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Joie de Vivre


I’ve been sober for 1000 days in a row.

That’s two years, eight months and 24 days. I still count the days.

I was sober for over 20 years during my last sober streak. I didn’t count the days. I didn’t really think about sobriety. I wasn’t in recovery. I was just someone who didn’t drink. At parties, conferences, weddings and reunions, I had seltzer water with a slice of lime, and no considerations for alcohol.

As mentioned elsewhere, I naively started social drinking in 2013. It was useful at the time, and I don’t regret it. A few years past, and it was no longer serving me. Alcohol wasn’t my friend, and I decided to get sober again. I’ve done a lot work to be sober. I still may write about that in the future. But today, I’ll say that I enjoy these milestone dates very much. I gratefully count the days, and I do not take my sobriety for granted.

Here are some photos from day 1000.


The Benefits of Radiation

I am happy to present my latest animation, The Benefits of Radiation. It’s the backstory for some of my action figures.

The story takes place in a Baltimore bar called Roshambos. You’ll figure the rest out if you watch the video above.

I’m happy with how this turned out. I’ve spent more time on this than anything I’ve completed to date. Time, both in terms of the hours it took to make, and also from the time I that had the idea for the story, up to this evening.

A ream of drawings...

I drew each frame on a light box and used about a ream of paper.

Drawing of a hand holding a can of space dust.

I finally found a use for Space Dust, too.

I enjoyed doing the foley for this. I enjoyed getting to know some of the characters. Perhaps you will enjoy this.

In any event, please please please… Enjoy Radiation Responsibly!

Joie de Vivre

The End of the Twenty Tens

I haven’t written a year end post since 2012.

My life took a big turn in 2013, and during the years that followed. My marriage ended in divorce. I moved to another zip code. I changed jobs. I went back to school. I moved to yet another zip code. I changed jobs again. There were deaths, and loss, and the sad ending of relationships. In other words, a lot of life happened.

I started drinking in 2013, after ~20 years of not drinking. I strongly suspect that, because I started drinking again, I have not written any year end posts.

My previous “year in review” posts contained notes of gratitude for that year’s many blessings. I have so much for which to be grateful. I will not attempt to enumerate the many wonderful things that have happened since 2013, or even from 2019, in this year end blog post. I will name just one blessing, which I intend to carry into our collective future.

I am sober.

Happy New Year!