Hal's Fone Fiasco
posted: September 16, 2009
This has not been a good week for me. I'm not a particularly spiritual person, but I always keep an eye on my behavior in relationship to my kharma. I try not to kill insects, I treat others as I would like to be treated, I try to be helpful to strangers.  And I'm honest, for the most part.. Having said that, I honestly do not know what I did to deserve this current state of affairs I find myself in.

A little back story. Earlier this month, my wife came over to my studio and called MCI  to have my fax line disconnected. She used the phone on the fax machine on the fax line to make no mistake that this was the line she wanted disconnected. She reiterated the number at least a dozen times. Should have been the end of the story.

On Monday it comes to my attention that my business phone has been disconnected and is playing the message to the effect that "the number you have reached 802-..........is no longer in service". I immediately called MCI and spent about an hour and a half being run around to various rings of hell in the MCI infrastructure. Finally it was determind that the office I really needed to speak with was closed for the day. The next morning I contacted MCI's executive customer service dept. and explained the problem. I was told it would take from 24 hours to TWO WEEKS to get the matter resolved. Apparently MCI leases local service and the problem is in the local service. A work order has been issued to resovle the problem, but it is not as simple as just flipping a switch. I asked if the message currently playing on my business line could be changed, directing people to my fax line, which by the way, works like a charm. I was told that MCI cannot have two work orders issued for the same line in the pipe line.
The reason for writing this is two fold. First, it feels good to vent. Secondly, if an AD is reading this and perhaps has a huge ad job for me but is perplexed by my disconnected phone. Please call my rep at 212-889-3337. Thank you.
Update: I finally got my business phone back online after 5 days without service. I am presently negotiating with MCI about renumeration.
Arthop 2009
posted: September 11, 2009
I'll be cutting out of work early today to head up to Burlington, VT for this year's Arthop festivities. Arthop is a huge arts festival, sponsored by SEABA (South End Arts and Business Association) that I've been participating in for the past 5 years or so. Artist's show their work in businesses all over Burlington's South End, which is Burlington's old part of town, and just happens to be where I grew up. It is a massive event. Last year I must have had 2000 people view my work and sold quite a bit. Over the years I've met a ton of people who are interested in my work. This is a great opportunity for me to get out of the studio, meet some people and try to make some sales without the dreaded gallery commission. This year I'm pleased to be hosted by Propeller Media Works that is housed in an old refurbushed warehouse, not far from Lake Champlain. I have what amounts to my own gallery space where I'll be showing a mixture of watercolors and acrylics, some 30 paintings in all. Here is a quick preview of some of my newer paintings.
Back When Robots Were Scary -

I did this for myself. Robots used to scare the crap out of me.
Get off Your Ass
Shtbnald (Superhero to be named at a later date) - I'm showing a bunch of watercolors about the escapades of this character too.
Green Thumb
Current Events
posted: September 2, 2009
Back to school last year.
Here are some sketchbook drawings loosely gathered under the theme of Current Events. It's been a weird time. The words "back to school" have ominous implications. The fall brings crispness to the air to go with the considerable acrimony that's been festering all summer. On a personal note, my Dad was put in an assisted living situation, so my sister and I have been dealing with those ramifications. We cleaned out his apartment earlier in the summer. Fortunately, Dad had seen this  day coming and pared down his possessions considerably. Thankfully, he is still well and sharp as a tack. So I've been on the road one day every weekend making the drive to Middlebury, VT ( you can't get there from here) to visit him. Alot of car time. Alot of time for reflection.
And back to school this year.
Townhall Meeting
Healthcare Debate
House Poor
And on a positive note.
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