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  • Brümeister 11:01 pm on June 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Stanford Poetry Blues and Graduation for One! 

    So the last online class for the 10 PreModern Women poets happened the other week. It was a free online Stanford class and I signed up hoping to learn something new and I did. What I did not do was any of the assignments (feedback to questions prepared by the instructors). Essays like that were never my strong suit and questions that are supposed to be designed to illicit certain responses usually get the crickets in my head chirping. I’m like “You just said everything in the video, why do I have to repeat it?”  It’s part of the reason I excelled in creative writing instead of essay writing. I have no boundaries and I have no goals. Repeating a few lines from a text that everyone in class will already be repeating is the most fruitless waste of intelligence I came to know while in school. Instead I’d rather quote things deliberately and to make points as I see fit. My grades were only good where professors understood that I was intelligent and could not be motivated against my will.

    My sister is graduated high school a few weeks ago! She’s graduated with a much higher GPA than I did and will even be getting a scholarship! I am immensely proud of her, as any brother would be, but I’m even more impressed because I understand part of what she had to overcome. She had to deal with bullying at her high school and decided to take online courses from another high school to earn her diploma. Contrast that with the reality that I couldn’t even get my shit together for a few hours each week to write about Anne Bradstreet and Emily Dickinson (poets I admire) and you’ll understand why I think it’s doubly amazing. And while I can’t begin to fathom the dedication she had toward her own education to actually sit at a computer and not just play endless amounts of video games what I can appreciate is the desire to get away from the people who harass you and make your life a living hell out of boredom. Online school was not really an option when I was in high school and try as I might I could not get anyone to send me to an alternative school (even though I had friends with similar issues attending).

    We live in a state where education is under attack by our governor and we live in a society that cannot raise some children to be anything less than sociopaths. For many of these Lord of the Flies types there is little to no repercussions for their harmful words and deeds. And now it seems we are grooming a generation where many of us will have to cope with their thoughtless actions and misanthropic outlook. (but then again maybe that’s our natural state of humanity at all times)  What gives me hope is that there are people like my sister out there that are strong enough to deal with these people but also loving enough to continue to give of themselves. We could talk about how this culture creates the need for online charter schools and how there is a lack of respect for everything and everyone in public schools and that it feeds into the plans to fund private charters but that is another topic about which I don’t care to go into.

    The Stanford Prison Experiment was meant to examine what the roles of prisoner and authority figure did to people and how they reacted to a system of oppression.No similar experiment I am aware of truly shows the impact of oppressive learning environments, whether the oppression is coming from the faculty or fellow students.

    Line up kids.  Time for class.

    Line up kids.
    Time for class.

    To give you another perspective I attended the same High School my sister initially attended. Despite us being years apart, I was sad to see the culture had not really changed there and if anything had become more negative. The year I graduated was the same year Columbine happened. Our school had already brought in a police liaison (who ended up getting fired for messing around with a 16 y/o girl).  There was a great fear that any school would be next. My group of friends were outcasts and basically looked like and listened to the same music as the kids who shot up their school in CO. In response to the confusion of violence and fear that came from that moment I started to become more vocal in my anti-gun stance (If I die by a bullet I was killed by a coward) and in response to the kids use of Nazi imagry I began wearing my Dead Kennedys shirt that had a big swastika crossed out like the no-smoking sign which read in big capital letters: NAZI PUNKS FUCK OFF! and on the back ERASE RACISM.  A few weeks after graduation I wore the shirt to a buddy’s going away party. All night long people avoided me but would randomly shout things like “I hate Jews” and “Goddamn Niggers” to try to provoke me, me who was just another kid who spent his whole life growing up in the same town as them. We were all done with school, there was nobody left to impress, this is just how that place is. I don’t know what my sister had to endure but I am glad she didn’t try to sit around and let it bring her down.
    She graduated with HONORS and she even came into town to drive her no-car-having brother out to Madison on the shores of Lake Mendota (or was it Lake Monona? ) on a beautiful June afternoon to see her in cap and gown looking like the beautiful, strong sister I know her to be.

    Bru's Sister on Graduation day in Madison!

    Graduation day in Madison!

    I love this picture. Smile! You deserve happiness.



    (In case you didn’t click the hyperlink)

    “Hope” is the thing with feathers – (314)

    By Emily Dickinson

    “Hope” is the thing with feathers –
    That perches in the soul –
    And sings the tune without the words –
    And never stops – at all –
    And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
    And sore must be the storm –
    That could abash the little Bird
    That kept so many warm –
    I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
    And on the strangest Sea –
    Yet – never – in Extremity,
    It asked a crumb – of me.


    • NTSC 12:24 am on June 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      We’re all super proud of her. Your sis is someone who will surely improve the world, even if it’s just in her direct vicinity. That’s enough. Great job sis!

  • Brümeister 8:32 pm on May 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply  


    May 9th was a blast! We had so much fun at Empower the Tower and we want to say THANK YOU! to everyone who sponsored us and anyone who was there to dance at 3PM! (NTSC on the Melodeon gets feet  moving!) AND a shout out to everyone at Riverwest Radio for making the event truly special!

    It was just the three of us up there on stage this time (no beat machine either!) and we still had people coming up afterwards complimenting our unique sound. It made my day a lot easier since I was duty bound to work the door the rest of the day while I wore one of my other hats, the one marked WXRW board member.
    So in case you missed it we have a link to the There Goes the Neighborhood hour on soundcloud. So click here!


    Nov. Criminals getting set to kick off the 3 pm hour of Empower the Tower 2015 to benefit Riverwest Radio.

    Nov. Criminals getting set to kick off the 3 pm hour of Empower the Tower 2015 to benefit Riverwest Radio.



  • Brümeister 1:02 am on April 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Riverwest Radio on May 9th 

    We as a group support Riverwest Radio and the right to a platform for those voices not yet heard. We are scheduled to play in the 3PM hour (hosted by There Goes the Neighborhood) at the upcoming Fundraiser Marathon. All performers are asked to raise a minimum of $25 toward the building of a FM tower for the station.  Anyone who would like to pledge to support Riverwest Radio can do so on their website via paypal. If you’ve read this far you may have the patience to write in the comment box of your paypal donation that it is for The November Criminals. We thank you again for your support!

    We'll be playing in the 3 to 4pm hour on May 9th at Riverwest Radio

    We’ll be playing in the 3 to 4pm hour on May 9th at Riverwest Radio



    So there I was reading this article where Trent Reznor and Robert Smith talk about the Jesus and Mary Chain’s ‘Psychocandy’ and of course it was really just a summary of a video clip. But it got me thinking about the nature of music and how and when changes occur in music that continue to be relevant. The article opens up with the sentence “A lot of now-classic albums have grown into their reputations over the course of years or decades” and goes on to spell out what makes it so for this album. It dawned on me that a lot of “sound” is merely varying fashion. But there is a difference between fashion and style.  What makes the latest fashion the style?
    Part of it is the relevance to the listener. The way music informs the person hearing it. Most people want music that makes them dance. The dances become a part of the fashion, the way the body moves and sways or pops and locks or twerks and dry humps becomes relevant to the music and then relevant to the fashion of the listener.Lyrics for some exist only to fill a void. To put a human touch on a sonic experience that we sometimes pretend to be other worldly. If the lyrics command a contrasting disposition to the music then we can even ignore them if the voice matches the music. BUT if the contrasts are too great it forces us into the uncomfortable position of active listening.
    If there is a message that vibes with us we may go back to it. If there is something that makes us uncomfortable then we reject it.
    Rejection of a sound or of music is as much a part of fashion as the dances we perform. What we actively reject says as much about us as what we embrace. When a musical artist (or a musician, or a band, or a composer, or a poet) sparks controversy it is usually because they have created an equal amount of supporters and detractors.

    Support is defined in many ways. It is measured by money, esteem, praise and circulation or word of mouth. Detractors are obstructionists who work to actively prevent any of these from reaching the band.

    As we enter the next phase of The November Criminals project we thank everyone who has supported us so far. Whether we are ever going to be “fashionable” is not for us to decide. But no one can say we lack style!


  • Brümeister 9:53 pm on April 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    7 Trivia Crack Questions You Won’t See Anytime Soon 

    Number 5 of the 7....

    Number 5 of the 7….

    1) How you Doing?
    a. pretty good
    b. Awesome!
    c. Que?
    d. Back off I’m playing Trivia Crack

    Each band is subject to obstacles. Every artist who believes in their art is bound to encounter a wide range of problems from personal tragedy to something as simplistically impossible as writer’s block. But what do we do to overcome apathy?

    2) A group later named “The Glover Mob” stormed a city jail and freed a run away slave in which state?
    a. Indiana
    b. Massachusetts
    c. Missouri
    d. Wisconsin

    As much as we choose our futures by a series of decisions that happen real time with unknown consequences; so too are we empowered by our pasts. History is never perfect. But if you know where you stand you know what to look for.

    3) In what country is the School of the Americas located?
    a. Chile
    b. Argentina
    c. U.S.A.
    d. Cuba

    Fear is a raw emotion. Only when it is refined and distilled by politics does it become repression.

    4) Polka is the official dance of what state?
    a. Texas
    b. Wisconsin
    c. Pennsylvania
    d. Minnesota

    Positive energy is universal. Celebration of the universal, however, can take many forms.

    Here we jump ahead. What do our leaders say about us? Are those in authority worthy of our respect?

    6) Which Wisconsin politician said single mothers are guilty of child abuse?
    a. Scott Walker
    b. Paul Ryan
    c. Glenn Grothman
    d. Joe McCarthy

    We learn from history. But what we learn is based on perception as much as information. Do we understand we are not perfect? Do we allow for others to succeed where we fall short? How do we react?

    7) The only country to ban mustard gas in World War One was?
    a. Russia
    b. Austro-Hungarian Empire
    c. U.S.A.
    d. Germany

    Unspoken reality is that sometimes the enemy is right. Sometimes the enemy was never meant to be an enemy. Sometimes only pride keeps a conflict alive. This is why while we value pride it is in reality a sin.


  • Brümeister 1:04 am on April 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Spring is Sprunk: April & May 

    Just because I can…..!

    I figured I’d post a little bit about some upcoming events that I (Bru) and The November Criminals will be a part of.
    I was recently the opener for an event at the Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts on Center Street. I read some of my own poems and some stuff from various assorted issues of Burdock magazine. I also got to host Poets Monday on April 6th as the usual host had come down with a case of going to San Francisco. The feature was my good friend Mario the Poet. His competition was the NCAA Men’s Basketball Finals featuring some guys in Wisconsin jerseys from Madison. Needless to say the turnout was heavy on the poets and light on the non-poets. Still a good crowd turned up to share in the moment.
    Coming up on what I’m calling Poetic Promenades:

    April 18th, 2pm at Woodland Pattern “Poets of Riverwest Radio”

    April 22nd, 7pm at Microlights Ineluctable Place hosted by Mike Hauser w/ Susan Firer & Keith Gaustad

    April 25th, 2pm at Milwaukee Public Library – East Branch Celebrate Poetry in Your Community

    Nov Criminals rocking the 1st Empower the Tower in 2013

    Nov Criminals rocking the 1st Empower the Tower in 2013

    BUT THEN on May 9th, the day before Mother’s Day,
    Empower the Tower returns to Riverwest Radio! The November Criminals will be in the 3pm hour hosted by There Goes the Neighborhood!
    IF you’d like to sponsor our time please contact Riverwest Radio or just show up and pay 5 bucks at the door to support the station as it strives toward LPFM broadcasting.

    Now if you are all like “Hey there’s a lot of Bru’s stuff here. What about the other guys?” Well you can find out more for SPADE ONE here and NTSC here.  Tell them to start blogging 😉

  • Brümeister 11:20 pm on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    WrestleMania 31, A Sausage, Some Fries & 2 Pabsts 

    Brock, wake up! We're going to Suplex City!

    Brock, wake up! We’re going to Suplex City!

    That’s a Sunday. A great Sunday. I enjoy my wrestling fandom sometimes I post about it. I also noticed the wonderfully hilarious trend of people who are annoyed with wrestling fans. Now these people have been around for some time possibly since the inception of the concept of Pro Wrestling. They’re retaining a gene from a bygone day where people got mad when you threw a fight and still collected money on your loss…. oh wait boxers that lose still get paid right? I mean so do UFC fighters, they get paid when they lose, I’m sure of it. They get endorsements.

    Enough trolling. WrestleMania was pretty fun this year. I walked in to the bar during the IC Title Ladder Match in time to see Dean.. Fucking…  Ambrose… go through a ladder. Did everyone forget that he vowed to stop Seth Rollins from ever cashing in? What happened to that? Oh yeah I guess he was storyline dead from the ladder bump. Remember when the Shield broke up? Seth gave a light spanking to Roman Reigns compared to the beat down he handed Dean… Fucking… Ambrose…
    Also, is anyone else bummed that Jon Stewart didn’t have a WrestleMania Moment? I mean he should have been the one to count the three and turn on everyone and raise Rollins’ hand.  Still pretty awesome ending Seth is a deserving champion and this should be an entertaining title run. RUN… remember this?
    OK now I’m excited for RAW tonight….

    Tune in to There Goes The Neighborhood on Wednesday for some more reactions.



  • Brümeister 10:15 pm on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dead Man's Carnival, EDM, , Paris Hilton, Shakespeare Raw,   

    Summerfest Fails to Book The November Criminals; Paris Hilton Headlines June 28 


    Remember when we drove to Superior for a show?
    Pepperidge Farms remembers.

    Whoa it’s been a long winter and it is still going!
    To recap what has happened since last August… which is apparently the last time any of us checked in on the weblog…. we played a few shows, you may have seen us at Dead Man’s Carnival in March . Or at Shakespeare Raw in February at Best Place! It’s true we’ve been here and there and under the radar BUT the Criminals are always a booking away from playing your favorite spot! Recommend us to your favorite club or promoter and keep the Criminality in Music.

    So in other news Summerfest, the World’s Largest Music Festival has booked Paris Hilton to DJ on the grounds as a headlining act. The announcement is not without its blowjob ERR BLOWBACK I meant blowback….
    A petition to remove her from the lineup is making headlines of its own and the movement appears to be swelling. Sheesh, its hard ERR DIFFICULT to write about this without unnecessary innuendo. So the main argument against her is that she is not a professional DJ and has not paid any dues to receive her spot on the lineup.
    Now to be fair I’ve been around the EDM scene for a few years now… as a security guard, a bartender, and an outsider. I stress that because at no time have I declared any fandom for the overarching genre of Electronic Dance Music. “Why?” you might ask “Aren’t you in a Polka Hip Hop band? You use beats on a laptop at shows I’ve seen you!”
    First of all, Thanks for coming to our shows. And if you haven’t it’s likely because you are an EDM person and you don’t really like Hip Hop. You don’t like people talking over the music while you trip and stare at lights. You aren’t really interested in what a Hip Hop MC has to say unless it’s about Swag and drugs and the kind of hedonism you only wish you could live out if only you were wealthy like…. Paris Hilton.
    Yes it is but this is 2015 and you can name your kids whatever. You buy them a car so they can drive to the city and dress themselves in bikinis and bondage gear, covered in plastic beads that stress the value of PLUR as they take MDMA for the first time they got from a guy they met once or twice before at another show, but he seems to know an awful lot about spirituality and he has a flat brimmed baseball cap (what’s baseball?) and cool shirt that looks expensive because of all the colors.
    The point is Paris Hilton is the perfect expression of EDM whether you like it or not. She’s privileged, scantily dressed, she has a viral porn video, and all she needed was enough money to buy some equipment the number to some people to do lights…..and let’s be real she already bought that shit ten times over if it wasn’t being given to her for free because of her brand. YES BRAND. That’s what’s on these posters and the pins and the hats. We do it too! We all get sucked into it one way or another. RELAX. You already know you are going to some other festival where you will sit on a lawn chair tripping.
    Oh and I’m not all excited about her “performance” and I know plenty of really awesome DJs that we’ve played with. But I’m not going to pretend this isn’t a perfect expression of what EDM ultimately is and all the attempts to portray it as something other than the renewal of the disco scene, a scene that thrived on excess and cocaine and not much else, is delusional…. you might be tripping on something.

  • Brümeister 10:56 pm on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Guns of August, , , , Polka Hip Hop, Riverwest Farmer's Market, Riverwest Public House, , Superior, WI   

    The Guns Of August 


    The November Criminals Need YOU! to come out one of these shows.

    The November Criminals Need YOU! to come out one of these shows.

    We have a number of shows coming up that I’d like to highlight a bit since each one will be so very different from the others.

    AUGUST 22nd at Riverwest Public House for Adam Asher’s Birthday show!

    We look forward to once again having Michael Ritter on bass and Kevin KC Christenson on drums for this show. Two amazingly talented musicians who bring spontaneity and skill to the set. Last time we played with them in March at Cactus Club it was one of the best shows the Criminals have had to date.

    The line up for the rest of show is amazing and moves back and forth between bands and poets for 6 hours of awesome! We’re going on early so we can wake up in time for …..

    AUGUST 23rd at The Tower Avenue Tavern in Superior w/ Number One Common

    We’ll be driving the day of the show 8 hours or so to get to the Northern most city in Wisconsin. We’re looking forward to playing for an entirely new audience and maybe getting a few photo ops near the big lake they call Gitche Gumee! The show is presented by Hypnotic Otter and is FREE!!!

    AUGUST 31st at The Riverwest Gardeners Market

    DJ Killa Kutz will be on the 1s & 2s with us during this set which runs from Noon until 3pm. We’re gonna work on cleaning up NTSC’s language 😉 but one thing is for sure: if you are nearby, you are going to hear something that will make you want to polka around the produce!

  • Brümeister 11:02 pm on May 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 88.9, Milo, , Music scenes, , Radio Milwaukee   

    Music Culture 

    Lots of thoughts lately and not lots of posts. I’m here to change that.

    You should see the chapter about the Milwaukee Music Scene!

    You should see the chapter about the Milwaukee Music Scene!

    I read a lot but I also read into things a lot. Dangerous habit on social media but I’ve also been commenting way to much on shit that I have no business commenting on. SO I figured I’ll take it to the blog. Maybe less people will read it but hopefully more people will understand me. We are what we are: A Polka Hip Hop Band. But if you step back and consider the members in the group the uniqueness of it all means so much more to us. We are an interracial music group in the most segregated metropolis in America. We are mixing genres of music and pulling it off with varying degrees of success; granted as a group we are just getting started. But all of us have been performing and writing and creating music, poetry and art for years before we ever met. And we are all scraping by. Part of it has to do with the fact that this is also one of the poorest cities in the nation.

    So then I read this interview with a rapper who is moving to LA. And hear someone making the same complaints so many have been making for so long. But here’s the thing the problem is much deeper than just a radio station not giving you play. (To my knowledge we haven’t had play on 88.9 either but then I don’t know if they have our cd. Somehow we have been played on local station 91.7  and maybe it being a college station things get circulated differently.)

    THE PROBLEM.  It’s really the culture of the city though it isn’t just the music scene. Try writing poetry and discover how fractured everything is here and then laugh because everyone knows there is no money to be made in poetry…. unless you are putting together a CV for grad school somewhere. But music, art and film? I can’t imagine how this disjointed cityscape, fractured from institutionalized racism and economic paranoia could do more then ever serve as a transfer station for raw talent.

    (It doesn’t help when promoters are focusing solely on the dollar and not on the art but that is another blog for another time.)

    I feel like that is what Milo missed a chance to say in his interview. But maybe it’s in his music and I haven’t heard that track yet (though I’m looking now). I know a few others who have had to move on to make it in music because it unsustainable here to just be a musician or a rapper. The Milwaukee Machine that Milo talks about is really more or less just a façade to keep a few people distracted from some of the larger issues. But would that message resonate with anyone outside of a few people in the community? I know he must feel it if he’s leaving for greener pastures even if he didn’t say it. The culture of a place is a reflection of that place’s reality. And if the music scene will not allow talent to thrive here then it reflects the inability of many other to thrive.

    As for the music…..would I say he is as dope as The November Criminals? No, of course not, don’t be silly. But he is talented and we wish him well.  🙂

    Personally, I am blessed to know people from the city and the region who are invested in making things happen here. From Pinkerton at Deadman’s Carnival to the painfully under played Jaems Murphy to comedy mentor and road warrior of the Hobbit Trail Brendan O’Day  and the poetic thundering of deep feelings that is Mario The Poet. The folks I’ve come across who are working to make a living at entertaining people and performing their craft for them is inspiring and in many ways sustaining.
    Catch us at Cactus Club June 6th with Tapebenders and Jaems Murphy!

  • Brümeister 10:58 am on March 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Always Ready, Ever Stalwart! AKA we played the Cactus Club! 


    Fill your Hands!

    Fill your Hands!

    I just got home and boy does my back and right knee hurt. But we’ll get to that later!

    Tonight we played the Cactus Club in Bay View. I personally have great memories of seeing some of my favorite bands play here including Northless and IfIHadAHiFi as well as some great touring acts. The venue itself has played host to influential acts like The White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age. So when we were asked to participate in a show by our friends Elusive Parallelograms we jumped at the chance. We’re always looking to play new spots and we’re always hoping to impress or at the very least surprise someone and gain a new fan.

    To help us achieve this we brought in some heavy hitters. Mike Ritter and Kevin Christensen who we all know from Dead Man’s Carnival. Kevin plays percussion with The Extra Crispy Brass Band and Mike has been in the Jazz scene in Milwaukee for a while now. Needless to say we had some of the best with us and they made us sound great. We actually got compliments from our sound check! It may have been our finest hour but don’t quote me on that.  And all this on the tails of just ONE practice the day of the show. Granted Mike and Kevin listen to our songs and had played with us a bit during the February edition of Dead Man’s Carnival on NTSC’s solo song Porno Polka and on a freestyle with Spade One and the song Sausage Fest.

    To say we had a good time playing with them at Cactus Club is an understatement. The level of class and professionalism exhibited by both was to say the least exemplary. Which only served to contrast what happened later that evening all the more. Oh no this isn’t a blog rant about Crown Larks who drove up from Chicago and played a great set. Nor is it about Slow Walker, who got the house lights to ‘twerk’ if you will. And it is definitely not about our friends Elusive Parallelograms (who, incidentally, employed the skills of DJ from IfIHadAHifi on drums this particular evening). Nope not about that.

    Some guy and his buddy decided to have a two man mosh pit during the 2nd to last song of the night. Then when he got up and tried to molest a friend of mine/fight-dance with her….he was rebuffed. Note to dudes: aggressive dancing is still aggressive before it is seen as dancing. So my friend, who I’ve met only a few times decided to come stand next to me. Now, I am the Brumeister. I’m 6’4″ (taller than Nick V. 4 Life) and I have at times approach three bills. I’m just not the sort of guy you’d think, “hey there’s a guy to engage in a physical confrontation”.

    Before I go too far I should tell you many years ago I was a peon for a large corporate venue here in Milwaukee. While I was assembling light cubes for Hannah Montana (yeah I know) I tore a disc in my back and it leaked fluid onto my sciatic nerve. It was one of the most painful things I’ve ever experienced. Since then the discs in my back will just pop out whenever they want. It seemingly has nothing to do with anything. This past week had been one of those weeks where I couldn’t event bend to tie my shoes. Standing up in the morning requires Xtreme grunts of agony mingled with regret of a wasted youth. You might say, hey that’s a lot of information to give out about yourself. What if someone tried to use it against you? Well here’s why:

    So in this story I am not 100%, Hell I’m not even “mobile” in the truest sense of the word. I can’t bend down to tie my shoes. And so this guy’s male psyche has been touched off by a combination of booze, aggression and rejection. He wants to tangle with someone. His buddy tires out and Suddenly! He’s on my legs trying to take me down. For a moment I was like “Hey buddy!” but then I felt him twisting my knee to get me down. That’s when I realized this wasn’t a fun time happening but a guy looking to let of real steam. I had time to hand my beer off to my friend and then I was down wrestling this drunk. I credit years of watching pro-wrestling and my time in Judo under Sensei Sanfillipo. The guy never had control of me and I spun around until I was in a full mount sitting on top of his stomach. If I’d wanted to, and believe me the thought was there, I could have pummeled this guy’s face. Instead, and I have witnesses, I asked for my watch and my beer and my hat. I got them all back then I got up. Slowly, because my back hurt.

    But the knobshine wouldn’t stop! He started fucking with my shoelaces. And I thought he was trying to tie my shoe for me but he ended up trying to pull my other leg out from under me! One thing led to another and I grabbed him by his collar and started dragging him to the door letting all his friends know that he had to leave. A knot of people started to form around this guy and we got him to the bar area when he started to go wild again. I’d had enough and I grabbed one arm that was out, his right, and put the point of pressure on my chest as I slid my left arm around his neck and applied pressure to his neck. If I couldn’t choke him from this position I figured I could easily apply a cross face chickenwing. The only problem my back was too messed up to apply the torque needed to make it work. Thankfully, his friends rushed in to take him out.

    All this on my “night off” of security. As I type this before I pass out I know both my knees will bruise and I’ve aggravated a sprain in my wrist from a slip on the ice. My back is still not healed and it may be worse. I have a poetry reading to host tomorrow at 2pm (you want to be nice and cordial when hosting poetry reading and bad backs don’t make that easy) and a Heavy Metal show where I get to be security. And yet this was one of our best shows to date. GO FIGURE!

    • Mariothepoet 4:37 pm on March 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Um, so well damn…
      My mind is blank as to a response. The young lady owes you at least a kiss on the cheek in my opinion. You big lug. Saving pretty ladies and riding of into the sunset. Way to go there pilgrim. Now I have to come to your poetry reading just to see you barely moving.

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