Scrumptious Steve: The Best Goodwill Find Ever

No, a card of smoking angels is not the best Goodwill find ever. It’s the message inside that’s the prize. But before we get to that let me tell you how I came across this. I’ve been making little paintings on old record sleeve inserts. Stuff like painting a face over an ad for a Dean Martin album. They’re all small and I’ve been getting frames for them at Goodwill. So, when I bought this smoking angels card I had no idea it was even a card. It was just a picture in a frame that I needed. When it came time to frame my little painting I removed the beer guzzling angels from the frame and what do you know…it was a card. Naturally, I opened it and that’s when I realized I was holding the best Goodwill find ever in my hands. And now, it is my great honor to share it with all of you…my two loyal readers. Enjoy!

My first thought when I read this was, “Steve, you dirty little devil! What on Earth did you do to receive such an amazing little note? I want to be thought of as a scrumptious man. Teach me!” But that was my first thought and when I thought about it more I couldn’t help but wonder what happened to these two. Admittedly, I can’t make out the girl’s name. Why is it the only thing written in cursive? Isn’t cursive obsolete at this point? I suppose that’s a whole other story that I’ll ignore for now. I’m guessing Steve must have thought pretty highly of T (we’ll just call her that for now) since he framed the card. But what happened? How many decadent dates were there? Did Steve become less scrumptious over time? Did they live happily ever after? If not, will T ever find another man as amazing as Steve? Why would Steve donate this to the Goodwill? Or maybe in a fit of rage T donated it because Steve’s scrumptiousness evolved into assholeness and she couldn’t stand the fact that there was written proof that once there was a time when she loved Steve. Sadly, only Steve and T know the truth. I sincerely hope the two of them are still sharing decadent nights together and that maybe they’ve had a baby or two.

As for you, loyal reader, get out there and share a decadent night with your own scrumptious Steve or Samantha or whoever. Just make sure it’s decadent and delicious. Then, after you’ve had your fun donate all the evidence to your local Goodwill.

See ya!
– Jeff

Live Work Love Podcast: The Foodie Episode

It’s been a long time coming, but we FINALLY posted a new episode for our Live Work Love podcast.


We discuss very important things. You know, things like soup, pizza and donuts. We also talk about our first “food date”, 80’s mom diets and boiling cucumbers.

Listen on iTunes.
And if you you’re anti-iTunes you can also listen on my site.

We hope you enjoy it. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes so you can catch upcoming episodes. Also, we’d be super stoked if you leave a review on iTunes. It helps out in the search rankings….and our egos. And, of course, we would just love to hear what you think.

Thanks for listening!
Jeff & Coral

Where Did All My Cocaine Go?

It’s not everyday you find a treasure like this waiting for you at your door in the morning. And what great timing because I was fresh out of needles. It’s like the universe just knew.

Ok, jokes aside. This baggie of mysterious white powder and used needle were found outside the door of my downtown shop. It’s just cute little boutiques in downtown Paso Robles. By night, I guess, it turns into a sleazy shooting factory? Who knows? What I do know is that it’s enough to make me say…

Ok, now let’s talk about how wasteful this junkie is. There is a lot of “stuff” they left behind. I guess when you’re high you’re not thinking about being conservative and thrifty. I mean, you’re high, right? But you do have enough brains to not get caught walking down the street with a bunch of illegal paraphernalia. Well, at least not until you consume some of it. And I guess once you get your fill you just leave all incriminating evidence for me to find, which is fantastic because I really needed a pick me this morning after only getting 2 hours of sleep.

Totally kidding, people. That shit is nasty. Coral and I were shocked to find this and were totally disgusted. Neither one of us realized that this was a thing that happened. Of course, the level of disgust increased significantly when we thought about our 5 year old running around the shop. Imagining your toddler stepping out the side door and walking back in waving a used syringe asking, “What’s this?” is beyond…I don’t even know…beyond words.

With that said…

Dear drug users,

Please clean up after yourself like a responsible adult.

Thanks.
The Management

And for all you readers out there, thanks for tuning in. It’s much appreciated.

See ya!
– Jeff

PS. While looking over this before hitting the “publish” button I noticed the snowman on the baggie. Oh, druggies…your sense of humor always amazes me.

Live Work Love Episode 8: Coral Goes To The Women’s March

I know, I know…this is old news news at this point, but I forgot to post about it when it was hot off the press. In case you missed it back in January you can hear it now.

Listen on iTunes

Listen on my site

You’d have to be dead or living under a rock to not know about the Women’s March that took place on January 21, 2017, the day after the U.S. Presidential Inauguration. We are lucky enough to live close to a town that hosted one of the 100’s of marches that took place around the globe and this episode is Coral’s account of her experience marching in solidarity with more people than she ever thought possible. We hope you enjoy it.

Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes so you can catch upcoming episodes. Also, we’d be super stoked if you leave a review on iTunes. It helps out in the search rankings….and our egos. And, of course, we would just love to hear what you think.

Thanks for listening!
– Jeff & Coral

A Little Late, But Here It Is…

I film a lot of video and I’m super good at saving it to my hard drive and then never doing anything with it. And I mean SUPER good. I finally got the idea to put together a compilation video, which seems a lot less daunting than making a video for each separate event I film. I say “film” like I know what I’m doing, but I don’t. I just turn the camera on and hope I get something worthwhile. This video is a compilation from all the stuff I filmed in Decemeber, which is a fun month for obvious reasons. Elliott is pretty much the star, but when you have a 5 year old that’s just what happens. This is also a lot more personal or family oriented than the typical things I upload to YouTube, but there is more to my life than making weird paintings.

Enjoy!
If the video below gives you trouble and doesn’t play then visit: https://youtu.be/MxFNzA-JJ_g

The Newsletter I Just Emailed

In case you’re not on the e-list, here’s what I just sent out.

Hello!

I just wanted to let you know that I’m wheelin’ n’ dealin’ this weekend. Now through Sunday when you order two prints you get a third one for free. This is a great opportunity to start collecting art or to add to your growing collection. There is no coupon code for this deal. Simply add the first two prints to your cart and leave a note during checkout with the title of the third print you’d like. That’s it! Easy peasy nice and easy.

I currently offer 37 signed 8″ x 10″ prints. This is a standard size for easy framing and each print is signed on the back. These are high quality matte finished prints made in a real photo lab using state of the art equipment. In other words, they are not printed on a store bought ink jet printer using that cheap “photo” paper.

You can see all the 8×10 prints here or simply click the above image.

In other art nerdy news:
– Here’s a video of me painting a broken drum cymbal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mQCnkX63q4&t=1s

– I’ll be having a show at Sally Loo’s in San Luis Obispo in April. I haven’t had an official show in years, so this is exciting. I’m making all new paintings for that right now, so it will be a very busy time from now until opening night.

– Coral and I have jumped on the podcasting bandwagon. We launched “Live/Work/Love” in September and have uploaded 8 episodes with more in the works. Check it out on iTunes if you get a chance.

And last, but not least…if you haven’t checked out Viva Paso (my new shop) yet, make a trip to Paso Robles and say hello.

Thanks for all your support!
I hope you have a great weekend!

– Jeff

Somebody Get This Kid A Camera

So, it’s probably around 12:30am. Evelyn and I are sitting across from each other at the kitchen table. She’s on her phone doing whatever 15 year old girls do. I’m on my computer looking through video clips trying to figure out what to post next on YouTube. Evy sees my camera on the table and starts messing around with it. Being a Canon T5i it’s slightly more complicated than the camera she is used to on her phone. She’s pushing buttons and messing around with the flip screen and then tells me to look up. SNAP! She takes a photo of me. Just one single photo. No setting up or adjusting the light or anything. Just a simple push of the shutter button. After inspecting the monitor she says, “It sort of looks like one of those portraits.” I can only assume she meant it looked like a fancy, or possibly artsy, portrait. One that you might pay a photographer to do. Here it is. Totally unedited. No photoshopping. No filters. Completely spontaneous. Straight from the horses mouth.

I really don’t feel biased because it’s a photo of me or because my 15 year old daughter took it, but I think it’s a pretty good portrait. But who am I? Let’s get mom’s thoughts. After all, she’s the real photographer in the family. Here’s what Coral had to say.

“My first thought was – I love the lighting. I love how warm it is against the contrast of your black hoodie and the dark kitchen behind you. I also think it’s funny that you two are night owls together, and it’s kind of a quick glimpse into your relationship with her. You’re not scolding her to go to bed – or annoyed by her being up at nearly 1am… you’re just letting her mess around with an expensive camera, and do something creative in the middle of the night – because that’s normal for you. I also like how comfortable you look. You can’t get a portrait like that in a professional setting, or with a stranger.”

Naturally, when you’re messing around with a new camera you have to take at least one selfie.

What can I say, this girl has skills. Also, somebody get this kid a camera!

Oh wait, we’re the parents. That’s probably our job.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

Live Work Love Episode 7: Sex Dust, 2016 Pop Culture Re-Cap, And Celebrity Deaths

During the first moments of 2017 Coral and Jeff have a discussion about what went down in 2016 pop culture, despite the fact that they are completely out of touch with “pop culture”. There is also some talk about celebrity deaths, the New Year’s Day tradition of the Polar Bear Dip and how Jeff got roofied with a new age hippie powder called “Sex Dust”.

Enjoy the ride!

Listen on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/07.-sex-dust-2016-pop-culture/id1159309526?i=1000379726967&mt=2

Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future episodes AND if you leave a review that would be super awesome. It helps out in the search rankings so more people can discover Live Work Love.

Thanks for listening!
– Jeff

Live Work Love Episode 6: We’re Still Alive…Sort Of

This episode was uploaded near the end of December after going almost 2 months without posting any new episodes. We were totally swamped with Viva work because of all the holiday shopping, so the podcast got put on the back burner. In a rare moment of Coral and I being in the car at the same with no kids we decided to use the opportunity to record this quick update. Enjoy!

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/06.-a-quick-update/id1159309526?i=1000379376289&mt=2

You can also download or stream it directly from my site.

If you do listen from iTunes you can subscribe so you don’t miss out on future episodes AND if you leave a review that would be super awesome. It helps out in the search rankings.

Thanks for listening!
– Jeff

Idiots And Assholes

This is what I saw when I walked out of work a couple of days ago.


Just because you left somebody in the backseat with the door open does not mean you are allowed to park like an idiot. Seriously, with two open spots side by side how hard could it be to park in between the lines? Perhaps this person needs to trade this car in for a Mini Cooper. Or better yet, maybe they need to start taking the bus. Or, even better, stay home. However, this is nothing compared to what awaited me two days later when I got to work in the morning.


Who does this? I’ll tell you. Assholes do this, that’s who. Seriously, what is wrong with people? There is nothing more annoying to me than having to pick up somebody else’s mess. Why do people think it’s ok to do this? There are four containers here. That means it’s safe to assume there were four people (or 2 very hungry ones) eating on/around the bench directly in front of our shop. Probably adults. Not a single one of them noticed the garbage can on the corner, which is about a 15-20 second walk from the bench. Not a single one thought to pick up after their retarded friends. And not a single one spoke up to be all, “Yo, guys…let’s not leave all our shit here.” Should I mention the place their food came from was a 15-20 second walk in the opposite direction of the trash can on the corner and it would have been totally appropriate to walk the trash back to the place where the food came from. To put that another way, these assholes were 15 seconds away in either direction from finding a place to dispose of their trash properly.

Someone parking like an idiot is funny to me. People acting like assholes is not funny. It’s annoying, but hey…it gave me something to write a blog post about. See, inspiration is all around us. Thanks, assheads!

Update 8am: BONUS IDIOT

This person was in front of me and we both pulled up to the curb at the same time to park. She refused to pull forward for some reason and stopped just in front of the red zone. Oh, I know why, because she’s an asshole and an idiot. I won’t say I was “forced” to park in the red zone because of her. I’m an adult willing to take responsibility for my actions and I admittedly chose to park in the red zone as opposed to driving around to find a spot further away from my destination, but I could have been a lot less in the red zone (like just my bumper, maybe) had she pulled forward like a decent human being. The further out of the red zone I could be the greater the chance of not getting a ticket. Hey, you know what? I have photoshop, let’s see how this would look if Miss Poopy Parker did pull forward.


See, my car totally fits!
Ok, I know that’s only half my car, but use your imagination. I’m guessing that half my back tire to the bumper would be in the red zone. And here’s how much of an idiot I am. I honestly contemplated driving back just to get a photo where my whole car would be in frame.

Happy parking!
– Jeff

P.S. – Check out the new “Parisian Princess” t-shirt.

Live Work Love Episode 5: Originality Vs. Playing It Safe

In this episode Coral and I discuss Instagram, Facebook, and my extreme awkwardness in front of a camera. Coral also admits that she thought Instagram was strictly a photo editing app the first 10 months she was using it with no idea that people could see the photos she was posting. Hopefully, we say something that might leave you with an idea or two about your own social media/marketing efforts.

Be sure to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes. It helps Live Work Love get noticed in the iTunes store. And it gives our egos a little boost.

Stream or download from the following places:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/05.-social-media-originality/id1159309526?i=1000377310368&mt=2
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jeffclaassen/live-work-love-podcast-episode-5-social-media-and-originality-versus-playing-safe

Happy listening!
– Jeff

New Goodies At Viva Paso And Other Random Shiz

Things have been pretty busy at Viva Paso this past week. We’ve received a lot of new products. I’d talk about all of them here, but I’ve already done that on the Viva Blog.

Work stuff aside, let’s engage in some random photo time. I’m just going to scroll through my phone to find some things worthy enough to be shared with the world…or the two people that happen to read this. Here we go!


Here’s Elliott with all of his friends. How do kids end up with so much shit? What’s weird is how they’re able to keep such a good mental inventory of it all. If I secretly take one of these stuffed animals Elliott totally knows it’s missing.


Coral and I on Halloween just before hitting the streets for trick-or-treating. It’s hard to see in the photo, but Coral’s eyelid was covered in glittering turquoise to match her sweater. I was in my typical uniform.


Seriously, Postman? You couldn’t walk this one to the door? It took half a jar of Crisco and a Slim Jim to get this out. And while we’re on the Postal theme…


The line at the Paso Robles Post Office on Dec. 19. I think a read about 2 chapters of a book before I got to the front.


When the box of hot cocoa, James, and a ballpoint pen are left alone together.

Pretty random, but that’s just how life goes. A random string of events that sometimes make the most perfect sense or no sense at all.

Enjoy!

– Jeff

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