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Papa Joe Mambo's Cellar Full of Noise
I know a place where the music is fine and the lights are always low
"Well, I'm back" 
11th-Apr-2010 03:07 pm
Me- Peek!
...and it's been a long year and a half away from blogging, I tellya whut.

The most fascinating thing for me now, apart from examining the wreckage remaining after the pummeling that FACEBOOK and Twitter have committed upon most blogging engines and communities, is who have actually remained here to say anything at all- and I'm amused that it's the people who are as stubborn about getting their thoughts out in something other than 140 character bites as I am. Did I say I was stubborn? I'm a very stubborn man.

The shop I now manage, where I can be found up to 75 hours a week.

I've had a lot happen in the intervening years of 2008 and 2009 and most of it is in relation to a promotion that I received at my place of employment that ladled on extra responsibility without adding any real monetary incentive apart from the ability to pay my bills. I've had family members contract diseases that would usually kill most other people and I've had a very close family member sucomb to that, I've had 10 year old friendships dissolve in a smear of angry distrust, and stupid pride, and acrimony, I've had people who were friends show some of their true colors (and those colors were much more corrupt than I would like to have thought they would be, and I'm still barely hanging in there when it comes to keeping myself out of financial bankruptcy. That being said, I've made some INCREDIBLE new friends and I'm beginning to wear the mantle of "ELDER STATESMAN IN A RELATIVELY YOUTH-ORIENTED COMMUNITY" with much less chaffing these days, so all has not been lost.

And I am as stubbornly happy as ever.

I will be updating this page with more than a YouTube entry on a basis of at least once a week - this is my promise to you. I will be cross posting these entries to Facebook, which is where I do my microblogging, and anyone who knows me from there is more than welcome to comment in the threads that are there, or here, or anywhere you should like. I'm going to try to keep this general and all purpose and "Cellar Full O'Noise" as it has been in the past, although a recent growing interest in face-to-face boardgame and RPG play may be spinning off a new blog of its own, and should that happen you all will be the first to know.

This month marks my 6th year as a LiveJournal blogger. The whole thing makes me think of this:

Talk to you all soon.
11th-Apr-2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Nice to see you again, Jowy. (I'm in disguuuuise.)
12th-Apr-2010 12:04 am (UTC)

"Ssssh, Ms Bris - I'm in TISGUUUUUISE..."

Edited at 2010-04-12 12:06 am (UTC)
12th-Apr-2010 03:17 am (UTC)
I knew you'd get the reference. (When I finally got that movie on VHS as a teen I watched it once a day for several months -- more than I ever watched Laby, point of fact.)
12th-Apr-2010 08:55 pm (UTC)

I always loved how ambivilently *wise* the old owl was at the beginning. One got the impression that if that unfortunate moth hadn't appeared, that he may have been a lot more directly unpleasant with Mrs Brisby.
11th-Apr-2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
That is a lovely picture of the store. (And glad to have you blogging again.)
12th-Apr-2010 12:07 am (UTC)

Let us just hope I can keep it happening now, Greer.
11th-Apr-2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Fiiiiiinally my LJ friends page will be interesting again! Geez! haha

Oh and I will have some steampunky stuff to show you, soon. My band "corset" has a gig on the 5th, and we shall look very cool. you'll love it!
11th-Apr-2010 11:17 pm (UTC)

I look forward to checking out CORSET asap!
11th-Apr-2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Glad you're back! :) I am working on my own LJ comeback. Every time I start it, though, I'm never able to finish the long, convoluted story of everything that's happened since I last posted. I need to do some kind of 80s-style montage, maybe.
11th-Apr-2010 11:16 pm (UTC)

I'm quite familiar with the whole "so this is why I've been away" angst -- I found it was best to just hold my nose and jump in.
11th-Apr-2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
It's so good to see you again! :)
12th-Apr-2010 08:41 pm (UTC)

Wow ALL of the "Regulars" are showing up - that's nice to see!

(Nice Gene Colan panel in your profile image too, ma'am)
12th-Apr-2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
Which one is that? It's not this one, is it? (I drew this!)
12th-Apr-2010 11:42 pm (UTC)

It's the "Why won't they listen? These boys have a sound that will make millions!" one, that I was thinking about.
12th-Apr-2010 11:50 pm (UTC)

Ohhhhh is that from the MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL? I have that somewhere. It looks like Palmer inking Colan from their TOMB OF DRACULA run. Doesn't look like Perez at *all*

Do you have the "not-the-BEATLES" appearance in BATMAN where he solves the riddle over whether or not "not-Paul" is dead from the early 70s, or the appearance in STRANGE TALES where Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm meet the boys?
12th-Apr-2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhh is that from the MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL?


And alas, no. I did see a blogger do a write-up of the Batman story, though.

And I have the Herbie Popnecker meets "The Beatles" story.

Edited at 2010-04-12 11:55 pm (UTC)
12th-Apr-2010 11:59 pm (UTC)

I'll try to find teh Ben and Johnny story for you -- I almost had it ready for FOOM_MMMS back-in-the-day.
13th-Apr-2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Aw, bless. Thank you! :)
12th-Apr-2010 12:24 am (UTC) - It's ALIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!
Welcome back!
12th-Apr-2010 08:51 pm (UTC) - Re: It's ALIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!

Yay- thanks very much.
12th-Apr-2010 01:50 am (UTC)
Pops, I am delighted to see you back. That icon always makes me get super happy, because I know something wonderful is about the happen. I have missed you and often wondered if you were ever returning to cyber land. :) Now I need to find you on the facebook so I can stalk you via two internet outlets. :)

I've missed you, I"m so glad to read about your life again. You amaze me!
12th-Apr-2010 08:49 pm (UTC)

Click on the word Facebook and be brought to me thereabouts, Muffy.

Been missin you tons.
12th-Apr-2010 02:50 am (UTC)
congrats on being happily over-worked! and welcome back!
12th-Apr-2010 08:51 pm (UTC)

Thanks Dotty - I've missed you.
12th-Apr-2010 03:40 am (UTC) - welcome back
I have come back here myself after being gone for a long time as well and I know just how you feel on the whole what has been happening while I been gone thing but I think its been more like the last 3 years for me
sad but true
I think once a week posting is a really good idea, I think I will steal it *grin*
12th-Apr-2010 08:48 pm (UTC) - Re: welcome back

It's an attaianble goal, I think.

Edited at 2010-04-12 08:50 pm (UTC)
12th-Apr-2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
It's fab to see you back here my good sir!
12th-Apr-2010 08:50 pm (UTC)

And wonderful to recieve such a fine welcome!
12th-Apr-2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
This is welcome, yet unexpected!
12th-Apr-2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
BIG HUGE HUGS OF CUDDLY DOOM!!!!! How the hell have you been? Missed you around here.
12th-Apr-2010 08:50 pm (UTC)

Awww - thanks Bun!!

I've been good - busy, but good.
12th-Apr-2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
12th-Apr-2010 11:43 pm (UTC)


Yes, it is :)
12th-Apr-2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Welcome back, Joe.
12th-Apr-2010 11:58 pm (UTC)

Thanks Steve - hope all has been good lately.
13th-Apr-2010 05:09 am (UTC)
Welcome back! :)
13th-Apr-2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
Great to see you back! Looking forward to your new posts. :)
13th-Apr-2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Nice to see you back! That shop of yours looks pretty awesome.
14th-Apr-2010 03:06 am (UTC)
We've been friends as well as livejournal friends for a long time and I've certainly missed your blogs! Eversoglad to have you back.

...and sorry I forgot to call you on Monday. I blame Percocet. Been resting at my parents' house since Sunday night.
16th-Apr-2010 09:46 am (UTC)
Joe! (think the Joan...oh...oh...joan bit in Maxwell's silver Hammer)

The bear is out of hibernation at last!

Mental imagery provided by a book called "the Bear that Wasn't" or something similar which I read in German at secondary school - there's a lovely looking bit where circus bears ride unplausibly small bicycles.

Gosh, it's sunny here. I see no dust.
18th-Apr-2010 11:41 pm (UTC)

The increasingly tiny bicycle is a good metaphor for me these days, Rach.
19th-Apr-2010 02:41 am (UTC)
I am glad to see you back. I was wondering where you had gone, and hoping everything was okay.
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