Siblings like to torment one another, right? I know my brother did, but he was kind of nuts…still is I imagine. But in general, this seems to be normal for young brothers and sisters? I’m asking not stating. I caught a tiny segment of that nanny show on t.v. with the horrible children spitting and hitting at their mom and trying to kill one another. Ugh! But it reminded me of how my best childhood friend and her sister fought. They fought physically and also verbally abused eachother on a daily basis. It appeared pure hatred ran through their hearts, yet when one sister was harrassed by some older girls, the other came to her aid like the head of a mafia family, ready to break bones if necessary. Is the hurling of fists and insults part of the love? I’m guessing so.
I suppose part of the reason I was thinking of this particular family is that they were really close to me growing up..a second family in a way. Right now their Dad is going through a horrific battle with lung cancer. A week or so ago after a phone conversation with my friend to get the lowdown on her Dad’s struggle, I couldn’t sleep. I decided to work on a GingerDead comic and around 3 am an email comes through from comedy performer Michelle Dobrawsky (who also couldn’t sleep) requesting a donation of merchandise for a comedy festival she’s doing to benefit Gilda’s Club – a cancer support community. Weird timing? Strange coincidence? Not so much, in my life this is pretty much how stuff rolls. Anyway, of course I said yes and sent off some illustrated jewelry and GingerDead cards and offered to let you, my readers, know about this kick ass event thru this blog…so please read on…
If you are in New York City this Thursday check out the SuperEgo Comedy Showcase hosted by Michelle Dobrawsky (Broadway Comedy Club, Boston Improv Festival, Late Night with Conan O’Brien) from 9 – 11pm at the New York Comedy Club on E. 24th St between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. The tickets are only $20! If you are unable to attend but would like to purchase an ‘honorary’ ticket as a cash donation that would be awesome too. All the details and ticket purchasing can be done off the SuperEgo Comedy website.
In other. but not-so-awesome, cancer news, my mom’s follow up visit unveiled 4 new flowery tumors in her bladder. They were tiny and her doctor promptly lazer-zapped them out, so that’s cool. But it seems they can grow back like that, especially if you keep smoking which she had. The good news is I ran into a guy smoking one of those electronic cigerettes where you inhale vapor with a shot of nicotine and exhale vapor that looks like smoke. He explained how he’s quit smoking by using this thing as a replacement as he weans off the nicotine. I suggested to my mom that she consider this approach. After a week of research, she ordered a kit and it arrived yesterday. Sure, nicotine isn’t great for you either but the nicotine minus the smoke, carcinogens, weird additives, tar, etc has got to be a lot better and I just didn’t see her quitting otherwise. Hopefully, this keeps her from lighting up ever again and discourages any future tumors from sprouting.
Happy fun news:
I’ll be at St. Anthony’s Hospital park on 9th Avenue North in St. Pete on Sunday afternoon with about 30 other awesome art vendors. I’ve been working like crazy to produce a nice selection of Illustrated Jewelry and of course will have GingerDead Greeting Cards including the new Halloween cards and perhaps a sugar skull or two. Hope to see you there! If you can’t make it but want to shop online, I have the cards and a small selection of the jewelry in my GingerDead Shoppe on Etsy.
Sock Monkey w/ Zombie Stare!
the cuff links:
thanks for reading and happy haiku’n!