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You may remember this, which detailed that move.

Anyway, nine years later, in July 2003, I moved out of Columbus.

Before last month, I had only been back to Columbus twice since 2003: once to give a lecture about Tastes Like Chicken at my alma mater (CCAD), and another time when I was passing through on my way to Pennsylvania.

Oddly enough, that last time was in October 2008, and I was going to Pennsylvania to celebrate the recent marriage of my good friend Jamie and her new husband Dave.

Last month, I returned to Columbus a third time (in 11 years… holy crap) because Jamie and Dave (who are now expecting their first child) threw what would prove to be a memorable (and epic) reunion party.

Old friends, some of whom I’ve known for over two decades, came from all over the country to celebrate food, friendship, and a little bit of fire.

We kicked shit off right at Thurman Cafe. Oh, sweet baby Jesus… I’ve missed you.

A burger from Thurman Cafe. This would be my death row meal.

After a day of prep (to be read: a shitload of drinking to cope with our Thurman-induced food comas), we kicked off October 11th with a stop at Young’s Jersey Dairy, the farm we spent our first pumpkin picking at in October 1994.

There are three people in this photo who were also there on that first outing 21 years ago: John Marshall (first guy on the far left), Bryan Loar (fourth guy from the right), and yours truly (idiot wearing the bright-as-fuck orange pants all the way on the right).

The first stop: Young's Jersey Dairy!

Three-quarters of the original 206 Crew reunited (We miss you, Special K!)…

The 206 Crew: Part I

…who pretty much look like slightly older (and in my case, balder) versions of these three kids from December 1994.

Three-quarters of the 206 Crew.

Later, we were joined by a second-semester 206 Crew member: the Goon!

The 206 Crew: Part II

So many folks showed up! I love each and every one of them dearly.

The whole gang was there. And I love each and every one of them.

We quickly fell into our old hijinks… which, for some reason, usually involve farts.

Old shenanigans.

Before I left, a few of us ventured over to 886 N. Dennison Avenue, which (from 1999 to 2003) was famously known as “The Coop.” The two windows on the left of the second floor look into my old bedroom. This is also the building where Tastes Like Chicken was born.

The Coop: Original

I experienced so many amazing moments in this building…

886: 1999 - 2003

…and I experienced all of them with these two guys: Milan and Brett, my fellow original members of the Coop Crew.

The Coop Crew: Now

The last time we were together was at Brett and Marci’s wedding in September 2005. Before then, one of the last times we were together was in this photo, which was shot on the front steps of the Coop near the end of June 2003, just before we moved to Milwaukee, and Brett moved up to Cleveland.

The Coop Crew: Then

When we were living at the Coop, our good friend Michelle lived right next door at 888 N. Dennison.

Michelle and I returned to reenact our neighborly feud (which never really existed). Thankfully, no one was home at the time; that, or they just wondered why some old strangers were snooping around and taking photos on their back porch. Either way, this photo made it all worth it.

886 vs. 888

Back in the day, Milan had a habit of “tagging” Michelle’s apartment. He would write “WALL” on her walls, or “FISH TANK” on her, you guessed it, fish tank. One day, he wrote “MICHELLE” on the ledge outside her window.

It’s still there.

Michelle's name (thanks to Milan) is still written on the side of the building. In crayon.

We stopped next door and visited (and smoked a filterless Lucky Strike with) our old friend Eddie (who famously gave us this shotgun as a going-away present when we moved out of Columbus)…

Eddie!

…and his sweet wife Rose.

Rose!

Before it all ended, a group of us met for lunch at Katalina’s for Nutella-filled pancake balls and thick-cut bacon.

The Last Supper (or, more accurately, Lunch).

As Jamie drove Michelle and me to the airport, we made our way through downtown one last time. The city looks completely different than it did when I left 11 years ago, but somehow it still feels exactly the same.

Cbus.

It was such a great weekend. Seriously, it was one of the top-three events of my life, right up there with our wedding on October 30th, 2011, and my surprise birthday party on September 3rd, 2006.

Sure, the food and booze helped, but it was the friends (who are family), the laughter, and the love that made the weekend so amazing.

The bathroom walls in Katalina’s are covered in chalkboard paint; sitting in a tray beside the sink are sticks of chalk, which everyone is encouraged to use.

I did.

Truth.

And I do.

Let’s do it again… soon,

-Shady

Here’s the thirteenth installment of “Sketchbook,” a reoccurring section here on “The Blarg.” To learn more and become involved yourself, click here.

The phrase for the thirteenth “Sketchbook” was: St. Nick.

Below are the submissions. Click on each image for a larger version of the art, and click on the artist’s name to visit their website.

Also, click below to check out previous “Sketchbook” assignments:

Sketchbook: “Invasion”

Sketchbook: “Dead Men Tell No Tales”

Sketchbook: “Warm Gun”

Sketchbook: “Devil’s Night”

Sketchbook: “Sloth”

Sketchbook: “Hometown”

Sketchbook: “Oz”

Sketchbook: “Mickey & Mallory”

Sketchbook: “Fool”

Sketchbook: “John”

Sketchbook: “Monster”

Sketchbook: “Fall”

Thanks to everyone who participated! The next assignment will go out soon!

Either everyone is busy or this section is dead,

-Shady


SKETCHBOOK #13: ST. NICK

James Decker:

Sketchbook: "St. Nick" by James Decker


Justin Shady:

Sketchbook: "St. Nick" by Justin Shady

Here’s the ninth installment of “Sketchbook,” a reoccurring section here on “The Blarg.” To learn more about “Sketchbook” and become involved yourself, click here.

The phrase for the ninth “Sketchbook” was: Fool.

Below are the submissions. Click on each image for a larger version of the art, and click on the artist’s name to visit their website.

Also, click below to check out previous “Sketchbook” assignments:

Sketchbook: “Invasion”

Sketchbook: “Dead Men Tell No Tales”

Sketchbook: “Warm Gun”

Sketchbook: “Devil’s Night”

Sketchbook: “Sloth”

Sketchbook: “Hometown”

Sketchbook: “Oz”

Sketchbook: “Mickey & Mallory”

Thanks to everyone who participated! I’ll be sending out the next assignment soon.

Good one coming,

-Shady


SKETCHBOOK #9: FOOL

Susanne Iles:

“Fool Joker”

Sketchbook: "Fool" by Susanne Iles

“Tarot: The Fool”

Sketchbook: "Fool" by Susanne Iles


Jorge Garcia:

Sketchbook: "Fool" by Jorge Garcia


Nuala Byrne:

“Fool Shark Pool”

Sketchbook: "Fool" by Nuala Byrne


Ralph Apel:

“Quitters Never Prosper”

Sketchbook: "Fool" by Ralph Apel


Jenea Kaitaz:

Sketchbook: "Fool" by Jenea Kaitaz


Bill Hewitt:

Sketchbook: "Fool" by Bill Hewitt


James Decker:

Sketchbook: "Fool" by James Decker

Here’s the seventh installment of “Sketchbook,” a reoccurring section here on “The Blarg.” To learn more about “Sketchbook” and become involved yourself, click here.

The phrase for the seventh “Sketchbook” was: Oz.

Below are the submissions. Click on each image for a larger version of the art, and click on the artist’s name to visit their website.

Also, click below to check out previous “Sketchbook” assignments:

Sketchbook: “Invasion”

Sketchbook: “Dead Men Tell No Tales”

Sketchbook: “Warm Gun”

Sketchbook: “Devil’s Night”

Sketchbook: “Sloth”

Sketchbook: “Hometown”

Thanks to everyone who participated! I’ll be sending out the next assignment shortly.

I always end up drawing Muppets,

-Shady


SKETCHBOOK #7: OZ

Ralph Apel:

“Be Careful What You Wish For”

Sketchbook: "Oz" by Ralph Apel


Jorge Garcia:

Sketchbook: "Oz" by Jorge Garcia


Bill Hewitt:

Sketchbook: "Oz" by Bill Hewitt


Drew Linne:

Sketchbook: "Oz" by Drew Linne


James Decker:

Sketchbook: "Oz" by James Decker


Justin Shady:

Sketchbook: "Oz" by Justin Shady

I know people have been waiting in breathless anticipation for this post, so let’s get right to it!

Here are all of the entries (listed in no particular order) for “The M. Night Shyamalan Poetry Contest!”

I’m going to post all of the entries first, and announce the winner of the contest at the end. Some people entered numerous times, so you’ll see a few names popping up two or three times.


Untitled Haiku
By Ralph Apel

M. Night Shyamalan
Name’s too long for this haiku
“The Village” was shit


Untitled Poem
By Ralph Apel

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Fuck off, M. Night
Your worthlessness doesn’t deserve the time it took me to write this poem about you.
I did like “Unbreakable,” however.


Untitled Haiku #1
By Frank Cvetkovic

Marky Mark leads his
Funky Bunch across the state.
Trees try to kill us.


Untitled Haiku #2
By
Frank Cvetkovic

Bruce Willis is dead.
There! Now you don’t have to spend
Five bucks to rent it.


Untitled Haiku #3
By
Frank Cvetkovic

I don’t think I’ll go
See “Lady in the Water.”
What else is playing?


Untitled Poem
By Mandy Tuthill

Shyamalan, a Ding Dong

If only horror writers
Could capture in words
The dread of a nation
Anti-anticipating your next release.

I see dead careers.
Why isn’t yours one of them yet?

Boo.

Boo.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.


Untitled Poem
By James Decker

I kinda like “Signs”
the one where faithless Mel whines
I liked the ones with Bruce
but your others smell of deuce
Especially “Lady in the Water”
the one with Ron Howard’s daughter


i am the sign of the times
By Susanne Iles

i am so pretty am i
wanted to be an actor i am
in my own films the lead am i
a one-trick pony not me i am

an enigma wrapped in a riddle wrapped in a story that repeats
‘til the twist (which repeats) film after film after i
am an echo of other’s writings not plagerist not i
am my own happening


Untitled Poem
By Lisa

Regurgitated bile is vile
M. Night movies are worse
My life hours repeatedly stolen
And now the minute spent on this verse
I am ashamed


Untitled Poem
By Voltaire

This is in defense of Shyamalan,
Please do your best to follow along,
You may think I’m a sap,
And that his work is all crap,
But I’ll explain why you’re so wrong.

“The Sixth Sense” helped Night burst on the scene,
It was unlike anything we’d seen,
But in every movie since,
We’ve expected the twist,
And it’s made his reviewers obscene.

I won’t say Shyamalan is always great,
“The Happening” makes that an impossible position to take,
But just ‘cuz he’s made some crap,
Doesn’t mean he’s all bad,
So I think everyone should give him a break.


And the winner is… Voltaire!

Why? Well, for two reasons. One, Voltaire is one of the few people who entered who I don’t personally know! And two, because they’re honestly a fan of Shyamalan’s work and will appreciate the copy of “Signs.”

I think the rest of us would have probably used it for a coaster. Or worse. Heh.

Thanks to everyone who entered, and be sure to keep an eye out on “The Blarg” for more contests!

Ain’t no Robert Frost,

-Shady

Here’s the fifth installment of “Sketchbook,” a reoccurring section here on “The Blarg.” To learn more about “Sketchbook” and become involved yourself, click here.

The phrase for the fifth “Sketchbook” was: Sloth.

Below are the submissions. Click on each image for a larger version of the art, and click on the artist’s name to visit their website.

Also, click below to check out previous “Sketchbook” assignments:

Sketchbook: “Invasion”

Sketchbook: “Dead Men Tell No Tales”

Sketchbook: “Warm Gun”

Sketchbook: “Devil’s Night”

Thanks to everyone who participated! I’ll be sending out the next assignment shortly.

Sloth love Sketchbook,

-Shady


SKETCHBOOK #5: SLOTH

Jeremy R. Scott:

Sketchbook: "Sloth" by Jeremy R. Scott


Susanne Iles:

Sketchbook: "Sloth" by Susanne Iles


Erik Rose:

Sketchbook: "Sloth" by Erik Rose


Ralph Apel:

Sketchbook: "Sloth" by Ralph Apel


Drew Linne:

Sketchbook: "Sloth" by Drew Linne


Jenea Kaitaz:

Sketchbook: "Sloth" by Jenea Kaitaz


Bill Hewitt:

Sketchbook: "Sloth" by Bill Hewitt


James Decker:

Sketchbook: "Sloth" by James Decker


Justin Shady:

Sketchbook: "Sloth" by Justin Shady

Here’s the third installment of “Sketchbook,” a reoccurring section here on “The Blarg.” To learn more about “Sketchbook” and become involved yourself, click here.

The phrase for the third “Sketchbook” was: WARM GUN.

Below are the submissions. Click on each image for a larger version of the art, and click on the artist’s name to visit their website.

Click below to check out previous “Sketchbook” assignments:

Sketchbook: “Invasion”

Sketchbook: “Dead Men Tell No Tales”

Thanks to everyone who participated! I’ll be sending out the next assignment shortly.

Happiness is,

-Shady


SKETCHBOOK #3: WARM GUN

Susanne Iles:

Sketchbook: "Warm Gun" by Susanne Iles

Jorge Garcia:

Sketchbook: "Warm Gun" by Jorge Garcia

Bill Hewitt:

Sketchbook: "Warm Gun" by Bill Hewitt

James Decker:

Sketchbook: "Warm Gun" by James Decker

Ralph Apel:

Sketchbook: "Warm Gun" by Ralph Apel

Katie Orlando:

Sketchbook: "Warm Gun" by Katie Orlando

Pauly Spooner:

Sketchbook: "Warm Gun" by Pauly Spooner

Here’s the second installment of “Sketchbook,” a reoccurring section/assignment here on “The Blarg.” To learn more about “Sketchbook” and become involved yourself, click here.

The phrase for the second “Sketchbook” was: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES.

Below are the submissions. Click on each image for a larger version of the art, and click on the artist’s name to visit their website.

Click below to check out previous “Sketchbook” assignments:

Sketchbook: “Invasion”

Thanks to everyone who participated! I’ll be sending out the next assignment shortly.

Pirate’s booty,

-Shady


SKETCHBOOK #2: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

James Decker:

Sketchbook: "Dead Men Tell No Tales" by James Decker

Bill Hewitt:

Sketchbook: "Dead Men Tell No Tales" by Bill Hewitt

Ralph Apel: “She Broke My Heart”

Sketchbook: "Dead Men Tell No Tales" by Ralph Apel

Pauly Spooner:

Sketchbook: "Dead Men Tell No Tales" by Pauly Spooner

Justin Shady:

Sketchbook: "Dead Men Tell No Tales" by Justin Shady

Here’s the first installment of “Sketchbook,” a reoccurring section/assignment here on “The Blarg.” To learn more about “Sketchbook” and become involved yourself, click here.

The word for the first “Sketchbook” was: INVASION.

Below are the submissions. Click on each image for a larger version of the art, and click on the artist’s name to visit their website.

Thanks to everyone who participated! I’ll be sending out the next assignment shortly.

Space invasion,

-Shady


SKETCHBOOK #1: INVASION

James Decker:

Sketchbook: "Invasion" by James Decker

Castro:

Sketchbook: "Invasion" by Castro

Katherine Bryja:

Sketchbook: "Invasion" by Katherine Bryja

Katie Orlando:

Sketchbook: "Invasion" by Katie Orlando

Sketchbook: "Invasion" by Katie Orlando

Sketchbook: "Invasion" by Katie Orlando

Sketchbook: "Invasion" by Katie Orlando

Ralph Apel: “Personal Space: Occupied”

Sketchbook: "Invasion" by Ralph Apel

Pauly Spooner:

Sketchbook: "Invasion" by Pauly Spooner

Jeremy R. Scott:

Sketchbook: "Invasion" by Jeremy R. Scott

Abby-Rene Lucente:

Sketchbook: "Invasion" by Abby-Rene Lucente

Justin Shady:

Sketchbook: "Invasion" by Justin Shady

Old Poop!