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Mugging, part II

January 27th, 2009 2 comments

[I will likely post on this incident several times in the near future.  So, my apologies.  There may end up being a post about the Minneapolis PD catching the villain.  More on that later.]

When people get their shit stolen, a common refrain is, “it not the X, it’s the Y,” where X=things of monetary value and Y=things of social, sentimental, emotional value.  I may speak more on the both the monetary and non-monetary losses later, but for now I want to lament the loss of something seemingly sort of silly, but that kind of meant a lot to me.  My old text messages.

Mostly, I liked my old phone, but it was obnoxious that it would only save 50 received text messages.  I hated that, and had to delete messages all the time to make room for new ones.  But that meant that that phone contained about 40 of my favorite text messages from friends, family and girlfriends from the last 3 1/2 years.  I actually would, on occasion, go through old text messages and reminisce.  So, for my and your benefit, some of those that I can recall are below.  Some of these may be a little personal, but that should not be evident, as there is no useful context.

Jesus is the reason.

Drizzidy Drunk.

Part Uno: [text redacted]

Part Dos: [again, redacted]

Oh, I’m sure that’s WAY more important.  I’ll let the queen know.

Just take the turnpike, it’s the fastest route

STOP BOWLING.

Well, come run into me.

When you want to rendezvous?

Stop it, you’re supposed to be HELPING.

With any luck, more will follow as I remember them.  Also, these are probably a lot less entertaining without context.  Sorry.

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Fuck muggers, you cowardly and worthless, God damned, pieces of shit

January 25th, 2009 4 comments

I hate the fact that I kind of want to get a conceal-and-carry permit.  I never will, but still.  Thought’s there.

That is all.

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Does the second time count more?

January 23rd, 2009 Comments off

Or maybe less?  First, the reference to non-believers in the inauguration speech, and now a presidential oath sans bible?  It’s almost like our government is becoming less theocratic before our very eyes.

Guardian

Reuters Video

Reuters Article

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Metro Transit Failed Me Today.

January 22nd, 2009 2 comments

Three #3 buses passed my stop.  Three times, I was denied.  Like Jesus and Peter, only I didn’t predict it.  Yes, I am likening myself to Jesus, minus predictive powers.

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Place #2!

January 21st, 2009 Comments off

These will henceforth become shorter.  The quality of my educational output demands it.

Here is a place I love and actually frequent.  The Kitty Cat Klub in Dinkytown fulfills a lot of my needs.  A good happy hour (4-7 daily, lots of 2 and 3 dollar things), good atmosphere (in terms of layout, lighting, couches), and live music most nights (of varying quality, mostly local).  I saw Jamie Ness (Duluth native and one-time City Pages Picked-To-Click artist) for the first time in about 4 or 5 years last month.  Nostalgia and good songwriting can make for a sublime evening.  Can be a bit of a hipster hangout, which can be good or bad (you might find that comes up frequently in my recommendations).

Entrance

It’s also a good place to meet interesting people or maybe run into people you know.  Like Molly or Tony (he’s #3).

kitty-cat-klub

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If I’m actually going to post every day,

January 21st, 2009 Comments off

than it would be a bit hard to let yesterday’s drama pass without mention, so I’ll say this: It made me very happy, like many others around the country and the world. When people were asked to stand for the oath (Obama’s, not Biden’s), everyone in the auditorium that I was in stood up, with virtually no hesitation. Inspiring, to be sure. For all the arguments over whether this man and his administration will bring real change, one thing is difficult to dispute. Things will be different. Things will be better. Perception Is reality in some cases. This matters, for instance. But he will do things that I don’t like, that annoy me. Like letting the asshole Warren speak, or any preacher for that matter. But in sum, I expect to be more pleased with my government than I have been in quite a while. So, I’m cautiously optimistic. And I intend to do my best to criticize when he deserves it and to defend when he deserves that. ‘s all.

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Free Doughnuts = Abortions

January 20th, 2009 5 comments

I can’t imagine more than one or two people have seen this site since I got all excited about trying to do this again, and I’m probably posting way too much for a day and a half.  But you need to read this:

Krispy Kreme vs. the American Life League.

Public relations gaffe, indeed.

Thanks, PZ.  God love you. Science, et al love you.

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Places!

January 19th, 2009 1 comment

I constantly tell people that I love my city, and I want the places that I love in my city to prosper.  To that end, I tell people to go to the places that I like, so they don’t disappear.  So, that’s what will eventually (I hope) fill the “Oh, the places…” tab that you see above.  I’m going to try to stick to at least one rule: I will post from the place I’m posting about.  First, because If I want You to patronize a place, than certainly I should. And second, because I can better relate why I think you should go there when reminding myself why I do.

Place #1 is the Wilde Roast Cafe in Northeast Minneapolis, named for the writer and socialite who apparently spent most of his life speaking in aphorisms, with a scribe following him everywhere.

wilde-roast

I love this place for several reasons.  Oscar Wilde was a great writer, and one of my favorite aphorists.  (WordPress doesn’t think that’s a word. It is. Look it up.) They get points right away for that, but they use his likeness and his legacy well.  Had it been around in the 19th century (useless fact: his death preceded my birth by exactly 80 years), he would have been much more welcome at the Wilde Roast than here, for example.

What makes a great coffee shop to me is mostly about the mood.  I don’t really care if the coffee is that good (it is), if I like the music they play (I do*), if the people that work there are friendly (they are).  I care more about the lighting, the decor, the chairs, et cetera.  It’s about how comfortable I feel hanging out there to read, do homework, or this.

They have good mood lighting throughout, but it’s still bright enough on one side to do homework.  They also have the big, comfortable chairs and couches that should be at any good cafe.

It’s not the cheapest place, but it’s not unreasonable and the food and baked goods are generally done well.  I’m not a food critic, so don’t expect too much detail in that regard.

Deals! I just discovered this.  If you ever go to the Heights Theater, two-for-one desserts!

For the drivers, they have off-street parking; for the rest of you, it’s on or near several bus routes (2, 4, 6, 10, 61, et al).

One of the few real drawbacks, at least for the night-owls like me, is that it’s only open until 10.  And if you look at the time stamp, I was unable to finish this entry before I had to leave, thus partially violating the only rule I have so far. I am currently at the Espresso Royale Caffe in Dinkytown, which may eventually grace these pages.

What else should I report on in these entries? Is this too much, too little?  Do you care?

¡Hasta la próxima vez!

*i.e., St. Germain, at the moment.

I may not agree with your politics, but I’ll defend your supposed election victory in court?

January 19th, 2009 6 comments

May not be as quotable as Voltaire*, but you’re not apt to find that here anyway.  This might be inappropriate to post, as it’s like three or four degrees removed by now, but this is the best thing that Norm Coleman’s lawyer has said so far: “I would do anything for Norm except vote for him.”

This is a perfect example why I love MinnPost.com so much.

*The, “I may disapprove of what you say” line is apparently incorrectly attributed to Voltaire, but it’s not like you know who Evelyn Beatrice Hall is anyway.

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Things I Like

January 18th, 2009 1 comment

My Friends:
-Who knows how many more times I’ll be able to tap her for accompaniment to weddings, but everyone needs to have a friend with whom you can properly deal with homilies that reference people’s confusion over the legality of human-canine unions.

-They tell me things I need to know, i.e., a rare but spot-on recommendation from one to listen to a band (Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles), even if I mostly ignored it until months later.

-They give me things I need to have, like lots and lots of music (including LM and the VLs), even if I don’t necessarily listen to that music until months later.

-Again with the things I need to know: informing me of a late night performance by Ms. Michelle and her Lapelles at the Dakota, which I did attend and thus deepened my love for Lucy. A pretty big crowd showed up at 11:30 to hear them play a fantastic show that included covers of the Bear Necessities and Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right. Yup. Jungle Book and Bob Dylan.

My City:
-It may be very cold, but Minneapolis is the birthplace and/or home of some things that I like, namely the several times aforementioned Lucy, et al and the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant.

Jesus Books:
-No, not like this, like this and this.

Coffee Shops:
-More specifically having the leisure, albeit briefly, to spend 4 hours in one doing things like this.

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