A conversation with Harold

If you’ve followed my twitter feed you may have heard me complain about my drunk neighbor(s) who live in a run down apartment next to my house. I live in a quiet, middle class neighborhood. Close to all the schools, walking distance when I was a kid, now-a-days kids have to ride everywhere. Anyway, in the middle of this quiet neighborhood is a ramshackle building that houses 2 apartments. It doesn’t even look like a dwelling aside from a door and a porch which my neighbor(s) like to occupy.

Well my neighbor(s), I use parenthesis because Harold is the only legal occupant but he is rarely alone when he’s on a drunk, have been drinking and drunk since Friday. When they are drunk, Harold especially, will stand on the porch or at the front door of his apartment and holler for no reason. And sometimes he’ll get in to it with his buddies and out pours the profanity.

Harold had been semi-quiet since Sunday, but this morning just after 6 am he couldn’t contain himself anymore and let out hoops and hollers like the most acclimated turrets sufferer. So I thought I’d record Harold for evidence or posterity, but surprisingly I was able to get so much more. You see, Harold wandered up the street like the walking dead, no apparent purpose. So I asked him what he was doing and hit the record button. This is our conversation.

Warning the audio is about 23mb and 17 minutes long. Also might be NSFW due to language.

[podcast]http://www.ronearlphillips.com/audio/conversationwithharold.mp3[/podcast]

Ironically, I think this would make a great drinking game. In these short 17 minutes you can be as drunk (or dead) as Harold by following these simple rules:

1 drink every time Harold says respect.
2 drinks and give a friend 1 every time Harold refers to himself as good.
1 drink for everyone if Harold forgets something he previously said.
2 drinks for everyone if Harold follows or precedes a “good” comment with being a convict.
When he says “I love you” take two fingers of grain or your hardest liquor and say good night. You won’t make it that far.

I don’t really recommend anyone try this drinking game. I’d hate to feel responsible for anyone getting sick or worse. After all we’re “good people.”

Weird Al + JibJab = CNR (video)

If you don’t know yet, Weird Al Yankovic is awesome on two legs. I can’t think of a song spoof he hasn’t created that hasn’t been pure brilliance. Add that to the creative animation of JibJab with a healthy slathering of Charles Nelson Reilly, you just have absolute awesome.

It really comes together using the White Stripes music as the foundation.

Level 26: The Digi-Novel

I just read a novel by J. C. Hutchins called PERSONAL EFFECTS: DARK ART. It was dubbed a transmedia novel and essentially not only came with bundled with physical clues, but clues to uncover through phone numbers and website references through out the book. It was a great read and a fascinating way to expand the experience of the story.

Another writer I follow who write crime fiction and comic books, Duane Swierczynski, is involved in something similar. LEVEL 26: DARK ORIGIN is the first of at least 3 books coming out over the next 3 years. These books, conceived by CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker, canvas the serial killer known as Sweegle or the “Level 26 Killer” who leaves no forensic evidence. Pretty cool to take Zuiker’s bread and butter and turn it around.

Like PERSONAL EFFECTS: DARK ART, the series, dubbing itself a “digi-novel,” will have clues leading back to the website where you can register to see related material. Given the extensive trailer I’m going to guess they will be short webisodes reinacting scenes pertaining or within the book.

I enjoyed the transmedia experience of J. C. Hutchins’ book so I’m on board to check out the first volume of LEVEL 26 and see how the experience is broadened. I hope to be pleased.

Related Links:
http://www.level26.com
http://www.jchutchins.net
http://secretdead.blogspot.com