rain nor sleet can stay this courier


Wow, that may have been the most miserable drive I’ve ever taken from New York to North Carolina. Except for that one time when I was totally in love with that girl Mauri and I had no idea if she liked me or not and there was a rumor that my suitemate had told her something unsavory about me. You remember that trip?

Anyway, the sleet was blinding and pounding us all 500 miles, and I think Chopin accidentally sat in his own poop in Delaware, making the whole experience a neverending feast for the eyes, ears and parasympathetic nervous system.

To answer all the queries both here and on email, yes, we are going to show the roughest of rough cuts of the Pink House movie tonight, Friday, at 7pm on the UNC Campus, Carroll 111. If you plan to attend, get ready for the disclaimer of your life, because this movie is as unfinished as Schubert’s 8th Symphony.

The 8th Symphony has some very beautiful parts, as does “The Pink House,” but we need at least one giant fix of music, sound and picture before we can let it blossom in good faith. Yes, yes, we know. We finished shooting in 2003, but these things take an inordinate amount of time for a project this ambitious – and as longtime readers of the blog will know, we suffered at the hands of a pathological creature that set us back horribly. I will tell that story in class on Tuesday if it seems appropriate.

If you go, try and see it as it will be. Let my disclaimers wash over you like a warm balm.

In the meantime, how about some pictures of the glorious New Jersey Turnpike in the rectal-crack of winter?


massive truck explosion and fire


I can understand bullet holes in an Army jeep, but a white Chevy Suburban with a kiddie carseat? Yay Turnpike!


I accidentally took this picture while eating Sour Gummi Worms, but I think it captures the dreariness of the Turnpike in February. Christ, can spring fucking come already?!?

0 thoughts on “rain nor sleet can stay this courier

  1. Emily

    I have never had a good experience on the NJ Turnpike. Driving home from Vermont in January, I nearly got run over by a truck, my EZPass stopped working on the $.35 tolls, and there was a massive traffic jam – all in the first ten miles of the Dirty Jerz. I find it hard to find the silver lining on the disgusting smog cloud that is the State of New Jersey.

  2. Laurie from Manly Dorm

    Thanks for the photos of my homeland, my Garden State, the place of my birth — the grand state of New Jersey. How I miss it so. Maryland is just too bland in comparison. As we New Jerseyites like to say, “New Jersey, only the strong survive.” I don’t care what anybody says, it is the best place on Earth!
    Thanks for the laugh this morning!

  3. CL

    As president of the New Jersey Defamation League, I will have you know that those pictures must have been taken on the most northerly swath of the Turnpike, because most of New Jersey is lush and beautiful. (you get evidence if you click my url.)
    On another note, I feel gypped out of the Mauri story (hey, that rhymes!)

  4. scotty

    1: Bullet holes on Suburban most likely stickers. We may laugh at the postering, but these stickers remind some mother every morning that she’s one prosecuted insider trade away from being back in Compton.
    2: You “accidently” took a picture while eating gummi worms and driving through a toll booth while the driving conditions were already terrible? Were you also working on your laptop at time?
    3: Chopin does nothing accidently.

  5. Sean

    Sometimes I like to pretend I’m from New Jersey because I spent two and a half high school years there. It was in New Jersey that I learned irony.
    A girl, named Sandy DeMeio, with a Bon Jovi jean jacket and feathered, parted down the middle, dyed yellow with a dark brown root streak hair, used to wear a T-shirt that said, “Jersey Girls – Best In The World”, written in that T-shirt cursive. I asked her about it once and she inhaled deeply on her cigarette and said, “I mean, we’re just so *not*”, and laughed a deep mucousy laugh.
    It was awesome.

  6. scruggs

    How about a screening at that Jasper Family Steakhouse. We’ve been meaning to try it out.
    If Carolina folks are interested, check the url I’ve included that was just sent to me. Go to song #2 for a 2005 season unc bball rap that even gives mad props to reyshawn terry. Worth a laugh.

  7. oliver

    What we need is for New Jersey to mount a bid to host the winter olympics. Then you can bet at least the view from the turnpike will be gussied up for the visit by the international committee. So let’s get going: Hoboken in 2014!
    Meanwhile, I’d like to understand a little better what kind of legal exposure I’m looking at if I go to and then decide to smear Pink House all over the Web. Are the prescribed remedies we’re talking about a first-born child/earnings-for-life kind of thing? You know, 7 pm is kinda tough for me.

  8. Andy

    Well, dangit. I would really like to see The Pink House “Roughest of the Rough, First Draft, We’re Still Working On It” cut, but alas – there is poker to be played and money to be won!
    That Tar Heel HipHop thing is pretty funny.
    Ian – are you planning on making your annual trip to Chapel Hill to see the dook game next week? Or is this trip just going to extend through?

  9. CL

    Oliver, those of us in Hoboken are proud to be recognized. In fact, the second photo if you click my initials was taken on Eighth St. If you’re ever in town, stop by the newspaper office so we can chew the fat.
    Now, in a shocking, late-breaking development straight from the AP wire:
    >>Road kill candy angers animal rights activists
    Kraft: ‘We didn’t mean to offend anyone’
    Friday, February 25, 2005 Posted: 9:41 AM EST
    TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) — Animal rights activists are disgusted by a new candy from Kraft Foods Inc. that’s shaped like critters run over by cars — complete with tire treads.
    The fruity-flavored Trolli Road Kill Gummi Candy — in shapes of partly flattened snakes, chickens and squirrels — fosters cruelty toward animals, according to the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

  10. Bud

    Road Kill Candy?! Yuck!
    And Ian dude: it’s been spring down here for the past several weeks. We hardly even had winter at all.
    I hope you brought your bermuda shorts and sandals!

  11. oliver

    CL, fat chewing with a bona fide ChickLiterary figure is a fine offer. I actually need to build my junket portfolio for applying to the job of Olympic scout. This would be a junket wouldn’t it? If not, it may take me a while to get up there, what with the Lear in the shop and me down here in Raleigh. But I’ll keep the invite happily in mind!


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