Friday, February 29, 2008

Oh Baby

A preview of our good friend Kim Chinquee's new book Oh Baby is up on the Mississippi Review. Kim writes perfect sentences. You should check it out. Click the cover, designed by Pier Rodelon, to read some of her genre-bending work.



Then buy it on Amazon.

As soon as you click the purchase button, Kim will do a dance in Michigan for you. It will look something like this:

Monday, February 25, 2008

I'll Make Ya Famous

Carrie's all proud of her photo with Chelsea "America's Princess Diana" Clinton, but I've got her beat with my large volume of picture of me with famous people. Observe.



CALVIN JOHNSON
Singer of Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System, The Halo Benders, owner of K Records, etc.


GARY GRUBBS
The southern guy from JFK, Fred's dad from Angel, etc.


MARY ROBISON
Minimalist author of Why Did I Ever, etc.


STEPHIN MERRITT
Leader of The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, The Gothic Archies, etc.
(Note: I'm not pictured, but I took the photo.)


TED ROONEY
Actor from ER, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Roswell, Gilmore Girls, Monkeybone, etc.


MARILYN MONROE
Most do-able woman in history, etc.


COLONIAL MICKEY
Landed gentry, owner of several slaves, etc.


PLUTO
No longer planet, etc.


LINUS
Philosopher, President of the Center of the Irregularly Shaped Head Foundation, etc.


CHUCK E. CHEESE
Friend of Mr. Munch, Jasper T. Jowls, etc.


ALICE
The one you should go ask, etc.


CAST OF LES MISERABLES
Masters o' de 'ouse, etc.


ROBIN HOOD
Out "foxed" the sheriff, etc.


LATELY DAVID
Take their papers to the county seat, etc.


T-REX
Was clocked, ruled the earth, etc.


ROCKY
Was your guide through Phobia Land, etc.


THE LEN MAN
Father of most beautiful woman alive, etc.


THE WEASELS
Learned that one of these days they were gonna die laughin', etc.


MR. H
Friends with Mr. M ("with a munchy mouth"), etc.


TODD
"Whoah, Todd...," etc.


THE BIRD CRAP THAT LOOKS LIKE JESUS ON MY CAR WINDOW
The image of our savior, road trip companion, etc.
(Note: I'm not pictured here either because I wanted to give him all the glory.)


Take that!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Rusty and Carrie's Political Weekend

On Friday, Barack Obama came to speak at our university. This was my vantage.



Carrie was doing boring student conferences during the Obamamania, but we got to have some Chelsea Clinton love together the next day. Here she is morphing into her mother the Hill-Dog atop the bed of a pickup truck in downtown Edinburg. (Some Obama supporters showed up with their posters as well, but the Hillary crowd made them go to the back of the bus.)



And here she is being given a rhinestone-studded belt that clearly wasn't made for someone with such a petite frame. It was reminiscent of the time that the governor came to my high school and the students put a do rag on his head.



Who knew that one of Chelsea's people was star of stage and screen Chloe Sevigny?



Finally, the two hot 90s Ladies got to meet. Carrie said, "I hope you enjoy your belt." (No, really.)



Neither of us saw John McCain anywhere, so here's a picture of him and his wife:



It was the most exciting time in my life since George Bush Sr. came to visit... and I got to see him greeted by "Mouth of the South" Jerry Clower!

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Day Late Valentine Post

"What Happened To My Valentine's Day GLORY!blog Post?"

We're having Valentine's Day on Saturday. We have the power to let holidays land whenever we want them to, at our convenience. We're not necessarily promising anything clever here tomorrow, but tune in to find out.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

They've been enjoying their pool table and washer & dryer for a year now!

Happy Anniversary to Tom-fee and Melinda, our buds over at the recently defunct Slap Happy Sappy Blog!



We were thrilled that they could eat their wedding cake off our hotel room ironing board in Las Vegas!



Viva Las Vegas! Viva the Burtons!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Sexy Sadie



Maharishi, what have you done?
You made a fool of everyone.
Maharishi, you broke the rules.
You layed it down for all to see.

One sunny day, the world was waiting for a lover.
He came along to turn on everyone.
Maharishi: the greatest of them all.

Maharishi, how did you know
The world was waiting just for you?
Maharishi, you'll get yours yet,
However big you think you are.

We gave him everything we owned just to sit at his table.
Just a smile would lighten everything.
Maharishi, he's the latest and the greatest of them all.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

A Little Mary Robison For Your Super Bowl Sunday

"Now he and I are watching some men with a ball. No matter the size or shape of the ball, what team or for what country the men fight. The TV is showing men with a ball so we're watching."

from Why Did I Ever