This true story is about you.
You were the young man with the death metal t-shirt and the warm heart who wanted his name to be "Carnage." Some were worried about what kind of a role model you would be to younger children, but Roots saw past the shirt, reached out her hand and re-named you "Venom." Over the next three years you had a reason to stay in school, a reason to pass your classes. Each season you had a new group of boys to connect with, dote on, and be a role model for. They needed you, maybe as much as you needed them.
Above text from introduction by Dan Prince
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A friend was looking at the newspaper today, and he noticed an interesting headline on the front page. "Hey, check this out! Pretty cool, huh?"
I looked at the picture where he was pointing. "Yeah! I made that!"
"I made that. The vest, the shirt, the pants..."
Turns out, he was pointing to the article next to the picture, which made my comments not make any sense at all. The article he was referring to was also incredibly cool, and you should read that one, too.
But what I saw was this:
My dear friend Loren Hoskins has gone and followed his dreams. He has been a professional pirate for quite some time now as "Captain Bogg" in the Portland-based (of course) pirate rock band, Captain Bogg and Salty. Every once in a while, he calls upon my garment-copying and modification skills to enhance his piratical wardrobe.
Recently, (OK, a while ago, but we're all just now finding out about it...) he and band-mate Kevin Hendrickson began writing music for the new Disney Channel series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates. The two fellas have such charisma and stage presence, that they became animated and live action characters in the series. How many people do you know who are Disney cartoons?
Anyway, Loren's live-action wardrobe matched his cartoon persona, but didn't look like it was going to withstand too many live performances. Loren commissioned me to craft some replacements out of sturdier materials, with lots of double stitching, and based on past costume pieces I already knew would fit Loren pretty well (like this vest, of which I have made several copies. Oh, and you can't see the vest or pants that well, but this is my all-time favorite Pirate Rock Star photo of Loren).
Also: pockets. I mean, this is Peter Pan after all; I can be Wendy and sew pockets for my Lost Boy. A live-action cartoon Disney pirate rock star's gotta have a place to put his keys, you know?
If you have the Disney Channel and a young toddler at home, watch Jake and the Never Land Pirates for the everything. If you have just the Disney Channel, watch it for the music, music videos, and endlessly entertaining performances of Loren and Kevin.
Next weekend, I'll be in an art / craft show. Stop by if you're local. Click on the picture for a clickable list of the vendors involved.
I was glancing through my list of followers on Twitter the other day, and I noticed a name. A pretty big name. MayorSamAdams. It seems that the Mayor of Portland, Oregon had decided to follow me on Twitter.
After my initial shock, I thought it must be simply that I was from Portland. Surely a good Twitter-active mayor would find the citizens of his fair city and follow them. It seems both neighborly and mayorly. Though I haven't figured out how to do it directly through Twitter itself, there must be some third-party app out there that will let you search by city to find interesting people to follow...
Anyway, I was still excited, and tweeted: I'm being followed by @MayorSamAdams!
The next day, I received a direct message: I love your ID wallets. Sam
So, I'm not just being followed by the mayor blindly... No, he followed me, looked at my shop, liked my stuff, and told me about it! I couldn't believe it! I've been accused of being a minor celebrity in Portland, and it seems as though there is a mere one degree of separation between everyone in this city - but Sam Adams?!? Minor celebrity indeed.