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September 20, 2017

Talk about nervous. Here I am backstage. Right before the big premiere. Opening night of my Off Broadway one-man show. “Ace Backwords Sings His Most Popular Facebook Posts.”

The critics were all gunning to crucify me. The bastards. But even that gay guy at the New York Times was forced to concede: “I laughed. I cried. I gave it a like.”

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I always liked this song. I thought I’d post it since its Tuesday night.

Someone once said — I think it was me who said it but I was misquoted — “Art is the combination of artifice and spontenaity.”

For some reason that quote reminded me of Tom Waits.

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I have to admit I have a bit of an attitude about Tom Waits. His professional show biz image is that of this “street cat” who hangs out at “joints” and is into “bee-bop.” This beatnik hepcat

But from what I heard he’s spent the last 30 years living in a suburban home with a wife and kids.

I always wondered. Does Tom Waits keep his rumpled “skid row” suit and cap neatly hanging on a clothes hanger in his suburban closet?

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Superman spanks whoever the hell he wants.

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An incredible advancement in the evolution of humanity!!

The invention of the hot dog and hamburger combo!!

A man in Australia has successfully patented, and started selling, the Hamdog – a combination of a hotdog and a burger in one bun.
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Bump on the log.

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People’s Park kitty.

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 Hate Man and his stuff.
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September 19, 2017

Shannon Wheeler question of the day:

“Are there any animals that aren’t edible? Asking for a friend.”

I’ve heard that three-toed-sloths taste just like chicken.

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Larry Oberc question of the day:

“What was your favorite punk band?”

Sex Pistols.

I admit I’m a little demented (stop the presses). My two main interests these days are a.) sports and b.) the Presidential election.

I’m already looking forward to the Big Debate next Monday. HILLARY AND TRUMP!! SQUARING OFF IN THE RING!! NO HOLDS BARRED!! (well, no noogies are allowed).

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This post by Derrick reminded me. Ha ha. For many years I ran a 25 cent used book vending table on Telegraph Avenue. I’d end up with about 100 dollars in change every day. Week after week. Month after month. I’d literally end up with garbage bags full of coins. And I’d have to separate all the quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. And put them in rolls so I could exchange them at the bank for bills.

I stopped doing my 25 cent used book vending table in 2009. But 7 years later I still have a big bag of 500 dollars worth of quarters stashed in my storage locker that I’ve never got around to taking to the bank.

Ha ha. I really am kind of nutty.

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Well. That’s a look.

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A favorite photo of Moo Cat. She’s been banished from the feral cat tribe. She picked one fight too many. So now Scaredy Cat runs her off if she comes within 50 feet of my campsite.

So now every night she’s waiting for me down by the road at the foot of the trail leading to my campsite. She starts purring loudly and rubbing against my ankles as soon as she spots me.

So I set up her food dish down there and feed her there now. So at least she’s staying well-fed. But I miss her hanging out at my campsite. But that’s what she gets for being such a shit-disturber with the other cats.

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Moo Cat, the slightly nuerotic and aggro feral cat. What can I say. She had a wider range of intense emotions than most cats. Including affection. Just very high-strung.

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September 18, 2017

Cartoonists.

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Bill Kartalopoulos is with Chester Brown and 3 others at Adam Baumgold Gallery.

Last night in NYC: Chester Brown, Lynda Barry, Art Spiegelman, Phoebe Gloeckner and Adam Baumgold at the Adam Baumgold Gallery.

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.Sometimes I’ll get in Facebook arguments. And I’ll realize — belatedly — that I had based my argument on a fake news story. Or I had misinterpreted the facts. I suddenly realize I was wrong. Which is a sickening feeling. I’m fool. I’m not nearly as smart as I thought I was. Its embarrassing.

But the weird thing is. A lot of the tims I’ll realize I’m right. And I know what I’m talking about.

Throwback Thursday. This is me back in 1997. Now, 17 years later, I’m still available to the general public having been cleverly repackaged as a Kindle ebook. I’ve never actually seen an ebook but I’m told they’re quite nice. PLUS!! I get about 3 bucks every time I foist one of these things on the public at large.

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September 16, 2017

Stop him before he sniffs again!!

Authorities have arrested the man wanted by Florida International University authorities for allegedly smelling women’s feet on campus.
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This is a little ironic considering that Burroughs did “do it.” He blew his wife’s head off.

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I just signed up for Twitter. I have no idea what it is or what I’m getting myself into.

Instantly connect to what’s most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.
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Miley Cyrus causing trouble again.

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The funniest s**t I’ve seen in a long time!

Don’t go in that door!!!

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One of my beloved feral cats.

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September 15, 2017

I’ve probably already expended too much mental energy on this election. I can’t stand either Trump or Hillary. But I respect everyone’s opinion. Whatever your rooting interest is in this horse race. Your guess is as good as mine.

But I’m avidly looking forward to the Great Debate on September 26 (a week from this Monday for those of you keeping score at home).

Just like I’m looking forward to the Niners – Panthers football game on Sunday

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 Dick and Jane: The Final Chapter.

“Jump, Dick, Jump.”

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Larry Orbec question of the day;

“They say everything happens for a reason. Is that really true?”

Right now. At this exact moment. The Earth is rotating around the Sun at an exact rotation.

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I’m not sure what it is about cats that I find so adorable. One wag suggested that since I never had children — never “procreated” as they say — I project that impulse onto kittens. They’re my little babies.

That sort of makes sense. Its a plausible theory.

At any rate. This is the homeless Peoples Park kittie. She’s Fernando’s cat. Fernando is a homeless guy who hangs out at Hate Camp.

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What are doing on my shoulder?

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Bad-ass Kittie attacks my sneakers.

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Up to mischief. As usual.

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“GET HIM!!”

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“Where did that wascally squirrel go?”

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September 15, 2017
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.”Moo Cat misanthrope”

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Artistic rendering of Crier the one-year-old feral kitty

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I’ve always suffered from what I guess you would call “body issues.” Basically, I’ve always hated how I looked. I’m not sure why. . . I think its tied in with a basic self-loathing. Or maybe its just a manifestation of the general weirdness of existing in a human body in the first place. Its weird because I generally like how everybody else looks. Everybody else looks just fine. . .

I guess most people think of this as a woman thing. Being preoccupied with your physical appearance. But probably a lot of guys trip on it too.

I was just thinking about this. Because I was just looking at my feet. And I realized I never had a problem with how my feet looked. They always looked fine.

So thats a start.

Maybe I can start with my feet and eventually work my way up to my head.

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September 14, 2017

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This is a feral tom that I cleverly named Feral Tom. He survived on his own for many years in the Berkeley hills until he eventually discovered my food dish. Feral Tom is a total loner. He’ll often disappear for months at a stretch. He has sort of a sad and hang-dog demeanor. This vibe of melancholy. Like he’s been put through the mill. But definitely a survivor’s pride. And seems to appreciate the cat food I put out more than the others. Will often sit nearby me for long periods after eating, sort of basking in the after-glow of a good meal.

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 “Crier”

Crier, keeping warm in 37 degree cold.

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“Mailart! Mailart is on my mind. If it ain’t mailart, it’s the radio show. If it ain’t those two it’s bowling. Bowling season has started once again. Sucked last Thursday, Did okay Friday and sucked last night sparing in the Tuesday Scratch league. Consistency – it ain’t there. However, I am somewhat consistent in the mailart department. Here’s one I just did using an Ace Backwords strip originally published in a Queensland, Australia newspaper from goodness knows when. Another mailartist sent me a bunch of paper bits and the Ace strip was in the mix. As I have strips going back 30 years from when newspapers were worth buying for news and comics I figured this was a good time to use some of them.”

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On this date last year: Scaredy Cat and Fatty as wee little kittens. They were inseparable companions back then. Still are.

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This was the first home of my own that I ever had. This studio apartment in Berkeley. I lived there in 1979 and 1980. Rent was $115 a month if you can believe it. It was one of six stucco apartments, side by side, all connected by the same roof. So we all got to know each other. The next-door neighbors dropping by to borrow a cup of sugar. That bit.

Three of the tenants were on welfare. Another one — this Vietnamese guy with a wife and two young sons who didn’t speak a …

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University and San Pablo.

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My critics have spoken:

“You’re quick with smug sarcasm and condescension, Ace. What else have you got? Facts? Well-reasoned arguments? Anything?”

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September 13, 2017
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“A Corny Love Song.”

By brilliant, brain-damaged Ace Backwords. In the chord of E

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“Goddamn Fucking Piece of Shit.”

An original song by songwriter Ace Backwords.

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The homeless situation is a mess. The streets weren’t designed for millions of people to be living on them. And its a horror for the majority of the homeless people. As well as for the indoor people who have the homeless camping and pissing in their doorways.

Myself? Personally? I like living on the streets. I like the wildness and the action. But needless to say I’m a little nutty.

I have posted plenty of posts critical of Trump. And rightly so.

But I’m getting damn sick and tired of every time I post something critical of Hillary, all the brilliant Hillary supporters tell me:

a.) I’ve been brainwashed by “Faux News” (good one).

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Hate Man is under a lot of strain lately. The cop that gave him a “tresspassing” ticket and a “7-day-stayaway” from the Park last week. Came back and threatened to throw him in jail for “having too much stuff.”

“Its a war,” said Hate Man. As he often says.

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Homeless little kitten at Hate Camp. Getting into all sorts of mischief.

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A little kitten makes the scene at Hate Camp.

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I’m usually at my worst in the morning before I’ve had my first cup of coffee. I’m usually pretty shattered from all the drinking I had done the night before. And face it. I’m hardly Mr. Sunshine in the best of circumstances. So I usually wake up with these strong feelings of dread and anxiety. As well as my usual mindless rage towards all of humanity.

So my first big challenge every morning is to purchase my coffee at a local coffee shop without killing anybody. It is my f…

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September 13, 2017

 

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September 12, 2017

My personal scorecard:

My 20s were very exciting but mostly unsatisfying.

My 30s were extremely creative.

My 40s I ruled the goddamn Universe.

My 50s pretty much sucked from start to finish.

My 60s? Who the hell knows what the Fates still have in store for me.

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Never trust anybody over 60.

Ha ha. “Illary.” People are so clever. I think she just got a new nickname.

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I decided to celebrate my 60th birthday sitting in a bar by myself and getting drunk while watching the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night football.

I suppose my life could have turned out worse.

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I’m 20 years older than John Lennon.
20 years older than Lenny Bruce.
15 years older than Jack Kerouac.
7 years older than Jerry Garcia.
2 years older than Andy Warhol.

This morning as I was walking down the hill from my campsite I spotted a cigarette pack on the sidewalk. Marlboro Lights. I thought: “Wouldn’t it be cool if there were cigarettes in the pack in honor of this being my birthday and all.” And when I opened up the pack there was indeed 4 cigarettes in the pack.

I took that as a good omen. A sign. It was a birthday gift from the gods.

I guess it would have been cooler if the gods had put 6 cigarettes in the pack in honor of my 60t

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Happy 60th Birthday to Ace Backwords.

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Ghosts of Berkeley. This building on Shattuck & Bancroft used to be an abandoned bank. It was boarded up at the time. In 1994 I used the building to record the TELEGRAPH STREET MUSIC CD. This friend of mine who worked at Berkeley Civic Arts group at City Hall had access to the building. So she gave me the key and let me use the building for my purposes (she was putting on an art gallery showing at the time of me and Duncan’s art which is how I got connected with her).

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Life Among the Feral Cats. Starring, the ever-agro Moo Cat.

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 Great Wingnuts of Berkeley (no. 948 in a series). The notorious HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Guy. My favorite part of his heck is when somebody starts to heckle him and he immediately points at them and starts shouting: “CIA! CIA! CIA!”
Happy Happy Happy!!!
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I like this one. Anyone in a band can probably relate.

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