Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas Eve, eve

I finally put up O Tannenbaum. I was dragging my feet on it but Monica was Linus to my Charlie Brown and convinced me to do it.

It's been a very hard year. Family-wise. My father's health has been very bad since the end of August. He took a spill at home and since then has been carted from hospital, to nursing home to hospital to rehab facility.

He's not the same person anymore. Not really 'with it' in any sense. Physically (can't walk or do anything on his own except be in bed and mumble) and mentally he can't get a handle on what month it is or remember the name of he and my mother's dog. (Cheech)

An awful part of all of this is that he is angry and unhappy. We have all tried to placate him and tell him that if he just TRIES to move and do his physical rehab, he will feel better and be able to come home. He angrily tells me that if we just take him home, nobody will be able to help him and then he will "have to get up and do it himself."

Oh this has turned into a sad post. Almost like David Sedaris' "Seasons Greetings to our Friends and Family"

I know that so many people are going through this same thing right now. So many people before me have gone through this. We need to start a co-op. Take turns.

I AM very lucky to have a brother and sister who are doing all that they can too. As corny as it sounds, it really does feel like it has brought us all a bit closer together.

I am sorry for this awful sad (and sadly dull) post. This is what happens when you get out of bed early and sit down at the computer with a bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee too early on a Christmas Eve, eve Sunday morning.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

Another Holiday Season.
I never used to understand how people could not just be filled with joy around Christmas. The music, the gifts, my BIRTHDAY!!
But now I understand.
The music...
The gifts...
My birthday.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Room View
Originally uploaded by bitterbutter

Bob, Leslie and I went to NYC this past weekend.

It was once again an amazing trip. Great food, art, and gorgeous people and places.

I feel very lucky to live so close to one of the most amazing places on this planet.

This was our view out our hotel window on the first night. We switched rooms the next because they could only give us one king sized bed for the three of us.

The three of us slept horizontally. Quite roomy really.

Some fun places we ate and drank at were:
The Coffee Shop
Miracle Grill
Cafe Pick Me Up
The Magnolia Bakery

We shopped at Bob and Leslie's favorite store, Uniqlo

Leslie bought a hat for me from a street vendor
I bought a silver ring from a street vendor

And I purchased yet one more ugly pair of Crocs.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving weekend

Dirty dishes, lots of laughing, a few kitchen meltdowns, baked goods from Rebecca, vagina comparisons, Romanian jokes, more laughing.

Just like the Pilgrims.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

It's almost here isn't it?
When I took Kozmo out for his 7am chihuahua gavotte I noticed that
Cleveland's weather has taken a turn for the winterly.
Big heavy PMS 653 clouds hang over the freeway.
I used to look forward to that. Not so much anymore.

Speaking of I-90. I live right near it and am happy they have walls up to block noise and such, but when I am walking my dog in the morning, it looks like what I imagined it looked a bit like around the Berlin Wall back before Ronald Reagan asked it to be torn down.

Okay...on that downer note, here's a Club 8 song to pick you up.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Everybody loves ketchup!

I just love this band. I love this album, Emperor Tomato Ketchup. This video should make me happy but it just makes me sad. Mary Hansen who is playing the tambourine and doing the back-up vocals in this video died in a bicycle accident in 2002.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Afternoon Naps - Sun Ain't the Same
Pipas - Basements
Hermit Crabs - Friend's Folk Festival
Math and Physics Club - Baby I'm Yours

Monday, October 29, 2007

A warm cuppa MOCA on a rainy autumn day.
Leslie, Sharon, Egan and I met at the Westside Market Cafe for breakfast this past Saturday morning and then headed over to MOCA Cleveland to see the Diana Cooper exhibit.

I was a bit skeptical when Rebecca mentioned how amazing she thought it was, but I thought I would check it out anyway. And since I wasn't sure I would like it, I of course dragged some friends to see it with me. (I'm so thoughtful aren't I?)

I should have known that Rebecca would be right. She knows her artsy cool stuff.

It was a lot of gigantic three-dimensional installations. Just amazing. As Sharon and Leslie pointed out, very architectural.

I told Leslie I wanted to start a podcast that was me talking, giving a tour of galleries and shows that are in Cleveland each month. Talking about the art. Giving some info about the artists.

She asked if it would just be me saying "Do ya like it? huh? How about this? Do you like this one?"

I guess that's all I kept saying to her.

Anyway...go see the show at MOCA. It's very cool.

More importantly, BUY ART THIS WEEKEND!!!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Let's do it again!

Jens-Belle&Sebastian-Beirut-Stereolab-PageFrance-ImperialTeen-MattPondPA-DressyBessy-TheBirdandtheBee-GuidedByVoices-YoLaTengo-ArcadeFire-AislersSet-PostalService-Broadcast-BeatHappening-Heavenly-etc, etc, etc,

Friday, October 26, 2007


When I was a kid I loved the song Shake It by Ian Mathews.

The opening scene in this movie is probably the reason why.

You don't have to watch it after 1:06

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Monday, October 15, 2007

I can't believe I am Stuart!

Which Dyke to Watch Out For Are You?
created with
You scored as Stuart

You are Stuart, partner and co-parent with bi-dyke Sparrow. You believe that values need to be backed up with action, which can make you a bit impulsive at times. Make sure to budget time and money in order to afford the winter-length utili-kilts and Air America Radio shirts you've had your eyes on.















I wanted to be Lois or at least Mo!!

The cool thing is that Alison Bechdel is a Stuart too.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

I'm a snotty ass foodie

This morning I went to visit my folks in Ravenna. My Uncle Jim from Apple Valley, California was in town. I have not seen he and my Aunt Donna in 20 years.

It was great to see them. Although Uncle Jim has turned into "dittohead". He was spouting all the sillieness. Things like, how lucky we are to have George W. Bush in the whitehouse. Oy.

Anyway, over coffee, mom was talking about wanting to take my aunt and uncle to lunch after visiting my father at the nursing home.

My mom suggested a place called Mike's Place that's kind of like an authentic TGIFridays. They have stuff all over the walls and hanging from the ceiling. But it's all stuff that the owners and staff have collected over the years. Right near the front door they have a full size model (I assume it's full size, I have never been close to the real thing)of a Star Wars X-Wing Fighter.

My mom likes to go there. I don't so much. Not that I am a health nut (it's painfully obvious) but the food is pretty....hmmm.....kinda.... High Cholesterolicious! They should hand out heart paddles instead of moist towelettes.

I said to my mom, "What are you guys gonna get? A bucket of deep fried heart disease?"

Mom said in a fake haughty voice, "ohhh, I'm sorry they don't have... don't have...
asparagus with cheese sauce!"

She did this while miming the pouring of cheese sauce over some high-falutin' asparagus.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Je suis fatigué et triste et moi voulez danser

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Vespa, Vespa

Today Pat and I went down to Pride of Cleveland Scooters so I could try and talk her into buying a new scooter.

I almost succeeded. She said she doesn't want anything BUT a Vespa.

I totally understand. They are just gorgeous.

If I could afford one I would have one too.

Although I do love my poor Vespa cousin from India, the Bajaj.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Flying Club Cup

I have to go to the dentist this afternoon.

To calm myself while under the drill I will think of this video.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Succumbing to the mockery.

Self Portrait 0001
Originally uploaded by bitterbutter
Friends were making fun of my profile picture on my blog so I thought I would do a self portrait and use that instead.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A good Republican.

I watched this and cried.

Why can't all the Republicans (and many of the Democrats) understand what this Mayor of San Diego understands?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I'm a Ha-Ha Whore...

...according to my friends.

I wish I was half as funny as Maria Bamford.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

studio a rama 2007

Originally uploaded by bitterbutter
It turned out a lot better then I expected this year.

I designed the t-shirts for the event and they were a big hit. That made me awfully happy.

Oh...and if you ever get the chance to go see the Homostupids live...


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Disgusting consumerists!

There is something oddly soothing about making a wishlist on Amazon. I don't know why it makes me happy.

It must release some of the same endorphins that are released during actual purchases of things I don't really need. Not that I do that too often.

And I do need EVERYTHING on this list!! Really! I'm serious! Everything!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

"I'd love to make you insecure."

Oh my god. A bonfire AND Jason Anderson. This is what I wish studio-A-rama really was like.

Jason Anderson has a new cd out called Tonight. I have heard a few tracks and highly recommend it!

Here is one of his new songs called July 4, 2004. I have a mad crush on it! Give it a chance.
You might swoon too.


Monday, September 10, 2007

The Neighborhood Known as Beachland


Homicide overnight in Cleveland
A man was shot to death last night in the 1200 block of East 175th Street, police said.
He was taken to Huron Road Hospital about 2:50 a.m.
More information will be available later today.


I woke up last night to what sounded like a huge car crash at about 2am. I got out of bed and went to my front porch. I didn't see anything. I went back to my bedroom and heard what sounded like another crash and then car wheels spinning.

I went back out to the front porch and looked around. Then I heard gunshots. I went back to my bedroom and looked out my back window and saw 2 men running through my back yard.

I didn't sleep very well the rest of the night.

Sunday, September 09, 2007


Just kidding. I really don't think a gin&tonic + a wheat beer is medicine. It did reduce the stress a bit though on Friday.

Dad is in nursing home rehab. He was doing good for a week but then he had some sort of problem that the nursing home thought was a stroke. They took him to the hospital. He was there for a day or two.

When I saw him at the hospital he said he hated "the sonavabitches" there. He wanted to come home. I had to tell him he was going back to Longmeadow. (the nursing home) He was not happy about that but seemed to understand. They took him back to Longmeadow on Thursday.

On Friday morning the nursing home called my mom and told her that my dad refuses to do therapy and told the staff that, "my son is coming to pick me up. I'm going home!" He wouldn't go back in his room. He sat in the hallway dressed. Waiting for Michael to pick him up.

Mom called me, I called my brother. He said he did not talk to dad that day.

A counselor went down to talk to dad. She told him that Mike was at work and could not come pick him up.

Dad said he would take a "goddamn cab" home. The counselor said that would be expensive because he couldn't leave Longmeadow unless the Dr. signed off on him. She told him without that signature, his insurance would not cover his stay.

Dad of course told her, "Go ahead , send the goddamn bill, I'm not paying it!"

They finally convinced him to do just a "little bit" of therapy. They had his favorite therapist, Tammie come to his room to convince him. He did a bit.

That evening Michael went to see dad. The whole time my dad kept telling Mike, "Grab my stuff, we can go out the door right outside my room." It is an emergency exit door.

Here's the deal. This is what pisses me off about the whole thing. Dad is NOT loopy. He is not out of it mentally. He is completely lucid. He knows he needs to stay there til he is able to even go to the bathroom by himself.

This is so hard on my mom. She has heart problems and I don't want all of dad's drama to do her in.

The first week dad was in Longmeadow he was doing really well. He was getting stronger. Moving more. And now he is a mess again. He can't even sit up in his bed without help.

He can't come home yet!

My sister Kelly and mom are going over there today to see him. I hope it goes okay.

Sorry for this long boring post. I promise more music and witty musings soon.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Sunrise over I-90

My top 10 favorite things of this very moment are as follows:

  1. a clean kitchen counter
  2. coffee with cream
  3. clean socks
  4. my purple blanket
  5. 5:00 am
  6. black markers
  7. Burt's Bees Hand Salve
  8. my dog
  9. the moment before I fall asleep
  10. driving away from Ravenna

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Entertaining Etiquette For Dolts

I was talking to my pal Leslie this morning on the way to work.
She was telling me about someone (who shall remain nameless) that had a few guests over to her home the other night. This nameless dolt proceeded to make her unsuspecting guests sit through a SIX HUNDRED count digital photo slide show of her recent trip to France.

Yes. That is AWFUL. Do you want to hear how it was worse then you can even imagine?

She set the entire thing to a Michael Bolten soundtrack.

Okay. To all you social DOLTS out there. We do NOT want to see THAT many pictures of your cheezy-ass trip to France. Sure, we would not mind seeing about a dozen interesting pictures.

But THAT is about it. So here is your tip.

  1. Pick out all the pictures you want to show your friends.

  2. Okay. Now cut that stack in half.

  3. Now choose your top twenty photos from that stack.

  4. Now take out all the photos in that chosen stack that are of sunsets.

There you have it. An interesting 12 to 14 pictures of your latest adventure.

Upload the rest to a photo sharing website and if your friends and family really want to see more, they can do it on their own time and not put the rest of us through the tedious viewing.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

My most favorite dyke ever.

I just watched an interview video with the ever charming Alison Bechdel on Velvet Park Magazine's website.

It's really a sweet look into Alison's work and her winning an Eisner Award at Comic Con 07.

She is an amazing artist. If you have not read her book Fun Home yet... PLEASE, go out and buy it. You will not be able to stop reading it once you open it.

I cannot WAIT to read the one she is working on now.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Flower Power

After coffee with the guys this afternoon I went with Sharon to the Botanical Garden.

I had not been there since they redid the whole place. Oh... and started charging to get in now too. $7.50 for adults.

I have to say though, it was totally worth it. The Glass House exhibits were amazing. Little tropical birds and butterflies flitting about in the gorgeous and humid as hell garden.

Going outside and walking around the grounds was very calming and nice. I needed some "calming and nice" sort of activity.

After the Botanical Gardens we walked over to the "still under construction" Cleveland Museum of Art. There was a history of photography exhibit of sorts. My favorite photo was the Margaret Bourke White shot of Cleveland in 1928.

It was a view from W. 25th street. It was a smoggy beautiful picture of the Terminal Tower. Can something look "lush" AND "dirty" at the same time? It did.

After going thru the photography exhibit we went and sat outside in the soon to be destroyed courtyard. Sad. I really love how quiet and peaceful it is there. I am going to miss it.

I used to spend sad Sundays there about 10 years ago "journaling my rage." (An old Saturday Night Live joke phrase)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

I finally got my new computer for home.

So I get to do things at home I don't have time to do at work.

Like make a shiny, glassy bean in Illustrator.

Shiny huh?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

It's been a hard few days. Harder then I would have imagined.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Kozmo thinks I am mean to him. It could be worse!!

Monday, July 02, 2007

She's fast and frightening.
I went to watch my first ever Roller Derby match (game? set? event?) last Saturday in North Olmsted.

It was a lot of fun. Cute chicks. Rockin' music. Beer.

My pal Egan and her husband were there too. A good friend of their's is a "Hellbomber". She kicked ass that night and they won their match. (game, set, event)

When Egan went up to buy a t-shirt from the merch table the women in front of her asked for a large t-shirt. The chick working there said, "All we have are XS, S and Medium."
The woman said, "WHAT!? You can't flick a feather around here without hitting a dyke and THOSE are the only sizes you have left?"

I thought that was hiliarious.

Hilarious and incorrect.

I could have flicked a feather and not hit the maybe 6 lesbians out of a couple hundred people watching the roller skating hotties that evening.

I think maybe the woman thought "tattoo = dyke."

Not true.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

I love it when you give me things.

This is so gorgeous.
Rose Cousins and Rose Polenzani sing Magnetic Fields' "The Book of Love". Nov. 29, 2006

Friday, June 29, 2007


I hate working on such a beautiful Friday. The weather is sunny and 70 degrees and I am sitting in my fishbowl like office trying to stay motivated on work.

Well how can I do that with cool website time wasters like this?!

If you want to hear the song I came up with, just copy and paste these numbers, 32896-16704-8736-5136-2056-21845, in that little box at the top. You'll know what I am talking about after you play with it for a bit.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Jodie joins
the NRA?

Jodie hasn't been this dykey since her Freaky Friday days.

That was the movie that turned me gay at age 12.

Check out the trailer for The Brave One!

Monday, June 25, 2007

One of the most beautiful songs ever.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

I agree with the top 3...

Especially "Number One." Leisha.

But after that I would make some changes.

I think Clea Duvall should be at least in the top 5. She's about the only butch one in the bunch.

And Stockard Channing at #71?! Really? You think she's hot? Really?

summertime pop!

Delicious indie pop podcasts! Check em out!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Say it, say it now.

I really am LOVING the new Electrelane cd called No Shouts No Calls.

I bought it this past weekend from Music Saves. It came with a SUPER cool
embroidered patch. I just love silly things like that. I need a coat to put it on. Maybe
I should just put it on a sweatshirt.

I really don't know how to attach embroidered
patches. I found something called"Patch Attach". I wonder if that would work?

I have a few other patches I would like to wear.

Oh my god. How old am I?

I would say it's a sort of "mid-life" crisis type thing... but I have always
loved this kind of thing.

I guess 40-something can look like me too. Not just like all the 40-somethings I have seen on tv, read about or met in my 4 decades of life.

By the is the BEST song on the new Electrelane cd. At least
what I think is the best so far.

Cut and Run-Electrelane

Now go buy the cd and get the patch!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Compare and contrast.



Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Worlds collide

This morning at work, Tony handed me a cd review copy of the new Bitch cd.

She is now on Kill Rock Stars. Okay, that's one world.

The cd is produced by June Millington, there's the other world.


Monday, January 29, 2007

Wall of Death

I have decided to get out of the graphic design
business and devote my life to something that
really matters.

Something that I would really love.

I am going to do this.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Is this REALLY so wrong?

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (AP) -- Six girls at a rural high school were charged with homicide conspiracy after their principal found a list of 300 names and officials discovered online postings suggesting they kill people, authorities said Thursday.

School officials said the list, discovered in a classroom trash can, mostly named students and faculty members but also included Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey and the Energizer Bunny.
Sequatchie County High School Principal Tommy Layne said that he initially considered it a joke, but that authorities then found the ninth-graders' online MySpace pages and postings that included the word "kill."

"In general terms, it was like, 'Let's kill these people,' " Dunlap Police Chief Clint Huth said. He declined to provide the specific wording on the posting, which has been removed.

"I am not saying we thwarted a shooting incident or an act of violence," Huth said. "On the other hand, had this gone unchecked, down the road it could have grown into something a whole lot more serious than a list of names."

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I'm so lame, I bet you think this blog is about me.

Yes. Lame. That is me. I cannot believe how bad I have been about updates.

My last update was December 20th, today is January 23rd.

Things I have seen, heard, done since December 20th.

I saw a very cool exhibit at the Wexner center called Shiny. It is now gone.

I saw Team Gina at C-Space.

I saw Babel, Little Children, the first 6 episodes of L Word, season 4.

I have heard the new Shins album. (not thrilled..but give me some time)

I have heard tracks off a new compilation cd called A Date With John Waters. I LOVE the very first track called "Tonight You Belong to Me" by Patience & Prudence.

I have heard, via LeeAnn, Ursula Rucker doing the song "Poon Tang Clan. " The coolest most militant feminist I have heard in a long time. SUCH a breath of fresh air actually. I expect no less from LeeAnn.

I have done lots of freelance work.

I have completed many crossword puzzles. Something I NEVER thought I would enjoy.

I experienced the first Christmas celebration at my brothers new home. Very nice and very roomy. Loads of space for screaming kids to run around, unlike the old days at my parent's place.

I made a Kozmo ornament.