Saturday, December 18

Fingers Touching Knees Through Holes Of Ripped Jeans.

Okay, time for the big, tiny surprise.

But first, the cartoons on Boycott Unity will start again on Monday. I hope you're enjoying them, because I enjoy making them. I'm taking the weekend off, though. Tonight I'm going to the Benjamins reunion show, then Ben and Sherry are spending the night. The show is 21 and over, so if the people at the door give Sherry any crap, I guess we're going home. My hope is that we can run into one of the Benjamins and have them hook us up. We'll have to see. I'll let you know all about it on Monday.

So, here's the big news.... I'M PREGNANT!

This is little Tanner Dakota. I'm due in late June, but you could never tell by looking at me. I've stopped smoking, eat lots of fruits and veggies, and drink lots of Tang. I consider this my little miracle, because me and Celia were on the verge of divorce before this little guy came along.

Sorry. I'll tell you the real news now.

As of last Wednesday, I became a contributing writer to Madison's very own Core Weekly newspaper. Core Weekly is a new arts & entertainment paper published by Capital Newspapers, who publish the Capital Times. It's specifically designed for college folk, ages 18-25. I had been in contact with the director for a few weeks now, and finally met with him a few days ago. We hit it off, and I signed on the dotted line. I'll be reviewing CD's mostly, but he's down with almost anything I want to pitch to him. It's a paid position, which is always nice, and Core Weekly is read by over 60 THOUSAND people every week. Once their web page gets up, it will be read by a lot more. Their offices are on State Street, and I'm working on reviewing my first CD as I type this.

I got to this position through a few phone calls, a ton of e-mails, and a few sample reviews I sent to them. Eventually, I got put on a list of people who do the same thing as me, and went from there. Initially, I was worried that this paper would just disappear after a while. That was when I found out they were funded by the Capital Times, which means wide distribution and plenty of cash and promotion. You can't go anywhere in Madison without seeing a Core Weekly. Last night at Noodles, I saw people reading them at 4 different tables.

So, I'm working for the most widely circulated hipster newspaper in the state. Once the ball gets rolling, I'll obviously keep you in touch with how things are going. I have it worked out with them so I can put my CD reviews on here, as well as in Core Weekly. Who knows? I might either get a lot more work at this, or I'll get canned after one terrible review. I'm excited as hell, and pretty proud of myself. As you can tell, I spend every chance I get writing stuff. I write stories, screenplays, hundreds of Blog posts and songs, cartoons and a children's book in the works. My idea is quantity over quality. I just flat out like to do this, and it never mattered to me if anyone else thought it was worth a damn. I'm not a very talented writer, but I always want to do more and try different things. Just the thought that someone would pay me even a quarter for something I wrote makes me pretty content. Thanks a million.

Oh, I know what you're thinking. "But Ryan, I don't live in Madison. How will I ever be able to read such a lovely paper that's showcasing your work?" I've got that taken care of. When an issue comes out that I'm in, I'll snag an extra 10 or so to give to friends and relatives. You look out for me, and I'll look out for you. (I don't have to pay for them.)

I guess that's all I wanted to share with you today. If I do get pregnant though, you'll be the first ones to know. Any questions? Hit me up in the comments section.

Thursday, December 16

Your Boyfriend Sucks.

A few quick things to share before the weekend:

1. Polysics are still the greatest band in the world. Just in case you forgot.

2. Head on over to Boycott Unity, and check out the new comic strip I'm doing. I've got about a week's worth of material up there, with more on the way. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Let me know if I'm on to something.

3. Has anyone seen the previews for White Noise yet? It stars Michael Keaton, and it's about summoning spirits through radio and television frequencies. This is called EVP, and it's something I've been interested in for a while. I even attempted it many years back with some friends, a tape recorder and a graveyard. Anyways, this movie looks scary as hell, apparently trying to cash in on the success of the Ring. Sounds good to me!

4. On Saturday, a handful of us are heading down to Milwaukee to see the almighty Benjamins take the stage for the first time in years. It should be a blast.

5. It's always around this time of year that I start to get nostalgic. You see, 5 years ago was when I met my future Wife, and my life sort of changed. I met all these neat people, got to do all these neat things and made memories I can't forget even if I tried. So I'm busting out all the old winter CD's, and reverting to the age of 18 from now until late January. I've done it every year since 1999, so why stop now? Does anyone else get moody and nostalgic in the Winter?

6. The next 2 weeks are going to be big here at the CDP, so I hope you keep coming back. I wanted to pull in more hits than in any other month, and it's going to come down to the wire. Stay tuned for "The Top 10 of Everything" and "A Cure For Insomnia", among other things. I've also been kicking around the idea of having a New Year's Eve party at my home, but I'll have to discuss it with the Missus before we make it official. I'm thinking everyone will be busy with their own things that day, but I guess we'll see.

7. Oh, and just to get you to come back this weekend, I have a SPECIAL SECRET ANNOUNCEMENT that I will be sharing on SATURDAY. This is something that not even Celia knows about, so you know I've been keeping it under wraps. I've known this news for a few days now, and keeping it a surprise is tearing me up. All I can say is that it's good news for me, I'm happy about it, and I wanted to tell someone. It's nothing massive or anything, just something that (hopefully) you'll be proud of me for. I've been keeping it a secret because I was afraid if I told anyone, I'd jinx myself and it would fall through. It didn't though, and now I get to tell everybody. So make sure you stop in on Saturday for that bit of information.

Enjoy your casual Friday, ladies and gents. Try to get your shopping done.

Tuesday, December 14

C.D.P. Year In Review!

I wanted to piece together the year I had through a string of Blog posts. For me, this is a trip down recent memory lane. For you, it's a chance to read what I wrote when I wrote better than I write now.

On January 30, I graduated from Madison Media Institute. The diploma I got from them tells me that I know something about music and recording technology. I don't know if this is true or not, but I did give them a lot of money, so I'm taking the title and running with it. Here's a never before-seen photo of me and my family on graduation night.

I look tall, but my Mother is 4'6". A couple days later, I celebrated my 21st birthday. Me and Celia went to T.G.I. Friday's, and I had a non-alcoholic drink. I wanted to start my 21st year off responsible and mature. It's a good thing I did, because 2004 was the most important, busiest and best year of my life so far.

Here's the proof. (Said dates are the date in which it was originally posted. Some picture links are dead, you're not missing anything important, I promise.)

Be sure to check out each link along the way. If you didn't, this post would really suck ass.

February 12, 2004 - The CDP is officially launched. Being unemployed and afraid to look for a job after college, I resort to wasting my time on the computer. I still am doing this, but now I make more money. Celia wasn't happy at all with this, and within the end of the day she had launched a Blog of her own, for the sole purpose of making fun of me. She manages to keep it up for 8 months.

February 19, 2004 - My job search officially starts. Things don't go as well as they should.

February 23, 2004 - Cassie, a friend of Celia's, gets married. Everyone looks very nice, including the decorative sheet that Celia made to decorate the reception hall. I make an ass of myself.

March 2, 2004 - The bad news is that Celia's dog, Rip, passes away after living a wonderful long life. The good news is that Celia gets a nice new job. Take the good with the bad.

April 15, 2004 - My job search officially continues. Suffering from cabin fever, you can see it begin to take effect on me. I manage to blow 3 interviews in one day. At one particular interview, when asked what my biggest fault is, I respond "modesty". The interview is cut short when I become mumbling and incoherent. Everything I just said is completely true.

April 22, 2004 - After hitting rock bottom, I realize that I need to do something productive with all my free time. I had been talking to Benjamin for a while about writing him a screenplay with the intent of filming. Stricken with inspiration, I settle down to write my first full-length screenplay. It becomes one of the biggest things I've ever had the drive to complete.

May 4, 2004 - I complete the screenplay, and launch an official site to document the making of it. For not having a job, I quickly become someone who's doing a lot of work everyday.

May 14, 2004 - Through some massive loophole in the State Employment System, I manage to get a job in the midst of a statewide hiring freeze. I have a minor breakdown. The idea of working for the first time in years scares the hell out of me. It still does.

June 24, 2004 - Truly the best weekend of my life.

July 6, 2004 - Fahrenheit 9/11 is released to a worldwide audience. My goals in life instantly change.

August 9, 2004 - Erin Koplitz turns 21, and we all attend a party at her house. Even thought it was her party, I leave learning a lot about myself. You sometimes find inspiration in the strangest places.

August 15, 2004 - Me and Celia head out to New Glarus for a day. The weather is perfect, the scenery is perfect, and I get to mini-golf and bowl in the same day. Unforgettable.

August 23-30, 2004 - The Olympics are in full swing, the Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival is up and running, and Ben and Sherry get married. If that isn't enough excitement, the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile made an unexpected stop in my driveway. What a week!

September 6, 2004 - We start moving into a new apartment. Due to our disdain for most of humanity, we attempt to do the entire move on our own. You can see the results.

September 10, 2004 - The obligatory September 11 post.

October 1, 2004 - John Kerry wins the first debate of the 2004 election. Things are looking up for the Democrats, Liberals and majority of the United States. I urge people to vote.

October 15, 2004 - I officially pull the plug on "72 Hours". I found that it was almost impossible to create what I had written with the....just read it for yourself.

October 25, 2004 - We see Michael Moore speak in Green Bay. With less than 10 days until the election, he riles up the crowd and prepares them for the most important election of our lifetime. Also, Ashlee Simpson gets caught lip-synching on SNL.

October 28, 2004 - The Boston Red Sox win the world series. Besides the wedding, this is my favorite moment of the year. With just a few days before the election, there's still time for another wonderful 2004 moment.

November 1, 2004 - I urge people to vote. I haven't slept in days, wondering what will happen.

November 5, 2004 - The election is over. The C.D.P. celebrates Post #100, and the launching of Boycott Unity. My rage and disbelief are channeled into something besides the barrel of a shotgun.

November 29, 2004 - Celia celebrates her 21st birthday, almost a year after I do. I once again manage to make an ass of myself.

Which leads us back to the present. 2004 is almost over, but I will never forget it.

The Worst Christmas Ever
A Cure For Insomnia
CDP Top 10 of Everything
Barely Legal Teens

Monday, December 13

Peterson Sentenced To Death.

Well, sucks to be him. Hey, I wonder if there's a lot of prison rape on death row?

I honestly didn't think they would sentence him to death, but it's certainly not going to keep me up at night, either. This crime will never be justified, and it seems like the jury had this guy's number from day one. I'm sure he'll die on death row anyways, like 70% of inmates do. He seems to be the type that would kill himself in his cell. Heck, I'm making a prediction. I bet you that Scott Peterson kills himself before the state of California can do it for him.

Any takers?