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The Dogcatcher Cometh

My favorite dog and favorite bus.
Here’s Shakra in the window of my first and favorite VW bus – The bus’s name was Belle. Picture taken near Juneau, Alaska

Another true life excerpt from the current version of Slackville Road that isn’t making it into the rewrite…great story…and totally true.

The Dogcatcher Cometh

by Vago Damitio

I never bothered paying the $50 to license my dog with the city of Seattle. I wasn’t the best dog owner. I would make sure she had food and take her for walks but she got left alone a lot. She had all of her shots. She was spayed. She minded well and didn’t run away. Besides, she had a tag with her name and my phone number on it in case. So why should I pay $50 to register her? I only had $30 anyway.

Shakra was a little blue heeler and I was in the habit of taking her to a little park near my house in Green Lake, a district of Seattle, in the mornings and evenings and playing Frisbee. She was a great Frisbee dog and it was fun for me to have people stand around and oooh and ahhh when she’d leap in the air. One morning, I woke up a little later than usual and we started down the street. I rarely used a leash as she was highly trained and would heel on command.

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Book Review: The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

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The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Let me get this out of the way. I like Chris Guillebeau. I haven’t met him in person, but I’ve been connected with him on social media for quite a while now, I subscribe to his email newsletter and I think he’s one smart dude. I admire what he has done and continues to do.

I feel like it’s important to share that before I begin this review because I’m going to be brutally honest about a few things both positive and negative in this review. Things about Chris, about the book, about the vast majority of people out there, and about myself. So, if you’re willing to accept that, please read on.

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God Hates Nothing So Much as a Bald Headed Woman

God Hates Nothing So Much as a Bald Headed Woman

As a young boy, the preacher lady would sometimes force us to go to church with her when our folks were fighting. The Jehovah’s Witness bible is different than the other bibles but still set up in the same way. It has two columns per page. Once, while bored in church, another kid showed me that if you read straight across both columns on a certain page you got “God hates nothing so much as a bald headed woman.”

I wonder if God really does hate bald headed women? One thing for sure, a pretty face is pretty with or without hair, but an ugly one needs the hair and all the help it can get.

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Me and God when I was a Child

I wrote this quite a long while back. I incorporated it into the 2009 version of Slackville Road which you can find here. It hasn’t made the cut in the rewrite that I’m sharing by email as a weekly serial though (you can sign up for that for free here) – but I still liked it, so with a few revisions – I’m posting it here. It’s pretty much the god’s honest truth, whatever that may be.

 

I was a holy kind of kid
Even as a baby, I was spiritually inclined as you can see here where I baptize my older brother circa 1973 or so.

When I was six years old, I learned to read. Like most American kids in the 70’s, my favorite publication was Highlights Magazine which I got to read twice a year at the dentist’s office. You remember Highlights, right? It was filled with those morality lessons that religious people want kids to experience.

I still remember empathizing with Goofus as he got the short end of the stick in his relations with his goody two shoes brother, Gallant. In one story he grabbed the biggest cookie off the plate and it ended up tasting like dog-shit while Gallant’s little cookie ended up tasting like manna from heaven. The moral was that smaller portions taste better. Most of America’s fat asses should have listened to that lesson, though I don’t think Highlights meant anything like a matter of diet. More a matter of moral enforced humility. Leave the bigger pieces for those that deserve them. I figured if there was shit in the batter, it got in all the cookies. I hated Gallant. The first of many uptight, pompous, self righteous Christians I would learn to detest.

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The Keys of the Riad – Done! I’m a Nanowrimo Winner

The Keys to the Riad Just in case you were wondering where I got the inspiration for the novel I just finished…here you go.

 

Great feeling to be done. Lots of work still to be done on it, but the first writing is the hardest part. Just getting it down on the page.

Winner of Nano

This book has been quite a journey. Writing a novel in a month is no easy task to begin with but when you add that I was traveling the first 12 days, working from hotel rooms and then back at home, we have a 15 month old daughter and I’m running my business, editing Vagobond, and keeping more than 50 websites going while getting the visa paperwork together for my wife’s immigration visa – I feel very proud to have accomplished this again in 2012.

I felt like completing this book was a major step towards reconnecting with the part of myself that is and always has been a writer. It was an important personal journey. The fact that I managed to finish a few days early. It’s just icing on the cake. Man, this feels good and best of all – I think the book has some real potential too.

I’m a winner! Hooray!

 

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An Invitation from the Madman

I’d like to invite readers to join me  for a thousand and one Sundays of reading and writing.  I’ll write if you’ll read. If you’d like to join me, you can sign up at http://eepurl.com/rMijn but don’t worry, if you decide one Sunday is enough, you can unsubscribe with the click of a button. By the way, there’s no charge for this.

One of the most important things I’ve ever heard about writing is that there needs to be an agreement between the writer and the reader. My agreement with you is this: Read my work and I’ll keep writing the best that I can for you. If you don’t like it for some reason, please let me know and if you can, please tell me why. My email is vago@vagodamitio.com and there is nobody I would rather here from than you, the reader. If you come across grammar or spelling errors, I would love to know about those too. Thanks in advance for entering this agreement with me.

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An Invitation from Vago Damitio: The Madman

I’d like to invite readers to join me  for a thousand and one Sundays of reading and writing.  I’ll write if you’ll read. If you’d like to join me, you can sign up at http://eepurl.com/rMijn but don’t worry, if you decide one Sunday is enough, you can unsubscribe with the click of a button. By the way, there’s no charge for this.

One of the most important things I’ve ever heard about writing is that there needs to be an agreement between the writer and the reader. My agreement with you is this: Read my work and I’ll keep writing the best that I can for you. If you don’t like it for some reason, please let me know and if you can, please tell me why. My email is vago@vagodamitio.com and there is nobody I would rather here from than you, the reader. If you come across grammar or spelling errors, I would love to know about those too. Thanks in advance for entering this agreement with me.

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The Madman

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Vago Damitio’s Weekly Reader

 

 

 

I’d like to invite you to subscribe to

The Madman: Vago Damitio’s Weekly Reader

Here’s the deal:

Every Sunday I’m going to send you an email with something interesting to read.  I’m going to start with the serialized rewrite of my first novel, Slackville Road (you can find it here with my other books, but it’s not the version you’ll get through email).

Slackville Road By Vago DamitioYou’ll be the first to see the rewrite because it will be coming to you. I hope that you’ll provide feedback, comments, and more. After we finish Slackville Road, it will be something else. The whole point of this is to build a more personal relationship between you, the reader, and me, the writer – so please don’t hesitate to contact me – even if you want to say “Hey dumbass, stop using so many dashes!” – or “I think you should have more T & A in this story.”

 

VagoDamitio.com

This is not going to be the same content that appears on VagoDamitio.com – which is my personal website and periodically updated whenever I feel the desire or have something to say –  – if you’d like to subscribe to that (i.e. get each new article emailed to you) you’ll need to go to http://www.vagodamitio.com/feed/ – or just go look at it once in a while and see what’s new there. On the site you will find my books, interviews, columns, photos, and random thoughts. It might be offensive or lame, but it’s real and it’s not driven by anyone but me.

That’s it.
See you on Sunday. By the way, I picked Sunday because I think it’s the best day for reading. I have fond memories of spending Sunday mornings reading over breakfast and I hope that you will enjoy reading me over breakfast – that sounds weird, but I hope you know what I mean.

~Vago

P.S. – This isn’t the usual travel stuff that I’ve become known for through Vagobond.com either. I travel a lot and usually that finds its way into my fiction (and non-fiction of course) but this is about sharing the creative with you. I hope you won’t hesitate to let me know how you like it.

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Meet the old me….ChrisDamitio.com

I used to be me but me by a different name. Used to be that everyone called me Chris, or Christ, or sometimes Christopher. Some people still do, not many, but a few. I don’t mind. It feels like they are talking to someone else, but when it comes down to it, I’m still Christopher Damitio. It’s the name on my passport. It’s the name I was given at birth.

Anyway, a few years ago, after I met my wife – I had to go back to the United States to get some paperwork and some cash so we could get married. The jobs I had lined up all fell through and at the end of my time there, I really only had one asset that I could sell. My blog.

chris damitio 2006At that time, I was blogging at ChrisDamitio.com – I was attached to it. It was my name and it was the only source of income I had. I’d been earning about $200 a month with it but some changes in the SEO industry caused the text link ad merchant I was working with to drop all of their casino clients. Overnight, my blog stopped earning $200 and was earning closer to $50 per month.

Before that blog, I’d blogged at Fukn.us, Existensis.com, and a few other domains all the way back to 1998 when I was publishing a magazine online at Conchsense.com,  so when someone offered me $1000 for chrisdamitio.com, I counted it as a blessing and took it. Since most people called me Vago by that point anyway, I bought Vagobond.com and made a deal with the buyer that I could move all my travel posts from chrisdamitio.com to Vagobond.com. He also promised not to turn chrisdamitio.com into a porn site and to keep the content I’d produced on it.

I’m pretty sure he managed to get the income up to a few hundred dollars per month again without too much effort. The sale gave me the means to get back to Morocco and the other money I earned gave me the means to marry my pretty little bride. But I always regretted selling my name domain away.

That was back in ’09. I’m sure the guy who bought the domain got his money back from it. A few days ago, though, I sent him an email asking if it was still earning any money. Long story short, I bought it back for $360. My given name belongs to me again. I’m pretty chuffed about it.

If you want to see the kind of kooky blogging stuff I did in the old days, it’s all there stretching back to the Conchsense days in the late 1990’s and all the way into 2009 when my life had changed. There’s some overlap with Vagobond.com where the travel stuff was hijacked too, but it’s a nice walk down memory lane.

As you look at my old blog (which, strangely is now my newest blog) you will notice something. I’m a genius. Or, more likely, you’ll just see that once an prick, always a prick. But a prick genius for sure.

I hope you enjoy it even 1/10th as much as I am.

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The future is now…VagoDamitio.com and Vagobond.com

If you’d like to see what’s happening with me these days…you can find me blogging at http://www.vagodamitio.com

If you’d like to read about my travels, you can check out http://www.vagobond.com which is the online magazine I edit. Dig in the archives and the Vagobond Travel Museums and you’ll find my trips.

And of course, you can find me on social media all over the place. Just check out VagoDamitio.com for all the relevant links.

Same guy – different stuff. I’m very happy to tell you that I’ve just two days ago bought back this blog and all of my old content. Very cool to have this back in my possession. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google +

I’m looking forward to reconnecting with you.

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