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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

This Man's Life: Part 6 of 10

This is Hugo. Hugo runs a small deli with his twin daughters. Hugo’s family has been in the deli business for over sixty years. Hugo’s mistress died giving birth to his daughters and when his wife found out about their birth she left him. He says he can’t hold it against her, and that he probably would have done the same in if he were in her position. Hugo’s daughters have told him that they will never sell the deli business, but the truth is that they are waiting until he dies then giving up the whole thing altogether. Unfortunately for Hugo, it may not be all that long before his daughters sell the business. Hugo has a bad heart. He doesn’t realise it, but he will die on the floor of his beloved deli in less than four weeks time. His daughters will feel guilty about selling the deli once he is gone, but the guilt won’t be enough to stop them. Hugo is a happy man. He is a charitable man. He loves his family very much and wishes that he could leave them with more than his deli when he dies. He loves to sit on the toilet and read the newspaper on Sunday mornings and think to himself that if he was a better man he would probably go to church. It was at church that he met his mistress thirty-six years ago, not that going outside his marriage could be classified as the lords work…even though she would call out the lord name from the cloakroom. But those days were gone. Hugo is afraid of dying, and has told his daughters that he was nearing the end every month for the last twenty years. Sadly for Hugo, he is right this time. Hugo might just be the best deli owner to ever die on the floor of his own store.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

This Man's Life: Part 5 of 10

This is Charlie. Charlie lives alone. He has no pets. He has very few hobbies. He has no family. Charlie's wife, children and grandchildren died in a plane crash 15 months ago. Charlie had come down with a bad case of pneumonia just days before he and his family were due to take a trip interstate. In fact he came very close to death more than once, and often wishes that he had died there in the hospital bed. It took some serious convincing on the part of his doctor that he should not give up on life. Charlie doesn’t feel that he has any real reason to get up in the morning. He often goes for days without changing his clothes or even taking the time to bathe. He doesn’t talk to his neighbours and only leaves the house when he absolutely has to. Charlie has had his phone disconnected because he just stopped paying his bills one day. His gas and electricity providers are threatening to cut off his other utilities. Letters keep arriving from the bank, but he doesn’t read them. Often he just sits quietly staring out the window. Charlie made his living as a piano teacher but can’t pull himself together these days to pass on his knowledge. He makes excuses when people call him about his services, and hasn’t played his piano since he got out of hospital. Charlie has basically stopped eating, and is now just riding out the clock until his body gives in. Charlie might just be the saddest person to ever give up piano teaching.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

This Man's Life: Part 4 of 10

This is William. His friends tell him that he looks like a musician, even though he has never picked up a musical instrument. They say that his smoky voice would play well around the acoustics of their local bar, but he just laughs. William is an accountant. He is the oldest person in his department and worries that he might be up for redundancy soon. His friends enjoy giving him nicknames. It all started with Willy, then Billy and Bill and Ed and Eddie and Teddie and Chuck. His work colleagues still just call him William though. William is married and has one daughter, but often they don't see eye to eye. William doesn't like the man that his daughter has chosen as a husband and for some time disowned her. As time went on they managed to patch things up but its never been the same between them. Family gatherings are always difficult and often end prematurely in a heated discussion. William has done all that he can to be the best father and husband that he can but is often told by his daughter that he should have done a better job. William cries sometimes when he thinks that nobody can see him, but his wife can always tell. She doesn't say anything to him about it because she knows that it would make him uncomfortable. William tries to laugh at himself, but its just to cover how he really feels. In quiet whispers to his wife he says that he's not broken but he can definitely see the cracks. William might just be the best man that he could ever be.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

This Man's Life: Part 3 of 10

Say hello to John. John drinks a mug of coffee each and every morning. Keeps him going he says. Gets the blood moving and the wheels turning. John writes a tourism column for a local magazine. "Been most places worth going to" he tells his friends. Some of them roll their eyes, but John says that they're just jealous. The morning ritual is always the same for John. Slippers on, kettle on, radio on, kitchen window open, smell the morning air. "Its good for the soul. Do it everyday and you'll live forever." Two scoops of instant coffee, two of raw sugar, a splash of milk and eight clockwise turns with a teaspoon. He smells it like one would expect to do before enjoying an expensive glass of wine. "Enjoy it while you can, cos one day you'll be so old that you'll have to eat through a straw and a good cup of coffee will probably kill you." John lives alone. He never married and has no children that he knows of. "I thought about it a couple of times, but everything else just got in the way. It was probably my fault that nothing ever worked out - too stubborn, too set in my ways i guess." As John finishes his coffee, he sits down in front of his old typewriter to finish another article on one of the worlds underappreciated little pockets. "Don't go where everybody else goes" he says, "that's boring - trust me, cos I've been there. Go and get lost in some little corner away from the rest of the world and learn to appreciate something really simple." John might just be the most enlightened tourism columnist his editor has ever met.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

This Man's Life: Part 2 of 10

This is Ted. Ted is what's known as a dog person. His neighbours refer to him as an enthusiast. He loves attending dog shows, not as a contending dog owner, but as an excited spectator. He knows all of the judges in his local area well, and has often spent the late afternoon hours poised above a cup of tea talking about the most intelligent of dog species. With so much love and respect for dogs you would imagine that Ted was a dog owner. You might even speculate that Ted had grown up with dogs being a major part of the family. Unfortunately this is not the case. You see, Ted's wife is what's known as a cat person. Despite his utter distaste for felines, Ted shares his house with 6 cats. His wife refers to them as 'the children' which, as you can imagine, causes Ted's human children to feel a little underappreciated. Ted says that cats swirl and nag and get under your feet like smoke. He says that his wife's cats look you in the eye and judge you. He doesn't trust them. Cats never seem to forgive. Cats never seem to trust. They are selfish and cruel and expect nothing but reward and praise for such action. Ted smiles sometimes thinking about how a dog would chase his wife's cats around the house. Sometimes he does it himself. Ted might just be the most talked about dog enthusiast in his street.

Monday, January 16, 2006

This Man's Life: Part 1 of 10

This is Henry. He is 67. Henry has just been told that he has lung cancer. His children aren't surprised and they have trouble showing him any sympathy. He misses his wife. She's not dead, she just doesn't talk to him anymore, which makes breakfast a fairly awkward experience for them both. Long ago they would sit side by side and read the paper, laughing at the faces of politicians and other high profile individuals who took themselves too seriously. To Henry this was a lifetime ago. You see, the reason that his wife doesn't speak to him is because he hid the fact that he was a smoker from her for 15 years. Now she can't forgive him for the fact that he is going to die, leaving her alone, but she stays with him because she loves him and wants to spend as much time as possible making him feel guilty before he dies. Henry doesn't like hospitals and is considering skipping the therapy so that he can die on the couch while watching old lawn bowls tournaments on tape. If his wife was talking to him, she would probably say that he was being a ridiculous old fool, but instead she will sit by his side until the end. Henry might just be the luckiest man on the planet.

This Man's Life: Introduction

For the next 10 days i will be posting a new installment of 'This Man's Life'. Each part is a brief glimpse into the lives of 10 different elderly men. I hope that you enjoy reading their stories.

Thank you,


Thursday, January 05, 2006

January Competition

Heres a page from a comic that i did not long ago, but with different text to suit the Pulp Faction January Competition.



Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Girl with a Scar

Happy New Year to everybody out there!

Heres a concept sketch that i whipped up pretty quickly entitled Girl with a Scar.
Hope that you like it.

Until next time...