Review of “I Killed Adolf Hitler” by Jason

“I got to get rid of the body”

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Jason. I Killed Adolph Hitler. Fantagraphics, 2007. Print.

Awards

2008: Eisner Award, Best U.S. Edition of International Material, for I Killed Adolf Hitler 

#62 on CBH Greatest Graphic Novels of all Time

Book Summary

From the publisher, “In this full-color graphic novel, Jason posits a strange, violent world in which contract killers can be hired to rub out pests, be they dysfunctional relatives, abusive co-workers, loud neighbors, or just annoyances in general — and as you might imagine, their services are in heavy demand. One such killer is given the unique job of traveling back in time to kill Adolf Hitler in 1939… but things go spectacularly wrong. Hitler overpowers the would-be assassin and sends himself to the present, leaving the killer stranded in the past. The killer eventually finds his way back to the present by simply waiting the decades out as he ages, and teams up with his now much-younger girlfriend to track down the missing fascist dictator… at which point the book veers further into Jason territory, as the cartoonist’s minimalist, wickedly dry sense of humor slows down the story to a crawl: for long patches absolutely nothing happens, but nobody can make nothing happening as riotously entertaining as Jason does… and finally, when the reader isn’t paying attention, he brings it together with a shocking, perfectly logical and yet completely unexpected climax which also solves a mystery from the very beginning of the book the reader had forgotten about. As always, I Killed Adolf Hitler is rendered in Jason’s crisp deadpan neo-clear-line style, once again augmented by lovely, understated coloring.”

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Courtesy of goodreads.com

My Thoughts

Spoiler alert, Adolph Hitler dies… Big shocker I know.  The title is very much in the writing style of the novel: minimalist, terse, and concise. No need for grand allusions or literary whatnot; Jason writes very well and does not need to be wordy. The writing could almost come off as cold, but it isn’t really. It is just succinct. Why write a paragraph, when one word will work. Using this terse writing style, he explores themes of love, loss, moving on, and assassination and morality in equal measures throughout the book.

You would think that with a plot like the assassination of Adolph Hitler through time travel via a for-hire assassin, it would be difficult to add in a romance element to it. But Jason makes it work rather well. Again the romance is bare bones, but the emotions are subtle, raw, and very thoughtful.

His protagonist is an interesting choice for the story. He set him as an assassin who kills without qualms on a daily basis without the worry of legal or moral ramifications. However, throughout the novel, he shows morality, and empathy and even longing in other areas of his life. The leads the reader to think of him as a walking, talking, killing contradiction. How can the reader have compassion for his plights and cheer him on in his quest to assassinate Adolph Hitler at the same time? It is a conundrum, but it happens very quickly. Although, calling him a likable character would do him a disservice. You do kinda like him. He has a very macabre sense of humor that we get little wisps of throughout the story. Even with his sparse lines, he says much in the “in-between” panels.

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Kill Hitler. http://www.goodreads.com

What humor there is very macabre and very dry, skimming the line of the ironic. In one scene the assassin is working in his office, that looks very much like a doctors office. He has a line of customers (patients) waiting patiently to see him. The whole scene is bathed in irony and macabre humor.

Graphically, again the panels are very spare. A limited color palette is used, as well as a very sparse, very flat linework. The main characters are humans, with cartoonish animal heads. You can tell that Jason was very much influenced by the Ligne Clair comic style, à la “Adventures of Tin Tin.” “(Ligne Claire) Uses clear, strong lines all of the same width and no hatching, while contrast is downplayed as well. Cast shadows are often illuminated. Additionally, the style often features strong colors and a combination of cartoonish characters against a realistic background. All these elements together can result in giving comics drawn this way a flat aspect. (wikipedia.com)” Jason nailed this style.

Conclusion

Read it, it will take you an hour at most. Jason comics are among the best graphic novels have to offer right now. They are profound without being egotistical and pompous. Jason gets you thinking about things without it clouding over your day. They are perfect.

“Ligne Claire.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 15 June 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ligne_claire.

I did it! I listened to Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs Ever

In 2004 Rolling Stone Magazine came out with a 500 greatest list. Over the years I have tried to listen to a few songs here and there from the list to broaden my own horizons. It has been an experience. Some of the songs were life-affirming, others not so much. That is the thing with art or music. It makes you feel something, good or bad. I certainly got the feels from many of these songs. It was a great experience.

Favorites? Pretty much anything by Sam Cooke or The Kinks and I now can say without any shred of doubt in my mind that I despise Neil Young’s music. No offense Neil, but you sing like you have marbles in your mouth.

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  1. Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan
  2. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones
  3. Imagine by John Lennon
  4. What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye
  5. Respect by Aretha Franklin
  6. Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
  7. Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry
  8. Hey Jude by The Beatles
  9. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
  10. What’d I Say by Ray Charles
  11. My Generation by The Who
  12. A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
  13. Yesterday by The Beatles
  14. Blowin’ In The Wind by Bob Dylan
  15. London Calling by The Clash
  16. I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles
  17. Purple Haze by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  18. Maybellene by Chuck Berry
  19. Hound Dog by Elvis Presley
  20. Let It Be by The Beatles
  21. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
  22. Be My Baby by The Ronettes
  23. In My Life by The Beatles
  24. People Get Ready by The Impressions
  25. God Only Knows by The Beach Boys
  26. A Day In The Life by The Beatles
  27. Layla by Derek And The Dominos
  28. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding
  29. Help! by The Beatles
  30. I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash
  31. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
  32. Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones
  33. River Deep – Mountain High by Ike & Tina Turner
  34. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ by The Righteous Brothers
  35. Light My Fire by The Doors
  36. One by U2
  37. No Woman, No Cry by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  38. Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones
  39. That’ll Be The Day by Buddy Holly
  40. Dancing In The Street by Martha And The Vandellas
  41. The Weight by The Band
  42. Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks
  43. Tutti Frutti by Little Richard
  44. Georgia On My Mind by Ray Charles
  45. Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley
  46. Heroes by David Bowie
  47. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon And Garfunkel
  48. All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
  49. Hotel California by Eagles
  50. The Tracks Of My Tears by The Miracles
  51. The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  52. When Doves Cry by Prince
  53. Anarchy In The U.K. by Sex Pistols
  54. When A Man Loves A Woman by Percy Sledge
  55. Louie Louie by The Kingsmen
  56. Long Tall Sally by Little Richard
  57. A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum
  58. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
  59. The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan
  60. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
  61. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On by Jerry Lee Lewis
  62. Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley
  63. For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield
  64. She Loves You by The Beatles
  65. Sunshine Of Your Love by Cream
  66. Redemption Song by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  67. Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley
  68. Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan
  69. Crying by Roy Orbison
  70. Walk On By by Dionne Warwick
  71. California Girls by The Beach Boys
  72. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag by James Brown
  73. Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran
  74. Superstition by Stevie Wonder
  75. Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
  76. Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles
  77. Mystery Train by Elvis Presley
  78. I Feel Good by James Brown
  79. Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds
  80. I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
  81. Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino
  82. You Really Got Me by The Kinks
  83. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) by The Beatles
  84. Every Breath You Take by The Police
  85. Crazy by Patsy Cline
  86. Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen
  87. Ring Of Fire by Johnny Cash
  88. My Girl by The Temptations
  89. California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & The Papas
  90. In The Still Of The Nite by The Five Satins
  91. Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley
  92. Blitzkrieg Bop by Ramones
  93. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2
  94. Good Golly, Miss Molly by Little Richard
  95. Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins
  96. Great Balls Of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis
  97. Roll Over Beethoven by Chuck Berry
  98. Love And Happiness by Al Green
  99. Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  100. You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones
  101. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by Jimi Hendrix
  102. Be-Bop-A-Lula by Gene Vincent
  103. Hot Stuff by Donna Summer
  104. Living For The City by Stevie Wonder
  105. The Boxer by Simon And Garfunkel
  106. Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan
  107. Not Fade Away by Buddy Holly
  108. Little Red Corvette by Prince
  109. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
  110. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) by Otis Redding
  111. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams
  112. That’s All Right by Elvis Presley
  113. Up On The Roof by The Drifters
  114. Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) by The Crystals
  115. You Send Me by Sam Cooke
  116. Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones
  117. Take Me To The River by Al Green
  118. Shout (Parts 1 And 2) by The Isley Brothers
  119. Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
  120. I Want You Back by The Jackson 5
  121. Stand By Me by Ben E. King
  122. House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals
  123. It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World by James Brown
  124. Jumpin’ Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones
  125. Will You Love Me Tomorrow by The Shirelles
  126. Shake, Rattle & Roll by Big Joe Turner
  127. Changes by David Bowie
  128. Rock & Roll Music by Chuck Berry
  129. Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
  130. Maggie May by Rod Stewart
  131. With Or Without You by U2
  132. Who Do You Love by Bo Diddley
  133. Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who
  134. In The Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett
  135. While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles
  136. Your Song by Elton John
  137. Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
  138. Family Affair by Sly & The Family Stone
  139. I Saw Her Standing There by The Beatles
  140. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
  141. All I Have To Do Is Dream by The Everly Brothers
  142. Please by Please
  143. Purple Rain by Prince
  144. I Wanna Be Sedated by Ramones
  145. Everyday People by Sly & The Family Stone
  146. Rock Lobster by The B-52’s
  147. Lust For Life by Iggy Pop
  148. Me And Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin
  149. Cathy’s Clown by The Everly Brothers
  150. Eight Miles High by The Byrds
  151. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) by The Penguins
  152. Foxey Lady by Jimi Hendrix
  153. A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles
  154. Rave On by Buddy Holly
  155. Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  156. The Sound Of Silence by Simon And Garfunkel
  157. I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos
  158. (We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley And His Comets
  159. I’m Waiting For The Man by The Velvet Underground
  160. Bring The Noise by Public Enemy
  161. I Can’t Stop Loving You by Ray Charles
  162. Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinéad O’Connor
  163. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  164. Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
  165. Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
  166. Lose Yourself by Eminem
  167. Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye
  168. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone by The Temptations
  169. Losing My Religion by R.E.M.
  170. Both Sides, Now by Joni Mitchell
  171. Dancing Queen by ABBA
  172. Dream On by Aerosmith
  173. God Save The Queen by Sex Pistols
  174. Paint It, Black by The Rolling Stones
  175. I Fought The Law by The Bobby Fuller Four
  176. Don’t Worry Baby by The Beach Boys
  177. Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty
  178. September Gurls by Big Star
  179. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division
  180. Hey Ya! by OutKast
  181. Green Onions by Booker T. & The MG’s
  182. Save The Last Dance For Me by The Drifters
  183. The Thrill Is Gone by B.B. King
  184. Please Please Me by The Beatles
  185. Desolation Row by Bob Dylan
  186. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) by Aretha Franklin
  187. Back In Black by AC/DC
  188. Who’ll Stop The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  189. Stayin’ Alive by Bee Gees
  190. Knocking On Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan
  191. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  192. Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell
  193. There Goes My Baby by The Drifters
  194. Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly
  195. Maybe by The Chantels
  196. Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses
  197. Don’t Be Cruel by Elvis Presley
  198. Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix
  199. Flash Light by Parliament
  200. Loser by Beck
  201. Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order
  202. Come Together by The Beatles
  203. Positively 4th Street by Bob Dylan
  204. Try A Little Tenderness by Otis Redding
  205. Lean On Me by Bill Withers
  206. Reach Out I’ll Be There by Four Tops
  207. Bye Bye Love by The Everly Brothers
  208. Gloria by Them
  209. In My Room by The Beach Boys
  210. 96 Tears by Question Mark And The Mysterians
  211. Caroline, No by The Beach Boys
  212. 1999 by Prince
  213. Your Cheatin’ Heart by Hank Williams
  214. Rockin’ In The Free World by Neil Young
  215. Sh-Boom by The Chords
  216. Do You Believe In Magic? by The Lovin’ Spoonful
  217. Jolene by Dolly Parton
  218. Boom Boom by John Lee Hooker
  219. Spoonful by Howlin’ Wolf
  220. Walk Away Renée by The Left Banke
  221. Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed
  222. Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
  223. Dance To The Music by Sly & The Family Stone
  224. Good Times by Chic
  225. Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters
  226. Moondance by Van Morrison
  227. Fire And Rain by James Taylor
  228. Should I Stay Or Should I Go by The Clash
  229. Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters
  230. Just Like A Woman by Bob Dylan
  231. Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye
  232. Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel) by Roy Orbison
  233. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place by The Animals
  234. I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better by The Byrds
  235. I Got A Woman by Ray Charles
  236. Everyday by Buddy Holly
  237. Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa
  238. I Fall To Pieces by Patsy Cline
  239. The Wanderer by Dion
  240. Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield
  241. Stand! by Sly & The Family Stone
  242. Rocket Man by Elton John
  243. Love Shack by The B-52’s
  244. Gimme Some Lovin’ by The Spencer Davis Group
  245. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by The Band
  246. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher by Jackie Wilson
  247. Hot Fun In The Summertime by Sly & The Family Stone
  248. Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang
  249. Chain Of Fools by Aretha Franklin
  250. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
  251. Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin
  252. Money Honey by The Drifters
  253. All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople
  254. Highway To Hell by AC/DC
  255. Heart Of Glass by Blondie
  256. Paranoid Android by Radiohead
  257. Wild Thing by The Troggs
  258. I Can See For Miles by The Who
  259. Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
  260. Oh, What A Night by The Dells
  261. Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder
  262. Ooo Baby Baby by The Miracles
  263. He’s A Rebel by The Crystals
  264. Sail Away by Randy Newman
  265. Tighten Up by Archie Bell & The Drells
  266. Walking In The Rain by The Ronettes
  267. Personality Crisis by New York Dolls
  268. Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2
  269. Roadrunner by The Modern Lovers
  270. He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones
  271. Sloop John B by The Beach Boys
  272. Sweet Little Sixteen by Chuck Berry
  273. Something by The Beatles
  274. Somebody To Love by Jefferson Airplane
  275. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
  276. I’ll Take You There by The Staple Singers
  277. Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie
  278. Pictures Of You by The Cure
  279. Chapel Of Love by The Dixie Cups
  280. Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers
  281. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life by Stevie Wonder
  282. Help Me by Joni Mitchell
  283. Call Me by Blondie
  284. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love And Understanding? by Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  285. Smokestack Lightning by Howlin’ Wolf
  286. Summer Babe by Pavement
  287. Walk This Way by Run-D.M.C.
  288. Money (That’s What I Want) by Barrett Strong
  289. Can’t Buy Me Love by The Beatles
  290. Stan by Eminem feat. Dido
  291. She’s Not There by The Zombies
  292. Train In Vain by The Clash
  293. Tired Of Being Alone by Al Green
  294. Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
  295. Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones
  296. Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  297. Heart Of Gold by Neil Young
  298. One Way Or Another by Blondie
  299. Sign ‘O’ The Times by Prince
  300. Like A Prayer by Madonna
  301. Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? by Rod Stewart
  302. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain by Willie Nelson
  303. Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones
  304. With A Little Help From My Friends by The Beatles
  305. Say It Loud — I’m Black And I’m Proud by James Brown
  306. That’s Entertainment by The Jam
  307. Why Do Fools Fall In Love by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
  308. Lonely Teardrops by Jackie Wilson
  309. What’s Love Got To Do With It by Tina Turner
  310. Iron Man by Black Sabbath
  311. Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers
  312. In Dreams by Roy Orbison
  313. I Put A Spell On You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  314. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
  315. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood by The Animals
  316. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
  317. Many Rivers To Cross by Jimmy Cliff
  318. Alison by Elvis Costello
  319. School’s Out by Alice Cooper
  320. Heartbreaker by Led Zeppelin
  321. Cortez The Killer by Neil Young
  322. Fight The Power by Public Enemy
  323. Dancing Barefoot by Patti Smith
  324. Baby Love by The Supremes
  325. Good Lovin’ by The Rascals
  326. Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine by James Brown
  327. For Your Precious Love by Jerry Butler
  328. The End by The Doors
  329. That’s The Way Of The World by Earth, Wind & Fire
  330. We Will Rock You by Queen
  331. I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt
  332. Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan
  333. Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum
  334. Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones
  335. Sweet Jane by The Velvet Underground
  336. Walk This Way by Aerosmith
  337. Beat It by Michael Jackson
  338. Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney
  339. You Keep Me Hangin’ On by The Supremes
  340. Baba O’Riley by The Who
  341. The Harder They Come by Jimmy Cliff
  342. Runaround Sue by Dion
  343. Jim Dandy by LaVern Baker
  344. Piece Of My Heart by Big Brother And The Holding Company
  345. La Bamba by Ritchie Valens
  346. California Love by 2Pac
  347. Candle In The Wind by Elton John
  348. That Lady (Part 1 And 2) by The Isley Brothers
  349. Spanish Harlem by Ben E. King
  350. The Locomotion by Little Eva
  351. The Great Pretender by The Platters
  352. All Shook Up by Elvis Presley
  353. Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
  354. Watching The Detectives by Elvis Costello
  355. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  356. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Eurythmics
  357. Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix
  358. Nowhere To Run by Martha And The Vandellas
  359. Got My Mojo Working by Muddy Waters
  360. Killing Me Softly With His Song by Roberta Flack
  361. Complete Control by The Clash
  362. All You Need Is Love by The Beatles
  363. The Letter by The Box Tops
  364. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
  365. Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers
  366. How Deep Is Your Love by Bee Gees
  367. White Room by Cream
  368. Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode
  369. I’m A Man by Bo Diddley
  370. The Wind Cries Mary by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  371. I Can’t Explain by The Who
  372. Marquee Moon by Television
  373. Wonderful World by Sam Cooke
  374. Brown Eyed Handsome Man by Chuck Berry
  375. Another Brick In The Wall, Part II by Pink Floyd
  376. Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
  377. Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles
  378. Pride (In The Name Of Love) by U2
  379. Radio Free Europe by R.E.M.
  380. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
  381. Tell It Like It Is by Aaron Neville
  382. Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve
  383. Whipping Post by The Allman Brothers Band
  384. Ticket To Ride by The Beatles
  385. Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  386. I Know You Got Soul by Eric B. & Rakim
  387. Tiny Dancer by Elton John
  388. Roxanne by The Police
  389. Just My Imagination by The Temptations
  390. Baby I Need Your Loving by Four Tops
  391. Band Of Gold by Freda Payne
  392. O-o-h Child by Five Stairsteps
  393. Summer In The City by The Lovin’ Spoonful
  394. Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
  395. Remember (Walkin’ In The Sand) by The Shangri-Las
  396. Thirteen by Big Star
  397. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Öyster Cult
  398. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  399. Enter Sandman by Metallica
  400. Kicks by Paul Revere And The Raiders
  401. Tonight’s The Night by The Shirelles
  402. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) by Sly & The Family Stone
  403. C’mon Everybody by Eddie Cochran
  404. Visions Of Johanna by Bob Dylan
  405. We’ve Only Just Begun by Carpenters
  406. I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly
  407. In Bloom by Nirvana
  408. Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
  409. Crossroads by Cream
  410. Monkey Gone To Heaven by Pixies
  411. I Feel Love by Donna Summer
  412. Ode To Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry
  413. The Girl Can’t Help It by Little Richard
  414. Young Blood by The Coasters
  415. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) by Four Tops
  416. The Boys Of Summer by Don Henley
  417. Fuck Tha Police by N.W.A
  418. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills & Nash
  419. Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang by Dr. Dre
  420. It’s Your Thing by The Isley Brothers
  421. Piano Man by Billy Joel
  422. Lola by The Kinks
  423. Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis Presley
  424. Tumbling Dice by The Rolling Stones
  425. William, It Was Really Nothing by The Smiths
  426. Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple
  427. New Year’s Day by U2
  428. Mitch Ryder:Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly by Mitch Ryder
  429. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love by Solomon Burke
  430. White Man In Hammersmith Palais by The Clash
  431. Ain’t It A Shame by Fats Domino
  432. Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys Knight & The Pips
  433. Ramble On by Led Zeppelin
  434. Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett
  435. Beast Of Burden by The Rolling Stones
  436. Alone Again Or by Love
  437. Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley
  438. I Wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges
  439. Pink Houses by John Mellencamp
  440. Push It by Salt-N-Pepa
  441. Come Go With Me by The Del-Vikings
  442. Keep A Knockin’ by Little Richard
  443. I Shot The Sheriff by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  444. I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher
  445. Come As You Are by Nirvana
  446. Pressure Drop by Toots & The Maytals
  447. Leader Of The Pack by The Shangri-Las
  448. Heroin by The Velvet Underground
  449. Penny Lane by The Beatles
  450. By The Time I Get To Phoenix by Glen Campbell
  451. The Twist by Chubby Checker
  452. Cupid by Sam Cooke
  453. Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses
  454. My Sweet Lord by George Harrison
  455. All Apologies by Nirvana
  456. Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price
  457. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker by Ramones
  458. Soul Man by Sam & Dave
  459. Rollin’ Stone by Muddy Waters
  460. One Fine Day by The Chiffons
  461. Kiss by Prince
  462. Respect Yourself by The Staple Singers
  463. Rain by The Beatles
  464. Standing In The Shadows Of Love by Four Tops
  465. Surrender by Cheap Trick
  466. Runaway by Del Shannon
  467. Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N’ Roses
  468. Search And Destroy by The Stooges
  469. It’s Too Late by Carole King
  470. Free Man In Paris by Joni Mitchell
  471. On The Road Again by Willie Nelson
  472. Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes
  473. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man by Aretha Franklin
  474. One Nation Under A Groove by Funkadelic
  475. Sabotage by Beastie Boys
  476. I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner
  477. Super Freak by Rick James
  478. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
  479. Lady Marmalade by Labelle
  480. Into The Mystic by Van Morrison
  481. Young Americans by David Bowie
  482. I’m Eighteen by Alice Cooper
  483. Just Like Heaven by The Cure
  484. I Love Rock N’ Roll by Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
  485. Graceland by Paul Simon
  486. How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths
  487. Under The Boardwalk by The Drifters
  488. Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
  489. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
  490. Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones
  491. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Dusty Springfield
  492. Running On Empty by Jackson Browne
  493. Then He Kissed Me by The Crystals
  494. Desperado by Eagles
  495. Shop Around by The Miracles
  496. Miss You by The Rolling Stones
  497. Buddy Holly by Weezer
  498. Rainy Night In Georgia by Brook Benton
  499. The Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy
  500. More Than A Feeling by Boston

 

 

The Tiki Putt – Gresham, Oregon

Where Tiki Gods go to die.

The Tiki Putt – Portland Bucket List

I am not sure what to say about this place. Maybe I went to the wrong glow-in-the-dark

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Let me get some Scandia Love.

putt-putt, but this was less than stellar. Here is the thing… I was raised in Las Vegas as a child of the 1980s, we had Scandia. Scandia was freaking awesome. No, it did not have neon and blacklights and tiki torches, but it did have a killer putt-putt range including a castle and water hazards. It also had a batting cage, water bumper boats, two different race car tracks for bumper cars, and a great arcade. As it got older, it did get a bit dated, but C’mon! It was a Vegas landmark.

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Confused shark seems confused. Where did my ball go?

Enter the Tiki-putt. It had cinderblocks painted neon colors, murals on the walls, and a course where you have absolutely no clue where to go or what to do next. It was lame sauce. Which may or may not be because I am utterly spoiled on the putt-putt front from Scandia.

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Look I have a cleverly placed tongue that makes it near impossible to get a shot through.

When we went to the Tiki Putt it was really crowded, and the crows looked like people having a great time. Kids jubilantly swung their putters and winging balls god knows where. Little ones where constantly marveling at the white lint that was now visible on their black t-shirts under the black lights. My husband and I got into the spirit of things. We winged, and we wanged balls all over a glow in the dark luau. We practically broke a hole with one of mark’s shots. His shot popped out the side of a rock formation and nearly tripped me. They have this cool spinning tunnel that affects some people with vertigo, I, of course, am one of these lucky individuals. That gave me a chance to run back in forth through the tunnel like a six-year-old. That was fun!  At this point, we could give a literal rat’s testes about keeping score or even staying track, but neither did anyone else there. So when in Gresham do as the Greshamites do, have some unhinged fun!

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This would be awesome for children if I only understand it. It looks like an Avant Gard Declasse for those artists that want to become one with their art. 
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The saddest after party in the VIP lounge of your favorite dance club. Wait, that’s a swimming pool room or something, 

The Tiki Putt Can be found at:

Contact:

By Phone: 503-201-9007

In Person: 1694 NW Fairview Dr. Gresham Or 97030

Email: thetikiputt@gmail.com

Weird Beauty Products, and why you should just give up and Use Lush

Lush is so, so good.

Don’t you feel a little confused about all of the beauty products out there? From a seaweed bath soak that comes complete with dead crustaceans attached, to an eyebrow product that literally stamps your eyebrows on, it is hard to know what you can use that makes you feel good and is not made of crap. Sometimes literally.

For me personally, that means drastic simplification. I enjoy wearing makeup and usually when I wear makeup I don’t look like a clown. Except when I attempt winged liner.

You are bathing in suds and glory.

That is a whole bunch of next level crap I haven’t mastered. My life just doesn’t seem to allow me much time to do a full face of makeup except on date night. Even then.  Sorry hubby, get used to it.  I do however search out for products that smell good and make me feel right about my very limited beauty routine. Specifically, they are bath bombs and the Whoosh shower gel from Lush.

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Yaaaas queen. Let me huff you. (Image courtesy of lush.com)

The bath bombs need no explaining. They are a bomb of awesome that is plunked with anticipation into your bathwater. They fizzle, glitter, and smell amazing. Cleaning your tub sucks. But who the hell cares! You are bathing in suds and glory.

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The aptly named sex bomb. Jasmine lusciousness. (Image courtesy of lush.com)

The shower gel is for me the most perfect smell and this is coming from someone who has a pretty extensive perfume collection. I sometimes sit in the restroom and just huff it. There is something about the herbal/citrus smell that gets to me. I have searched pretty hard for something that smells like an equivalent, and have yet to find anything.

The third beauty product I am going to mention here is perfume. I like to smell like a french whore. Yes, I love myself. Yes, I know that that is not something that is generally aimed for. Yes, I am ok with this.

I think I have pretty good taste in perfumes, but what the hell do I know. Fun fact about me: I am slightly anosmic. Which means that I have very little to no sense of smell. It is not entirely gone, I can smell some things. But generally, they have to be very strong or very specific. This carries into they way perfumes smell for me. Belk.jpegMy very favorite fragrance that does not wholly annoy my ultra sensitive nose of a husband (aren’t we a pair) is by MAC cosmetics. It smells like I have slathered honey and sexiness all over my body. It is called Velvet Teddy. See see, french whore.

Sometimes I sit in the bathroom and huff it

Close second concerning smell is all class, Coco Chanel. I feel so fancy wearing it. Two very different price points. Depending on the day and if I want to feel a little low-class slutty, I wear the Velvet Teddy. High-class “Pretty Woman” slutty, it’s all Coco Chanel. If I want to keep it all to myself, just the shower gel after a shower.

Poke around the Shanghai Tunnels they said..

I want to tell you a little story about an experience I had when I first moved to portland. I went on a haunted ghost tour of downtown portland found here.

I did this for a variety of reasons:

  1. It was cheap entertainment for the evening.
  2. Gave me an opportunity to walk around like a tourist.
  3. Also, gave me a chance to hang out with my very cool friend Jessica.
  4. I like dark stories when they involve architecture and secret compartments.
  5. Even better if they feature some sort of dastardly secret society hell bent on kidnapping you and using you for nefarious purposes.
  6. I can use these stories later to not-impress family and friends when they come to town to visit me.
  7. I do believe in ghosts.
  8. I do believe that alcohol can make the above mentioned points even better.

The evening started off mild and wet. I met up with my friend Jessica and ghost hunting partner at a local bar downtown called Oldtown Brewing. This bar is renown for its excellent beer, excellent pizza and haunted and terrifying past.

“Old Town Pizza sits in what used to be called the Old North End, a section of the city with a rather questionable reputation. Despite the upstanding clientele of the Merchant Hotel, even it was known for offering one of the oldest professions in the world: prostitution. As legend goes, one of the young “working women” was Nina, sold into this life by a thriving white slavery market. In an effort to clean up the neighborhood, traveling missionaries convinced Nina to share information in exchange for freeing her from a fate she did not choose. Nina cooperated but soon afterward was found dead in the hotel, now Old Town Pizza. Thrown down the elevator shaft, Nina is reported to have never left the building. Could it be Nina who carved her name in the brick of the old elevator shaft, now the backdrop of a cozy booth in the rear of the restaurant?” https://www.otbrewing.com/haunted-past

The beer was good though, plus they had karaoke. Bad karaoke can make you wish you were dead, so that was close enough for me. I did not meet Nina, there was no hovering over my pizza while karaoke played, but I did hear a neat story told by a great storyteller.

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Entrance to the tunnel proper
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Entrance to the bowels of hell. No really just stairs to the basement.
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The weird tunnel is in the back that just leads off.
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Where we had our story time. No seance this time. 
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Old AF stairs that lead down into the basement. 

 

After our food, beer, and story where concluded. We headed down single file to the back of the restaurant and filtered through a series of hallways and stairs that lead down into the dusty and dimly lit basement. The room looked old by the wood lathe used on the walls. It smelled dusty, moldy, but with the never mistaken smell of rising pizza dough.  You can tell that it had not been used as a busy space in years except by GHOSTS! haha no really, it was pretty well not used. In the corner of the basement was a dark and cordoned off hallway that lead.. well..it led away into darkness.  I am not trying to be all mystical or scary movie-ish. It literally led out into the darkness around the corner. It was a weird hallway. We were not allowed to follow the hallway into the great beyond. My inner goonie was screaming. Apparently it is dangerous to walk around pitch black tunnels in the middle of the night that may or may not be used for slave trade and/or drug running. They could get sued. All I heard was blah blah you are ruining my fun.

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The tour continued around downtown from there. It is a walking tour after all. The guide walked and pointed and the tour group nodded sagely and occasionally took pictures. I know we visited the Bensen Hotel, which is a marvel of wood and crystal and makes me feel both very fancy and underdressed at the same time. Apparently it is said to be haunted by the ghost of the previous owner, Mr. Bensen. No freaky apparitions of men from the 1930’s wearing expensive suits were seen. I did however have another drink.

A little bit of trivia, “The Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell died in his hotel room at the Benson Hotel on November 12, 2008 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benson_Hotel)”

I hive-fived his ghost while washing my hands in the ladies loo.

 

 

 

Portland Bucket List

I am never one to shy away from a bucket list or reading list of any sort or really.. anything numbered.

I feel like I haven’t been doing much of anything lately and that is rough on me psychologically. I suffer from “I need to get things done or my life is being wasted syndrome.” Followed closely by, “I’m tired and don’t want to get out of bed (depression)” and “I am to freaked out by the immensity of living that I am just going to curl up into the corner over here and rock back and forth (anxiety).”  Basically it’s fun to do things, it’s fun to not be sad and it’s fun to be like, “I did that, I level up myself.”  So I made a happy list that I will update regularly. Also, if anyone has any additions that I can add I would love that! I am all about trying stuff. If I end up trying it, ill write a post about it.

  1. Eat at a food cart
    1. Do a food cart hop
    2. Do a bar hop
  2. Get caught in a downpour on your way home.
  3. Float the river
  4. Try worlds hottest fritter.
  5. try worlds largest pancake
  6. Swim in the Willamette
    1. Swim across the willamette
  7. Hike to the top of Multnomah Falls
    1. Hike to the bridge at the falls
  8. Eat all the donuts..
    1. Old Dirty Bastard at Voodoo Donuts.
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    2. Blue Star Donuts. All I can say is “yaaaaaaas Queen” You so fancy.o
    3. 180 Donuts. Their Instagram looks fabulous.
    4. Delicious Donuts
    5. Pips Original Donuts
  9. Have a Spanish coffee at Huber’s
  10. Go skiing in the summer
  11. Watch the sunset from the Bluffs
  12. Get lost in the corn maze on Sauvie Island
    1. Pick berries at sauvie island
  13. Wake up hoarse from all the yelling and screaming at a concert.
  14. Understand, conceptually, how to make beer
  15. Complain about gentrification
  16. Eat two dozen wings at Whiskey Soda Lounge while waiting for a table at Pok Pok… and drink about half a dozen whiskey sours.
  17. Be “that guy” on a distillery tour
  18. See the Vaux’s Swifts fly into Chapman School
  19. Go to a strip club
  20. See the West Coast’s oldest drag queen
  21. Talk your way out of getting fined on the MAX
  22. Read an entire book on the floor of Powell’s
  23. Smell the roses At the International Rose Test Garden.
  24. Poke around the Shanghai Tunnels
  25. Have an after-hours shot of fernet
  26. Listen to Elliott Smith while it’s raining
  27. Visit the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  28. Have your “art” featured in a coffee shop
  29. Visit the largest park in city limits: Forest Park
  30. Buy pot. Legally.
  31. See a local comedy show
  32. Visit the ZooLights
  33. Visit Sunshine lights thing
  34. Visit the street of decorations
  35. Judge the people in line at Voodoo Doughnut
  36. Get a tattoo.
  37. Watch porn with a crowdSure, Hump! Film Festival.
  38. Watch the sunrise from Mount Tabor
  39. Watch the Naked Bike Ride
  40. Visit Pittock Mansion
  41. Visit the Japanese Garden
  42.  Chinese Garden
  43.  Rhododendron Garden
  44. Starks Vacuum Museum
  45. Go to a brewpub Movie Theater
  46. See the smallest park in the world
  47. Take a picture under the keep portland weird sign
  48. Visit the Witches castle in Forest Park
  49. See the Jetliner in the woods
  50. Visit the Towering Redwood Grove
  51. Visit Powells books
  52. Take a photo in the photo booth at Ace Hotel
  53. Get a picture of the Paul Bunyan Statue
  54. Visit the set of the Goonies House
  55. Get Pictures of Castle Rock
  56. Ride the aerial Tram
  57. Visit Detention Liquor
  58. Play Dark Mini-golf
  59. Visit the Belmont Goats
  60. Visit the Freakybutttrue Peculiarium
  61. Eat Dirty Fries at Lardos
  62. Tacos at Por Que no
  63. Pancakes at slappy cakes
  64. Eat Pigeon at Le Pigeon
  65. Eat ice cream at Salt and Straw
  66. High five the Unipiper
  67. Drink a flight of whiskey at Multnomah Whiskey Bar
    1. Highland Stillhouse

Excerpts of the above list were taken from a few different sources and collated into something that works for me. All credit given to the original authors:

  1. https://www.thrillist.com/lifestyle/portland/portland-bucket-list
  2. http://www.bestfoodfeed.com

Let’s Talk Graphic Novels

I know a whole lot about a few things, not that it has done me a whole lot of good being able to quote and/or extemporize on the glories of early american science fiction or why “Galapagos” by Kurt Vonnegut is so relevant today. I could teach a class on Science Fiction and Fantasy. This makes me either really annoying, and irritating when talking about books or absolutely fascinating because I am so picky. I am going with fascinating here. Don’t burst my bubble. I am wicked smaht in this one thing.

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I started to get bored. I thought to my self, “self why don’t you branch out and learn something new.” Get wicked smaht in another branch of the literature tree.  I thought graphic novels. Yay! Then I thought. LISTS! ALL THE BOOK LISTS! I can lord my love of the highlighter and crossing stuff off with reading cool books. SCORE! Then I looked around and made sure no one else was looking and gave myself the highest of fives.

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Of Course I have a list semi-prepared, because what is life if you don’t have direction and they aren’t picture books. Get that crap out of your head. I have included the first thirty off of my list because typing is hard. I actually have 100 on the list.  You can find a full list here. According to goodreads I have read a cool 60 of the 100.

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/210.Best_Graphic_Novels

  1. Watchman by Alan Moore (Mr. Moore tends to be on here a lot.)
  2. The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2) by Art Spiegelman  
  3. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
  4. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 
  5. Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1) by Neil Gaiman (God you are beautiful Neil)
  6. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (The Dark Knight Saga, #1)
    by Frank Miller
  7. Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
  8. Saga, Vol. 1 (Saga, #1) by Brian K. Vaughan (My favorite I think)
  9. Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned (Y: The Last Man, #1) 
    by Brian K. Vaughan 
  10. Blankets 
    by Craig Thompson 
  11. Batman: Year One
    by Frank Miller
  12. Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile 
    by Bill Willingham 
  13. The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye 
    by Robert Kirkman 
  14. Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life 
    by Bryan Lee O’Malley 
  15. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic 
    by Alison Bechdel 
  16. Bone: The Complete Edition 
    by Jeff Smith 
  17. Sin City, Vol. 1: The Hard Goodbye (Sin City, #1) 
    by Frank Miller 
  18. Batman: The Long Halloween
    by Jeph Loeb
  19. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas 
    by Garth Ennis 
  20. Ghost World
    by Daniel Clowes
  21. Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)
    by Tsugumi Ohba
  22. Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1: Back on the Street (Transmetropolitan, #1) 
    by Warren Ellis
  23. From Hell
    by Alan Moore
  24. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 
    by Alan Moore
  25. The Arrival 
    by Shaun Tan 
  26. Batman: Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth
    by Grant Morrison
  27. Black Hole 
    by Charles Burns 
  28. American Born Chinese 
    by Gene Luen Yang (Goodreads Author) 
  29. Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft 
    by Joe Hill (Goodreads Author) 
  30. Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction (Hellboy, #1) 
    by Mike Mignola 

I don’t tend to read the first book in a series, because no fun. I try to read the whole thing. Some are better than others like any piece of literature. I love this particular list because it runs the gamut in terms of story type. Autobiographical to high fantasy.

I also want to make sure I say it out loud that I don’t actually believe I will be any kind of expert on graphic novels after finishing this list. Seriously. It’s a place to start and a direction to take.