Posts Tagged ‘esperanza spalding’


hat trick

They say good things come in threes.  This has certainly proved true for me this past month.

First, Isis and I moved into our new house:

Hearst 1

The view is particularly inspiring:

Hearst 2

Then, my mom brought me this piece of amber with bugs trapped in it:

amber dino DNA

From this humble piece of fossilized amber, I will one day run a park chock full of dinosaurs.

You’d think these two events would put me “over the top,” as they say.  Well, in one final, extraordinary twist of fate, I received a signed CD by Falling Rock’s musical muse Esperanza Spalding:

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There is a story behind this.  I sent Ms. Spalding my latest book, Scenic Byways, and included a comic strip in which she pays a visit to Falling Rock National Park (this would hypothetically occur when she wasn’t busy accepting a Grammy or opening for Prince).  My comic appeared on her Facebook page and very soon after I got a mysterious envelope from a record company in Spain.  The signed CD was inside.

I’m not sure if these things are connected, but I do know that, for the rest of my life, I will look back on this short time period with awe and gratitude.

APOLOGY CORNER: Sorry, SKS.  I hope this doesn’t take your Year of Shaft & Son out of the well-deserved spotlight.


i do believe i can take you, michael jordan

Dear Mr. Jordan,

Hi.  My name is Josh.  I am a cartoonist and a blogger.  You have been retired from the NBA for, what, a decade now?  Pretty close I think.  My point is, I bet I could beat you in a little game of one-on-one.

I challenge you, Mr. Jordan, to a game of basketball, winner take all. You may have been “all that” back in “the day,” but today is a new day, and your ship has sailed.

Looking at promotional material for Hanes and Gatorade, it is clear you have let yourself go since you retired.  Your bloated wreck of a body would be no match for me as we squared off on the court.  Perhaps you are spending too much time selling underwear and not enough in the gym?

You might think that, as a blogger, I am nothing more than a skinny white kid with mediocre writing skills and a two-inch vert.  You’d be wrong!  I happen to be in prime physical shape.  I ride my bike to work, a grueling 40-minute trek that takes me through two of Portland’s four quadrants (northeast and southeast).  I have two silver medals from the Blogger Olympics.*  I am practically the Michael Jordan of blogging, which makes our potential match-up all the more enticing.

Better still, I’ve been practicing.  Through my connection to Esperanza Spalding, I have been able to get b-ball training from Prince.  And everybody knows what an awesome player Prince is.

I challenge you to a game of basketball, but not just any old game: the gentlemen’s game.  H-O-R-S-E, or (as it is known in the Midwest) Around the World.

So come on, Mr. Jordan.  You, the over-the-hill star versus me, the up-and-comer.  Put on your best pair of Nikes and show me your best.

Game on.

*Making Sh*t Up & Self Aggrandizement


black gold

Hot on the heels of the news of partner blogger McBone, Falling Rock National Blog is proud to be the bearer of similar cheer.  Esperanza Spalding, Falling Rock’s resident jazz musician and sometime pen pal, is about to release her first new album since the Grammy-winning Chamber Music Society.

Readers of the strip may remember Esperanza’s appearance in the park:

With the impending release of Radio Music Society, she may have to return to Falling Rock for an encore.  Still don’t believe this is going to be the best music release of 2012?  Check out the smoking hot single, Black Gold:

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