Saturday, December 06, 2003 at 14:09:48 (EST)

And they're letting me go home


Siberian Snow Leopard in his natural habitat



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Friday, December 05, 2003 at 11:45:20 (EST)

Who's that girl?
while the snow is doing its best to obscure all the junk in my back yard, something more sinister has taken my full attention. The lead story on Salon today should be required reading for anyone within the sound of my voice ... er, field of vision of my typing. The article concerns something about Bush and how people think he sucks, or something. But more importantly, check out the photo of Janeane Garofalo they posted.

Is that even really her? What the hell happened? Does she have lupus? It looks like she had a nose job, not to mention an overall skeletal thing going on. Normally, this sort of celebrity nitpicking goes over my head, but Garofalo had always been a woman I found rather attractive in her natural state. Is she fasting until W is out of office? That's the only justifiable explanation. Somebody give her a meatloaf!

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Friday, December 05, 2003 at 01:26:50 (EST)

Ain't nothin' said, just think of Fred
Later today a bunch of insane people who formerly lived in Ohio will be descending on our sleepy little town for a wedding. I'll be hanging out with them at the Coral Room, that bar with big aquariums and half-naked women swimming in them. Classy! I'm secretly hoping the scene will be so lame that I can convince them to go to Brooklyn to see Stupid play at Freddy's. Sadly, they didn't win their last battle of the bands, but now they can get back to performing at worthwhile venues for actual audiences. I'd really like to be there, but whaddya gonna do?

Saturday it's my long-overdue return to the Mercury Lounge to see TV On The Radio. I don't usually like to get into the hype thing, but this may be one of the last times anybody will be able to see this band in a somewhat intimate setting. I think they're about to blow up, so I wanna catch them before I hear about their sell-out shows at lame places like Irving Plaza. Opening first is Coco Rosie, another band I've not seen but who comes highly recommended. Well, actually a friend of mine just said they were cute. Good enough.

Sunday is an afternoon tea (booze) party in the slope. People should do this more often, having parties in the afternoon instead of late at night. I've been to brunches before which have basically been the same ballpark, but there's too much emphasis on the food, when all I really want is another bloody mary. Let's cut to the chase!

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Thursday, December 04, 2003 at 14:02:49 (EST)

Shake your moneymaker
I hope you're all happy. Despondent over the lack of interest in adopting her, former stray cat Pinky has hit rock bottom: online personals. There she will ply her tawdry wares for the lowest common denominator, regardless the tacit approval of such social benchmarks as The New York Times or US Weekly. Still, we wish her luck and hope for the best. Please, spread the word and perhaps if we all pull together we can find her a home with a minimum of degradation for all of us.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 14:33:38 (EST)

It's a nice day to start again
Those of you who frequent the Alibi know of its secret shame. At first it didn't seem like a real problem, and most of us probably hoped it would go away on its own. But problems don't solve themselves, they only fester. And the secret shame of the Alibi has been getting increasingly prominent, growing to the point that something must be done. Ladies and Gentlemen, I speak of "White Wedding."

The first several times I heard this Billy Idol song on the jukebox, I found it funny. Gen-Xers love that 80s throwback stuff, and for many of us, Billy Idol was out introduction to the darker side of pop music. Of course, in reality, Billy Idol is about as punk/goth as Punky Brewster, but for the first MTV generation, it was all we had. But the song gets way too much play on the bar's jukebox, and I can't take it anymore. Especially because it's the extended dance remix version, which goes on forever, with little variation. And just when you think it's over ... whump! It comes back for another goddamn chorus. Lately, some loser has been playing it every single time I got to the bar. And that's pretty friggin' frequent.

But there is hope; thanks to our inside connection, Z has suggested that the Billy Idol CD be removed from the rotation, in favor of some Fugazi and Violent Femmes. The weird thing is, the bar staff apparently is as sick of it as the rest of us, so I'm not sure why they didn't think of this sooner. Maybe they had an inappropriate attachment to "Flesh for Fantasy." Frankly, at this point, Fugazi and the Violent Femmes first records are looking pretty retro these days anyway.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 12:19:03 (EST)

With a song inside, it's never cold
Well, the snow is gone but now it's insanely cold. Inside the house. Mysteriously the furnace didn't work all night, leaving us unbearably cold when we emerged from our comfy comfy beds. The weird thing is the furnace's fan worked; causing the vents spewed cold air. I looked at the furnace but it seemed to be okay. When the handyman showed up he scolded us because apparently the switch right next to the basement lightswitch, the one that looks just like a lightswitch and nothing more, is actually a switch that turns off the furnace and water heater. Of course, nobody told us that's what the switch was for. The only clue about its true function is the Sharpied "Boiler" marking on the side of the box. Boiler? There is no boiler, only a filthy furnace and a grossly-undersized water heater.

The good news is now the furnace is functional, and I feel so much safer knowing that, in an emergency, we can easily turn off the furnace/water heater. I guess this is some kind of code thing, but I'm having trouble imagining a situation in which I find myself shouting "Oh my God! We've got to quickly shut off the furnace and/or water heater! NOW!"

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Tuesday, December 02, 2003 at 11:20:15 (EST)


The winter was warm
Hey it's snowing! Cool. But how long until the novelty wears off? For me, it won't be long.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Tuesday, December 02, 2003 at 10:23:27 (EST)

You won't be the one left standing

It's that time again. Stupid will take the stage at the Hard Rock Café for yet another battle of the bands. SEE them wipe the floor with competition! HEAR them rock out the cavernous space on 57th Street! PONDER why they keep participating in these shows, considering the grand prize is opening for some lame band in Colorado. They could use the support, but honestly I gotta say, if you wanna see 'em, wait until Friday and see them at Freddy's. There will be cookies.

I doubt I'll be able to get to that Freddy's show, even though it's one of my favorite places to see Stupid. This weekend some guy I know from college is getting married in what is certainly to be a freaky affair. I'm not actually going to the ceremony, but what it means to me is that a bunch of my old pals are rolling into town from all over. Last time this group got together we ended up at La Nouvelle Justine, the S&M supper club. We only went because another old friend was working there. Apparently that club no longer exists which comes as a relief to me. I'm all for deviation, but that place was like the Hard Rock Café of S&M clubs, just a little too creepily watered down. It's one thing to do the leather-and-chains things and really mean it, but what does it say when both the staff and the clientele both seem pretty wishy washy about the whole affair? One highlight of that experience: seeing a Hassidic Jew who probably thought he was in disguise (no hat) get spanked by some leggy woman.



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Sunday, November 30, 2003 at 12:08:32 (EST)

I remember you
I don't think I'll be able to get my ass in gear to check it out but, they're dedicating "Joey Ramone Place" today at 1 PM. They're naming the corner of 2nd Street and Bowery after him. Details are here. If anybody gets to this thing, lemme know how it goes.

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