been eating a lot of pizza with an african american

it’s really funny, she’ll say really nice things and then say

did you shave in the dark, you missed some spots

today she asked, why dont you date women your own age?

i said, women my age dont eat pizza three times in a week.

last night we went out to tacos

i was in the best mood.

we ran into this tall black rapper with amazing jewlery and tattoos everywhere

i said, are you two from new york?

they were wearing yankees caps.

the jewlery guy was all no, we stay in south central

i said, oh the NY is for your gang?

there was an uncomfortable pause, it was around midnight after all.

but zorha was there looking cute they werent gonna do anything

and finally he said, yeah it stands for Neighborhood.

later he asked me how old i was

why are ppl so concerned about my age?

anyways todays pizza: a+

last night’s burrito: a-

was todays birthday girl the most

influential person ive met?

she got me into poetry, journalism, hippie shit, punk rock, foreign films

and this was all while we were teens.

i mean everyone ive met has influenced me but

when i first came to california – wow – i couldnt even get out of junior college

i had a history teacher who told me i was a terrible writer

i cried in the library.

while it’s true michele broke up with me 3 times

she also did the opposite of breaking up with me 2 times

she was my bestfriend for years

and today is her birthday.

i wonder if anyone thinks i was influential in their lives?

i hope if i was it was in a good way.

i did good today

i get clogged on sundays because i never want to turn on church

but once i turn it on im happy and todays sermon was good.

then i turned on the cubs.

then i walked to the store talking to mom.

then i finally got to finishing up tomorrows podast.

i am the most ridiculous procrastinator ever for this right now.

i really need to do uber so i can do something productive with all this spare time im just killing doing nothing.

but i wouldnt drive on sundays.

Lord’s day.

my problem is im blogger 4 lyfe

my other problem is i need to be inspired.

right now im working on the most time consuming part of my podcast: the blog post.

it’s there that i try to write a zingy, clickable, but also accurate headline

i add all the pictures and videos and tweets and links

and figure out which chunks to use from the podcast.

it’s a whole deal.

and i have to work from top down or i obsess.

but once it’s done i can get on with it, although i still procrastinate like crazy because i sabotage myself for some reason and i need to knock it off because i might start needing to spend a lot of time on the road away from this computer.

anyways monday im publishing my convo with Lexis and this is how it starts off so far. we’ll see if i change my mind.

dear unemployed ppl

i know it’s hard. i am in the middle of it right now and it’s super hard.

sometimes i have noticed that weird crazy magical shit happens when your back is up against the wall.

you do things you wouldnt normally do.

things your mind says Only Even Think About in case of an emergency

the emergency is approaching.

i find myself on Linked In applying for jobs i know im overqualified for but if this was sports, would the MVP of the league stop playing because he is clearly better than everyone else at that position?

then why do we do that IRL?

im gonna get out from under this cloud.

i always have.

things are gonna get better.

then things are gonna rock.

just like in olden times.

why its important to keep it real

sandy koufax, center, the legendary dodger pitching ace wanted

to do something nice for joe torre’s, right, non profit in 2010

so he took the stage to be interviewed by

the notorious tj simers, left.

notorious because tj would tell it like he saw it

and he usually saw things through

bitter-colored glasses.

tj’s biggest fans would say they aren’t bitter, they’re

true.

theyd argue the world sugar coats everything, especially journalists, particularly sports journos because they can’t burn bridges because they have to work with these teams every day, year after year.

i enjoyed reading tj because i wanted to see who pissed him off now

koufax gets his ass kissed by everyone. clearly he wanted to be interviewed live by someone who wasn’t going to kiss his ass.

and thats the lesson i learned from tj, indirectly

if you are known as the person who makes you fucking earn that A

then sometimes the best in the world will want to come to you

and only you.

so keep on keeping it real.

(which was your job in the first place)

photo by Dodger Blue World

did pretty well on social media in may

6 million people saw my tweets
Dude who invented the web browser followed me.
14,000 people shared a FB post of mine

Meanwhile Hear in LA had its most popular episode ever.

Couldn’t have done worse in finding a Social Media job in May:
Applied at all the big companies
Applied at some not so big companies

Not one phone call back.

Something tells me that will improve in June.
Couldn’t get worse 🙂

fucked around and dropped six episodes this month

A guy who was Bob Dylan’s bass player in 1984 and grew up with Andy Kaufman – Carthay Circle

A delightful research librarian I worked with at the LA Times who is sailing off into the sunset, literally. – Sherman Oaks

A mixed race writer and editor who once taught in the Compton public schools and she says she is not shy about telling people how good she was at it. –  Virgil Village

HE HAS 100,000 BEES IN HIS BACKYARD AND I TOUCHED A FEW OF THEM – Harbor Gateway

The LAPD accuse him of being the head of Antifa LA, but he told me that would be impossible as there is no such thing as Antifa. Within a very short period of time this episode became our most popular podcast to date – Mid City

Today I published my chat with Joey Ng who is a bad bitch, a great mom, and the perfect person to ask about where to eat in – Chinatown

today was a weird day

some times they’re gonna be weird.

my neighbor is a very good person and she is in love with a man she just met 6 months ago.

they seem extremely happy and very compatible. both 30.

only problem is he wants kids and she does not.

so yesterday he said im sorry ive gotta break up with you.

and hes rich.

today she told me she might have kids, fuck it.

what else am i gonna do 10 years from now, she asked me.

live?

what did i do when i was 40? oh thats right, the best thing i ever did: guide LAist to the top.

quadrupling the LA Times’ best blog.

could i have done it with a wife and kids?

no.

now that i think of it, maybe the reason we did it was because i could be on that bad boy day and night with no distractions.

just floor it. more. more. more, more.

thats not what made today weird.

it took me 4 hours to get through church on YouTube

sometimes i have zero attention span.