Old Friends Die Hard.

Look at this fool. Look at him! No one would know that I was just getting over major sickness number 2 for the year. I have to say though, I look pretty thin! I have a jawline! Neato!


I just got back from the Louisville Arcade Expo. It’s our third year in a row, and despite being horribly ill, I managed to make it and rock the faces off of everyone in attendance. It’s a tremendous show, and it reminds me of the old days of MAGFest. I played some Game Boy music, got a chance to meet my MMSBC 2600 collaborator, and even managed to make it into the finals of the Super Puzzle Fighter II tournament. Also, the news. My buddy Landon had a huge crush on the reporter! D’awww.

What now? Good question. I s’pose this entry can be my annual “I HATE SPRING” post. Even though I made a nice chunk of change at the expo, it’s all washed up by overdue bills and old debts. Not that those things are bad, but it would have been nice to use some of that money for some kind of weekend getaway. Fight for the future I guess…

In other news, if you missed my chiptunes show at LAX, I’ll be doing another over the summer at IKASUCON in Ft. Wayne, IN. It’s an anime convention. I’m glad that I’m going as an artist/performer, because honestly I never wanted to be the creepy 30-something at the anime show. For some reason, it’s okay at comic cons, but anime cons are so littered with…I don’t know…young people. Like, 14 year olds. My little brother had his butt groped at an anime con rave a few years back. I don’t wanna go through that. Other than that, I’m truly looking forward to it and I know that it will be a good time. I’m currently not teaching, so doing a panel/seminar for the kids will be like scratching a long overdue itch. I’m pretty stoked.

I’m trying not to let the post-expo depression set in, but Ikasucon is a long way off, and I need some kind of stop-gap event to give me something exciting to look forward to….

I was debating on whether or not I should blog about this, but I feel like I have to. I got word on Monday that an old friend passed away. The concert on Friday night was probably the best show I’ve had, and my love of performing live music and songwriting can be traced back to one dude. I’m going to miss Ethan Statler. I would be lying if I said I didn’t daydream constantly about the original three members of The Mochajaro performing together again some day. Ethan and I wrote and recorded a song together called ‘The Stars (Look Super Cool)’ I’ve always wanted to do a chip arrangement of that song, and perhaps I’ll do that for him at the next show. The funeral is tomorrow, and while I promise you that I hate funerals (and the idea of funerals) more than anyone else, I might sneak over. If anything, I’ll sit on the doorstep of the joint and have a Jones soda. If they’re not sure about letting you into heaven, brother, jump the fence.