Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Cunningham’s (9-30-08)

I thought of a funny story today.
When I was a kid, my younger brother was pretty quiet, bit of a loner, cute little blond guy. He was a might unusual in ways that not everyone knew about. Ways that you just kinda came up on and discovered. Like some people put on performances to get attention; be a clown, talk too loud or show off, not him. He did his funny for his own private amusements.

On to the story...

We lived in Detroit, Michigan, all city like, the urban jungle, Motown, and stuff.
At the end of our street was a busy street.
Our Mom would give us money to go buy bread or milk and we could get the left over change to buy Cokes or candy.
My brother was bad and got kicked out of some of the stores.
This posed a problem when my Mom asked him to go to the store, he in turn would ask me to go for him or with him and buy the goods so Mom wouldn't know her little angel was misbehaving.
One store that banned him we called "Julie's." It was kinda a deli/penny candy combo. I covered for him lots times by shopping at Julie’s and handing over the goods. Mom was none the wise.

Okay, so one day I witnessed his bad bad first hand.
The corner store was called Cunningham's. Think drug store with a soda fountain counter with stools.
We were enjoying nickel Cokes and maybe splitting french fries as we sat at the counter.
My brother knelt on the chrome edged green swirly stool.
He leaned forward across the counter, straw in mouth and blew real hard.
The straw wrapper rocketed into the face of the waitress with the puffy bleached white hair with black roots and bad jumbled teeth.
I saw the whole thing.
It was fucking funny.
It was bad.
They kicked him out of the store for his irreverent act.
The waitress was all mad.
I think I was shocked and amused.

Today I e'd him and retold the tale.
At first, he denied all charges.
In a later email, referring to the incident, he proudly said, “that was cutting edge comedy for a ten year old.”
He may be right.

IMAGES: Ms. Smart, Paris 2007 and online
STYLE: Original
MS. SMART: Go make your funny. Ain't nobody gonna make your funny for ya.
CULTURE: Detroit's own - Iggy Pop and Detroit Institute of Arts and Motown Museum and the best college ever - Center for Creative Studies(CCS)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Today's Agenda

Experienced an interesting class this AM - Crucial Conversations (CC). Part 1 of 4. Get with me; you know those conversations you avoid, the ones you rather not have? Those be the "crucial conversations" mates. Flight or Fight, or CC talk - Violence or Silence. So far, it's all right. It is helping me to take up a curial conversation that I need to have with an employee.

How do you teach someone something new?
Have them jump in with both feet with little direction and see how they swim?
Speak in general concepts, give additional resources and have them try again? and again? and...
Get the red pen out and correct every single little thing?
Me, I discuss the project and give the big picture, throw in some related bonus info details, state the required perimeters, site resources, and give basic direction on how to proceed, and usually give a deadline.

Teriyaki - Typically I am not a fan of the stuff. However, recent discoveries have changed my mind and more importantly, my taste buds. There is a new place across from worky - Teri & Yaki. My order: Chinese chicken salad and pot stickers w/some kinda strong teriyaki sauce. That is some good shit people!

Evaluating people, it's part of my job. The positive, the negative, I write it all down. I save these notes and then go through them once a year. Pluses and minuses, and balance it out. Kinda weird but it does give me an appreciation for people’s work, their efforts, their gains, growth.

MUSIC: I have yet to set up my stereo in my living room. I miss my music!!!!! I was just evaluating people on my bed and had my ipod going. Yes! World Explosion! - Sex Pistols & Afrika Bambada, Spider Web and the Home song - Coldplay, Burning Up For Your Love - Madonna, old soul, new rap, top 40, obscure… loved it!

Pick one:
A. Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, or
B. Every Good Boy Deserves Favours

IMAGE: I love Star Wars! and taking photos of TV images.
STYLE: Real, all the way live
MS. SMART: Look at the gyrations of your daily life - who are the reoccurring characters? Embrace their freak. They are the spice of your world.
QUOTES: “It is all right to hold a conversation but you should let go of it now and then.” -Richard Armour and
"I feel a great disturbance in the Force. As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened." -Obi-Wan Kenobi
LINKS: Teri & Yaki and Music Mnemonics and
MUSIC VIDEO: LTD, Back In Love Again - featuring Jeffery Osbourne, bassist Abraham "Onion" Miller, and funky men in tight red outfits - yeaaaaahhh!

Sunday, September 28, 2008


I love the color red! It's my favorite color.
IMAGES: online
STYLE: Sassy, bright, fun, and red!
MS. SMART HAIKU: Red makes me happy. Energizing, power, fun. Does this come in red?
QUOTE: "I was always a character actor. I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood." -Paul Newman
LINKS: Red Wiki and The Red Response and Holistic Red and Red Facts and Red Envelope

Friday, September 26, 2008

Settling Into My New Home

Hello boxes.
More stuff to sort and plant yet. However, I am enjoying setting up my new spaces - drapes, seatings, designing spaces, looking for things, fabrics, chairs, lighting...

My interior style is elegant, artsy, and funky.

Let me break it down for you:
Elegant - the red chemise drapes in the dining room with gold/black french regal patterns (2/3 wall w/striped wallpaper and molding, and black chandelier to come...)
Artsy - interesting seatings, colors, texture, mini library, planets (prints, paintings, art, photos and a art area with a longgggggggggggg table to come...)
Funky - voodoo dresser, black mermaid lamp w/globe, power chair (funk is the icing people and there is always more to come...)
IMAGES: Online inspiration
STYLE: Homeskillet w/pearls
MS. SMART: I have visions to conjure. Luckily I am good with concept and follow through. Steps, time, and money. My spell is spun, spinning...
QUOTE: "Create your own universe. Make it feel right for you. Go fancy, live large, be bright, be subdued, combine, don't hesitate." -Ms. Smart on interior design
LINKS: Go here now - She is amazing, always fresh with the design/art style tip - Habitually Chic and The French Bedroom Company, ou le tre' and Woodson & Rummersfield's , dreamy!

Halloween Approaches

Today I got the Halloween bug, yep, bite me in my scary place. Oh boy!
I ripped up some black plastic sheeting and draped some of the work cubicles in it. I also found these great serious old school "Scary" masks and printed them on 11 x 17 and posted them on our display board. They are looking fine. I love this shit! How are these scary? Ouuuuuuuuuu...

Walked to the Halloween store and took a good look. It was fun. I pushed all the buttons on all the monster heads and skull things and mirrors that talked. Not sure what I will be yet. I usually like to be something scary. I might be a mad scientist. Or a zombie. Or a witch doctor. Or Michael Jackson. Just not sure yet...

IMAGES: Willers
STYLE: Spooky, hee hee
MS. SMART: I love Halloween. Such a playful time of year. Creating costumes is so fun. Being someone, something else is fun. It is fun to scare people and make them jump then laugh. And who doesn't like candy?!?!?!
QUOTE: "Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble." ~William Shakespeare
LINKS: 101 Halloween Ideas and Candy Corn and Costume Ideas and Devil's Night

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Smart People & Friends

As a rule, I like smart people. I find them interesting and with come equipped with a healthy sense of humor. I dig a person who can sling out an idea, reference literature and science, quote from Nobel Prize winners, and uses the word theorems, all while featuring mesmerizing hand gestures and punchy facial gestures. I am the anti sport, TV watcher, girly talk person. I like a meaty dialogue, someone with some good conversation, with some thing to say.

Truth be known, one of my favorite things to do is to chill and talk with someone in person. Comfy setting, good music, incense, a little wine or cocktails, romantic cheese tray... The stories flow, the fun ensues, ideas exchanged, laughter shared, theories created, solutions Love it!

I miss my friends.

STYLE: Tre' fab Hollywood Baby
MS. SMART: I have no more friends. I need to make some.
QUOTE: "Surround yourself with people that are full of ideas, and people that are not going to be 'yes-men.' Surround yourself with smart, truthful, honest people." -Donald Trump
LINKS: Dr. Woody Brock and Smart Cars and How to Make Smart Decisions and Join the John Smart Army

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Things I Love

Things that make me smile, feel happy, flow with emotional drifts and break from my reggly mind movements are these:
IMAGES: Mine and others
MS. SMART: I love pandas, puppies, Paris, nature, space and weirdness.
QUOTE: "I love the sound and feel of negative ions from moving water, the sight of white fluffy clouds, the display of big sheets of ice flowing down greenish icy water bumping into each other, and the thrill of a mountain." -Ms. Smart
BOOKS: Pandas, The Lady and the Panda and
Finest Houses of Paris, There is No Place Like Space

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sportin' A Fro

Today I got to wear an Afro wig.
I liked it.

Afro wig
Funky, fresh, and fine
Wearing the fro just felt right. You simply must have the experience. Go fro it.
All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff." -Frank Zappa
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron. A great song, circa 1970, moving, stirring the shit up.
You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,
Skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be televised.
The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
In 4 parts without commercial interruptions.
The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John
Mitchell, General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat
hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be brought to you by the
Schaefer Award Theatre and will not star Natalie
Woods and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia.
The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.
The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.
The revolution will not make you look five pounds
thinner, because the revolution will not be televised, Brother.

There will be no pictures of you and Willie May
pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run,
or trying to slide that color television into a stolen ambulance.
NBC will not be able predict the winner at 8:32
or report from 29 districts.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of Whitney Young being
run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process.
There will be no slow motion or still life of Roy
Wilkens strolling through Watts in a Red, Black and
Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
For just the proper occasion.

Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Hooterville
Junction will no longer be so damned relevant, and
women will not care if Dick finally gets down with
Jane on Search for Tomorrow because Black people
will be in the street looking for a brighter day.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no highlights on the eleven o'clock
news and no pictures of hairy armed women
liberationists and Jackie Onassis blowing her nose.
The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb,
Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom
Jones, Johnny Cash, Englebert Humperdink, or the Rare Earth.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be right back after a message
about a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.
You will not have to worry about a dove in your
bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver's seat.

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
The revolution will be live.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Desire: A Black Chandelier

I want a black chandelier.
A fancy, shiny one.
Regal, royal, "impressive, most impressive."
How better to grace my dining room?
To welcome and offer a glimmer of elegance to all who enter.

There are many black
chandeliers online. I have not been to any lighting stores yet. Ou, this is gonna be nice. I have already hung the red chenille, historical gold, French swirly fauna, black twinged, regal patterned drapes.

IMAGE: Gallery
STYLE: Elegant, shiny, sparkly, I do, fancy
MS. SMART: As an earring it is sublime. I suggest an up do to showcase the specimen.
QUOTE: Why should I apologize because God throws in crystal chandeliers, mahogany floors, and the best construction in the world?” -Jim Bakker
BOOK: Dale Chihuly Icicles: The Icicle Creek Chandelier
Incredibly Ordinary Danny Chandelier
Jeffrey Bilhuber Defining Luxury

Looky Here

"Good evening," she said in her best vampire voice.

I bought a new bookcase yesterday, $30 off, and I have it fully stocked, chocked full of books - yes! I have one entire row of vampires books.
Pretty damn cool.

IMAGE: Creation of Spanish fashion designer, Cristobal Balenciaga
STYLE: Strong, provocative, svelte, organic, fancy
MS. SMART: Look at her all confident and smug. She had won again and she knew it. The papers said it was an accident. She posed and proclaimed she had been dieting; we turned our heads in disdain. Yeah, we all talked shit about her but were first in line to accept her invitations and open gates. A grand dame and a black fucking widow.
QUOTE: "Balenciaga is a master of illusion, envisioning the garment as a three-dimensional form" -Mari Davis
BOOK: Balenciaga (Universe of Fashion)
Balenciaga and His Legacy: Haute Couture from the Texas Fashion Collection