Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout
Life is never straight (Joey Kulkin photo)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Tim Howard made 16 saves against Belgium, a World Cup record (Reuters)

BENNINGTON -- Tim Howard. Performance for the ages.

Doesn't take away the sting of a 2-1 defeat though. Round of 16. Stand or fall.

One day the U.S. will possess a killer passing game to compete with, and beat, the elite.

Till then ...

... Tim Howard. Goddamn glorious 120 minutes for the ages.


Wrote a thing yesterday about a woman from North Chicago who called the gallery to buy the print on wood of a chick pedaling her bike to another adventure. Posted a vignette here about the piece an hour earlier. The woman was besties with Nina from K thru 8 in Iowa City. She remembers how cool Nina's room was because the walls were lined with art -- especially the horses! "Everyone knew she had a gift."

They watched MTV for hours and days and weeks and years.

They wept when The Police broke up in '84!

Amy laughed when I mentioned Nina's undying love for Cy Curnin of The Fixx.

Their friendship hit the fork in the rode after 8th grade: Nina went to West High and Amy went to City High. Everything changes in high school. New friends, new pressures, harder academics, new interests -- boys and boys and boys and boys -- and before you know it the girl you cried with because Sting, Stuart and Andy called it quits fades from consciousness.

Nina and Amy never spoke again after the 8th grade.

Tried to capture a little of that history in the vignette.

The old besties reconnected in the comment section.

Just a matter of time before they reunite to talk about Sting and Cy and so much more.