You might want to pack your binoculars so you can watch the fowl from nearby Turnbull Wildlife Refuge skim the well-stocked waters of Lake Williams and feast on any of the five species of trout found in the lake. Or just do your own skimming and feasting.
Your choices include classic burgers with cheese and bacon, chili burgers, and a burger with ham and cheese. There are sandwiches perfect for a lakeside lunch — pulled pork, Reubens and BLTs. For something lighter, try any one of the salads — caprese, wedge, Asian or the shrimp Cobb.
All the dressings and sauces are made in-house. On weekends, chef Jerry Schrader tries out specials, including oysters and lobster. For some, lakeside dining means romance. You will, however, need a full. The cocktail menu features martinis, hurricanes and something called a gnarly lemonade.
Priest Lake is known for its scenic beauty, which gets even better when you can eat it. Breakfast omelets are made with local, wild Chanterelle mushrooms. The pancakes run purple with huckleberries. Lunch favorites include simpler fare like fish and chips or shrimp baskets. And you have to love a place that serves old-fashioned milkshakes.
Dinner features mesquite broiled meats as well as house favorites like pepper steak or scallops and pesto. Finish up with some homemade cheesecake or huckleberry pie, but include an espresso.
It could be a long ride home. Lakeshore Rd. That closeness was something Nguyen missed when she and her husband spent a year and a half in Los Angeles. When they returned to Spokane, Nguyen saw an opportunity to go into the restaurant business, something she had wanted to do after working as a banker and business account executive. Nguyen runs the front of the house while Thu whips up the food as head chef, and the rest of the family pitches in too.
For the beef pho, choose from beef, meatball, tendon and tripe to fill your sizble bowl of beef broth. Pork and shrimp or tofu wrapped in thin rice paper, with vermicelli noodles and a hint of mint and basil, are served with a thick, housemade peanut sauce for dipping. A small metal drip contraption makes the coffee right in your glass at your table.
Add ice for extra refreshment. Howard St. What if we filled up the cups to play a sort of hybrid pongbasketball game? Yes, the same venue that hosts lavish dinners and champagne brunches will present something called Pongzilla. The simplicity and social nature of the game are all motivations for bringing this concept to reality. But this event is much more than a Friday night hangout with your pals. Due to Washington state liquor laws, the games will be played with water, but 12 String Brewing will have their G String Blonde and Archtop Amber ales on tap.
With a double elimination bracket, formal rules and full-time referees, the competition is certainly official. The party-based pastime will unfold in both ballrooms. Lincoln St. We Can Help! Deissner Law Office Turns out they have a plan. Our hero Raleigh Becket has to do something about his penchant for taking too many risks. Two scientist partners, one a math-nerd square Burn Gorman , one an excitable Kaiju expert Charlie Day , try to calculate and save the future of mankind.
A military leader Idris Elba goes rogue but is keen on keeping order among those who remain loyal to him. It all builds to an air of finality. The surviving few Jaegers most have been destroyed must confront the ever-attacking, now even bigger and meaner Kaijus. And the sea-bottom breach must be destroyed.
At Magic Lantern. MB Not Rated. Based on a true story, it offers a look at the relationship between revolutionary French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot and his frail teenage patient, Augustine.
An Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, this stirring film explores ideas of controversial medicine, forbidden love, power and politics. Happy Madison Productions brings you another Adam Sandler installment with the same pee jokes, physical humor and goofiness that have become his trademark. There are plenty of SNL cameos throughout. Also, Shaq makes an appearance. JR Rated PG Gru is back with his minions and adopted daughters in the animated sequel, picking up as the Anti-Villain League cracks down on high-tech super-criminals.
The agency calls on or rather, kidnaps Gru. MB Rated R. This powerful documentary takes a deep look at the seemingly imminent extinction of bees. Written and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Markus Imhoof, it considers what life might be like without pollination by bees. Einstein once said if bees die off, humans would die off within four years.
This film investigates this claim and calls for change. At Magic Lantern, Wed. July 17 only. JR Not Rated. The film pauses briefly to share personal, usually tragic, stories of the folks in charge of fighting back, but the insane action is never far away, and it keeps on getting crazier. One great idea was to fill the film with B actors instead of stars. The only really recognizable face is that of del Toro regular Ron Perlman, who plays a darkly comic, carat-goldshoe-wearing war profiteer.
ES Rated PG NOW PLAYING In , Before Sunrise introduced us to the pair as dreamy twenty-somethings whose chance meeting on a train led to a single wildly romantic night in Vienna; in , Before Sunset found them reuniting in Paris as slightly more hardened adults, in a way that completely reframed the events that occurred nine years earlier. SR Rated R. Get ready to giggle for returning voice actors Steve Carell, Kristin Wigg, Miranda Cosgrove and the adorably clumsy minions.
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SR Rated PG. Two obsolete oldies find themselves without jobs, falling straight into an internship at Google with a shot at employment — that is if they prove themselves to be the best of the best amongst a mob of interns straight of out college. Now, they must compete against techsavvy, bright young people or face the rough waters of unemployment. SM Rated PG Tonto lays down the wisdom in fluent broken English to transform a man of law into a masked hero.
Loaded with Pirates of the Caribbean special effects and quippy humor, Depp and Hammer gallop horseback through the dust in an adventure against the Western bad guys. BN PG Ready for another buddy cop film? Hijinks ensue as this unlikely pair hits the mean streets. The reboot of the reboot of the Superman story is brimming with both fight and flight scenes, lots of self-doubt, a bit of humor, the problems of actually being a stranger in a strange land, and a moving, heartfelt look at father-son relationships.
Visual effects are excessive, but writer David S. Goyer and director Zack Snyder make everything balance out just right. It seems that Joss Whedon the man behind Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and generally known as the king of all nerds everywhere can do whatever the hell he wants after raking in so much superhero cash last summer.
Take on Shakespeare? Why not? He wrote and directed this modern telling of the classic tale, most of which he filmed at his own house — because he can do things like that. MB Rated PG The boys decide to take matters into their own hands, making a pact to keep the dashing criminal hidden from hungry killers and help reunite him with his long lost love.
The soul group battles racism and cat fights, leading to tension in the group and numerous hardships that threatens their success. KS Rated PG Director J. Abrams has done what every Star Trek fan has been hoping for. He also spins a whopping good, action- and effects-filled tale of intrigue and attitudes and relationships and photon torpedoes and even a cameo by a Tribble. Supported by an unusual but genuine cast who mainly play themselves, Polley learns how memories of the past can reverberate into the present.
As supplies dwindle, they must take on the outside world, dodging sinkholes and blue lights that snatch people away. AC Rated R. One good thing: We learn that the presidential limo is called Ground Force One. Former UN worker Gerry Lane Brad Pitt and his family are stuck in an apocalyptic traffic jam as Philadelphia falls to fast-moving, rabid zombies. Then, Gerry is tasked by the government to travel around the world looking for the source of this global pandemic, all the while trying to get back to his family.
Intended Publication Date s : Friday, July 12, Saturday, July 13, Sunday, July 14, According to the film, even winning Searching for Sugar Man, A Band Called hit-making legend Clive Davis was interested in Death chronicles the life, death and rediscovery signing them but insisted on a name change, a of a musical act that folded without achieving deal-breaker for David.
The band dissolved and success, only to be exhumed decades later by a its members moved to Vermont. Before he died, seeming quirk of fate. Long story short, a footnote to the annals of punk rock.
Showtimes in are at bargain price. Louisiana-in-mid-July kind of hot. The temperature is supposed to reach well beyond the degree mark today, yet none of the members of the band Terrible Buttons seem to be in much of a rush to get out of the sticky, asphyxiating temperature.
They stare out over the yard, where a broken electric wheelchair is parked, chickens strut about and a dopey orange dog greets anyone who looks her way and receives complimentary belly rubs. And it signals a big change for the band. Sure, they were gritty for a folk band.
They sung of divorce and whiskey and smoking weed. It was clear back then that these were good kids — kids who aspired to be lawyers and teachers and who loved Jesus in their past lives. But things have changed. I would say mostly [Runt is about] strength versus weakness and what the value of strength is, really.
For tickets and concert info: arborcrest. Room to breathe. I think we get that when we play downstairs. Portland band Menom-. Founding member Brent Knopf left the band to concentrate on his solo project Ramona Falls. Harris plays a variety of instruments on stage, including the aforementioned saxophone in its baritone and tenor incarnations. The sax is a dramatic instrument, and Harris uses it expertly to enhance particular moments, rather than define.
Moms was written collaboratively by Seim and Harris, with the overarching theme being — in a refreshing display of literalism — mothers. Seim lost his mother in , and Harris was raised by a single mother. The lyrics are deeply personal and revealing, each songwriter taking his own unique approach to the thematic material and fitting it into a coherent narrative about loss and anger and confusion and forgiveness.
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Email getlisted inlander. We need the details one week prior to our publication date. The heat is on, and summer grilling has begun. Got a great recipe for chili or pork ribs? The Cheney Jubilee hosts a Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association-sanctioned cook-off alongside its annual community festival and rodeo this weekend, with the winner qualifying to go up against the pros at the World Championship in Las Vegas.
Led by Verne Windham and featuring special guest soprano Susan Windham and cellist Zuill Bailey, new artistic director of the Northwest Bach Festival, this annual outdoor concert series is a favorite among Spokanites, who can opt for either lawn seating or a table view of the evening performance.
A different family-friendly film will be shown Wednesday nights through Aug. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and get there early to snag a good spot. Bring your own chairs or blankets. In the unlikely event of rain, the concert will move to St. Five of our best spoken-word artists are heading to Boston to compete against slam poets from across the country at the National Poetry Slam in mid-August.
Fridays at 8 pm through July Blue Door Theatre, W. Garland Ave. Saturdays at 9 pm. Goodtymes Bar and Grill, E. Mission Ave. July 11 at 7 pm. East City Park, Moscow. July 11 at 5 pm. Saranac rooftop, 21 W. July 12 from am-4 pm. She has been in and out of jail and has a massive number of possessions, loads of which are still here: furniture, little picture frames, small decorative pieces, jewelry boxes full of random junk earrings, magazine clippings, amy alkon makeup, little figurines, candy wrappers.
But like many women, you seem to prioritize your relationship over your feelings and well-being. I suggest that you also photograph her stuff and document all the steps you take.
July 13 at 7 pm. Bing Crosby Theater, W. July 13 at 6 pm, movie at dusk. Northside and Southside Aquatic Centers, Spokane. July 13 from 10 am-2 pm. Open to canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and "creative" crafts. Sandpoint City Beach waterfront. Also, not all stories will necessarily please all readers, although the "batting average" of this anthology is likely to be very high due to the impressive quality of the material gathered.
President after the War. Some themes explored may seem as old and familiar as well-worn slippers, but Dozois' original vision always brings new insights and delightful twists. His masterful command of style and effects also deliver powerful emo- tional blows to the reader, something relatively rare in SF. Highly recom- mended. In the s, two travelers discover a lost civilization in the Peruvian Andes. Drawn to both men, she must decide which one is the prophesied Man of Knowledge, who will lead her folk to their promised land, the Mountain Made of Light, and which is the evil Man of Ignorance.
This second book repeats the background told in the first in a laborious account of the rivals and their factions preparing to climb the fabled mountain. Further diluting the action is the style; the story is told through journal entries, letters and inter- views with supporting characters. Nothing is decided. The resolution of the romantic triangle and the cast's fate is uncer- taiii — which is how the book began.
The key question, the truth about the Mountain Made of Light, is also never answered. Fire and Ice is just the bridge between the first and third volumes: it doesn't stand on its own, and Myers does little but mark time. When they land, they find an Amish-like civilization which keeps its women in a totally subservient role. They also discover the Loso. In order to ease contact with the na- tives, the ship's female geneticist.
Mattine Manan, is confined on board. But she escapes and joins forces with Elizabeth, a talented local woman fleeing her repressive society. Together, they travel to the mysterious East country, a place where a group of brilliant, radical genetic engineers are secretly preparing to reshape the human race along dramatically different lines.
Helen Collins' novel is not only a fascinating and enjoyable adventure romp, with enough chases to keep the reader's attention glued to the page and a wonderful grand finale to boot, it is also a sterling example of the always welcome "deviant colony" story format a la Brian Stableford's Daedelus series of 10 years ago. Furthermore, it's also a book with a powerful message, backed by equally powerful ideas, one that com- bines the themes of The Handmaid' s Tale with a weii-re.
If instead of choosing to tell her tale in the SF format. Collins had selected a more mainstream mode, undoubtedly she would have had a bestseller a la Michael Crichton on her hands. Mutagenesis is science fiction at its best.
Highly recommended. The story centers on Jon Wilberfoss, of- ficer of a far-future religious order de- scended from the Franciscans. His career takes him from farm boy and convicted murderer to the highest honor: Captain of the Nightingale, a huge hospital starship. Per- sonal flaws and fate lead to the ship's near destruction. Only Wilberfoss survives, in- sane and ostracized. The narrator of this tale is Wulf, an auto- scribe, a sentient machine with a canny un- derstanding of human nature.
Wulf and Lily, a robot nurse, are charged, with healing Wilberfoss and learning, if possible, what caused the disaster. Nonhuman but humane, Wulf is a perfect guide for this trip through mysticism, sexuality, guilt and redemption; the selfless, dispassionate care the machines give Wilberfoss heightens the tragedy's poignancy. Mann's answer to the problem of Wilber- foss and humanity in general — that life must be grasped in all aspects, good and bad, through a mix of sensuality and spiritual- ity — seems too neat, but reaching that answer is a stimulating reading experience.
The other governing passion seems to be pain, and the two are irrevocably linked in the characters' lives. Love, lust, empathy, lightheartedness, devotion, etc. It obvi- ously has links to the other volumes, but if one hasn't read them, one can still get the gist of what happened before. The reader is given a satisfying conclusion.
Donaldson has taken the opportunity to delve into the mysteries of torture, and how and why human beings engage in it. This results in the depiction of scenes that are repellent. These scenes are justified, however, given the subject matter of the work.
If it makes you flinch, well, that's the point. But the characters develop in such a way that the possible good in human beings is as evident as their possible degradation. And it makes a great adventure story. There's a good reason for this: Ed has been kidnapped by aliens in and returned to Earth years later in order to save mankind if those involved will believe him. In this instance, Stone's aided by a ring the aliens have given him; when he shakes hands with people, they believe in his cause and want to help him.
There are, of course, many flies in this ointment. Ed can't shake hands with every person in the world, and what man must do to save himself is truly repulsive. The book's ending is disappointing, but given the story's nature, there couldn't have been another more believable one. Why Do Birds is classified as SF, but has many ele- ments of fantasy, including the magic ring. Although the story contains sophisticated technology, it is only peripheral: unlike much contemporary SF, it isn't one of the plot's central elements, but simply some- thing Ed Stone can utilize to bring his mes- sage more quickly to humanity.
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But the folks at Adven- ture Comics are banking on the steadfast loyalty and long memories! Everything about TV science fiction has advanced light years since those venerable days of live broadcasts; the average SF fan might be forgiven for wondering if perhaps the whole concept of a children's show like Space Patrol isn't a bit archaic by "Ws stan- dards.
Chris Weppler, who's handling the writing chores on the Adventure Comics mini-series, begs to differ. There's no denying that, but we're trying to update it a little bit through the comic and bring it into the '90s future," the Kentucky- based Weppler explains.
Doug Wheatley draws the exploits. But even Weppler, who's still on the shy side of 30, isn't old enough to have grown up with Space Patrol, a series that debuted early in as a local program on the West Coast.
The show, which started out as a minute daily series broadcast out of KECA- TV the ABC affiliate in Hollywood , was the brainchild of screenwriter William Moser, who first began hatching the concept while in the service, flying missions over the South Pacific.
Early on, the top-paid regulars Kemmer and Osborn received eight dollars per episode, and according to one cast member all the spaceship controls came from old WWII bombers. This sort of economizing extended into every facet of Space Patrol.
I have a feeling that, had there not been a Space Patrol, you probably wouldn't have seen shows like those. Space Patrol acted as a primer for the viewing public. How about you?
That's how it all got started. I have a collection now of close to 20,, and it takes up a lot of room! Then, a couple of years back, I guess it was , Deadwalk- ers was released by Malibu, and that was my first professional writing job.
Since then, I've written for Malibu anthology titles and now Space Patrol. Buzz Corry, of course, was the main guy, so we had to use him. Prince Baccarratti, the Black Falcon. We've modernized him a little bit, and made him a little more villainous; he's a bit more vicious now than he was on TV.
He wasn't the only villain on the show, but he was the only one that I could actually manage to get some mileage out of as a character. And even that was only by basically twisting him around somewhat. Hey, no one ever said Space Patrol life was easy. Space Patrol the TV series may have slipped into the distant past at warp speed, but Weppler is confident that the whole premise has fallen into the "so-old-it's-new" arena.
Which isn't to say that the stuff that's out there right now isn' t good; being a comic book reader myself. I know that there's some stuff out there that's real good. But there are also many comics where a storyline goes on and on for 12 whole issues before it's resolved. They're individual stories, all connected by the same theme — the Space Patrol. We wanted to keep it seri- alized the way the TV show was; I think that they only had two or three episodes that were two-parters. So, we decided to.
Weppler's comic book is built around the main series regulars — or. The only villain making the move to the comic is Prince Baccarratti, the Black Falcon.
But they do have a little bit more of an edge to them. That' s how we updated 'em; we gave them new costumes that look a little better, and their weaponry is slightly more ad- vanced. But they still don't go around killing wholesale, spraying guts all over the readers. That's partly the [copyright restrictions], but some of it comes from watching the video- tapes and reading a compilation of articles about Space Patrol.
I just didn't feel like those characters would lend themselves to blood and guts. He comes back, kidnaps Buzz's girl friend and threat- ens to blow up the world and get rid of Space Patrol altogether unless they concede to his demands. It's told in flash- back: Buzz is telling the story to a bunch of Space Patrol scouts during a scouting. He tells them how his great-great- great grandfather was a pioneering space explorer, and that his father was one of the founders of the actual Space Patrol that we know now.
We introduce a villain in that called Asmodeus. Space Patrol was a great hit in the '50s. The series itself went off the air in 1 and the decades since have certainly not been kind to this brand of low-cost space hokum, but nostalgic memory being what it is, there's probably still an audience of some sort for the additional exploits of the crew of the Terra IV — the Space Patrol's flagship. Chris Weppler anticipates that that's exactly what will happen.
Or maybe their kids will take it home to them, and they'll say. I remember watching this show on TV when it was brand-new, when I was your age. Uncensored horror videos! Controversial intervievfs! It'll make your flesh crawl! Many locals especially younger people in larger cities can speak some English Just prepare yourself to be patient and very observant subway and train stations can be very confusing!
Even so, I always recommend learning some basic conversation phrases, which will make your trip a bit easier and more fun! I like your funny stories about annoying American tourists. Anything happen to you this time? I usually find such stories to be more sad than humorous, but yes. On my very first day I was waiting for the subway when two gai-jin foreign, and most probably American guys in their mid's came up to me to ask directions After helping them out, a Japanese man walked by with a surgical mask on.
I explained that the gentleman was sick with a flu or a cold, and he is wearing the mask as a courtesy to others so he doesn't infect them with his germs. Unlike in America, where people can barely be bothered to cover their mouths when they cough, the Japanese are much more courteous. Why do I even bother.
Since Japan is not a very big tourist destination, I'd have to guess that these morons were here on business. With a redneck attitude like that, you aren't going to get very far, assholes. Don't tempt me. It's not that I think all Americans are stupid, I just feel that far too many have extremely narrow world-views that reflect poorly on us in the global community. Particularly when I see how badly we can behave when visiting foreign countries. How hard can it be to take a few hours or so to read up on the customs and culture of the place you are visiting so that you don't offend anyone?
It's just common courtesy, but you would be absolutely shocked at how few of us actually make the effort when traveling abroad. And lastly: Is Japan as expensive as everybody says?
The US dollar is pathetically week right now and Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities on earth probably tied with Stockholm for the most expensive city? I always end up spending quite a lot more than I planned when visiting Japan. Nothing quite like showing up in Minneapolis for some bone-chilling weather.
I want to stay in my hotel bed, but it's off to work I go As it turns out, this is not quite true. If you don't know where you are going, there are no signs to really help you out, and not much to lead you to it. Since it was dark and there were no signs, I got a bit lost, but eventually found the Beach Club Cafe on Highway 16 though I took the photo below the next morning There's a heated pool for year-round enjoyment, a sandy volleyball court, and a really great tiki-themed cafe with a staff that was psyched to have visitors during the slow off-season.
Is it worth a four-hour drive? I'm not so sure One of my favorite cities on earth, New Orleans is one of those places that never leaves your blood once you've experienced it. The sights, the smells, the sounds, the atmosphere And if you want something really intoxicating, there's always Bourbon Street.
Of course the first place I have to visit is Cafe Du Monde for some hot chocolate and beignets, but then it's off to the market to see all the clever crap that we tourists can't live without I rarely get the time to take a vacation, but you could do a lot worse than spending it in The Big Easy!
Thanks to Gone with the Wind and numerous other glamorizations of plantation living in print and film, most people have this lovely mint-julep tainted vision of the Old South in their heads Something about seeing a monetary value put on a human life that kind of destroys any beauty you might otherwise find in the surroundings.
Good for Oak Alley in telling the truth instead of literally white-washing the horrors that took place there. We will never learn from history if we don't know our history. New Orleans has many amazing things to offer, but the tree-lined streets and beautiful houses in the Garden District are pretty hard to beat. It's here that you'll find a great example of something uniquely New Orleans Since the water table is so low just inches in the older days , there was no way to bury a coffin without it popping right back up the next time a heavy rain hits.
So, to accommodate the problem, they have above-ground burials in really cool family crypts:. But the garden district is famous for its classic houses, and you can see a lot of them here Also in the Garden District is one of my favorite zoos in the world It's not only really huge, it's one of the more "animal friendly" in that they painstakingly re-create a natural environment to make the animals feel more at home. This silver fox has a great set-up with a den and space to run around and everything:.
And, given Audubon's bird infatuation, there's some pretty cool bird exhibits as well. One of the critters that caught my eye this time around was this fuzzy little thing whose name I cannot remember:.
Today I happen to be in New Orleans on the occasion of the two-hundred year anniversary of one of the most lucrative land deals of all time It was from this event that Napoleon got the money he needed to finance his wars, while the United States got enough land to double its size at a fire-sale price of just 15 million dollars!
To celebrate to occasion, a historical reenactment of the event was held in Jackson Square in front of the St. Louis Cathedral It was a fairly boring ordeal, so I didn't bother to stick around, but it was a pretty landmark day to be in the Big Easy.
The Hard Rock here even came out with a limited edition pin for the event:. Times like this make me think about how changed the world might be from what we know if history had been just a little different. What if Napoleon was able to come up with some other way to raise the money he needed and didn't have to sell Louisiana Territory?
Or what if it had been sold to some other country? That's history for you. The weather is suh-weet today, so it looks like a ride on my motorcycle is definitely in order after I spend an hour or two cleaning it up.
In the meanwhile, a friend had asked why I haven't blogged my "Visited States and Countries" like everybody else in blog-space. The reason is pretty simple I didn't think the map was a good color for my site. But, in the interest of conformity, I decided to make my own map just in case there are people who can't sleep at night because they are wondering what States I've been to.
Well here you go I absolutely plan on visiting Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont one day Ditto for Alaska and New Mexico Taos! But that run of states down the middle? I just don't know. Who knows, maybe one day I'll get really bored and just drive through all of them in a single run just to say I've been there heck, MapQuest shows that if I fly into Bismarck, then rent a car and drive through all the central Sates I'm missing to Oklahoma City, it takes a mere 16 hours and 34 minutes anybody want to share that drive with me?
The world map for visited countries is pretty anemic, which is scary considering I've seen more of it than most people. Let's just make a list, shall we? When it comes down to it, there's really no place in the world I don't want to see I can only hope that I'll have the opportunity to experience a lot more of it before I go.
You can get to it by clicking here. After I mentioned the idea of renting a car to hop through the States of the Mid-West in my last entry , Robert left a comment telling me that the only way such a trip would be cool is if I were to take it on my motorcycle. Though I question the sanity of attempting such a thing in the week timeframe he suggested, his itinerary does sound like an awesome road trip!
From my comment reply to Roger A WEEK? That would be miles each day, 10 hours riding. The most I can ride on my motorcycle in a go is 5 hours with stops! So, unless you are volunteering to give me your cruiser, this is a two week trip minimum.
I could never get that kind of time away from work. In a side note, thanks for the tip about RandMcNally. The RM planner rocks! Oh yeah, about that sleepy cat photo I was looking for in my last post: Cats fascinate me. They are always doing something that leads me to believe that they are smarter than most people I meet. Cats also have attitude.
They hop up on your lap and demand your attention and then, without notice or provocation, they'll bite you and run off as if to say "I tire of your inadequate affections, begone with you" which, oddly enough, can sum up most of the relationships I've had. Last night while watching Friends , Phoebe was singing the "Smelly Cat" song, which somehow hit my brain as "Sleepy Cat," which reminded me of this cat I saw at the Roman Colosseum.
While the landmark is overrun with dozens hundreds? The sun was shining, so it was a nice day despite the crisp December air. I was walking along when I saw this cat taking a nap, oblivious to the swarming tourists around him.
As I approached, the cat suddenly realized that the sun had moved and left him under a shadow. He then moved one foot to his left so he was sitting in the sun again then promptly fell back asleep.
After walking around the Colosseum, I came back to where the cat was and noticed he had to move again. My digital camera was full-up with Colosseum photos, but I deleted one just so I could get a shot of this cat. I'm glad I did, because it ended up being one of my favorites from that trip. It looks like The Friday Five came back for a week, only to disappear again. I hope everything is okay with Heather. Anyway, I added a few photos to my ever-growing Blogography Gallery. This time there are photos from the stunning Hard Rock Hotel in Bali.
If you're looking to get away from it all, this is the place Somehow, I think my upcoming visit to the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago will pale in comparison, no matter how great a job they made of it! Here I am sitting on the plane where "we have reached an altitude where electronic devices may now be used. A gentleman just ahead of me has a comb-over hair-do than puts Donald Trump to shame.
I sit here wondering how he manages to construct such an elaborate system of swirls and swoops on top of his head each morning. I'm guessing he's got at least 3 feet of hair in a carefully stacked layers, criss-crossing from one side of his head to the other and finally culminating in a fierce swirl around the perimeter. It's absolutely bizarre, yet I cannot look away. It is taking all the willpower I've got to refrain from whipping out my camera and taking a photo. This is a work of art , baby!
My work done in the Windy City, it was time for my favorite Chicago moment While visiting in Chicago, guests of Blogography.
It's a wonderful restoration of the old "Carbide and Carbon Building" that looks as though the interior was swiped from the "W Hotel" chain That's part of a metal mural of The Who that runs across the wall of my bathroom. I'd give the hotel my highest recommendation if you find yourself looking for a place to stay in downtown Chicago It's kind of boring on the outside, but nicely appointed on the inside During the 5-hour drive back to Milwaukee, I stopped off in Chelsea, Michigan for gas and found out that the city is home to "The World's Largest Teddy Bear" or so they claim.
He's kind of homely, but he is big Even more surprising than the giant bear is that the factory which makes Jiffy baking mixes is right across the street Salt Lake City is an interesting place to me as it's one of those rare major cities where I simply don't know anybody. Unlike L. I have no friends in the area. I guess it's simply because I don't get here very often which is bizarre, because it is the closest Hard Rock Cafe to where I live: 3 hours by plane, 12 hours by car. Oh well, it's nice to just kick back, watch a movie, and be alone for a while.
It's kind of a boring trip but, once when looking out the window, I did see PacMan! There are actually a lot of PacMen down there, but the one in the middle has an eye on him which was kind of nifty. After a while, I noticed a lot of cool patterns that I thought would make great "modern art" with a little help from Photoshop.
The memorabilia is packed to the rafters, which is what a Hard Rock is all about! Sadly, some of the more recent properties seem to have forgotten this. If you look carefully, you can see the entrance to "The Brickhouse" up the stairs Of course, there is one famous rocker to come out of Utah Donny "I'm a little bit rock-n-roll" Osmond! Naturally, there's a nice section of memorabilia from the entire Osmond family, but the Donnie and Marie dolls are classic Plenty of followers of the church are on hand to answer any questions about the grounds, the buildings, the church, or the Mormon faith their kindness only reinforcing the fact that Mormons are some of the nicest people you will ever meet!
It's a great way to spend a few hours if you happen to be in the vicinity of The Great Salt Lake. Also recommended is a trip out to the Bonneville Salt Flats , which was the highlight of one of my previous trips to the area.
This dried-out lake bed pretty much spells out the sad but eventual fate of The Great Salt Lake especially given the droughts that have hit in recent years.
Looks like snow, feels like rock, smells like ass For years I have avoided Delta Airlines like the plague because I've heard so many horror stories about traveling with them. Well, since my regular ride Northwest Airlines doesn't have a direct flight to Salt Lake City, I decided to bite the bullet and give Delta a try. Much to my surprise and happiness, flying Delta has been a first rate experience, and I would absolutely do it again! My favorite part of the entire Delta trip was the massive amount of information you get from them While waiting at the gate, they are constantly updating information on video screens showing how many people have checked in, what the status is for standby passengers, how many seats are available for First Class upgrade, and current ETD and ETA changes.
You are never left wondering what is going on which happens a lot with every other airline I fly, especially Horizon Air, which is a black-hole for information. I like the map of the travel route best Northwest does the map thing too, but they only bother for long international flights. It sure helps kill time on a flight if you forgot to bring a book or magazine! The fact that everything went so well, AND that Delta is a mileage partner with Northwest makes me very happy to know that I have other options in my travel planning.
Los Angeles is one of those cities that I used to love visiting. Cool museums, cool activities, cool places, and even cooler people. It's hard not to love the place that Disneyland calls home.
But over the years L. This is partly due to a Hollywood movie deal I was involved in that started with a bang, but then died a long, slow, and very painful death story for another time. I used to come here for fun, now I come only when I have to I guess you could say that I've pretty much done all I've wanted to do and seen all I wanted to see in this city.
Or maybe not I just noticed that I am here in my hotel at LAX facing north towards the city and cannot actually see the city through all the smog There it is!
While I am waiting for a friend to pick me up for dinner, perhaps I should cut a mask out of the bedsheets? Apple has spent loads of money making sure that L. Everywhere you look, you see posters, billboards, bus stop signage Then I am driving down Santa Monica Boulevard and happen across the biggest advertisement I've ever seen. Forget about how much this thing cost to print This was destined to be a very long day, as I had two appointments at entirely opposite ends of the map.
Of course, the distance is made even worse by the phenomenally bad traffic here still better than Seattle though! But at least the natives know how to drive in traffic Indeed, driving in Los Angeles is not for the faint of heart. My day started with a drive to my first appointment in Santa Ana which is just 30 miles away, but takes around an hour to drive.
On the way to my next appointment up near Hollywood, I make a detour to my second Hard Rock of the day. Interesting to note that though the cafe is billed as "Los Angeles," it is actually located in Beverly Hills.
They've made a few changes since I was last here, including changing the paint to black and adding these bizarre "flames" which I don't think looks as classy as it used to and what's with the two dead palm trees up there? I finally decide to bite the bullet and pay the insane parking fee, since I'm just a few minutes away Naturally, it's when I leave Universal Studios, meaning that I'm in the height of rush-hour traffic as I head back to the car rental place.
Oh well, I suppose it's worth it to say that I managed to get in all three L. I am in Seattle now, which is not quite home, but it is a lot closer than Los Angeles. After a nerve-wracking 30 minutes on the traffic-soaked highways of Puget Sound, I arrive at my hotel hungry.
When my work in L. There are dozens of amazing Seattle restaurants within walking distance but, in the end, all I really want is a burger at Johnny Rockets Streamliner Vegetarian, no grilled onions and no mustard.
Sad, I know. I walk two blocks to the mall wanting nothing but a bit of peace and a burger. I get the burger amazing, as always but no peace. I could not eat my dinner fast enough to get the hell out of that audio torture chamber. My dinner and evening ruined, I resist the urge to pummel a lady wearing a "Little Night Music" T-Shirt on the way out. I should be catching up on work, but just don't feel like it meaning that I'm going to have to get up extra early in the morning.
Since there is nothing good on television, I blog On the joyous event of passing through airport security with my courier bag this afternoon, I forgot to remove the Hard Rock pins I purchased.
This is a Very Bad Thing, because a bag filled with metal pins appears as a big unrecognizable blob when viewed through an X-Ray machine. Naturally, in these uncertain times, that meant a security inspector had to tear through my belongings to be sure I didn't have a knife or other sharp object concealed inside.
I love it when that happens When I went to my first meeting yesterday, I was greeted like an old friend and immediately engaged in a conversation about motorcycles and the hazards of riding one. At first I had thought that I was accidentally wearing a Harley-Davidson T-shirt to the meeting, because That's when the conversation takes an odd turn ME: How did you know I ride? HE: Oh, I Googled you last night to prepare for the meeting. ME: Uhhh HE: Yeah, doesn't everybody?
That's how I found your blog. ME: Ah. Well, I guess I know what my next entry will be about! I always figured that something like this would eventually happen which is why my blog has a rather vague, blurry look at my life , but I was not prepared for that moment it actually did hello Aaron! Win a Harley!! Public education is the most important investment we can make in our economy. Members of the state Legislature must be saluted for valuing this excellence.
The Tax Incidence Study at the Minnesota Department of Revenue shows well-off Minnesotans have been paying a lower tax rate than those of us in lower income brackets.
Lawmakers took this into account in passing higher rates for earners of higher incomes, and the result was the ability to invest in educational opportunities for younger Minnesotans. I salute State Sens. I thank State Reps. This will help Minnesota back toward a leadership position among the states.
I disagree and have studied this monstrosity since it came online. He said insurance costs would not increase, and they already have. The report which details this can be found by visiting FixHealthCarePolicy. There will still be 30 million people without health care, and, God forbid, if the immigration reform bill passes, this number will triple in no time.
And we have to put up with long, difficult winters. I suggest we all move to a better climate and to a state with no tax on income, such as Florida. How any intelligent person can ignore the cover up of the Benghazi mur-. Berenz only received the 2 percent increase.
The newspaper regrets the error. And what about the secretive, numerous and improper; unlawful executive orders? This regime is ignoring our rule of law. Stop bullying To the editor: Many people can bully in different ways.
Doing so will have a big effect on the person who is being bullied. By talking and interacting with those who have been bullied and those who are being bullied we can help to heal and create a peaceful planet.
We think of bullying as a physical action, but it can be verbal, cyber, and just being mean. Using words, leaders of a possible hierarchy of clique can manipulate others to bully. Bullying can rip pieces of a person apart, but by being kind we can put those pieces back and make that person almost whole. Even so, the person who was bullied will still have those memories and scars of what happened.
By being kind to others and preventing bullying we are able to achieve world peace and never bully again. I think we should keep Lebanon Hills at least as natural as it is now.
It is a real gem — an area of wild land in the middle of the suburbs. You can paddle the lakes there and at times see just trees and lakes and imagine that. Julian Andersen. Monday-Thursday, 9 a. Lebanon Hills is one of the finest places for crosscountry skiing in the Twin Cities and gets very busy when we have fresh snow.
Having a paved trail slice through the park would cut across the ski trails and ruin the quiet winter experience. I also think it is a waste of money to add paved trails and then keep them clear all winter.
If attendance has doubled at the park since then obviously people like it, so why change it? When my boys were young, we spent much of our time outdoors. After my son Zach, suffered a brain injury, we continued to spend as much time in natural settings as possible. We bought a stroller with large tires and used unpaved trails portaging him over impassible areas.
When he no longer fit a device designed for a toddler, he moved to a wheelchair. About the time Zach outgrew his stroller, we relocated to Minnesota. I was shocked to find few natural areas with accessible paths and many neighborhoods lack sidewalks. Minnesota has a great number of trails but only a few are accessible.
I know more than eight families who need and want paved trails. Eight group homes serving disabled Dakota County residents are a few miles from my Apple Valley home. Those with disabilities are from all walks of life. They are young adults and elderly veterans who have served our country, a grandmother who suffered a stroke, a child who fell from a shopping cart or bike, survivors of motor vehicle accidents, a mother with MS, a father with ALS, those born with disability and many more.
In , we discovered a family and national treasure in Yellowstone National Park. We are discussing our third trip to Yellowstone. Each visit, able-bodied families have outnumbered us. To get kids to at least grade-level reading by third grade, ECM actually advocates that others do the job that parents refuse to do. This never works. But this is precisely what the cause of the vicious circle of illiteracy has been: uninvolved parents and inefficient allocation of resources used by disinterested third parties.
This model therefore cannot be the solution. It is not about collecting more funds but rather advocating the reversal of the selfcentered decisions that parents make to not read with their children daily. While public schools can help children in severe cases, the responsibility before third grade must lie squarely on the parent.
But what a joy to have it. Letters to the editor policy Sun Thisweek welcomes letters to the editor. Submitted letters must be no more than words. Anonymous letters will not be accepted. Letters reflect the opinion of the author only. Sun Thisweek reserves the right to edit all letters. Submission of a letter does not guarantee publication.
State Rep. The Democrat from Burnsville was flanked by his frustrated Republican colleagues on a panel before a roomful of Lakeville-area business representatives who posed pointed questions and conveyed concerns about the billions in new taxes on income, businesses and tobacco and the government growth that came out of the legislative session.
State Sen. He said the business-to-business warehousing and storage tax slated for April will raise costs of everyday items including gasoline and groceries.
Minnesota state legislators Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, Rep. Pat Garofalo, Rep. Will Morgan and Sen. Dave Thompson reviewed the results of the session with Lakeville Chamber of Commerce members at a May 16 luncheon. Photo submitted ing state is using its economic expansion of energy to lower taxes.
Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, shared their concerns that the taxes could drive away businesses and jobs that they provide. He said Democratic legislators made a commitment to the environment, early learning, expanding all-day kindergarten and freezing tuition to assist hurting middle-class families.
Holberg said she is hearing from business owners, including bankers, insurance brokers, attorneys and accountants, who have nu-.
At an impasse, the legislation died, but the debate is expected to be picked up again next year. Business owners challenged legislators to define the business-friendly legislation they will author next session.
Morgan encouraged those gathered to provide input to help him address. Prudential Financial Inc. Richard C. That ad ran in error. Pre-sale tickets will not be available until the first part of August. If you have any questions, or would like to put your name on a pre-sale contact list, please contact info targetcenter.
Thompson, who has announced he is considering running for governor, said businesses need less regulation and lower tax rates and sales tax rates. Sign up as a single, pair or foursome. Standard underwriting guidelines apply. Photo submitted. Effie Barnes, the Miss Princess, received her queens charm, an official invitation to represent Farmington and compete in the Minneapolis Aquatennial Ambassador Program July Each year cities across the state have the opportunity to nominate an individual who has served and given back to the community in her own way.
Edwards volunteers with several local organizations and businesses throughout Farmington. She also recently created Sparkle4the1 Facebook page that is a work in progress. It is a ministry created to encourage girls of all ages to become more involved in the world around them, but in a way that displays grace, faith, love, integrity and confidence.
Farmington has only been involved with the Minneapolis Aquatennial Program for three years, and Edwards is the third recipient of this award. For more information, call the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department at Monday, June 24 — Bridge, 9 a. Tuesday, June 25 — Coffee, 8 a. Wednesday, June 26 — Water Color Painting, 9 a. Thursday, June 27 — Advisory Board, 9 a.
Friday, June 28 — Euchre, 9 a. Pre-registration is required and can be done at the Rosemount Parks and Recreation office.
Call for more information. The room is located in the Rosemount Community Center and allows seniors a place to stop by and socialize during the week. Tuesday, June Learn to embroider and make a monogrammed handkerchief. Registration required. Ages: Friday, June Magician Brodini provides laughs as he amazes with his magic skills. All ages. Costumed guides will lead the tours starting at 10 a. Tours lasts 90 minutes and include stops at several buildings where costumed demonstrators will provide information and answer questions.
Visitors can also view horse-drawn buggies, farm machinery and displays in the museum. Guests are welcome to pack a picnic lunch to eat on the grounds.
A treat from the gift shop will be included in the ticket price. Dakota City is located at th St. For information, visit dakotacity. Share your weekly worship schedule or other activities with the community.
Email Jeanne. Cannon ecm-inc. Register for the following Rosemount Parks and Recreation programs online at www. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Call the info line at and select option No. Learn to Skate summer session, Mondays, July 8 through Aug. Farmers market, p. Tuesdays through Sept. The farmers market hotline is PRAY www.
We have thrived over the years because of the volume of callbacks and customer referrals from previously contracted jobs. No contract is too big or too small for our company. We take pride in the honesty, integrity, and character of the young men we have employed. My son Andrew is a highly skilled and trained carpenter. He also does taping, knock down ceilings, tiling, countertops and offers many types of custom carpentry.
Andrew operates a professional spray booth off site for finishes on cabinetry and furniture. His current focus is on remodeling, updating, and modernizing homes and businesses.
My other two sons run the painting end of the business and are also professionally trained Artists. Jeremiah attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and later studied under the mentorship of the nationally renowned portrait and fresco painter Mark Balma. David similarly was accepted into a full time master apprenticeship program at the young age of 16 at the highly respected Atelier Lack Studio. They followed in the family tradition of mastering a professional craft and skill which they have brought to our company.
Between the two they offer 25 years of experience painting interior and exterior homes in the metro area with our family business. We hope to have the opportunity to do so with you as well. We are only a call or e-mail away to offer you a free estimate of our professional services. Residents lined the streets, and some even pitched tents to keep cool and shaded in the bright sun. For more pictures, visit sunthisweek. Photos by Theresa Malloy. Dir: Hwy 3 to Hwy 50 E to home at 6th.
Asphalt drive to back garage, vaulted ceilings, sun porch and great storage throughout! Super one level TH in Westview, small assn well managed and sought after neighborhood - full basement is unfinished and offers great storage! State of Students in Farmington Area Public Schools experienced some outstanding moments and transitional changes during the course of the school year. As personal technology in the form of an iPad took root for every student, the district enacted an effort to personalize the education experience.
The district is using a software program called Schoology to advance digital learning systems and communication with students and parents. Funding for the program is provided from district capital budgets and not general budget operating funds that are Life Science Teacher Katie Bellmont works with students used for teacher salaries.
Farmington became one of the first school districts in the metro area to provide a personal learning device for all students over the course of the school year. The effort was phased in beginning with Farmington High School students in the fall and continuing on with Middle School and Elementary students by the end of the year. Although Farmington is 40 miles from the northern suburb of Spring Lake Park, the strategic direction of the each school district is closely aligned.
When the state legislature created Innovation Zone legislation encouraging school districts to work together to find new ways to deliver education, Farmington and Spring Lake Park were up for the challenge. The Minnesota Department of Education approved the project in April. With the decision, students will be presented with new possibilities and the districts will serve to meet both the goals of their strategic plans, but also serve to improve educational opportunities for students statewide.
The designation will begin with the upcoming school year and be in place for the next five years. View a video under the Innovation Zone tab on the www. The rating is in effect for all five locations where Wee Tigers is offered. Parent Aware, offered through the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Office of Early Learning, measures the best practices identified by research that help children succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Over the months of February and March, students in grades and their families completed the process to equip students with a personal iPad and students in grades K-3 began using classroom sets that stayed at school.
Family engagement nights and a series of follow-up parent meetings were key strategies to assist with a The Innovation Zone strong start to a new pro- designation is not a grant and does not come with gram.
Curricular programs will move to the South Suburban Conference starting in the fall of , joining schools more similar in student population and location than existed in the Missota Conference.
Location and travel times for students along with current and future student enrollment — along with the dissolution of the Missota Conference - are key factors in making the change.
The average travel distance for Farmington in the current Missota Conference is He has been a member of the Farmington teaching Chris Caduff staff since The award is presented annually to one coach from each state whose influence is reflected in his mentoring and role modeling, community service and the lives he has touched and changed. Farmington takes a leading position on health and wellness for students and staff. Carl Colmark serves as Director of Finance.
Beem and Jake Cordes to Information gained from serve four-year terms as the 89 question survey will members of the Farmingserve to form a baseline of ton Area Public Schools information on a variety Board of Education in the of factors including satis- Election. They join. Haugen authored on a wide range of subjects and included photos and comments from his visits to over 70 classrooms in all school buildings over the course of the year.
All members serve four-year terms and serve the community at-large. Students attending Farmington Area Public Schools will have access to a powerful tool to advance their learning as part of a goal to provide a customized education for all students.
With the approval of a lease agreement at their December 10, meeting, Farmington Area Public Schools began the process to place an iPad in the hands of all students by the end of the school year. The move is based on a district strategic priority to provide a customized learningg environment for all students. Funding for the initiative is provided from district capital budgets and not general budget operating funds that are used for teacher salaries.
Choices communicated directly with parents Farmington is now the largest high via email and posted on the district Page 5 school in the State of Minnesota to web site, www. Elementary aged January 22 and 24 d G d d 5 ll b bl Page 2. An application to allow the Farmington and Spring Lake Park schools to work cooperatively in an Innovation Zone Pilot Project has received an initial designation from the Minnesota Department of Education, one of two such projects p j to gain g approval pp in the State of Minnesota.
A detailed implementation plan along with evaluation and reporting systems are under development. The designation will begin with the upcomy and be in place p ingg school year for the next five years. The Innovation Zone designation was enacted by the Minnesota Legislature in to allow groups of two or more districts to work collaboratively to improve student and school outcomes. The program seeks to support innovative education programs and activities and the sharing of district resources with the idea that lessons learned can assist students across Minnesota.
Although Farmington and Spring Lake Park are separated by 40 miles, the strategic intent of the districts is closely aligned. In addition to being the two largest metro districts to implement full integration of iPads for all students, both organizations prioritize customized learning and meeting the unique needs of every student.
The Innovation Zone designation is not a grant and does not come with any additional funding, but does allow the districts flexibility from some mandates and exemptions in order to think and. Farmington and Spring Lake Park have worked cooperatively on numerous initiatives over the last two years, a The Innovation Zone application included an illustrated video produced at nonational award-winning illustrator, documentary filmf 14, factor that provides a strong foundation cost to the district bySEPTEMBER maker and information designer Anthony Weeks.
Visit the www. The School Board Learning the efficient and and staff will use data from effective use of computers the survey to guide decision and technology for district making.
The The survey was con- complete survey and slides from the presentation are ducted by calling a random sample of district house- posted on the www. The average. Cheryl Wetterlind of Farmington is the recipient of the Les Gilbertson. Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Now I've waited until the middle of July for a response, but guess what, nothing! So here it is. Please do not support this label, please do not buy this record from them. If you're a distro, please send them back broken preferably or just keep them to use as frisbees.
Fuck pay- ing these rip off assholes who make hardcore suck, we don't need you fuckers around!!! Just recently I've found out about a label called Sub-City Records. This is what I know about them. Sub-City is run by the same people who run Hopeless Records. Sub-City is the charity branch of Hopeless, donating money from each record they put out to different char- ity organizations.
The people at Sub-City prob- ably mean well, but I think their ef- forts are pathetically mainstream. Where is the rest of the money from this char- ity label going? I think it is fair for Sub-City to pay back their cost of making each record. If the bands are getting paid from the release, then shame on them. They are tak- ing money, probably not much in all honesty, from the charity that the record is being advertised to help, as well as taking a lot of praise as do- gooders, when they aren't doing any- thing.
If the money is going in any way as profit to the people running Sub-City, than bigger shame on them.
Why would they have to profit off of any sale of a Sub-City release, if Sub-City is supposed to be the charity branch of Hopeless? It would suggest a lot of insincerity on their parts.
Why has Sub-City decided on giving this money to national charity groups like the Multiple Sclerosis founda- tion?
These groups suck, but never get criticized because of the sup- posed good they do. National level charity groups are nearly all run with bloated staffs, with bloated budgets, and bloated salaries. That means that huge amounts of money that people donate never even make it to research or those in need. It goes right into people's salaries. Do you see why I think Sub- City is pathetic?
If they did their char- ity efforts in a punk way, they would donate all of their profits to charity, and only keep their true expenses. Also, the groups chosen to relieve the money would be done in a more punk way. Rather than give the money to the national MS Founda- tion, why not do a little research and find a local hospice that cares for people with MS, or some other small, locally run activity directed towards MS?
Then the money would be much better spent, since it is rare that the people on the local level ever make the six figure salaries of national level people, and they hardly ever have big staffs wasting money.
It would be much more ap- preciated, and the Sub-City people could help their community more. I don't care if I come across as petty. Sure, there may not be much money involved, and the profit Sub- City makes may be small, but it is still a profit, not honestly mentioned in their ads, and sets a poor ex- ample for punk benefit actions. Love, Sandy Roy Sandy and those concerned, I talked to Sub City and it's the bands who pick the charity the money goes to.
The bands men- tioned to me picked local, not na- tional groups. Jeff M. The right one is Manila Ave. It would be great if you would print it in your next issue.
Not Potatoes. Anyway, the real reason I'm writing this is because our address on the CD was outdated and I sent a letter explaining it along with a piece of paper with all the new info and the old one was still printed.
So if you can do me another favor and just print our new address and the price, it would be kindly appreci- ated. So it wasn't until recently that I began to feel their pain. Instead of whining though', I thought I would offer some constructive criticism. A review of With Authority's new CD was given in issue that wasn't all that great, which is fine. The problem I have is with the way the review was done.
It starts out saying, "maybe Ray should've assigned this [to someone else]". Which obviously forced the question, "Why not? This all leads to my point. As a record reviewer, you're going to get records that you don't have a particularfancy for the style. It's part of the responsibility of be- ing a record reviewer. Also part of that responsibility lies in what you write. Depending on the review, you can sink or swim as a band or indie-label. With that in mind, I have to suggest that reviewers in my case Ty Smith review a record keeping bias out and objectivity in.
Case in point. Our review says "this band plays straight up metal mosh-core. What does it mean??? I' have no clue what the hell this band sounds like based on the review. As a journalist, I'm always writing stories on subjects that I don't personally care about or agree with, but I do it with the facts.
Keep- ing my nose out of it. With that in mind, here's the unbiased review of my own record as an example. Can't really compare these guys to anyone in particular. They have a cross-over type sound that can go from slow heavy moshcore to hard driving "wall of noise" hardcore in an instant.
Lyrics deal with familiar themes like poverty, drugs, and the money machine that we live in. Solid production. If you like heavy cross- over he, you may like this release. Unfortunately, I think Ty Smith just listened to the first song for his review, because if he made it to songs 2, 3, or 4, he would've real- ized that his words are a bit mislead- ing. In Ty's defense, we led off the CD with the worst song we could have. The first song lays the founda- tion for the whole record.
So bands, lesson learned: Neverputyourweak- est song as the lead song on your record or you may find yourself sit- ting on a shit-load of CDs that you'll be giving as Christmas gifts for years to come. Sorry about the "tough guy vocals", it's hard to hide what you are. Dave, Your "obvious answer" that there are too many releases for us to screen them all is bullshit.
Every release sent to us is listened to by the vinyl or CD assigner. They try to direct them to someone into the style of music but aren't always success- ful. Saying that a band or label will sink or swim based on one review is also bullshit.
Hopefully the band has more going on than one review in onezine. You gotta be joking when you say you're gonna write an "unbiased review of [your] own record" to show us how it's done. You say the same thing Tydoes, except you try to make the band sound good.
That's why we don't have bands write their own reviews. What the fuck is an objective record review? There's no such thing. So yes, you are whining, you tough guy datatester you.
I've worked at college stations and watched my friends put a lot of time, effort, and of course, money into putting out records. Don't be fooled by the charts in CMJ - find out as much as you can about each station that you're considering sending records to. A lot of stations have great charts; you read them and think, wow, some college station is actually charting pop punk I know you run a pop punk label, so I assume you'd be looking for at least a little pop punk in the chart.
So you spend the money on the postage and send it over to them. I know postage isn't that much, but it adds up after a while. The problem is that many col- lege stations may chart indepen- dent music of all genres, but most of their airtime doesn't actually con- sist of those bands.
For example, I moved to CT this year. They're a huge station, reporting to CMJ and Gavin another trade mag , and every small label in the country sends them records because of this. Unfortunately, what those labels don't know is there are only maybe 4 shows a week, tops, that play independent music and most of these are indie rock shows. All of their other time is spent on world, jazz, hip hop, techno, etc. It's true that it does vary from semester to semester, depending on the type of people that apply for shows, but it doesn't vary all that much.
Do yourself a favor, before you send out records, call or email the sta- tions I know you al- ready know this and that it's com- mon sense, but I figured I would reiterate it just in case. In August's issue you printed a well circulated "spam" email about taxing electronic mail that's a well documented urban legend, I've re- ceived the same message in vari- ous forms about as often as I have the one about the guy waking up in a bathtub of ice with his kidney missing. Another "spam" email message warning about Febreeze deodorizer made it into the news section a few issues back with warn- ings about it killing pets!
When I read this I freaked out, we just sprayed a quilt our dog and cats sleep on with the stuff, I rushed home in a panic. The animals seemed fine, but we washed it thor- oughly to rid it of the supposed toxic chemicals MRR warned about. I looked into this supposed news question everything!
The National Animal Poison Con- trol Center released a statement saying "Contrary to rumors being spread over the Internet, the ASPCA knows of no substantiated evidence that the use of Febreeze has caused the death of any dogs or cats.
It seems we as punks could use this to our advantage with a little thought and planning rather than falling vic- tim to it. What the hell were you thinking, printing a racist, sexist, ho- mophobic column and passing it off under the guise of life from a Chris- tian perspective? I try very hard to respect other people's opinions and religious beliefs, but when I read something this degrading and mo- ronic, I can't help but to lose that sense of tolerance.
As a 1 5-year old female who's trying to come to terms with my own bisexuality, I found the "article" very insulting, misleading, and downright fascist. It's hard enough to live in a city full of Bible-thumping oppres- sors, without opening up MRR and reading, "I will not stand by and let the homos soil God's world with their perversity," "Black men, White men and Chinese men, all together," and "We can refuse to hire open homo- sexuals, and refuse to serve them in our business, making it impossible for them to live.
I'd expect to read something like that on a God Hates Fags webpage, but not in a zine that prides itself on being free of all such content. This right-wing, self-serving, moralistic bullshit has no place within the pages of MRR, and I will not buy it again until Christian's Corner is gone, or at least free of this filth.
OMRR, I just wanted to ex- press my displeasure in reading your Christian's Cor- ner column on the topicof homopho- bia. I have never in my life read such crap concerning gays and les- bians. I am boycotting your publica- tion and encouraging my friends to do so to until we get an apology. This is nice of MRR It's nice to let the Christian punks out there to tell the rest of us what is going on in their scene! Good for you, MRR Let everyone be heard!
Now, I have read a lot of things that piss me off in this zine, mostly from so-called punks who write in bitching about something that ap- parently isn't punk enough for them, but, over all, I kept coming back to the zine because I realized that the opinions of these punks matter to the scene and movement as a whole.
On the other hand, I have also taken note on MRR, her staff- ers, and her readers stance on zero tolerance to hate. Why then would MRRaUow this column which openly accuses gays of "perverted acts, the chasing and recruiting of chil- dren, and the desire to make the whole world gay,"? I wouldn't think that MRR would allow such sick and twisted words of hate into the pages of this magazine.
I am sorry to find out that I was wrong about you. For the rea- son of this I am attempting to start a letter writing campaign against MRR until this "Christian" column has been removed, or until it's for- mat has been changed completely. These messages of hate do not belong here. If these Nazis wish to talk shit about other groups of people, that's fine.
They have that right. But, if we all want to rid the world of the Nazi threat, we must begin by letting them all know they are not welcome in our lives. If we are willing to tolerate this kind of hate here, then what's next? I urge the readers of MRR to write the columnists, reviewers, and other readers of this zine and let them know what kind of Nazi filth is being published.
Unless, of course, MRR is too chickenshit to publish this letter and let it's readers see my proposition. But hopefully, that isn't the case. Thank you for your time, Marc C. I kingstaples yahoo. I think he should die now. And he should take his bullshit column down with him. He said, "God often sends plagues upon those he is angry with, so clearly AIDS, which affects gays, drug us- ers and prostitutes, must be heaven-sent," my ass.
Fuck you I'm gay, fuck God, I'll fuck you up the ass!! I'll cum all over you and turn you gay, oh wait, you're a closet! I just picked up issue , and after reading the few columns I always read, I noticed the new Christian's Corner.
I have never read anything in MRR that ever pissed me off so much. I can not believe you would allow such bullshit to actually go into print. I mean yeah I'm sure Basil Ransom would have spread his closed minded, homopho- bic views elsewhere, but why in a seemingly open minded forum such as MRR. Though while reading the ramblings of Rev. I couldn't help but laugh at it, no matter how angry I got. You know Rev. You know it seems you're more gay than the "fags" you condemn so quickly.
Enjoy your gay porn, ya fruit- cake! Hugs-n-kisses Carl PS. You know that bible you beat so much? King James it's his version was gay! You really think a gay would condemn his own way of life? Punk rock is about ques- tioning things, not swallowing every- thing you hear. Carl- some would say swallowing irything you hear is right up there h believing everything you read. In the first issue Christian's Corner was in, at the end of the letters sec- tion, you said, "We have not been getting many letters lately.
I can also tell it is a joke because if you shorten Skipard Reason's name, you get Skip Reason. If somebody wanted to get taken seriously, they would not have made such a nick name.
You guys are a great zine though, and thanks for sending all my issues to me on time. Thanks again. Christian's Cor- ner was a wonderful bit of religious satire, I'm glad to see such humor within your pages.
I'll admit, I was taken aback at first, but I caught on about half way through and then I couldn't stop laughing. Skipard Reason could keep me in stitches for hours, I cant wait for his next column. He was joking right?! Keep it up Later, K. I just want you to know that I am upset over this because I thoroughly enjoyed his articles.
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