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Anybody a fan of Slapshot? Then you’ll recognize this park. The film was shot here in Johnstown. One of my uncles was even in the movie as a bartender.

Anybody a fan of Slapshot? Then you’ll recognize this park. The film was shot here in Johnstown. One of my uncles was even in the movie as a bartender.

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Things my grandma has asked me to explain to her (so far):

1. Comic-con. She keeps reading about it in the ‘paper’ and didn’t understand what movie stars have to do with comics.
2. Yoga pants. She thinks girls are pretty much running around naked.
3. Justin Bieber’s pants. She thinks that they look like he’s carrying a dirty ‘Soggy diaper’ and somebody needs to change him.
4. Postage prices. ‘You have the internet on your phone, how much are stamps now? 49 cents?!? I wish I had the internet so I wouldn’t have to mail things.’

Grandmas are the best!

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Dude! Ryan! If I was in Canada, you’re the FIRST person I would contact! Haha! Seriously, you wouldn’t get rid of me! I reaaaallllly want to visit your neck of the woods and tour!

But I found out last year that Tim Hortons has invaded the U.S. and I stopped by one in Ohio for a ton of Timbits, and an Iced Capp! If they make it to Texas, I’m in trouble.

Dude! Ryan! If I was in Canada, you’re the FIRST person I would contact! Haha! Seriously, you wouldn’t get rid of me! I reaaaallllly want to visit your neck of the woods and tour!

But I found out last year that Tim Hortons has invaded the U.S. and I stopped by one in Ohio for a ton of Timbits, and an Iced Capp! If they make it to Texas, I’m in trouble.

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I brought the ‘Best Friends Brigade’ as traveling companions/protectors on my trip!

I brought the ‘Best Friends Brigade’ as traveling companions/protectors on my trip!

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Sanctuary for the weary travelers.

Sanctuary for the weary travelers.

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Road Trip 2k14

I’m doing an old-school road trip to grandma’s house with my folks from Texas to Pennsylvania. So far, it hasn’t been memorable. Arkansas is a cellular dead zone. Tennessee is pretty, but we were running behind. So really it’s a lot of driving, and the only interaction with people is at McDonald’s bathrooms. My dad thinks that’s the way to go, for whatever reason. They’re tiny, dirty, and have zero privacy. Feeling another man’s breath on your neck while you’re trying to make potty is unsettling.

I went into a bathroom yesterday, and a little kid was flushing the urinal as I walked in. As I was heading for the stall, he turned around and nearly bumped into me, but instead stiffened like a board, his eyes bugged out, and he went ‘GUHGUHGUH!!!’ I now know how the ghosts in Scooby Doo felt!

The other thing I’ve observed are the regional accents. I was born in Indiana, and lived there til I was 10. I don’t feel like I have much of an accent to speak of. Or it’s kind of non-regional? The majority of my life, I’ve lived in Texas. I’m a Texan. But when people talk to me, they say, ‘You don’t SOUND, like a Texan.’ I don’t say ‘Y’all’ I say ‘You guys,’ but I do say ‘Howdy’ and ‘ma’am’ but it’s without any kind of southern twang. The truth is, a lot of North Texans don’t have an accent, or at least not what everyone expects. Most of us are transplants, and even ones born there don’t have much of a southern accent. I feel like once you’re a certain age, gaining a new accent is more of a conscious effort. Like my uncle Gordy, he moved to Georgia from PA and magically gained an accent.

So I ran into a girl at one of our stops in Kentucky, and she had the most adorable accent! I was envious of it, because it sounded like she was singing every word.

I don’t think I really have a point to this. But it’s fun and interesting to interact with people in different parts of the nation. That’s why I don’t mind driving. Plus, this year, I don’t have a looming illustration deadline. So I’m trying to soak up the minutiae for my art.

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I also found a stack of Mead college ruled paper. Pencil flows really easily on this paper’s surface. Col-erase is more vibrant than on the copy papers I usually use. It may be my new jam.

I also found a stack of Mead college ruled paper. Pencil flows really easily on this paper’s surface. Col-erase is more vibrant than on the copy papers I usually use. It may be my new jam.

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I found a few sheets of this paper, and they’re really nice for pencils and inks. But I tried to find out if I could buy more…and there’s nothing online. One of my mom’s students gave them to me years ago because I gave her an extra volume of dbz. 

It’s important not to fall in love with art materials. Companies disappear all the time. Or you can always stockpile.

I found a few sheets of this paper, and they’re really nice for pencils and inks. But I tried to find out if I could buy more…and there’s nothing online. One of my mom’s students gave them to me years ago because I gave her an extra volume of dbz.

It’s important not to fall in love with art materials. Companies disappear all the time. Or you can always stockpile.