Friday, September 22, 2006

Happy b-daily Bailie and some more of my Cleveland

Today is Grant Bailie's birthday. Bailie is one of my bestest buddies and I don't know what the hell I'd do without him. He is a dork because he won't smile for a picture to save his life, but what the hell can I do? Nothing. So I just smile for both of us.

To celebrate, we had lunch together at Cleveland's Tower City, which is a complex and historic old structure downtown. I'd say the same of Bailie, but I'm not sure how historic he is. He did write Cloud 8, which is a kick-ass book. Maybe when he croaks he will be historic. For now he is just Bailie.

Here is an article about when Bailie was locked up for a 30 day stint, during which he had to write a book. They eventually let him out. In the article, they call Bailie "Mr. Bailie." I wouldn't call him that to save my life. Here is another article written after he got sprung.

Despite his myriad shortcomings (which I'm sure as hell not going to list here), Bailie is one hell of a writer. Don't believe me? Read this.

That said, I don't give an eff and I yell at him all the time. I yelled at him and told him to update his blog Junk Drawer Drunk (is that a great title, or what?) so I might link it to this post. Go on over there and tell him something.

Here are a bunch of cool pix I took at Tower City. Bailie and I once sat at that table by the marble stairs and split a meatball sandwich and laughed our asses off. That rocked all hell and I loved it.

Happy birthday, Bailie. And Cleveland, I love you as always.




~d said...

Happy, happy Birthday! thanks to Erin, I now feel as if I have known you long enough to send WELL WISHES and tell you to SMILE, dammit!
Happy, Happy, dude!
Your New Orleans pal.

Jozee said...

Happy birthday Mr Bailie! Since Erin has introduced us I hope you will accept my well wishes and hopes that you have many,many happy returns of the day!

I enjoyed your updated blog entry. The imagery of flourescent lights snuffing out one by one while the dark business man dissects his sandwich is one that will stay in my head for a long time. Powerfull.

Nice to meet you.

Erin, cool shots. ;-)

Bostick said...

Happy birthday to you.
Happy birthday to you.
Happy birthday to Bailie......
Happy birthday to you.
There, I even sang it in my head..
Nice shots Erin, looks expensive..

Toby said...

Happy Bday. I love the "Don't believe me? Read this" story.

Now I'm reminded of It's a Wonderful Life and it's still three months until Xmas.

Anonymous said...

Oh, goodie, I love short stories. I'm on my way right now.

Anonymous said...

which balcony did you throw him from?


Hal said...

Happy Birthday, Bailie!

And Erin, those pictures are cool boobies!

Bugwit Homilies said...

Nice pics, good story!

Anonymous said...

A splendid photograph of you, Madame O'Brien.

One could easily get lost in your long flowing hair...

Denny Shane said...

Happy Birthday Baile! You're in good hands!

Libby Spencer said...

Damn if you don't keep tempting me to travel to Cleveland with these erotic photos...

Grant Bailie said...

I don't think I have a myriad shortcomings; just a half dozen--but they are a good half-dozen.

I thank you for the birthday wishes anyway. And the bagel.

And I thank all these other people for their birthday wishes too, even though not a one of them has ever bought me a bagel.