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Hey all,

Whew, what a year it's been and things aren't improving much. My strength continues to be tested almost on a monthly basis. Tragedy seems to surround and I am trying my hardest to be strong and to come out from all of this okay. It's a very long story but my art has definitely taken a back seat to family and close friends. I am stretched very thin and trying to keep my head above water while juggling a new business on top of everything else. I miss you all here on DeviantARt. Please feel free to find me on facebook. I spend a little time there.

I hope you are all doing well and feeling productive. I haven't been creating much lately but I am working on a tattoo for my sister-in-law's rib cage. I love it so much that I'm considering another piece for my own ribs.

Please keep your loved ones close. I can't stress how fragile and fleeting life is. I asked my sister the other day why this is all happening now. I  hadn't experienced true loss until the age of 35 and once it started, it hasn't stopped. Her answer rang very true. She said I wasn't strong enough then and she's right. I can't believe the emotional havoc that a human can endure and I'm proud of the fact that it hasn't gotten the better of me yet. I've been dealing in many ways... mostly by spending every waking moment trying to be a better friend, a better grand daughter, a better sister. Also, by purging all of the things I've been hanging onto for the last twenty years. I want to de-clutter and simplify. Minimize my life's possessions and get back to basics.

Love to all of you.
Jesse
  • Listening to: dehumidifier
  • Reading: Life of Pi
  • Drinking: iced chai
Dear neglected friends of the deviant art community,

I regret not being more diligent about keeping in touch with
many of you and hope that you are all doing well.
I have just been too busy to keep up and certain things
were bound to lack. I hope you'll forgive me. Currently, I'm most
passionate about the rug line I'm starting and trying to figure out
the best way to market them.

As you know, I lost a very close friend in May and since then, there
have been more friends who have passed. It's been a very difficult
year for me and for so many that I love. Perhaps this winter
I will find time to get back into the swing of things here at DA
and make good on some promises. I would very much like to collaborate with those
of you who are still interested.

Much love and good fortune to you,
Jesse

ps, thank you to everyone who has spent time in my gallery, marking various works as some of their favorites!
  • Listening to: my coworkers chatting
  • Eating: pumpkin butter on an english muffin
  • Drinking: kalahari zambezi chai
Dear friends,

Upon returning from Denver, while in their airport, I learned the about the tragic death of a lifelong close friend. Nothing makes sense right now and the emotions I'm feeling are hard to describe but I'm tryiing
not to crawl in a hole. I will proceed with my art show on the 30th, still giving 20% of the proceeds to the high school art program. The remaining 80% will be placed in a trust fund that has been set up for her four children.

Please hold your friends and loved ones very close. Tell them how much you love them as often as you can and never take tomorrow for granted. Life throws mean curve balls when you're least expecting it.
Much love to all of you,
Jesse
Hello my friends,

I realize I've been somewhat distant and I expect things won't change soon. I can only hope that no one out there takes my absence and lack of communication personally. There are many great things going on  right now and I can't believe I have so much on my plate.
While helping to remodel our second story, I am creating an area rug line, producing an art show for local high school students (in which my work will also hang in the hopes of bringing them more exposure), organizing a large picnic for my high school's alumni at my mom's place, arranging a family reunion, making an online store to sell organic graphite shoes, skateboards and clothing, organizing a gallery crawl, preparing for the Race for the Cure and planning a trip to Denver in May. I am happiest when I can't rest. I love remaining super busy and this is how I thrive. I just had the internet installed at home so I can create and upload OG products more readily without coming into work hours early every day. That should save me a little time for something else, hopefully, more collabs. I sincerely hope this finds everyone to be well.
I'm always thinking of you.
My dear DA friends,

Months ago, I discussed collaborations with so many of you
and now I don't know where it all stands. If you are someone that
is interested in working with me, please get in touch.
I'm ready to create with all of you! Hesterkin and PhoenSims
just completed a brilliant piece together - check it: hesterkin.deviantart.com/art/w…
  • Eating: applesauce
It's been a looooooong time since I dared say such a thing. Yesterday's inauguration kept me in happy tears all day. It was beautiful to see two million people gather in frigid temps and not complain about the cold but about the fact that their faces hurt from constantly smiling. It was a joy to learn that not one person was arrested before, during or after any of the festivities. It made my heart swell to hear our president speak clearly, eloquently and with conviction that we can believe in. I was enamored by our new president and first lady, how in love they are and how often they show it. It's a great comfort to have a sturdy leader again. One that isn't trying to make things seem less dire or as if life's a bowl of peaches. One that knows what a difficult road is ahead of him and ahead of this country but isn't afraid to face it, as long as we're standing behind him. A leader that has already brought tremendous change to a country and a world that desperately needed it. We truly have overcome. I welcome the next four years with open arms and open heart. Thank you America for doing the right thing.
  • Drinking: black coffee
Let's go Steelers! What a game!! I can't believe we're going to the Superbowl!
It was a beautiful day for Pittsburgh sports. The Pens played a perfect game and Fleury was ON! He shut out the Rangers as his teammates passed, checked and scored so gracefully and skillfully. My favorite play in the football game? Polamalu's 40 yard touchdown interception. Where does this guy come from? I never see him coming - he's so fast and maneuvers so well. Can't even tell his knee was injured earlier this week.
ballhype.com/video/troy_polama… I LOVED watching both games!
  • Drinking: indian spiced chai tea
It's been far too long since our trip in October and I'm finally posting some pictures. For the most part, they can be found in scraps so that I can keep my gallery somewhat uncluttered. (as if it isn't already)

Anyway, Jeff and I were very, very lucky with the weather. October is definitely not an ideal time to play russian roulette with Caribbean hurricane season but we lucked out. It only rained on the last day and a half and as we boarded our plane to leave, a hurricane was approaching, along with cruise ships full of tourists. We were even able to sail on the 9th and it was one of my favorite days ever. Over the next few days (or weeks), I hope to share a little about this beautiful piece of earth with each uploaded photograph.

Enjoy!!
  • Drinking: indian spiced chai tea
Hello my DA friends!

It's been some time since I've written a journal entry so I wanted to say hi and wish you all a wonderful and prosperous new year.
I have a couple of art engagements coming up and have buried myself in preparing for them. Other than that, I'm really looking forward to warmer weather and more sunshine.
My best to all of you!
You know, it's funny how one can feel as if they will always be 18 years old and then, in an instant feel the 34 years that have accumulated. I am happy to say that my neck and back are much, much better and through treatment, found out that my cervical vertebrae curve in the wrong direction. This could cause many problems as I get older so it's a good thing I had the injury! I've also developed plantar fasciitis. If you've had this, you know how debilitating it can be but I have appointments with two specialists and have ordered heel seats that are helping. I just cannot wait to dance and roller skate again! I have been meaning to share my honeymoon with all of you and haven't had time to select a few of my favorite photos to post here but please feel free to visit the following links to see the entire trip. I miss every one of you and want to get back into doing some collabs asap! Take good care until next time.
Jesse

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Hello my dear friends,

I hope you'll forgive me neglecting you for the last month. After returning from Tortola, I headed off to Hot Springs, NC and have had a horseriding back / neck injury ever since. I hope to be healthy and able to sit and type at length soon. I can't wait to share our trip with you.

Take good care,
Jesse
I'm off on my honeymoon in Tortola! Love to all my friends here - take good care and I'll see you in a couple of weeks!
LOVE!

Storm Damage

Wed Sep 17, 2008, 11:01 AM
www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=a…

Album Description:
Remnants of Ike blew through Freedom at 79 miles an hour on Sunday night, uprooting some trees, knocking over others and killing power for over 200,000 homes. Sadly, we lost our two favorite trees. The massive, hundred year old Cherry trees from the front yard. One had sustained damage in the past and we expected it to go sooner or later but not both at once. Miraculously, one just missed our house, Jeff's new truck and the pine tree! It fell RIGHT next to our porch and somehow, didn't even scratch our gutter!

*****from previous post*****

Hey all!

I'm really moved by the pieces of art that I've created with some of you and I want to start producing a show that will feature our completed works. To date, I think I only have four or five to display but would very much like to work with more of you, generating new efforts. Over time, I think that Brad Rhodes and I have realized that it's easiest to work in groups of two but exceptions can be made if you have a desire to incorporate more folks on one drawing.

If you are interested, please note me. I would be more than happy to finish your start or switch it up. I'd like to add at least 15 more drawings to the mix.

before and after 1 by hotrats51 3-way collab final by hotrats51 before and after 3 by hotrats51 before and after 4 by hotrats51 before and after 5 by hotrats51 hotrats barbarja collab final by hotrats51
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  • Drinking: water

Reaching out to embrace the random

Wed Aug 6, 2008, 5:31 AM
Black then white are all I see in my infancy.
Red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me.
Lets me see.
As below, so above and beyond, I imagine
Drawn beyond the lines of reason.
Push the envelope. Watch it bend.

Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.
Withering my intuition, missing opportunities and I must
Feed my will to feel my moment drawing way outside the lines.

Black then white are all I see in my infancy.
Red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me.
Lets me see there is so much more and
Beckons me to look thru to these infinite possibilities.
As below, so above and beyond, I imagine
Drawn outside the lines of reason.
Push the envelope. watch it bend.

Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.
Withering my intuition leaving opportunities behind.
Feed my will to feel this moment urging me to cross the line.
Reaching out to embrace the random.
Reaching out to embrace whatever may come.

I embrace my desire to
I embrace my desire to
Feel the rhythm, to feel connected enough to step aside
and weep like a widow
To feel inspired to fathom the power, to witness the beauty,
To bathe in the fountain,
To swing on the spiral
To swing on the spiral
To swing on the spiral of our divinity and still be a human.

With my feet upon the ground
I move myeslf between the sounds
and open wide to suck it in,
I feel it move across my skin.
Im reaching up and reaching out.
Im reaching for the random or
what ever will bewilder me.
What ever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind
we may just go where no one's been.
Well ride the spiral to the end
and may just go where no ones been.

Spiral out. keep going...

— TOOL (MJK)

*****from previous post*****

Hey all!

I'm really moved by the pieces of art that I've created with some of you and I want to start producing a show that will feature our completed works. To date, I think I only have four or five to display but would very much like to work with more of you, generating new efforts. Over time, I think that Brad Rhodes and I have realized that it's easiest to work in groups of two but exceptions can be made if you have a desire to incorporate more folks on one drawing.

If you are interested, please note me. I would be more than happy to finish your start or switch it up. I'd like to add at least 15 more drawings to the mix.

before and after 1 by hotrats51 3-way collab final by hotrats51 before and after 3 by hotrats51 before and after 4 by hotrats51 before and after 5 by hotrats51 hotrats barbarja collab final by hotrats51
before and after 6 by hotrats51 before and after 7 by hotrats51


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  • Eating: a nekot cookie
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Look Ma, no braces!

Thu Jul 31, 2008, 12:54 PM
Finally - my teeth have been released from their bindings!
<img src="i72.photobucket.com/albums/i17…" border="0"

*****from previous post*****

Hey all!

I'm really moved by the pieces of art that I've created with some of you and I want to start producing a show that will feature our completed works. To date, I think I only have four or five to display but would very much like to work with more of you, generating new efforts. Over time, I think that Brad Rhodes and I have realized that it's easiest to work in groups of two but exceptions can be made if you have a desire to incorporate more folks on one drawing.

If you are interested, please note me. I would be more than happy to finish your start or switch it up. I'd like to add at least 15 more drawings to the mix.

before and after 1 by hotrats51 3-way collab final by hotrats51 before and after 3 by hotrats51 before and after 4 by hotrats51 before and after 5 by hotrats51 hotrats barbarja collab final by hotrats51
before and after 6 by hotrats51 before and after 7 by hotrats51


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  • Eating: dreaming of chocolate
  • Drinking: water

34 tomorrow!

Fri Jul 11, 2008, 12:45 PM
WOW, where did the years go. I will turn 34 tomorrow and still only feel like I'm 21. The theme of the picnic / party being hosted by my best friend Jess (yes, another Jess. I have two best friends named Jess!) is to play like a kid again. I have 150 water balloons to fill tonight and we plan to play allllll day long at the lake. Horseshoes, hacky sack, kayaking, fishing, frisbee, dancing... I'm camping with the pugs tomorrow night so as not to drive anywhere and cannot wait for a full day of fun in the sun. I think my workaholic husband even plans to make an appearance. :giggle: he really DOES exist!

I wish you all happy un-birthdays and a wonderful weekend!!!

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

I want to repost this for my good friend Gromyko (  :icongromyko:  )
He and his wife are about to have their first child and your purchase will greatly help them afford all of the things a baby needs. :cuddle:

"Spread the News!!!

I am selling all my works for a few dollars each!!!
Since I am corrupted financially, and havent been able to settle my debts and credits, I am begging the community to help me by buying some of my works!!!
All Traditional as well as high quality digital prints are for sale...Price ranges from 100-800 dollars(some pieces are negotiable)...Note me if you are interested!!!

Help Support a starving Artist!!!
(And I'm running out of painting materials to work so please contact me)!!!

Shamelessly yours:
Gromyko"

*****from previous post*****

Hey all!

I'm really moved by the pieces of art that I've created with some of you and I want to start producing a show that will feature our completed works. To date, I think I only have four or five to display but would very much like to work with more of you, generating new efforts. Over time, I think that Brad Rhodes and I have realized that it's easiest to work in groups of two but exceptions can be made if you have a desire to incorporate more folks on one drawing.

If you are interested, please note me. I would be more than happy to finish your start or switch it up. I'd like to add at least 15 more drawings to the mix.

before and after 1 by hotrats51 3-way collab final by hotrats51 before and after 3 by hotrats51 before and after 4 by hotrats51 before and after 5 by hotrats51 hotrats barbarja collab final by hotrats51
before and after 6 by hotrats51 before and after 7 by hotrats51


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Grits Ain't Groceries

Tue Jul 8, 2008, 4:20 AM
I want to repost this for my good friend Gromyko ( :icongromyko: )
He and his wife are about to have their first child and your purchase will greatly help them afford all of the things a baby needs. :cuddle:

"Spread the News!!!

I am selling all my works for a few dollars each!!!
Since I am corrupted financially, and havent been able to settle my debts and credits, I am begging the community to help me by buying some of my works!!!
All Traditional as well as high quality digital prints are for sale...Price ranges from 100-800 dollars(some pieces are negotiable)...Note me if you are interested!!!

Help Support a starving Artist!!!
(And I'm running out of painting materials to work so please contact me)!!!

Shamelessly yours:
Gromyko"

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
I love old blues and this one happened upon my ipod last night
while I was washing dishes. Good stuff.

www.amazon.com/Grits-Aint-Groc… (you can listen a bit if you scroll down.)

GRITS AINT GROCERIES

If I don't love you baby
Grits ain't grocery,
Eggs ain't poultry,
And Mona Lisa was a man

(Oh yeah! Let's get into it. Listen.)

All around the world, I'd rather be a fly
I'd light on my baby and stay with my woman till I die
With a toothpick in my hand I'd dig a ten foot ditch
And run all through the jungle fighting lions with a switch
Because you know I love you baby
Oh you know I love you baby yeah
Now if I don't love you baby I tell you

Grits ain't grocery,
Eggs ain't poultry,
And Mona Lisa was a man

(Oh baby. Uh! Listen.)

All around the world I've got blisters on my feet
I'm trying to find my baby and bring her home with me
You better run into me baby and be convinced
If you don't run it to me right now woman
You ain't got no sense
Because you know I love you baby
Oh you know I love you baby yeah
Well if I don't love you baby I tell you

Grits ain't grocery,
Eggs ain't poultry,
And Mona Lisa was a man

(C'mon y'all. Hit me. Oh baby. Listen.)

All around the world I never will forget
I lost all my money, my woman, and my pet
But I've got to have you baby and I will settle for nothing less
Give up all my good time baby and stay for happiness
Because you know I love you baby yeah
Oh you know I love you baby yeah
Well if I don't love you baby I tell you

Grits ain't grocery,
Eggs ain't poultry,
And Mona Lisa was a man

by Titus Turner
as performed by Little Milton

*****from previous post*****

Hey all!

I'm really moved by the pieces of art that I've created with some of you and I want to start producing a show that will feature our completed works. To date, I think I only have four or five to display but would very much like to work with more of you, generating new efforts. Over time, I think that Brad Rhodes and I have realized that it's easiest to work in groups of two but exceptions can be made if you have a desire to incorporate more folks on one drawing.

If you are interested, please note me. I would be more than happy to finish your start or switch it up. I'd like to add at least 15 more drawings to the mix.

before and after 1 by hotrats51 3-way collab final by hotrats51 before and after 3 by hotrats51 before and after 4 by hotrats51 before and after 5 by hotrats51 hotrats barbarja collab final by hotrats51
before and after 6 by hotrats51 before and after 7 by hotrats51


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Be gone, storms!

Mon Jun 30, 2008, 6:27 AM
Monday night gave us one more storm and since then, we've had gorgeous weather. It hardly feels like the beginning of July with highs in the 70's!

Unrelated:
Received great news this morning. The braces should come off on
July 30th! Woohooooooo!!!! Though, my doctor cautioned me not
to get my hopes up, just in case he needed to make any slight tweaks at that point.
Me?? Get my hopes up? Never! haa Fat chance Doc!

Here is the storm as it rolled through on Monday:



The rebirth of the sour cherry pie. I started over, making a brand-new crust... the crust tastes great. Not fond of the filling though! :(



Our poor cherry tree:



*****from previous post*****

Hey all!

I'm really moved by the pieces of art that I've created with some of you and I want to start producing a show that will feature our completed works. To date, I think I only have four or five to display but would very much like to work with more of you, generating new efforts. Over time, I think that Brad Rhodes and I have realized that it's easiest to work in groups of two but exceptions can be made if you have a desire to incorporate more folks on one drawing.

If you are interested, please note me. I would be more than happy to finish your start or switch it up. I'd like to add at least 15 more drawings to the mix.

before and after 1 by hotrats51 3-way collab final by hotrats51 before and after 3 by hotrats51 before and after 4 by hotrats51 before and after 5 by hotrats51 hotrats barbarja collab final by hotrats51
before and after 6 by hotrats51 before and after 7 by hotrats51


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Scariest Storm Ever!

Fri Jun 27, 2008, 4:57 AM
This is a strip of pictures from last night - this storm rolled in at 60 miles and hour and though I love storms, I have to admit that I was a little frightened. The clouds were bubbling downward and I was prepared to head for the basement just in case a microburst occurred. In the first shot, you can see the line of the front as it blew by. ( I will upload a larger image to scraps for anyone who wants to see this a little better.)



*****from previous post*****

Hey all!

I'm really moved by the pieces of art that I've created with some of you and I want to start producing a show that will feature our completed works. To date, I think I only have four or five to display but would very much like to work with more of you, generating new efforts. Over time, I think that Brad Rhodes and I have realized that it's easiest to work in groups of two but exceptions can be made if you have a desire to incorporate more folks on one drawing.

If you are interested, please note me. I would be more than happy to finish your start or switch it up. I'd like to add at least 15 more drawings to the mix.

before and after 1 by hotrats51 3-way collab final by hotrats51 before and after 3 by hotrats51 before and after 4 by hotrats51 before and after 5 by hotrats51 hotrats barbarja collab final by hotrats51
before and after 6 by hotrats51 before and after 7 by hotrats51


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Rest in Peace George Carlin! Part II

Mon Jun 23, 2008, 1:01 PM
I cried while driving to work this morning as I learned that the great George Carlin died from a heart attack yesterday evening. He was and will remain my favorite comedian of all time.

*** Thought I'd add this link - so many great clips out there on youtube but this is one of my favorites... more light-hearted than some of his political rants:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYFNTU…

From the Alternative Press:

George Carlin mourned as a counterculture hero
By KEITH ST. CLAIR

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Acerbic standup comedian and satirist George Carlin, whose staunch defense of free speech in his most famous routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television" led to a key Supreme Court ruling on obscenity, has died.

Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, went into St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon complaining of chest pain and died later that evening, said his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He had performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. He was 71.

"He was a genius and I will miss him dearly," Jack Burns, who was the other half of a comedy duo with Carlin in the early 1960s, told The Associated Press.
Carlin's jokes constantly breached the accepted boundaries of comedy and language, particularly with his routine on the "Seven Words" — all of which are taboo on broadcast TV and radio to this day.

When he uttered all seven at a show in Milwaukee in 1972, he was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace, freed on $150 bail and exonerated when a Wisconsin judge dismissed the case, saying it was indecent but citing free speech and the lack of any disturbance.

When the words were later played on a New York radio station, they resulted in a 1978 Supreme Court ruling upholding the government's authority to sanction stations for broadcasting offensive language during hours when children might be listening.

"So my name is a footnote in American legal history, which I'm perversely kind of proud of," he told The Associated Press earlier this year.

Despite his reputation as unapologetically irreverent, Carlin was a television staple through the decades, serving as host of the "Saturday Night Live" debut in 1975 — noting on his Web site that he was "loaded on cocaine all week long" — and appearing some 130 times on "The Tonight Show."

He produced 23 comedy albums, 14 HBO specials, three books, a couple of TV shows and appeared in several movies, from his own comedy specials to "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" in 1989 — a testament to his range from cerebral satire and cultural commentary to downright silliness (and sometimes hitting all points in one stroke).

"Why do they lock gas station bathrooms?" he once mused. "Are they afraid someone will clean them?"
He won four Grammy Awards, each for best spoken comedy album, and was nominated for five Emmy awards. On Tuesday, it was announced that Carlin was being awarded the 11th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which will be presented Nov. 10 in Washington and broadcast on PBS.

Carlin started his career on the traditional nightclub circuit in a coat and tie, pairing with Burns to spoof TV game shows, news and movies. Perhaps in spite of the outlaw soul, "George was fairly conservative when I met him," said Burns, describing himself as the more left-leaning of the two. It was a degree of separation that would reverse when they came upon Lenny Bruce, the original shock comic, in the early '60s.

"We were working in Chicago, and we went to see Lenny, and we were both blown away," Burns said, recalling the moment as the beginning of the end for their collaboration if not their close friendship. "It was an epiphany for George. The comedy we were doing at the time wasn't exactly groundbreaking, and George knew then that he wanted to go in a different direction."

That direction would make Carlin as much a social commentator and philosopher as comedian, a position he would relish through the years.

"The whole problem with this idea of obscenity and indecency, and all of these things — bad language and whatever — it's all caused by one basic thing, and that is: religious superstition," Carlin told the AP in a 2004 interview. "There's an idea that the human body is somehow evil and bad and there are parts of it that are especially evil and bad, and we should be ashamed. Fear, guilt and shame are built into the attitude toward sex and the body. ... It's reflected in these prohibitions and these taboos that we have."

Carlin was born on May 12, 1937, and grew up in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan, raised by a single mother. After dropping out of high school in the ninth grade, he joined the Air Force in 1954. He received three court-martials and numerous disciplinary punishments, according to his official Web site.

While in the Air Force he started working as an off-base disc jockey at a radio station in Shreveport, La., and after receiving a general discharge in 1957, took an announcing job at WEZE in Boston.

"Fired after three months for driving mobile news van to New York to buy pot," his Web site says.
From there he went on to a job on the night shift as a deejay at a radio station in Fort Worth, Texas. Carlin also worked variety of temporary jobs including a carnival organist and a marketing director for a peanut brittle.

In 1960, he left with Burns, a Texas radio buddy, for Hollywood to pursue a nightclub career as comedy team Burns & Carlin. He left with $300, but his first break came just months later when the duo appeared on Jack Paar's "Tonight Show."

Carlin said he hoped to would emulate his childhood hero, Danny Kaye, the kindly, rubber-faced comedian who ruled over the decade that Carlin grew up in — the 1950s — with a clever but gentle humor reflective of its times.

Only problem was, it didn't work for him, and they broke up by 1962.

"I was doing superficial comedy entertaining people who didn't really care: Businessmen, people in nightclubs, conservative people. And I had been doing that for the better part of 10 years when it finally dawned on me that I was in the wrong place doing the wrong things for the wrong people," Carlin reflected recently as he prepared for his 14th HBO special, "It's Bad For Ya."

Eventually Carlin lost the buttoned-up look, favoring the beard, ponytail and all-black attire for which he came to be known.

But even with his decidedly adult-comedy bent, Carlin never lost his childlike sense of mischief, even voicing kid-friendly projects like episodes of the TV show "Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends" and the spacey Volkswagen bus Fillmore in the 2006 Pixar hit "Cars."
Carlin's first wife, Brenda, died in 1997.

He is survived by wife Sally Wade; daughter Kelly Carlin McCall; son-in-law Bob McCall; brother Patrick Carlin; and sister-in-law Marlene Carlin.

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I'm really moved by the pieces of art that I've created with some of you and I want to start producing a show that will feature our completed works. To date, I think I only have four or five to display but would very much like to work with more of you, generating new efforts. Over time, I think that Brad Rhodes and I have realized that it's easiest to work in groups of two but exceptions can be made if you have a desire to incorporate more folks on one drawing.

If you are interested, please note me. I would be more than happy to finish your start or switch it up. I'd like to add at least 15 more drawings to the mix.

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