How Do You Afford Your Rock & Roll Lifestyle?

Buttman. Will Buttman.
(Here we see Will Betheboy, enjoying his copy of 65 Poor Life Decisions.)

I’ve interrupted the increasingly boring Top 20 Albums of 2007 with some amazing recent press and acclaim for my debut book, 65 Poor Life Decisions. For those just tuning in, 65 Poor Life Decisions was published on November 30; a collection of the best humorous personal essays from the last four years of the CDP. It’s lemon scented with failure and defeat, and it’s funny as hell, too.

As seen in this monumental post, press and attention for the book has wildly exceeded my expectations and left me sold out of books (Never fear; I got a new batch in the mail today). After the initial wave of reviews, interviews, sales and kind words, I figured things would die down and get back to normal around here before the holidays. Not the case. In fact, things are busier now than ever, thanks to Madison Journalist Extraordinaire and friend, Nathan Comp.

Nathan recently gave 65 Poor Life Decisions a glowing and flattering review on Dane 101 yesterday, and I beg of you to click the link and check it out immediately. In addition to that, a photographer from Business Watch magazine will be stopping by Headquarters tonight to snap a few pictures of yours truly for an upcoming feature/interview, conducted by Mr. Comp himself. He is worthy of admiration and a beer, both of which he will receive from me the next time I see him (I’ll direct everyone to the Business Watch interview the second it’s published).

As a writer and potential recluse, I’ve been losing my mind over this photo thing. What should I wear? What is the message of the photo? Should I smile? Look serious and business-minded? Wear a tie in my own house? Hell, I wasn’t even sure I was running a business until a few weeks ago. When the photographer asked me over the phone what exactly it is that I do, my mind blanked out. “Um…I write a humor blog,” I stated, no doubt causing her to shake her head on the other line and wonder why she’s wasting her time with me. It wasn’t until the Missus came home and reminded me that I was indeed a real-life author that things became slightly clearer.

That’s right, I am an author,” I said quietly. “I didn’t know.

In either case, I got a haircut and dye job for the occasion. I hope Business Watch likes cinnamon brown Caesar cuts.

I'm A Favorite!
(Here we see the winner of the CDP’s ‘Jailbait of the Year’ award, Cargirl.)

In addition to that wonderful bit of news, Cargirl from the Cargirl News Minute has proclaimed my blog one of her Favorite Things of 2007. Also, and I’m crossing my fingers on this one, I’m anticipating showing up somewhere on her Top 10 People of the Year list, which should be up sometime today. Keep an eye out for it, I’ll throw a link up when I see it.

So, what are you waiting for? If you haven’t purchased a copy of 65 Poor Life Decisions yet, you need to do so now so you can receive it before Christmas! You can order it online here, or you can order it directly through me here. My plan is to sell books like crazy right up until the end of the year, so help me make it happen.

Thank you. Sound off in the comments and enjoy your weekend. The conclusion of the Top 20 Albums Of 2007 arrives Monday.

(PS – Today is Blog Crush Day! Sound off in the comments and declare your Blog Crush to the CDP faithful!)

79 thoughts on “How Do You Afford Your Rock & Roll Lifestyle?

  1. Yeah, it’s like I told CDP the other day…the chick who cuts my hair asked if I had ever considered dying my beard to hide the grey.

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  2. I can feel your pain all the way up here. That hurts, man.It’s the same situation every time I get my hair cut. The girl thinks I’m 19, I think she’s 25, and it’s always the other way around. The discovery is always awkward and disappointing.

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  3. I’m lucky that I have light colored hair(and I still have most of it!) so that any gray I might have doesn’t really show. That keeps me <>looking<> young.The wheezing, on the other hand, makes me feel quite a bit older.

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  4. Also, I’m currently watching Lost season 3 on ABC.com, you know, to catch back up before next season.RAZZLE DAZZLE! I completely forgot that Nikki portrayed Corvette, the “Pride of St. Paul”. And now, she’s dead.Hooray!

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  5. I’ve been looking into Season 4 news, and both compromises don’t look too good for the fans.Because of the strike, they only have 8 of 16 episodes completed. ABC wants to start airing them in February and stop at the 8-episode point until the strike ends. The creators of the show state that they have lobbied for a continuous season, and don’t want to break the show in half.So, we’ll either get half a season in February, or we’ll get a full season in 2009.As a fan of viewing things the way the creators wanted them to be viewed, I honestly can wait until 2009. Irritable Male, after every episode don’t forget to read my Lost Friday recaps. They’re delicious.

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  6. Funny, they don’t want to split the season up, but they have no problem with going almost 9 months between the end of season 3 and the start of season 4. Ha!I know <>all<> about your Lost Fridays, sir. That’s how I got here in the first place, I think through a Fark link.

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  7. I’m quite well known throughout my school for having a small grey patch on the back of my head. Next to the gingerness, this really does look pretty disturbing/groovy, but my friends tell me it’s gradually shrinking down to nothingness.You don’t know what I look like? Well I’ll be sure to put up a picture on my stunningly popular blog some time.

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  8. I couldn’t tell you. He’s elusive.Carrot – Were you struck by lightning? That’s how Dr. Forrester from MST3K got his gray patch.IMS – CDP+LOST+FARK=WIN

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  9. Between the CDP’s Cargirl jail bait comment and the Hathery’s desire to see a 14 year old boy I’m starting to think that parents in the CDP neighborhood tell the kids not to trick or treat at their place.

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  10. DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!And no…we don’t get many trick or treaters at our place. Last year, we got one, and Ryan was so excited he gave the whole bowl of candy to her.

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  11. <>Yeah, it’s like I told CDP the other day…the chick who cuts my hair asked if I had ever considered dying my beard to hide the grey.<>I think JT should do some commercials with Keith Hernandez

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  12. Done and done!Hathery – British speak is a bit more like.“Oh you ****ing piece of **** ****** ******** *******! Go **** yourself! Nothing is this ****ing house is worth a pile of ****! I have acually ****ed better quality technology than this ****-based ****!”

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  13. I don’t acually ever wear that hat. Just when I’m rocking out infront of my mirror on an air guitar.It took me about 10 minutes to get a picture of my grey patch. I think I took about 100, then just picked the best one.It’s still terrible.

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  14. Dammit, I’m out busy living my rock and roll lifestyle and I miss out on declarations of blogcrushiness!It’s okay, though, since you and Hathery and the Midwest version o’ me-n-Will. Although I’m from tehe Chicago ‘burbs. So I could be the Midwest version of me. But I think Hathery is doing a swell job.Will wanted the Buttman mag on the outside of the book, but I had to convince him this way was funnier. Also, this is not the only copy of Buttman that we own (‘we’ since I got half of his stuff when we got married.)

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  15. I’m glad the air has been cleared. I feel free now.I never took Will for a butt man. Personally, I’m a neck man. Give me a short haircut and an exposed neck, and I’ll probably be happy with you. I’m not difficult to please.

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