Tag Archives: Mark’s health

75 hours in Baltimore…. celebrating the Monkey Power Trio’s 23rd day as a band

The weekend of October 21st marked the 23rd meeting of my one-day-a-year pseudo-band, the Monkey Power Trio. For those of you who might not be familiar with our origin story, it all began back in 1995 with a promise between old friends one hot, summer afternoon in Brooklyn. On the spur of the moment, we’d […]

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Down the staircase and through the rabbit hole…

As I type this, I’m laying on the couch in our living room, silently watching the family cat slowly disembowel a naugahyde chair on the other side of the room, as I try to assess just how broken I am. As I was able to walk on my own from the bottom of the staircase […]

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Ten ideas for the Trump inauguration

I should preface this post by telling you that, having just been diagnosed with bronchitis, I’m writing this from bed, where, about twenty minutes ago, I took a big swig of prescription cough medicine, which, according to the bottle, is likely to do strange things to my mind. So, with that said, I’d like to […]

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Running out of things to say about mass shootings… well, almost

I tried to write something last night about the Orlando shooting that just left 50 people dead, but I gave up an hour or so into it. I’d sliced my hand open earlier in the day while working on the renovation of 209 Pearl Street, which made it difficult to type. [My right thumb was […]

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Ypsi’s third annual Wurst Challenge raises over $6,000 for FLY Children’s Art Center, sends me running to the hospital, and propels Team Smoot to legendary status

The third annual Wurst Challenge, by all accounts, was a huge success. Records were broken. Over $6,000 was raised for FLY Children’s Art Center. And, perhaps most importantly, all ten of our competitors were still ambulatory by the end of it. No stomaches had burst open. No ambulances had to be called. I’d like to […]

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