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Verge of the Dude

I leave rambling voice mail messages on my friend's answering machine and you get to hear them too. Proudly presented raw, unedited and in one take.

Nov 5, 2021

Hey Dude, on the Day of the Dead I quietly celebrated a year without drinking. Meanwhile a random 50,000-Watt punch to the gut leads to a new lease on life.

QUOTE: "Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the drum."

PEOPLE: Chris Lambert, Kristin Smart, Robert Towne, Spalding Gray, Jack Kerouac


Oct 4, 2021

Hey Dude, a bit of recognition for my photos by Descanso Gardens and The Arboretum paves the way for me to see Ira Glass in a new light, from "broken glass" to an arrow straight to the heart.

QUOTE: "The only thing you can do is to keep on keepin' on."

PEOPLE: Ira Glass, John Doe, Krissy Teegerstrom


Sep 8, 2021

Hey Dude, I reminisce about being a goofy 13-year-old during the  Summer of 1979, and the time I made Molly Ringwald's stunning older sister Beth laugh at my expense.

QUOTE: "OP shirt, corduroy pants / If you had feathered hair / You had half a chance" - Gluey Brothers

PEOPLE: Steve Schirripa, Michael Imperioli, Molly...

Aug 10, 2021

Hey Dude, I riff about our new "barn" and the writing techniques of Erle Stanley Garner of Perry Mason fame.

PEOPLE: Matthew Rhys, Al Matthews, Erle Stanley Gardner, Huell Howser, Caryl Chessman, Zane Grey

PLACES: Elixer Coffeehouse, Cahuenga Pass, Temecula

THINGS: iPhone XS, Perry Mason (HBO), California's Gold,

Jun 27, 2021

Hey Dude, I answer your question about my four favorite filmmakers by listing their four best films. I also include plenty of tangents and a short list of honorable mentions.

QUOTE: "That movie was freakin' awesome."

FILMMAKERS: Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen (DQ), Jim Jarmusch,