Friday, May 12, 2006

Smoke Me A Kipper

in response to steph's question about my thoughts about the nightclub manager getting 4 years in prison for the fire that killed something like 100 people at a heavy metal gig due to pyrotechnics onstage igniting the ceiling:
check this out where an "eco-terrorist" gets almost 23 years for setting three trucks on fire at a dealership. do i think this guy is nearsighted in terms of what he should have chosen to do in order to get his message out? oh yes. do i think that 23 years is ridiculous and unwarranted without his having caused the death or injury of even one person? more than yes.
so, a nightclub manager who knows that pyrotechnics are not allowed according to city code lets it happen or fails to ensure that a band known for pyrotechnics gets the memo is serving 4 years. do i think he is a killer? not at all. do i think he's an idiot who stood aside in order to get his paycheck and keep everyone happy? yes, i do. do i think that he is the "ringleader" who deserves the most lockup time? no, again. the people who go to these concerts know what they're in for. the people who go to these concerts know that it will get violent at some point. the people who go these concerts know that the venues absolutely suck. did they deserve to die? no. did they deserve anything but a kickass concert? no. did they know that this band gets out of control on a regular basis and look forward to it? yes. did the manager know this as well? yes. is he paid to make the band and the patrons happy? yes. did he do his job well up to the point that the ceiling caught on fire? yes. do he do his job well after? not so much. but how do you calm a headbanger crowd down when the place is on fire? you don't. and what do you do when the sprinklers don't turn on? run like hell. so, i can blame the germans, but do i punish them harshly because they are culpable or do i not because they didn't go into the evening thinking that it would be cool to kill a bunch of bad music lovers?

by the way, have you ever noticed that when someone else yawns you want to as well? but when a pet yawns there is no like reaction on your part? why is that? do pets yawn differently? is it a species thing? what?

and how cool is my former dispatch woman? she had extra copies of Ender's Game and Speaker For The Dead and gave them to me as a going-away present. i lost $15 earlier this year when i tried to order them online. i received neither books nor refund.

i've been hearing a commercial for Geico lately that asks you about the feeling of getting a $5 bill from your granny and then 99 more from some other people. then it asks you about finding a $5 bill on the ground and then finding a $495 bill next to it. Geico (and i belong to them, by the way) thinks that finding a piece of currency in the amount of $495 to be a good thing. tell me: what store is going to accept a $495 bill? and whose picture is on it? is it the kind of bill i would slip into the waitress's book after my bosses all hung out with me and then left without paying anything and i know there is no way i can pay for this mistake of mine? is this special money for states with a mandatory purchase rebate? can you take it to a bank and ask for all $1 bills in exchange? all $5? quarters? serously, though, whose picture would be on it?

i will miss jackfm in seattle. it is a radio station that has no dj. ever. it plays music, "clever quotes" by a prerecorded voice that is sometimes amusing. it plays commercials and makes no bones about it. any sigles from the late late sixties to about 2 years ago. i've been surprised by songs i haven't heard in a long time by madonna, nine inch nails, the talking heads, the doors, the go-go's, KISS, rickie lee jones, movie quips, peter gabriel, tom waits, the proclaimers, pearl jam, tower of power, prince, matchbox 20. and i've been disappointed. the playlist is fairly random, but they do only play commercial singles. so, no obscure b side song except very occasionally. but their library is pretty vast. santana is playing right now. oye como va. valise notch. say your mama coughs. squa-weeze them. ..okay, so those are my rendition.

6 comments:

Mustang said...

1. When was the last time you had sex? SUNDAY07MAY06 0712 hours.
2. How do you flush the toilet in public? I do not shat in public, however..if I did, I suspect I would force someone to flush for me.
3. Do you wear your seatbelt in the car? Yes, having not found an alternate location at which to wear it.
4. Do you have a crush on someone? Possibly, but until I know for certain I shall simply continue to masturbate to the though of them in bunny slippers.
5. Name one thing that you start to get tense about if you are close to running out of it? Leptons.
6. What famous person do you (or other people) think you resemble? Ed Asner.
7. What is your favorite pizza topping? Scotch...
9. Do you crack your knuckles?
Yep.
10. What song do you hate the most when it gets stuck in your head? "It's A Small World" from Disneyland...usually start loading weapons about the third of fourth chorus.
11. Did just mentioning that song make it get stuck in your head?
No.
12. What are your super powers? Irresistable powers of flatulence, the ability to see through people's shoe laces, I can hear only things that penguins hear, and I completly impervious to Viagra.
13. What is the hardest thing you have faced? No matter what car I drive, chicks won't "do me" because I have a cool car, being tolerated, rather than appreciated, schrunchies.
14. Where are your car keys? Why?
15. Whose answers to this questionnaire do you want to hear? Red Skelton, Richard Pryor, Albert Einstein and anyone who actually voted for (on purpose) George Bush.
16. What's your most annoying habit? AM or PM? Perhaps acting smarter than I was when I did not know when I wasn't as smart as I should have been.
17. Where did you go on your last vacation? Mountains.
18. If you could punch one person in the nose and get away with it who would it be? Cyrano DeBergerac.
19. What is your best physical feature? Unfortunately, their are no "nice" features. I am one of those oddly durable, but somehow less than attractive types..sort of like a Volvo.
20. What CD is closest to you right now? Windows Master II.
21. What three things can always be found in your refrigerator? Water. milk, and eggs.
22. What superstition do you believe/practice? Driving on the right side of the road.
25. Do you talk on your cell phone when you drive? Only as a means of curbing my need to masturbate while I drive.
26. What would your name have been if you'd been born the opposite gender? If you don't know what your parents would've chosen, what name would you choose for your other-gendered self? Bobbie Sue.
27. What song(s) do you sing most often in the shower? "If I Only Had A Brain".
28. If you could go back or forward in time would you and where would you go? Back, to the American frontier in the late 1700's..
29. What is your favorite Harrison Ford movie? Blade Runner is the standard...
30. What CD is in your stereo?
Bach's Brandenberg Concerto.
31. What OCD qualities do you have?
Hand washing to a certain degree.
32. How many kids do you want to have? Have two, willing to trade.
33. If you could kiss anyone famous who would it be? Early on...Bridgette Bardot, Ursula Andres, Lucille Ball, and maybe Mr. Kangaroo.
34.Would you really want to kiss someone you didn't know, even if they are famous? Everybody dies of something.
35. What do you do when no one is watching? Walk through raindrops.
36. If they made a movie about your life, what actor/actress would be the best for this job? Best how? Ability to portray excesive pathos? Capable of unending apathy? Hard to say..maybe Gene Hackman or Lee Marvin.
37. Would you rather die in a blaze of glory or peacefully in your sleep?
Boots on, full on fight-like-hell, fuck-em-all blaze O' glory!!!.
38. What candy, from when you were a kid, do you miss the most?
Payday.
39. What is your favorite kid's movie? The Boys From Brazil.
40. Favorite musician(s)/bands you've seen in concert? Bob.
41. Have you ever been in love?
Yes, once, still am, same person, nuff said on that.
42. Do you talk to yourself? Only during sex.
43. Is there anybody you just wish would fall off the face of the earth? No.

airplanejayne said...

SSM - I love it when I can so make your day: JackFM is here in the No. 105.9FM. Uh-huh, as good as radio gets.

Are ya' hard?

:)

scarysquirrelman said...

hey, i once wore bunny slippers in a show. what a coincidence. that i and your crush might wear...bunny...slip---oh fuck. our reunion's going to be especially painful, isn't it?

Zonthar said...

Wow, Mustang actually answered your call to fill out the survey. I feel slightly more pressure to do so myself. But not yet.

Yes, as APJ points out, Jack FM is here as well. Did you really think that something with a name like that wasn't a nationally syndicated format? Silly man.

Walter Mondale would be on the $495 bill.

steph said...

Um, thanks for the post, BUT...it wasn't the NIGHTCLUB manager who got four years. It was the BAND manager. the nightclub owners haven't gone to trial yet, and they're asking for life sentences for those two guys.

This was just the band manager who came in that day, with no idea about city licenses or ordinances or any such thing.

Which is why I'm REALLY railing against four years in my blog.

scarysquirrelman said...

oh. i still don't think life sentences are fair. what would they accomplish? and, really, anything more than negligent homicide in this case for the nightclub manager(s) would be a verdict born of emotion and not a logical look at the law...to me, that is. until the ken lays of our world are put away forever for destroying the lives of thousands of strangers and show no remorse whatsoever.