Wild Snowflake ::
as most blogs go, this is the same...
my life, my thoughts, me, me, me.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
This past weekend was busy. I had totally forgotten that Lucky and I had a concert on Friday until he showed up at 5... we headed to Montclair State University to see Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan. They are doing a tour of minor league stadiums.
Unfortunately, the idea of having a show at these stadiums doesn't quite work well in reality. The stage was set up in the outfield and a large screen was at second base. So if you had decided to sit behind home plate, all you saw was essentially a big flat version of the two legends. If you sat elsewhere, you had to believe that they were really on stage since it was so far away. And if you decided to stand in the outfield, you probably couldn't see either since it was flat ground. Oh, and the parking... since the school wasn't used to having so many people on campus at one time, the attendents were totally useless and it took about 45 minutes to find a place to park. The ticket-taking also was mishandled.
Luckily, the sound system was relatively good, and I was very happy to see Willie Nelson. You could tell he loved being "On the Road Again" (sorry, I had to) and the fact that he had his sister and two sons in his band made me smile. Bob Dylan was, um, better than I thought he would be. Only about half his stuff was incoherant. He didn't talk to the audience at all. However, Lucky was happy to have seen him.
On Sunday, we schlepped to Brooklyn to the Renegrade Craft Fair. Another ehh... alot of the stuff was overpriced (earrings made out of felt were $12, and considering that it was 5 minutes of work and under $1s worth of materials...) and there were many booths that had the same kind of stuff (screenprinted t-shirts, pseudo 80s pins and earrings, handbags, etc). Oh well, now I know and don't need to go back.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Fifteen years ago, I dressed as a burnt American flag for Halloween. At the time, George Bush was trying to push through to make flag desecration illegal by creating a new ammendment. And I was trying to make a point (and ok, an affordable costume)... a flag is a SYMBOL and just that. But I got comments behind my back... "It's like puttin' Jeezus back on da cross" was my favorite. How people could be so blind amazed me.
I had forgotten about this reverence for fabric. Until 18 months ago, when Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull got JT's music banned from a local radio station (not like they played their songs often anyways!)... for basically saying that he thought that all those flagwaving stationwagons owners were confusing patriotism with nationalism. Many Europeans whom I've spoken to express the same... They wave flags of their favorite sports teams but when it comes to flying their country flag, it reminds them of Hitler's Germany.
Now, there is a possibility that Mr. "Trying to win his daddy's love" Bush is going to succeed where his daddy didn't. According to this article, "the Senate may be within one or two votes of passing a constitutional amendment to ban desecration of the U.S. flag, clearing the way for ratification by the states."
Amendments to the Constitution have been made to: Abolish slavery, make changes to streamline elections and establish Congressional pay increase procedures, give women the right to vote, protect citizens regarding arrest and trials, and ok... to make alcohol illegal (but they corrected that).
But now an amendment to protect a flag? Of course there's that whole First Amendment thing (guarantees the freedom of worship, of speech, of the press, of assembly, and of petition to the government for redress of grievances). But consdering that this hideous thing will be passed... what will constitute "desecration"? What about those frayed, sun-faded flags that are hanging off of those stationwagons that Anderson was talking about? What is the penalty for car salesmen who use the American flag as a decorative device to bring in sales? Will they be prosecuted in the federal court system and then sentenced to hang with America's Most Wanted?
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
We had a wonderful "weekend" in Wildwood. On Sunday, we headed down there (taking Rt. 9 since the Parkway was packed) and the first stop was to the Crab House. That was necessary because the last time we were in the area (last winter to get my engagement ring), it was closed. Well, even though this was still considered to be non-season, they were open and I got to devour the most delicious (and messy) garlic dungeoness crab clusters. Yummy.
After checking in to our trailer, we walked down the widest beach ever (about a 7 minute walk from the boardwalk to the water) to sun a bit. The ocean was pretty warm but it was nothing compared to the Starlux's pool which was fed by the attached hot tub... pure bliss.
For dinner, we ended up at Schellenger's. It was a seafood restaurant that took the theme a bit too far and then further. Unfortunately my celcam didn't really capture the interior too well. Just imagine Hedwig singing there and you can capture the "70s basement meets the Popeye movie set designers" feel (check the webpage for an exterior shot.
The Airstream was actually quite comfortable. One end had a sofa bed covered in turquoise nauga with rope lighting around the window, stereo and a tv. The middle third had a small wet bar area with microwave, fridge, and storage for plates and food on one side. On the other side was the word's smallest bathroom. With a shower barely big enough to fit one person. And the toilet and sink area that normally would be in an airplane or train. The back end held a rather comfy double bed with another tv. There wasn't much lighting in the trailer. Besides the accent lighting, there were only 4 flashlight styled lamps. However, when reflected against the trailer ceiling the light really made it bright. And in the morning, we woke up really early since the trailer was flooded with sunshine.
I really enjoyed my stay in Wildwood. However, I think next time I would like to stay in one of the Starlux's rooms. Or maybe one of the other "doo wop" styled motels we passed when walking around. Who knows how long some of them will be there... the one next to the Starlux is being raized and will be replaced with a 25 story condo building (that's right TWENTY FIVE STORIES!)
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Today I went to check the mail. We had one envelope in the mailbox, addressed to neither one of us. Instead it was addressed to Lucky's exwife. The one he divorced 4 years ago. In Colorado. Who promptly married another guy within a year. And divorced him. In Colorado. But somehow, she is getting junkmail at an address at which she never lived. In a state she hasn't lived in for 6 years.
Just imagine how much money is being spent on sending junk mail with madeup addresses. And what good could be done with that money. (Sigh).
Saturday, June 04, 2005
Arg... forgot that the Jersey Loews was showing "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" last night (the original). Oh well. Tonight they are showing "Tron" and "The Wrath of Khan". But although the thought of Khan's Corinthian chest on the big screen is of interest... 1. It's not going to be as nice as Billy Idol's 2. Lucky and I were just at the Loews to see Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" 3. Tomorrow we're heading to Wildwood to spend the night in an Airstream trailer so I have to pack.
I have to leave the store this afternoon so that I can visit Crafty Chicaat her book signing in Edison and give her the bracelet I promised her BEFORE Christmas. Yes, I know opening up my own store and arranging a wedding in three months are good excuses but still... I think I finally realize that doing crafty things for others on a time sensitive basis just doesn't work for me. Lesson learned (although whether I remember it is a different story).