Friday, September 29, 2006

I drove all the way into DC to go to tonight's game, but ran into a traffic hell that made me bail out.



i em gey

RIP Robby


I have mixed feelings. Frank is a horrible manager, but DAMN IT he's our manager!!!


And he's a freakin' hall of famer, and one of the ten greatest ever to play the game.

GodDAMNit -- Missed It By This Much . . .


I came within one month and six daysof squeezing six years outta my phone. . .


Well, I had to cave in and get a new one.
I'm gonna take a couple'a days off from this here blog -- recharge my batteries.

We're entering election season, baseball is coming to an end for those of us in DC, and

the Nick Johnson broken leg is killing me. I was in Carrboro, and missed the whole thing. I feel I let Nick down . . .



Also, I'm gonna go techno and swap out the hard drive in my laptop, putting in a much larger and faster hard drive and such and so forth.

Dual Action




So, am I the only dude in the world
who's diggin =g on the new Wisk Dual Action
detergent?

Being an apartment dweller, it's great to climb the stairs with a thimble-full that will wash all the laundry in the Bronx . . .

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Another First Act


Shocker that Rick Neilsen would have one too . . .

First Act Guitars -- are they saweet?




here's the First Act guitar designed for Jason of Drive By Truckers . . .

Oh, I shoulda consulted with guitar boy . . . .

Query

Sunburst






Which of these two would you go with?

For me, the 'Alf A Bee?

For 13-yr.-old nephew?









Ebony

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

No Politics

Not much to write these days. I have no new thoughts on the administration, my views on torture should not be a surprise [opposed], my view on secret trials should not be a surprise [opposed], my views on election-posturing and bullshit ads should not be a surprise [opposed].


I guess I'm in a cheezy-like state of having zippy to say . . .

Zimmerman Hits His Twentieth


Twenty Home Runs for Ryan Zimmerman.


It's been a helluva fun year.

Every one of the twenty has been a line drive . . .



"What's your name? 'Scott'? Well, Scott, the missus and I were in Mexico . . ."

Phil as I know and Love Him

















It's weird to catch up with Phillippe and think of him as "the kid."
After all, he was just 18 and I was all of 20 . . .

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

I miss Little Steven's Underground Gragae, but I'm glad I canceled Sirius Radio. . .

Monday, September 25, 2006

Actresses I Would Like To Ball, No. 4


Sarah Paulson





I think










Um, I don't think these images are of Ms. Paulson; I'm sure they are. I'm just not positive on the premise, that's all . . .
Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines.
Did Friends go off the air when I wasn't looking?

Thums Up to The Science of Sleep


I'd been led to believe that this film, in English, Spanish, and French, was enjoyable, but slight. That the central impact would come from the joy of lo-tech special effects, central to the story.

I found it much better, and deeper, than that.

It's also about attraction, unrequited longing, the pain of loss and the emptiness of adulthood.


And technology. And imagination.

And love.





Maybe it's also about the pitfalls of honesty, and the pain and joy of risking something to find love.


There's a French dude who is a scream. . .

I dug it -- Thums Up!

The Documentary Filmmaker At Work



I wish the man well, because he has a vision.

The best part is that he doesn't just have a vision for his work product, but a vision for his life.

That's a damned good thing to see.








Oh; you can go here for info on the film festival . . .

Sunday, September 24, 2006

zzaJ

The Bollywood Band as I Saw Them . . .

Carrboro Rawks!





Well, "Rock" wasn't the most-represented musical genre at the Carrboro Music Festival, but the place still ROCKED.

Thanks so much to Nic for the gracious tour of his lovely, fascinating new home town; it's a gas to visit, and seems like a splendid place to live.

Although the women do tend to wear brassieres, notwithstanding Nic's adamance that they don't.

I think that philosophically they don't . . .




The festival is clearly By Carrboro, For Carrboro. But Nick and Laura and their beautiful family helped welcome visitors, and everyone involved in the event was incredibly friendly.

The "Bollywood" band was the highlight for me; Old-Time music, while beautifully done, didn't quite make it.

Friday, September 22, 2006

He's Still Got It!

Carrboro



Well, kids,
let's see what the Carrboro Music Festival has to offer.

Looking forward to area host Nic's recommendations and insights, and hoping to explore the joys of a different state . . .

I Love A Red Sunburst Paul










ps: Eff photoshop . . .

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Years ago, great minds struck on the most apt description of me:

Secretive, yet indiscreet.


I don't think that's all that true anymore; I'm not so secretive, and occasionally embrace brazen honesty.

But corresponding with Lupner, I struck on a new apt description:

Willing and eager to lead, if you instruct me to do so.




*sigh*
some days, you just don't wanna get up.

does Mon - Fri. ring a bell?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Well, ya gotta be true to yourself. I enjoy making images the way I make them. I see crystal clear photos, and I just don't get it . . .

Mo 'Buckit




Grant 43

Jaramillo!

I Dig World 66



create your own visited country map





It's kinda fun to create a map showing your haunts, or spots visited . . .




create your own personalized map of the USA

Chatterbox

So my friend Carol was kind enough to invite me to share two of the many seats in Section 526 at last night's Nats game.

I believe that I opened my mouth at the turnstiles [this is a metaphor; they've ripped out the turnstiles since the Lerners/Kasten realized that electronic tickets do the counting for them. But I digress...], and didn't shut it 'til the Nats had bagged a 9-2 victory.

Beltran Perez started, and held the Braves to one-hit over five or six. Vidro hit a BOMB out to left. And Nick broke things open with a line-drive home run; there was no doubt it would be a hit, the only question was "double or homer?"

The answer was MOST satisfying.

But I do not know when I reverted to my 1970 - 1992 form of being an assertive, authoritative, interrupting, energy-filled jackass.

Heaven help us if I've gone back there . . .




[no jokes about "never leaving," please . . .]

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

We Mean It, Man . . .

What Can A Poor Boy Do?

The Rustbuckit show was a pleasant surprise. I knew that I’d enjoy seeing the guys, and I guess I’m familiar with the general sound of the thing [yeah – nearly thirty years of Phil, twenty-five years of Boyd and Mike, and twenty years of Marshalls can get you familiar]. But they’ve got a clear idea that they’re about something, which I think is hard to do for aging punks who are no longer mere angry young men. The songs integrated into a nice set [but man does the sound in the back dungeon at Black Cat leave . . . something to be desired], and all four men were on. I wish I’d taken Hubbell, because he would have enjoyed the “three-piece” sound [one guitar, one bass, one drum kit] a ton. Dolfi has achieved that nice “lead” rhythm playing that I really enjoy, and that Hubbell digs in a huge way [the paint stripper]. They’ll probably add a second guitar, but they don’t need one.

And the judicious inclusion of a teeny touch of BMB and Vile Geezers was a pleasure. The set was neither punk nor metal nor thrash, nor bar band – it stood out as a really distinctive blend of the influences of the band.

All four guys were on, and Boyd kicked ass – a slim Sunday night crowd was nevertheless also on thanks to Boyd.

I was also surprised by the Vampyre Bunnies – I think it’s my favourite Jamie Holiday project. It’s a glammish, metalish, punkish approach with good players who suit Jamie well. Nice cover of No More Mr. Nice Guy.

More pix soon.

CheezyGoof Can Talk Like a Pirate

So, despite my strong efforts to avoid any blogging during work hours, I get an e-mail from Tomanonymous, who wants to make sure that CheezyGoof knows that she can Talk Like a Pirate -- for an entire day -- with the rest of the world . . .


I have done my civic duty.





the problem with "doing the right thing" is that it's not as much fun sometimes.


Aaaaaarrrrrrh...

Monday, September 18, 2006

"Sophomore dies in kiln explosion"?

Oh My God!

I just talked to her last week... She was going to make a pot for me.

Reviews and Photos Upcoming



Rustbuckit Review and Photos Are In The Offing Tonight.







Good show, good band sound [horrible club sound], damned good to see the boys!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

I Am NOT a "Nutty Nut"


but I do smell . . .


At The Black Cat, 14th Street [shocker that these boys would be on 14th Street; I guess nobody told 'em that it's been cleaned up . . .]

I Despise El. Spitzer

I despise El. Spitzer, candidate for Governor of New York [D].

I think that his use of local state police power, while sustainable under the decisions of the New York courts and our federal court system, is a wrongful perversion of the historical method of governing our country, and a perversion of our system of federalism.


We are in a dangerous time of abandoning our system of government and, potentially, our way of life.

I have questioned Presidential "signing statements" designed to avoid the use of the veto and unilaterally alter the methods of governing that have served us [relatively] well for over two hundred years.

I also question the methods of Spitzer who has unliaterally used the police power of the state to "nationally" legislate in areas that the Congress has legislated differently -- sometimes "legislating" by doing nothing.

I've got other problems with Spitzer, but my biggest problem is his Approach To government.

It's Constitution Day !


Today is national Constitution Day.

A day I respectfully submit should be our most revered day; our most celebrated holiday.



What a great little idea. . .

On this date in 1787, the delegates got together for one last time to sign their creation.




But let us not forget that bonus -- the Bill of Rights. Better late and right than never.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Marylanders In Trouble


I feel sorry for my friends living in Maryland.

Michael Steele, the Lt. Governor, is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Paul Sarbanes.

Michael Steele really seems to get it.

He's also running ads that make it clear that he gets it; they're SO damned smart!

He'd be my guy for Senator.


But if he wins, he might help retain a Republican majority in the Senate [he's a Republican].

So a vote for Steele could be a vote for Santorum.


And while I'm at it -- ya just never know: Lindsey Graham a moderate?










(not this Michael Steele!