Archive for November, 2008

Bracing myself

Monday, November 17th, 2008 | Kitty! | 6 Comments

My least favorite part of any vacation is taking the cat to Mom’s. Neither cat was ever good at riding in the car, but Norm’s specialty is crying the entire length of the drive. It’s a combination of irritating and heartbreaking and it lasts the full half hour of the drive.

Special bonus for the cat: Once we get to her grammy’s house, there will also be a 2-year-old running amok. Elderly cats are wildly fond of toddlers.

So I look over at her now, snoozing in the cat condo her Uncle Mike built for her, and I think, “you’re gonna hate me in about an hour.” I don’t think it’s any comfort to her that I’m not thrilled about it either.

She’ll be fine, of course. She likes going to Grandma’s. (There are stairs! And a solarium where she can sleep in the sun! And new things to sniff!) She just doesn’t like getting there.

For the record

Sunday, November 16th, 2008 | Tunes! | 9 Comments

“Midget wrestling” is a bit of a misnomer.

Here’s how the evening went:
- Burlesque show, 30 minute break, burlesque show
- Mighty Deerlick set
- Guy introducing midget wrestling, midget dwarf comedy (note: this part was actually funny); midget lap dance for woman from audience; guy from audience staple guns $50 bill to midget’s…um…well…testicle.
- Mighty Deerlick set
- Midget urine drinking contest; midgets actually bother to wrestle… with staple guns and tacks
- Mighty Deerlick set
- We run away

Yeah. So, um… the Deerlick learned a new ‘Mats cover, which was lovely, especially since I have a Deerlick/’Mats history with the Eagles Club/Rave building. But the part where I sold a bit of my soul to watch midget exploitation and burlesque to see said cover… that’s going to leave a mark. Or, as our friend Dave put it tonight, “I just know I’m gonna have nightmares.”

Well, this ought to be interesting

Saturday, November 15th, 2008 | Tunes! | 2 Comments

Got an email last week saying the Mighty Deerlick would be playing tonight. At the Rave. For a midget wrestling event.

Per the teaser at the Rave’s site:

Their midget mayhem is pure, unabashed, completely unPC entertainment. They offer drunk midget limbo, midget lap dances for the ladies, comedy, drinking games and of course an all out midget brawl. There is nothing these pint size powerhouses won’t do to defend their titles MATCHES INCLUDE STAPLE GUNS,THUMB TACKS,BROKEN BOTTLES,TRASH CANS, MIDGETS TAKE IT OUT OF THE RING AND JUMP OFF THE BARS!! ..MIDGETS BLEED WHAT LITTLE BLOOD THEY HAVE FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT!!

Or, as Jack Deerlick puts it:

The Mighty Deerlick will be the musical entertainment this Saturday night in the best-sounding room at the Rave – the basement – for Half Pint Brawlers Midget Wrestling, whose motto is “Our Midgets Will Kill You” or something like that. There will also be a burlesque show, apparently. I mean besides the one that Dave engages in virtually every Deerlick show. Come down for what will surely be one of the few nights wherein the Deerlick will be the most sedate and lackluster entertainment of the evening. Bloody midgets, half-naked women, and the Deerlick. You really need to be there. Mostly to defend us from the midgets, who we’re pretty sure are going to beat us up. Also, it’s going to be 3 sets, which is normally the number of sets the Deerlick plays in a year.

Sadly, the Rave says “no cameras” for this show. I’ll do what I can with my cameraphone, but I can’t guarantee I’ll have much luck.

Better late than never

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 | You Call This News? | No Comments

I didn’t forget it was Veterans Day, but I did nearly forget to post anything to the blog today. That just won’t do. But I’m here now.

Thanks, veterans. Your service is much appreciated.

Trouble the Water

Thursday, November 6th, 2008 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

One of the benefits of living near a university (or, in my case, a couple universities) is that you get the chance to check out all kinds of interesting films you might not see in theatres otherwise. Last night, I got to take advantage of this benefit. UW-M hosted a showing of Hurricane Katrina documentary Trouble the Water.

Sure, we all saw the footage newscasters were broadcasting from in New Orleans during the hurricane, but those folks were filming on high ground. Seeing the inside of the hurricane shot by someone huddled in an attic as the water fills their 9th Ward house is an entirely different story.

If the film or the DVD of the film comes your way, I highly recommend you check it out. (Warning for folks with kids in the house: You’re gonna wanna watch this after they go to bed. The language in the film is not even remotely suitable for under-18s.)

Good morning, America.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 | You Call This News? | 5 Comments

Yes We Did

Election Day ‘08

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

Election Day 08

Sunny and 65 degrees. A perfect day to go make history.

I went to the polls around 11am. No line for my ward (actually, as there was one guy ahead of me, my being there created a “line”), but the registration table had about 40 people waiting. I was only voter 351 for my ward. Guess the college kids who make up much of the neighborhood hadn’t gotten up yet or voted early. I’m assuming it’ll be a little nuttier over there at night, after people get off work.

I vote at a school, and the kids & PTA always hold a bake sale (which you don’t get to partake in if you vote after 6pm. More incentive to go early). They were doing brisk business. I spent more time making bakery decisions than I did waiting to vote. (Got myself a nice red velvet cupcake, a few oatmeal Scotchies, a slice of pumpkin bread and an Alterra coffee, all for $3.50. Yum!)

I sat down on the little rock wall outside the school after voting, had my cupcake and coffee, and basked in the warm glow of being able to cast my vote for a black man for president. For the first time in many years, I feel like there’s a bit of hope for our country’s future. We’ve come an awfully long way on civil rights just in my lifetime. There’s a long way to go yet, but it makes me smile to think we’re on our way toward being a more tolerant, more inclusive nation. Change, indeed.

RIP, Toot

Monday, November 3rd, 2008 | General | 1 Comment

Joe Klein has a very well-written post on the death of Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham.

Election day freebies

Monday, November 3rd, 2008 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Hey, Milwaukeeans. has helpfully compiled a list of all the places to get election day freebies tomorrow. Not surprisingly, many of them are of the beer variety. (Is this a great state or what??)

This warms my heart

Saturday, November 1st, 2008 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Daughter of slave votes for Obama

I hope she makes it to January to see him take office.

(Note: Don’t bother reading the comments. It’ll just un-warm your heart. The ignorant folk got at the computers again.)