The Dodos (and The Walkmen) on Dec. 16 at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. I can’t wait. I haven’t been to a show in ages. K and I can walk there. And it will mean I’m not in Richmond.
There’s something oddly satisfying when I consider that the same Kenneth Anger bootleg I watched on the job while ignoring irate customers (for changing the French Films section to Freedom Films in the run-up to the Iraq War) might end up at the Wesleyan Film Archives.
So many memories but my favorite would have to be heading up to the office to get some closing sheets and finding half a dozen Korean teenagers furiously typing away at adding machines. And the time Eli Roth came in and bought every Giallo film in the house.
In the Democratic primary… maybe. Regardless of your political inclinations, there’s a rather fascinating article in today’s Washington Post on how the Obama campaign sewed up the nomination, without big momentum wins (outside of the Iowa caucus) and without contesting traditional “battleground” states.
I know a lot of Obama supporters are excited about “a new direction in politics” and we may have just witnessed that in the strictest definition of the phrase: a new way of contesting the Democratic primary in terms of strategy, not just rhetoric.
The insurgent strategy the group devised instead was to virtually cede the most important battlegrounds of the Democratic nomination fight to Clinton, using precision targeting to minimize her delegate hauls, while going all out to crush her in states where Democratic candidates rarely ventured.
“We kept waiting for the Clinton people to send people into the caucus states,” marveled Jon Carson, one of Obama’s top ground-game strategists.
“It’s the big mystery of the campaign,” said campaign manager David Plouffe, “because every delegate counts.”
I finally retired my circa-1968 Kelty frame pack after so many years of stubbornly resisting the ultra-lightweight revolution. And after 5 nights out on the trail with the Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian, I’m never going back.
First of all, the best feature has to be the weight. Coming in at 3lbs, 8oz this pack must weigh at least 3lbs less than my old model. Of course, the old Kelty was pretty convenient if I wanted to pack in an old Buick on the trail, but really, how often is that necessary? Once a year – tops?
Second, the frame sheet is unbelievably comfortable. I can lift as much as 35lbs on my back (still considerably less than I used to carry) without really feeling much of anything. The weight gets perfectly distributed to my hips keeping the heavy lifting off of my shoulder straps – and shoulders.
Third, when I got the pack last year I thought the external front-access panel zipper would be key for getting into and out of my pack, but after discovering the wonders of stuff sack I now wonder if this just isn’t extra, unwanted weight. If I “downgrade” to the Nimbus Ozone I’d lose 8oz. Just a couple swigs of water really, but those base ounces add up faster than you can say “pulled disc”.
Of course, I could go completely overboard and trade in for the Vapor Trail and lose 1lb 3oz – and 200 cubes of much-needed storage space.
But this is where my new pack has really revolutionized how I think about backpacking. With a lot less space to pack than my old Kelty – I’m forced to pack only the essentials. It’s as though my pack is scolding me as I get my gear together for a trip, “Yeah… you don’t need that…” And so I leave it at home.
It’s like the old backpacking adage. Make three piles of your gear. 1. The gear you use all the time. 2. The gear you use some of the time. 3. The gear you seldom use. Then toss the second and third piles.
With the new pack, that 1st pile is getting smaller.
Danny Murphy scores in the 76th minute and Kasey Keller makes a tremendous save in the final play of the game. Fulham 1 – Portsmouth 0. Reading defeats Derby 4-0 and Birmingham takes down Blackburn 4-1 but it’s not enough as all Fulham needed was a win to stave off relegation. Roy Hodgson and the Cottagers survive and get a proper crack at the Premeirship next season.
Is it lame that I’m more excited about this than the My Bloody Valentine reunion?
Also – my computer(s) is (are) not working anymore. Apologies for the recent lack of engaging content.
Made my first mix-tape over at muxtape.com the other day. I’ll upload a new mix once a week or so.
1. Circle – Andexelt
2. The Dodos – Fools
3. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Contonou Dahomet – Minsato Le, Mi Dayihome
4. Anne Briggs – Ride, Ride
5. The Hospitals – Rich People
6. New Order – Age Of Consent
The above image is the exact model of tape I used to use for mixtapes in middle school. I’d listen to my tapes on one of those big, yellow, “waterproof” Walkmen on every morning bus ride while furiously doing my homework at the last minute.