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Dept. of Good Things

Today is Sunday

Tonight there will be a presidential debate, one during which hundreds of thousands of viewers will sit, waiting for the moment when Donald Trump finally, completely, mesmerisingly, permanently, unforgettably loses his shit for real, and sends the GOP into a death spiral* so complete that one could get sick on the juicy, deliciously rich schadenfreude.

But that's tonight. And perhaps I won't even watch, because I've already shouted myself almost hoarse this weekend, in the service of something far more joyous, which you'll see under the cut.

So today, this very sunny afternoon, I'm going to share with you two things:


This is a picture and a very short piece of video - both extremely badly shot by me in the middle of a sweaty little bar concert - of FB playing with his first real band, Still Not Sexy, during their 16-year reunion show at Beat Kitchen Friday night. It was a one and done - everyone in the band has moved on to different things, although they all are still deeply invested in, or working in some small or large part in, music - but this reunion was a labor of love. And they were completely floored by the number of people who loved them in the past who came to reunite with them at this midnight show. The (unfortunately fuzzy) skinny guy on lead guitar is FB, and the muscular fellow playing with him is Evan, the band leader, and a pretty nice guy. I included the little bit of video because it was them doing a little bit of stage-craft during a guitar break.

And the final video is a song by one of my first friends in Chicago, Steve Erwin (or as we knew him, Stevie, Stevie, Stevie.) The voice of an angel, and he wrote pretty darned good songs. Slight ego-boo for BB in the comments, in which he references my beloved teaching him about Tim Buckley.).



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* Actually, I hope it's not a death spiral. The two-party system may not be ideal, but it sure as hell beats the one-party system. I'd just like something a little less batshit crazy than the current version of the Grand Old Party.



Comments

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eaweek
Oct. 10th, 2016 12:44 am (UTC)
I'm really hoping a fork will be put into Dump Truck's chances at the presidency after tonight. We shall see!
kaffyr
Oct. 10th, 2016 12:53 am (UTC)
As my FB said this afternoon, "I'm afraid he's going to bring out a gun." And as I said in response, "I don't know which he'd do, though; point it at Clinton, or point it at his own head."

God almighty.
beccadg
Oct. 10th, 2016 02:09 am (UTC)
I'd just like something a little less batshit crazy than the current version of the Grand Old Party.

Oooh God yes! I was born and raised Republican. My mom had tickets to Nixon's Inaugural Ball. I spent over 20 years being the kind of reasonable moderate Republican that the current batshit crazy version calls a RINO (Republican In Name Only) when it's being polite, and a variety of R rated words when they aren't bothering with polite. This year I not only quit the party entirely, but caucused for Bernie Sanders. I will do my hoping that the Donald Trump candidacy forces some much needed change from outside of the burning building.
kaffyr
Oct. 10th, 2016 02:21 am (UTC)
I was raised in Canada, in a Progressive Conservative household - yes, in Canada, that was possible, although that party no longer exists and has become solely the Conservative party - and I think they were very much in the mold of moderate to liberal Republicans in the U.S.

I admit to being an unapologetic kinda-sorta radical progressive, but I have thoughtful friends who are far, far from that. I believe we can reason together.

Trump doesn't understand the idea of reasoning together.
a_phoenixdragon
Oct. 10th, 2016 03:08 am (UTC)
Looks likea GOOD way to shout one's self hoarse! Whoot!!

Dude. I was hoping he'd go a little more nuclear. Hate that they both had to be called down for running over. But glad she didn't interrupt him as much and tried to NOT run over the moderators, even as she was finishing a sentence (they did catch her mid-sentence a lot!) but it was...an odd debate. I think she was rather restrained and I'm glad she DIDN'T go after him (but let the mods bring it up) about recent asshattery...that she didn't rise to the bait, though I could tell she was tempted once or twice!

I missed about a good four minutes though. I tried to get it to refresh and it carried me to another section of the site and it took me a bit to get back, so I missed about four minutes of the debate (during the tax section). UGH.

I was worried he would physically attack her during this debate. SO glad he didn't...but what was up with the 'pre-debate' bullshit on his end?? WTF?? Really?? Hillary (not Bill) is running for President. I'm glad she just handwaved that crap.

Wasn't too happy about his creepy stalking around behind her. She showed wonderful poise in ignoring that. *shudders*

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Oct. 10th, 2016 03:17 am (UTC)
What part of the debate did you miss? The part where he said the things - oh my god, Rudy Guiliani is on ... maybe he'll become Trump's VP once Mike Pence says Fuck You to The Donald ... he's the batshit insane man that Trump wants on his ticket.

Sorry. Sorry. I meant to answer you, but fucking Guiliani...

*hugs back to you*
a_phoenixdragon
Oct. 10th, 2016 03:43 am (UTC)
Right as he laid all sorts of accusations on her about Bill's affairs and then they went to taxes and...that's when I lost it.

Arrrghhh, really???? Didn't he get his ass handed to him enough this morning?????

Guiliani. His relevance is still nil. UGH...meh.
kaffyr
Oct. 10th, 2016 03:49 am (UTC)
He's gone beyond no relevance to "Poor man did not get his meds today." And I'm aware of how problematic that might seem to be, in terms of being cavalier with comments about mental health ... except that I'm seriously saying it about Guiliani. He really seems seriously unhinged.
a_phoenixdragon
Oct. 10th, 2016 04:04 am (UTC)
I've noticed that. The man has severely declined over the last couple of months. But then, he joined the Trump-Team just as the wheels were starting to come off. He's never been the sharpest or most on the ball and putting himself in the spotlight like this must be a little too much pressure on him...
kaffyr
Oct. 10th, 2016 04:11 am (UTC)
I don't know if you just saw Rachel Maddow ask Chris Matthews if he thought Guiliani had lost something over the years. Yeah, kinda.
a_phoenixdragon
Oct. 10th, 2016 04:17 am (UTC)
Nope...haven't had a chance to see any of that (so many polls and blogs and updates - so little time, auuuggghhhh!!!) But I'm sure I'll come across it sometime over the next day or so. Ye gods..
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