CDL in CDA

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While working at the library as the bookmobile driver, I decided to upgrade to a class A CDL. I started August 14, 2019 and attended classes in between my drive schedule at work. The hardest part was shifting the gears in my head.
I passed the skills test October 19th, 2019 early on a dark and rainy Saturday.

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Upgraded from Class B (Bookmobile)

Articulated Bus.

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Driver for the Community Library Network, 9/01/2018 – present

Member of Wyoming Trucker’s Association, 1994-present.

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The Double Clutch Bus!

Color swatches

This started out as a posting of color swatches
but degenerated into a snarky history
of entertainment addiction.
Apologies.

Back a long time ago, when the internet was young, DOS was king. I remember it when I was in High school in the early 80’s and I used old floppy disks in the early 90’s in the library. It all ended in 2000. Back when the screens were still blue, the big question was, “how can the internet (information superhighway) sustain itself?”
Over the years the age old question was answered with the age old answer.
Money. Ads. Sales.
All media struggles with this. Radio, TV, movies and free information are in the same pile.

The “internet” started as file sharing originally. Then there was Napster, Myspace and Youtube. Early youtube was just people messing around with their camera and uploading it. Now it’s about creating subscription addiction and revenue with pop up ads. You can’t go anywhere with a barrage of advertisements -aimed at your likes and viewing history- assaulting you. Me too, internet? Really?

You could be on a beach and distant sirens wail. Is it a tsunami? An accident? Google it.
On the tsunami warning webpage, the page is slow to load (onto your device) because of the ads. Toonami, Tsunami Sushi Menu, Tsunami 2004 videos. The info is buried, as you will soon be.

Well, boring as all that is, it’s the way of the world, so here is some ad free stuff.
Color swatches. It was hard to find, without liking, subscribing, purchasing, following, lurking, bla bla bla. Yet I noticed that the page that had the best images and information asked you to buy the pdfs. Yet the images on their site were photo-shopped to color out the watermarks. Stolen, copyright infringement, bla bla. I’ve had my content lifted so many times, I quit posting my own creations. Privacy settings cannot hold a candle to copyright violations. What’s private anymore anyway?

So that being said, enjoy the free color wheels, swatches, names and meanings.

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Color names

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Color Meanings

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One last thought, my screen addicted friends. It’s not the technology’s fault, or the sites that deliver to our devices like dealers, it’s our desire to be entertained as human beings.

Supply>demand or Supply<demand?

Books. The first clay tablet was crafted beyond 2700 BC.
Newspapers. The first Boston Newsletter, 1704 AD.

The first calendar? The Traditional Chinese calendar was developed around 750 BC and when they were looking for clues in the sky, tracked the stars and noticed the procession into a zodiac calendar. The Mayan’s calendar started in the 5th century BC. Then Rome started keeping track of the days and the lunar cycles. The Julian calendar, first implemented by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C.
Some say the Egyptians built the pyramids & Sphinx as a calendar marker, during the age of Leo, to announce themselves in time. Somewhere in 2000-4000 BC? (the flood damage on the sphinx threw a lot of em off)
In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII crafted his Gregorian calendar but they have to squeeze in an extra day every 4 years just to make the math work. Yawn.

But does anyone really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?

The first theatrical plays of Dionysus Theater in Acropolis in the 5th century.  (Comedy, tragedy and Satyr) (Satyr for satire: picture Jon Stewart in a toga.)

The first music concert was a beta-symphony, based on Greek Symphonia- “an agreement of sound.” Mozart’s musical joke. Was an early form of musical comedy.
Shakespeare upsetting the popular play structure of the day, -Tudor morality plays, with Henry VI, Part 2, Electric Boogaloo in 1590.
Radio. Invented 1899 to send signals across the British channel, The US started doing news, music and shows. On Christmas eve 1906.
“Goodnight America and all the ships at sea.” The first sentiment broadcast.
Then came Hollywood. 1914.
the first “moving picture” was The Great Train Robbery, in 1903.

By 1905 we had Nickelodeons.

By 1910 big productions were underway and by 1919 Hollywood had built, expanded and owned many American Cinemas. Kinda like how the Wright Bros first flight was in 1903 and by 1911 we were throwing bombs from them during the Italo-Turkish war.

Music. In the 1700’s concertos had to be noisy to keep the rabble’s attention, Just ask Mozart and Wagner. The music had to grab you and hold you. Classic concerts are quiet nowadays.  Records, cylinders, tapes, CDs, downloads, subscriptions. Before there were records, there were wax cylinders. For recording and listening! Kind of like concert in a can.

Fact is we are hopelessly addicted to entertainment.
From Plato publishing his Socratic dialogues in 4BC to get more “likes,” and employing the first form of plagiarism,
to Jesus’ Sermon on the mount, being misquoted in Matthew’s version from Luke. (who was partying hard the night before. Physicians! oy.)
General Custer posing for pictures before the big battles and yearning for media popularity, to Thomas Nast’s cartoons bringing down Boss Tweed.
Lincoln being assassinated in a theater, by an actor, to the USA playing the Zapruder film over and over, in slow motion to see when Kennedy actually was killed.

We elected an actor as president and we now have one who tweets every thought in his head.

Texting while driving is illegal, altho car-phones were celebrated as “communication mobility” in 1982.

All this summed up by you, sitting there reading this, just like I, ignoring the nice weather outside, typed this up in a total waste of time. Well, I was amused!
Thankee for your support and remember to buy war bonds where you bank or work.

 

 

Lunar Toons

In space no one can hear you read.
But they can in the library!

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What effects does the moon have on Earth? It influences it’s atmosphere, it tides, it’s people! Charlie Williams is a fine example.

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Of course there will be Star Wars noises.

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The phases and faces of the moon, by a gibbous baboon.

Nuff said. These are Lunar Toons with sound, comics and comedy.

This is a educational and hilarious show. BLAST OFF!

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Out of this World
Nancy Stewart and Charlie Williams

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Mixed up letters, crazy sounds, a musical show lifting you off the ground.

Join two of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite performers; sound impressionist Charlie Williams and singer-songwriter Nancy Stewart for an evening of stories, songs and shenanigans. Interactive fun for the whole family!

Disclaimer:–Some assembly required, prices may vary, no purchase necessary, discontinue use if symptoms persist, void where prohibited, use only as directed, for display only, do not ingest, whittle out a whistle and whistle all your worries away.–

 

 

 

 

 

The Jest of the Story

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Audio Visual Storytelling using foley, mouth-sounds, comedy and cartoons.

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Don’t know much about history? Each vignette is a few minutes long and the audience helps build the ambience. Fun for the whole family!

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Commercial parodies of Bose radios and Truck Driving school, Charlie has a background in radio and was inspired by Paul Harvey’s the “Rest of the Story.” Kids may not remember or know PH, but Charlie does a great imitation of him- and also sounds like the gopher from Winnie the Pooh.

Which is the Loudest cloud? What was the first man made invention to break the sound barrier? Lewis and Clark never had a disagreement -or did they?
Don’t google the answer! Watch, laugh and learn.

Did you know… Cats not only keep your feet warm in bed and act as a great doorstop; they also give you a workout lifting them up.

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Also.. Did you know…

That spooky, scratchy sound at night coming from outside…

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..sounds like a grave digger… is your friends house haunted?

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No, it is the cat in the litter box. And now you know the jest of the story!!

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Earth Sciences with Chicken Lil!

Earth Sciences
First-second grades.
Enhanced curriculum, WA state
school district approved.

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1.) The Loudest Cloud. Heat, water, atmospheres. The personalities, the science of
weather. Is the sky really falling? Grab a helmet.

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2.) Green Means Grow. The succulent space scouts come to Earth looking for a nurturing environment to live and grow. Cactus Kirk and Mr Stalk star.

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3.) Surfin Safari. How to ride the waves of water energy! Drippy stories of motion in the ocean. “The Brig of Doom.” Christopher Columbus’ Gold, a leaky Brig and a ghost hurricane.
Enjoy the wave watchers scrap book.
Sound vibration + slobber + literacy = Onomatopoeia!

4.) Rock Concert! The Rolling Stones sing songs about big words. Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic foundations of the Earth. Tunes and toons.

5.) A Loony Tale, phases of the Moon. (Lunar Toon?) Tying it all together, a gibbous baboon looks at gravity, tides, atmospheres and orbits of our nearest influential neighbor in space.
I love the Nightlight!
Dancing in the moonlight!
Insert song cue here.

Retail Tales

Now that Toys R Us has closed, I am revisiting my memories. TRU was one of my first retail jobs! Sniff!

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Cartoons from the days of working at Toys R Us, in Port Richey Florida and drawing cartoons for school at UMSL. (ST Louis)  1988-1992

I Don’t wanna grow up!

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Geoffrey’s secret identity. This went all the way to Corporate.

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Then more work while attending UMSL and working at National Supermarkets.

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Then I started drawing a cartoon strip of my lil aliens living on a ranch in Big Butte Junction, Wyoming. (1995-1998)

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Nowadays it looks like this:

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Wakka Chikka Boom!

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You voice is your instrument!
Noiseguy will teach your to play.
Beat boxing, tunes and toons.
Soundtracks for stories and the history of music!
Yes libraries rock, like a rolling stoooooone! 
Charlie does a good Bob Dylan too.

 

Noises, Tunes and Toons. Charlie the Noiseguy creates mouth sound tracks and beats
for his doodle rumpus, you can too! Shake a tale and rock the room!
Onomatopoeia, storytelling and shenanigans.

 

Doodle Rumpus!

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Rumpus.
noun, plural rum·pus·es.

  1. a noisy or violent disturbance; commotion; uproar: There was a terrible rumpus going on upstairs.
  2. a heated controversy: a rumpus over the school-bond issue.

Doodle.
verb (used with or without object), doo·dled, doo·dling.

  1. to draw or scribble idly: He doodled during the whole lecture.
  2. to waste (time) in aimless or foolish activity.
  3. Dialect. to deceive; cheat.

Southern colloquialism, generally taken as meaning “goofing off.”

Here’s Pygmalien in front of the Observe-a-story.

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Here’s what I look like trying to get a good idea:

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Lesson plan: How to draw, design, develop a concept or gag as dexterity in a laboratory.

Charlie wrote and illustrated a daily cartoon strip, Big Butte Junction for the Daily Times and Star Tribune, in 1995-1998 in Wyoming. It was about life in the rural west.

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How to keep journals, write gags, make comedic lists and recording your thoughts. All elements of your personal style. Dreamin’ I like dreamin’.

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Regardless of what the publishing industry says, the audience is your ultimate editor:

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Sketchy beginnings:

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and the final on sketchbook pro/adobe flash on the computer.

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Here’s one from when I was in middle school!

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and a recent one from 2017.

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My current strip is called Funny in the Head and can be found here!

When I was in 5th grade I used to deface magazines and newspapers. (with Mom’s permission of course!) It’s a good way to critique content and the ridiculousness of your realm. It’s not heckling, it’s postulating.

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Journals of doodles, people sketches, funny ideas.

Don Martin was my inspiration and I practiced defacing magazine ads and newspaper stories. I was a budding heckler as early as the 2nd grade. A sense of humor is our strongest shield in today’s world.

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