Seriously? Wow.

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-sixth of Shady’s Shorts is called “Real Conversations: Stainless Steel.”

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 fourth of this series is titled “Stainless Steel.”

Download it by clicking below.

DOWNLOAD “REAL CONVERSATIONS: STAINLESS STEEL”

Number twenty-five,

-Shady

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

YES! But no.

That’s not syrup,

-Shady

Five days later, on Sunday, November 9th, we “held” our first L.A. Food Night.

Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. While KB and I did cook the meal that night—chicken manicotti—our friend Denise hosted, and the group was admittedly small. It was us, Denise, Lille, and two people we had just met, but would soon become close friends with: Mel and Kyle.

Here’s a photo of them with KB from that night:

KB, Mel, and Kyle on the first L.A. Food Night: Sunday, November 9th, 2008.

And here’s another photo of the three of them nearly seven years later, shot during our going-away party on September 24th, 2015.

KB, Mel, and Kyle at our going-away party: Thursday, September 24th, 2015.

Our last official Food Night in L.A. was held on Sunday, September 20th, 2015. Unlike the first L.A. Food Night, a bunch of folks came out including our good friend Theune…

The final L.A. Food Night: Sunday, September 20th, 2015.

…Dima, Mana, and Greg…

The final L.A. Food Night: Sunday, September 20th, 2015.

…and a whole slew of other folks we love and miss dearly.

The final L.A. Food Night: Sunday, September 20th, 2015.

They’re all the best,

-Shady

Indeed.

I’m already running out of letters,

-Shady

Our good friend Marla gave Grey this handmade wooden book as a baby gift.

Super cool gift from Aunt Mars!

It even has Grey’s name pressed into the cover.

Dang! Now I can't steal it!

Inside are plastic sheets that hold 4″ x 6″ postcards.

One postcard and counting!

We’d now like to fill this book up with postcards from friends and family.

So the next time you travel—or even if you’re not traveling and just want to send Grey a quick hello—send a postcard to:

Grey Danger Shady
9107 Woodland Drive
Hickory Hills, IL
60457

And just so you know, postcard stamps are now 35 cents.

Holy crap! When did that happen?

Everybody loves getting mail,

-Shady

Not still a thing.

…for this MySpace article! Dig it!

Particularly proud of this one,

-Shady

…when we moved.

Specifically, this old Red Carpet Lanes bowling ball…

Bon voyage, bowling ball!

…and this rubber band ball, which I had been adding to since 2000.

It's been real, rubber band ball!

At the center of that ball is a bloody Band-Aid. Gross, I know, but true.

I brought my other balls with me… all three of ’em,

-Shady

Her first Christmas ornament?

Tranifer Lovely's Wonky Critters Krampus Christmas ornament!

It was a very Krampus Christmas,

-Shady

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

My best apartment to date... and I lived in it for seven months.

I meant to post this in October, but… you know. Life.

That lasted seven months,

-Shady

LONG LIVE BOWIE

Indeed,

-Shady

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