The Life of Brian (In the Now)

I love to journal by telling stories. What’s going on in the life of Brian, in the now. Whether it be from stuff that happens at work, while hanging out with friends or while working on other creative projects. Stuff happens that I may just feel a need to interrupt my usual memoir-writing activity, that is this blog’s primary function. I share those stories here.

8/19/18: Embracing the Dog Day

I hang up the phone (note... we need a new verb for this) and acknowledge the sweetness of connection. The joy of interaction, intimacy... interdependence. To relish my morning cup, to read from a favorite book, to repeat some household tasks... the mundane made more than. Get back to the room now. Do some much [...]

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8/17/18: There Be Bumps

WHAM! ... "Ouch!" "Oh no... are you ok? I'm so sorry Andrew. So very sorry" "It's ok, I'm ok. I know you're trying to avoid them. It cannot be helped." "I'm doing the best I can... I'm so sorry." Thump thump thump ... Thump thump thump ... Thump thump thump ...  "Oh man does this road suck!" [...]

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8/16/18: The Happy Van!

"Gooooddafternoon, 2-5-6 checking in van number 1464." "Good afternoon and welcome back Brian. I copy van number 1464 and I show three to start. Have a good day." "10-4, I show the same. You have a good one as well." ------------------------------------ Pulling out onto Middle street on this, my second day back to work after [...]

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8/13/18: Jet-Lagged Jitterbug

In the moment I didn't even realize that Jitterbug... was also a brand of cell-phone The Brian Show would have been a dancing fool at Anna's last night if it hadn't been for the other part of this post's title Jet-lag At Anna's last night Heh... Old friends of the Hawaii-based variety The only kind of [...]

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8/7/18: Hudson

A calm Monday afternoon. Preparing to exit I-94 we encounter the same construction that threw us off before. Last time we tried going to Hudson this way, we got off too soon and ended up on state highway 35 south to River Falls. This time we get it right and take the Carmichael road exit [...]

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8/5/18: The Road, the Show.

The day I left, you said we might not meet again. I then knew how I wanted to, remember you my friend. ------------------ "The Brian Show" has been on the road for quite a while now, but yesterday (my dear reader) was a PERFECT reminder of how it is actually the road which is the [...]

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8/3/18: All This, and So Much More.

"The only way to have a friend, is to be one." ------ Ralph Waldo Emerson So much has changed. So many things seem to have not changed at all. When you live halfway around the world from where you grew up and went to school, it's hard to tell. My friends here haven't seen me [...]

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8/1/18: What’s Going On?

"This is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given Use them and let's start trying To make it a place worth living in" ------ Peter Gabriel Leaving downtown Rio, Wisconsin, half a block from the intersection of High street and Well street... I'm walking back to Mom's house. I'm returning [...]

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7/31/18: The Art of Mom

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing. ------ Georgia O’Keeffe Me: "What do you think makes someone an artist Mom?" Mom: "You can't call yourself an artist unless you get paid to do it." Me: "Am I an artist? I don't make [...]

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7/30/18: It’s All About the Tomatoes

I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap. ------- Ani DiFranco "You got tomatoes yet Barb?" "Not yet, they're all still green." "Yea... you n everyone else eh?" "Yep." A not at all uncomfortable silence follows as my mother fails to find a suitable subgect [...]

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