’s ok to have an abortion?

pretty sure he lives in westchester

jewish man who is an expert on the new testament

such an expert he teaches it at LMU

do you know how good i feel today

yesterday we produced our 50th episode.

50 episodes in 10 months.

do you know how crazy that is?

and we took two months off when COVID was raging.

and neither of us got paid for any of this.

labor of love.

planting the seeds.

figuring shit out.

i wanted this 50th episode to be special and spectacular

and like a Sports Illustrated double issue swimsuit edition

and look at how it doubled the views of a normal day:

before we publish a podcast i like to take a walk and listen to it in earphones

earbuds, earpods, whatever you wanna call it.

i want to hear it the way someone might if they were hiking.

most of our shows are an hour and that allows me to get like 7,500 steps in

but yesterday’s was a two hour bonus edition

so i walked and walked and ended up at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

and lo, i saw the xbi has already gotten me a giant tombstone next to a beautiful palm tree.

so nice of them. but no, i am not returning!

even though i only live a few miles away from hollywood forever, ive never just strolled over there because it really would take about 2 hours to go there and back and I HAVE THINGS TO DO

I AM A VERY BUSY ADULT MAN

which is crazy because Johnny Ramone wants to play for us.

we should listen.

and we should mourn the death of Grass.

while walking around i laughed outloud, i smiled, i beamed. it was a great episode.

just listening to it i knew it would take off.

which is something i say about all of them, but this one i just knew

it was just so controversial and wild and hyper local and interesting.

i am so indebted to jordan for getting me off my ass to do this thing

and now we only have 1,450 left to go!

now to make some videos

listen to it by clicking here

today they sold a warhol of marilyn for $195 million

money is the weirdest thing.

pretty sure that’s why the Bible is against it.

you could chase after it all your life, do all these weird things youd never do to get it

then decades after youre dead, all your shit is worth 1,000x more

and the shit hasn’t changed.

if anything theres more art for people to buy,

some might even say Better things to buy

but nope, they want your old thing which was a picture you blew up

and colorized.

be good is what the bible says to do instead of chase money

help the poor is what it says

help your neighbors.

be cool.

and yet, when push comes to shove there we go applying to work for companies

who dont really want the real tony pierce

they want some picture they can blow up

and colorize.

16 of my favorite pics of me

i have lots of pics i love. here are the 16 im willing to discuss at this moment.

one of the places i lived in San Francisco was on Haight Street a block from Fillmore. Near the end of the Fillmore line is a legendary rock club. At some point in my day I thought to myself, “Sound check for Elvis Costello tonight is probably 4pm.” So I got on the 22 Fillmore bus at 3:30pm, waited around a little in the mist and at 4pm a limo pulled up, Elvis got out. Earlier I had told a different guy, “if you take my pic, I’ll take one of you with him.”

one of the weirdest parts of my blogging career was how popular this blog was in canada. im not sure if it was raymi (pictured) or matthew good who linked to me first from up there, but as soon as they did, this thing went to another level for years. this is a halloween party up in toronto where raymi is dressed as a woman who got her neck slit open. im dressed as an american.

i had never been to a movie premiere before. liana miraculously got two tickets for the premiere of kill bill 2 at the chinese theatre, and you got free popcorn and pop.

very few pictures exist of me in college or with a skateboard, or wearing a swatch, or with chris smoking a cigarette wearing my amnesty international concert tee shirt. later that year i would have an epiphany on that plaid couch while watching roger clemens pitch in the playoffs.

found myself having to drive Cheech to his home and i said i have about an hours worth of questions for you on this 40 minute trip so strap in compadre. he answered them all.

i used to get invited to speak at colleges more often. but then the kids started quoting me on twitter.

my first day working at the LA Times also happened to be the paper’s Christmas party. this was the publisher David Hiller. he introduced himself to me and said, “Mr Blog Man, I have heard of you. I have a blog myself. Do you have any advice for me?”

I said, “I have seen your blog and it is good, Mr. Hiller. But I would not invest too much energy on it if I was you.”

Shocked, he said, “but why?”

I said, “I have heard a little about your life. You have a great life. Great life = bad blog. Bad life = great blot.”

And he laughed and laughed and someone took this picture.

I had no idea what to wear to work on your first day so I wore a ski sweater.

my first day at LAist I wore my lucky hawaiian shirt – which I would mysteriously lose the day etienne and i broke up for the second time and swim trunks. Basically on 6/6/06 we had drinks at the Good Luck Club and I said 100,000 people are reading this blog, your blog, right now. i know a way to get to a million. when i left we were at 1.3 million. the pants (left) knew we were gonna do it as did big tanky (right) because i was wearing a funny hat.

my last day at LAist i wore a robe and pajamas because the slur against bloggers was we were just losers in our pajamas in our parents’ basement typing up a bunch on nonsense. we were celebrating that i would be overseeing all the blogs at the LA Times. to my right is mr adam rose who had already made the leap from LAist to the LA Times, he was blogging about USC sports after a beautiful run of being the Sports Editor at LAist, a job he begged me for of which I gladly allowed him to do. he was incredible at it. he would later become a big wig at the huffington post.

sxsw austin about to ask a few questions to the drummer of metalica, watch amy winehouse, kiss a beautiful woman, and finish that diet dr pepper. sxsw is my favorite thing all year and i rarely go. but when i do i try to savor as much as i can while getting plenty of rest. the trick is to get a hotel right downtown. it will cost more. but if you can get a 5pm nap for about an hour and then go back out there, you’ll look as handsome and healthy as that smooth bastard.

i was sitting on a panel discussion in chinatown next to ev williams, pictured, who near the end takes over the laptop connected to the projector and it announced that Blogger had just that minute been sold to pre-IPO google. a few years later ev would co-found Twitter. the thing you probably clicked first to get here.

before i got work at the academy, i struck out on a bunch of job interviews. i couldn’t see why. my track record was incredible. but in retrospect, maybe the man upstairs was just waiting for the oscars job to open up. it turned out being the longest job i ever held and the most dramatic positive surge: 4,000% increase in followers.

crazy thing about LAist. we had no budget. i couldnt pay anyone. so i would throw barbeques at my apartment once a month. everyone would show up, theyd even bring food. it was beautiful. i think people write better when they like each other. this group loved each other.

bleachers, wrigley field, thanks to a go fund me supported by the greatest friends in the world. game four world series. three games later the cubs would win it all and my charmed life will have reached a peak.

on a road trip to canada in a dingy motel in oregon

on a road trip in ontario and quebec wearing a belt from a drug store that would tighten no problem but didn’t like to unloosen. etienne had just bought me ray bans and said i looked handsome for once and would like to take a picture of me at the count of three. un, deux

so much is going on

we did our two episodes this week

was hard because they are both so good so i always wanna make sure the blog posts are good

those always take forever.

but now just downloaded some professional audio editing software

that wasnt cheap let me tell you mister

so its 1am and im gonna watch youtube videos for the rest of the night

and then trim down wednesdays episode which will be our very special 50th episode

might be a two hour bonanza but i would sure love to get it closer to 90 minutes

we talked about a lot of things tho.

saw dr strange tonight at the americana at brand

the crowd was decent. they didnt clap at all the things they shoulda but they freaked out at the right parts

over all i gave it a C+ because ultimately it was a let down

no spoilers

xoxoxox

for months, behind closed doors

the republicans on the supreme court

the ones who were appointed by two presidents who did not win the popular vote

worked out a way to end abortions

worked out a way to tell a woman

she had to be a mother

worked out a way to erase all the hard work and litigation and precedent

over all these years.

and now i cannot concentrate.

i have so much work to do and i cant do it.

not because i think they will get away with it

everythings temporary

but because the supreme court was supposed to be one place

where the smart people worked.

where logic and the law and the constitution

were the things that protected America

from politics and religion and power and blah blah blah

but its not the case anymore.

these people dont care that women are gonna die

or have to give birth to the kids of rapists

or have to give birth to kids whose daddies they’ll never know.

dont we have enough problems?

why is controlling what happens between a woman and her doctor

of such importance to these justices?

we are in dark days

and thats why i cant focus.

do you know we did well this month

8 episodes in 4 weeks

The worlds smartest Uber driver lives in Granada Hills

Atwater Village‘s Audrey Wu is here for you

Is this Granada Hills neighborhood the most idyllic in the Valley?

Money Mark fixed a gate in Atwater Village owned by the Beastie Boys, and his life changed.

22 annoying questions for a Larchmont Village realtor

Photographers should love this Carthay Circle man

This songwriter scored ounces of pure coke in the ’70s from a doctor in Carthay Circle

She’s leaving Sherman Oaks after 25 years to sail on a boat forever with her man