I also answered a question very similar to Johnny’s response to my “retirement” in a Reddit “AMA” (Ask Me Anything). (Yep, I’ve discovered Reddit, and I’m diggin’ it).
Honestly, I miss writing, and I miss my readers, and some of you said some awfully nice things about my blog…so I’m gonna resume. I’ll do my best and write as often as I can, and when I don’t feel up to writing, I’ll just post some of my arty-farty “erotic” pictures…and when I’m not up to do that, I’ll take another fishing trip…only this time, I’ll just post that pic of the old man fishing in the river.
And know that the fishing trip won’t take forever.
Before I sign off, I wanna wish you a Happy New Year! Here’s to an awesome, profitable, sexy, drama-free, healthy, happy, safe, fun, orgasmic, funky, you-can-make-it-rain 013!
And by “sign off”, I mean I’m all done with the blogging. I really don’t have much more to say here. Sure, I can tell you some fucked up story about a Porno Princess and her antics. Or how Stunt Cock did something stupid. Or smart. Shit, I’ve got two posts 1/2 done; one about an old Porno Princess pal who’s homeless and a junkie…I helped her out for a while, including helping her drive around Porn Valley to score Roxies (as LAPD cruised by to surprise us as the transaction finally went down). I also had a Best of 2012 blog that I couldn’t finish…and being unable to finish both — in addition to not really writing anything in a while — I’ve decided to call it a day.
I’ll still update my YouTube Channel…at least til that gets boring.
And while I’m done blogging about porno, I’m not done writing about it. Or making it.
Maybe it’s time I try and write a book? In the meantime, use the blog’s search function and type in things like Barbie Cummings or Spring Thomas or poke around the right hand column under “archives” or check out my site or follow me on Twitter. There’s seven years worth of blogging, and I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like.
Thanks to my readers. Thanks to my fans. Thanks to my haters. Thanks to each and every Porno Princess who either made me sad or happy, or drove me wild or nuts or to orgasm…or to get my morning coffee.
In other words, thanks for being one of the subjects I wrote about.
Your pal — Billy Watson
“Pontius Pilate was the first great censor, and Jesus Christ the first great victim of censorship.” — Benjamin Barr Lindsey
“Jesus died too soon. If he had lived to my age he would have repudiated his doctrine.” — Nietzsche
“He might be described as an underprivileged, working-class victim of political and religious persecution.” — Prince Phillip
“We’re more popular than Jesus Christ now. I don’t know which will go first; rock and roll or Christianity.” — John Lennon
“Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.” — John Lennon, one more time…cause he’s Lennon, duh.
“I keep hearing that Jesus Christ is coming, but nobody knows his tour dates.” — Michael Lucas
“Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine – My sins are my own, they belong to me.” — Patti Smith
“2,000 years ago one man got nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be if everyone was nice to each other for a change.” — Douglas Adams
“Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy.” — Simone Weil
“The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me.” — Denis Diderot
“Is it a fact that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world, and how is it proved? If a God, he could not die, and as a man he could not redeem.” — Thomas Paine
“The best theology would need no advocates; it would prove itself.” — Karl Barth
“I have no further use for America. I wouldn’t go back there if Jesus Christ was President.” — Charlie Chaplin
“I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure [Jesus Christ].” — Fidel Castro
“I had a student ask me, ‘Could the savior you believe in save Osama bin Laden?’ Of course, we know the blood of Jesus Christ can save him, and then he must be executed.” – Jerry Falwell
“If Jesus Christ were to come today people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner; and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.” — Thomas Carlyle
“Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. Everything science has taught me, and continues to teach me, strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death.” — Dr. Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun
“Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.” — Soren Kierkegaard
“Jesus rides beside me / He never buys any smokes / Hurry up, hurry up, ain’t you had enough of this stuff / Ashtray floors, dirty clothes, and filthy jokes…” — Paul Westerberg
Rereading that last sentence makes me sound naive. Or ignorant. Maybe a little bit of both.
I never thought about how making smut videos would effect future relationships with women — women both in and out of the industry. I knew “civilian” women wouldn’t be too thrilled about having a dude who made dirty movies for a living; I had no idea it would make a relationship virtually impossible. I never knew it would be equally impossible to maintain any sort of relationship with one of the models as well. I’ve told you these stories.
By the way, I point the finger at myself. I don’t wanna come off as The Sane One surrounded by all The Crazies.
For a while, I was thinking 2012 was gonna be it. After 10 years, I was all done. I’ve changed my mind, at least for the foreseeable future. I like my job, more than I ever have, and I know a great deal of that has to do with the slowdown. “The Perfect Storm” nearly killed Porno, but, in the end, it’s made my life a little easier. I still make a decent living, but it’s not like The Good Ole Days.
The Perfect Storm: the near-meltdown of the US Economy at the end of 2008, which is the same time the Tube Sites exploded in popularity, which is the same time DVD production, for the most part, died and went to Heaven.
The Perfect Storm reduced my work by 2/3′s, which has allowed me to stay (somewhat) sane.
My family’s always been involved in a cyclical business (they started it 8 years before WWII did) and they’ve always said, “when biz goes down, it’s always a good thing…cause it shakes the trees and gets rid of this shit.”
Porn Trees shook hard, and a lot of the shit has gone away…hopefully for good. There’s other interesting things that’s happened since, and part of it is the damage the storm left as far as a model’s longevity is concerned. Pre-’08, I think a “good career” spanned about the same time as an NFL player’s did…3 years. I think if a model can get steady, consistent work through a calendar year in 2013, that’s pretty fucking good. Some people think there’s “no more” Porn Stars, but I won’t go that far.
So much has changed in 10 years. I’ve never heard of a business model imploding in such a short time. I don’t mean the internet model, either. When I got to Porno Valley in 2002, there were “internet rates” and “DVD rates”, and our rates were 20 – 30% lower; in addition, the DVD Crews thought the Internet Guys were a joke. They predicted a rapid demise, and some even licensed their content to web sites for next-to-nothing. Some models wouldn’t even take an “Internet” gig. And when they did, you could almost hear The Agent smirk on the other end of the phone when he said, “Oh, it’s just an internet site? Then her boy-girl rate is $700 instead of $1100. And if you’re looking, I know a producer that will license his entire library to you for $8000. I’m pretty sure there’s hundreds of titles.”
Anyway, the storm seems to have passed. And as far as me…well, I’m good for a while longer. Maybe a good while.
What else am I gonna do?