GJ Willis' Art Notes

The Adventures and Misadventures of a Neer Do Well Artist Living in Baltimore.

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I am a visual artist and writer living in Baltimore. I don't have any artist friends. Frankly, artists scare me, there so darn flaky. The above picture is either of me or proof that I'm a pretty decent artist. My goal is to be a self sufficient artist, whereas I wouldn't have to do something else in the day in order to eke out an existence. I also like to attend various cultural events around town. I go to plays, the symphony, etc. Also, I have Asperger's Syndrome. I found this out recently and it has explained a heck of a lot as to why I am as I am.

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Thursday, October 28, 2004

I had to run for the bus again. The bus I was running towards was the #20. When I finally made the bus the stern looking driver said, “Looks like you’ll be losing weight in the morning.” She laughed as did I. I was happy that I made it. She was again in a very animated conversation with a passenger. I believe this was the same passenger as yesterday. From their conversation I gather that the woman she was talking to is a fellow bus driver.

The light rail train was on time. It’s again being driven by the gray haired man. The makeup monster was aboard. This morning she had a friend with her that wore a tight pink jacket that was trimmed in pink fur. I’m starting to think either she’s a prostitute, a receptionist, or a beautician/nail person. She got off at her usual Lexington Market stop.

The light rail baby is aboard. It seems to be just quietly looking around the train at the passengers.

WHAT I DID LAST NIGHT: I finally watched the director’s commentary of Merlin. I had to fight to stay awake as I watched it. The movie was more exciting than the commentary. I don’t consider my dvd viewing complete until I’ve seen all the special features on the disc.

I also went to Plaza Arts where I picked up some nice shiny 3-D paper as well as scissors that can cut in a scalloped edge. I bought them with my gift certificate from Christmas. I now have about 4 or 5 dollars left on the certificate.

The woman who rang up my order was the same one who waited on me on a Sunday in August. She has red hair and had on a red plaid shirt. She looked better than she did the last time I saw her. As I can recall when I last saw her she had on a generic all black ensemble. One thing I can say for sure is that the red hair and the red shirt she has on today, really makes her pop out visually. Also she's still as perky as I remember her being when she last waited on me.

WHAT I’M WEARING: Today, I have on a long sleeved button down denim shirt. I’m wearing it with black slacks and black canvas tennis shoes.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

The bus that got me to the light rail on time this morning was the #2. It was driven by the George Forman looking man. The gray haired man is driving the light rail train this morning. The light rail baby is also aboard. It’s wide awake this morning. It seems to be in playful mood while playing with it’s bottle.

I have never discussed a certain passenger who is sometimes on the train when I get on. I dub her the makeup monster.

She is usually putting on makeup or stinking up the train with nail polish that she applies daily on her commute. I have no idea what it is she does for a living. She looks absolutely garish. She looks like a female female impersonator.

TOP 5 DEBUT ALBUM’S OF ALL TIME: WTMD is having a best debut cd of all time countdown. You can vote on any 5 debut album’s from any genre and any era.

My picks for top 5 debut album’s would include the Violent Femmes self titled debut album. I would include it because I hate to say it but their debut album was the best album they ever put out. The lion’s share of the tunes they are known for come off of their debut album. What you probably don’t know is that their debut album was never a hit. However, it has had steady sales throughout the years. So in a since it’s an underground hit that’s over 20 years old. I would be very disappointed if it does not show up their list.

I would also include Pearl Jam’s debut album 10. I would include it because it ushered in the early 90’s Seattle grunge sound.

Another debut album I would include would be the Beastie Boys, License To Ill album. I would include it because against the odds they’ve managed to stick around for well over 20 years. When they first came out they were a joke. Who knew they’d be around this long?

Another good debut album I would include would be The Clash’s debut album simply entitled, The Clash. The Clash were the first commercially successful punk rock act. Also from the ashes of The Clash you get Big Audio Dynamite which was a major influence on such acts as Fat Boy Slim and Moby. Also BAD used a lot creative sampling throughout their work.

Ok here’s my list of the top 5 debut albums of all time: The Violent Femmes-The Violent Femmes

Pearl Jam-10

Beastie Boys-License to Ill

The Beatles-Meet the Beatles

The Clash-The Clash

WHAT I’M WEARING TODAY: Today, I’m wearing a multicolored striped mock turtleneck pullover. The colours in the pullover include: blue, lime green, black, white turquoise, and lavender.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

This morning I had to run to catch the #20. Luckily, a man who was just getting off the bus saw me running and yelled at the bus driver to stop the bus. I eventually got on the bus. When I got on the bus the stern looking driver was in a very animated conversation with a passenger. I had never seen her so jovial.

The light rail train was on time. This morning it’s being driven by the elderly gray haired man.

Also this morning the friendly Latino man said, “Good Morning!”, to me before I did. I haven’t seen him in weeks. Also the baby is aboard the train the first time this week.

WHAT I DID LAST NIGHT: I tried to watch the entire director’s commentary of Merlin. However, it slipped my mind that the movie was originally a mini series, thus, it runs longer than the usual. I will have to watch the second half of the director’s commentary on the movie tonight.

WHAT I’M WEARING: Today, I have on a cream colored actual turtleneck instead of the usual mock turtleneck. The turtleneck I have on has a denim blue paisley design on it. I’m also wearing dark blue slacks and beige canvas tennis shoes aka the Muppet shoes.

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Monday, October 25, 2004

Today, after a whole week I got the #20 bus. It was driven by the stern looking woman. She again said, “Good Morning!”, to me.

The light rail train was on time as well. It’s being driven by a woman with a very long ponytail. Several times this morning she had to stop the train. I hope that I will be able to make it to work on time.

WHAT I’VE BEEN LISTENING TO: All last week I’ve been listening to Elvis Costello’s cd, The Very Best of Elvis Costello. It's as brilliant as I expected it to be.

I’ve also been listening to INXS’s compilation cd, Shine Like It Does. I find it to be very danceable and fun.

Another cd I’ve been enjoying is The Smith’s, Singles cd. I absolutley love the lyrics to “There’s a Light That Never Goes Out”. How can you possbily go wrong with lyrics like, “if a 10 ton double Decker bus crashes into us.. to die by your side... well the pleasures all mine.” The Smith’s lead singer Steven Patrick Morrissey doesn’t have the nickname of Miserable Morrissey for nothing. Those lyrics are so over the top in miserableness that they’re downright funny.

Still, I have to say despite Morrissey, the absolute best thing about The Smiths is guitarist Johnny Marr. In my opinion Johnny Marr is a genius. He's arguably one of the greatest guitarist of the late twentieth century.


Elvis Costello-The Very Best of Elvis Costello

The Smiths-Singles

Marc Broussard-Carenco

INXS-Shine Like It Does

MTV’S Best of 120 Minutes

WHAT I’M WEARING Today, I’m wearing a purple mock turtleneck pullover that has a gold and deep purple leaf design on it. I’m wearing it along with stone washed denim jeans and my beige canvas Muppet shoes.

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Sunday, October 24, 2004

Today, I mostly spent my time on the Outpost Gallifrey message board. I did things like update my user profile and became a Guardian member of the service by paying a $10 yearly subscription fee. I used to be a paid member before they changed servers some time last Spring.

QUICK REVIEW OF MERLIN: Yesterday, I watched the Special Edition version of the NBC mini series Merlin. If you’ve been reading this blog a while you probably know that I have on my queue at Netflix almost every version of the King Arthur legend that they have available in their library. I have not entirely completed watching the movie. I still have to watch the director’s commentary. I plan on watching that sometime this week.

Overall, it was ok it fleshed out Merlin’s background story. However, I found Miranda Richardson’s voice in the movie to be annoying in it’s raspiness. She’s evil we get it! There was no reason for the voice.

The movie had a lot of big name stars for a network tv movie. It starred Sam Neil, Miranda Richardson (daughter of Vanessa Redgrave who played Guinevere in the film version of Camelot), Helena Bonham Carter (with a lisp), Isabella Rossalini, and Martin Short. What the hell was Martin Short doing in it? As you can probably guess he was the designated funny man. He played a character similar to Steve Martin’s animated genie in Aladdin.

Overall, the movie has better than average for a tv movie. The special effects were outstanding for a tv movie.

Since seeing a long slew of King Arthur movies I can tell that the costume design for Merlin was heavily influenced by Excalibur. He wore a wore a skull cap and a feathered cape.

Also I noticed that the casting of King Arthur and Mordred perhaps influenced the casting choices in Mists of Avalon. The two actors looked similar to the other King Arthur and Mordred in the later, Mists of Avalon, production.

An original take that this movie took was that the marriage ceremony between King Arthur and Guinevere was not depicted as a happy occasion. There was a storm about to brew as the ceremony took place. This I felt was a good example of foretelling.

Overall, the movie was watch able and had great special effects. The only annoying thing about the whole production was the sound of Miranda Richardson’s voice.

The next King Arthur movie I have is Disney’s, The Sword In The Stone.

QUICK REVIEW OF GUINEVERE: Last Thursday I finally watched the wrong version of Guinevere that Netflix sent me.

The movie they sent was about this young 20something and her relationship with a man older than her parents.

The old guy was played by Stephen Rea. I do not understand how his character could get young 20something’s to fall in love with him, tutor them, and then have them pay his way. He looked real creepy. Now if the older man was played by Richard Gere, maybe I’d understand how they could be so seduced.

Sarah Polley who played his “Guinevere” in the movie was gum challenged. I found myself cracking up every time she laughed or smiled. She has horrible dental work. She had a smile that was more all gums than teeth. As I understand it Polley is a Canadian. I thought they had dental care on par with the US. Oh, well....

The absolute best performance in the movie was Designing Woman’s, Jean Smart. Her portrayal of the mother was absolutely chilling. When she finds out about the affair between the wedding photographer(Stephen Rea) and her daughter(Sarah Polley) the speech she gives to the wedding photographer is Academy Award winning material. She really laid him out good for having a thing for young inexperienced girls.

Overall, the movies premise was beyond belief. It was ok but not the greatest. It’s more of a Lifetime cable movie of the week. It’s highly watch able but won’t change your life. Also, I kind of liked the theme music of the film. It was very new agey.

WHAT I’M WEARING: Right now I’m wearing blue plaid pajamas with blue slippers.

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Saturday, October 23, 2004

I am doing overtime again this weekend. I suppose the bus came on time as well as the light rail. I don’t know for sure. As I’ve written before I have no idea how buses run on Saturday. As you can see I’m not in a big rush to research the issue. Whenever I do overtime I usually come in late. No one gets yelled at for coming in late for Saturday overtime. I can recall people sometime coming in well after 9:00AM. Me? I’m usually there around 8:00AM instead of the usual 7:00AM.

HOW THE DENTIST APPOINTMENT WENT: I did go to the dentist’s office yesterday. However, I wasn’t seen. They usually keep a sign in sheet in the door. When I got there the sign in sheet was missing. I just figured that maybe after a certain point in time they take it away and then see the people who have appointments. Then after they see them they take in the walk-ins.

Since I was late for my 4:15 appointment I just assumed that maybe they took the sign in sheet away after the last appointment of the day. It turns out I was wrong.

I sat out there for about 40 minutes. Then a nurse came out and asked my why I was there I told her. She told me that I had to make another appointment and that I should have went inside the office and told someone that the sign in sheet was missing.

I think they still could have seen me. It wasn’t that late in the day. I know I could have a made a big stink and said, “Don’t you know who I am?!#” Then I could have proceeded to tell her that her boss, the dentist that owned the office was my uncle. Then I could have went on to tell her that another of the dentist’s that worked there was my cousin. I didn’t want to push the issue. I just saw it all as getting a pardon from the governor.

WHAT I’M WEARING TODAY: Today I have on a gaudy long sleeve t-shirt that I got for Christmas a couple of years ago. It depicts famous neon signs in Vegas. It is black and has glitter on it. The main color scheme of the shirt is red, yellow, and white. I think I got it because I said that I always wanted to spend my Christmas in Vegas. Yeah, quiet Gail would love to go to Vegas, baby!! I also have on blue jeans and old decrepit Payless tennis shoes.

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Friday, October 22, 2004

The bus I took this morning at the usual time was the #2. It was driven by a heavy set man who looked a little like George Forman. I’m not sure if he’s the same driver from Monday.

The train was on time again. Like the previous days the driver has a piece of newspaper up so that you can not look into the driver’s car. I suppose he’s really into maintaining his privacy while driving. I hope he’s not doing anything nefarious in there. By the way it’s still damp and wet outside.

I’M NERVOUS: I haven’t been to the dentist’s office in over three years. I finally made an appointment a couple of weeks ago because either the filling came out on one of my teeth, or my wisdom tooth is acting up, or I have a cavity. I’m not sure what is wrong all I know is that I feel a dull pain from time to time in a certain section of my mouth. So for the past couple of weeks I’ve been in hyper sensitive dental care mode.

I went out and bought an expensive battery powered flosser. It’s pretty good. I also bought an expensive sonic toothbrush. I also have a rechargeable Waterpick. I did this all so that my time in the dentist chair could possibly be cut down. I know that after this appointment I will probably get another for a teeth cleaning and a whole host of other procedures.

I’ve been neglectful because I’m not that into going to the dental office. I believe I’ve written before how my dentist is a relative and everytime I go there I have to give updates on my life. I go there mainly because there family and they know me. I feel comfortable (it’s family)yet uncomfortable (it’s a dentist’s office!).

WHAT I’M WEARING: Today, I have on a long sleeved light green pullover over a white t-shirt along with black slacks and black canvas

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Thursday, October 21, 2004

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This morning the streets and sidewalks were still damp. I’m happy to report that it has been a week since I’ve seen the strange man lurking around outside. Since I haven't seen him since last week I’ll assume as I did on Monday that most likely he’s been arrested or has finally gotten help for what ever ailed him.

This morning the bus was on time. I caught the #1 bus again. It was driven by the medium sized woman, who said, “Good morning!”, as I boarded the bus.

I had to wait before I got on the bus. It seems that every time I take the #1 bus in the morning there is a man with these two small children who gets off on the stop I get on. He carries a small baby and a toddler by the hand when he gets off the bus. I suppose he’s dropping his daughters off to a daycare center. I think it’s nice that he takes care of his kids. I’m assuming he’s there father....

The light rail was on time. I again can’t tell who is driving the train. He has a newspaper up covering the view inside the driver’s car.

HIGHLIGHTS OF YESTERDAY: I actually finished work on time! I’m usually on time for work in the morning. I admit that I tend to dawdle towards the end of the shift. I’m not in a big rush to leave out in the evening. It’s not like I have a big family to rush home to or that there’s someone anxiously awaiting my return.

The other highlight was that I went to the laundromat. I hadn’t been there in a couple of months. I tend to wash my clothes over my father’s house. I couldn’t do this because the washing machine over there is broken.

I was surprised to find that the neighborhood laundromat is now owned by West Indians. Hopefully, the West Indians will do a good job in running the place.

I didn’t like going there much because the Asian woman that originally owned the place seemed to be permanently cranky and the place looked dirty and all the machines seemed to be broken. Also I hate the hideous lime colour of the laundromat. Hopefully, the West Indians will change it to a more pleasing colour.

The part of town I now live in is not where I grew up. I grew up near Bolton Hill and I’m used to nice clean laundromats where the owners actually cared about their establishment. The machines in my old neighborhood were newer and at one laundromat in particular they would let you dry your clothes for free. God, I miss that place!

WHAT I’M WEARING: Today, I have on an olive green long sleeved mock turtle neck pullover with black slacks and black canvas shoes.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

The bus was on time as usual this morning. The bus I got on was the #1. It was driven by a medium sized woman who wore her hair in a ponytail.

I’m not sure if I wrote this before but three bus lines run down the street that I catch the bus on. The buses that run on the street I catch the bus stop on are the #20, #2, and #1. It’s generally unpredictable as to which bus will be there at the usual time that I’m at the bus stop. One thing is for certain, the #1 is a rare bus to see in the morning.

The light rail was on time this morning. The light rail baby is aboard. It’s wide awake and making baby squeaking and squawking sounds.

I can’t tell who’s driving the train because the driver has several pieces of newspaper up blocking the view inside the driver’s car. A scary thing that happened on the train is that it lost power as we were heading up towards the North Avenue bridge. It took several long minutes for the train to recovered and then the ride continued on as usual.

SINCLAIR BROADCASTING DEFEATED: I am really happy to hear that the Hunt Valley based Sinclair Broadcasting will not be showing their anti-John Kerry propaganda documentary, Stolen Honor. The company owns 62 television stations across the country. It ordered all the station to show the documentary. Because of Sinclair Broadcasting’s drastic decision there stocks are falling. Since money talks the Conservative broadcasters will not be showing the propaganda piece masquerading as a documentary. This recent turn events with Sinclair Broadcasting makes me very happy.

WHAT I’M WEARING: Today, I’m wearing a long sleeved dark blue mock turtle neck pullover with stone washed denim jeans along with black canvas shoes.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

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It was raining when I first opened the door to leave out for work. I didn’t have an umbrella along with me so I had to go back in and get one. My only worry was that the delay in having to go back in to retrieve an umbrella would make me miss my bus. Then I remembered that when it rains the buses tend to be slow. They’re driving on slippery roads after all and have to take precautions.

It turns out that I was just in time to catch the #2 bus. It was driven by a man I had never seen before. He was more chubby than fat. He had a thin mustache.

The light rail arrived a little late as well. It is still being driven by the man who drove it yesterday.

The light rail baby is aboard for the first time this week. It’s mother has put a plastic covering over it’s stroller because of the rain. Right now the baby is fast asleep.

FAVORITE CD THIS WEEK: A really phenomenal cd I’ve been listening to lately is Carenco by Marc Broussard. He has an incredible voice. I really mean it this time! He sounds a little like Ray Charles. From the sound of his voice singing, “Home”, which was a song of his that they play on WTMD, I thought he was an elderly black blues singer. I was surprised to find out that he’s a 22 year old goofy looking white boy. He sounds much older and more experienced than he looks. I know this may sound slightly over the top but I honestly feel one day Marc Broussard will be taking home a Grammy.

WHAT I’M WEARING TODAY: Today, I’m wearing a multi-coloured long sleeved striped mock turtle neck pullover with black slacks and black canvas tennis shoes.

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Monday, October 18, 2004

This morning the bus was on time. However, the #20 was being driven by a rather large man with a pock marked faced. I have to say I was rather saddened not to see the usual stern looking female driver.

The light rail train was on time. Again, since it’s Monday it’s not being driven by the usual gray haired man.

THE LURKING MAN: This morning there was no sign of the strange man that I have seen staring at the house in the morning. Hopefully, this means that he has been arrested for being a Peeping Tom or he has gotten over what ever his problem was.

WHAT I’M WEARING: Today, I’m wearing a long sleeved multi-colored red stripped shirt with stone washed denim jeans and my Muppet shoes aka generic beige canvas tennis shoes.

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Sunday, October 17, 2004


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Today, I didn’t do much but try and recuperate from having to have come into work on Saturday.

An odd incident that happened yesterday was that I had to go into Dave’s office to get some extra work. While picking up work he told me that he thought I was kidding the other day when I left a message on his answering machine saying that I was sick. I don’t know why this made me feel uncomfortable. I really was sick. I have witnesses!

THE BALTIMORE MARATHON RUINED MY COMMUTE: Also, I found out late yesterday the reason for the bus stopping five blocks away from everyone’s stop. It turns out that there was some kind of a marathon being held yesterday. Despite this I still don’t understand why the bus driver had to stop so far away. I doubt that the marathon started at 5:45 in the morning!

Anyway, all public transportation was essentially screwed up yesterday except the light rail and subway system.

THE ANGELIC BUS DRIVER I have to say that after I got off of work it was very difficult to leave downtown Baltimore. I was trapped along with large crowds of people standing and waiting for a bus that seemed never to arrive.

Finally a bus did arrive, it was a #23. The driver was kind. He said that he was suppossed to let us all off at Greene Street but instead he would let us off several blocks up the street on Carey Street. This man has to be the kindest, sweetest, man to have ever driven an MTA bus. He saw our pain and helped up leave downtown Baltimore! God Bless Him!! Thanks to that kindly angelic bus driver I was able to finally leave downtown Baltimore. By the way the celebrity the bus driver most resembled was 80’s r&b singer, Ray Parker Jr.

SHORT RANT: I don’t understand why when they have things like marathons they never explain how it will affect riders of the MTA. They will tell car drivers what routes not to take but they never think of including MTA riders in there warnings. I suppose they assume that no one really uses public transportation so why bother explaining anything. Does any one really care about riders of public transportation? Are we all just invisible?

WHAT I’M WEARING: Today, I’m wearing a white long sleeved blouse with blue plaid pants and blue fuzzy slippers.

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Saturday, October 16, 2004

I had to go into work this morning to do some overtime. I’m not really sure how buses run on Saturday. I just hoped on the first bus I saw which was a #20. The bus was driven by a very short man. He was so short that his head did not come up to the back of the seat. He let the entire bus out at the University Hospital stop. This was just plain wrong. The majority of the morning passengers have to get off at the main connection point for the buses in the city which is about five blocks away from where the driver stopped.

A passenger complained while walking down the street,”They know they wrong! They just doing this cause ain’t nobody out here but black people!” As I looked around I noticed that the majority of riders were in fact black.

I have to admit that it was bone chillingly cold throughout the long walk. Halfway through the walk to the light rail station I noticed that a McDonald’s was open so I stepped inside and ordered a hash brown and orange juice. Anyway you slice it, it looks like I’ll be late this morning. So I figured I might as well be fed and late as opposed to hungry and late.

I can’t say if the light rail was on time or not as I do not normally catch it on Saturday. However, it was a special treat this morning. We had the light rail driver that sounds just like Barry White. It’s was nice hearing him announce each stop in that sexy bedroom voice of his!

SCARY MAN LURKING AGAIN: When I left outside for work this morning. The strange man was staring at the house again. Instead of standing in the middle of the street he was standing across the street staring at the house. I do not understand what the allure is of staring at the house so early in the morning but it worries me. I looked at him while he was looking at the building hoping that maybe he’d walk away. He didn't walk away he just looked right back at me. What is his problem? Is he on drugs or something?

In case there are any strange cases of rapes, murders, or robberies in my neighborhood I’ll describe him. He is a dark skinned bearded black man who wears a blue baseball cap. He has a stocky build. Maybe next time since I carry a camera with me I’ll take his picture and see what happens.

MY COLD: Yesterday, at work I felt wobbly. I still feel like an AT-AS walker from the Star Wars movies that’s in danger of being attacked by Ewoks. I feel as though there’s a 50-50 chance I might pass out or my legs might give out under me.

WHAT I’M WEARING TODAY: Today I’m wearing my rarely worn at work black Doctor Who sweatshirt with the blue Doctor Who logo, stone washed blue jeans, and ratty Payless tennis shoes.

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Friday, October 15, 2004

This morning it’s cold and damp outside. Despite the weather and my illness I’m heading to work.

I got on the #2 bus. It was driven by a heavy set woman who wore her hair pulled back in a ponytail. The light rail driver is the usual gray haired man. I suppose maybe he was out sick the first part of the week.

I caught the train with the harbinger of lateness guy you know the young Andy Rooney look a like. Even though he was on the train I was on time for work.

MY COLD: I still feel discombobulated and wobbly. I didn’t check my temperature this morning. However, I suspect that I’m still running a temperature.

I took my big bottle of echinacea with me this morning and a couple of vitamin C’s. I have to be careful with the vitamin C’s. I took a lot of those yesterday. I took so many that I got diarrhea.

WHAT I’M WEARING: I’m wearing a purple Henley, blue jeans, and black canvas shoes.

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

I didn’t go into work today because I’m sick.

Yesterday, when I got up my throat was feeling kind of scratchy so I bought throat spray with me to work as well as a couple of vitamin C tablets. By late afternoon my throat was feeling a little better, however, other symptoms were kicking in. My nose began running like a spigot and I was sneezing uncontrollably.

I was sneezing so much that the woman in the cubicle next to me didn’t just offer me a tissue but gave me her entire box of tissues! Also on the cold, wet,rainy ride home on the light rail an old man kept shooting me nasty looks whenever I sneezed.

When I got home yesterday I took my temperature and found out not surprisingly that it was high. The reaction of the old man coupled with the tissue box incident and the reading on the thermometer sealed the deal for me. I’m sick.

WHAT I DID WHILE SICK: I dutifully drank Thera-Flu every six hours as well as took massive doses of vitamin C (1 an hour) and Echinacea (7 with every Thera Flu dose). By days end I wasn’t sneezing as much. However, my nose was still a little stuffy. I still have a fever. However, despite my fever I will be going back to work tomorrow because we are running behind with our work load and I don’t want to be thought of as some kind of a slacker.

WHAT I’M WEARING: Right now I’m wearing a blue plaid flannel pajamas with fuzzy blue slippers.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The bus was on time. It was driven by the stern looking woman. For the first time ever the bus driver said “Good morning!”, to me.

The light rail train this morning is being driven by a woman. I wonder if it’s the same one who was being trained a couple of weeks ago. The light rail baby is back! I suppose it’s gotten over it’s cold.

WEIRD MORNING ENCOUNTER: When I left out the house this morning there was this weird fat guy standing in the middle of the street staring transfixed at the house. I wonder if he was waiting for someone to come out? I feel that this was unlikely because he didn’t seem to have a car. I suppose that maybe either, he’s on drugs, a stalker, or a peeping tom. One thing’s for sure he really creeped me out. At the hour of the morning I leave out for work it’s rare to encounter other people on the street. All in all I hope that he doesn’t break into the house while I’m away or is guilty of committing some heinous crime.

WHAT I’M WEARING:Today, I have on blue slacks and a purple lavender top with black canvas shoes.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

This morning I just missed the #20 but as usual the #2 was right behind it. It should be noted that the #2 was more crowded than the #20 bus. The #2 was driven by a heavy set light skinned woman.

An odd thing this morning on the bus there was a row of elderly white men in the first four seats. This was odd because the majority of passengers in the morning are usually middle aged blacks. I wonder where the senior citizens were headed for so early in the morning?

The light rail was on time. However, it was not driven by the gray haired man. It was driven by the same man who drove the train yesterday. Is the gray haired man out sick, on vacation, or finally retired?

ANNOYING LIGHT RAIL PASSENGER: Right now I would really like to bitch slap this woman who keeps talking and talking on her cell phone. Who the hell is she talking to at 6AM in the morning!!! Why does she have to talk to them so damn loud!! Maybe she’s on drugs or the person she’s talking to is. Either way she’s annoying me to no end!!! One thing I’d like to know is when is this bitch getting off the train?

You know the only reason I like to get on the very first car of the train with the driver is because it’s usually quiet. This stupid bitch is ruining the peace and quiet that is normally a part of my morning commute. Thankfully, the odds are against people like her showing up on a daily basis.

WHAT I’M WEARING:I’m wearing blue slacks and a short sleeved grey sweatshirt henley. I’m wearing black canvas tennis shoes.

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Monday, October 11, 2004

I left out for work a little later than usual. I caught the #2 which was driven by a thin man who had his hair braided in cornrolls. I had to ran down the street to catch the train. Since it’s Monday it’s unlikely that the gray haired man will be driving the train. So I figured that my chances were greater that who ever would be driving the train would actually open his door to let me in. My guess was correct the Monday driver did in fact let me in. So now it seems I will be on time this morning despite leaving out a little later than usual.

STILL WORRIEDI’ve been feeling substantially depressed and worried this weekend. I know this all came about with the possible situation I recognized at work on Wednesday. I think I’ll be buying St. Johns Wort and Niacin today to calm myself down. I hate feeling this way especially when I know that it doesn’t in any way involve me. I wish I were’nt overly sensitive to other people’s situations. I guess I can’t help it given the environment I grew up in.

WEEKEND DVD VIEWINGThis weekend I watched Knights of the Round Table. It was the most visually colourful King Arthur movie I have seen thus far. I was not surprised when I later found out that it was nominated for best art direction among other technical awards. The movie came out in 1953 it was one of the first movies filmed in Cinemascope. The movie was pretty good. I could’nt help but notice that all the leads were played by Americans.

I tried to watch Guinevere this weekend but was saddened to find that when I popped it in the machine that they had put the wrong version of Guinevere into the sleeve. The version I have is the one with Stephen Rea and Jean Smart. It wasn’t the one I wanted to watch. I wanted to see the one with Noah Wiley as Lancelot. I thought it might be interesting to see Wiley in another role other than ER’s Dr. Carter. Even though I have no interest what so ever in the one they sent me I will try and watch it later in the week.

Today, I’m wearing a short sleaved v-neck blue striped t-shirt with blue jeans and old Payless tennis shoes.

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Friday, October 08, 2004

arihest, originally uploaded by willisgirl.

The above is a picture of New York singer/songwriter Ari Hest.

The bus was on time. This is a pretty good track record. Also it was driven by the stern looking woman. So I suppose I can assume that the line I take in the morning is the Murphy Brown bus no more. According to tradition hopefully she will be our driver up until Spring when they have there usual driver switch over. The one thing odd this morning was that we got the bus where there are just two very long rows of chairs. I hate this kind of bus. It leaves you with the only option but to stare at each other throughout the ride. It’s kind of like a very long couch. I like it best when there are two seats on each side of the bus in a row. This allows you to look out the window.

The light rail was on time it’s being driven by the gray haired man. The light rail baby is aboard. It’s wearing the blue jeans jacket and pants set. It just blew a giant snot bubble out it’s nose. I suppose it must have a cold or something.

The train is unusually cold this morning. I wonder if the driver is aware that the train is cold. I’m sure where he is sitting it’s probably warm and toasty.

WHERE I WENT LAST NIGHT: Last night I went to the Ari Hest concert at Mount Vernon Park. It was ok. It wasn’t on par with a pseudo religious experience like one would have seeing a U2 concert. Ok, maybe that’s just me... Anyway, Ari really does kind of look like a terrorist. I wonder if he’s always pulled aside whenever he takes airplanes. I know I would if I were in charge of airport security.

Anyway, the concert was pretty good. I didn't know that many of the songs that he played. Despite this I have no complaints and I had a pretty good time. I was in a pretty laid back mood as was the crowd gathered at Mount Vernon Park.

Ari had on a black and white t-shirt with black pants maybe black jeans. The t-shirt he had on had black quarter length sleeves with a picture of some guy exuberantly playing the guitar on the front.

He played his big WTMD radio hit, “They’re After Me”, as his final song of the evening. Also he did one song where he sang parts of XTC’s, Mayor of Simpleton. It was neat that he worked that song into one of his songs.

The opening act was a Baltimore group called June Bug. I don’t know anything about them. They don’t even have a website! Anyway, when I got there they were playing then I heard on the radio that Ari would be taking the stage at 7:00. So I left and came back around 7PM.

The only person I saw that I kind of sort of knew was the cute Asian guy who used to take the light rail with me in the morning. He’s very tall, thin, and seems to wear black 24-7. I haven’t seen him in weeks. I suppose he’s either gotten a job somewhere else, or is on vacation, or bought a car. Either way it was nice to see a familiar face in the crowd.

OUTFIT OF THE DAY: Today, I’m wearing a purple long sleeved Henley shirt with a white long sleeved shirt underneath. I’m also wearing blue jeans with beige canvas shoes along with it.

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Thursday, October 07, 2004

The bus was on time this morning. It was driven by the stern looking woman. The seat covers were back to their regular design. However, their was an unusual amount of people on the bus. I had to stand up. The light rail was on time. It was driven by the gray haired man. The light rail baby is back! It’s wearing a heavy blue parka with rust colored pants.

BIG RADIO NEWSHoward Stern is moving to
satellite radio after his contract is up in 15 months. They are paying him 100 million a year. I can not begin to fathom making that much money a year. I’m very excited about this. It looks like I’ll have to look into getting satellite radio. I don’t know much about it. I wonder if you can carry satellite radio with you like you can a regular radio? I would like to listen to it throughout the day and not just at home with a special set up. I have a about a year to research it. As I understand it’s just $10 a month. This doesn’t sound too bad in comparison to how much I used to pay for cable.

MUSIC I recently heard this really great cover of >Steve Miller Band’s the Joker done by Fat Boy Slim with vocals by 70's funk icon Bootsy Collins. It sounded incredible.

Also I would like to see Ari Hest perform tonight. I hate to say it but from the photos on his website he kind of looks like a terrorist. Anyway, he’s the absolute last act of WTMD’s outdoor first Thursday concerts in the Park.

OUTFIT OF THE DAY Today I’m wearing a cream colored short sleeve t-shirt, blue jeans, and beige Muppet shoes. I’m also wearing a new necklace I bought from >Avon. It’s a cubic zirconia star necklace that came with it's own sterling silver chain..

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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

It’s cold again this morning. I suppose that can be expected. It is fall after all.

This morning the bus was on time. It was driven yet again by the stern looking woman. An interesting thing that I noticed is that it looked different inside the bus. It appears that some of the seats have been re-apolstered. Some of the chairs have this neat multi colored star design on a black background. I’m an artist, I like colors, so seeing this really brightened up the start of my day.

The light rail train was also on time this morning. This time it was driven by a different man than the usual gray haired man. There was no sign of the light rail baby this morning. I think it might have a cold. Yesterday, I heard it cough a couple times.

VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: I watched the debate last night between Dick Cheney and John Edwards. All in all I feel that John Edwards won the debate.

PLANS OF THE DAY I would like to go to the art store to pick up some more supplies. I’m doing this so that I can use up my gift certificate before it runs out at the end of the year. Also I would like to paint a little more this evening.

YESTERDAYS PLANS: It was really cold outside yesterday, so I drew inside the Gallery instead of outside around the Inner Harbor. I also did some editing there as well. Next time I would like to take a camera. The way the fall light was hitting buildings looked fabulous. The colors were all orange and gold. I would like to do a painting that features late afternoon autumn sunlight.

OUTFIT OF THE DAY: Today, I’m wearing a light purple or lavender long sleeve v-neck pullover top with a t-shirt peeking out underneath. I believe it’s called the layered look. I’m wearing the pul over with dark blue slacks and black Payless shoes. The reason I’m not wearing my usual tennis shoes is that it’s business casual day at work. We have to dress up like normal adults when ever we have visitors coming to our work place. As always for all I know space aliens could be coming over. They rarely say who it is that’s coming.

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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

First off I have to say, it’s cold as I don’t know what this morning.

The bus was on time. I got the stern woman who drives the #20. The light rail was also on time. It’s the same old gray haired man. The light rail baby is aboard the train. It’s wearing a jeans jacket and pants. I still can’t make out it’s gender.

PLANS OF TODAYToday, I would like to hang out at the Inner Harbor and do some sketches up until 8:30PM and then head home. I also intend on listening to two new cd’s I got over the weekend. The cd’s I bought are Ray Lamontagne’s, Trouble. I bought this cd on the strenght of one song, the title track, Trouble. Overall, I feel that Ray Lamontagne has a phenomenal voice. I hope that we will be hearing more from him in the future. The other cd I bought is a re-buy of Squeeze’s classic cd Singles 45’s and Under. I already have a copy of the Squeeze album but it’s on cassette. I can’t wait to hear it again.

OUTFIT OF THE DAYToday, I’m wearing the same outfit I had on yesterday. I had it on for just two hours yesterday so it’s still practically new and unworn.

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Monday, October 04, 2004

Today, I had my doctor’s appointment. As expected my tumor has gotten larger. My doctor is worried that it might have gotten so big that it might be encroaching in on my kidneys and thus cause additional complications. So as expected she wants me to have a sonagram done so that she can get a clearer view of what’s going on.

OUTFIT OF THE DAY I’m wearing my new outfit today. It’s a long sleeve red and white waffle knit shirt with dark blue slacks and beige Muppet shoes. I’ve worn it for just two hours today. I’ll probably put it on again tomorrow.

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Sunday, October 03, 2004

I watched Bottle Rocket this afternoon to cheer myself up. This is the second time that I have seen it since I bought the dvd. It was as good as the first time I saw it.

Since I’ve seen two other Wes Anderson/Owen Wilson movies I can now pick up regular cast members like the real Stephen Dignan, Kumar and his son, and the real Brian Tenenbaum.

However, I was surprised that I missed Andrew Wilson. I didn’t notice that I missed Owen and Luke’s real life older brother, Andrew, until I read the end credits.

In case you’re keeping score Kumar plays the elderly safe cracker. Kumar’s son plays the man at the door in the book store. The real Stephen Dignan plays a book store worker. You first see him sitting on the floor arranging books. The real Brian Tenenbaum plays the guy in the elevator. He’s really big you can’t miss him. Andrew Wilson plays Future Man. I suppose I missed him because his hair was short in this movie. Anyway, I can’t wait to see what small roles they take on in the next Wes Anderson movie.

OUTFIT OF THE EVENINGRight now I’m wearing a red plaid night shirt with white footies.

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Saturday, October 02, 2004

Looks like I accidentally missed my first show of the season at Center Stage. I will have to reschedule later in the month to see the play I missed. I believe the play I missed was Lady Windemere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde is among my all time favorite playwrights so I feel bad about missing it.

Basically, I spent the morning clothes shopping and forgot all about the play. I shopped for clothes this morning to get my mind off of my up coming doctor’s appointment on Monday. Every time I go there it seems I get the same depressing news, that my tumor has increased in size. So to feel better I go out and buy a new set of clothes.

I went to Westview mall where I got clothes from Value City and Ross. I arrived at around 10am and left out at around 12pm. I feel neither happy nor sad.

OUTFIT OF THE DAYToday, I’m wearing a white short sleeved shirt with a black Moroccan/African design around the collar and sleeves. I’m wearing it with black pants and black canvas tennis shoes.

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Friday, October 01, 2004

This morning I got my almost regular #20 bus. It was driven by the stern looking woman. I had to ask how much the bus fare was. I had to do this because I forgot to pick up my bus pass yesterday at work. Bus fare is 1.60, a day pass is 3.60. I had no idea it was that expensive to take the MTA! I’ll pick up my pass today.

Presidential DebateLast night I watched the Presidential debate. After watching it I feel that John Kerry clearly won. He was well prepared and I hate to say this he looked more Presidential. He was taller, wore a bright red tie, had a larger American flag pin, and did not slouch like George Bush did.

Bush’s whole message seemed to be, vote for me or we all die or if you don’t vote for me then the terrorists win. Throughout the entire evening he kept constantly pushing doom and gloom.

In the end with Bush you feel fearful about the future with Kerry you feel more hopeful that maybe things can be turned around.

CD’s OF THE WEEKThis week I got a new cd off of eBay. OK, it’s not entirely new it’s a dB’s cd called Stands For Decibels. As you may or may not know the dB’s came out during the 80’s. Their classic line up consisted of Peter Holsapple, (vocals,guitar, and keyboard)Chris Stamey(vocals,guitar, and keyboard), Gene Holder(bass), and Will Rigby(drums). I’ve always been interested in owning one of their cd’s. So finally one of my life time goals has been realized.

Also this week I got a new 90’s Modern Rock cd from Time Life. This one is really cool, it has Pure by the one hit wonders, The Lightning Seeds, Crush Story by Too Much Joy, The Only One I Know by Charlatans UK who have long since changed their name to The Charlatans. Overall, I really liked this cd because it consists of a lot of the stuff I was listening to when I was in school. An odd thing about the cd I have is that it isn’t listed on the Time/Life website... Anyway, on with the list in no particular order....

Bobby Darin-The Bobby Darin Story

The Raveonettes-Chain Gain of Love

The db’s-Stands For Decibels

Joy Division-Unknown Pleasures

Dean Martin-The Essential Dean Martin

Time/Life Modern Rock-The Early 90’s

OUTFIT OF THE DAYToday, I’m wearing a white t-shirt with a sailor motif. The shirt has a big anchor on it, blue and white stripes at the top and solid blue at the the bottom. I’m wearing my ‘sailor’ shirt with blue jeans and scruffy Payless tennis shoes.

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