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The Animation Pimp: Chaos x Order + Fragments x Whole + Process x End(s) = The 2003 Year in Review!

Taylor Jessen reviews five short films fresh from the festival circuit: Maanvis (Moonfish) by Isabel Bouttens, Im A Star! By Stefan Stratil, How To Cope With Death directed by Ignacio Ferregras, How Mermaids Breed directed by Joan Ashworth and Chainsmoker directed by Ulf Lundgren. Includes QuickTime movie clips!

Illustration by Andreas Hykade. Courtesy of Chris J. Robinson.

Illustration by Andreas Hykade. Courtesy of Chris J. Robinson.

So youve decided to quit something. All you had to do was wait for the magic clock on the wall to hit midnight and then everything would be well again. If you say it, it will come true. Right? Well if that was the case you wouldnt be making this promise for the 11th consecutive year.

My cynical side loathes New Years (hell were just guessing that its really a New Year anyway) along with its litter of year in reviews. Theyre naïve and fanciful, filled with that Hollywood/Christian wishy wishy pixie fairy dust befitting three-year-olds, not adults, notion that we can just scrub the slate clean and start again. Years in Review wrongly suggest that the past can be easily compressed into readily definable categories, categories which we have developed based, in this case, on days, months and years (and from there, decades). These categories lead us to believe that we can pinpoint with ease the beginning and end points of various streams, trends or more precisely, moments. Within this mindset, there are no overlaps, inconsistencies or broken links. Everything wraps up real nice like a Rugrats flick. We might for example look back on 2003 and say this was the year animation hit rock bottom, that 2D animation died, Disney is falling apart, or that evil-doing was brought to an end with the capturing of a single Iraqi. Nonsense, of course (and OK yeah sure Johnny Cash and Jules Engel did in fact die but they were dying BEFORE the moment they actually died).

I was afraid to ask questions in class because it would reveal my stupidity. I saw other kids laugh at kids who asked questions. I didnt want to be laughed at. So I stayed quiet and just took everything in whether I understood it or not. I passed classes, but barely.

The problem with year in reviews or even resolutions is they do not ask questions. Reviews make statements that are so clear and concise that youd have to be an idiot not to understand it. There is little room for questioning. They are just summaries but summaries of the seemingly FINAL moment. They dont bother with the other moments and actually very wrongly assume that this moment is the FINAL moment. We read these summaries, take them for granted and move on. Why? Cause they appear so obvious that wed feel stupid if we doubted them. And secondly lifes a hell of a lot easier when its easily categorized. So we almost never ever question the validity of these summaries. We never ask, for example, WHO is saying this, from whose perspective are we getting this take.

Lets take animation hitting rock bottom. Says who? Finding Nemo was #1 at the box office, Triplets of Belleville is achieving critical success beyond animation circles, more features are being made than ever before, more animation short films are being made than ever before (just look at festival entry numbers). OK so Klasky Csupo, Warners, and a few others are slicing staff C.O.R.E. Digital, for example, was hiring as were an assortment of other small studios. Its like that every year. The pendulum swings, baby.

Outside of here, Koreas animation scene is flourishing and the Estonians had a huge domestic box office hit with Ladybirds Christmas. Plympton finished yet another feature. Anne Marie Fleming made a first animated feature. Theyre all probably feeling pretty darn good about animation right now. Animation continues to dominate television images. Internet animation continues to expand and grow. If all this is happening, how can animation be in a terrible slump? Whose slump is it? So to turn around and summarize 2003, as the year of the slump in animation would be quite misleading, offering a rather one-sided perspective on what we call animation. Not everyone in animation gives a shit about Roy Disney.

Still what choice do we have with these year-end reviews? As one of those Greeks said, a life unreflected is a life unlived. If we plough forward (as Nike would have us do) through our lives giving little consideration to the choices weve made or make, giving little consideration to the past, then we are not learning, we are not living. Reflection allows us that moment to stop and take account, a sort of pit stop where we can see where we are and re-tool what we think needs fixing. I dunno bout you, but I find that the days often just smash together at such a frenzied pace that I just get overwhelmed by the moment I get so lost in a series of disconnected moments that I fail to see the larger picture I fail to see these moments connect. As such, I lose perspective. I see only the individual moments and they never seem to add up to anything they just freely float separate from life.

If I have a bad day of writing or get a story rejected I too often just want to give up, just think Im a failure (my Latvian animator chum just e-mailed me this morning Dec. 16 about the same problem. She works very hard every day and as such has lost sight of the end is just so lost in these daily processes that shes forgotten WHY shes doing what shes doing.) Of course its an illusion, its my perspective or lack thereof that causes this. Carving out a career/hobby whatever as a writer doesnt help. Its a lonely silly addiction not even worthy of my dog. Sometimes you spend days punched out by doubt, fear, apathy and failure. Other days you bask in delusions of success, confidence and certainty.

You wish you could just toss it aside and get a normal job (which I have six months of the year) but you know it aint gonna happen because, 1. youll get fired in a week and 2. you NEED to write, think, articulate the mess that surrounds you on a daily basis. Its not a matter of privilege or laziness. Its a matter of need a chemical imbalance perhaps. I guess its a matter of perspective again. Writers/artists have unstructured, messy lives art is a way of structuring those moments. Its not all that different than a 9 to 5 job really. We try to find structure and need that sort of regiment to order their lives (of course we all know that most of us/them then fuck around unstructured within that structure). Its like that Mr. Show sketch about how a dysfunctional background tends to create more umm artistically inclined folks. If youve come from function that means youve had structure and order and calm you like it you know it you follow it. You come from dysfunction you know chaos, alienation, lack social basics etc and dont fit into those umm normal compartments although as we increasingly see normal itself is a relative thing (check out Foucaults Madness and Civilization or hey check out Philip Dicks Martian Time Slip or the recent Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester). I hate to quote Popeye, cause theres this laissez-faire attitude he has that stinks, but there is some fundamental philosophical truth in, I yam what I yam.

In theory, the idea of year-end resolutions aint such a bad thing; it means youve been reflecting on who you are and that you have a desire to break free from Popeyes shrug. But we really seem to think that we can just erase the past and start from scratch. Thats not only a fallacy, but its a belief that puts unrealistic pressures on you. Youre not a floppy disk. You cannot just reformat come January 1st. If you come to realize that, youll make things a hell of a lot easier. All those damn promises. You dont just up and stop drinking January 1 or diet or quit smoking. You need a plan mon chums, a system, a structure. Thats the irony of this seemingly highly structured and compartmentalized end of year stuff theyre actually totally unstructured. No one plans it out. Its stuck in this click of the heels, if I say it itll come true fairy tale. Soundbites.

Historical amnesia remains one of the most prevalent illnesses of our time. We constantly seem to feel that we can change the future by erasing the past, when in fact we must read, acknowledge and understand the past if we have any hope up resolving the present and future. Animation isnt going to die or thrive come January 1st. It doesnt work like that animation is where it is and isnt because of thousands upon thousands of decisions made in scattered moments in different times and spaces.

(For a nifty visual translation of what Im saying, check out Mati Kutts film, Underground which is all about order/disorder and how they inform one another or what was that Belgian student film, Antipode?)

So we need a bit more balance between the moments/means and the end. We need to value those moments more and yet not get so caught up in them that we lose sight of the larger picture. Bigger problem is our fixation on the end over the means. Year in reviews are like highlight packages they focus on the goal, not the work that lead to the goal. The result is all the matters, not the process. Creates the illusion that goals are easily attained. So if I look back on my year Id say OK June 2, 2003 first book is published. Thats it, thats all. But what about all those small, seemingly mundane and irrelevant moments from March 1996 (lets say) to December 2003 that led up to that June 2nd achievement? What about those seemingly endless hours spent alone in a god damn cold basement often staring blankly at the screen or watching Seinfeld? They all contributed to the end result, didnt they? Theyre all part of the package, aint they? And thats just moments DIRECTLY related to the end. That doesnt include all those earlier years filled with seemingly inconsequential moments that in fact contributed to that June 2 end.

Course, as I was telling that sweet Latvian friend, I know that deep down we need those end moments. All those moments of doubt all those days that dont seem to add up, connect or go anywhere suddenly come together on June 2, 2003 when I see the book before me and realize, somewhat incredulously, that all those seemingly wasteful, disconnected moments of doubt, failure, success, hard work did add up to something (materially). But that moment passed quickly because Id already finished a second manuscript by that time. You move on. Still the book remains as a beacon, tomb, or a series of shouts from ghosts of a sometimes forgotten past.

So hey my friend by all means take this Year in Review moment to reflect and look back at your life but dont expect to clear the field and start anew just like that. Thats fool fodder. Who you are now was constructed no shit over a life time of seemingly irrelevant moments, so why on earth would you expect to be able to just up and radically alter yourself in a single year, let alone a single day.

And now a special bonus cause I know you want it:

The Animation Pimps 2003 Year in Review (as told to the author by jolts of memory flashes)

January

Hmm it was pretty damn cold went back to boxing classes Kelly signed us up for snacks at Jarvis school during the first two weeks of January. That SUCKS. Snow fell. We have a long driveway. I enjoy using the plow but why cant those ity plow fucks distribute the snow somewhere BEYOND our damn laneway entrance. Man its cold. Didnt stop us from Friday night hockey. We were playing sometimes in -30 (Celsius) weather. Was bad for 10-15 minutes but then the body warms up. Making final edits to Estonian book. Trying to work on this hockey book. Having a hard time. Hmm my urine is too yellowy. I gotta take more fluids. Wanna kill that publisher of Chunklet. Wrote a piece on Sterling Hayden for them eight months ago. Good piece. They aint using it in this new issue. Says theres no room.

February

Went to New York to hang with Signe, Gerben and Anet. Plympton had a nice party for us. Slept in Bills studio. Had to climb a ladder to go to bed every night. Heavy snowstorm. Wore my new camper shoes. Theyre the best shoes in the world. Not feeling great. Really cold in New York. Spent $300 on dinner at Da Silvanos. What a weird experience that was we were out of element beside mobsters and fashion fag-hags. Guy who wrote Lauren book beside us. Food sucked too. Got back, drove to Dartmouth College. Ehrlich didnt tell me I was reviewing student work. Fuck me. I hate doing that. Its not fair.

Was also on a panel about creativity. That was fun. Was invited as a writer not as this festival schmuck. The girl who moderated the panel was later in a serious accident. She was in a coma. Not sure if she made it. Reminds me met Linda Pakre at Estonia house. Shes keen on doing this Estonian animation festival next November in New York. Bundle o energy on that gal. Nice drive back from Vermont. Relaxed. Cold. When I got back my retro Bruins circa-72 jersey was waiting. Wore it to hockey that week. Jarvis is sick. Spending the week with him. Were watching the Star Wars films. Want him to see that good and evil arent so easy to define but realize the series is also about a father trying to kill his son. Oops. Now Im sick. Trying to keep writing the hockey book but feeling real groggy.

SAFO fuck why are we doing it? No one cares except the students. Still got Oscar Grillo on the jury. Hear hes pretty funny. Two years of sobriety. Wee-haa, who wants a drink!? Still fucking hard to manage all this time. Finally get my copy of that nifty Spanish festival publication, Animac. They do a great job with the design and layout. I wrote something about yeah yeah sex and animation for them. Was nice to see alongside these serious academic orientated pieces. Ha.

March

Why is there a big lump on my neck? Shit. A virus. Mono or something. Stuck in the house for about 10 days. Most sick I ever been. Good excuse to watch Murder She Wrote every day and not write. National Arts Centre just sent us a letter saying theyre getting rid of their projection equip. Fuck me. Weve been there since 1976. Why are they just sending us a fucking letter? Asswipes. Takes us two to three weeks to solve the problem for 2004 but solve it we do. Whats with the Estonians? What aint they getting back to me about the status of this book. Man theyre slow. Is there a pagan clock? Talking to a lot of old hockey players. Man oh man is that something. Tom Johnson, Red Storey, called the Gump but he had a heart attack. Just found out that the first guy I interviewed for the book, Chuck Rayner, kicked it. Damn. Meantime trying to put spring ASIFA issue together. Pain in the ass trying to find GOOD writers and better ideas.

April

Hockey playoffs are here. Life has meaning. Still ploughing away on that book. Im late on my March 31, deadline but I have a fear that the publisher has split. Rumors abound. SAFOs coming together but this Colburn gal is bugging me. Never responds. Maybe this was a mistake. Got Richard OConnor on board though. Hell be a good fresh perspective and the best dressed jury member ever. Marcel Jean will hold them all together. Starting to train for the 10k race but pain in the knee. Need new shoes I guess.

Teachers saying they might hold Jarvis back. Fuck them. Montessori is supposed to be about the kids going at their OWN pace. What gives. Turned the public school across the street into a private school. Found a review copy of Nick Tosches new book. Am I in heaven, baby. Great. Senators knocked off the Islanders yeah off to Detroit. Showing Ottawa best of at college there. I hate Detroit. My biological father lives there. He wants nothing to do with me I think cause his alcoholic wife thinks its wrong. I brought his number. We had a good time in 2000, got drunk talked hockey and gals. Never saw him again. I should call him but I wont. Read Tosches book. Disappointing. Damn.

May

Back to Detroit. Reviewing this schools animation dept. Nice people there. Detroit still sucks. I do nothing but watch TV at night cause there aint nowhere to go. Drove this time. What a dull drive from Ottawa-Toronto-Windsor-Detroit. Wanted out so bad I drove back at 9:30 pm got to Ottawa around 5:00 am. Hallucinated for the last two hours. Was convinced something was in the trunk. Sens beat the Flyers. Off to the semi-finals! Listened to Canucks/Wild game and blared Alien Lanes through Oshawa.

Getting real stressed. Almost to the end of the hockey book. Its eating me apart. Realize that I have not forgiven my parents have not forgiven myself. Decide to do two things tell stepdad-cop that I cannot accept him as he is. tell mom she was a terrible parent, but I forgive her. Didnt see that coming. Kellys off to Turku. I bailed. Too much into this book. Estonians are driving me crazy. They assure me were launching the book at Annecy but I havent even seen the cover. I enjoy weeks alone with Jarvis. We have a good ol casual time. No mom rhythm to get in the way.

I finish the hockey book the night that the Senators tie the series with the Devils. Also my birthday. Decide to spend $100 on Game 7 tickets. Crazy. Ottawa is crazy with Stanley cup fever. You can feel this pride and togetherness and confidence surging through the city. I show up two hours early and sit alone in the empty rink watching it fill with people. Ottawa loses. Theyre tied with two minutes to go and they blow it. A simple defensive play fucked up. The city is shot silent. Fuckaduck. I can still see that Friesen goal. Off to Annecy. Send my manuscript to the publisher. Hes gone under. Fuck me. Need a new publisher. Gonna be hard. This aint no conventional bio. Saw the Estonian cover. Looks great.

Fly to Amsterdam, great drive with Gerben, Anet and Erik (Holland festival friends). Spend a night in Paris I order some ugly ass fucking fish that I refuse to eat. Every time I go to Paris I order something stupid, says Gerben. He likes to remind me that hes better than me.

June

Long drive to Annecy but a good time beautiful mountains pit stops lots of music got into Dylans Royal Albert concert. Relaxing man. Arrive at Annecy. Hmm Im bored. Ticket system sucks. Nice to see friends but too many to see just becomes stupid. Estonians arrive late. Book looks great. I think I slept with the book that night. Find out the Estonians didnt even fucking reserve a space for the launch. Gerben, Anet and I race around to ensure that we have one. Goes well. Everyone says they like the book. Of course theyre going to say that.

Jogged every morning. Nice to jog in Annecy, man. Festival was OK but student films were bad except for this crazy one by this JJ Villard guy. Wanna see that one again. Was given a VHS copy of Priit Parns new film. Man was I disappointed. Priit needs a rest. Left the party quietly. Too many people to say bye too. Fuggit. Eager to go. One more night in Paris. Remember this Italian rest. Chick talking about the darkies. I cant believe I heard that word especially from another immigrant!

Line up for four hours in Paris airport. Lost my heart monitor watch. Air Canada cuts meets French hospitality. Oh man. Got back. Get sent to Toronto Immigration. Held for 20 minutes. Apparently Chris Robinson, with the same birthdate, is wanted in a variety of U.S. states for a variety of offences. Jesus man after about 10 minutes I think back to my drinking days. Maybe I was in Jacksonville? Did I assault a cop? Finally they release me and note that Im not the guy on their computer.

Start doing pre-selection for SAFO. Monday, June 16. Letter arrives from Telefilm Canada. Theyre cutting all our funding. Just like that. I dust off my résumé and apply for some jobs. Ive had it. Fuck this festival and fuck all this idiot Canadian bureaucrats who want something for nothing. Kelly O Brien died. Oh man she founded the festival. Ward-Gatti 3 is this week but I watch Ward-Gatti 2. Ward gets his ear drum punctured, but refuses to go down. Inspires me to fight these Telefilm Canada dipshits. Next three to four weeks is spent planning a massive media campaign. Jarvis finishes school. Doing pretty well but still behind. Teacher meetings make me angry. Why? Two writers read my hockey book and like it a lot. Makes me feel pretty damn good despite it all.

July Couple weeks in (after Jarvis fifth birthday party too many kids too many kids) we start getting strange calls apparently the funding decision is going to be reversed. Slike X-Files. Hmm man Im in good shape. Look at those shoulder muscles. Id like to hit someone maybe Richard Stursberg? Maybe an animator? Leading the hockey team in scoring and the league in penalty minutes. Hows that possible? Mid-July. Funding restored for now. Rest of month is spent watching all the entries. No time for nutting else. I hate myself. Why am I doing this job? Im sick of this shit. No structure no board shitty pay. Not overly impressed with the crop this year except this JJ Villard guy. Made this Bukowski film. Its great real raw and honest. Easily the best film here. I like this job.

August

Putting the catalog together and getting my manuscript ready for publishers. Canadian writer tells me he likes the manuscript. Man but two other friends say its chaotic. Who to believe? Its supposed to be chaotic. Its about identity. Score a sweet job writing for Montage magazine. Pay is way too good. Few more of those and I can leave the festival. Funding coming in for SAFO. Fuck me. Why is it always last minute? Were almost sold out of passes. What gives? I know its smaller but whats with this festival anyway. Were gonna can it either way. Makes no sense. People are confused people are not interested in student work even if its better than the films at the OIAF. All those veteran animators should be at SAFO getting a fresh kick of energy.

Grandfather sold his house. Shit man, I was born in that house. We have a final shindig. All of us roaming the empty house like ghosts. Looking at every wall, every mark, every crack and stain and corner for evidence that we existed here once. Ive never seen my relatives like this. Usually theyre all so cold and distant. My grandfather does not attend this farewell. Hes moved into this care facility with my grandma whose got Alzheimers. Holy shit I just found out that Linda from the Estonia house, the woman who was organizing the Estonian anim. Festival, just died. Apparently she was in a coma for two weeks. Shed fallen asleep in her apartment and left a cigarette or candle burning. Someone suggested that she was reading my book at the time (shed just bought a copy). Assholes. Guess our festival is off.

September

Trying to get ASIFA magazine done. ASIFA pres. has apparently lost his mind. Squirrel meat takes like hamburger. Off to Switzerland for Fantoche festival. Introducing Kovalyov screening and moderating some panels. Opening ceremony is awful I mean awful. Nice town. Getting sick. So many beautiful women. when does THAT stop? Gerben and I have nice chats. OK Hold up this town is getting boring. Can only jog so far. Can only see those films so many times. Drinking a lot of coffee. Shit got a cold. Oh man stopped in Toronto again. Sent through Immigration. Im still wanted in the U.S. Jesus Christ cant they correct this? I have to call this 1-800-number Im told. Back to Ottawa. Kellys friend Kelly died. I sorta knew her. She had cancer for four years. Only stayed alive for her two young kids. She was kinda bitchy but I liked her. She told you what she felt. Johnny Cash died that week. Big deal.

Sent out manuscript to six publishers. Heard back from one. Said I cant write (basically). Fuck him and his mom. Find out later that publisher is facing heavy financial losses. Like to tell myself thats the real reason. Jarvis is back at school. After one day they called him up to the all days. Hes so excited. His confidence soars overnight and hes suddenly excited about school. I told those teachers. Pal loans me Alan Partridge DVD. British comedy. Funny. Started playing ice hockey again. Man its zen. So damn relaxing. You can cheat. Just glide and feel that breeze. I dunno what it is but its calming and exhilarating.

October

Andreas Hykade and family visit us for a few days before SAFO. His daughter doesnt speak any English. Jarvis speaks no German. They get along great. SAFO goes off w/o hitch except Grillos pissed off because of Meltzers article. I think he just likes to complain. We get a note from head of Telefilm Canada congratulating us on being sold out. Says it was good that they had second thoughts. Hmm I guess our massive media campaign had no effect.

Son of Satan won. Im pleased as a bitch in heat being tongued about that. It was far and away the best film. A lot didnt think so. A lot of students found it ugly. Idiots. They all seem to think that art is flawless and perfect. Whats with these kids? Whats with their teachers? Hey some schmuck doesnt like my stoner introductions. I dont smoke pot buddy. I guess hed prefer the formal, fake fucks that usually go up on stage, pretending they care and like you and all that. At least I dont pretend. John Canemaker is the Jean Beliveau of animation. A real swell guy. Doesnt take any shit either.

Got my head punched in ball hockey by some wingnut. So much for boxing skills. When he gets the same one game suspension I get, I retire from this nuttiness. Pride hurt, head bruised.

Urine is consistently clear. Doctor says Im in good shape. (Means trouble I figure).

Dogs medicine is working. She jogs with me, but no more limps. Expensive of course.

Estonian festival is happening but no idea how. Ive organized the films and the guests and all that but have no idea where Im staying or whats happening. Estonians are really slow. Its not just me.

Jarvis school has Harvest feast. I hate other parents. Fake conversations all night with these pseudo rich shits. I offer Jarvis any toy of his choice not to go but he refuses. Idiot or genius? A lot of birthday parties this month. I really have a social problem with other parents. Kelly and I just dont fit in. Hmm screw it.

November

Chris Laniers SAFO review comes out. Man I dont know if he liked the festival or not but it dont matter. He wrote a beautiful text. He GOT it. Life usually stops at festivals but life somehow managed to eek its way into SAFO. Amazing really. Two more book rejects. One just doesnt get it. Other does but says it doesnt fit them. Started Level 3 boxing. Doing sit-ups on some huge balloonish ball. Why? Sent a short story to some British mag. Lets see.

Off to RISD and New York. Family adventure and work. Senior Critic at RISD. Damn that was fun enjoyed exchanging ideas with the students and a good way to prevent bad films before they happen! Parking sucks in Providence. Saw They Might be Giants live at Borders in Providence Mall. Why? Off to New York. One night in Brooklyn with ROC. We see GBV at Warsaw. Good time. They were smashed from the get-go. Off to Manhattan. Driving. Wow. I love driving here cause Im an asshole. Staying at Hotel Penn. Introducing three nights of Estonian animation at Two Boots Cinema. Party/launch for book. All goes well. Mati Kutt and Priit Tender are here. Even Grant comes from North Carolina.

Wish I was drinking. Oh man and theres Signe, Griffin, Krause x 2, Missy, Jessie Schmal, Dovas, Kugel, Solomon nice afternoon with Sarah the Amazing One. I love this town. For three days I just walked up and down following the lights. Hey the Boxing Hall of Fame is on the way back. Its really small and quiet. They have these bronzed fists One guy had this MASSIVE fist size of a kids head. Jesus. No problems. Finished another short story. Jarvis is sick but wants to go to school. What the hell is wrong with that boy?

Kellys off to Korea for a week. Some best of SAFO thingie. I didnt want to go. Turned down three invites to Korea this year. Been twice before. Kinda boring. Too far to go for a few days. Besidesit means a week with me and Jarv. Good times. Late nights. Sugar. Drive to MTL with friend, Matt. Hes got a small (really small) press. Published two local writers. Sold well. Really admire Matts work. The writers are so damn happy too. Fuck big publishers. Starting to work on third book. Sall about my fathers about a guy who finds his real father only to find that his father doesnt know his own father. Wish it was fiction. Bought a used electric guitar and an amp. Havent played electric in a decade. Nice to have around for those rock out days. Started work on 2004. Lots of big changes planned, and Ive got this ambitious programming series thats gonna be a bitch to put together. Hmm maybe I do like this job after all.

December

Xmas decorations go up just as I start getting sick.

Bronchitis. God damn it. Sick for almost the entire month (even as I write this on December 15). Saw images from new Kovalyov film, Milk. Looks real nice. Lots of new films to look forward to: Chris Landreths film about Ryan Larkin is coming out as is Michele Cournoyers new film. Tried to shovel snow, tried to walk but coughed so hard I puked. Havent boxed or run in over two weeks. I hate this house. This is the sickest Ive ever been in my life. Couldnt even read much. Couldnt do much some days except stare at the walls. Reminds me of writing.

Why is everyone crying about Roy Disney? I could give a flying squirrel about this guy and all his problems. All these animators embrace it like its their own. It aint, fools. All of a sudden ol confused nephew Roy is the modern bastion of art. Jeepers.

Managed to drive Jarvis to school this week. Whats with those ladies? Do they not GET THE FUCKING LINE CONCEPT? Why does that BMW bitch park in the no park spot and get out and just ignore the line? Id like to slap her but I bet her hubbie already does that. Hmm maybe I shouldnt quit therapy just yet. Why do the other ladies get out of the car and chat? The rule is that you stay in the car. I aint lining up no more.

Kelly goes to Toronto. Telefilm Canada says that funding is still in place for 2004. Im cautiously optimistic. Another studio has also come in big for us. Lots of work to be done.

Saw a commercial that irked me. Something about a place you can easily go to get cash advances when you receive unexpected bills. Who the fuck receives unexpected bills? Is there a gremlin in your house using your credit card or did you go on a spending spree while you were pumped up with liquor taken while trying to sooth an aching sense of nothingness with stuff?

Watching this show Firefly. Man its bad. Everyone was raving about it. Bad acting. Pretentious. As hollow as Gary Bettman. My urine is yellow again. Must be this illness.

Well sabout it. I guess I prolly jerked off almost every day sometimes to porn sometimes to imaginings my scalp is too dry I chew my nails (fingers, not toes) I probably spent too much time sitting around (even though Im in the best physical shape of my life: jog more than 10 miles/week, boxing twice a week, ice hockey two hours/week.) Its actually amazing that I did anything. Oh and I thought about dying a lot. Far too much, but thats sorta the norm in my life. I could eat a little better cut the carbs but I aint doing too bad. Id like to spend more time with Jarv but he likes having private time after a day of school. Cant blame him. I still managed to write at least one freelance article per month. Made a few new friends this year but lost a couple too. Still trying to find my half brother in New York state. No luck so far. Hes four months younger than me. My urine is really yellow. Better get more fluids. Prolly just this illness.

So hey relatively speaking. Id say things aint so bad.

Chris Robinson is but a man. His hobbies include squirrel taunting, goat thumping, meat dancing and elderly peeping. You can find the results at http://asifa.net/robinson.

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