Me: “Good morning.” Wife: “So, how’s your disease?”
When you have some weird poison ivy like rash over 80% of your body and you are itchy like fuck all and covered in a mixture of calamine, caladryl, hydrocortisone cream, and anti-itch spray and you are bleeding in places from all the scratching and there are postules on your elbow that are oozing yellow liquid, is this how you wake up on a Sunday?
At least she didn’t make me sleep in the other room.
via 2yellows, Ronnie Polaneczky of Philly.com writes an open letter to the victim:
So how weird it must have been to get a call on Tuesday from Donna (she wouldn’t tell you her last name, and she wouldn’t tell me, either, when I spoke with her yesterday), and to have a conversation so different from the one you had with her on Saturday.
Apparently, Donna was stunned to learn, after reviewing your customer-information sheet, that you’re a lesbian. On the paperwork, you’d crossed out the word “groom” and written “partner” instead, and then inserted your fiancée’s name.
“She said she wouldn’t work with me because I’m gay,” you recalled. “She also said that I came from a nice Jewish family, and that it was a shame I was gay. She said, ‘There’s right, and there’s wrong. And this is wrong.’ “
She also said - and you have the voicemail to prove it - that what you were planning was “illegal” and that “we do not participate in any illegal actions.”
Yeah, so this place is in Somers Point, NJ, in the town next to the one in which I grew up. Blech.
You should read the Yelp page, which is mostly full of negative reviews, but is also full of some choice 5 star reviews:
Greg P of Davis, CA:
There are many, MANY Americans who support your ability to choose who you do business with.
They don’t like it because you are holding them accountable for their behavior.
Bravo to you.
Jonathan W of Newark NJ:
Thanks for following the law. And when a constitutional amendment is finally ratified.. EVERYONE will follow the law.
Thankfully MOST people don’t go on Yelp to find a place to buy a dress. But you know if they had been a transvestite that probably would have sold it. :)) Imagine Eddie Izzard in a wedding dress.
Renato P of Winthrop MA:
We live in a free country. Gay or straight is not a race. It is a behavior. A reverend has the right to refuse not to wed a gay couple. This is America. If you think you have the right to marry a same sex person, so you should tolerate another people’s opnion as well.
Ted B of Moorseville NC:
This company has the right to refuse service just like every other company in the usa, maybe these people don’t want this alternitve lifestyle shoved down their throats, the couple have the right to go to a store the believes as they do and there won’t be a problem, they are not discriminating against a person just a lifestyle, a lifestyle that is not accepted by everyone.
Theresa F of Campbell CA:
She should just buy her dress elsewhere! Props to the person who had the courage to stand up for her beliefs, even in this day and age when you’re vilified for going against the popular opinion.
Val B of Pt Washington FL
I think this store has every right to deny the sale of a wedding dress to a gay person or anyone else they desire. Yes, it is illegal in their state and that should be more than enough. It is their business and should be allowed to run their business as they desire. It is wrong for people to be forced to agree and support behavior and other things that are against their beliefs and or moral standard. If the woman doesn’t like it, let her take her business elsewhere!!!
Juan C of Checotah OK:
We all have our own beliefs. However we may not agree with others beliefs or lifestyles, hair color, clothing choices, language, or whatever else may tick you off. Do not try to force your beliefsor opinions on others if you do not want them forced on you. Waaaaaaaaaaa she could not buy or rent a dress, hmmmm go somewhere else and go on with your life. If I lived in New Jersey I would do business with them.
Kris G of South Lyon MI:
Congrats to ‘Here Comes the Bride’.
Thank you for supporting normalcy and decency and upholding your principals, ethics and policies by NOT allowing a homosexual to purchase from your store.
Anyone that says otherwise is supporting a lifestyle that is against human nature and what our life and world was built on.
There is Nothing good about two people of the same sex getting “fake” married.
This casts a VERY dark and negative shadow on the sanctity of Marriage as a whole.
You have my 100% support and respect HCtB!
John J of Memphis TN:
This is a free country and you as a private business can server whomever you want, you have that choice and right.
Ignorance is running amuck at present and this too will pass. Marriage is between a man and a woman, and is part of natural law.
If the same was applied when working with electricity you would be dead.
Dennis G of Roseville CA:
Finally someone that is not afraid to stand up against what is wrong. Same-sex marriage is not natural and just plain wrong. The shop owner OWNS the shop and should have every right to decide who he/she wishes to do business with.
"This is America. You have the right to choose who you do business with."
Actually, no, you don’t. It’s called discrimination, you bunch of sorry fucking idiots. Am I allowed to bar Christians from my store? What about if I put up a sign that says “Jews not welcome?” In the same way you can’t forbid women to enter your bar or tell black people they are not allowed to eat at your restaurant, you can’t decide not to sell wedding dresses to gay people.
Imagine Die Hard drawn out into a seven hour miniseries.
Hans Gruber arrives in the first 10 minutes of the first episode, and then the next five episodes are comprised of detailed examinations of the building’s architecture and it’s many systems (electrical, HVAC, water, fire alarm, security), long descriptions of each and every meal, and deep explorations of the family lives each hostage, police officer, and terrorist. A couple of people die each hour in horribly gruesome ways, the camera lingering each time, and of course there’s lots of sex involving strong female characters who nonetheless get “sopping wet” when manly men fuck them hard. The helipad explodes with 10 minutes left in hour seven.
I finished book five Tuesday night, and I’ve just been festering about it.
Not that you’re keeping track, but I started A Game of Thrones on July 31. So that’s like 5000 pages in two and a half weeks. This is like reading the entire Bible every four days. This is a fiction bender, a depraved and unhealthy thing to do to yourself. Every waking minute that I wasn’t working or sleeping, I was reading this thing. During meals. On the shitter. Late into the night.
They are that good.
But. I don’t know if it’s because of the pace of my reading, but about halfway through book five, I started to get annoyed. Not bored, not exactly. It’s just like, OK, is something going to happen here?
There is a huge difference between the first three books and the next two. Even though the first three books are sprawling, rambling affairs, you get the feeling that this they are going somewhere. And, to some extent, they do.
Books four and five, on the other hand, are drawn out to the point of frustration. They both feel stalled, like they’re just two thousand pages of setting up a big climax. By the end of this one, it’s like, oh yeah, of course, nothing of true consequence is going to happen for like seven hundred pages and then all of a sudden, the last 50 pages out of 1000 are going to leave us with a bunch of major cliffhangers.
The thing that annoys me is that there is all this foreboding about these things that are going to happen. Prophecies. Signs. Speeches about comets, repeated over and over. Martin sets up the Others (ice) and dragons (fire) as the central arc, with lots of hinting (such as the series title, for example) that ultimately there is going to be this epic clash.
But by the end of book five, we are still in the foreboding stage. For example, the first book opens with wights (frozen zombies of a sort) and the Others (ice ghosts of a sort). In the second chapter, we hear that “winter is coming” with all of that implies. But by the end of book five, it’s still not winter. SPOILER ALERT: These beasts, introduced 5000 pages ago, have still not attacked.
One of my favorites, and it always hits home. A few years back, my incessant need to stay out all night, mid-week, doing shots with bartenders long after closing time nearly cost me my relationship with the wonderful woman who stuck with me, said yes when I finally asked, and who’s the best mother possible to our cute little beast of a boy.
It wasn’t clear at the time, I loved it too much. But I watched a good friend of mine, one of those bartenders I drank with, spiral down, down, down, losing job after job, burning friend after friend, until she had nothing left. And it shook me to the core. I was lucky, I saw the future, and I got out.
So now I pour myself a Jim Beam Black on a Thursday night, and I watch Parks and Rec, my boy asleep upstairs, my wife curled up beside me, and I think: well, shit, this ain’t too fucking bad.
Fade in. Grainy footage of an Amtrak train. From inside the train, the view through scratched windows, a bit of rain, and urban decay. Graffiti. Pulling into Union Station. Into the main vaulted hall, wandering through Daniel Burnham’s wonderful, airy architecture. Down the escalator. Through the crowds. Onto a Metro train. Standing room only, get off at Dupont. Up a long escalator. The Whitman quote, dedicated to AIDS caretakers. Old guy on a bench, bikes. Across the street. Up into the bus, the 42. Through dirty windows, the Hilton where Reagan was shot, 7-11, Bedrock Billiards, McDonalds, Radio Shack, CVS, big left turn, then a right turn, then another left. Mt Pleasant. Liquor and lace, drunk guys in your face, broken 40s in the street, losing lottery tickets at your feet. Out of the bus, turn north, pan past the Marx Cafe and Hellers Bakery, past the Argyle Convenient Store, past the persimmon tree that never belonged. No more people. Quiet. Trees. Up the steps, a knock, a girl answers. Smile. Fade to black. Movie title.
I’ve had many lives, but the one I’m living now started in Washington, DC. It’s where I grew into my adult skin, and it’s where I met my wife.
After living in DC for years, it’s a city that means so much to me, and it’s a place that means something totally different to the rest of the world. When I tell people I used to live there, strangers I mean, particularly here in the midwest, it’s like I told them I moved here from Satan’s taint. What I love about this song is that it unabashedly lists all the things that do make DC great — and it’s a rare thing to have a song about our nation’s capital that isn’t dripping with contempt and self-righteousness — but it also captures a broader truth: it’s not the place, it’s the people. I love DC for what it is, but it’s the people I miss the most.
The Dunes presents the latest installment of Art Crimes, a monthly art exhibition, with Washington, D.C. based artist and illustrator Chris Bishop.
“Meld two well known and documented loves, women and robots, into a cubist reality that takes the viewer on an entirely unexpected journey, and what you get is this unique exhibition. Bishop presents these new pieces, an exciting collection of his bold colors and signature style imagery, at Art Crimes.” - D. Bennett
I hope you can make it. I’m really excited to show my new work.
IDK WHEN IT HAPPENED BUT AT SOME POINT KANYE TRANSITIONED FROM A SQUIRREL FACE NERD IN BILL COSBY SWEATERS WHO SAMPLED ALOT, TO A TECHNO ELECTRO MULLET FACE NIGGA, AND NOW IN HIS FINAL INCARNATION HE’S GOD.
MURDER TO EXCELLENCE - ANOTHER “MESSAGE” JOINT BUT I CAN FUCK WIT IT. THE BEAT IS OFFICIAL SO I CAN DEAL WITH NIGGAS PREACHING OVER IT. BUT THIS IS GONNA FUEL THE FIRE OF ALL THE SMART DUMB NIGGAS WHO BE SAYIN SHIT LIKE “JAY AND KANYE IS THE ILLUMINOTTY MY NIGGA! THEM NIGGAS IS FREEMASINS BRUH! NIGGAS IS BASICALLY SAYIN FUCK JESUS B NIGGAS WORSHIP A OWL MY NIGGA!”
It was tough work, but I pulled a few choice Sammy Hagar quotes from this Rolling Stone article about the upcoming second album by Chickenfoot, the supergroup featuring Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony.
On Chickenfoot’s second album, Chickenfoot III:
It’s the best record I’ve ever made.
On The Black Keys:
The Keys are one of my top 10 groups ever, going back to Cream and Zeppelin.
On writer’s block:
I was being negative, and I fought with myself.
On writer’s block, part two:
I honestly beat myself up for the first time ever.
On the lyrics to and meaning of the song, “Different Devil”:
I’m sitting in Cabo, I’m listening to music – it took three weeks. I was talking to the father of my partner in Mexico. He’s 74 years old, and he’s got a mistress, but he’s still living with his wife. And I’m going ‘You got to make the jump, man!’ He says in Spanish, ‘Same hell, different devil.’ I said ‘There’s my song. What a great line.’”
On the potential cultural impact of the song, “Different Devil”:
Probably the biggest pop hit we would ever have if we wanted it.
On the misery of recording Chickenfoot III:
It wasn’t fun trying to make the record. But when I listened back, I got the goose bumps.
On the fun of recording Chickenfoot III:
Everything’s there for us. I’ve got 14 cars – exotics, racecars, you name it, and we can just take a break and I say, ‘Here’s the keys. They’re all on this wall over here, take your pick fellas’ and jump in the car and go and burn some rubber down the street. It’s a very comfortable environment for a band.
On comparing Chickenfoot III to the first Chickenfoot record, Chickenfoot:
It’s a lot more musical than the last record – the hooks and the songs are better.
On what it means to record something as powerful as Chickenfoot III:
It makes a musician very happy when they can see that they are involved with something that’s very moving forward and life-changing.
On Chad Smith being unable to be their tour drummer:
That’s the biggest disappointment about the whole thing.
On Kenny Aronoff, John Mellencamp’s drummer, replacing Chad on tour:
He’s kind of like like Chad – he’s kind of crazy and he hits so fucking hard that he beats his drum set to the ground that after every show he needs a new drum set.
On reports of a new Van Halen record featuring David Lee Roth:
It better be great, because they waited a long time. And Chickenfoot raised the bar.
Numerous independent record labels fear they have lost a catastrophic amount of stock in a fire at a distribution warehouse in north London during the riots in the capital on Monday night. A three-storey, 20,000 square-metre building in Enfield, owned by Sony DADC and holding stock to be distributed by the Pias Group, was burned to the ground.
Here are just a few of the labels who have had either some or all of their UK stock go up in smoke. Please help support them, today more than ever, by buying some mp3s:
A more complete list of affected labels (via The Quietus):
1234, 2020 Vision, Accidental, Ad Altiora, Adventures Close to home, Alberts, All City, Alt Delete, Ambush Reality, Angular, Ark, ATC, Atic, Atlantic Jaxx, Azuli, B Unique, Backyard, Bad Sneakers, Bandstock, Beggars, Big Chill, Big Dada, Big Life / Nul / Sindy Stroker, Boombox, Border Community, Boysnoize, Brille, Bronzerat, Brownswood, Buzzin Fly, Can You Feel It, Catskills, ChannelFly, Chemikal Underground, City Rockers, Counter, D Cypher Dance To The Radio, Deceptive, Def Jux, Dirtee Stank, Divine Comedy, Domino, Drag City, Drive Thru, Drowned in Sound, Duophonic, Eat Sleep / Sorepoint, Electric Toaster, Emfire, F. Comm, Fabric, Faith And Hope, Fantastic Plastic, Fargo, FatCat, Feraltone, Finders Keepers / Twisted Nerve, Fingerlickin’, Flock Free Range, From The Basement, Full Time Hobby, Goldsoul, Gronland, Groove Attack, Halftime, Hassle, Heron, Hum&Haw, Independiente, Info UK, Join Us, Kartel, Kensaltown, Kitsune, Kompakt, Laughing Stock, Leftroom, Lex, Lo Max, Loose, Love Box, Lowlife, Lucky Number, Marquis Cha Cha, Memphis Industry, Merok, Metroline, Mute, Naïve, Nation, Navigator, New World, Ninja Tune, Nuclear Blast, One Little Indian, Output / People in the Sky /, Process, Pale Blue, Palm, Peacefrog, PIAS Recordings, PIP 555, Productions, Play To Work, Powerhouse (T2), Propaganda / Ho Hum, Raw Canvas, Red Grape, Red Telephone Box, Rekids, Renaissance, Respect Productions (PES digital), Reveal Records, RMG, Rock Action, Roots, Rough Trade, Rough Trade Comps, Rubyworks, Ruffa Lane, Search And Destroy, Secret Sundaze, Secretly Canadian / Jagjaguwar / Dead Oceans, Sell Yourself, Setanta, Shatterproof, Sideone Dummy, Slam Dunk, Smalltown, Soma, Something In Construction, Sonar Kollectiv, Soul Jazz, Southern Fried, Stranded Soldier, Subliminal, Sunday Best, TARGO, Taste, Ten Worlds, Thrill Jockey, Total Fitness, Touch And Go, Track And Field, TriTone, Trouble, Try Harder, Turk, Turnstile, Twenty 20, Underworld, Union Square, Urban Torque, Vagrant, Vice, Victory, Wagram, Wall Of Sound, Warp, Wi45, Wonky Atlas, Word And Sound, Xtra Mile, You Are Here