As Far As I Can Tell

I need some headphones

I’m at the 4th Coast trying to catch up on my weblogs and design sites but I can’t concentrate. On my left I’m forced to overhear the babbling and passage reading of some “hip” Christians from Threads Church. There’s upstairs classical music playing, but every time the downstairs door opens it intermixes with some rock-n-roll that I’d rather be listening to down there. All this because there wasn’t a seat next to an electrical plug-in.

God is love.
Old people are cool because usually they’re Christian.
The church in America preaches against miracles.

I guess I’ll head home.



you’ll have to host a DSL installation party someday. probably in mid-june.

Posted by: miguel on May 29, 2003 1:48 PM

Offline Simon

I’m alive and well in Kalamazoo, but you wouldn’t know it by this weblog. I don’t have Internet access at home yet due to some new electrical codes keeping the cable guys from hooking me up. I can get on with my laptop at the Fourth Coast and 1977 Mopeds, but I’m always rushed; trying to get the rest of my daily online activities done. I’m fortunate enough to have some in my mouth at home, but it’s so unreliable and slow that it’s only for desperate situations. I’m posting this from a pirated dial-up account.

I’ve been busy these last two weeks moving in, setting up, house warming, buying a new camera, making t-shirts, visiting Chicago, and riding mopeds in packs up to 50 strong. This last weekend was Moped BBQ 8 and we had people in town from eight of the ten branches of the Moped Army. Hell yeah; it was bigger and better than ever. We were busted by the cops twice, did tons of riding, and for possibly the first time upheld the phrase “We own the streets”.

I promise this page will be updated with more Michigan adventures soon. SBC has pinky-swore to get my DSL by Friday.



good to see you posting again. you going to the AMC?

Posted by: jim on May 30, 2003 12:57 AM

Yep - I’ll be there early for the Ted Leo show on Friday.

Posted by: simon on May 30, 2003 10:43 AM

sweet—i think ro and i are going to be able to make it for the show as well. and also, this text box is the same color as my beetle. neat!

Posted by: jim on May 30, 2003 10:47 AM

Goodbye Chicago

This is my last post before I unplug my cable modem. I should be back online in a few days.

Hello Kalamazoo.



Welcome back Simon!

Posted by: daveb on May 10, 2003 6:29 AM

Good bye Simon.

Posted by: Chicago on May 12, 2003 11:23 AM

nice to see Da Mare leaving a message (funny joke, whoever put that as chicago’s email)

Posted by: jim on May 13, 2003 12:16 PM

where u at?

Posted by: Kalamazoo on May 19, 2003 8:05 AM

we are not coming. ever.

Posted by: SBC on May 22, 2003 3:13 PM

One trip down

Yesterday I packed my truck to its absolute limits. Miscellaneous items were stacked in high enough that I couldn’t see out the back window, and Ivo couldn’t fit in for a ride to the train. I drove it all to Sturgis as darkness and rain were fading in together. Mother Nature really wants my things to be wet right now.

I’m excited that I’ll have a sort of studio space in Sturgis. I’ve grown used to having space for lots of art supplies and giant tables. It’s only 45 minutes away, which will actually be a nice isolation so I can concentrate on work while I’m there. I want to start separating various activities of my life by physical location. I’ve spent too long now doing everything at home. The blurring of living and work space starts to take its toll.

This morning I had breakfast with Dan at the Main Street. I don’t think I’ll order my eggs with cheese on them anymore. Connie knows it as “my usual”, but a half melted Kraft Single isn’t really what I’m looking for. I’m going to miss all the great breakfast spots in Chicago.

Right now I’m waiting for Meredith to finish up all of her odds and ends so we can take off to Chicago and finish packing. I’m glad she’s able to come and help, not only so it will go quicker, but so we can spend the last few Chicago days together.



Those last ten words are quite sad. Just know that both of you will be greatly missed.

Posted by: ivo on May 8, 2003 12:54 PM

yeah, i feel like a dumb ass for not having seeing you more often while you were here. just know that our place (especially the new one) is always someplace for you to come and stay in chicago. you’re lucky to have a sort of studio space set up. i’m jealous. is this at your family’s place out in sturgis, or what? btw, when i first met you, i thought you were from the sturgis that has the huge harley festival every year. funny, that.

Posted by: jim on May 9, 2003 11:40 AM

Basement Umbrella Needed

After escorting Jake to the airport to fly out to Japan I came home and discovered workmen dealing with the totally flooded basement apartment. The unit has flooded before, which really sucks for the tenet, but my area had never been affected. Today I got nervous about it and peaked my head downstairs just to make sure. Sure enough, my workspace was under a layer of water.

It ruined a bunch of projects from college and seeped into my main portfolio. A box of Wired and Metropolis, a bunch of books I bought to cut things out of, a stack of data cds, one end of a wonderful old map, and a batch of vinyl letters all had to be thrown away. I hate water damage so fucking much. Also, I don’t have renter’s insurance, and if I did it wouldn’t matter because most of the items damaged were more personal than valuable. At least my photo box wasn’t sitting on the ground.

On the upside my landlord contacted me and wondered if I could move out early so the guy from downstairs has a place to live. I was planning on moving some of my stuff this Saturday, but now it looks like I’ll move it all. It’ll be nice to get some of the rent money from this month back. We were going to be paying for a mostly unused apartment otherwise.

I got the invitations for Moped BBQ 8 done today too. The card stock is too dark for what I’m doing with it, so I’m not super satisfied with the end result. I’m still sending them out though, so keep an eye on your mailbox this week.



That happened to Jessica a few years ago- the basement in some crappy house she was living in flooded and she lost boxes of letters (many from myself) and other old journals. She’s a writer, so you can imagine how hard it was for her. I was pretty upset about it too- I had hoped we could read all our old letters together someday when we’re old. Sorry to hear about your Wired collection and all those projects from graphic design (you hated doing the early ones, anyway). It’s a strange thing, but loosing things isn’t always so bad. We hold on to so much that isn’t of vital importance. Granted, it’s nice to have a record of things, but my ideas about keeping everything are changing. What am I keeping all that old stuff for anyways? To show my maybe-someday-far-off-in-the-future kids? For the writers and archiologists who I assume will publish volumes on my life once I’m dead (yeah, right)? I’ve been tainted by the romanticized story of so many artists who lived their lives unnoticed and flourished after their deaths by what they left behind (VanGogh, and one could make an argument for Saddam Hussein even).

Posted by: vanessa on May 6, 2003 10:19 AM

i’d love an invite—ro and i may be able to attend. also, maybe this is a way for you to get your own half project going, but either way—water damage sucks.

Posted by: jim on May 6, 2003 11:22 AM

I’m sorry for the loss of your Communism book, it’s too short life was brilliant. I just thought of some of the things I have in the basement that are probably ruined. One of which is a large bag of clothes to be sold at a thrift store. shit.

Posted by: meredith on May 6, 2003 12:14 PM

That is really not good. I seriously cringed as I read that you works from college were ruined. Maybe it’s chicago’s way of saying “good bye”. In Japan news, I went to Bill’s class tonight and on the way to the internet cafe, I turned on the Wireless Searcher and found a couple of networks on the way. This means I will start updating tonight.

Posted by: jake on May 7, 2003 9:33 AM

Saturday & Sunday

Saturday, I went with Meredith to a couple events that were part of the Poetry Hop. It was set up as a panel discussion, not just of the various individual’s work, but on broader themes that are prevalent throughout poetry and life. In each session there were at least two people that I really enjoyed listening to. Smart, observant, and funny.

One of the more interesting questions that came from the audience was on the idea of the thesaurus degrading language more than anything else. The thesaurus, it was argued, makes us believe that a grouping of words all mean the same thing and are interchangeable. This overlooking of the subtlety of word meanings is definitely aided by the thesaurus, though I think it has positive idea generation purposes as well. I find it useful when I know I don’t have the right word, but I can’t put my finger on what I’m looking for.

On Sunday I had breakfast with Evil Bill before heading off to Sturgis again to visit my parents and grandparents. While I was there I helped haul some furniture that my Mom bought at the Centerville Antique Fair and my Dad helped me build the moped hitching post I’ve had plans to build for almost a year. This high security homemade device consists of:

  • Two 5 gallon buckets stacked into each other. The top one has the bottom cut out.
  • Four U-Locks locked through holes drilled in the bucket.
  • Cement poured in the bucket all the way to the top.

I now have a 100 pound movable moped security device. I needed to build it because I don’t have a good place to lock up at my new apartment and already I’ve had 4 kids ask to either “buy”, “ride”, or “have” my moped. I might have to hire a full-time security guard.

Sunday night I went on the Moped Army weekly ride where we ran a relay race on the new WMU BTR Park road. It’s like it was designed for moped racing.

That night Jake rode home with me to Chicago so he could fly out to Japan on Monday.



i’m itching to see a picture of your new hitching post, and i love the idea of a hitching post.

Posted by: jim on May 6, 2003 11:24 AM

You can admit that Di Seuss was your favorite panelist.

Posted by: meredith on May 6, 2003 12:08 PM

You still need to talk about your shady neighborhood and ways to conquer the gangs of roaming kids with nothing better to do than fuck with your beloved moby. Honestly, I’d start training monkeys or gorillas how to shoot machine guns so that they can guard your moped. Think about it….

Posted by: jake on May 7, 2003 9:35 AM

Friday: Screen Printing

After a long and tedious learning process I finally created my first screen for silk screening and made some posters for the upcoming Moped BBQ 8. I made the screens here in Chicago and took all of the supplies to Sturgis where my press is. From now on I’ll be doing everything in Sturgis.

Compared to the trial and error mess of making the screens, printing went smoothly. I’m so impressed with the quality and opacity of the ink. I’m really excited to start doing more printing.

Afterward I had dinner with my Dad in Three Rivers and made it to Kalamazoo just in time to see the excellent sequel to X-Men, X2. Bill was in town for two days only before he ran off to Japan again. It was nice to see him, even if it was only for a few hours. I’m glad he’s going to be spending some time in Kalamazoo this summer before going to Detroit.

Meredith and I stayed in our new apartment Friday night for the first time. Empty except for our air mattress, it felt like we were squatters.



i really like how sparse your apartment looks. keep it that way as much as you can.

Posted by: miguel on May 6, 2003 10:57 AM

i’m really impressed by your posters, and your new place is a dream. good thing you had already moved your screening stuff out before the flooding.

Posted by: jim on May 6, 2003 11:26 AM

Miguel: It’s sparse because there aren’t any possessions in it at all. I’ll definitely be filling it up. Empty spaces can be peaceful, but surrounding yourself with things you like can breed creativity and make a space feel like it’s yours.

Posted by: simon on May 6, 2003 12:35 PM

As far as who can tell?

Chicago, IL

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