My Path

CAREGIVING FOR A.L.S.

Having had to come to Japan specifically to care for a feisty mother-in-law diagnosed with A.L.S. last August, it has been quite an experience.  My wife had to come first, back in October, leaving me to place everything we owned into storage to prepare for coming here in February.  I was originally thinking that I’d be coming in and out for lack of a visa, but we pulled off a

A DENT IN THE PLAN

Before the car accident which completely eviscerated my income altogether, leaving me with very little money, pretty much no money in fact, I had already started packing.  Mind you, with more than 40 free Home Depot boxes that I scored from a recently moved Angelino off a Craigslist post, I was tasked with packing up 15 years’ worth of me and Mrs S’s accumulated stuff.  Everything from clothes to books,

CHANGE OF PLANS, MORE ON MY ABSENCE

Our original plan was for Mrs S to simply return to Japan to handle all of her mother’s legal and financial dealings, because there was a house at issue, then return to Los Angeles.  She left on the 16th of October and the intention was to return on January 7th, so that her mother could have one final New Year’s with her before she passes on into the next realm. 

IT'S BEEN AWHILE, BUT I'M BACK

It is now the my 20th day in Japan, and I just realized how remiss I have been in my blog-posting duties.  I told myself that I would be blogging more often, but so much had happened since I last posted that I feel there is a tremendous need to fully catch everyone up on what’s been going on since I last posted.  Firstly, let me apologize to those of

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS (How the Hotdog Met the Bun)

At ______________, we’re more than just a company, we’re a family. Don’t you hate companies that say that shit? Exactly the crock of crap coming out the crackhole of a creep who wouldn’t give a crippled crab a crutch, right? So I won’t say it like that, but here’s the thing… In 2003 I was living foul, doing dirt for a living of which I won’t go into detail just

MS, MY PATH TO EMPOWERMENT

Some people think I’m crazy for saying this, but being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis was the best thing ever to happen to me.  It was without a doubt, the single worst news I had ever received in the entirety of not only the 38 years before I was diagnosed, but the 9 years that passed since then.  I’ve had people that I loved dearly suddenly befall an untimely tragic death,

THE BIRTH OF A REPUBLIC

For the better part of four years, Mrs S and I had been either selling stuff online, schlupping to retail stores on sketchy consignment arrangements, or doing craft fairs like Felt Club, originally selling just leather-crafts such as belts, notebook covers, handbags, as well as original cigar box art handbags, and t-shirts that we designed and silk-screened ourselves. But something happened in towards the end of 2006. When we first

BEAT IT!

This is a re-edit of our very first stop-motion animation that I had originally developed as a 3 minute stand-up comedy set that I was working through at open mics. CATCH UP (Birth of a Republic if you haven’t read that blog-post yet) But if you already read that one, carry on and keep reading. Shortly after contracting the Swine Flu from Hello Kitty; yeah, you just read that correctly.