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  1. Monday, March 19, 2012

    the lottery is 241 million dollars 

    mega million

    figure fifty million goes to taxes

    and any good Christian gives half to charity

    and half of that to their mom

    191 / 2 = 95.5 / 2 = 47.75

    any good College of Creative Studies grad gives $8 million to CCS

    and even if you bought a couple $3 million dollar houses here

    and one in canada, you’d still have $30 million to live off of

    and start a poutinery in echo park.

    and of course buy back the rights to all of Tsar’s records

    and come out with a remastered box set.

  2. Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    Hey Tony do you like ribs? 

    baby i love ribs so much heres a picture of me and my date Mitzi

    at a UCSB dance where if you look closely in my right hand

    you can see i’m still working on a pork rib

    does that answer any questions you may have about lots of things?

  3. Monday, August 22, 2011
     

    time flies but we all look younger 

    One of the sweet young ladies from the Thirsty Thursday crew, Anne, who every boy had a crush on, including me, reminisced today in her Facebook

    About 20 years ago, Tony Pierce says “this great new band is playing for free today, I think you should go see them.” Which I did. The lead singer was SO RUDE to the crowd that I thought to myself “They’ll never make it with an attitude like that.”

    The band?

    Jane’s Addiction.

    Because of the wonders of video mixed with the miracle that is the Internet, this video above might be precisely the moment that Anne is referring to.

    I got to meet Perry a few years ago at SXSW and asked him if he remembered how agressive he was with the young crowd and the MTV cameras trying to capture the rise of Jane’s on the beach side California college town.

    The band had just done something like 7 sold out shows in a row in Hollywood and they had committed to play the free gig at UCSB.

    Nothings Shocking had come out and quickly became our Houses of the Holy.

    “Yes I remember that show,” Perry told me as MGMT played behind us. “I wore green boots.”

     
  4. Thursday, May 5, 2011

    did i tell you i went to santa barbara this weekend? 

    vote sandwich

    indeed i did.

    and there i saw good things and bad things.

    the good things included the kids, they seemed to be fun, smart, and as grateful as we were to reside in paradise.

    of the bad things i saw at the top of the list was the dearth of advertising in the daily campus paper.

    it was then that jeff mcmanus asked me if i would support him in getting the nexus a better online presence.

    we talked to the incoming editor in cheif, a lovely young woman who is currently a sophomore.

    she was way into it, and open to lots of new ideas cuz at this point, what is there to lose?

    while talking to her she told me a delightful tale about how she became EIC and who she actually lost to.

    as someone who was one press council vote away from being EIC, i was all ears.

    apparently there has been an unofficial tradition recently at ucsb of only one person truly running for the top job.

    this year was no exception and when it became obvious that she was going to be the only person running,

    someone nominated a 6″ Subway meatball sub to run against her.

    Vote Sandwich read the signs plastered around the recently cleaned up newsroom.

    Sandwich won by a landslide, i was told.

    later a bottle of tequila was passed around

    it was emptied quickly.

    the reason i believe in a strong online daily nexus is the more stories your college paper can produce,

    the more opportunities young writers will have to learn and practice the art of journalism.

    if your paper is only 8 pages, only a limited number of students can write, edit, photograph, draw, and report.

    but if the pages are unlimited, the possibilities are unlimited.

    meanwhile theres no excuse for the local pizza joints and national chains for not finding their advertising messages in an award winning paper

    that speaks to 20,000 young Californians living feet away from the beach and 90 minutes from Hollywood.

    also, all the new buildings looks lame all mushed together like that without any stylistic thread to tie them all together.

    its like building of the month next to building of last decade. its ridiculous.

    but the strangest thing happened. a breeze hit me carrying with it the smell of the sea

    wrapped in the aroma from a eucalyptus, and suddenly i was instantly transformed to days gone by.

    it was a delight.

  5. Sunday, May 1, 2011

    glowing from the great time i had yesterday at ucsb 

    ucsb

    it was an all-gaucho reunion.

    my buddy chris and i are both graduates from the college of creative studies there, so we went.

    i’ll get into more detail later,  but let the record state this simple fact:

    theres no way on Earth that i would be who i am today

    or work where i do today

    or have the success on this blog that ive had

    if it wasnt for robyn bell of the college of creative studies at uc santa barbara

    i owe her and that place everything.

    forever.

  6. Saturday, March 12, 2011

    i got 99 problems but Beach ain’t one 

    lol u mad

    the mighty ucsb gauchos have a super star forward named Orlando Johnson. the kids like to call him OJ.

    ucsb beaing long beach state

    the gauchos had a rocky regular season and going into the tournament they had to beat 3 teams they had lost to twice to win the Big West.

    and just like every other super hero you know from santa barbara, this team starring OJ pulled it out.

    next stop, the Big Dance.

    bring your tortillas, Gaucho Joe.

  7. Tuesday, August 31, 2010

    ive often said i dont like being on panel discussions 

    and tonight i was faced with why

    even though i have a website with my name in it, and even though i fake it reasonably well, (not so) deep down i am ridiculously shy

    and i know myself well enough to realize that if i have my mouth open the odds significantly increase that i will say something embarrassing to either myself or my employer.

    but people invite me to these things, and i battle the fear of being boring with the fear of making a fool outta myself and a lil demon whispers in my ear something along these lines:

    you are tony pierce OF COURSE you are going to say something stupid, so just dont Also be boring. and ps you cant hide who you are.

    those voices make their way to my stomach. which is the magic 8 ball of my soul. so for lunch i ate a sensible salad. and when i left a little early to change clothes at home i went to Vons and got a nice spicy tuna roll

    because what could be better for a soon-to-be-upset stomach than supermarket sushi?

    but relaxed at home for a few minutes. snacked. ished, showerd, and shaved. got into some traffic. made it to the santa monica with 4 minutes to spare.

    and when the time came for we, the panel to be introduced, thank God, the host of the show took the floor (pictured above) for 10 minutes because suddenly it got really hot in the room and i ran to the mens room to powder my nose cuz i was fixin to die.

    got back just in time as the panel had introduced themselves, it was my turn and we were off.

    all went (seemingly) well – other than the sustained hiss i got from one member of the audience after i told the crowd of attractive young women that if they all dont have a photo of themselves as their Twitter icon then they’re missing a great opportunity if attaining followers was one of their goals.

    i even got a few laughs.

    but right at the end someone asked what my favorite blogs were. and i said, well it might seem like pandering but i have often said my faves have almost exclusively been women and most of them happened to reside in Canada.

    i explained that two in particular was one raymi the minx and one keira-anne. and, because time is of the essence, especially near the end of a two-hour discussion, i described one as “sweet” and the other as “saucy”.

    somehow all i was projecting was that i liked them because they were both easy on the eyes.

    and i got called out.

    a followup question came from the back along the lines of “other than being hot what ELSE do you enjoy from these female bloggers?”

    and your hero thought, this is exactly why your stomach did not want to be here. this is precisely why i should just stay in my pajamas and hide behind the glow of the macbook. this is specifically why i attempt to remain comfortably numb in public – because when i drop my guard the unedjumacated politically-incorrect sexist pig leaks out and everyone can see.

    but luckily i was able to explain that yes people like raymi and keira and so many others may lure you in with their beautiful photos but once you get beyond the image and get to the actual content you get to see not just who these fine women are but you learn a little about the cities and country that they live in. you get to learn about their struggles, insecurities, hopes, loves, dramas, families, and stories.

    after the show the young lady who had put me on the spot was super sweet and apologized for what was probably seen as an awkward moment, but i told her not to sweat it, that it was honest and great because all we had been talking about was to be honest in our blogging and tweeting and there she was actually living it.

    anyways if we hadnt been rudely interrupted by one of the only other dudes in the place i wanted to tell her that right now my favorite summer blog is also written by a young lady, but an AMERICAN

    yes, Alecia’s asian vacation is the type of travel writing that can only be seen in blogs for its honest, not trying to be anything other than what it is, educational, funny, weird, filled with pictures, and so so many interesting tales.

    more female bloggers i am inspired by and hope to one day be as good as (lets try to keep it to 10): leah, lindsay, erin, gage, zulieka, krista, danielle, katfran, xiaxue, and last but not least the so nsfw xtx

    ok now im going to drink that beer i promised myself.

  8. Tuesday, August 18, 2009

    todays my buddy Chris’ birthday. hes 79 

    we met in the dorms of San Nic at UCSB way back in the day and we’ve both turned our lives over to the Lord and because of that our paths have been lined with beauty and joy.

    we went to finals together last year thanks to the fact that Chris is a season ticket holder.

    in fact, chris and i went to the first Laker game Ever at Staples, and we had schweet seats.

    chris and jesus rob invented Thirsty Thursday back in Isla Vista and because of that we met many friends and randoms. fortunately we met young ladies as well. because when you have a keg and you brought a buck and yr own cup, how can you not make friends?

    ah yes those were the days, but probably the most fun i had with Chris back then was skateboarding to class together, we are both college of creative studies grads, writing poetry all night, and then reading them the next day to the enjoyment of our class.

    im sure anyone who saw us then would not think that chris would turn out to be a genius digital video forefather, whose work has been in every Tony Hawk skateboard game since the first one. and no one would ever think that id be an xbi chopper pilot.

    despite his drinking, smoking, etc, my question is, how did chris get to keep his great hair?

    happy birthday g

  9. Monday, August 4, 2008
  10. Wednesday, April 30, 2008