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Saturday, June 26, 2004
Friday, June 25, 2004
I was getting tacos at this tiny market by my house yesterday, and while I was waiting I saw a woman with a 13-year-old girl sitting at the counter. The woman and the girl working the grill were talking in Spanish. The little girl at the counter was talking aloud in English, asking riddles to which no one was responding. Then she would try out different punch lines. Here are the two that I heard.
1. What can you play with and not throw away?
ANSWER: Nothing. You always have to throw something away.
2. What can you hit and not kill?
ANSWER: A cat.
Thursday, June 24, 2004
One of my musical compositions -- TONE GARDEN -- has made it onto a compilation CD, called Mother2. This CD is available for FREE high-quality AAC download until July 1. (AAC requires iTunes or QuickTime to listen.) Go here to see the full site. After that, you can still download mp3s of the individual tracks.
I am incredibly proud of this collection. Atom Heart -- the artist from which all the sound source material comes -- is one of my favorite electronic musicians. And I think that the tracks on this CD are all wonderful. My favorite is the lovely one by Jet Jaguar.
The other thing that makes this CD personally special is that it features two tracks by my good friend, Josh, recording under the name Helemanu! He is a sound destruction master.
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Okay, in yesterday's post I joked about how bad daytime TV is -- but holy shit! In between the hari-kari-inducing local Fox news program that came before Live Like a Star, to the horribly cheap commercials for accident lawyers and vocational schools, I found new awareness to the bottom of our culture.
I had been wondering how the show was going to edit 12 hours of almost non-stop footage into less than 15 minutes. Well, the answer should be rather obvious: there's not much to it.
I don't think I come across as a total idiot (any more than I am). It's sad (but expected) that UglyTown didn't get any mention, even though the first scene was outside the UglyOffices. Tom looked great on camera at the end. And perhaps most importantly, my friend Mark finally technically made it onto a reality TV show ... even though this was a far cry from Survivor!
What I was most surprised about was how it came across (to me) as a loving tribute to the green-hair era. The whole thing was perfectly not real. And that's why I loved it.
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Yes, the reality TV show that ambushed me and gave me a makeover into the David Bowie of Publishing will premiere on Fox TV tomorrow morning (6/23) at 10am. Yes, it's daytime TV ... but isn't that so much better because it's so incredibly trashy? And it's just 3 days before my birthday, so how appropriate is that?
The sad news is that if you don't live in Los Angeles, the show will most likely not be airing tomorrow. Feel free to consult your local Fox schedule (and beware: Ambush Makeover is ANOTHER show). But all is not lost. Tune into JimPascoe.com tomorrow afternoon for my first reactions ... and maybe I can share some other things too (wink wink).
Additional online correspondent "meh" has set the record straight! Here's his report:
As a born and bred Vancouverite, I feel qualified to settle this. These are all names used by some people for Vancouver. I'll write little comments about each one:
- the 'couve: only losers from the suburbs would actually call vancouver "the 'couve" without trying to get a laugh.
- vancity: if you are white and you want to try and be a hip hopper, you call vancouver "vancity."
- the lower mainland: everyone here knows what you mean. an old name that still works.
- van: you use this if you are too lazy to use anything more than monosyllabic words.
- the six oh fo': vancouver has 2 area codes -- 604 and the newer 778. if you are cool, you refer to vancouver as "the six oh fo.'" ok, i admit... i made this one up, but have been using it for a year or so.
- terminal city: 70s punky name for the city (although it has much older historical roots).
I guess I have to add, in all fairness, that Trish DID clarify that only suburbans with mullets would call Vancouver "the 'couve" ... she also pointed out that vancity is the name of a bank, which is probably why white people would use it. You can look below to see her comments about my slandering her. Oh well, buy some Arsenal Pulp books and make her feel better for being subjected to such crazy Pasconian treatment.
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
My beloved grandmother Norma Pascoe passed away this morning. Her health hasn't been great recently, so her death wasn't much of a surprise. I guess what I am surprised at is how much it's affecting me. I'm flying home to Pittsburgh tomorrow to be with my family for what will be a week of mourning.
She was a total joy. During my childhood she owned a bar -- Norma's Place -- and I can remember many nights as a kid in that bar with my dad, and Grammie would pull a bag of peanuts or potato chips from behind the bar and give me that snack and a couple quarters to play pool, or even better, the arcade bowling machine.
But what I really remember most fondly is something much more recent. Ever since I moved to California (10 years ago), whereas most of my family constantly asks when I'm moving back, Grammie would just want me to call her more often. And when I did, the calls were never full of longing; they were always full of life -- about her gambling road trips, about how this or that doctor was an asshole, about how "the kids" wanted to put her in a home and she'll be damned if they EVER take her out of her house.
As I write this, I realize: I had a noir grandmother. Yeah, she was pretty great.
And as I write this I realize how much I'll miss her.
Monday, June 14, 2004
Secret correspondent "Kowe" has been diligently polling random Canadians about the 'Couve after reading about its fabled existence on this site. Here are his responses so far to the question, "do you call Vancouver 'the 'couve'?":
- haha no, why??
- lol...definitely not
- nobody here does
- no, no canadian does unless they want to get beaten up
Trish, you merciless Canadian, what have you done to me?
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Things I Learned at BEA, part 2: While hanging with a wonderful young Canadian from Arsenal Pulp Press in Vancouver (happy birthday, Trish), I asked innocently if there were any nicknames for the fair city of Vancouver. You know, like the way that San Francisco is also known as Franny. Dear Trish told me it was called "The 'Couve" ... which got me in trouble with just about every other Canadian at the show, all of whom had no idea what the hell I was talking about. Other terms thrown about were Van City, Vangroover, the Lower Mainland, and my personal fave, the GVCR. Thanks also go to Johanna at the almighty Akashic Books for helping me extract this info. Beware the Red and White Menace!
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Things I Learned at BEA, part 1: A young lady at the PGW party on Saturday was in a crowd of smokers and said, "I sure would love a cigarette, but I've been smober for four months now." How awesome is that? I decided to smoke in her honor, because I am neither smober nor sober. The smoke was from Canada and felt like an entire pack rolled into one. Suspicion of Canadians ran high at this show.
Thursday, June 03, 2004
After a short and frustrating week (I was going to say long, even though Tuesday to Thursday is hardly long -- it certainly felt long), I'm heading off to Chicago for Book Expo America. I'm looking forward to spending time with UglyTown's new distributor Publishers Group West, and seeing my friends at Disney Press (who might have an advance copy of my second Kim Possible book). Getting back to the frustrating part: my e-mail has been down for over 24 hours, and it's making my skin crawl. That's why the UglyTown site is down, and it's why if you've written to me, your mail has bounced back. In the words of Popeye or a pirate or some other random angry character, "ARGH!"
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