because the world is bizarre, turns out amber is related to a fire captain

and because LA is a small town that just looks big on tv, the captain in question lives in thousand oaks

where we went yesterday for thanksgiving

and out of all the people who he wanted to talk and talk and talk to

was me.

and yes yes yes did i have questions.

was it hot?

duh.

was it smokey?

yep.

whats the deal with using prisoners?

inmates volunteer to assist, probably because they just want to be outside and useful instead of locked up all day. but we keep them away from homes and cars, they’re not a threat to other people.

is it true that even if they fight all these fires, they can’t get jobs as firefighters once they pay their debt to society?

yes that’s true, but they can’t be cops either, or even mailmen. it’s just the rules. think about it though, your house is wide open, do you want a guy in prison for theft looking at your wallet in your unlocked house?

how many hours straight did you and your crew work.

about 30.

how many casualties were there in the LA fires?

about 4.

why was the paradise fire so much more deadly?

it was way faster. the wind. and in a more wooded community.

there were other firefighters at this thanksgiving. they told me that they received thanks from people like Vin Scully, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, Tony Dow from Leave it to Beaver, and Dave Grohl who cooked BBQ for the boys.

despite just finishing fighting the largest fire in southern california history, all of them were in good spirits, attentive to their kids and wives, and down to talk about anything. we watched very little football.

the captain had to eat his Rams tickets a few weeks prior because the fire broke out with little time for him to sell them.

but that wasn’t his biggest fear.

he said that being a fireman, you know youre probably gonna get lung cancer. you inhale all kinds of industrial and bizarre shit. and lots of it. all the time. for years.

and just as quickly the discussion turned to looters, which he had a story about, and how the kid was caught.

it was a lively, fascinating, very warm evening and we drove the slow way home, still smelling the ash of Thousand Oaks on our way back to the Valley.

happy thanksgiving to you and yours

for the last several dozen decades i have looked at things that i am thankful for as things pertaining to *me*

things like job, cars, health, the cubs, are any hot babes loving me, all the things

but this morning i got a text from my mom and it nearly broke my heart.

she was happy to have a job but she didn’t want to have to go to work, she wanted to be cooking and watching football and doting on her grand kids.

but during the Great GOP Recession, just like tons of people, her retirement was wiped out and here she is working for The Man for peanuts on a day she would rather be watching the Macy’s Parade.

so i am not thankful. i am determined. i need to do something serious so my mom can finally retire.

and sadly it’s not drive more trips for Uber + Lyft.

or is it?

no, it’s not.

OR IS IT?

i need to write a script and sell it.

i gotta learn how to write a script.

and i know exactly the story i wanna tell: the time Joe got busted in Isla Vista

music by The Wonderfuls, The Ramones, Rogue Cheddar, Pink Floyd, Mons Pubis, PMS, and Janes Addiction.

it’ll be called Damn Those Shrooms Strong

do i have anything to be thankful for? i do.

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starting with you, my family, and friends,

family

and all the great food we get to enjoy.

cubs world series ring

the Cubs of course especially Theo Epstein and the brewers of Old Style Beer.

old style

I am thankful for my health, and the health of Emily Ratajkowski.

emily

I am thankful for my great job,

oscars

my side hustle,

when uber was fun

and high speed internet. I am thankful for my cats even though they are super weird and pretty much ungrateful and entitled.

cats

I’m thankful for my khaleesi

khaleesi

and all my Uber and Lyft passengers who all want to take selfies with me for some reason.

obey peace

I am thankful for the Obey sample sale, Howard Stern, Baba Booey, Fred, Sour Shoes,

howard stern and beth stern

Fat Artie, and Robin’s health. I am thankful for the Internet, all my past and future loves.

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I am thankful for German engineering, Mike Tyson,

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and all my high school friends who have now had their dreams come true

friends

– thanks to the Cubs, Theo and the brewers of Old Style.

rihanna

 

I’m thankful for Taylor Swift, Rihanna, cheap gas, Anna Kournikova,

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Charles Bukowski, Iceberg Slim, the Truest,

kanye smiling bc he's happy

and I pray for good health for Kanye West.

springsteen on the sunset strip

I’m grateful for Little Armenia, Hollywood Blvd., and Sunset Blvd where the freaks come out.

obama trump

I am thankful for my president, Canadian McDonalds,

the pants

all of the jobs of my past, the voters of California who made weed legal,

isla vista

Isla Vista, rock music,

 

hippie friends

my college friends who continue to rock, the Hollywood Bowl,

sass and her friend in my crib

Canadians who move to Cali,

bono and friends

the readers of the busblog, the moon,

books

my favorite book The Bible, KFC $5 Fillups,

shortsop tyler

left handed leadoff hitting shortstops who happen to be my nephew,

jeff solomon lincoln

and President Abraham Solomon

i’m thankful for you

black lives matter

because we live in a Fox News world where we are convinced the world is going to hell because we have a half-black president, it’s easy to forget how much progress is happening right now.

groups all around the world are doing historic things to make life better for everyone.

people Are trying.

the fact that same-sex marriages swept through this country faster than those with hidden agendas could stop it was beautiful.

last night i picked up a 22-year-old Saudi gentleman. he asked me what i thought of his country. i said, your country reminds me of mine: we mix religion and politics too much. whenever the two are separate things are so much better.

im the biggest Christian you probably know. when some people get drunk and run around saying they love everyone, i say things like i need to build a church.

and still i think life is better when the government has nothing to do with religion. especially one particular religion.

why are government buildings closed on sundays? wouldnt that actually be the best time for them to be opened? if i ever had kids, id love for them to get bible study as much as possible: but not in the public schools. wtf. what about the kids who aren’t into the bible? f them?

im grateful of people who fight for the whole. im thankful for people who use their creativity to express love. any sucker mc can bring fear.

even my kittens are afraid of shadows.

im so thankful for you, the light.

Happy Thanksgiving

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theres a busblog tradition that has been interrupted. but now its back and it’s nice.

what you do is to go to The Pantry, sit at the counter and order a nice turkey dinner with a friend.

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for $18 they give you a huge amount of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.

they also give you chicken soup, cole slaw and a half a loaf of sourdough bread.

because im black i ordered an orange soda.

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then when youre done you order two or three dinners to go and drive a few blocks to Skid Row and hand them out to the poor.

true theres lots of shelters who give out food, especially on holidays, but some people are too wasted or immobile to make it there

or in our case tonight, some people eat like kings at 2pm but by 8pm theyre hungry again

and are stoked when a sweet black camaro shows up, pops open the trunk and gives them a little more

ate some deep fried turkey yep

turkey deep fryer

karisas bf and his buddies set up the death trap but because theyre scientists no one got hurt

me, i protected the alcohol from an alien invasion

even though we were hella late, so was erryone else so i prepared for my dish

open other end

not everyone can make the perfect plate of cb sauce but, with the help of jeanine, voila!

people literally went crazy when they ate it.

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because no one trusts scientists, they cooked a regular turkey and of course there was the deep fried buddy

there was also plenty of water. actually there was plenty of everything.

people ate and were amazed. so amazed they didnt even eat at the table because it glowed of awesome too much.

shack and dog

then people started playing with the dog

then mary started dancing on karisas brand new table

then jeanine and karisa started talking in russian. and they couldnt stop after a while.

then hot toddys were fixed up real nice along with dessert. which was delightful.

then people started passing out. which is always funny.

merry christmas y’all!