whats been going on..

lets see…a ton of stuff has happened since my last entry…sorry about the lack of them, i’ll try and bring you up to speed, and i know i’ll miss a bunch of stuff but i’ll try and do my best…

*the acting out event went very good..my talk / presentation with Dr. Calabrese about vincent van gogh went over well.

*as mentioned in the previous update, some lady ran a light in lakewood ohio and t-boned me, totaled my car. i got a new one with the insurance money, her insurance money. i got a 2009 crown victoria, a federal car with cop suspension. it came from georgia so there is no rust, very clean white car. V-8 so it’s fast, 65,000 miles on it, tinted windows and there are still police flashers mounted in the rear window. i put a saxon sticker on it, my new wheels of steel.

*andrew wk kicked major ass

*a friend of mine was in town and we went to a bunch of gigs…venom inc., andrew wk, the get up kids, and the movie life, all were great.

*i accendently took a vetmedin, one of my dogs pills for his heart murmur when taking my morning meds. i went straight the emergency room where they held me for two hours. once they felt everything would be ok they let me go home. once home i took rommel out for a walk. no more than a half a block down the street my chest started to hurt bad, and i could barely breath. i collapsed on the side walk, the postman was near by and called 911. an ambulance came and got me and rommel. i told them what had happened, they said they were gonna take me back to the ER and for them to get it right. on the way one of the ambulance guys put rommel in my house. once at the ER, they gave me an ekg while my jaw began to hurt as well. they told me i was having a heart attack and sent me by ambulance, flashers and sirens blaring down to the university hospitals main campus. once there they began getting me ready to get a “stint”. they shoved a cable in through my wrist, up the arm and into the heart. once there they could seen it was something different, i had a “myocardial bridge” so no stint was needed. i was then taken to the intensive care unit for cardiac problems. i stayed there a few days, then sent to the cardiac ward where i spent a few more days. once my meds, a bata blocker, had things under control i was released. moral to the story, don’t take your dogs medicine.

*hell has officially frozen over, WNCX 98.5, cleveland’s classic rock, has played victim of changes.


My wounderful car took a hit yesterday while driving in Lakewood by a dingbat, she did quite a bit of damage. Her insurance company better give me a rental while they fix it. Her car was totaled, but my wheels of steel will live to fight another day….I hope


out for a ride on captain LT’s ship – thanks skipper



Acting Out! Fest is the brainchild of artist Derek Hess and his long-time business agent, Martin Geramita, along with Cleveland marketing / events guru, Angie Hetrick. Breaking down the stigmas that surround mental illness and addiction is a matter that’s especially important to Hess, whose struggles with bipolar disorder and substance abuse are not only well known, they’re integral subjects to his emotionally charged artwork.
Our core arts programming includes collaboration with local experts and nationally known celebrity mental health and addiction advocates, sharing their stories to help us deliver our message to a larger audience.
After Acting Out! 2016 we realized the greater need to connect the public and those in need with mental health and addiction resources. We strive to achieve this goal through programming partnerships with leading mental health and addiction organizations. Acting Out! 2017 is presented with generous support from The Centers for Families and Children, The Woodruff Foundation, Cleveland Clinic, Recovery Resources, Signature Health / Connections, Ohio Guidestone, Jakprints, and Gordon Square Arts District.

Acting Out! Fest was created to help break down the stigmas that surround mental illness and addiction by using arts programming that includes musical performances, talks, film, comedy, and visual art from local artists and nationally known celebrity mental health and addiction advocates. In addition to helping connect those in need of mental health and addiction assistance with available resources.


the scheduale”    http://actingoutcle.com/schedule/




So I go into Euclid city hall to give the thieving bastards some tax money and I leave my car unlocked. I come back to leave, look over at the front passenger seat and someone put this book in my car…wtf? Must be a good read. usually when i leave my car unlocked they take something not leave something.



had the pleasure to sign some tshirts i did for Mental Health America at their annual conference Thursday in Washington DC. These are amazing people doing amazing things to make things better and i was happy to be a part of it.



check it out, the new ‘always’ print has the center heart cut out of the paper. you can put what ever picture you want behind it or leave it alone – link to buy is HERE

always die-cut



may is mental health awareness month, and i’m finding the awareness of my personal bipolar condition to be pretty heavy for some reason. i find myself sedating myself to escape from it for a while, but as soon as i wake, i feel the depression right there standing on my chest saying “good morning, time to not get started”. the real reason i get up is because of rommel, if i didn’t have a dog i was responsible for i don’t know what i would do……on my Facebook page i’m posting a picture that reflects some aspect of bipolar each day, some of the pieces are new, then others are old, but they all relate…so check them out every day and get a does of my ……..

derek hess facebook page