p.s. Hey. Today's that day in my trip that I realize it's almost over and I start running around getting things in place and trying not to feel too sad. On the visa preparation front, it's a lot of not so interesting to hear about stuff --getting a copy of my mother's medical records and a letter from her hospice care, trying to confirm that the Congresswoman will send the letter supporting the visa, seeing if there's a way to register Yury's and my relationship in Paris, as it seems proving our relationship is serious will help. Things like that. Btw, my mom is doing pretty well considering. She's been amazingly stable for months now, and has been going out to see plays and have dinners with friends and shopping for herself, so on that front we all feel very lucky even if it doesn't change the drastic nature of the future. That's basically my story so far today. ** Bernard welt, Hey, Bernard. Yeah, any tips you can pass along, mafia related or otherwise, would be great. No stone unturned, etc. Good luck finishing whatever you're finishing out there. ** Derekmcc, Thank you, pal. Hey, you may be seeing us before too long depending on how things go. You must know I thought of you in making the magic day and hoped it would tickle your fancy. ** Teenagekicks, Thanks a lot. Nice little Kafka battle you started there. ** Garrison, Are you still down in swampyville? It's sort of swampy lite here. ** Jax, Cool that magic day sparked a plot twist. Personally, I think any movie/soap opera/novel/song/whatever is automatically improved with the addition of a magic trick/shop/-ian. They should teach that in writing workshops. ** T.pkendall. So is the real thing as musty and glittery as it looks? ** Joe mills, When I was wee, I begged and begged my parents to let me join the 'magic trick of the month' club. It took a long time to convince them, I don't know why, but they finally let me join, and about two weeks after I did, it went out of business before I received a single trick in the mail. I still feel the pain. ** Callum, Barring unforeseen disaster, I'll send you a postcard before I leave LA. Cool. Nice idea, nice linkable page. ** Dynomoose, This isn't to say your mom's a crazy cat lady, because she obviously isn't, but your post reminded me that on one of the magic shop websites they sell a crazy cat lady action figure, which I longed to buy for about eight seconds before I came to my senses. ** Rigby101, Oh, that's an ugly, terrible story about your friend's stigmatization. On the other hand, your joke was good. And it cracked up my nephew, so thanks. ** Xkoesj, Hey, man. That's sweet of you. Expect an email from me pronto. Things have been a little crazed. ** Sypha_69, Well, I get the impression you're already set to publish with iUniverse, so I won't warn you off as I probably would have. The thing is, you need to do a lot of work for your book going that route. You need to get the word out. When the time is right, let me know and I'll certainly use my little blog's resources to help. Letting the world know it exists in some way is important. You just need to make sure, in the ways you can, that the book doesn't get completely lost. That's the danger. I imagine you did the same google search I did on your behalf about iUniverse and seen the possible pitfalls. But mainly, awesome you'll have a book out. Can't wait. Keep us here informed, allright? ** Vomitingghosts, You make me so tempted to do a Party Store Day on the blog, but I won't. I do love them though. Not as much as magic shops, but when Halloween rolls around, party stores can become semi-magical to those of us who aren't employees. Oh, you are hereby given my extreme permission to do a Joseph Cornell Day here the minute you're ready. What a great idea. Thanks, vg. You are generosity incarnate, sir. ** Lost child, My sweet friend, thank you. I have a feeling I'm going to get a book out of this whole visa nightmare someday with Yury and me hopefully as the romantic heroes of your thoughts. It seems pretty inveitable given that it's basically been my life for over two years now. ** Tigersare, Believe it or not, that 'Steve's Magic Shop' pic is on the site of that shop. Now, that said, I did cherry pick it from dozens of shots of smiling midleaged men in magician outfits and product walls, so I'm semi-guilty as charged, I guess you could say. ** Antonio, I am so weird, aren't I? It's difficult for me to accept, but the facts are the facts. TLAVideo! I bought a couple of porn tapes through them once and they arrived cracked, chipped, and completely fucked and unplayable, yet they refused to refund my money, and one of the tapes was a Russian thing I really wanted because the main star in it was insane looking, and TLA was the only place selling it, and now it's o.o.p., so I say fuck TLAVideo, even though they do carry my novels which I guess kind of cool even though I bet the number of people who've bought one of my books through TLAVideo is exactly zero. You know, your Cal Arts idea isn't half-bad. I mean you and killer luka and porcelain skull and the other artists out there creating his portfolio. But then he'd get in, and he'd start designing a fashion line, and they'd toss his ass. So I don't know. Also, you gave me a really good -- well, maybe a really good -- idea for an art crit blog day. I don't want to say anymore and spoil the surprise, but thanks for that, you idea exploder you. ** C, I think you're right about Hitler. No offense, but your dad sounds like he needs to be seriously straight bashed. Am I wrong? ** Michael karo, That's a good joke too. I wish my mind could retain jokes. I don't know why it can't. I should write them down. On the asylum issue, no, Russia may be a dictatorship, but since it calls itself a democracy, you can't seek asylum from it. We looked into it because if Yury had evidence of being heavily abused due to his being gay in Russia where gay bashing is like skirt chasing, that might have worked in getting him full time residency in France. But Yury's too fleet of foot, thank God, and his gay bashing has been mostly verbal, so he doesn't qualify unfortunately. ** Jose, Well, Canada may well get us, potato hands. Thanks for asking. ** Ignacio, I've never even heard of Julian McClaren-Ross. I'm a loser. Thanks for getting all juicy and nasty on the blog. That was hot. ** Tosh, I know David Copperfield is a grotesque figure and a fake and all that stuff, and he unforgiveably plays Phil Collins music during his show, but I saw him do his flying around trick in person, and I have to say, it looked like magic to me. ** Paul curran, Your description of your magic trick loving self sounds like me. I don't know about the uploading question. I'm one of those people who has to ask someone for help at every cyber-turn. If you still need to know when I get to Paris, say so, because Yury, computer wiz, surely knows how. ** David e patton, Wow. That was a really nice flashback. Thanks a whole for that. Steven Hall was a really interesting poet, and I wonder what became of him. He was also the boy toy of Rene Ricard for a long time. In fact, in Ricard's amazing first book of poems, the one with the Tiffany blue cover, there are a handful of unbelievably vicious yet great poems about Steven Hall. Anyway, I digress. Thank you again for that sweet refresher. Ah, the good old days. ** David ehrenstein, Got the stuff you sent a-okay. Tomorrow then. ** Brian curtin, It's true. Boy, you sure do have to want it a whole fucking lot though. Thanks, man. ** 5stringaphasia, That's really pretty. You've got the words thing seriously down. ** And with that, I head off into my busy day. Take care until tomorrow.