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"I Am Big Bird"

Obviously, I have a special spot in my heart for Big Bird.

Learn more about this upcoming documentary here.

Thanks to Spooner for sending this along,

-Shady

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Childhood Folder: Common item or stolen artifact?

Childhood Folder: Common item or stolen artifact?

Childhood Folder: Common item or stolen artifact?

…but I just found it sitting on a shelf in Jorge’s garage.

That can only mean one of two things: Either every child of the 1980s had that same exact folder, or Jorge traveled back in time and stole it from my 1987 self.

If you know Jorge, both of these are possibilities.

Flash-folder,

-Shady

"Dori & Marla Go To The Mall" by Justin Shady, © 2005 or 2006.

…of my good friends Dori and Marla shopping at the mall.

Not sure why you can see Dori’s nipples through her shirt,

-Shady

While in Hungary, KB, Emily and I visited the House of Hungarian Wines at Buda Castle in Budapest.

We each decided to do a prix fixe tasting of seven different wines (three whites, three reds, and a dessert wine), but were slightly caught off guard by the price when we realized each tasting cost around $40 each.

That price might be appropriate for Napa or Sonoma, but for Hungary (a country that isn’t even on the Euro yet, and currently has a 225-to-1 forint-to-dollar exchange rate) it was pretty steep.

Until we realized that by each “tasting” they meant “nearly full pour.” Needless to say, we were there quite awhile.

The night started off well with glass #1.

The House of Hungarian Wines: Glass #1

And the warmth began to set in with glass #2.

The House of Hungarian Wines: Glass #2

We chilled out with glass #3.

The House of Hungarian Wines: Glass #3

But the paranoia started to set in with glass #4.

The House of Hungarian Wines: Glass #4

Which created the prankster antics of glass #5.

The House of Hungarian Wines: Glass #5

Which lead to the violence of glass #6.

The House of Hungarian Wines: Glass #6

But in the end, like most people, we all fell in love with each other by glass #7.

The House of Hungarian Wines: Glass #7

Worth every dime,

-Shady

Great Big Bushy Beer... COMPLETE!

…now chilling in the fridge.

And soon to be in my belly,

-Shady

…I posted this.

Earlier today, my sister sent me a link to this new Volkswagen commercial.

It’s nice to see Eduard Khil get a postmortem nod.

I also found this video on YouTube. As it turns out, Khil’s version was a cover of this original from the 1960s as sung by Russian singer Muslim Magomayev.

Good, but not nearly as amazing as the version I’ve grown to love.

We played that song at our wedding,

-Shady

February 19th, 2013: Katherine Bryja

February 19th, 2013: Justin Shady

February 19th, 2013: Mr. Fabulous

February 19th, 2013: Meatshake

February 19th, 2013: Heisenberg

Three-hundred and sixty-five days later.

Here’s year one if you’re interested.

Again, we’re doing something like this.

And now there are five,

-Shady

…from California Raisin…

California Raisin!

…to stylish fashionista…

Stylish fashionista!

…to entertaining tumor growing out of Beth’s head.

Entertaining tumor!

But most of the time, I was just an adorable kid.

Adorable kid!

Not sure when that all changed,

-Shady

The new tattoo!

I almost forgot to post this!

Back in December, I got my fourth tattoo. I had been thinking about getting this one for years now, so when KB got me a free tattoo “coupon” for my birthday last September, I decided to cash it in while we were back in Milwaukee for Christmas.

Adam of Adambomb Tattoo Gallerie did the actual inking (he’s done my last three tattoos), but the artwork for the piece was done by my good friend Dwellephant.

The idea for the piece was simple: a line of handwritten text around my forearm that showcases the cities I’ve lived in.

Dwellephant got busy and sent me a few sketches:

New tattoo sketches by Dwellephant.

In the end, I opted for the continuous-line, script version (with a few tweaks).

From Milwaukee (MKE)…

MKE

…to Columbus (CBUS)…

CBUS

…to Los Angeles (LA)…

LA

…with space for more. We’ll see what ends up in that spot.

Already thinking about tattoo #5,

-Shady