About the Hangover

The Hangover Begins

     I was advised by an old friend (and industry professional) that I should have a blog. I didn’t see the point.
    

     “Doesn’t everyone who types have one? Aren’t there enough opinions floating around out there?”
     “None of them are yours.”
     “Plenty of them are outraged, though.”
     “Plenty of them are bullshit. You’re always claiming to be a man of the people. Here’s your chance.”
     

     This is what happens when one is taken somewhat seriously.

     My desire to write may have been sparked by a combination of third grade creative writing and Matt Christopher sports books. It was later fueled by countless hours of Ray Davies, Jagger and Richards, and Pete Townsend (who is also responsible for my fondness for Remy Martin). Henry Miller made me realize it was possible. From there emerged the Pantheon of the Bookshelf: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Andre Dubus, John Irving, and others who showed what could be achieved.

     I’ve published short stories in a variety of literary journals, yet you won’t find me reading Kafka in a Starbucks. I’ve penned feature articles, tech guides, product reviews, and training manuals, but I don’t own a corduroy jacket with patches on the sleeves. In the height of my youth (which admittedly stretched into my thirties) I whipped off three-chord songs for my former band, The Syphlloids. These days, it’s the goddaughter who wears my leather jacket. I’ve retreated to a tourist town on the coast of Maine, where it’s quiet but not exactly sailboats and gin and tonics. Thanks to the onset of distance education, I teach writing to students around the planet. And with two kids to send to college, I still pull some shifts behind a bar. Somewhere along the way I have become a responsible adult.

    Now there is The Hangover. That each post could be influenced by Joey Ramone and Gore Vidal seems reason enough.

–Albert R. Waitt III

25 Responses to “About the Hangover”

  1. Rob O'Regan January 6, 2008 at 4:58 pm #

    This is one hangover I’m looking forward to experiencing … Welcome, Albert!

  2. Rita and Stacy January 7, 2008 at 12:58 am #

    Ah, so this is a blog…impressive. We’ll stay tuned.
    Keep on bloggin’. Rita and Stacy

  3. Kevin Whitworth January 8, 2008 at 2:06 am #

    Who in the hell are Rita and Stacy?

  4. Bug January 10, 2008 at 4:10 am #

    Dear Hangover,

    What’s next a Myspace page?

    Love always,

    Bug

  5. Deirdre January 10, 2008 at 4:52 pm #

    Oh this is going to be fun! I can’t wait to find out who Rita and Stacy are – not to mention who they are endorsing.

    For the record, I think Kucinich’s policy ideas are right on but I haven’t decided for whom I’ll be voting. Last time around I took Gabrielle out of school and went campaigning for Kerry in NH on election day.

    Regards,
    Deirdre

  6. ned flood January 20, 2008 at 7:03 pm #

    “i don’t suppose you would remember me…but i used to follow you back in ’63”-pete townshend

    hello-one of the hard rock girls(beth laughlin) hipped me to “the hangover”.tales of the syphlloids…where would one find some of their/your music?you mentioned you bartend up in portland…where?the fact that the sex pistols are back playing live is unbelievable.i did catch one of the reunion shows in boston about 5 years ago…a riot(as in funny).did you ever see public image limited?those were some memorable gigs,i think.landsdowne st.?as fellow a magazine junky/ esquire/spin/r.s./inc/fast co./saveur/food & wine/gourmet/mojo/bon ap/g.q./boston/offbeat/no depression/ex-paste/…i agree with the russo quote about mowing your own lawn.so what have you read recently that got you excited?or bands?or food picks?
    keep up the good work-ned flood

  7. alguschip January 21, 2008 at 3:24 pm #

    Ned,
    Glad you like the blog. Although I’ve retired from the Syphlloids (my last real appearance was in ’93), they do have a myspace page and are “in the studio.” I’ve heard a rocking demo of a Stone’s cover they’re working on.

    I’ve been meaning to get the Hangover more into music and literature, but so far this political season has been too crazy for me to reserve comment.

    This past year I’m liking the new Ian Hunter disc “Shrunken Heads,” and Springsteen’s “Magic” (both of which are likely to get some time soon on the front page).

    As for books, there’s Charles Frazier’s “Thirteen Moons,” Lewis Robinson’s “Officer Friendly and other Stories,” and although it’s been out for a while, Jonathan Lethem’s “motherless Brooklyn.”

  8. Aaron, of course January 23, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    Big Al!!!! Thanks for the invite, my man! I’ve been reading feverishly…there’s enough stuff here to keep me busy for weeks. Let me first begin by saying…I was at the last live show of the Syphlloids, front and center, and you guys were great. I’ll never forget the line ‘this song goes out to all you college bullet-head f*cking a**holes’. Those few words helped make me the man I am today (sorry, mom).

    ‘I want to make 1 thing perfectly clear. I did NOT have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky.’

  9. LOUISE January 24, 2008 at 3:38 pm #

    GREAT JOB ALBERT

  10. Chilly Nate February 27, 2008 at 2:23 am #

    It will be awesome to hear what a man of few words has to say, finally.
    Fry Clemens. Vacation is grand. Tennis is on, when the snow pack melts. Vote Republican. Rita and Stacy are hip. NHL rocks. More later.

  11. Booger March 29, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    Al, this is the first Hangover I’ve truly enjoyed. I never fancied myself a reader, let alone one of fiction. While bored at work, I read The Van the other day. Not only did I enjoy it, but I could actually tell someone what it was about afterwards. Thirty years later I think I finally impressed my elementary school teacher with good reading and comprehension!

    More please.

  12. bob and arlene May 14, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    Great blog on Hidden Pond–we are abutters to the Hidden Pond development and fought unsuccessfully as Mr Harrington hood-winked the Kennnebunkport Planning Board into approving his “mobile home “park. First they were to be sold as vacation homes, then rented by the month or week and now they are trying to get $600 per night and have become a high class B and B. Lots of luck. How they let this sleaseball get away with this stuff amazes me —the Planning Board has no balls and now we hear he wants to build a motel in our backyard. Please stay on top of this guy and help us keep him out of business. Bob and Arlene Shappee—29 OxPlow Lane Kennebunkport Maine

  13. Booger May 23, 2008 at 8:15 pm #

    Bob and Arlene,
    Read the Kennebunkport Land Use Ordinance. If you’re not happy, begin a petition to “re-define” the term MOTEL.

  14. JJ&TK July 1, 2008 at 5:59 am #

    It’s early am’ trying to get some computer work done before it turns into a beach day. Just wanted you to know I finally got a chance to check out your blog. GREAT job! will keep checking in. See you tonight…we’ll make some hangovers together…not us, our patrons! JJ…the hiking, canoeing, adventureing and fellow”fluid engineer”

  15. JJ&TK July 1, 2008 at 8:34 am #

    P.S……..HAPPY BIRTHDAY

  16. Steve HRC October 8, 2008 at 9:40 am #

    http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/food_dining/food/view.bg?articleid=1123414
    That the state of Maine.

  17. Al Halpern January 5, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    Nice job on this site. My best to the Owl track alumni.
    Coach Halpern

  18. Albert, have you visited this blog recently. You are Googleable; so, here I am writing you. Enjoyed your class immensely. – Walt

  19. Lorin Rees July 28, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    Hi Albert,

    I read your story YOU OPEN YOUR DOOR in the Spring issue of Third Coast and loved it. I could relate to it very well, being that I used to work as a line cook and know Maine very well.

    I’d love to connect with you to learn more about your work and to introduce myself.

    I write from the Helen Rees Literary Agency in Boston. Some of our authors include Senator John Kerry, Jack Welch, Alan Dershowitz, and many more. I can tell you more about us later.

    I look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to respond to this e-mail or to call me at 617-227-9014.

    All best,

    – Lorin

    • alguschip July 29, 2009 at 8:25 am #

      Lorin,
      Thanks for your feedback and interest. I truly appreciate it. I’ve sent an email to your address at the Agency. Hopefully, it will make it through any existing SPAM blockades. I look forward to talking with you.
      All the best,
      Al

  20. Tim February 12, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    Al,

    Nicely done. I liked the 4th of July selections, esp Springsteen and the late Thin Lizzy frontman.

    keep up the good work.

  21. George in the flatlands April 12, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    Like all good Hangover readers, I look with anticipation to the Hangover’s annual story of opening day. Is there going to be a RedSox assessment in the near future? And what new foibles will befoul our intrepid hero at his first foray to Fenway?

  22. LCD Screen Cleaner December 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    the best vacation homes are those that are located near the beaches, they are really cool *,,

  23. Lauviandediat December 6, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    Is this where I should post my intro?. My friends call me Kathy. My likes are product marketing I’ll be reading more at thehangover.wordpress.com http://downloadpushbuttonmoney.com/download-push-button-money.gif

  24. Bill April 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Well — howdy neighbor! What say you we chat up the Pantheon over gin and tonics this summer?

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