Welcome to the Existential Adventures of Crazy Man and the Dog, Sidestepper


IMPORTANT WORLD SHAKING NOTICE: Well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. The series is on a break while the writer stocks up on new photos,  ideas and sleep. If you’re new here, then you have 100 episodes to read. If you’ve been following Crazy Man and the dog, Sidestepper, then you can catch up on the ones you missed or weren’t ready to read at that time in your life. Either way…have a great summer. We’ve all earned it.


Some say life’s a path winding through a forest of endless possibilities. Well…we’ll see. In the meantime, Crazy Man and the dog, Sidestepper, will be following that path through the deep dark scary woods every Tuesday and Thursday in a twice weekly saga of their journey.

And who are Crazy Man and the dog, Sidestepper? 

I’m not sure. I’m still learning. 

Crazy Man was under his bed with an empty bottle of wine for a long time before he decided to look into “this outside thing.” His body exists in one dimension and his mind in another and he’s never been sure which is which. Once on the path, the past begins to slip away and he can’t remember if he has a kitchen or not. Or a garage. 

The dog, Sidestepper, is looking for the mother who abandoned him when he was a puppy, causing his body to stay the same size and his legs to grow into long skinny stilts that make him look strangely like an egret nest perched on top of power lines. But don’t think about that…you’ll dream. It won’t be nice. 

And he walks sideways. Always.

After a short confrontational greeting during which Crazy Man assures the dog, Sidestepper, that he’s not his mother, the two decide to travel together down the path of adventure and new meanings through the deep dark scary woods.

What awaits them will change their already weird lives into…well…something weirder. You’re welcome to join them on their journey every Tuesday and Thursday but, be warned, nothing good can come of this.

(BTW, you may be wondering why there’s a picture of a bird at the top of this post. I’m wondering about that too.)


This series explores the mess we’ve made of the world by having two unlikely characters talk to the world…trees, the sky, oceans, dead birds, mean birds, garbage cans, non-vegan deer and lost ragdolls…you know, the stuff of life and the world.

Each episode is inspired by a photograph because every photo is a picture of life, of the world, and depending on your point-of-view, every picture tells a thousand stories.

I’m taking a much-needed summer break from the series while I re-stock my photo library and read through the first one hundred episodes to see how many spelling and grammar mistakes I can make in one hundred episodes. So far, it’s a lot.

During this time, I came across an image that didn’t seem to fit in the series, but it had a story to tell. I warn you, though…it’s not a pleasant story. You can read it by clicking here.

On May 20, 2021, The Existential Adventures of Crazy Man and the Dog, Sidestepper, Will Be 100 Episodes Old.

Yep, two episodes a week for an entire year. I’m giving myself a pat on the back, which means that a meteor will land on my head just before I post Episode 100.

I’m going to be taking it easy a bit with the summer coming and the beaches and rivers calling to me: “Biff, get off your ass and come get wet.”

I’ve attached a PDF with more. And there will be another episode posted tonight, of course. 🙂

Click here if you’re not bored yet.