Are You There Blog? It’s Me…Thomas,

You know, I’m not going to waste your time telling you about how horrible a blogger I’ve been.

Life gets in the way, folks. You know the song.

So, let’s just get right into it, shall we?


Anyone who’s read the 2 or 3 posts I’ve done in the last 4 months knows my son is (somehow) a huge fan of the little green guy from the Legend of Zelda games. Yes. I’m to blame for this. I’m the worst father ever because now my son is convinced he’s Link. So, it probably isn’t the best idea to feed this interest in pointy-earred little elfish guys, right? Well, right. Even so, I couldn’t resist buying him a Legend of Zelda t-shirt. When I gave it to him, you would’ve thought I handed him a sack of cash and dropped him off in front of Toys R Us. It was priceless.

The only problem? The kid wants to wear the shirt EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. He wants to sleep in it. Caked with filth? Doesn’t matter. He wants to wear it anyway. Hey…anyone have any guesses as to who he’s going to be for Halloween?


Guess who found him a sword/shield combo to complete the costume! Yeppers. Me.

It’s on. Fully on, yo. My kid no longer responds to Travis. He corrects me every time and tells me “I’m Link.” I’m beginning to think he’s right. The benefit? I use Link to our advantage. When he complains about going to bed, I simply tell him: “You know, Link always goes to bed when his mom and dad tell him.”

Works like a charm.

Tegan & Sara

Here’s what’s funny. Next month it’ll be a year since I saw the Quin twins last. I promised to do a full-on blow by blow of the concert and I sort of put it off. Yeah…now it’s a year later and I got to see ’em again on Saturday. You know…2nd row from the front. Holler!!! Laura scored big time!

Now, it was awesome to be close and pretty much see every single expression on their face as they rocked the pants off of the State Theatre, but you’d think I would learn how to take pictures at a nice, dark concert. Nope. We were THIS close and I couldn’t get a decent shot off. Here’s what I mean.

This is actually one of the better shots. For some reason, Tegan wasn’t going all crazy and it didn’t get all blurry. I tried to record some of the songs as little mini-movies, and while the picture looked pretty solid, the sound was absolutely horrible. It was a lose-lose situation, yo…at least from a documenting perspective. Still, I was lucky enough to nab this shot as they signed a couple quick autographs.

That was the best I could do, y’all. But the set was rock-solid. They did a ton of songs that I hadn’t heard them do in a while as well as some staples that got people all riled up. Also, they were pretty stoked that people stood during the entire concert. I thought it was entertaining to watch the girl who was baked out of her mind struggle to keep her eyes open and the girls behind us who argued about which was better: Kate Spade or Coach purses.

Seriously. At a Tegan and Sara show…whilst they were playing.

The laughs came when the girls were yelled at for being loud, abnoxious t–ts. Comedy. Platinum.

Anyway this year has been insanely sick with concerts for yours truly. I’m almost embarassed by some of the sweet shows I’ve taken in this year. Check it:

– Eels
– Northern State
– Kanye West (Rhianna, N.E.R.D., Lupe Fiasco)
– Rage Against the Machine
– Kimya Dawson
– Kate Nash
– Dave Attell (Stand Up)
– Tegan and Sara

Still coming up:
– Ben Folds
– Beastie Boys/Tenacious D

It’s crazy. Not quite sure how this year could be topped. I suppose if Johnny Cash came back from the dead and played, that might be the only way.


Well, I got my picture books wrapped up and sent to the editor. They’re technically due tomorrow, but I figured they were as good as they were gonna get, so…off they went! They were fun to write, but I always feel like a huge weight has been lifted once they’re done and out the door. Of course, the hardest one to write was the one about Ballerinas. I mean…seriously! Despite all that, I think they turned out pretty dang good.

Now…finally, I can dig back into GOODHALO 2 and get that sucker finished up. Only about 30,000 words away or so…give or take.

All right. That’s it for me for now. I swear the distance between posts won’t be so long anymore. I’ve got some cool ideas cooked up for the 3-4 people who actually read this junk. We’re due for some good times on here, eh?

So, in the words of Jerry Springer: Until next time, take of yourselves…and each other.