Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Who Killed the Davey Moore Statue ?

Bob Dylan could probably add a few more verses to his song about Davey Moore discussing the lack of funding for a statue to memorialize the world feather-weight boxing champion. Was it the economy ? Politics ? Shifting Demographics ?
The statue is slated to stand across the street from the old Springfield (South) High School on Limestons St. just south of the central business district. That's his old high school. There is a park named in his honor on South Yellow Springs Street, the street he grew up on.
The statue project isn't really dead, the donations to fund it have just kinda come to a standstill, causing some concern.
The Center City Association Sculpture Advisory Committee say they need $37k to complete the $92k needed to complete the project. they are confident it is just a matter of time, tho.
Meanwhile his widow & family wait.

Noose Son Story here.

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Electric Light Orchestra 1975 - Dayton Hara Arena

The Electric Light Orchestra was still touring the album, Eldorado. Two of my old buds spent the better part of their first decade in England and listened to the pop music their older sibs played. Some of the popular 60s british bands didn't translate well to the US. One of these bands was The Move. The first I heard of the Move was when they reformed as ELO and was pretty much under the leadership of Roy Wood. Wood was getting weirder and weirder and left the band to the much more commercially minded Jeff Lynne. He took the concept & ran with it with Bev Bevan pounding out the drums.
This band had a couple cellists, a violinist, electric bass, guitar, drums and people switching on & off keyboards. Lynne played a gold Les Paul.
This was a pretty good show although Lynne looked pretty wrecked. A friend claimed he was discreetly flipping off the audience. I missed that. He was great at classic rock-n-roll guitar & the string section (yeah I know a guitar is a string instrument) was into rocking out as much as their more traditional RnR bandmates.
It was hot.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

A Holiday in the Sun

Want to do something different on your next vacation ? Howzabout hunting pirates off the coast of Somalia ?
Russian ocean liner companies are offering cruises for the aspiring buccaneer for £3500/day. An extra £5 gets you an AK-47 (ammo is £7 per 1000 rounds).
The ships sail reeeeeally slow close to the shores of Somalia to lure the unsuspecting pirates out where tourists can mow 'em down with their machine guns.
I love it. Law enforcement as a tourist attraction for the rich. We could probably do this in Cincinnati now that we are home to the country's most dangerous neighborhood. Of course, it's not really law enforcement, it's murder that nobody is going to condemn. If it catches on, tho, we might be able to wage wars this way. Instead of drafting and paying for the poor, we can have rich people pay us to fight. Of course, the first boatload of tourist/murderers that get slaughtered might put a damper on things.

AnaNova story here.
You will have to read it, tho, the animated chick is still AWOL.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Kid Is Not My Son

I had fairly forgotten that the late Michael Jackson owned the rights to The Beatles catalog of songs. Apparently Jackson & Sony owned and/or administered the rights of a host of other people's compositions as well. With Jackson's sudden death & his massive debt, the ownership of these compositions is up in the air now. Fortunately, it's not just simple ownership, there are trusts & licensing & partnerships involved. The compositions were also used as collateral for loans. The roaches will be coming out of the woodwork for claims to Jackson's estate and money oriented financial types will be slavering to get their meathooks onto those songs. The bragging rights at the club would be outrageous.
Jackson was never high on my list of musicians but I think I like the idea of a real musician owning this intellectual property more than just some investor type.
Regardless, we will probably be hearing about his estate & wild claims to it for some years to come.
As anybody who has lost a parent knows, a simple uncontested estate can result in weird shit popping up for years. With a popular, wealthy, eccentric person like Jackson, the sky is the limit. This could bring out more weird-ohs than Howard Hughes ever did.

Reuters story here.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday Font Humour

or - Hitler's Subtitle Guy Gets a Cheap Font CD
2009 Clark County Fair Queen Candidates

Clark County Fair Queen contestants released. Well, their names. It's not like they were imprisoned or held captive by the County Commisioners or anything.
Or were they ?
Once again no zombie women were nominated. Clark County's stubborn prejudice against Nosferatu is still firmly in place.

Noose Son story here

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Farrah Fawcett RIP

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Over the Rhine
The Most Dangerous Neighborhood in the USA

Danger lurks EVERYWHERE.

In case you were wondering what the most dangerous neighborhood in the USA looked like, I offer a few galleries of the awful community. Be forewarned, the blood, carnage and overall inhumanity might e a bit much for the more timid reader.
Cincy Images
Queen City Discovery (at night !)
Sometimes blind number crunching just doesn't get i.....
Ohio Works to Stave Off Radical HSUS Agenda

Governor Strickland has proposed a 13-member Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board that would set standards for the care of livestock on farms. This appears to be in response o the Washington DC based animal rights group, HSUS (mistakenly referred to as an animal welfare group in the linked article below) passing a ballot initiative in California, recently, that fairly destroyed their smaller animal husbandry industry. Ohio has a huge industry in pork and eggs. The proposals from HSUS would jack prices up and make egg production less safe for consumers. This is of no concern to the organization that promotes vegetarianism. Ohio knew it was on the radical groups radar along with the states of Washington, Illinois and Massachusetts.
HSUS claims that the creation of this proposed Ohio board, to be run by professionals and people who generally know what they are doing, would "force" them to run a ballot campaign fueled with misinformation and a budget of 10 -100 million dollars to deceive the public into deciding "how things should be done".
There are people engaged in less than stellar practices in all industries, animal husbandry is no exception. A state standards board sounds like a good idea, but maybe a bit redundant. The Ohio Department of Agriculture already has standards for animal care. More inspectors to weed out the abusive farmers would be in order but that's unlikely with the current budget (A budget that would be worsened by the legislation HSUS seeks).
Ohio doesn't need out of state extremists coming into our state and forcing their radical agenda down our throats. Ohio doesn't need higher food prices or the loss of jobs in a major industry or the increased chances of contaminated foods.
Support Strickland's idea or not, be aware of the alternative liberal out of state radicals have in store for us.

AP story here

Pink Floyd 1977

Pink Floyd with Donovan opening at the horrible metal cavern called Riverfront Coliseum (at the time) in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Queen of Heaven, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, The Love of My Life took me to this concert in her mom's green Buick. We spent an early summer evening on Fountain Square watching hapless lonely Porktowners mill about after a day's work at their mundane jobs. None of them knew the bliss of love that I was drowning in.
Walked down to the Coliseum & took our seats in outer Slobovia. The bands were teeny tiny. I listened to Sunshine Superman from the bathroom. Pink Floyd had balloon animals and transistor radios.
Everything was solid and professional. It was a good concert. I had fairly lost interest in Pink Floyd after Dark Side of the Moon. This tour was promoting Animals. They played their old stuff but it had a slickness to it that sort of.....
It didn't sound like Ummagumma.
This was also about the time the punk movement was really taking off, tho & the poster bands for everything wrong in pop music were soon to be Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac.
FWIW, the aforementioned lass is also living in Cincinnati now, I guess, so she can more easily torment me and generally make my life miserable.
Ornery old bat...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Luther Allison 1977

Luther Allison at the Crying Cowboy Saloon in Springfield, Ohio.
The Crying Cowboy was pretty much a bluegrass haunt. I remember some band from Yellow Springs being almost a house band there. The Dry Creek Fire Squad ?
Anyway, Allison's electric big city blues was quite a diversion from the Cowboy's usual music. One of his shticks was to walk through the bar and play out on the sidewalk out front. Dunno where he got his cords.....
I believe he had a trio or maybe another guitar player. Allison rocked out with soaring, screaming electric guitar. It was a great show. So good, in fact, he moved to Europe shortly thereafter. Springfield seems to have that affect on people.....
I had heard Allison in concert before, but I had not actually gone to the show. My pals & I dropped acid & stood around the Wittenberg Union & listened outside while he played in the dining room. It had rained earlier & the wind blew out the clouds to reveal a big moon that reflected in the shiny wet streets & sidewalks. Mr Allison must have noticed us through the window because I am pretty sure he was playing just for us.

Patti Smith 1979

Patti Smith at the Columbus Agora. The venue on High Street is now called the Newport Club.
We didn't have tickets to this show & were under the impression it was sold out, but we went anyway. It was weird. the show was general admission, of course, they did have tickets for sale & the goofballs actually let in the people buying tickets at the door before the advance ticket holders went in who had been standing in line for good seats for hours. I had seen Smith at the old Bogart's some time before & she seemed particularly wasted. At this show she was happy, energetic and exuberant.
The most memorable part of this concert was when my friend shouted out, "My generation !" & the band immediately launched into the song. :-)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Strawberry Fields Limited
Violence in Haiti

Student demonstrators attacked and burned a U.N. police vehicle in the Haitian capital on Wednesday, adding to security concerns ahead of this weekend's scheduled Senate elections.
The student protests, now in their fourth week, are part of a general uptick in violence leading into Sunday's scheduled second-round elections for 11 vacant Senate seats. At least two people have been killed in clashes between political parties elsewhere in Haiti.

Well, rioting ain't too productive but I can see why these folks are pissed.
The student demonstrations began in late May against the elimination of medical school classes but quickly grew into protests against the 9,000-member U.N. force that has been in Haiti since 2004, and in support of increasing Haiti's minimum wage from $2 to $5 a day.
The salary increase has been approved by the legislature but is opposed by business owners, especially owners of factories that produce garments for sale in the United States and elsewhere. An agreement is expected to be announced by President Rene Preval this week.

About the last thing to eliminate in Haiti is modern medical training. As far as a more than doubling of the minimum wage - well, put that way, it's big money, but how about $5 per hour ? While the legislature has passed the minimum wage hike, people believe the president will cave to the business owners and veto the measure.
I think that what really pisses me off about this is that we are so proud to have eliminated slavery in the US but we are apparently fairly dependent on it anyway. Somewhere, somebody is making out. Dunno if it is the Haitian business owners or if the American business owners are squeezing them as well. Regardless, we in the USA are supporting what is tantamount to slavery when buying these products. Big products tend to be textile/garment products frequently sold at big stores like JC Penney, Wal-Mart, Kmart & the like. Apparently, the Disney company likes to use these plants in Haiti.
I cannot find an up to date listing of American companies engaged in these crap practices. This article is over 10 years old (when the minimum wage was less than $2/day) from Third World Traveller:
Third World is kinda funny. Port-au-Prince is a 2 hour flight from Miami.
What's frustrating is that so many Americans are dependent on the cheapest products because they have lost their jobs to the third world countries. Then, equally frustrating is that the people in these countries cannot earn enough to possibly rise out of their current poverty.
And what REALLY burns me up is that we support this shit and I don't even know if I am guilty of being a part of that.
We should have been allies with this country 200 years ago.

"Make good money - 5 dollars a day
Make any more and I'd move away"

Taiwan News story here

Janet Sanderson, Ambassador to Haiti

Friday, June 19, 2009

Robin Trower 1974

This concert was at the late Palace Theatre in downtown Dayton. It had a low stage, the walls were blue and decorated with white cameos of ancient greek looking stuff. Trower had left Procol Harum and had started a power trio. It wasn't much of a trio, tho. Trower probably could have just used prerecorded bass and drum loops and just wailed on his Strat all night.
Cincinnati's New Logo

Cincinnati recently unveiled it's new logo designed by LPK for a cool $75k paid by Macy's.
I don't terribly dislike it. I like the colors - city blue, a light blue & green. It screams water, earth, air, clarity & transparency. The shape, however, is pretty uninspirational. A torus with a wedge knocked out of it.
What bothers me is it's functionality. It looks great on white but the vignetted edges & goofy highlights & shadows are gonna be hell to reproduce on other colors, patterns & images.

It won't photocopy or fax well.

You can't just stick it on a photo.

Simple outlining still has issues with the vignetted edges.

It does appear to have a shape and a 3Dness to it. this has potential, especially with the transparency thing going on.



The shape still needs masking & stuff for the soft edges. Hopefully LPK has supplied masks, grayscales & hell, even a 3d model (for $75k) so the city can get the widest range of uses out of this thing.

Fishwrap story here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

When Bike Lanes Go Bad

The person who reads this blog knows I am no fan of bike lanes. With the release of the 2009 Cincinnati Bike Route Guide and it's routing of cyclists away from the Northside business district (because why would a cyclist want to go somewhere to do business ?) and up Crawford Avenue (because there is so much to do on Crawford Avenue), I wasn't surprised to see the city not only painting but carving bike lanes into the road. I guess this is to let people know these lanes are permanent. Too bad because I think they will tend to confuse not only the already confused motorists but these cockamamie lanes will even confuse the cyclists. I am sure they were planned by motorist engineers.
In this first pic, we see a fairly normal looking bike lane. It is very narrow but it widens a bit up ahead. (Which is kinda weird)

At least it was over on the right side of the lane. Further on the bike lane goes out into the middle of the road.

Maybe this part was designed by an east side cyclist.....
Still, in other places, the bike lane lurches from side to side...

Curves are handled oddly. In one curve the bike lane goes extremely wide.

Yet in another bend it cuts the corner pretty hard.

One part of the lane goes off crawford completely & seems to want to head over onto Bercliff.

At Spring lawn cyclusts are offered the options of careening into a stop sign or heading up the middle of the east bound lane.

It looks like somebody may have opted for the stop sign already.
there appear to be special markings for recumbent cyclists which I don't understand.

Then again I don't understand why a person would ride such a low profiled vehicle in a busy city street. maybe that's why recumbents are routed up a dead end.

While this might just be the tragic result of hop head surveyors on acid, I think we can get along fine without bike lanes. I doubt a painted line would have had any influence on the asshole that pulled up next to me the other day & whose passenger tried shoving me over, anyway.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Detroit Cobras

Gypsy Hut TONITE


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Things That Make You go, hmmm

How come we don't elect presidents with sons ? For the last 17 years it has been all girls.
Obama - 2 daughters
Bush - 2 daughters
Clinton - 1 daughter
The last president we had with sons was George Bush.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Leon Russell 1974

I can't believe this guy is still alive.
He played an electric piano that was turned up too loud and was distorted beyond listenability.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

What's going on in Northside this weekend, you ask ?
Friday, June 12 8:30 AM - 4:30 OM Banner and Ross Gallery prsents Wild Life: Animal, Landscape, Skin at 3841 Spring Grove Avenue
Friday, June 12, 5 - 10 PM NVISION hosts the opening of Ring Mosaics at 4577 Hamilton Avenue
Friday, June 12, 9:30 PM Maker will perform at The Gypsy Hut at 4231 Spring grove Avenue
Friday, June 12 10 PM Permacrush will play at The Comet at 4163 Hamilton Avenue
Friday, June 12 10 PM Noctaluca will play at The Northside Tavern at 4163 Hamilton Avenue
Saturday, June 13, 9 - 10:30 AM The Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center hosts a Plant Swap at 4244 Hamilton Avenue
Saturday, June 13, 10 AM - 6 PM Prairie Gallery presents Camera Obscura
Saturday, June 13, 11 AM to 5 PM Northside Arts presents the Sidewalk Spring Arts Fair
Saturday, June 13, 2 PM NVISION hosts Ring Mosaics at 4577 Hamilton Avenue
Saturday, June 13, 3 - 9 PM Squealin' With Pride in Hoffner Park
Saturday, June 13 10 PM No Horses will play at The Comet at 4163 Hamilton Avenue
Saturday, June 13, 10 PM GLUE will perform at The Gypsy Hut at 4231 Spring grove Avenue
Saturday, June 13 10 PM the Buffalo Killers will play at The Northside Tavern at 4163 Hamilton Avenue
Sunday, June 14, 1 - 7 PM Squealin' With Pride in Hoffner Park with parade from Burnett woods down Ludlow to Hoffner Park.
Sunday, June 14, 11 AM The Cincinnati Preservation Association presents a Northside/Cumminsville Walking Tour. $10 Meets at Sidewinder Coffee and Tea, 4181 Hamilton Avenue
Sunday, June 14, 2 PM NVISION hosts Ring Mosaics at 4577 Hamilton Avenue
Sunday, June 14 7:30 PM The Comet Bluegrass All Stars will play at The Comet at 4163 Hamilton Avenue
Sunday, June 14 9 PM Tribella will play at The Blue Rock Tavern at 4163 Hamilton Avenue
Sunday, June 14, 9 PM Teeth Collection will perform at The Gypsy Hut at 4231 Spring grove Avenue
Sunday, June 14 10 PM The Rattlesnakin' Daddies will play at The Northside Tavern at 4163 Hamilton Avenue

and, of course, there's plenty of grub & hooch

Ali's Boutique
   4185 Hamilton Avenue
Art Damage Lodge
   4120 Hamilton Ave.
Banner and Ross Gallery
   3841 Spring Grove Ave.
   hrs: 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM Mon-Thurs, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Fri
The Blue Jay
   4154 Hamilton Ave.
   hrs: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM Mon-Sat
Blue Rock Tavern
   4221 Hamilton Ave.
   hrs: 5:00 PM - 2:30 AM Mon-Fri, 6:00 PM - 2:30 AM Sat
   1677 Blue Rock Ave.
Boswell Alley
   1686 Blue Rock Ave.
   hrs: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Mon-Thurs, 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Fri-Sat, Bar til 2:30 AM Mon-Sat
Bug House Video
   4170 Hamilton Avenue
   hrs: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM Mon-Thurs, 4 - 11:00 PM Fri, noon - 11:00 PM Sat, noon - 9:00 PM Sun
   4023 Hamilton Ave.
The C & D Cafe
   1714 Hanfield Ave
Club Bronz
   4029 Hamilton Ave.
Cluxton Alley Coffee Roasters
   4037 Hamilton Ave.
   hrs: Tues-Fri 9:00 Am - 2:30 PM, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sat
The Comet
   4579 Hamilton Ave.
   hrs: 4:00 PM - 2:30 AM Sun-Sat
Gajah Wong West
   3937 Spring Grove Ave.
   hrs: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM, bar open late
Ginger's Bar
   1701 Blue Rock Ave.
   hrs: til 2:30 AM
Designs by Dana
   4167 Hamilton Ave.
The Gypsy Hut
   4231 Spring Grove Ave.
   hrs: 8:00 PM - 2:30 AM
The Hideaway
   44163 Hamilton Ave.
   hrs: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Tues-Fri, 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM Tues-Thurs, 5:00 - 11:00 Fri-Sat, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sun
   4034 Hamilton Ave.
   hrs: 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM Tues-Thurs, 11:30 AM - 10:PM Fri-Sat, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Sun
Junker's tavern
   4156 Langland Ave.
   Hamilton Ave.
   11:30 AM - 2:00 PM Tues-Fri
   4165 Hamilton Ave.
   hrs: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Mon-Thurs, 11:00 AM - 10 PM Fri-Sat
NYPD Pizza
   1566 Chase Ave.
   hrs: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Mon-Thurs, 11:00 AM midnight Fri-Sat
Northside Bar
   Hamilton Ave.
Northside Tavern
   4163 Hamilton Ave.
   hrs: 5:00v PM - 2:30 AM Mon-Fri, 8:30 PM - 2:30 AM Sat-Sun
   4577 Hamilton Avenue
   hrs: 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM Wed-Sat
Park Chili
   4160 Hamilton Ave.
   hrs: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM mon-Fri, 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM Sat, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Sun
   1609 Chase Ave.
   hrs: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Mon-Sat
   4035 Hamilton Ave.
   513 703-5729
The Serpent
   4042 Hamilton Ave.
   hrs: 9:00 PM - 2:30 AM
Sidewainder Coffee & Tea
   4181 Hamilton Ave.
   hrs: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Sat-Sun
   4046 Hamilton Ave.
   hrs: 5:30 PM - til he food's gone, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sun
Taco Bell/KFC
   4147 Hamilton Ave.
Take the Cake
   4137 Hamilton Ave.
White Castle
   3940 Ludlow Ave.
   hrs: 24/7

Saturday, June 06, 2009

The Enquirer's Censors

Now that the Fishwrap's censors have taken to routinely censoring my comments, I feel I must vindicate myself lest people think I am some foul mouthed yob.
As people who never ride the bus or go into downtown Cincinnati were ranting about the horrors of the bus & downtown, I felt it was time to shine a light on the media blackout of what actually happens on the buses in downtown Cincinnati.
My censored post:
When the buses get back to the garage at the end of a shift, all the blood is drained and distributed to the vampires that reside in the old subway tunnels.
The bodies are carted off and dumped into the Mill Creek.
The Metro drivers are not paid anymore due to budget restraints. They are required to fight other passengers and loot the corpses on the bus. To help in this they have been surgically altered with steel teeth, embedded razor claws and prosthetic chainsaws.

In case you were wondering, the vampires aren't the old Bram Stoker types - shunning garlic and crosses and stuff. They are the product of experiments in post nuclear survival that were done back during the cold war. They are more technically blood drinking radioactive mutants I guess.
Folks, white flight is a myth. the "lost tribe of Porkopolis" is either living underground or being murdered on the streets and buses of Cincinnati by NSA operatives working in league with Skull & Bones, the Rothschilds and the Illuminati (known locally as the Board of Directors of the Mercantile Library).
The streetcar plan is simply a new technology to drain the train (so to speak) through gutters alongside the tracks.
Folks, the truth must be told and the blackout by the Cincinnati.com admins who stalk the darkened hallways of the Fishwrap IT department gleaning horrible knowledge from the dark secrets their servers whisper to them will not, CAN NOT pull the wool over your eyes ! That is something only YOU can do.
While the one eyed, brain-eating, reptilian Venusians running the HamCoBOE may have thwarted my plans for a council seat, I pledge to bring Cincinnati out of the abyss and into the eternal light of true horror in my new Era of Empire one way or another !
∃ ∀ ∈ ⊕

Friday, June 05, 2009

Friday Guitar Fun

yeah, I know it doesn't fit - sosumi.
Led Boots.
Wittenberg to Offer Free Tuition for Vets

Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio Will be offering free tuition to 50 veterans enlisted since 9/11/2001. In the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, the VA provided tuition for vets at public universities and colleges. Private schools can receive matching funds up to 50% of total costs and Wittenberg has offered to cover that for 50 vets beginning in the 09-10 school year.

Details here.
Noose Son story here.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Northside Farmers Market

Someday I will learn how to format for YouTube...

well, well, DCI has all sorts of videos to promote their square.....
How precious
Now they have "Market Sqyare"
I'll make my own damn video.....
Monsoons aside, the Northside Farmers Market will be held in Hoffner Park this summer (& go the way of the gypsy again in the fall probably) beginning June 3. The first musical guest will be Magnolia Mountain. Happen Inc. will be providing creative kids activities.
the current vendors list looks like this:
Back Acres Farm
-meat, eggs, cheese, ice cream, veggies

Back Yard Orchard
-appples and peaches and sometimes pears

Blue Oven Bakery
Mark Frommeyer
-Local all the way to the grain bread – lots of verity

Marvin Barbian
The Barbian Farm
-sells tomatoes, green beans, peaches, plums, pears , summer squash

Bohemian Beads
Janell Nelson
-Handmade Jewelry & Clothing

Janice Young
-Cluxton Alley Coffee Roaster

Creative Fiber Arts
-Fabric covered vases

Donnas Ziu
Donnas Delights
-baked goods

Dylan Tennison
Sprout and Shout and Sprout

Eco Garden Memorial Inc.
Luke Ebner
-local produce

Teresa Young
Flowers Forever
-flowers , fruit, veggies

Graydon Stroud
Five Star Foodies
-packaged vegan entrees

Gypsey Attack Pepper Sauce
Adam Sievering
-Hot sauce

Grounded Touch
Jim Vices
-Chair Massages at the market!

Leroy E. Allgeier

Douglas Weber, Betsy Hennika
Mud Foot Farm
-produce, eggs, hand made glass art

Martin Hill Farms
Mike Collins
-Produce & CSA

Northside Guerilla Farmer
Marica Bernstein
-A service to teach people how to garden- from seed to table.

Natures Gifts
Jane Staubitz

Melanie Wolf
Olive Branch
-tropical houseplants, veggies, lemonade, desserts

Frances Kroner
Porch Pops
-gourmet ice pops

Jim Lowenburg/Karen Mandell
Running Creek Farm LLC
-local produce, pesticide-free produce and flowers

Raw Kraut
-locally made fermented caned foods

Rising Sun Farms
Tom Cail
-pasteurized pork, eggs, honey

Shadow Breads
Gary Skitt
-Loaf Bread, Sliced Bread, Pastry’s

Sweet Miss Confections
Melissa Loggins
-Biscotti, chocolate mretzels, seasonal fruit pies, mini fruit breads

Peggy Schuning
-hand painted pots

Taste of Belgium
Jean Francois Flechet
-Belgian waffles, savory crepes!

Diantha Decker & John Rebush
Village Green Community Gardens
-plant starters

Ande Schewe
Wind Dance Farm
-produce, veggies, herbs, wildcraft, soaps

Jeniffer Stancati
-handmade crafts

Monday, June 01, 2009

So, I got this neighbor... He lives in a rental that actually has a garage and short driveway. Out in front of his house there is only on street parking on one side. In front of my house and continuing west there is on street parking on both sides of the street. This guy has so many cars, his driveway is usually full. Dunno if he uses the garage for a car. The parking spaces across from his apartment are always full and he leaves his other cars littered on both sides of the street from my house up a few doors.
When I started to realize all these cars were owned by one asshole, my first thought was, "How the hell can he afford the insurance ?"
He, of course, doesn't use them all. They sit on the street and get dusty. The street is a hill, so debris piles up on the tires. Every so often, I or one of he neighbors calls the city and he gets tagged, ticketed, towed. The cars don't all run of course, so when he gets red tagged, he has to spend a few hours coaxing the car back to life so he can drive it around the block and park it on the other side of the street.
Over the past couple years every utility in town has been digging up the street for one reason or another. The city puts up NO PARKING signs and the guy doesn't notice. Last year the WaterWorks towed him twice. Once they towed 2 cars at once. The guy had them towed back later in the evening. I watched as he directed the tow truck driver to deposit the dead beater to a spot immediately under a NO PARKING sign which the driver pointed out to the asshole, who, apparently, still had not noticed it's existence.
In the winter, the snow plows can't get anywhere near the curb, so the neighbors blessed with hosting his herd of crap all get to shovel an additional 6-7 feet of snow to get to the plowed street.
So this guy continues to live some 10th century nomadic goat herder lifestyle, investing in cars that only depreciate in value, hemorrhaging rent on an apartment that will never be his, pissing off the neighbors and devaluing the neighborhood, keeping the local tow truck business going and developing God only knows what kind of relationship with the guys at the impound lot.
If the dumbass would bail on the cars for awhile, he could save some money, buy a house in the country with a big garage or barn (which would actually appreciate in value) and then he could re-embark on his life dream of living in a junkyard without annoying everybody around him. Til then, he will just keep getting nickled and dimed on towing fees and tickets, etc..
His beautiful gray coupe across the street just got a ticket. It is street sweeping day and now there will be a lovely pocket of debris where his car sits.