Tuesday, July 17, 2007

June 17, 2007
Woke up to overcast skies. Humid, but cool out (low eighties). My last remaining three chickens are quite miserable and I've decided to buy them a mister or a portable air pad cooler. On the way in to work this morning I called J.D. and asked him if he wanted to go down to Home Depot with me to buy a chicken air conditioner and he said, and I quote, "A what?"

J.D. is opting for the mister. We're going tomorrow morning, assuming the chick-owns survive that long.

I don't know if it's the muggy weather, but yesterday's art attempts were muggy-ized as well. Here's a midnight dreamscape. In those blue clouds I see George Washington kissing a pig. What that says about my subconscious, only a dream analyzing neighbor would know (two of my neighbors are dream analysts).

Here's two pages of my sketchbook. That lightning sky was so cool, but then I ruined it by trying to add yellow to the burst and totally killed the effect. So I went back to red-black. Ha.

Feedback On Endurance And A Second Opinion On Salma Hayek & Ice
"I think your latest additions to the Endurance painting enhanced it. Looks great in my opinion. I think your art work is getting better as the years go by. You know how it goes though, you won't get millions for your paintings - but your kids & grandkids will...

"I checked out the YouTube video of T Bell... Has he grown up into a responsible adult or what? (well, I'm referring to the Peace Corps gig) I seem to remember that he was quite the handful for you while he was in his early teens, wasn't he? You used to comment every once in a while on the radio about his troubles... You and Kathy have to be proud.

"RE: Living in the heat of the Old West.... sorry, I think I'd be able to handle it if Salma Hyek were bathing me in ice cubes... wow... Salma Hyek... I could handle it if I were bathing her in ice cubes..."
—Harold Roberts, Tucson

Classic Onion Headline de Jour
Woman Sensitive About That Thing On Her Face

I just read in Time magazine that J.K. Rowland's Harry Potter series of books has so far sold 325 million copies in 66 languages. So I decided to do an inventory of my books. Here are the sales figures as of July 5th:

Total Copies Sold: 69,252

Best Seller: The Illustrated Life & Times of Wyatt Earp, 22,473 (fourth printing)

Second: The Illustrated Life & Times of Doc Holliday, 17,504 (third printing)

Third: The Illustrated Life & Times of Billy the Kid, 13,223 (second printing)

Fourth: Bad Men, 8,670 (second printing)

Fifth: Classic Gunfights, Volume I, II, III, 7,382 (all in first printing). Sales for my seventh book, CGIII, are just starting to come in and I'm confident the Classic Gunfights series will eventually outstrip the sales of the other books.

The funny thing is, there are probably individual book stores that have outsold my entire library with Harry Potter books. And speaking of humor. . .

"Humor is, I think, the subtlest and chanciest of literary forms. It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist."
—Leo Rosten

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