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Current Mood: intense
Folks, I’m pleased to report that The Legendary Shack Shakers are coming back to town! They’ll be at the Red Devil Lounge on June 9th, and that’s exactly where I’m gonna be. The next night, they’ll be at The Blue Lamp in Sacto (is this like their TCB tour?), and the night before they’ll be at the VooDoo Lounge in SJ. To my SF and San Jose friends, you don’t want to miss them. This band will rock your ass to pieces with an energy on stage that puts so many of our local bands to shame. I was skeptical too before seeing them last year, but 30 seconds of that show changed my mind. Damn, so many good shows coming up over the next few months!
I sold another guitar, bitches! A fancy one, too… the 12-string Ric! That just leaves three left in this first round of thinning the herd:
OK, so I did finally join Facebook. My first impressions are that it’s slow, and that it gives you way too many way too many messages, IMs, walls, notification emails, all flying out of every corner of the screen. After just a few minutes of being on there, I wanted to scream and jump out the window! I’m definitely keeping it bare bones in there, but it has let me connect with a few people I’d been meaning to. So yay for that. But MySpace sucks up enough of my life as it is… I can’t be keeping up with every little happening on Facebook too. This is my home, and this is where you’re gonna have the easiest time reaching me.
Our boy Gavin Newsom (who will of course one day be played by Matthew McConaughey in his biopic) is now officially running for governor. Based on what I know about him so far, I like him. I’ve heard some comments locally that he’s not liberal enough. And yes, I recognize that he’s kind of a slick-talking guy. But I’ve always liked him. I thought his gay marriage “whether you like it or not” comment was perfect. Sounds like something I would have said. And he cares about his hair, and that’s important to me. We’ll see what we learn about him as the campaign gets going.
And actually, if I can get political for a minute, I have a couple of things to soapbox about. First, it is now clear to me that the right is batshit crazy. I know we haven’t exactly seen eye to eye over the years, but we’ve had Obama now for what, three months? Already the right has jumped to calling him a tyrant, a fascist, they’re dumping tea in the streets and calling for revolution… and now Texas is hinting at secession? Are you kidding me? Three months, dude. We all just lived through eight agonizing years of what is likely the worst president this nation has ever had, and you’re calling for revolution after three months? If you’ll pardon the expression… Suck it up, pussies! (The Daily Show has been doing such an amazing job of chronicling this ridonkulousness… seriously, WATCH THIS.)
(Beware, this one’s kinda touchy.) And second, I read comments all the time (the most recent having to do with Moz’s little freak out at Coachella) where people say to vegetarians something along the lines of “don’t tell me how to live… I’ll eat what I want, you eat what you want” and so on. I can’t speak for all vegetarians, but for me it’s an ethical issue. I take the “meat is murder” stance. When I see a steak, I think “there’s an animal that didn’t need to die.” It doesn’t matter if I’m eating it or someone else is… it still affects me. Recently, an animal rights activist was added to the FBI’s top ten most wanted list. It reminded me of another example… I may not agree with the opinions of anti-abortion activists, and I certainly don’t agree with them committing terrorism by bombing clinics and all that. But I also know that to them this isn’t just a mild issue of they prefer a lifestyle that doesn’t suit everyone. In their mind, they see it as the sanctioned murder of babies. Think about that. Now, if you thought kids were being murdered, wouldn’t you feel compelled to go to great lengths to stop it? I don’t agree with the tactics or the philosophy, but I understand it. To someone who holds that belief, you can’t use an argument like “don’t tell me how to live… I won’t dictate if you can kill your babies… so don’t dictate if I can kill mine.” I know that’s really graphic, but do you see what I’m getting at? It’s as absurd as saying “well that’s fine if you’re against slavery… you don’t have to own slaves… but don’t tell me I can’t.” My main point here is simply that ethical vegetarianism is not a “to each their own” kind of issue… to at least one side of the argument, there’s a real victim in the equation. Now I’m not about to go committing acts of terrorism myself, but again, I understand why some vegetarians don’t just keep quiet. Anyway, hope that made sense rather than made me sound batshit crazy myself.
“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”
— Oscar Wilde