Ramblings Of A Man Named Joseph Carro

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The Peacoat

Posted on November 7, 2018

I was writing at home, or trying to, when the desire to get up out of my chair finally struck me. I needed out, I needed to get out into the fall weather and interact with humans and stop looking at the page. I grabbed my pea coat, slipped it on, and slipped out the door. My girlfriend at the time wasn’t home yet. The night was cold, and my feet slid over wet leaves that covered the grimy Portland sidewalk. Several times, I had to check my pace or risk falling to the tar. I took in the night air, letting it fill my lungs and letting my eyes adjust to the darkness. Upon entering the store, I wandered around aimlessly. I wasn’t…

Bob

Posted on September 23, 2018

The last time I ever saw Bob alive, he took me aside toward the end of one of his shifts. Business had slowed, we were cleaning up. I was rearranging some product in the front of the store. “Hey,” he said, rolling up his apron and throwing on his hat. His voice was a bit gravelly, and he cleared his throat as he continued. “I just want to tell you that I appreciate working with you.” “Thanks, Robert,” I said. “I appreciate that.” He nodded, throwing on his jacket. I had been kneeling and slowly brought myself up from my knees and onto my feet, dusting my hands off at my sides. “It gets a little crazy here sometimes,” he continued. “I like that…

My First Girlfriend

Posted on August 13, 2018

The first time I saw Becky Dearborn, I was very intrigued by her. She wore a school uniform, which consisted of a long, muted-in-color tartan or plaid skirt, knee-high stockings, shiny black shoes, and a clean white blouse. She wore an accompanying tie which sometimes varied in color during later times I would see her. Her hair was close-cropped and done up in a bob style, and to top things off she wore a black choker around her neck. She reminded me of Natalie Portman as Mathilda in the movie Leon: The Professional. I’d been swimming at the local pool with my best friend Tom when his girlfriend Sarah showed up. Sarah was gorgeous – with long, curly blonde hair and what I thought…

My Top Ten Favorite Albums

Posted on June 17, 2018

I haven’t done a Top Ten list in quite some time, so now’s as good a time as any to list my TOP TEN FAVORITE MUSIC ALBUMS. My music tastes have gone all over the place as I’ve grown as a person, but mostly – my top ten favorite albums stay the same. Or, at least they have for a while. These albums have seen me through some interesting times in my life, and so I’m excited to share them with you and also share why I like them. While they are listed in “top ten” order, I feel like each album sort of moves around depending on my mood – so by no means is the order set in stone. It’s just an…

Rage: Bane of Demons

Posted on January 16, 2016

Recently, through some friends of mine (comic book letterer/artist Rick Parker and his wife, Lisa) I was told about a job opportunity with a French comic book called Rage: Bane of Demons. The creator of the book, Eric Peyron, is French and needed an American who loved comics to proofread and edit the script for an upcoming issue he wanted to market for English speaking audiences here in America. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Comic books have always been a part of my life and the chance to work with even an indie book or a self-published book was still really appealing to me. So I sent Mr. Peyron an e-mail, explaining that I would love the chance to work on the book…

Pneumothorax

Posted on January 16, 2016

  I remember riding in the car with my grandmother. She worked at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, where I attended my undergrad studies. I lived with her at the time (she adopted me from the foster home I was in, which is another story) in Casco. It was a Saturday or a Sunday, and we were on our usual weekend ritual of going to the grocery store in nearby downtown Windham, here in Maine. The year, I believe, was 2000 (but it could have been 2001) and the Playstation 2 had just been released. I know this, because we stopped in at KB Toys (which has since been absorbed by Toys R Us) and I experienced a demo of Dynasty Warriors for the…

Halloween In Salem, Massachusetts

Posted on November 12, 2015

When most people think of Salem, Massachusetts – they undoubtedly think of witches. It’s something that has defined that town since the Salem witch trials back in the 1690’s. Much like people coming to Maine to experience lobster or Stephen King (seriously, people just go right to his house in Bangor and hang out in front of it), thousands of people flock to Salem every October in the hopes of going on spooky ghost hunts or buying a haunted tarot deck or doing one of the many, many touristy activities one can find in Salem. For my own part, I’ve been going to Salem almost every year since 2007. When I first started going to Salem, I was with my (now) ex-wife (though we…