Monday is my one day off this week. Or at least it’s my one day off in a long while. I spend it wisely, writing in the morning, walking down past the Monday Farmer’s Market at Plummer Park to Melrose where I pick up my newly-repaired bicycle, nap for two hours to the faint sound of KCRW asking for money, meet Robin for coffee (do I or don’t I? I have no idea) and then swing by Sirry’s house to retrieve my turntables, mixer and the weighty crate of vinyl I left there after her party. The only wasted hour was the one I spent listening in on Boss’s Herbalife conference call, during which he whipped up the troops, dispensed Herba-advice and managed to drop the names Mark Hughes and Machiavelli during a speech on great leaders.. Mark Hughes founded Herbalife. Before I go on a rant about the generous devotion these people have for him, I’ll just supply you with a link to this fascinating article about Hughes’ life and early death of an overdose of Doxepin and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol? The founder of Herbalife?

Oh wait. I’m not gonna rant. But it’s the stuff of movies, this guy’s life.

I wish I had time to go into detail about spinning tunes at Sirry’s party the other night. It’ll have to wait. But I did want to drop in long enough to draw your attention to two things.

Thing #1: Jim Munroe has written a novel about a woman who suspects that her roommate is a demon. He’s written the novel, called An Opening Act of Unspeakable Evil in 88 segments, crafted to look like blog entries. Starting today, he’ll be posting one entry (chapter?) every day. Time will tell if it’s any good, but it’s a cool enough idea to warrant a look. Check it out by clicking the “Roommate From Hell” link in my blogroll to the right (and reveal THAT by clicking the “links” tab.)

Thing #2: And speaking of cool blogs, I wanted to draw your attention to BeFrank’s CoolShots. This is a man who works as a cameraman for Channel 9 (former home home of my old crush Paula Lopez) and it’s a job that lends itself to the art of blogging. Each day’s work brings a story, either new or continuing. Some are mundane. Some wrench the gut in unexpected ways. His consistently empathic and articulate commentary (and his ready digital camera) make each entry a must-read.

Check it out.

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