Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Taste of the Funny - Weather Report

A clever thing to say, with regard to the weather, would be if it was, you know, maybe 35 degrees today but, then, looking ahead on the forecast, they knew it would be maybe 70 degrees tomorrow, and so then a clever thing to say at that point would be maybe "Chili today, hot tamale", as a kind of a humorous weather report because - right? - if it were literally 35 degrees outside today it would likely be chilly, and then if it were going to be 70 degrees the next day it would certainly be warmer, and might even feel "hot" by comparison.  Plus, then, you get the double food pun which is awesome - "chili" for "chilly"; "tamale" for "tomorrow".

(You see because...)


"St. Stephen's Day Murders", Chieftains and Elvis Costello

And a very happy St. Stephen's Day to you and yours from your friends at Infection By Light...


Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Our Lady of Guadalupe Appearing to Juan Diego"

An original IBL photograph taken December 15th, 2013, Little Red Hen, Green Lake, Seattle.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


An original IBL photograph taken December 16th, 2013, Pike Street near 5th Avenue, Downtown Seattle.

Revolution Theology - Fully Supporting It Around These Parts

(But then you knew that...)

Everybody in...


"NE Corner of 5th Ave and Pike Street"

An original IBL photograph taken December 16th, 2013, in Seattle.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Stocking Stuffer #15

Continuing something from last December...

Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, Ralph Stanley.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Movie Trailers ARE Advertisements

So I hear about a movie that I like, and I want to see the trailer.  Well, I know I can go to and likely look it up, all well and good.  (And, for the record, let me state this - yes, I know is a free website to me and provides a fine service.  But.  Still.)  But then, before I see my trailer, they show me an advertisement.  But movie trailers are advertisements.  The movie is obviously a product, a product they want me to purchase, and the point of the trailer is to make me want to purchase the product.  Again, fine and dandy.  But if I'm going to watch the advertisement for a product, why should I have to watch the advertisement for another unrelated product first? As though an advertisement is the normal price I should have to pay to watch another advertisement.

Right, I know - because capitalism.  Still sounds like bullshit to me (as, in truth, much of capitalism does)...


Sunday, November 24, 2013

"Shroud", a Photograph by Danielle McArthur

November 21st, 2013, Little Red Hen, Green Lake, Seattle.

You Can Take the Boy Out of San Francisco...

Well of COURSE that's gin in that wine glass; all the Martini glasses at the Hen were broken...


Fire Hydrant Plus Brief Story

It's no secret that I see, well, crosses here and there in the world around me.  Yesterday at the Woodland Park Zoo, in my new hometown of Seattle, I thought I saw a cross in this little fella, so bent over to take a snap.  Even as I did, I wondered if somebody might see me and, as I was likely obscuring the hydrant, wonder what creature I might have in my sights.  Well, Danielle reports that a woman walked by and and said to her companion, "I wonder what that woman is taking a picture of, maybe a peacock?" (I believe the zoo has exactly ZERO peacocks on display; I believe that, should you not know me, it was my long hair that fooled her.)  When I stood up there was palpable disappointment on her part, I suspect due to the lack of peacock.  "Wrong on both counts," as Danielle opined...

I decided not to keep the photo; I only include it here for the purposes of the story...


Danielle Makes A Friend...

@ the Woodland Park Zoo yesterday.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

"Chantilly Lace"

An original IBL photograph taken November 21st, 2013, Little Red Hen, Green Lake, Seattle.

Just Working My Shit Out

A fair amount of my crosses spread out on the bar at the Little Red Hen, November 13th, 2013.  Yep, I'm drinking a Kibble - Bombay Sapphire and Heineken (twin towers of a sort).  Only one bartender at the Hen will have any idea what you are talking about should you decide to order via this route, so check with me before you go hog wild, okay?



An original IBL photograph taken November 16th, 2013, Tractor Tavern, Ballard, Seattle (prior to Alejandro Escovedo).

Saturday, November 16, 2013

"Sag Harbor" by Colson Whitehead

Read this book.  You will probably like it.  We could even talk about it later if you wanted.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

E.E. Cummings After the Least Uncomfortable Prostate Exam Ever -

nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"SE Corner of E Green Lake Way N and 4th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA"

An original IBL photograph taken November 9th, 2013, outside our very own homestead in Green Lake, Seattle.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My Mother Weeping Big Old Blub Crytears

on a couch in the living room when I was living on Pacheco Street in Santa Cruz with George Angel, Denise and Beth.  At the time I was dating Jamie, and she'd been over for dinner maybe and then gone on to her own place.  Wait, I take that back - I was sleeping on the couch and had given my mom the bedroom.  And George and I stayed up late and were bullshitting about this and that and, eventually, he went to bed and I did the same, and that's when I heard my mom crying in the other room, just bawling.  So I knocked on the door and went in and asked what was wrong.  It seemed out of the blue, her tears, though it was not that long after my father died, less than a year I guess, so maybe I figured it was that.  But it was not that.  No, instead she was crying because she was afraid that I was going to marry Jamie, and Jamie wasn't a Catholic.  That is what she was crying about, that.  Now, at the time, I likely thought I was going to marry Jamie, but I'm pretty sure I consoled my mom with the thought that such a scenario was inconceivable, not to worry.  I mean I didn't know what else to do, she was in such a state.

Stay tuned for the follow-up vignette wherein I actually marry Danielle, and my mother declines to come to the wedding.  Good, good times...


Monday, November 11, 2013

O! The Poor Whites Are In Trouble Again!

Southeast corner of Main Street and Occidental, very near Pioneer Square, Seattle.  You see all kinds of interesting things when you walk around.  No word on the larger fort but I'll keep looking.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Interlude - Fictitious Observation

So I was watching TV the other night and Christian Mingle had a woman on their ad with some seriously nice tits, I mean really, really good.


Interlude - You Tell Me

Hey, remember that one time Jesus died for our sins up on the cross? That was freakin' AWESOME!



Pen on coaster, 3.5 x 3.5 inches, 10/17/13.

In truth, I must claim this as a "found" cross.  I was at the Little Red Hen with Alice and Don Rudolph one evening, and Don was maybe drawing directions or sketching a tiny map for me in answer to some locale question I'd posed him and, when he was done, he pushed the coaster aside.  But I saw what he was really drawing; oh yes, I saw...


"Nightmare", Artie Shaw

Something I heard yesterday for, I'm fairly confident, the first time ever, while listening to the 40s on 4 satellite radio station.  I had to stop what I was doing and look at the monitor for title and artist.  From 1938, or so I'm lead to believe...

Nightmare by Artie Shaw...


Outlaw Country Meets 40s on 4 on the Satellite Radio

So I've had satellite radio now for maybe four years, and I couldn't be happier with it.  Truth is, I do spend the majority of my time on the Outlaw Country station (Waylon, Willie, Johnny, Kris, various Hanks, Merle, etc.), but I do like to change it up on occasion, and so yesterday I spent the day over at 40s on 4, which is dedicated to songs that, as you might have guessed, are predominately from the 40s (though they spill over into the 50s from time to time) - big band and vocalist stuff including Xavier Cugat, Les Brown, Bing Crosby, Nelson Riddle, Louis Prima, Andrews Sisters, Dean Martin and like that.  I love listening to this music because I simply like the way it sounds (though there is a fair amount of, let's call it "cheese" that pops up, stuff that hasn't aged as well as it could have), but I also love it because I imagine my father listening to it in the 40s as he was going about his life in Los Angeles (he was born in 1907), and it makes me happy to share that with him, albeit way, way after the fact, and him long gone now.

Anyway, because this is how things work, I heard at least three songs during the course of the day on 40s on 4 that I would also be likely to hear on my Outlaw Country station (though recorded by different artists and far more recently, of course - Asleep At The Wheel for sure and perhaps Wayne Hancock responsible for the updates) - Jump, Jive and Wail; Saturday Night Fish Fry; and, I think, Miles and Miles of Texas.  Ah, the point when Outlaw Country via its Texas Swing component sets down for a spell with 40s on 4 and its Big Band Swing component.  I love understanding the through line, I surely do...


"We Love Our Customers"

An original IBL photograph taken November 8th, 2013, Little Red Hen, Green Lake, Seattle.

"Speedball Tucker", Jim Croce

Last night I heard Operator by Jim Croce over at the Little Red Hen in Green Lake, Seattle, and was reminded for the millionth time what a huge musical loss it was when his plane went down in 1973 (I remember it all too well, he and Roberto Clemente were the two first big losses of my childhood; how the radio kept playing Croce's I Got A Name afterward and how incredibly sad it made me, and how I would think, "He can't be dead, that's him right there." (I was ten.)).  Then, today, on the Outlaw Country station I heard this song, and I honestly can't say that I remember hearing it before.  A possible function of the aging process, perhaps, or maybe I really just missed it.  Anyway, in case you missed it, or your aging process precludes you from remembering -

Speedball Tucker by Jim Croce...

"Non-stop back to Dallas, popping them west coast turnarounds..."


Friday, November 8, 2013

"SE Corner of Ballard Ave. and 20th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA"

An original IBL photograph taken November 2nd, 2013, Ballard, Seattle.


An original IBL photograph taken October 27th, 2013, Little Red Hen, Green Lake, Seattle.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Homer and Jethro?

They simply do not work for me...


A Body Gets Busy, Then a Body Gets Tired

So, at the end of the day, when a body's energy flags, the blog suddenly looks like a Goddamn mountain, I'm not going to kid you.  Moving forward I shall attempt to perceive said hallowed IBL ground as simply a hill.  We'll see how that works.



Tuesday, October 29, 2013


An original IBL photograph taken October 27th, 2013, Little Red Hen, Green Lake, Seattle.


An original IBL photograph taken October 27th, 2013, Little Red Hen, Green Lake, Seattle.

Sunday, October 27, 2013


An original IBL photograph taken October 2nd, 2013, Connor Byrne Pub, Ballard, Seattle.


An original IBL photograph taken October 19th, 2013, Little Red Hen, Green Lake, Seattle.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Photo By Karen Sullivan

I worked with Karen at the Loan Fund in San Francisco for several years, and we have remained friends since I moved away.  A few weeks ago she came upon this baby photo that I left behind, and combined it with my shiny name tag (I think I wore it once) to create this shrine of sorts, for which I thank her immensely...


A Conversation With My Mother

This is an accurate rendering of a portion of a brief conversation I had with my mother yesterday.  To be fair, she was on her way out the door to church, but I did offer to call back another time.  No, she said, she wanted to hear what was up.  So I told her -

  • The job that I wanted I didn't get.
  • My brother PJ (different mothers) is in the intensive care unit of a Central Valley, CA hospital with sepsis, pneumonia, water in his lungs, etc.
  • Another person close to me was recently diagnosed with a far less serious but still not inconsequential medical condition.

To which my mother responded, "Well, I'm glad to hear everything's going okay up there."


I have long contended to Danielle that my mother does not listen to a word I say during our phone calls.  This seems to be the clearest evidence of that to date.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Advance Health Care Directive (Form 3-1, State of CA)

Turns out I am not the primary designated agent with power of attorney to make health care decisions for my brother, it's his oldest daughter, Brandi.  I'm first alternate.  There's a second alternate, too, but considering that gentleman died five or six years ago I sincerely doubt he'll come into play.  Just another day on earth, nothing to see here.

Infection by Light indeed.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Photograph By Alice Rudolph

A Photograph By Alice Rudolph

A Photograph By Alice Rudolph

Our friend Alice Rudolph went to Puerto Rico with her husband, Don, and was thoughtful enough to share several photos she believed might be of particular interest to us at Infection By Light.  And was she ever right...

Thanks to you, Alice...

Monday, October 14, 2013

Last Night, Benoit, B (1)

(And some very poor managing by Jim Leyland.  But then you likely knew that by now, too...)


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Last Night, Benoit, S (1)

(But then you likely knew that by now.)


Friday, October 11, 2013

Harvey Milk Postage Stamps in 2014


Everybody in...


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013


An original IBL photograph taken October 6th, 2013, 4th Avenue near Seneca, Downtown Seattle.

"SW Corner of Pike Street and 4th Ave., Seattle, WA"

An original IBL photograph taken October 5th, 2013, in Seattle.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

"Nearly Midnight, Honolulu", Neko Case

This is a track off her new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.  I believe it has been floating around a bit longer than that, even, but am not absolutely sure.  In any event, something beautiful and heartbeaking, and right up our alley here at Infection By Light -

"I'll still love you, even if I don't see you again..."

Ah, everybody in, even Mama...



An original IBL photograph taken October 3rd, 2013, Green Lake, Seattle.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Benoit, S (1)

(Numbers start over in each post-season series.)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


An original IBL photograph taken September 28th, 2013, men's room, Maximilien Restaurant, Pike Market, Seattle.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bugs We Inhale On A Yearly Basis

Is there a stat on that? Any help would be greatly appreciated...

(Right, don't ask...)


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Benoit, S (24)

And that's the division.  We'll see about the rest...


"The Messenger", Ray Wylie Hubbard

Seriously, how good is this song? Well, pretty fucking good.  And he's got a bunch more of the same quality.   A big deal talent opines IBL.  We were sorry to miss him last week out on Bainbridge Island.  Happily we saw him last year when he came through town...

Live version of The Messenger...


Last Night, Benoit, S (23)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Story - "Knoxville Girl"

After not writing a story in 18 months, I have now finished two in two months.  A humble thing but mine own.  In any event, should you care to read this story you are my welcome guest.  It's about 13 pages, and is based on the song "Knoxville Girl" (which you may have already deduced).  If interested, send me your e-mail address and I'll send you the story electronically...


Benoit's First Blown Save of the Year Last Night

Full disclosure, he took over the closer role about half way through the season, so only had 22 opportunities.  But he has been pitching well, and I actually don't mind this blown save so much because, now, when the Tigers get to the post-season, and if he comes in to save a game, I won't have to read that fear-inducing stat Didn't Blow A Save All Year.  Always makes me nervous, that...


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Danielle Made a Funny

So a month or so ago on a warm Seattle evening, still light out and would be for awhile, we were sitting with some friends at the (somewhat) dimly lit bar in the Little Red Hen when the discussion turned to so-called "liberal politics" and then, in particular, to the systematic destruction of our planet by a variety of governments, corporations and so forth (though how this destruction might be a liberal-only cause always puzzles me).  Turns out (who knew!) we are against this sort of thing, and that information flowed forth freely into the conversation.  And, then, Danielle added, "But we don't get outside enough to be eco-terrorists."

And there you have it.  Oh Bar Keep...


Saturday, September 21, 2013

"Rose in a Bubble"

Original art by Rose Mandros-Bell.

A Thin Month Post-wise, September, Here at IBL Enterprises...

Lots going on, including more time spent writing fiction and an emphasis on finding employment, so taking a little break from the blog.  Hope to hit it a bit harder in October, and thanks for understanding (all eight of you)...


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

"Fuck Redemption"

Original IBL art - crayon, lipstick, pen and pencil on paper, 12 x 9 inches, 8/18/13.

Another one that I'd like to do another, much larger version than this.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

David Remnick Quote on Vladimir Putin

From his Talk of the Town piece in the 8/26/13 New Yorker, which focuses on the current and terrible state of affairs in Egypt -

"What is Vladimir Putin if not the scowling visage of history, a secret policeman who mocks the earnest ambitions of liberty?"


Bryan Daniel Working With an IBL Photograph

My original photo appeared in these very pages earlier this week, on 8/25/13.  Very pleased with what Bryan did with it.  I prefer it to the original...

To see another alteration of Bryan's in these very pages, please revisit an entry from a year ago, 8/25/12...


A Photo By Peeber

You start drinking the IBL Kool Aid you too will see crosses everywhere...


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"My Life Would Make A Damn Good Country Song"

Original IBL art - crayon and lipstick on paper, 12 x 9 inches, 8/18/13.

Oh this just popped into my head, it did, and I'd like to do one much larger than this, maybe 4x as large or in that neighborhood.  But I wanted to get a sense of what it might look like on something bigger than a coaster or cocktail napkin.  And now I know.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tim Tebow Is Left-Handed

I only recently discovered this fact and it pleases me way more than it should, I have to say.  Our crack IBL research team tells me that Satan is often portrayed as being left-handed.  A cautionary tale? That's not for me to say.  I just hope Mr. Tebow minds the company he keeps, that's all...


Sunday, August 25, 2013


An original IBL photograph taken August 20th, 2013, sidewalk in front of Quarter Lounge, First Hill, Seattle.


An original IBL photograph taken August 21st, 2013, alley, High Point, Seattle.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013

"NW Corner of NE 55th St. and 43rd Ave. NE, Seattle, WA"

An original IBL photograph taken August 22, 2013, in Seattle.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Last Night - Veras, S (1)

And, yes, it WAS a cheap save, no doubt about it.  And, also, he had 19 saves when he was on the Astros earlier this year.  But I'm only tracking the Tigers' saves here, so bear with me...


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kate Glahn at the Little Red Hen

So I found this picture in my phone the other evening and, you know, why wouldn't I give a great big IBL shout-out to Kate Glahn, one of the loveliest people Danielle and I have ever had the pleasure to meet.  We hadn't seen Kate in ten years at least, maybe a bit more, when we were still living in San Francisco and she came out to visit.  This snap of Kate bellied up to the bar at Little Red Hen in Green Lake, Seattle is from March of this year.  She was here on business and we were only with her for about an hour, but a great hour it was, and has lead to a lovely re-connect...

Cheers to you, Kate Glahn...


Monday, August 19, 2013

Clyde and Your Humble Narrator at the Little Red Hen

One night last week Danielle and I were in the Little Red Hen, Green Lake, Seattle (yes, I know - shocking), when a regular named Charlie stopped by with his cousin Clyde and Clyde's son Jon, both visiting from Denver.  It was their last night in town, and also Jon's birthday.  Over some Wild Turkey and cold beer we learned that Jon was very interested in relocating to the Pacific Northwest.  He was also quite taken with the Hen, and I imagine likely to become something of a regular himself if he were to move.  Obviously, Danielle and I encourage this kind of activity whole-heartedly.

At one point in the evening Clyde said to Jon, "Hey, get a picture with me and Michael."  Jon obliged, then forwarded it to me.  Little Red Hen - the gift that keeps on giving...


Friday, August 16, 2013

Keith Olbermann on Gay Marriage

Because, on occasion, I think it's nice to revisit this fine piece.  Ah, but then you know about us already, don't you - we're the Everybody In, Nobody Out crowd.  Well, that's what comes from being raised a good Christian, I guess...

Keith Olbermann on gay marriage...

Standing on the side of love, we remain, humbly...


Cory Booker

Danielle and I rarely give money to political candidates, opting to go with social services agencies instead.  That being said, we made an exception this year and sent a few dollars to Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, who three days ago won the Democratic primary and hopes to become the next senator from the Garden State.  Mr. Booker is smart and fuck all charming, he cares about poor families and supports equality pretty much across the board.  Haven't read anything negative about him (though I'm sure something's out there).  He also, as part of his day, might shovel snow off an elderly couple's sidewalk or, you know, run into a burning building to save somebody.  And, as if that wasn't enough, he's currently consulting on a fresco restoration project at the Sistine Chapel, because that's just the kind of guy he is...

In any event, we here at Infection By Light were proud to support Mr. Booker's campaign, and wish him well in the final election...

Everybody in, nobody out...


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013

"Copper Hen"

An original IBL photograph taken late July, 2013, at Little Red Hen, Green Lake, Seattle.

Friday, August 9, 2013

18 Year Old Israel Hernandez Tasered to Death by F-L-A Police

No, he likely should not have been spray painting that empty McDonald's - it was not his property to do so.  Yes, he probably should have complied with police commands and surrendered.  On the other hand, it's not like the police in this country have a spotless reputation for absolute courtesy when making arrests (especially with regard to non-white suspects), so maybe that was in his mind, who knows.  Or maybe he was just frightened.  In any event, the bottom line, to me, is this - whatever procedures the police are using are NOT working correctly when an 18 year old kid with NO weapons is spray painting a VACANT building and does not confront the police, he heads the opposite direction, and somehow manages to wind up dead.  I mean let's say he was charged with a crime, some type of vandalism - I'm pretty sure the sentence wouldn't have been Tasered To Death (though this is Florida; har)What I'd like to believe is that, right now, at least one of those officers is saying, "It wasn't that big of a deal - why didn't we just let him go?" Too late for Mr. Hernandez, of course...


Monday, August 5, 2013

Benoit, S (13)

Down 2-0 entering the 9th in Cleveland (the team right behind them in the standings), the Tigers come up with a 4-spot off the Indians' ace closer, capped off by Alex Avila's opposite field three run jack.  Me? I like it...


"My Name Is Rio"

Original IBL art - ink and lipstick on Sorrento Hotel note paper, 5.5 x 4.25 inches, 8/2/13.

George Jones Playing Cards

Why yes I did get George Jones playing cards in the mail a couple weeks back from Geoffrey Bankowski.  I must be living life right...


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Baby Isaac Came to Town...

... along with his parents Raul and Liz.  Isaac is five months old, and it was a pleasure to make his acquaintance.  (He also REALLY liked my hair.)  Photo by Danielle...


Friday, August 2, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

"Do You Remember", Cumulus

On 3/30/13 in these very pages I described meeting three exceptionally charming Seattleites on election night in a bar on Capitol Hill.  All three play live music; one of the three, Alex, is in Cumulus.  Danielle and I were pleased to support the Cumulus Kickstarter campaign Mark Baumgarten of the Seattle Weekly describes in his short piece a bit further down the scroll (7/30/13).  Following this paragraph, please find a link to the gorgeous song and the equally gorgeous video.  Cheers to Alex and everybody else in Cumulus on their full length debut...


Video for Do You Remember...

Only a few months ago, Alexandra Niedzialkowski and her Cumulus bandmates launched a Kickstarter with a charming video, in which they all cook omelettes and ask for money to help put the finishing touches on the band’s debut full-length, previously recorded at Phil Elverum’s Anacortes studio, the Unknown.
Since then the band met its goal, got picked up by Chris Walla’s Atlantic imprint, Trans Records, and apparently filmed one of the most impressive music videos I’ve seen this year for quick sing-along single “Do You Remember.” As you can see above, the genius of the video is all about light, and the song is fittingly bright with Niedzialkowski whoa-oh-oh-ing between verses lamenting the loss of youth. “Do you remember when young meant invincible,” she sings, and you melt. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hattie's Hat, Ballard, Seattle

There are many reasons to like Hattie's Hat Restaurant in Ballard, Seattle, not the least of which is the bar, Aunt Harriet's Lounge, where Nick and a couple of other lovely bartenders whose names I don't know pour very large gin drinks during the week; also a plus - Hattie's proximity to the Tractor Tavern, which hosts many amazing live bands.  But, at the end of the day, when you get right down to it, I probably go just to see this little kitty...


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