List of things to take to OSU – Fall 1978

[Note: Fall, 1978, I went to Ohio State University, my first time away from home, where I lived in a dorm room with my friends Brad Jacobs and Dan Strayer. There are several pages of lists of things to pack and take. Please note: Brad and I combined our stereo systems, so I have only included speakers and cassette deck.]

Shoes/Boots: Old Wallabees / New Wallabees / Blue Pumas / RWB Adidas / White Adidas / New Balance / Nike / Countries / Slippers / Black Boots / Hiking Boots / New Balance (old)

Shirts (T): Red Jockey / Blue with Pocket / Yellow Adidas / White with Orange Adidas / Three V-neck T shirts / Strap Undershirts / Little Kings / Perkins Cross Country Red / Genesis / Perkins 500 / Camel GT / Supertramp / White with Green Trim

Shirts – Button Variety: French Navy Shirt / Blue and White Hawaii Shirt / Brown Levis Shirt / Blue Prison-type Levis Shirt / White Work Shirt / White Short-sleeve / Brown Short-sleeve / Sweatshirt – blue and red

Pants: White / Army / Good Jeans / Poor Jeans / DK Brown Cords / Tan Cords

Socks: 5 pair little footies / As many brown and blue socks as I have / 10 pair white tube socks / Wool socks (winter)

Coats: White Jacket / Jean Jacket / Old Man's Coat / Army Jacket / Trucker Vest (winter, maybe)

Underwear: 15 pair Jockey Underwear

Shorts: Good Levi shorts (beach) / Nylon swimsuit / Red, Light Grey, and Blue Gym-shorts / athletic supporter

Misc. Clothes: Jumpsuit / LL Beans Moose River Hat / Goodyear Hat / Watch Cap / Housecoat / Good and not quite good gloves / Thin black tie

Books and Magazines: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance / Loading Mercury with a Pitchfork / Rommel Drives on Deep into Egypt / The Pill Vs. The Springhill Mine Disaster / Walden / Catch-22 / MASH / Slaughterhouse Five / Clockwork Orange / Ulysses / Mr. Boston Bar Guide / Catcher in the Rye / Don Quixote / Selected Rolling Stones / Selected National Lampoons / Red poetry books by R. S .Russell / Seven Centuries of Verse / All Richard Brautigan / All Alistair MacLean / All Sherlock Holmes / Lord of the Rings (four books) A Decade of The Who

Additional Items: Toothbrushes (2) / Cream Deodorant / Old Spice Deodorant / Bic Shavers / Shaving Cream / Electric Razor / Noxzema Cream / 2 Combs / Brush (hair) / Shampoo (Blue stuff or Head and Shoulders) / Little Screwdriver / A few Washcloths / 6 or 7 big Beach Towels / Pillows and Pillow Cases / Dental Floss / Kleenex / Fingernail Clipper / Swabs / Glasses Strap / Soap / Phisohex / Blanket / Bedspread / First Aid

Decorations: Honest Abe / Senior Pennant / E.A.P. Poster / Darth Balder and Bacchus and whatever else (Dan) / Big Notebook for drawings

Audio Equipment: Advent Loudspeakers (2) / Pioneer CTF2121 Cassette Deck / Shure Microphones (2) / 2 Album Crates / All Good Albums / All Cassette Tapes / Record Cleaner / Tape Head Cleaner / Two Grey Speaker Stands / Speaker Wire / Electronic Keyboard and Amp / Headphones

Misc.: Danny (ifin he wants to go) / Glasses (drinking variety) – Mug, Identical clear mug, 2 shot glasses, Pepe Le Pew glass, Bizarre Pina Colada glass, Silver mug, Frosted glass, Coffee cup, Suds bowl / Sunglasses: Dan's / Clip-on / Cedar Point Matches (in Cigar Box) / Herb Box (metal) with Tea (etc) inside (Licorice Root) / Eyeglasses (the ones I wear, plus Old Billy Glasses) / Pipes and Tobacco – all pipes, all tobacco, reamers and cleaners / Beer – Case of Budweiser, case of Homebrew, some Cinci, Labatt's, Stroh's, and whatever / Ashtray / Pens, pencils, paper, and notebooks / Popcorn / Padlock / Scissors / Flashlight / Sewing kit / Tape / Laundry bag / Hangers / Stopwatch (for recording) / Belt buckles (Miller, Branding Iron, Old Milwaukee) / Calendar / Chapstick / Money / Red Wristwatch / Frisbee

Food: Dandee Corn Puffs / Cheetos – fried / Hi-Hos / Cheese (Parmesan, Pepper, Smoked, Camembert or Brie, Liederkranz, Swiss, Limburger, Bleu) / Tavern Nuts / Popcorn (unpopped) / Cheese Corn / Hard Pretzels

The First Winter Carnival

[Note: I am writing a few brief accounts—never recorded in notebooks—based on stories written later, published in a zine/book called Winter Carnival (1990) (out of print). There are no specific dates.]

One year, in high school, for Thanksgiving vacation, our family met with other relatives at a huge, old, rented house by the river, near Loudonville, Ohio and the Mohican State Forest. It was one of those weekends where it starts snowing and just keeps snowing. My brother and I were delighted, and we took our sleds and found a great sledding hill behind the house. We had a big Thanksgiving dinner, of course. The house was a lodge-style place, privately owned and rented out through the year, completely furnished, including games and books. I immediately found a book, MASH (1968), by Richard Hooker, and already familiar with the movie and TV show adaptations, was surprised to find the book quite different. I was a little obsessed with it, particularly the enigmatic “Trapper John” who sat around in a giant parka which he'd occasionally disappear into and emerge with a can of beer and opener. At one point he headed out into the snow to climb a nearby mountain. When they asked him where he was going, he answered: “Winter Carnival.”

That was where I initially got my idea for Winter Carnival—a winter tradition that involved some kind of exploration of the outdoors, preferably during a heavy snowfall, while drinking. That weekend, because of the increasingly heavy snowfall, we ended up leaving the house in the woods a day early, so we had quite a lot of uneaten provisions to return with. I helped pack up the car, and while stowing the beer in the trunk I let a few cans roll up behind the spare tire. Once back home, after getting unpacked, I retrieved the hidden beer. Left with a great snowy weekend, I went out wearing my Dad's old army jacket over my “trucker's vest” (men's insulated undergarment), and with all those available pockets I was able to conceal several cans of beer. Later, then, when out with friends, I'd casually reach inside, produce a beer, and pop it open. I'm sure my friends were as impressed with me as I was with myself. Becoming intoxicated, while it might happen, wasn't the point. The thing I realized was that some kind of magic happened. The snow, the outdoor setting enhanced the drinking, and the drinking enhanced the outdoors—much like adults drinking fine wine with an expensive meal—but this was better, because it was my thing. This was the beginning of Winter Carnival.

Calendar – Summer 1978 - Part II

(Note: I started keeping calendars, eventually, with notes on what I did, but not until the mid to late Eighties. So it was a surprise to find this calendar, gridded out in a sketch book, from the summer of 1978. This is a brief summary of stuff on that calendar.)

Part II

July 1 – I do my Who painting / Jonesy's party and hotels, Camper Village / Tom sleeps over / Communist discussion

July 2 – Nasty day / me and Tom go to Kelleys Island on ferry

July 3 – We come home on ferry / me and Tom and Brad go to hotels

July 4 – Me and Tom and Jones go canoeing!

July 5 – Me and Dan go to beach (East Harbor) / Bank incident – gin / Eat at Ernstburger's / Play pool at Brad's

July 6 – July 8 – Work at Diamond's – sale

July 8 – Party at Ag's – good stereo system

July 9 – We go to beach (Bay Point) – Molson's – all day

July 10 – July 16 – Work at Diamond's at Midway Mall – with Tony – sort pants

July 11 – Record – Television / Taped David Johansen on WMMS from Agora

July 13 – Brad, Tom, Jackie come over late

July 15 – Record Club – Hell, Tull, Lou Reed

July 17 – Work – Diamond's – to Cleveland with truck driver

July 18 – Work – Diamond's / Circle Track / Holiday Inn / Ag's birthday at 12 o'clock – out to Stokey's and Frisch's

July 19 – Run six miles – almost die / Dave Mason concert at Blossom

July 20 – Dan and I go to East Harbor and Pizza Hut and to Brad's house and home early

July 21 – Work – Diamond's / We go swimming at Parker's and go to Pink Panther / I get my hat back / We go to Holiday Inn and see Fred

July 22 – Perkins Road Race - 28th – 17:56 (3 mi.) / Sailing Club dance / I go back in the woods

July 23 – Went to Ag's house all day and to bed early / Finished new wave tape

July 24 – Work – Diamond's / Went to Bay Point – I snuck in by swimming / Party at Ag's house

July 25 – Did nothing all day – hot as hell / Went to Brad's house at night to play pool

July 26 – Went to mall [illegible] / We go to Holiday Inn – go swimming – see Fred

July 27 – Mike, Rick, Mark and I go to beach but Mike's car fucks up and we go swimming at Parker's / We watch Dr. Strangelove at Ag's house / Brad and I go to Lula's party 5 minutes

July 28 – Work – Diamond's / We go to Holiday Inn / I go to Ag's

July 29 – Tom and I go to Oberlin / I buy jumpsuit and pants / Go to rec theater – put in Springsteen concert / Buy Dead Boys album / Watch Saturday Nite live

July 30 – Tom and I film punk rock film – Waiting for End of World / Vacationland / I go to Brad's house

[No entries for August or beyond]

Calendar – Summer 1978

(Note: I started keeping calendars, eventually, with notes on what I did, but not until the mid to late Eighties. So it was a surprise to find this calendar, gridded out in a sketch book, from the summer of 1978. This is a brief summary of stuff on that calendar.)

[Part I]

May 28 – Work – Best Western (I was cleaning hotel rooms)

May 29 (no school) – Work – Best Western – David Johansen (Agora)

May 30 – June 1 – Work – B+T (This was at a small machine shop called Busch & Thiem)

June 2 – Marla McGregor's Grad Party – Our grad gift: “Honest Abe”

June 3 – June 12 – (most days) Work – Best Western

June 4 – Graduation Party for me, and Robyn Rice and Brad and Galloway and Newman

June 6 – Record – Nick Lowe

June 9 – Kelley and Lizzi's Star Lanes party / Harry's grad party / We go on roof of Plaza – Ag gets nailed

June 10 – Mielke's party / Bird's party

June 11 – Suter and Vicki's party / We go to Frisch's / Tom sleeps over

June 12 – Record – Michael Stanley

June 14 – Work – Best Western – fired – last day!

June 15 – Record – Cheap Trick / We go to hotels (Hand, Hahn, Tom. Brad) – Church group

June 16 – I apply for jobs (Ward's, K-Mart, Tent) / Concert – Cheap Trick – Public Auditorium

June 19 – June 25 – Work – Diamond's Men's Store – Tent Sale out the Sandusky Mall

June 19 – Dan and Brad go fishing

June 22 – Record – Vibrators

June 23 – Chris Lange's party – me and Ag go to Bevric's house

June 26 – June 29 – Work – Diamond's – Cleveland and Midway Mall – sort pants

June 28 – Tom's birthday? / Suzi Brian's party

June 29 – Apply for job – Hills / Me and Brad play pool

June 30 – We go to the beach (Bay Point) – sunburn – Winkle's boat – me, Tom and Brad – Stroh's case / Dickie's house party

[to be continued]

Dreams – 5-6-78

I went to school and couldn't find my locker. So me and Jim and some others skipped school. We went downtown and sat by a guy's store until he told us to leave. Then I went into a big building and went up the elevator. We went so fast that we passed the speed of light and went into the future. We heard a lady's voice over a loudspeaker and ran for the elevator. But when we got to he bottom a man told us there was nothing we could do. We were stuck in the future.

End of POW Notebook

Note: I have come to the end of journal entries in my 1977/1978 POW (Principles of Writing) high school journal. The last thing in the notebook is this list of "journal ideas" which I'll post here. Next, I will post notebook journals I can find, in the order they were written. They are few and far between for awhile, but what I seem to have a lot of, coming up, are depictions of dreams.

Journal Ideas









How Animals Think

Heaven (and Animals) Dogs


Restaurants (Giving too too much) Nice and Fast Food





Phony (in Dress)


Rock Music Awards

Bottle Rockets

Kidnapping Myself

Cryptic Message

Steely Dan


Leg-hold Traps

Movie Ideas

Comedy Ideas

Insane Shit

Monday, January 16, 1978

We went into the mall and it was boring as shit. Now Agsten is snow driving and doing doughnuts all over hell. Yeah I'm on drugs, what do you think. It's better than being home. Triumvirat's new album is a classic album I've determined because, OH SHIT [words illegible] we made it – left onto 250 off Hull is a bitch. I rather be where I am than home doing homework like some assholes. “Smart people are people who are dumb enough to go home and study every night.” Study your time away, you better watch out there may be days [words illegible] Peg... you see it all in 3-D, it's your favorite foreign movie. Circle Track. I'm a swell football player. We shall scrimp and save...

Sunday, January 15, 1978

They were good enough to go up from the bar, oh, we saw a terrible nasty looking scurveee walking down the street and he almost got Ag in a wreck because he was staring at him. He looked like a water rat that was wringed out with grease. Oh, at the Winery the dude went up to the shop and got me some yeast. Then Ag played “My Generation” sung by Patti Smith, twelve times on the juke box, and we couldn't stand to listen to the whole thing once and we left. I hope they like it!

Saturday, January 14, 1978

This way. We are at Burger King getting munchies. And this person who is waiting on us, “Wait, there is a weird noise emitting from the side of the building [words illegible]. What a disappointment! Now I will munch! I got a scurvy Fish sand and spilled tarter sauce on my journal. Here it is [there is an arrow pointing to a stain on the page] Shit. That's nasty stuff. Awhh, goddammit, shit. [words illegible] Hey, has anyone seen my legs. We went to the Winery and that place is bad as hell.

Friday, January 13, 1978

This. It's probably because I am not falling asleep like I was while writing the other journal entries Friday night while experiencing X's in scientific notation. We decided to make part of my movie in Bechtel's basement, with weird things happening such as plants grabbing dudes and fists coming out of posters and I am really cooking now! Even (OK [words illegible]) a bicycle going into a poster and driftwood “wonder what Losey was doing.” “Wanna go to the mall first” said Randy, because Ag “put it in low and just slid.” We are going to the mall on weird roads. There is a van right behind us and it looks like Coker's. Now it is a Roesch truck. “Look at that fucker [words illegible]!” We are just going to the [words illegible].

Tuesday, January 10, 1978

Well, tonight we had much fun. We went sledding and had much fun. We had fun sledding. It was a lot of fun and we surfed a lot too. I went down hill the very [words illegible] to the ramp and went over it and cracked up [words illegible]. After sledding [words illegible] and we went to Pizza Hut and they would not wait on us so we got pizza and [words illegible] the place. We would of [words illegible] the place anyway, but we had much fun doing things like [words illegible].