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 yet. But when I came out to Los Angeles in 1996, being my second time living here since I had originally first moved out here just 6 days after the Rodney King Beating Verdict Riots of 1992. Already the city had changed a bit in the 3 years it took me to high-tail my ass here after having lost my ass to the DEA in 1995 Rio Grande City, Texas, leaving the Valley with giant question marks hovering over my extended family's heads as I left, but that's another story altogether. After 7 years of living on the edge, running with Jazz guys, flamenco cats, gypsies, 70s rock band has-beens, gangsters, drug dealers, prostitutes, and a former bodyguard of a bonafide Saudi Prince, I was tired and lost; yet again, doing $40-$80 worth of blow a night with a pint of whiskey, all by myself in an illegal beach community apartment that I rented for $450 a month in Playa Del Rey, which was when I met the Bun of Hotdog n' Bun, who would change my entire world forever. Before Bun became the Bear who became Mrs S., Akane was an art studio major at U.C. Santa Barbara, doing research for a Conceptual Art class of which her thesis was based on "how people behave towards each other over the Internet."

Rather than digress into a long story, see below...

Shortly after graduation, she moved into my 20' x 7' illegal unit with me, that was originally the building's laundry room, no kitchen but a mini-fridge and microwave that I bought myself, and once we found a bigger place we decided to get married. Being that Mrs S would need to go through the whole rigmarole of getting a green card, we thought it might be a good idea to start a company together. Which is how Hotdog n' Bun actually became "a family company."


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