Let's talk about childhood

a picture of mine

Not to beat a dead horse...

Courtesy of the Cleveland Leader

Also, saw The Harlequins play last night and they are awesome. My new favorite locals, I'm proud to live in Cincinnati. I heard Enlou's EP the other night too, all mastered and done and it's incredible so there are many many flavors of soft serve at the local music ice cream shop right now. Love love love.

Temperature rising.

So here in Ohio, Governor Strickland is proposing a cut in funding to the public libraries by as much as 50% which would result in 20 branch closings, about 250 lost jobs, fewer new materials and so on and so forth. It's odd because on Strickland's website there is a paragraph right on the homepage about his commitment to education reform. Aren't the libraries a good place to start? It makes me wonder where we spend our money in this country. Nobody seemed to bat an eyelash when the government spent approximately $4 billion to make sure that we could all enjoy digital television all the while giving private corporations increased broadcasting power while not issuing a single new FCC license. Give them televisions, but take away the books. Bread and circus. I've heard that an unintelligent and entertained society is easier to manipulate and control, or maybe that's just something I read in Farenheit 451 or Brave New World?

"I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county, to consist of a few well-chosen books, to be lent to the people of the country under regulations as would secure their safe return in due time."

-Thomas Jefferson

Write your representative.

Thrashing it out and scrapping!

Went on a bike riding adventure last night with some friends. We were planning on heading downtown and cruising but then we ended up having a bruising. Friendly Curt misjudged where the driveway stopped and the curb started as he headed to get off the road and had a major spill. I don't remember quite what happened but I know that I was expecting to call an ambulance and then amazingly he gets up and is totally fine but very bummed about how tacoed his front wheel is. Luckily we were only about a mile and a half into our ride so we walk back and take a short cut and meet one of my friends Camp Washington neighbors, Princess. She asks what happened to the bike and we told her and as it turns out she is a metal scrapper and told us to "wait" while she "got one just like it" from her house. She then gave Curt an awesome yellow bike that was magically a really tall frame (Curt, you see, is a really tall person and frames his size are hard to come by) and then we actually took the old wheel off and put the one from the new bike on and rode home! So we ended the night with a frame and a wheel more than we started it with. We met up with manly Ben and then crazy Billy took us on an adventure of overpasses and abandoned factories and we tried to see about getting into the old Kahns factory and creeping ourselves out but we didn't make friends with the security guard before he disappeared. We also plotted about hopping trains in the future. We all sweata great deal but it felt good, praise the G-d for Curt's new bike and not having missing teeth! Yay.

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Impeccable Timing

Yesterday the kitchen in my house was completed after seven months of waiting. I went to the Family Dollar down the street from my house and cleaned the stove and the fridge and the cabinets (they were all used) and listened to M. Ward for approximately 3 hours while doing so. I then went upstairs and put a playlist of nothing but Ward's music on a loop while I took a nap in golden twilight. Needless to say I had a nice Sunday afternoon. At a friends house that morning I put pure evil in my mouth and ate it, and for all those wanting to avoid pure evil it's name is Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding.

We are playing with Ted Leo tonight at the Southgate house for anyone who is interested too.

Come on baby let me be

If you have not seen this yet you really should. We had the fortunate opportunity of meeting a handful of people from the Oklahoma scene on this recent tour and they were all fantastic and there is something really special going on in their city. A tangible goodness that is a little funky, kind of like opening up a compost container I think. I can't describe this video in words except one: breathtaking. Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarves playing Madonna's "Borderline."

Couch surfing.