Monday, November 17, 2008

Rock 'n Roll Means Well



Rock 'n roll means well
but can't help tellin' young boys lies

Last night Liz and I went to the Hold Steady / Drive-by Truckers show at First Ave. and it was a great one. It's so rare to get two amazing bands like that on the same bill (at least outside of the oversaturated and soulless festival circuit). Drive-by Truckers played first for about 75 minutes and were very impressive. I'd seen them a few years ago at the 400 Bar and actually left before they finished their 2+ hour set that night. And a couple years ago one of their three(!) terrific songwriters, Jason Isbell, left the band to go solo. I feared that they might miss him but they did not. The other two songwriters, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, are equally as talented and they didn't skip a beat. Highlights for me included "Carl Perkins' Cadillac", "Sink Hole" and the opener (and title track of the Rock 'n Roll Means Well tour as quoted above) "Marry Me".

The Hold Steady set was great, too, but I'd seen them just a couple months ago so I pretty much knew what to expect. A highlight of the night was the hootenany encore with both bands 10 musicians up on stage for 3 songs including the Truckers' "Let There Be Rock" and a sweet cover of The Band's "Look Out Cleveland".

And oh, before the final encore a "Yes we can!" chant arose from the crowd. Do you think that is happening at rock shows all across the country? Cuz that'd be pretty amazing if a President Elect could actually stir the American people with a grassroots message like that.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Computer Repairman Opportunities

Last week I had a tragedy in threes:

1. Clutch went out on my car
2. Refrigerator crapped out
3. PC wouldn't boot up

I took the car in and it was fixed in a day ($570). Called the fridge repairman and had to schedule it 3 days out. Ended up spending $270 on a new computer for my fridge. Computer in the fridge. Who knew?

But the HP laptop computer is the real story here. Four weeks for "Geek" Squad to repair my laptop! How come the computer repair industry has not risen to the level of demand? In the past I've called around to Joe's Computer Repair type places and have not had good luck finding one that could (1) work on my type of computer, or (2) do it quickly. So I just took my laptop to Best Buy where I purchased it 15 months ago (with a 12 month warranty).

I asked the 21-year old girl behind the "Geek" Squad counter the very question posed in the prior paragraph. She didn't know. Then I asked if they shipped my laptop back to the manufacturer or something. She replied that they send it down to Louisville and don't really have a deal with UPS. So it takes 5-6 days to ship to Louisville and 5-6 days to ship back from Louisville. Brilliant!! Hire cheap "Geek" Squad labor in Louisville and then ship everything there via turtle. Just the vision that the Geek Squad founders based their enterprise on!

Anybody know of a better way to get a computer fixed? I'm slightly techy, but not real interested in reloading operating systems or anything like that.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Self-portrait

Self-portrait #1: mouth too small

Hud

computer broken. watching 'Hud'. Great movie. check it out. posted via cell phone. I'm not very adept at texting.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Canadian Comic Duo Prank Calls Palin

They're pretending to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Here's a story telling more about it. Gotta watch out for those wacky morning zoos.