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The Tom Cherry Experience

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Look Back with Anger

Well, I spent the last week of 2005 as a bitter, lazy bum. I did very little if anything and I feel a bit grouchy about it. Well, I feel a little grouchy about everything it seems. I think I'm frustrated because everything is at a standstill and nothing I do seems to move me forward. It doesn't help that I'm a lazy procrastinator who's afraid to take chances. I'm 36 years-old and I'm not where I want to be in life. I'm stuck and I don't know how to be unstuck. Man, I've had this particular albatross around my neck for years and I'm afraid it's going to remain there in the new year.

Despite that gloomy paragraph lingering above, I am grateful to have some good friends. The last two nights I have spent the evenings with some good and kind people and I had a great time each night. Thanks to the Reeses, the Kaehrs, the Coles, and Joe Skeen for the good company and for cheering up a bitter, fat cartoonist.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Old Man Periwinkle's Christmas Blank

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Shopping Maul

I'm not done with my Christmas shopping so that means I have to brave the crowds tomorrow. I'm planning on going early, but planning and doing are two different things. I did pick some stuff up today so it wasn't a total shopping bust. No, the bust part comes into play when I receive my credit card bills. Santa, give me a million dollars please!

Besides prowling the aisles and nearly getting sideswiped by a SUV, I took in the final showing of Eight: The Reindeer Monologues and I really enjoyed it. It was kind of strange seeing it, knowing I was supposed to be in it once upon a time. I regret I had to miss the opportunity to work with such a talented cast. Kudos to my friends, Jerry Cole, Judy Malone, and Joe Skeen, for turning in some great performances! 

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Appearing in a Mailbox Near You!

Well, I finally mailed off my Christmas comic to all my family and friends Tuesday morning. Hopefully, everyone will receive it before Christmas Eve. I think this year's holiday cheer turned out pretty well. It stars Giraffe Man, a superhero with a super long neck. He was created by my friend, John Oak Dalton, and I hope I did John's creation justice! 

This past Sunday one of the Funky Idiots graduated from Ball State University. The sweet and kind Audrea Quinton (Seen as the Rummage Sale Lady in the above picture) got herself a college degree and I couldn't be happier for her. Congratulations, Audrea!

The majority of Eric's fish died this past weekend. Eric is still mourning his loss, but vows to restock his aquarium one day soon! 

Friday, December 16, 2005

Reindeer Games

Eight: The Reindeer Monologues opens later tonight and the cast is featured on the cover of the latest issue of All Access. I still regret having to drop out of the show, but I'm looking forward to seeing it. Congratulations to everybody in the herd and break some legs!

Hey, I received a nice, little check from Touchy Feely Fotos for playing game show host for the holiday party! It was an unexpected surprise and I truly appreciated it. I guess I have to retract some of my grousing concerning the matter. And what did I do with my newly required funds? Bought food, of course.

Eric has started to worship a golden armchair that sits in the sun room at the Group Home. Eric is still working out the details on his newfound dogma.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Yule Log

Christmas time is coming and I've finally started my Christmas shopping (a.k.a "Going further into debt") over the weekend. It would be so nice to have a paying job over the holidays. A good paying job that lasted year round would even be better. Santa, are you listening?

I'm gradually putting together a Christmas comic to send out to my family and friends. Hopefully, I'll get it done before the holiday season comes and goes. I wish I wasn't such a procrastinator. Santa, are you listening?

By the way, the reindeer photo accompanying this post was taken by my good friend, Theresa Keihn. Apparently, Theresa's neighbors were vandalized last year and their reindeer were forced into a sexual situation. Luckily, Theresa documented this outrage and I'm happy to share it with you! Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 09, 2005

Damn the Golden Fleece! Give Me Food!

As I write this, a buttload of snow is falling to the ground. Winter is officially here, no matter what the calendar says. I'm just glad I'm not out there, navigating the roads and such. Instead I'm typing this in my warm bedroom before my makeshift desk (I would tell you what I've been using for desk space the past year or so, but it's kind of sad). I'm sure I may have to shovel my car out in the morning or so, but I'll worry about that then.

This past Wednesday was the Touchy Feely Fotos Christmas party and I attended for the free food and whatever they were handing out as gifts. I was hoping for a gift certificate to a local supermarket, but I received a fleece throw with Touchy Feely's logo emblazed on it. I was so hoping for a gift certificate. Can't get any food with a damn throw!

Besides the free grub and the >sigh< throw, I had another reason to be at the annual shindig: I was asked to host a company Family Feud. Yes, I served as a minor league Richard Dawson* as various departments competed in a variation of that old game show chestnut. AMS Entertainment provided the graphics and format for the show while I wore an ill-fitted sports jacket that I got at Goodwill** and read questions to various co-workers. Unfortunately, despite the fact I knew I was going to be doing this for a couple months, I didn't prepare any material or jokes for my game show host debut so I basically winged it and I guess it went over well. I gave air kisses to all the ladies (Oddly, I got no takers from the men) and tried to ad lib as well as I could. I was hoping to use a smarmy, showbizzy-type of voice for the "act", but that really didn't happen.

After of an hour or so of feuding, Data Entry won the big show, but no prize was given out to the winning team for some odd reason. You would think the winners would get something out of it, but no dice. I was sort of hoping I was going to get something for my hosting duties as well, but that ended up being a pipe dream so in the end all I got was that damn throw.

*For the record, I never was that fond of Richard Dawson on the Feud. I much preferred the Match Game version of Dawson, the one that Brett Sommers always referred to as "Dickie".

**I spent $7.49 for that jacket and I was hoping to return it, but I lost the damn receipt! Can you believe my luck?

***Aren't footnotes fun?

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

This Just In!

Well, it's finally done! Nibble #3 is printed, stapled, and everything! To find out more about my latest effort, just click here!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Would You Give Up Your Eternal Soul to this Man?

I would think about it if he gave me his lame ass trident and I could jab him in the face with it. That sounds harsh, but he's The Debil, dang it!

By the way, did you know if you play devil's advocate, you run the risk of having your bedroom annotated with crosses and baby oil by your fundamentalist family and friends? And that's one to grow on!