Rants, raves, readings, and talks about things I read, see, watch, run over in the road, believe, don't believe and whatever else might be on my mind. I'm blogging because blogs are no longer cool. They're not cool any longer, right? I should be tweeting now. Let me know when that isn't cool and I'll start doing it.
So in my free time I still write, and, as you can tell by
the anemic output of this very blog, things have been pretty busy.Finally, though, there is some good news on
the writing front, especially for all of you cool people out there.
I always wanted to be cool and for a few short months in
Junior High I might have been cool.But
alas, since then coolness has past me by.
Me at my coolest.
Daddy Cool, a collection of writing by dads, writing for
their children, about their children, and even with their children, was
released by Artistically Decline press.This collection, edited by the uber-talented Ben Tanzer, contains
stories from writers across the country (and a few from Canada and England),
including<insert some people here>.Oh, and somehow one my short stories “The
Witch at the End of the Street” snuck into the collection here.
The Daddy Cool Cover
Tanzer, well known for his faux media empire, which includes
This Blog Will Change Your Life
and This Podcast Will Change Your Life,
says "I see this collection as a celebration, of dads, children, story,
and joy. The joy of friends, the joy of community, and the possibility that
even if these things can't be available to everyone all the time, and even if
we are all far apart from one another, there will always be story, and that
will always be cool, daddy, and otherwise."
To top it off, for all of you in Chicago, we’ll be hosting a
Cool reading on Saturday June 8th at 7pm at The Book Cellar
(4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL).The night will feature Myles and Ben Tanzer, Jason Fisk, Mike Smolarek
(hey, that’s me), Richard Thomas, Pete Anderson, Robert Duffer, Joseph
Peterson, and Mark Brand.Of course,
since we are cool dads, you can bring the whole family.
So, give a read and I hope to see a lot of you at the Book
Cellar on June 8th.
It was a wild first round with a bunch of game 7s, some
upsets and a few teams steamrolling their opponents.Those Boston fans who stuck around to see a
furious three goal rally in the third period last night, including two goals in
the last 90 seconds with Tukka Rask pulled for an extra attacker to send it
into overtime and the game winner by Patrice Bergeron in overtime, will
remember that game forever.In Toronto,
however, the Leafs faithful are probably slitting their wrists after watching
their post season hopes slip through their fingers.Sidney Crosby returned to the Penguins lineup
and put up a hundred points in four games as the Pittsburgh bounced the scrappy
Islanders.And something has to finally
give in Vancouver after San Jose swept them out of the playoffs.
So, how did I do?Not
very well.I hit only 4 out of the 8
series, tying a monkey randomly picking the winners.I’ll do better the rest of the way.So, wait no longer, here’s the round two
Chicago Blackhawks (1) vs. Detroit Red Wings (7)
This is the matchup everyone who lives anywhere near Lake
Michigan wanted.In their last season in
the same conference, these two long-time rivals get one more chances to go head
to head in the playoffs.The Red Wings
weren’t supposed to get past Anaheim, but no one told them (and no one told
Anaheim’s best players that they had to actually DO something in the
playoffs).Corey Crawford was excellent
in round one against Minnesota, and the Hawks got scoring from all of the
lines, all of this with Kaner failing to net a goal and Toews only netting one
point.I still just don’t think the
Wings are deep enough to match up against the Hawks.Hawks in 6.Detroit sucks.
Los Angeles Kings (5) vs. San Jose Sharks (6)
Why do I keep thinking the Kings are going to lose in the
first round?Why did Vancouver
disappoint against San Jose?The Kings
are the same team as last year and Jonathan Quick played well against the
Blues.The Sharks looked good against
Vancouver, and Antti Niemi kept up his stellar play.The battle of North vs South in California
should be good, but the Kings come out on top in 7.
Pittsburgh Penguins (1) vs Ottawa Senators (7)
Did you see Sidney Crosby play in the first round?9 points in 5 games.He’s pretty good at hockey.Goaltending was an issue as Marc-Andre Fleury
struggled before Tomas Vokoun replaced him for the last two games.Just like Detroit, no one told Ottawa they
were supposed to lose, so they went out and outplayed Montreal and sent them
home.Jason Spezza is practicing again
after missing almost the entire season after back surgery.Pittsburgh is just too good and this is where
the improbably run ends for the Senators.Penguins in 6.
Boston Bruins (4) vs. New York Rangers (6)
Boston’s game seven comeback would be an ESPN Classic
Instant Classic if ESPN cared about hockey.The Bruins proved they are built for the playoffs as their top guys finally
got it going, especially Patrice Bergeron, who netted the tying and winning
goals in that game 7.The Rangers were
up and down against Washington until utterly dominating them in game 7.The Bruins solve King Henry and take the
series in 6.