notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Life In The Muck: Year One

UPDATE: All the links below should be working now.

I was going to retire from the Muck. For real this time. It had been ages since I'd posted anything, and the comments section was a ghost town. It was time to let go. Fortunately, Matt and Ben talked me out of it. The Muck has a life cycle similar to that of the Phoenix, and once again it has sprung back to life.

The retirement post was going to be a personal one. Not about Veronica Mars or The Wire or Harry Potter. It was meant to be a recap of everything that has happened in my life since Notes From the Muck crept onto the internets back in September of 2005. I no longer have the energy to write that post in prose form, but I would like to post a little timeline in its stead. One thing about my life that hasn't changed in the past two years - laziness.

September 2005: co-founded Notes From the Muck; developed unprofitable obsession with online poker

October 2005: made unprofitable but highly enjoyable gambling voyage to Las Vegas with Matt; avoided the Chicken Ranch like the plague, but spent many hours discussing the implications of its nomenclature with Matt; saw Lyrics Born at the Satellite Ballroom (still one of the best hip hop concerts I've been to); welcomed Beldaz to the NFTM writing staff; honed my ability to blame bad luck for my online poker losses; started short-lived Muck of the Week with this beauty; threw embarrassingly bad Halloween party, wandered around the Corner afterwards with Will, who was dressed as a ninja, only to be kicked out of a frat party before stealing any of their beer; quit online poker for the first time

November 2005:pledged to post a blog at least once a day; broke the pledge four days later; discovered my man-crush on Tony Curtis; engaged in the Great Blog Wars of 2005, primarily as back up to the Captain of our mighty ship - Beldaz; saw Bright Eyes in DC, as well as a man playing guitar whilst wearing a diaper; learned about kinkajous; grew unreasonably angry about people not liking movies that i like; found this

December 2005: had my deformities immortalized by Katy; signed up with Niki for Donors Choose and discovered my heart is not as cold or dark as I had thought; mourned Richard Pryor; discovered and ranked great new music with Matt and Ben; went home for the holidays, where I read about this very happy event

January 2006: deleted my MySpace account, vowing never to return (update); complained about the weather

February 2006: supported Matt's desire to make Mariah Carey a permanent NFTM fixture; tried to wrap my brain around the fact the our Vice President accidentally shot a man in the face; helped design a new template for the Muck (i still think we did a fine job); attended a less than stellar GZA concert; resurrected the Muck of the Week

March 2006: read and posted about Snakes on a Plane, which i mention only because i recently got to meet and work with Sunny Mabrey; learned the true meaning of suspense; got excited about the Ween and Wilco concerts, neither of which I went to; changed the world~; started my reading project with Don Quixote, now one of my favorite books; played Mega Millions with Matt, secretly allowing myself to truly believe that I was going to win; got South Parked
; became irrationally angry about a DVD bootleg I bought on ebay to replace Matt's Arrested Development disc; obsessed about Lost; turned 26; acted 13

April 2006: fell in love with Veronica Mars, which apparently kept me busy all month

May 2006: downloaded stuff; experimented with a caffeine free life; watched this video many many times

June 2006: saw the inimitable The Coup in concert, gave Boots a man hug after the show; founded the short lived CineMuck; did a little house sitting and hanging out with Francis

July 2006: died a little bit inside; discovered and survived the Great Cyrkam Airtos invasion; nerded the fuck out

August 2006: SAW TOM WAITS...TWICE; went temporarily insane; took a sabbatical from Notes From the Muck; said goodbye to Niki as she departed for Australia; moved out of my apartment on Linden; lived with Jenny for a month; quit VCRRC

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