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At least the food was good,

-Shady

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This is all so adult.

More details to come,

-Shady

CHAFEE!

I know it might seem like I sit at home all day long, drinking beer and updating The Blarg, but the truth is I spend much of my day writing.

Lately, most of my writing has been on long-form projects. Because of this, I sometimes write a short (most times comedic, other times not so much) to break up the monotony of those longer projects. But while these shorts are fun to write as an exercise, nobody ever really gets to read them.

To remedy this, I’ve decided to share them here. I’m doing this for two reasons:

1. I like to share! That, and it’s better than having them sit on my computer.

2. It’s my hope that someone might be inspired to actually do something creative with them. Want to film one as a short? Awesome. Interested in animating one? Go for it. Feel like performing one live onstage? I dare you. All I ask is that you give me credit where it’s due, and (if possible) send me a copy of the final product.

The twenty-eighth of Shady’s Shorts is called “Real Conversations: Lincoln.”

Unlike previous Shady’s Shorts, “Real Conversations” will be an ongoing series of shorts that document actual conversations I’ve either recently overheard or had with people. The fifth of this series is titled “Lincoln.”

Download it by clicking below.

DOWNLOAD “REAL CONVERSATIONS: LINCOLN”

Number twenty-seven,

-Shady

“Real Conversations: Lincoln” is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Created by Justin Shady, ©2016.

…I adopted a little four-month-old mutt named Lacy.

Lacy had been adopted by a family one month earlier. An hour before I arrived at the shelter, that family had returned Lacy for “playing too rough” with their child. I translated this into “just being a puppy.”

I had never owned a pet, let alone a dog, so I was admittedly nervous about my decision to take this sweet little girl—a sweet little girl with a ton of energy and a penchant for eating things that weren’t even remotely edible—home with me.

I’m so glad I did, because it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

On the morning of March 18th, 2006, Lacy was returned to a shelter. Later that afternoon, she left it for good with me and a new name: Mr. Fabulous.

The best.

She’s the best, I love her to death, and I can’t imagine life without her.

Happy Anniversary,

-Daddy

Pretty sure I'm not the first person to make this joke.

Couldn’t resist,

-Shady

…who you may remember is a designer at Hot Wheels, helped design Optimus Prime for Transformers: Age of Extinction a few years back.

His involvement in the process was pretty top secret at the time, but he gets a nice mention/nod in this video about the design process of the character.

He gets mentioned around the 6:45 mark.

Designers in disguise,

-Shady

…I only text my family when I fly.

Boarded! Landed! Repeat!

Travel notifications,

-Shady

KB hates these guys!

…but you’ll definitely never hear this on regular radio.

That’s not my car,

-Shady

…our good friends Erik and Robyn for this sweet pair of socks (which match her daddy’s sweet pair of socks)…

Matching socks from Erik and Robyn!

…and our good friend Dima for this Hot Wheels car (titled D-Muscle… get it?) that he designed.

Hot Wheels from Dima!

Grey loves presents… just like her father,

-Shady

Matt Krings... 22 years later.

We had both just entered the sixth grade at Jackie Robinson Middle School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the time, Matt was eleven years old. I was ten.

We then both went on to attend Riverside University High School on the city’s east side. The last time we saw each other was at graduation in June 1994.

Two weeks ago, we got sushi together.

Matt turns 40 next week. That same fate awaits me this September.

Here’s hoping we don’t wait another 22 years before we hang out again.

Kicking it really old school,

-Shady