Monica Bielanko
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Another Day At Bay

Sky the color of cement is spitting down at these here windows of the tiny internet cafe I'm typing you from. Yup. My computer is broken. Again. Which has been nice, actually. It's good to live life instead of typing about it. Typing forces introspection which, to be honest, this past month I've had more than I can take of self evaluation and such..

Lotsa travel coming up in the very near future. In fact, I won't be home for very many days in July. Heading to Mama Bielanko's in Amish country for 4th of July festivities..(just when I thought I kicked my pot brownie habit) Then it's straight to London for the nuptials of Nick Hornby.. The day after I arrive home from London I hop a bird bound for Utah. I'll spend about two weeks out west there in the Beehive state.

Man, I haven't been home in more than a year and a half. That's wild to contemplate. I am interested to see how I've changed, how Utah has changed and how I'll feel about it all. Will I interact appropriately with family members without my 2,000 mile buffer zone? Probably not. That's okay though. It really wouldn't feel like a proper Butler family hootenanny if the cops aren't called at some point. Somebody HAS to cry.. it just wouldn't feel right without the tears and jeers.

The Surge has finally finished the bulk of touring for his latest album. Holy fucker! He was on tour very nearly from January to July. Poor boy. But as I type he is back to working out in his beloved gym over there in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, U.S.A. However, the band is already writing songs for their new album in addition to working on the soundtrack for an upcoming movie. I love the writing-the-album-and-then-recording-it part much more than the touring. So it's a good time.

In other news... I've met a few of you over the past year.. but if ya'll are interested, The Surge's band Marah, along with The Shalitas and some other fine, fine folks will be playing a very special gig right here in Williamsburg, a few blocks from my apartment! There is a rumor Sicksadworld will be there along with Xmastime. If you're into it, come on out! Introduce yourselves and mingle with the gang.

Hey! Who's there? Are you out there? Are you still reading? Does anyone read this shit?

Reader Comments (31)

Hope to make it out for the Williamsburg show. I'm contemplating my contest entry right now.

June 26, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterereiberg
Nice to see you on Thursday night, Monica...EDW and I will most definitely be there in September!
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterdu_dragons
You need to give actual dates for the show lady. And is The Surge traveling with you to London and back home to Utah? And yes, we read.
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Klein
Fuck ya.,......see ya in Brooklyn
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBrian
Hey, the german girl is still reading! Can you imagine how cool this sounds to me: traveling to London to visit NICK HORNBY. I'm jealous :-) I told you in my email I've seen the show of Marah in Dortmund and Nick was there with them. They were gorgeous together. If you happen to talk to Nick about the show, tell him we loved him in the BVB soccer shirt and that his friend Lehmann is doing a pretty good job at the worldcup at the moment. If he needs a place to stay during the worldcup in Dortmund 5 minutes away from the stadium... he's always welcome ;-) But I've read an interview with him recently and I know he's not as interested in the world cup as he is in his team: Arsenal London!
Have lots of fun during your traveling!
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMechthild
1) I think I might go to the show.


3) Is the Surge perhaps doing a soundtrack for an upcoming movie based on a Nick Hornby book?
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterHeather B.
Yeah - I'm here ...and bought the soundtrack.
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterElizabethR
Home again and Rob is already looking for flights from Vancouver to NYC for that September show.
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRichelle
hope you have a great summer! and i hope you have a wonderful time in Utah. after being away for so long you might want to ease into the city by staying in Park City for a little while. That's where the largest concetration of liberals are anyway ;)
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte
Ya, still here, still reading, still interested. Hopefully you'll blog while on your own tour of sorts in July. :)
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
Here is what was posted on the Marah board about the show.

"Hold on to you underpants people! The fun is about to begin!!!!

On Saturday, September 9th, The Shalitas will be hosting "A Night of
PHIDelity" at North Six in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Christine Smith,
Adam and Dave's Bloodline, The Shalitas, Slo-Mo and of course, MARAH
will be playing this party of all parties!!!

But wait, it gets better!

This isn't going to be just another show. You know, great music,
dancing, laughter, no's much more than that! We're
getting YOU involved this time.

Here's the dealy: A Contest.

The winner will make up the 15-song set list for Marah at this September
9th show!!!!

Details Details Details...

The Contest:

Explain (in 100 words or less) your favorite Marah show moment. It can
be something that happens at every show or only happened once. Dig
deep. Be creative. We're not holding you back!

Submissions must be sent in the form of a text e-mail. No video. No
DVD. No snail mail. No attachments. Just paste the sucker right in
the body of the e-mail.

Send your entry to

One entry per person. Submissions will be accepted beginning today,
Sunday, June 25th, and ending at Midnight on Sunday, July 23rd.

On Monday, July 24th, all entries will be posted on the Shalita message
board. Register on the message board and cast your vote for your
favorite entry.


The deadline for voting is Midnight on Sunday, August 13th. The top
five rated entries will be given (anonymously) to the five members of Marah. They will pick the winner.

The winner will be announced Sunday, August 20th.

The Winner will have until Wednesday, August 23rd to submit their Marah
set list. The list must be made up of only Marah songs with the
exception of one cover song.

The winner will also get some cool crap and get to bring a friend to the
show for FREE!!!

Sweet. That's the skinny. E-mail all questions regarding this show to

See you September 9th!

The Shalitas"
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAimee
And yes. of course we read!
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAimee
<waving arms in air wildly> I still read!
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterStFarmer
Ooh, when they come out West again, I'll be sure to go!
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJacynth
I'm here! I am a daily subscriber who checks your blog several times a day. Glad to hear you're keeping busy this summer! See, it pays to be unemployed. Well, it doesn't exactly pay per se, but you know what I mean.
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSloopy
You are going to Nick Hornby's wedding?!!! I'm Jealous! If you don't blog about it I will be very angry. Lucky girl!
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterGemma
Of course I read!!! If by chance you run up to Las Vegas while you are in Utah, lemme know, I will be there the end of July, first of August sometime!
Special birthday present to me! :)
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJen
Still reading ...

Sounds like you've got a great July planned. Enjoy!

Definitely hope to make it to the show in September.

Funny, I know Serge and Dave are close with Nick Hornby, so of course they'd be invited to his wedding, and you're Serge's wife, so of course you'd be going to, but for some reason when I read "Then it's straight to London for the nuptials of Nick Hornby" I thought wow, that's fucking cool!
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
What?? Nick is getting married??

He already IS married. To me. And we're going to my mother's that weekend.

Nick, come home. It's time for supper.


Mrs. Nick Hornby
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Nick Hornby
I don't see any travel plans to Lowell, MA???
June 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMerrySerge
i read your blog on a laptop in the steamroom this morning, then used windex to clean off the screen. bitch.. no more stories for you until you fucking call me.. and to think you call me your Gay ambassador.. i am close to resigning!
June 27, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMARCO
that's a cool idea for a show. north six is a cozy little place, too. ought to be a fun night.
June 27, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterkasey
I'm still here and still reading!!! What do you think??? You won't get rid of me sooooooo eaaasssssyyyyy! Have a nice summer!!!!!!!!! And you have to give more details on Nick H.!!!!!!!!! Greetings from Poland!!!
June 27, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Still reading, still enjoying. Have a great July. (To think I thought a visit to Va. Beach was a nice summer ! :) )
June 27, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterCinco Lover
Cinco Lover, I was just wondering about you! Glad to know you're not gone - I miss you over in bookland.

Monica, safe travels and remember - every family gathering is just more material!
June 27, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterEDW
Ah, besides... I'm flying to LA next week for the baptism of Shilo Nouvelle..;-)
June 27, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMechthild
MARCO! Happy Birthday, you slut. I know, I know... I flaked. I will be in touch soon. The steam room... awww man, I miss the tales my Gay Ambassador tells..
June 27, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMonica
Hey Monica - long time no read/post... actually I have been trying to catch up these past couple of weeks. I really had kicked the habit but now I'm hooked all over again. Emily's been keeping me busy these past months, but it's great to hear you're coming back to Utah - really hope we get to see you. Nick Hornby's wedding?! Loved the way you tossed that into the entry... a true name dropper, love it ;)
June 27, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAli
me! me! i'm reading!
okay, that's it.
June 27, 2006 | Unregistered Commenteremily
Hope you have a fabulous time traveling; yes... we read your blog to see what you have to write, and what your observations are. We'll stay tuned.
June 27, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKaren D.
Yes, still reading!! Love it :-)
and Nick Hornby's wedding - what can I say...
at least I'm going to London as well!
June 28, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterkiaora

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