Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers all over the world! Let’s get right to it.
February 2016 is just a few days away. I’ll be back on my regular beat in Little Italy in five days. My lifestyle of two weeks of fun and two weeks of bust can be frustrating at times, but it works for me. It makes a virtue out of my flaws. During the past several days of bust I’ve written some of the best blog posts I’ve ever written and I’ve more or less finalized a very effective SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for publishing my little girlie magazine. I’ve gotten a lot done. As of this morning The Gazette is averaging 635 page views every day for January 2016.
Now I’m ready to hang out.
After staying at base camp (my apartment) going on two weeks now (I do go out for supplies and to the public library to check out books) I’ll be returning to my beat in Little Italy with fresh eyes. It’s like I’m rediscovering Liberty Avenue and Armand’s and Nico’s all over again.
I can’t wait.
February 2016 will be the official start of the new budget for The Gazette. I will no longer publish a new paid contributor every month, but instead I will publish a fiction special of six flash fiction stories in July. This will save me $180 this year. And not only that. The money will not come out of my own pocket. I’ll take it out of the rent rebate that I’ve been getting on the first of every July for the past few years.
The State of Pennsylvania has something called: Pennsylvania Property Tax or Rent Rebate Program. I get a check for $500 every year. To be eligible you must have lived in Pennsylvania the previous year and be old and poor…I’m sorry…There are age and income qualifications. I qualify. Starting in February you can pick up the form you have to fill out at a senior citizens center or at your local public library. If you don’t live in Pennsylvania, find out if your state has a similar program.
Well, that’s all I have for you right now. This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Hail to Pitt!
Today in Pittsburgh it will be mostly cloudy with a high around 32.
PS Even though I will no longer publish a new story by a paid contributor every month there are still around 150 pieces of fiction on this site as of this morning. That ought to keep you happy until July.
Who loves ya, baby?–Kojak (Telly Savalas)
This is what Wikipedia has to say about Telly Savalas:
Savalas’s best-known role was as the star of the television series Kojak. The series originated with the TV movie pilot The Marcus-Nelson Murders (CBS, 1973), which was based on the real-life Career Girls Murder case. Savalas’ character was named Theo “Kojack” in his first appearance.
Lt. Theo Kojak was a bald New York City detective with a fondness for lollipops and whose tagline was “Who loves ya, baby?” (He also liked to say “Everybody should have a little Greek in them.”) Although the lollipop gimmick was added in order to indulge his sweet tooth, Savalas also smoked heavily onscreen – cigarettes, cigarillos and cigars – throughout the first season’s episodes. The critic Clive James explained the lead actor’s appeal as Kojak: “Telly Savalas can make bad slang sound like good slang and good slang sound like lyric poetry. It isn’t what he is, so much as the way he talks, that gets you tuning in.”
He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series two years in succession, winning the Emmy in 1974. He was also nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Drama Series from 1975 to 1978, winning twice, in 1975 and 1976. His younger brother George played the regular role of Detective Stavros – a sensitive, wild-haired, quiet, comedic foil to Kojak’s street-wise humor in an otherwise dark dramatic TV series.