Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
CNN: How confident are you both in your abilities as musicians?
McKenzie: 24 to 27 percent.
Clement: I'm 24. He's 27.
McKenzie: Combined we're mediocre.
CNN: How are you enjoying the fame that's come from the success?
McKenzie: Oh it's lovely. You get free desserts.
CNN: Just free desserts?
McKenzie: Free drinks. Sometimes some free shoes.
Clement: Sometimes people invade your privacy.
McKenzie: Strangers talk to you.
Clement: But balanced against the free desserts, it evens out.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
this has been one hot (not in the Paris Hilton way) election year. like many people i know, i'm still trying to make sense of all the political mumbo jumbo. i can remember the first time i ever voted, many elections ago. i had skipped at least one election before, and under the pressure of relentless friends, i finally did vote. admittedly, it was because i got tired of hearing "you should vote! it's your right! if you don't vote, you shouldn't complain!" all valid arguments. so i voted. and when someone asked me who i voted for, i told them. this was met with "you voted for him? why'd you vote for him? are you crazy? etc." so i learned either (a) voting only really mattered if you voted for the person that those questioning you agreed with or (b) keep yer pie-hole shut! i've since opted for b. i'm also guilty of having the attention span of a gnat, so i can only follow politics in 18 second sound bites and then i'm distracted by something shiny. i committed myself to a handful of political feeds this year to better educate myself. i'm still lost but i've tried. this has been complicated further by many conversations i've been witness to this year pre and post-election.
so i go home in Oct to hang with the family and friends. being so close to the election, it was impossible to attend any get together without politics coming up. i knew this and braced for it. what surprised me the most was the racist rhetoric that i encountered. i know i'm taking a HUGE chance even saying anything here cuz i know family and friends that read this. few though they may be, i know they do. and some of those same family and friends were the ones expressing those opinions. let me make one thing crystal clear though: i think i was even more shocked when i heard some of the same commentary right here in my adopted home town. when i first moved up here, some 15 years ago, i was teaching as part of my graduate assistantship. since it was a communication class, i allowed my students to ask just about anything as long as it was relevant to the topic at hand. every semester, and i'm not exaggerating, i'd have one student who, upon finding out i was from the South, would ask if racism was alive and well. to which i would say yes. i wasn't so naive to think it wasn't and i'd been exposed on a regular basis. sometimes it was a cultural holdover from those who grew up before and after the turn of the century. sometimes it was from those that lived segregation and desegregation first hand. sometimes it was just a typical day at school. and it went both ways people. it's not a one-sided street. so i had mentally confined it to some small town southern thing. my naivete again!
what i found disheartening this election was the jump to race and how awful this election has turned out. weather or not i was rooting for our president elect before, it would certainly be enough for me to root for him now if i wasn't. but as i told nach, 2 things: first, i simply cannot bear to hear the N word one more time. please keep in mind, (1) i was raised in the Rural South so i've heard it before (in derogation and cultural ignorance) and (2) i was raised by a black woman (not African American, just ask her and she'll tell you) who taught me the significance and appropriateness or impropriety of the N word. i used to say she taught me when you could/should use it or not. but because of what i've heard come out of people in response to this election, i've learned there is no okay use. second, in response to one comment in particular i heard multiple times: do you really think that just because your president elect is black/African American, thatHE'S gonna take your guns away? i think that's a party issue, not a racial issue. so ultimately i'd love to know, for those same people pulling the race card, what would you say had a black Republican been elected? would you still be hiding your guns? i'm dying to know!
Friday, January 16, 2009
and this is what you can get on a 8.9" screen. this is my digital camera contents along with the Passport and a browser in the back. not bad!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
here's nacho trying to hold back the river. keep in mind this was after he'd decided enough had come through to create a hockey rink in the field behind us. he couldn't help but ask himself What Would Beaver Do? and apparently the beavers approved because we caught them several times at night cruising by to check out nacho's work!
and this People is what he was trying to keep back! yeah, he was about as successful as you think he was. let the head shaking commence!
two words: Taken Ladies!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
so the water comes over the yard, over the driveway, fills up the field, and, eventually, if the flood is bad enough, heads back towards the house and river and enters the garage. nacho assures me we won't have any in the garage this time. i hope he's right. but if all goes well, it's neighborhood hockey every afternoon. Barry picked a great time to move in just up the street!
so what do you bring to the party?
i know 2 people that will get this right away and yes, that's exactly what i plan to do!
how was yours? mine was excellent thanks! we had Cake for new years. 2+ hours of nothing but Cake. that is we spent the evening at the Riverside Theatre watching Cake and an interesting collection of opening acts - LOVED the Polka guys! i'd say that their choice of opening acts was as interesting as i've always thought them to be. i was surprised at how much of their music i knew. okay maybe i don't KNOW all the lyrics but i knew the songs. i think all night there was only 1 song that i can say i don't think i'd ever heard. it made me painfully aware of how often i listen to them. so it was really cool to recognize every song.
as usual, nacho did really well with tickets. we were 6 rows from the stage. had i bothered to ask before we headed out, i would have brought the camera (the good one) to get some pics cuz we had prime real estate. i will not make that mistake again. but what a show. check out cjfoeckler's flikr stream - we were as close as he was.
next up? Madeleine Peroux