Hey, folks. sorry to do this.
Most of you know that we lost my mother three years ago this week. Cleaning up after her “estate” has been an absolute nightmare.
I’ve had a deal to sell her house for a couple of months now, but for some reason we just haven’t gotten a settlement date yet. We’re relying on those funds to close her estate finally and pay my own taxes.
I’ve now been told that the County Treasurer is giving me until the end of this month to cough up $9,500.00 or both her house and mine could go up for sheriff’s sale.
Those who are so inclined could always pitch in a few more dollars at gf.me/u/v4mnus – if every one of my subscribers gave just $1.00 I’d have the funds I need in a day – but I’m tired of begging for help.
So I am now preparing to sell the only appreciable assets I have that don’t involve keeping a roof over my head: the rights to my creative works.
So if you’re interested in acquiring all rights to any of my previously published novels, E-mail me at pab at my last name dot com.
I’m also willing to part with the rights to the Queen Herself. Originally, I had planned on ending the strip next February 8th, thinking that an even 15 years was a good enough run. But if someone wanted to buy the rights to the strip I’d be willing to not only sign over past rights and arrange for my royalties to be paid to that person instead of me, I’d sign on to do at least another five years to make sure you got your money’s worth.
Again, serious inquiries at the address I hinted at above.
I also remember the variation for when working at stations that were going to sign off instead of carrying the emergency information. “If this had been an actual emergency, you would have been instructed where to tune in your area for news and official information.”
“This is a test. For the next sixty seconds, this station is conducting a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test.” (beep) “This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. The broadcasters of your area, in cooperation with the FCC and other authorities, have developed this system to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency, the attention signal you just heard would have been followed by official information, news, or instructions. This station serves the Southern Coastal New Jersey Operational Area. This concludes this test of the Emergency Broadcast System.”
Yep. 30 years on I still have it memorized.
Today’s model comes from Antichrysler.
First, I drew my avatar myself.
Second, not every installment of the strip is funny. Some are just intended to be weird.
Yes. The notice is not required, but is helpful in cases of infringement. If they copy the notice, they prove they knew it was copyrighted. If they obliterate it, is proves they didn’t give a — that it was copyrighted and makes a case for enhanced damages. And notice is not necessarily connected with registration.
Bing bing bing.
I joked about the new decade supposedly not beginning until 2021 and Randal ran with it as if I was serious. :)
The boat reference is to my Grandmother, Elizabeth DeMarco (nee Miersemann). She was known as Betty, and my Grandfather was Lewis DeMarco. They called their beach house Betty-Lew.
The boat references are to my misspent youth on the beaches of Avalon, NJ. Marty Paglughi was an old family friend who became Mayor. Anne Earnshaw was our neighbor. Charlie Link was the husband of my grandmother’s best friend. Cozy Morley was a singer most famous for the song “On the Way to Cape May.”
Bette Shreiber is my Aunt-In-Law, who was a teacher in Keyport, NJ. She loves Emmett Kelly and her favorite book is “The Charm School.”