Friday, September 30, 2005






















For a while I was crazy in love with the Toasted BMT sandwich at Subway --- it reminded me of the grinder sandwichs I ate at Ardmore Style Pizza in my boyhood. But it's over. I was in denial for a while, but I finally had to admit that what was once passion had turned to contempt.

I almost got rear-ended today. On the Sutterville bridge, the car in front of me suddenly decided to turn left. I stopped, the car behind me stopped, the one behind stopped, but the one behind that didn't stop. So in the category of Car Health, today was a pretty not-horrible day.

A nice Buddhist shrine in a customer's house. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 29, 2005

As if it never happened

Today I did all kinds of fun things... I played the three kids' shows for Best of Broadway. We were worried about the third (high school) show, because last year only seven kids showed up for that. This year it was packed, and they were the best audience all year!
In the evening I went to Davis to talk about my cartoons to John Kloss's Pen and Ink class. I think it was the best teaching experience I've ever had. One of Kloss's students used to be a jazz record producer. He produced Stan Getz's last three albums.
But since I forgot to bring my camera anywhere today, it's as if the whole day never happened.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Cousin Russ sent this picture of the Bushes on a fishing trip. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Who knew that Sacramento had a Yacht Club, established 1916? It's on a stretch of the river that looks (thanks to the height of the levees, obscuring the houses behind) much like it probably did 100 years ago. But the tract homes in West Sacramento should reach it in about five years.  Posted by Picasa

This telephone pole has been dressed up with Christmas tree-style fake branches. Posted by Picasa

A reminder that a school band room is a nexus of art, commerce, and politics. Posted by Picasa

A nice copy of Guernica on a wall at Hiram Johnson West Campus High School. Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 26, 2005


From another customer's house. Posted by Picasa

My customer's kid collects McDonald's Happy Meal toys. He gets two of each -- one to play with and one to stay in the bag. Posted by Picasa

Bob Lenzi playing guitar in the We Will Rock You section. He is an architect by day and gave us advice on our kitchen remodel. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Don't look a gift couch in the mouth


Today Rachel got her first piece of roadside furniture. As she was dragging some empty IKEA boxes to the dumpster she spied a cheeky little leather number sitting at the edge of the parking lot. Her arm was broken and there were holes in her seat but she was seaworthy. With the help of Kenny the helpful-stranger-that-walked-by she dragged her into the living room.

New Office Slang

A funny list of expressions from cubeland.

Saturday, September 24, 2005


A halfhearted art car in the Tower parking lot. Posted by Picasa

Terri Taylor getting her microphone put on for the flapper number ("Happy" from Grand Hotel). Posted by Picasa

Dave MacDonald, the producer/director of Best of Broadway, in his costume for the Napoleon section. The sound system finally worked properly Saturday evening and we had a great performance. Posted by Picasa

Basye's kids made these ceramic cell phones. Very Claes Oldenburg/Red Grooms. Posted by Picasa

This is Paul Basye, who I met today at Espresso Metro. He teaches art to developmentally disabled kids. There is a show of his kids' paintings at the coffeehouse, and Robin was buying one of them. It turns out that Basye is the other cartoonist in Alive and Kicking. He also plays bass, so we have a lot in common. Posted by Picasa

Friday, September 23, 2005

A teacher at Sacramento City College dies

Obituaries - Obituary: Music professor Derrill Bodley's personal 9/11 tragedy spurred a quest for peace - sacbee.com
I used to talk to Derrill at Espresso Metro in the mornings sometimes. He didn't seem like a daredevil or thrill seeker. A really nice, intelligent guy.

Hornblower is the new crack

Today Rachel had her first day of classes. Her Logic teacher is great! He has a weird eastern European accent, but refuses to tell her class what country he is from. He admits that if every member of the class gets an A on the midterm, that he will be induced to give up the information. This got a hearty laugh from the class. He then proceeded to say that he had given up a promising career in General Magagment to be a professor of philosophy because philosophy was more fun. This also received a heartly laugh.
Rachel spent an hour and a half in the library reading books about the Georgian Royal Navy. She now officially has no shame.

Thursday, September 22, 2005


From the menu at Tower Cafe. Posted by Picasa

A new level of notoriety

Yesterday I got several emails from people wanting to use my cartoons, and one flame. The flame came from a guy named Jack Masters, who actually is a very talented guy who likes to rework Garfield comics.
According to Rachel, you've really made it when you get flamed. I say I won't have made it until someone starts a website called markstiverssucks.com. (Doesn't exist yet, but please keep me posted.)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


I tuned a piano in the theater at Sacramento City College. There are graffiti on the walls going back to 1938. Posted by Picasa

A woman in the Netherlands is writing a book on unibrows and is using my unibrow cartoon. She paid me by Western Union. With all the forms and ID required, it took me about half an hour to collect it. A very secure way to send money, but too much trouble for small amounts. Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 19, 2005

Only funny because a naked old guy actually said it to me

I was in the hot tub in the men's locker room at Riverside Athletic Club this morning when an older gentleman got in. Gradually he submerged his body, groaning with every inch. "Are you stiff?" I asked. "Yes," he said. "There's only one part of my body that doesn't get stiff every day."

A wall of artifacts in Stan's office. Posted by Picasa

"Vexations" is a rare piece by Eric Satie which John Cage found somewhere. It is only available in this version in Satie's own hand. Stan's friends once performed it as intended -- repeating it over and over for 24 hours. Posted by Picasa

This is the Chromatron (sp.?) which was supposed to turn AC devices on and off, or something, based on some esoteric system or other, I'm not sure. It never worked. But it looks awesome in Stan's closet. Posted by Picasa

We had the first meeting of the Finale Users Group at Stan's house. We were evenly divided between Windows and Mac users, and no fights broke out. "Windows, " I said, "is a valid lifestyle choice." Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Proof that the human race is doomed

Music Circus produced Grease this summer, and there are three community theater productions up at this moment.

Rachel went out to dinner with Susan, Pat, and their kids Jaden and Belle. Jaden kept dropping his little car on the floor. Each time, Rachel picked it up. Finally he dropped it in the crack between the bench and the wall. It took great effort, but Rachel reached in to retrieve it. She came up with someone else's little car, but Jaden didn't care. He had a car. Posted by Picasa