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During the presidential Amtrak dash last weekend CNN reported that “50 everyday Americans” were traveling with Barack on the Obama Express. Fair enough, but I’m guessing that while his handlers plucked what they believed was an adequate population sample, there were probably no hookers, bookies, crackheads, pregnant teens, or BU chicks yapping loudly on their cell phones, so it wasn’t really a representative snapshot of America.
While the rest of you were watching the HBO broadcast of the pre-inauguration concert from the Lincoln memorial last night, I confess I was cheering my Pittsburgh Steelers to victory over the Ravens and their 12-year-old quarterback. Sweet.
But I did catch a bit of the DC showcase, and then more of it on a repeat airing on MLK day.
I’m ransacking my apartment for vitals needed on this inaugural
whistle-stop shimmy down to Washington. This sort of rogue
day-and-a-half accommodation-less adventure mostly just calls for
vagabond basics such as gum and deodorant (as opposed to toothpaste and
soap), but there’s still important gear to remember.
In keeping with my trend of doing crazy shit for the sake of entertaining Phoenix readers/WFNX listeners, I hopped onstage at Mottley's Comedy Club last week to host and participate in Mortified, a storytelling show that features people reading from their teenage journals, school assignments, poems, lyrics, letters, etc.
You know how everybody thinks that their tattoo technician is the sweetest? Well, mine – Brian Hemming of Regeneration in Allston (and formerly of Pino Bros) – really is that dude.
Check non-epidermal artwork by Brian and his Regeneration comrades this Saturday (01.17.2008) at LAB in Allston starting at 7pm.
Going into this evening’s State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Deval Patrick knew that he would have to shine a little light on the dire predicament that Massachusetts and many of its residents find themselves in this winter. In short – he had to make lemonade out of local aid, and talk more about a green economy than the lack of green to float this economy.
"Everybody's a dreamer and everybody's a star, And everybody's in movies, it doesn't matter who you are. There are stars in every city,In every house and on every street,And if you walk down Hollywood Boulevard Their names are written in concrete.
Everybody' s a dreamer and everybody's a star, And everybody's in movies, it doesn't matter who you are.
Can we put the embarrassing idea that steroids in baseball is something we need to care about to rest yet? Please?
Yahoo! Sports is reporting that The Clear, one of the evil, innocence-of-a-nation-destroying substances Barry Bonds was allegedly using was legal. Not just in baseball, but in the United States
My font of wisdom from the other end of the continent checked in with this bit of amazement today, cautioning that before long somebody's going to pull it down for one reason or another. Muslim scolds Muslim. It's amazing that this sort of common-sense rant was allowed on TV, even on Al Jazeera. The speaker is Wafa Sultan, an Arab-American psychologist from Los Angeles.
Stonehenge appears underwater in America, burritos become available via
iPhone and a kid named after Adolf Hitler is taken from his parents. All
these stories and more have gotten us buzzing around the office this
afternoon. Check out what else has gotten our tongues flapping and our
panties in a bunch (not necessarily in that order):
How To Orchestrate A Winning State of the City Address (while keeping out all dissent and opposition) in Eight Easy Steps-By The Honorable Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston*1 – Despite its inability to fit more than a thousand or so onlookers, hold the event inside the Great Hall; that way you can announce a 7:30pm start time and have the spot brimming with cheery loyalists by 6:45pm.
mistaken, or there’s a McDonald’s in Beverly Hills where pricey real estate
renders Big Macs unaffordable to the Chihuahua-less segment of the population,
Burger King has crossed a serious hurdle by offering the first value meal to eclipse
the ten-dollar mark.
For lunch today
I feasted on a triple-decker Angry Whopper combo.
The best Revolutionary Road adaptation of 2008, hands down, was season 2 of Mad Men. If Sam Mendes's Revolutionary Road takes home any of the bazilion Golden Globe awards it's up for on Sunday night, it'll have very little to do with the limp, Titanicized performances of Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio, and every bit to do with the enormous (and justly deserved) reputation that Richard Yates's novel has acquired over the past half-century.
The Take Back Barack effort (started by the Portland Phoenix's managing editor Jeff Inglis and staff writer Deirdre Fulton with this article) is on TV throughout January around the nation, thanks to Liberty News TV. (It's a non-profit progressive outfit based here in Portland, and they accept donations!)
President-elect Barack Obama will appear in a special inauguration issue of Spider-Man, in which he is actually saved by Peter Parker. This is probably the most significant appearance by a sitting US President in a comic since Reagan unofficially cameoed in The Dark Knight Returns. And the portrayal was something less than flattering.