Friday, August 15, 2008

I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes

I am getting too old.

Last night, a friend and I met for sushi before going over to a club to hear New Orleans keyboardist Robert Walter and his trio. The ad in the paper had the opening act coming on at 8:00, so I figured that Waller would be on by 9:30 at the latest and that we could listen to him until 10:30 or 11. Only when we arrived, we discovered that he wasn't coming on until 10:30. On a weeknight. What can I say? It added up to too late of a night and we bailed. The macchiata and cupcake at Cafe Laddro was good, but neither made me feel any younger. Sigh...

"The bulwark against tyranny is dissent," writes Amy Goodwin. And both political parties appear intent on suppressing dissent at their conventions...

Bonnie Erbe writes that Bush Administration intends to sacrifice the environment to the false gods of commerce right until the end...

Green meanie Seattle's plan to tax grocery bags at point-of-purchase has come under fire from the American Chemistry Council and the Washington Food Industry. In Ireland, the grocery stores sell bags and leave used produce and liquor boxes out for customers to use. ATM machines include a message asking that you help the cause of waste reduction by not taking a paper receipt. Why is doing what other countries do as a matter of course treated as lifestyle imposition here?...

For those of you who think that Citizen K. has no affinity for the visual arts, Skull-A-Day has proof that you're wrong. Scroll down to the puddles...

Can't get a date? Maybe you need to go green...

Friday's Choice:
The Blues Project (1965-67) was a short-lived but influential band remembered primarily because it was an early vehicle for Al Kooper. The Blues Project had a gift for combining pop hooks with psychedelia and often took such then unorthodox steps as adding a flute to their arrangements. Here, they perform their signature song, "I Can't Keep From Crying":

3 comments:

mouse (aka kimy) said...

great post.

jammed packed with goodies. just love amy goodwin!

I too hate it when I feel too tired and miss great late starting music...hard sometimes when one's an early bird in the musical land of night owls....but don't songbirds love the morning????

yesterday at zabar's (nyc) I refused the plastic bag for my purchases ..I got out to the street and saw the woman who was ahead of me in line (who didn't refuse the plastic bags) putting her purchases in a reusable zabar tote... somehow she missed the point of the reusable bags....

Premium T. said...

Bringing your own bags to the store is such a no-brainer. Recently, while shopping, I noticed that one of my canvas bags is, oh, perhaps 25 years old. How many plastic bags does that add up to, I wonder?
(I did the math: 1300, if used once a week. So.)

K. said...

Plus (getting back to the Irish way of doing things), there's this unfortunate American attitude of refusing to believe that we can learn from other countries. With an eye to New Orleans, the Dutch offered repeatedly to share their flood prevention techniques. But were we interested?