Wednesday, September 2, 2009

9.1.09: #198.2

1) #198: 9.08.1988

2) #296: 11.01.08

3) 11.01.2008 - 09.01.2009

4) 09.01.2009: #198



Friday, August 21, 2009


I guess I better just accept dimensional space as it is. Trying to figure out a way bend reality to hop between dimensions it just too dang hard. If you want to peep a good show about it I recommend Charlie Jade.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Canadian Trip - Day 7

My last night in Canada. perfect breakfast. I went to visit my Aunts grave today. Tio Tony's name is also on there. It kind of freaked me out at first but that's life. We are finite temporary beings with a beginning middle and end. Only children and fools in denial think otherwise. None of us escape it or should avoid the inevitable. Acceptance is the key. Once you do, life is easy to live. It's like me and food. Once I used to agonise every second of the day about what and when I was going to eat. Now I know what, when and how much I will eat and I'm happy. All choice has been eliminated now I can continue living my life.

At Titi Suzanne's grave I prayed, watered her flowers and had a good talk with her. It was very emotional. I gave my uncle some privacy and looked around and gravely read the stones. I saw the Hells Angel's grave. Large, very impressive. We drove home and the radio was playing American Top 40 with Casey Kasem from 1981. From the hints Casey gave I was able to discern that that the number 2 song was The theme from Greatest American Hero and Endless Love was number one knocking down Jessie Girl from the top spot. Man, I loved AT40. I would listen to that and Dr Demento religiously. I always wanted to be like Casey Kasem, DJing and doing cartoon voices that had to be the life. It was cool to go back to that time. Xmen were in the John Byrne, Terry Austin, Tom Orchezowski, Glynis Wein and Claremont phase. It was a good time to be alive. Correct that. Life is a good time to be alive. Every day above ground is a good day. Even if things are crappy. life will get better and worse. this is the nature of existence. My goal is to milk this life for all its worth. Better myself, help others. love God. Live. Love and one day die. affect positive change, create things I'm proud of. Even if I die tomorrow I can honestly say that I did my best. I put my head on my pillow and know I'm happy. I like myself. I have good people around me that love and care about me. Every day I wake up alive I have another day to do it all over again until I'm done, whenever that is.

When we got home I made Uncle Tony and I Salad and Salmon with Miracle whip, lettuce with whole wheat bread. Arlene came over and it was time to move into the final phase of the painting. Karine , Phil and Roselynn were coming for dinner and I wanted it done. Arelene DJed playing a combo of System of a Down, Tragically Hip and She Wants Revenge.

Aunt Sue's Sister came over and brought me a blessed Virgin Mary medallion from this old church in Montreal that you have to walk up the stairs on your knees while doing a succession of Hail Marys. She also requested I draw a cartoon of her grandchild, Frederique. No problem. I'm honored. I drew a picture of her daughter Olympic basketball player Patricia Mandeville 9 years ago.

Everybody came over right in time. Arlene and I put the finishing touches on Roselynns portrait and we had a fine unveiling. Everyone though the painting was groovy. Dinner was salad, tomatoes, red peppers, mushrooms, capers with homegrown cucumbers. Speckled trout, onions, steamed zucchini and mushrooms with garden grown string beans. After fine conversation and hanging out everyone went home and I said my goodbyes to my cousins. Uncle and I put up the painting. I believe this to be the finest painting I ever did.
Memo to myself: is "6Teen" just a french cartoon? I like the art style. clean.
hmn it's late I have to pack and make breakfast and lunch for tomorrow. I have a long trip back home. Bonne Nuite.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Canadian Trip - Day 5 and 6

Friday: I woke up prayed, meditated had a perfect breakfast sat on the swing and chatted with my Uncle then got straight to painting. Arlene assisted she also shares my moms ability to draw and is methodical and a bit of a perfectionist. A good quality especially because time is not on our side. Teamwork made the the dream work. We painted until it was time to make dinner. Pink Salmon w/ miracle whip on toasted Belgian whole wheat. Our Salad was romaine, red and orange peppers, cucumbers and capers, cherry tomatoes from my uncles garden with balsamic and extra virgin olive oil. A baked yam. Steamed mushrooms, zucchini and spinach. I saw an episode of 2 and a half men. That show makes my uncle laugh so much. I love to hear him laugh. Afterwards we did dishes. Next we set up for Karaoke night. Roselynn, Karine and her boyfriend Phil came over and we rocked out. I learned something important about Karaoke. You don't do songs obscure tunes you're into. That's only fun for you. You need to do songs people know. Also the doing the Smiths were bringing folks down. Things started getting fun with tunes that everyone can get into like Funkytown and Fame (Irene Cara not Bowie). My Uncle and cousin are wedding singers so they had a ton of karaoke versions of songs. I really hearing them sing. It was like a an all request concert just for me. I loved hearing Mercury Blues, Delilah and my cousin Arlene and Karine sang Dancing Queen by Abba and Spiderwebs by No Doubt (I forgot that was such a great song.) My cousin kept pointing out I do a shtick when I sing. A kind of mocking parody of singing. I'm no singer although I have been recently dreaming of songs that don't exist and I call my phone and record it on my computer. It's gotta be for some reason. Time will tell.

Me on the ferry wearing a Wolverine tshirt. He's Canadian eh?

Saturday 10:12am I am in a car on a ferry crossing the St Lawrence river to Berthier (berty-eh?) I'm staring at Gods face moving along the water. we are on our way to My cousin Marjorie's pad and swimming. It's 31 degrees with a humidity index of 40. That's multiply by 2 add 30 to switch Celsius to Fahrenheit. Sorel is a town that has a lot of bikers. The Hells Angels have a lot of homes here. This means a lot of cool custom motorcycles that would make Johnny Blaze jealous. On the ferry a guy gave a peek at his custom bike. Wen we came off the ferry we saw a whole bunch of custom cars. A ford cobra gt, a few Ferrari's and more motorcycles. Wow.

Noon time writing a friend: I am sitting in a comfy chair in the shade of a tree overlooking a swimming pool. A warm breeze rustles through the tree and fans me while I sniff at the freshly cut grass and write this. I am having a perfect moment constantly. Each moment gets better. I have so much love for God and my family and friends and my life I am so grateful for it. I've done a lot of thinking and speaking about life and death here. It truly is all good. It's all God.

3pm chilling poolside. Swam. Floated. Mmm. Nothing wrong with cruditiés. (San dip) Cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, mushrooms, yellow and orange peppers. Writing to capture moment is a little ridiculous especially because I am always trying to be present. 2 small pickles. Salad: curly leaf lettuce, yellow pepper, tomato and celery, a side of Marjorie's famous chickpea salad with cucumbers, onion, tomatoes parsley and love. The fish of the day was Pangasius with onion, steamed broccoli.

I spent the rest of the day being present , conversing listening to tunes. It was fun to see my cousins interacting with each other, quibbling and egging each other on with affection as only siblings can. It made me appreciate the relationship i have with my own sisters. I'm glad I had time this trip to spend with each of them one on one as well as together. We had a whole span of time to make up for.

Cosmo Girls:
Karine, Marjorie and Arlene

Friday, August 14, 2009

Canadian Trip - day 3 and 4

Marjorie Montreal

Wednesday: Made breakfast. Today my Uncle and I meet my cousin Marjorie, a business woman in Montréal. We took the train which was pretty fun and we birdwatched for a bit before connecting with Marj. We have planned to go to her house Saturday and swim at her house Saturday. We saw a nice church with a violinist and ate at a swanky restaurant, people watched and saw some sites from Montreal including the Old Port, the artist area and their Chinatown. We returned home and I had dinner with my cousin Arlene and hung out with my cousin Karine and her boyfriend Phil. We had Tuna fish on wheat, and salad. My uncle has asked me to do a painting for a wall in his house and during my meditation I was inspired to do a portrait of Roselynn my niece, Karine's daughter, whom was born a year after my last Canadian visit.

Uncle Tony, Karine and I

Thursday: it is now 1am and I am staring at a penciled version of the portrait. I have to be up in a couple of hours so I'll make it brief. Today was our slow day. I had a perfect breakfast. I was preparing some breakfasts for the future. And my aunts brother said in French I think you may have miscounted (I count everything in my breakfast) its funny to me because I was thinking the exact thing. Was that 26 or 27 squares of spoon sized shredded wheat? Argh. We left to buy art supplies, stuff for the sound system and vegetables, capers and bananas. We saw orange and green genetically modified cauliflower. We got the green one which was crossed with broccoli and it was true it tasted just like broccoli. Maybe there's something to this frankenfoods. Must they be our enemies? We returned and met with Arlene and made dinner. Uncle Tony prepared fresh Salmon. Arlene steamed veggies and I prepared the salad. Karine and Phil came over and I met Roselynn who was a very well behaved child. Bobby came over and helped with the final adjustments of the sound system for Karaoke night which is a big tradition. My Uncle, Karine and Bobby are wedding singers. My other cousins all sing too. Its a lot of fun. While I was setting up the prelims for the painting my Uncle started playing a cassette of Celine Dion that made my cousins wince. I was amused because I was thinking how Canadian was this? All I need is a tuque and some earmuffs and I can take off to the "great white north". Oh I am here. Beauty, eh?
Roselynn and Karines foot.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Canadian Trip Day 2

Chillaxing on the porch swing

Are we having fun yet, eh? Today was a good day in the most Ice Cube sense. I had an almost perfect breakfast, I counted out 27 squares of spoon sized shredded wheat (one ounce) 63 raisins (one ounce) a banana and one cup of Soy Milk (8 ounces) all I needed was milled Flaxseeds which in french are called Graines de Lin Moulues. We looked for it in the supermarket for a half an hour. It was worth it so i can have a perfect breakfast tomorrow. my uncle took me to the local Kmart ish store Zellers and bought me a proper fitting pair of blue jeans. (size 36) the ones I was wearing were size 42. then we had a Mr. Rogers moment we walked past a little miniature neighborhood. then soft dissolve to us walking to a house with a shingle of with a needle and thread that read "coutrureire" (seamstress) on it and we walked in and visited his sister in law, Maryse who is a costume maker and saw all her cool costumes! She hemmed my pants even though she had guests over. she was super cool. from there we returned home and prepared salad and Arlene forked the yams and uncle Tony prepared speckled trout he caught himself and seasoned wrapped in tin foil with sliced potatoes, mushrooms, white onions and salt, red pepper, adobo (of course) and cooked it on a barbecue grill. I also learned how to eat fish properly. After that we relaxed on the porch swing and chatted before going to bed. I didn't even have to use my AK. Today was a good day.

My Cousin Arlene and I relaxing on the porch swing.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Canadian Trip Day 1

I got to the Port Authority early. I had my papers in order. The 8 hour bus ride was pleasant enough. the woman in front of me kept going overboard with tilting her chair back. it only makes me laugh. A Friend hooked me up with this fascinatingly thorough book about the Beatles which I'm in the process of devouring voraciously. Speaking of which I ate my lunch in an away station in Albany: I made: tuna on 15 grain whole wheat bread. lettuce, green and red peppers and grape tomatoes. Also a baked yam and an apple game me the sustenance i needed on the road. I was only had one bar on my phone but I was able to reroute power through my laptop which conked out on the last last lap of the tour. I was pleased to check my facebook and play games against some pals on (if you wanna challenge me my username is checkerphil.) i met my uncle at Montreal and we took the Metro to Longueuil where we drove to the lovely hamlet of Sorel-Tracy (2 towns so small they put them together) I hung out with my cousin Arlene and she helped me fork yams and chop peppers and I was able to make a great dinner for my uncle and I. We had Sockeye & Pink Salmon on wheat bread. Salad: Boston and Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red orange and red peppers and capers. Baked Yams and steamed carrots with red onions. We talked all night about relatives, comparing genetic traits and plans for the week. More adventures tomorrow!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Escarioka Rocks!

will be on the NYC based Checkerboard Kids Program, eastern standard time, Tues midnight/ Weds morning 4/15/09 on Manhattan Neighborhood Network channel 34 time warner cable/ 82 rcn cable in Manhattan. You can watch the broadcast LIVE streaming online at MNN.ORG, you can also see exclusive clips from the episode including a team up with Argentina's Bajo Puente on the checkerphil youtube channel. Please free to rate it up and leave comments to let the world know how much you enjoy the music of Escarioka!

Checkerphil in compramising position with man of the cloth!

I was just reading about Rev Billiy's triumph over NYC and I walked into MNN and there hewas with his choir for the Church of Life After Shopping and everything so I just had to say what's up and he of course was mpre than gracious!
You can see what he was doing at his blog: here

Monday, March 23, 2009

Watchmen Cartoon

This is some wild funny stuff!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Phil as Musky D

Peter from the 209 show and I have been working on this fun lil' project with me as Rapping Muskrat. Here is the opening. Please enjoy!

(Theme from) Hook My Hooptie
Lyrics by Checker Phil
Beats by DJ Mark Flo*
(*Courtesy of Latino Life Entertainment)

Hook my, (Ha hah)
Hook my hooptie!
(Ya gotta hook my Hooptie)
Hook my,
Hook my hooptie!
(Ya gotta hook my Hooptie)

Hey everybody its Musky D!
Chilling hardcore in the place to be!
Feeling all bad cuz your car is wack?
Say it got stolen and they brought it back?
Girls dont like it if you aint got rims,
or the fresh whip to put da cuties in!
Well I got the power thats gonna rock your world!
Make a grown man scream like a girl (Wow!)
When they sayin

Hey! (Uh huh?)
Hook my,
(Oh yeah!)
Hook my hooptie!
(Ya gotta hook my Hooptie)
(Cmon! yeah - yeah - yeah - yeah - yeah!)


Rapping: Musky D

Music & Amping: DJ Mark Flo

Vocals: Lil’ Krissy

Monday, February 16, 2009

Eagle in a Piano

There was this junked piano in the hall on the way up to the dojo. The interior was so fascinating I had to snap a picture of it.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Survey Says!?

I hate surveys. I think the process of sending them to everyone and anticipating their answers are too much pressure! Plus I feel the government or some Illuminati type group is compiling the information so they can use the information to educate some agent that will will appear as a new Friend that will coincidentally have so much in common with me, get me to lower my defenses then boom! Frame me for a crime I didn't commit. I know this is all groundless... Right? heh - heh... in any case in a feeble attempt to allay my paranoia, I finally filled out one and present it here.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? I got weepy a couple of days ago because I was so happy. Tears of gratitude.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? My cursive penmanship has much to be desired
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? I cannot roll with meat
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? one day.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Yes. I try to be what I want in a friend so it would stand to reason
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? I try to avoid it. It's mean
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS Tonsils yes, uvula no.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? No way. there are so many better reasons to challenge death.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Sometimes I smell strong
15. RED OR PINK? Magenta
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? No That's why I'm posting it
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Black pants with white racing stripes
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE ? steamed spinach, broccoli and string beans, with brown rice and tofu
25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Yes, theyre mah fwend.
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Is chess a sport?
27. HAIR COLOR? black with strands of silver
28. EYE COLOR? its dark brown when I look at it with a flashlight
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? not in a hot minute
30. FAVORITE FOOD? I think I would like a baked yam. I haven’t had one in a month or so.
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Who wouldn’t enjoy a happy ending?
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? the Wrestler
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Black Tri State Conspiracy shirt
34. SUMMER OR WINTER? winter
36. FAVORITE DESSERT? A honey crisp or cameo apple would be nice
37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Not necessary
38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Not necessary
41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST NIGHT? Hustle, episode 1 season 4
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? The jury is still out on that one.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Back to the Rubber Room!

I ran into a concerned citizen who knew of my interest in the Teacher Reassignment Center. They had just returned from Speaking to the Mayor at the Manhattan Public Hearing on Mayoral School Control. Their speech is on record but they gave me permission to print it here if I encourage other like minded folk that are interested in speaking out to do so at one of these venues:


February 12 at the Williamson Theater, College of Staten lsland 10:30 A.M.

March 13 at the Lovinger Theater, Lehman College, The Bronx 10:00 A.M.

March 20 at Klitgord Auditorium, New York City Technical College, Brooklyn 10:00 A.M.

ln order to speak, you must go to the web site http:/

Notice of Public Hearing Governance of New York City School District.

You download the form Public Hearing Reply Form, fill out the form, and fax to Albany with any documents you wish to have on the record. You cannot speak without sending the form to Albany. All this must be done a day before the hearing. Good luck!

Here is the speech as it was read. I hope it motivates you as it did me when I first heard it!

I would like to discuss mayoral control as it pertains to the teachers who are currently in the reassignment centers. Currently, 1.000 teachers throughout the city are being removed from their positions. Over 5,000 teacher over the past four years.

Mayor Bloomberg would have the public believe that by removing teachers, who are designated "ineffective" the students will benefit. The Mayor believes that the students reading and math scores will improve if the teachers are removed.

Let me give you the fiscal costs. Mayor Bloomberg has set up a unit at the Board of Education called "The Teachers Performance Unit. A euphuism for removing teachers. The cost of this unit, approximately one million dollars. After the principal sends a form to the unit targeting a teacher, the teacher is then sent to the reassignment center. The tenured teacher is paid their salary, a substitute teacher replaces the teacher; The

teachers are housed at various sites; Security guards are employed. Approximately 4 security guards per unit. The is cost over 200 million dollars.

The teachers careers are basically over. They are given a hearing. If found guilty they can either be terminated or given heavy fines. The fines range from 2,500 to 20,000. They are sent back to a school as ATR which is

basically a substitute teacher. Can you imagine if you did this to other municipal employees.

Let me share some of the charges the teachers are accused of:

  • A teacher was holding a diet coke while waiting for students to come to class.
  • The teacher sent a student to the nurse. The principal said the teacher did not follow the protocol of sending the student to the health aide first.
  • A teacher was accused of holding a magazine while in the hall
  • A teacher did not put the heading on the chalkboard.

The teachers of New York City do not deserve this disrespect. At this time, approximately 3,000 teachers are litigating in the Supreme Court. This is costing the city additional money in legal fees. This seems to be the

Mayors pet project. I am asking that you consider not authorizing Mayoral control of the Board of Education. Mayor Bloomberg has abused the power; I think the original system of Independent Board Members with community board members to represent the parents is far more equitable. The children’s math and reading scores do not justify Mayor Bloomberg’s attack on teachers. According to Assemblyman Brenen’s report, there was only 9% increase in the reading and math scores since 2004.

Despite the fiscal crisis in the city, Mayor Bloomberg is still sending teachers to the reassignment center. If in fact there is a vote to reauthorize Mayor Bloomberg, I ask that there be some controls on his power. The teachers should not be under attack by the mayor. l ask you to consider that the teachers should not be made scapegoats for the educational system that still produces over fifty percent of students who are unable to graduate. The present system that is in place is the problem and not the teachers. Mayor Bloomberg is concerned with the business of politics. Instead of the business of producing a quality of education for our children.

Monday, February 9, 2009

NYC Teachers in the Rubber Room

If you don't know about it I'll put it into nutshell. In NYC teachers are getting placed in these limbo like facilities while waiting for their court cases.

In New York City a growing number of teachers are being removed from schools and being reassigned to detainment centers. Nicknamed "the rubber room" these delapidated, makeshift prisons are meant to house them while they await their impending trials. While still on the payroll the innocent, guilty and just plain insane are thrown together to fend for themselves for sometimes several years before they see a trial or even receive their charges.

Theres a documentary on the subject as well as countless news articles and a episode of this American Life on the subject. If you want the latest scoop on the goings on check out Betsy Combiers Rubber Room Reporter blog. Betsy one day returned home to find her site suddenly linked to a dead page and she had to rebuild her site from scratch article by article. A oversight or sabotage! You decide. There are lots of higher ups that want this story buried but there are some justice loving folks that won't let it die! More info to come! Betsy also does an informative website for public school parents called

So you might wonder what exactly do people do while they're in the Rubber Room? Some get office work, and menial tasks. Some do obvious stuff like play cards, chess or try to avoid getting stabbed or choked over sitting in someones seat. I personally took full advantage of my time and wrote a book about my experiences. I'm in the process of creating a screenplay version of it. No, seriously. I think Michael Winslow would be perfect to play me. I'm sure he would chubby up for the role...


Within These Walls Cirano Z shares his experiences in music form.

on the Rubber Room Song Jason Trachtenburg from the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow players co pens and pulls double duty on this ode to NYC Rubber Room Teachers trapped in the system. Catherine Dudley on Violin.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Wintertime Aglow

A cold winter night is so dark. Lucky I was rolling through Central Park during the afternoon. it was so bright and everything was bright and white. the ponds were frozen over though I did see birds and squirrels and people photographing the birds on trees. I had to get a couple of shots meself. I tell you in the stillness, beauty and quiet you really feel the presence of God. No seriously. I cant front on this one. In any case It made me think of "Wintertime Aglow" a pretty little ditty that we used to practice in 7th grade Chorus until I wimped out of the big Christmas concert because they wanted us to wear neckerchiefs and prance around like reindeer. I was more into drawing anyhoo.

Saturday, January 31, 2009


International ska in espanol skank meisters. Kofre did the TV show they were really great! Special shout out to my homegirl Lauren who showed up and represented. Thanx! Here is the extended episode with extra songs you wont see on the air!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Trying 2 Get A Nut

Today I was dashing through the streets of NYC and on 74th and the east side I saw this Metal squirrel and it gave me pause. It made me laugh out loud! So I took a picture if it

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Comic Books and Alan Alda vs Burgess Meredeth on Naked City

Lately, I've been on this Naked City kick, renting them from the library and such. The latest episode, the opening episode of its fourth and final season, "Hold For Gloria Christmas" had a fantastic story with Burgess Meredeth as this alcoholic, beat poet in the village (filmed on location) with this cool poetry showdown with a very hip Alan Alda going toe to toe with Meredeth.

My favorite fanboy moments from this great episode are incidental. Two times the visit the newstand on Christopher St. and the first time theres a new copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 (the first appearance of Spider Man)

This all must have been filmed August 1962 because later on Adam Flint (Paul Burke) returns to grill the blind newstand owner and whats there but "Journey into Mystery" #83 (first appearance by Thor)

Do you desire to see this fine episode? if you are into downloading torrents the episode is available on mininova!

Friday, January 16, 2009

They call him Bruce (Pandolfini)

Photo by Stormy Sloane

I was pleased as punch to do the latest episode of Chess Now with Chess Master, Bruce Pandolfini who trained Fabiano Caruana, the youngest Grandmaster in American history as well as subject of "Searching For Bobby Fischer", International Chess Master, JoshWaitzkin. Bruce was a cool and laid back guy. Behind the scenes we spoke about Howards Sterns Chess rating (1,600) and the wherabouts of Chess wunderkind K. K. Karanja (Where is he?) I also mentioned that he was on the box for Mattel Computer Chess . So what are we waiting for? Let's go to the videotape!