Here I Am

January 25, 2007

I am back from a  4 day trip to NYC but still feeling a little slow. I see things are picking up again in the Berkshire Blogosphere after a quiet spell. And I’ve added you to the roll, Tom_B.

On the local scene, Billy Donovan continues to tow the Bush line, but that’s no surprise. If you believe what you’ve written, sir, you should be calling for a hell of a lot more troops than 21,500.

And it still wouldn’t work.

The news of Gideon’s and EGL’s closings has me very depressed. While I am sure there are many factors involved, I can’t help but be angry at the lack of momentum in this town. What is the problem? I have my own ideas, but I’d love to hear from you.

Why can’t North Adams become the destination it should be? Enlighten me.


A Beautiful Day for an Inauguration

January 17, 2007

Martha Coakley is now officially our Attorney General after the ceremony at MASS MoCA this morning. It was a very nice event with a lot of Commonwealth star power in attendance and a fantastic local turnout making for an audience of almost 600 in the Hunter Center.

That’s pretty impressive for an event like this and speaks volumes, I think, for the area’s expectations from the new administration. I hope the Western attention doesn’t end after the recent flurry of Pomp and Ceremony. (The Gov. himself was at MASS MoCA earlier today but had to rush back to Boston for other inauguration rites.)

I can say with all honesty that General Coakley’s representatives were a fun and friendly group, very efficient and easy to work with. General Coakley was also very nice but was, as you can imagine, a bit distracted with the millions of things going on around her.

It was nice to see our new Senator, Mr. Downing, and our esteemed Rep. Mr. Bosley (with whom I had a nice chat about his answers to Wes’s questions on Ross’s blog.) 

I wish I could expand a bit more on the ceremony itself, but my job kept me from seeing most of it. It’ll be on cable access in the near future if you’re interested. I heard a lot of laughter and applause and in my line of work that’s always a good sign.

All in all a good day for Berkshire County in general and North Adams in particular. I wish General Coakley all the best in her new post.

“You Lookin’ At Me?”

January 10, 2007

After reading the breakdown of last night’s NA Council meeting in the Eagle, I’m wondering what is up with the taxi’s here in town. Being an auto owner myself I’ve never had to take a cab in our fair city but I have, of course, seen them around and I must say some of those cars look a bit worse for wear.

What’s the scoop, oh venerable councillors?  

 UPDATE:  Wes over at Walk In Brain asked pretty much the same question in a post today and received a very fine answer in the comments section from a very reliable source. Thanks, ctrem.

Tonight’s the Night

January 10, 2007

Our (not so) esteemed CIC (Chimp-In-Chief) unveils his new plan tonight for bringing us a sweeping victory in Iraq. I, for one, can’t wait. All the leaks say he is going to “surge”. (Sounds kinda dirty. Think Laura lets him do that to her?)

Since “escalation”, which is what a freakin’ surge really is, is against the wishes of the majority of Americans does anyone think congress will grow a pair and cut the purse strings? God I hope so.

This madman is probably  going to send more people to die rather than admit he was wrong. Maybe he’ll surprise us all tonight and put forward a different plan, one that most Americans will support and will slow the bloodshed.

Yeah. Right. When the Chimp-In-Chief flies outta my butt.

Watcha Listenin’ To?

January 9, 2007

As I admitted in yesterday’s post, I’ve been spending some time delving into my collection of live Grateful Dead stuff. Along with that I’ve been also been groovin’ to:

Gomez-British band with a new album out called How We Operate. Talented guys. Poppy and fun. Their whole catalog is a joy.

LowThe Great Destroyer. Moody and melodic. Like Radiohead? These guys kick their ass!

Barenaked Ladies-New Album called Barenaked Ladies Are Me. Old favorites of me and the wife from early on.

And two from the oldies stack for fun: The Knack’s Get The Knack and Talk Talk Talk from the Psychedelic Furs. Ah, high school.

And now it’s your turn. Watcha listenin’ to?

I’m Not Stoned and I Still Like It!!!!

January 8, 2007

The joke goes:

What did the DeadHead say after the weed wore off? The answer is: “What is this shit I’m listening to?”

Well, the weed wore off a long time ago and I still like it. I realize that this will open me up to tons of ridicule (especially from a certain someone living in the Astoria, Queens area), but I don’t care. I like them. Recently I have been listening to a lot of the live stuff that I have and just enjoying the hell out of it.

Don’t let me mislead you; being a Dead fan means being very forgiving. They can put on either the best live show or the worst live show, often during the same show, and you always rolled the dice, bought a ticket and took your chance.

But when it was good, man, it was great:  Alpine Valley, summer ’87, Richfield Coliseum, Winter ’83 (I think), Madison Square Garden, Spring 93.

And when it was bad, man, it could be really bad: Knickerbocker Arena, Summer ’95 (to be fair, Jerry would die not long after this show so how good could it be, really?)

Anyway, I miss them. There was never a more American band. They embodied all that was good and bad about the American ideal; Adventurous outlaws that bucked the system and did it their way only to end in tragedy, but leaving behind a positive legacy and a lot of happiness. THAT is America.


Enjoy your long strange trips everyone.