Archive for October, 2011

How I Finally Won My Father’s Approval

October 25, 2011

The relationship between a father and a son is always a landmine of misunderstood expectations and things not said. It may seem like a “Cat’s in the Cradle” cliche, but the day when a father can finally look at his son and see a man can be life-altering.

I finally experienced that moment this past weekend.

We were at a youth figure-skating event this past Saturday, waiting for my niece to compete, when my father couldn’t quite place the music a skater was competing to.

My dad asked, “What is this song?”

I didn’t miss a beat as I responded, “‘Music of the Night’ from ‘Phantom of the Opera.'”

He didn’t say it. But I’m sure he’s never been prouder of me than he was at that moment.

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How I Jinxed the St. Louis Cardinals

October 17, 2011

I was discussing the Busch Stadium squirrel (some call him Stan the Squirrel, however I prefer the nickname “Buschy”) with a Phillies fan on Thursday. He let it be known that the Phillies’ experience with Buschy had left him hating the adorable woodland creatures. I laughed and told him he’d better hope the Cards don’t defeat the Brewers in the NLCS or there’s bound to be all manner of Squirrel Series talk.

When we finished our conversation, I hopped on Photoshop and started making my own Squirrel Series logo. I was about halfway through when I realized what I’d done.

I’d jinxed my beloved Cardinals.

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‘The Captive Butler’

October 11, 2011

My computer was down for about a week, so my art kick ground to a screeching halt. However, thanks to my local tech support (ie, my girlfriend) everything is back up and running.

So, here’s my nod to Jack Vettriano’s ‘The Singing Butler’…

The Captive Butler

Great Scott! Sassy ‘Back to the Future’ Costumes

October 2, 2011

It’s no secret that I loves me some Halloween. In fact, there’s a specific rule in the Holmes household that Halloween decor can’t go up until September 15th. Why does this rule exist? Because without it I’d be putting up creepy candles and foam headstones in June.

My new favorite Halloween tradition? Sassy (read: sexy) Halloween costumes. Each year they keep getting a little more ridiculous. I fully support this initiative. In fact, last year, I created a series of three sassy costumes based on my favorite movie, “Ghostbusters.” (more…)


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