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By georgeha (Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 09:49:18 AM EST) sex, drugs, rock and roll, Gor, Kate and Leo, wrenchin' (all tags)
middle aged parental style.

Plus, Revolutionary Road, whatev, Outlaw of Gor, homework, wrenchin' and less.

Poll: Which concert should I go to?



Last Thursday night fourteen year old was talking about a concert newspaper_girl was going to that fourteen year old wouldn't like, according to newspaper_girl, since Vampire Weekend didn't sound Disney, and it took her a while to appreciate their sounds, I'm thinking whatev, newspaper_girl is going through an identity crisis and being snotty.

The next morning, on the way to work, my favorite radio station was giving away concert tickets, including Vampire Weekend. I figure I'd call in, at worst I'd not get free tickets and get a traffic ticket for driving and talking on the cell. I guessed closest to the actual number of Phineas and Ferb CDs sold in Rochester in the last unit of time, I won. Woot, two Vampire Weekend tickets, at will call, for that nights (Fridays)show.

I texted fourteen year old, she was like whatev, did she want to go, whatev, whatev. After talking with friends all day, and setting grounds rules (no hovering, let her hang with friends, etc), she wanted to go. We got to the Main Street Armory as the doors were open, to see a long line of young white people. Whiter than the Saint Patrick's Day parade. We waited for a while, and then her friends showed up. SA_girl, driven by her cousin, had picked up newspaper_girl, and two other girls that don't appear in my diaries often enough to merit a nickname.

We waited in line, got to Will Call, and found out my name was not on the list. I pored over the two page list, several times, and I was not there. Fourteen year suggested buying tickets anyhow, but we we're broke, we didn't have $40 in the checking account. We went home, pissed off, messaged the station manager, who remembered I won (it was on his show), and arranged to meet him before Vampire Weekend took the stage. We did, and got to see them.

My oldest texted her friends, and went to meet them in the middle, with a few bottles of water. I stayed on the side, wandered back behind the soundboard, wandered upstairs, and spent most of the time behind the soundboard where the sound was best. My oldest said she looked at the lights, jealously, when she was bored (that's what she's been learning in school). I was older than 95% of the audience. Fourteen year old and her friends were on the other end, maybe 10%, but it's hard to tell ages of teenage girls. I was familiar with one of their songs (A-Punk), which they did play. Amazingly, the sound was decent, the last time I was at the Main Street Armory for Lucinda Williams the sound was terrible.

We got home last, midnightish. I ended up staying up past 1:00, sipping a beer, as Mrs. Ha came down (she had trouble sleeping) and kept me company. Rock and Roll baby!

But that's not all! Due to the screwup, the station manager wanted to give me tickets to an upcoming concert, too. Check the list, which should I ask for?

Saturday was a pretty good day, even if I didn't do a lot. Mrs. Ha and  were out shopping, so I spent most of the day at home. I was even able to get some wrenching time in, discovered the bottom of my battery box was rusty, and I had a blown 20 amp fuse, which explained why I had no power on my bike. A little spritz of primer should take care of the battery box, and I should have spare fuses somewhere.

Later, Mrs, Ha and I watched Revolutionary Road while sipping cocktails, it's the story of a couple who feels they are destined for greatness, yet get sucked into the whole suburban white collar lifestyle thing, and they sort of try to break free. While I love watching Kate Winslett, I'd even watch a movie entitled Kate Winslett goes Grocery Shopping which is close to what last night's movie was. Kind of long and boring. It wasn't totally bad, even though Winslet didn't get naked (for a change). It kind of went overboard on the conformity thing, Leo got on a commuter train, dressed with lots of other guys in suits and skinny ties, went into NY, with lots of other guys in suits and ties, had a small cubicle in an office, with lots of other guys in suits and skinny ties, etc. I get it, conformity bad.

Homework and school

Fourteen year old was complaining that she was the only one in her theater tech class that knew how to draw a 45-45-90 triangle, and no one else knew how many degrees were in a triangle. This is for the most, or second most competitive public high school in the city. The one that four out of five applicants get rejected from.

We've been spending a lot of time on homework, showing why you need three non-collinear points to define one plane, for instance. Then, on to geography, where the only dead tree Atlas in the house is a vintage one from 1942. It's interesting, and still good for longitude and latitude, but I wouldn't trust it for capitals of countries in Africa.

Book reviews

After reading Mists of Avalon I wanted a change of pace. How about those Gor books that I've heard about? I was surprised our county library didn't have any, I was surprised a local Barnes & Nobles didn't have any. I visited a local used book store, and bought a few used ones, I can always resell them.

First up was Outlaw of Gor, generically written Swords and Sandals that stresses that big hulking dominant men and incredibly sexy submissive women are platonic ideals. Pretty much the polar opposite of Mists of Avalon.

LAst up was Patton's War as I Knew It. it was good, being his edited memoirs on WWII, a handful of anecdotes from WWI and the Pancho Villa thing, and some ideas on effective fighting.

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movies by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 09:52:35 AM EST
what, does he die in the WTC and she gets all self-discovery ?

Skinny ties! by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 09:58:53 AM EST
That's an important clue that the movie is set in the late 1950's, so no WTC.

I don't know if I can say much more without spoiling it, but it's a good relationship type movie, if the Mrs. is into those.


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Lol by jayhawk88 (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 09:55:18 AM EST
Nickleback, Three Days Grace, and Buckcherry. TOGETHER AT LAST! So much music fail there the arena will probably collapse in on itself.

Did you mean Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 10:04:07 AM EST
Maybe they'll play some countrified Hootie.


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I heard a country rap song yesterday by jayhawk88 (2.00 / 0) #11 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 11:16:37 AM EST
We have some vendors in working on a new standardized patient setup (think Kramer and Mickey pretending to have liver sclerosis on Seinfeld), and they had some country station/CD playing. And while I was up there joining computers to the domain, yeah, country rap. I tried to remember some lyrics just so I could look up who was responsible for this, but sadly I lost it.

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I'd go with Ben Folds by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 10:37:59 AM EST
but that may not be your cup of tea.
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if de-virgination results in me being able to birth hammerhead sharks, SIGN ME UP!!! --misslake
I didn't see that, where is he playing? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 10:39:53 AM EST



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11-12 by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #26 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 01:56:04 PM EST
wasn't looking at locations, just who was playing.
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if de-virgination results in me being able to birth hammerhead sharks, SIGN ME UP!!! --misslake
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In Buffalo by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #27 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 02:04:16 PM EST
but on a Friday.


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Buffalo by iGrrrl (2.00 / 0) #38 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 09:52:35 PM EST
Hey. I'm going to be in Buffalo at some point. I just don't know when. Could be Nov. Could be 2011.

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

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There's a lot of history and good food in Buffalo by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #39 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 06:58:49 AM EST
and lots of colleges, but not much else.


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Aren't you there? by iGrrrl (2.00 / 0) #43 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 01:01:32 PM EST
Or is my HuSi geography stuff completely off.

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

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Nope, Rochester, 63 miles east by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #44 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 01:06:21 PM EST
on I-90.

But Mrs. Ha has most of her family in the suburbs of Buffalo, so we get there 3-4 times a year.


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Ah, okay by iGrrrl (2.00 / 0) #45 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 01:58:43 PM EST
I have an Aunt in Rochester, so I'll probably build in time to go see her if I'm that close.

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

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Gor books by Vulch (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 10:39:04 AM EST
If you're not a 14 year old boy in the times before Internet, don't bother.


For 7 bucks, I'll get the dead tree version by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 10:43:43 AM EST
and give it a try.


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They pay you to read them now? by Vulch (2.00 / 0) #31 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 03:25:48 PM EST
I know John Norman whinges a lot because no-one will publish his books any more, but that's an ambitious way to rustle up an audience. I'd want a lot more than 7 dollars or equivalent in hard currency to read any more of them though.

His market used to be teenage boys between puberty and looking old enough to reach the top shelf in the newsagents, the internet gave them easier was to get their soft porn fix and his sales figures hit too few digits.


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Great Big Sea by clock (4.00 / 1) #9 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 10:50:49 AM EST
they put on an amazing live show.  you have to go.  seriously.  you'll rock out to every song because you'll know it without knowing it.


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

I do like their songs, they get played on WBER by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #10 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 10:53:17 AM EST
often.


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But it is a Thursday night by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #12 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 11:21:14 AM EST



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dude. by clock (2.00 / 0) #17 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 12:28:01 PM EST
that's what sick days are for, right?


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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I haven't mentioned it, but I'm a single dad by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #18 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 12:30:17 PM EST
in the morning, so I have to get both kids up and out the door.

They're still the front runner.


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dude. by clock (2.00 / 0) #21 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 12:52:43 PM EST
kids don't have sick days?


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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But they love school by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #22 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 12:53:38 PM EST



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dude by clock (2.00 / 0) #24 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 01:24:30 PM EST
that's just wrong!


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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Aren't you a cool dad! by littlestar (2.00 / 0) #13 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 12:04:30 PM EST
I would have to lied and snuck out for such a thing when I was fourteen; which I of course did.

I would go with Ben Fold Five (though I didn't see it on the playlist but it was very long) or Great Big Sea, I've seen both of them and they are both really great shows. 
*twinkle*twinkle*


Thanks! by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #14 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 12:10:31 PM EST



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There's no Five anymore by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #25 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 01:54:24 PM EST
Just Ben.
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if de-virgination results in me being able to birth hammerhead sharks, SIGN ME UP!!! --misslake
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Aah by littlestar (2.00 / 0) #37 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 06:20:06 PM EST
I see. Well I would suppose it will still be a good show, but different then what I saw. 
*twinkle*twinkle*


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You mean three. by nstenz (2.00 / 0) #52 Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 03:38:31 PM EST
 

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10/24 GWAR by barooo (2.00 / 0) #15 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 12:15:59 PM EST
You know you want to. 

man, i need a beefy taco now.
-gzt
Tempting, just to see what the fuss is about by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #16 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 12:19:19 PM EST
I'm not sure if fourteen year old would want to go.


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Wear non slip by barooo (2.00 / 0) #20 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 12:50:58 PM EST
shoes (ask me why I know), clothes you're willing to throw away, and if you wear contacts, don't.  Mine were stained pink.

Is 14 yo ready for the Sexecutioner?  I'm guessing not.  Go with flock of seagulls or the one clock recommended that I've forgotten the name of. 

man, i need a beefy taco now.
-gzt
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Skip the openers Mobile Death Camp. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #33 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 03:40:19 PM EST
Not really kid-friendly.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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concerts by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #19 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 12:47:46 PM EST
Flock of Seagulls
Holy Fuck
Great Big Sea

If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
Flock of Seagulls? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #23 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 12:57:01 PM EST
I didn't see that one, but maybe my hair is too thin to properly arrange it for an 80's nostalgia band.


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Flock oF seagulls by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #30 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 03:18:52 PM EST
9/18/2010
    Buffalo's First Annual Hello Yesterday - An 80's Festival: A Flock Of Seagulls, When In Rome, The Romantics, Animotion, Dramarama and Gene Loves Jezebel
More information available at www.helloyesterday.net
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
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Big Head Todd or Roger Waters by MartiniPhilosopher (2.00 / 0) #28 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 02:46:56 PM EST
Ben Folds is not going to be able to keep the attention of anyone under 20 for very long, afaict.

Whenever I hear one of those aforementioned douche bags pontificate about how dangerous [...] videogames are I get a little stabby. --Wil Wheaton.

Roger Waters is in Canada though by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #29 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 02:54:10 PM EST
and he probably won't keep the attention of anyone under 40.


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Err, Buffalo by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #32 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 03:29:55 PM EST
but he's still old.


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I see some interesting choices there, but by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #34 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 03:46:25 PM EST
if I'm dragging along a 14YO to a concert, I'd either take her to see my local boys The Posies, which she'll brag about to her friends in 15 years, or take her to see M.I.A., who she'll brag about seeing the next school day.

Level of Difficulty: M.I.A is smoking hot HPOA/MILF.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

M.I.A. logistics by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #35 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 03:50:49 PM EST
I've always wanted to see Barton Hall, but a 7:00 pm Sunday night show, three hours away is a tough sell. Maybe I'll youtube some Posies.


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In the alternative: by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #36 Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 03:56:56 PM EST
If you and she are down with teh Metal, Cannibal Corpse are pretty amazing and come highly recommended.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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1942 Atlas... by bobdole (2.00 / 0) #40 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 10:56:50 AM EST
...let alone Capitals of Africa... since 1942 there has been God knows how many new countries in Europe (just of the top of my head, the Baltics, the Balkans and the fall of the Soviet union spawned quite a few "new" nations). Even the borders of ancient countries have shifted (even excluding the somewhat shifty nature of European geo-politics of the 40s).

I'm also amazed at the triangle issue... I'm about twice the age of your 14-y.o. but given a compass I can still construct the normal triangle identities and would expect nothing less of anybody younger than me ;-). Not that I've ever had to do it since school, but the knowledge is still there.



-- The revolution will not be televised.
Actually Wikipedia knows by bobdole (2.00 / 0) #41 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 10:59:29 AM EST
and I'm just about the nerd enough to search it out... 20 new internationally recognised European countries since 1942.

-- The revolution will not be televised.
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It's good for longitude and latitude by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #42 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 11:02:22 AM EST
looking up, and for historical reasons (most of Europe is Germany), but beyond that it's just a curiosity.

I tell fourteen year old they're going to start calling her Hermione, and ask her to be on their teams for projects (she's the only girl in the class).


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Can I borrow your atlas? by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #46 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 02:47:22 PM EST
It'll come in handy for next year's vacation to Trans-Jordan, Rhodesia, South-West Afrika and Zanzibar.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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It's awful big by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #47 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 02:52:17 PM EST
you may not have room to carry it, and a few 24 ouncers of Genny (new, they just came out with them).


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Rest assured . . . by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #48 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 02:58:45 PM EST
I certainly won't be taking "Genny" abroad to any former German colonies, Mr. Ha.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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For the plane ride by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #49 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 03:01:02 PM EST
for what you buy one can on the plane for, you can buy a six pack of Genny.


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No, thanks. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #50 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 03:06:35 PM EST
I only drink rum & Coke when I fly. It's a ritual.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Why would a beer snob such as you by houser2112 (2.00 / 0) #53 Tue Sep 21, 2010 at 08:11:35 AM EST
recommend Genny to anyone?  Do you not like ammoniacal?

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Genny Cream and the ales aren't bad by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #54 Tue Sep 21, 2010 at 09:10:17 AM EST
for the price point. We are talking about Mr. Can't Afford a Car and Has to Ride Public Transportation, remember.


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Since WW2 by bobdole (2.00 / 0) #51 Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 03:42:11 PM EST
I think you'll find that most of Europe is France :-).

If one discounts Turkey, Ukraine and Russia, which is disputed. France is what, 50% larger in area than Germany, and 50% less efficient in everything.


-- The revolution will not be televised.
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