25 January 2006
Submitted by eve on Wed, 01/25/2006 - 10:53pm. Funny
"Hey, sorry that took so long. I guess she's fighting with Marie again and needed someone to talk to and... yeah."
"It's ok, I killed time by waiting for the bathroom."
"Oh, good. I was worried you'd be mad that I ditched you."
"I was about to say, it's not your fault, you need a device that detects if a phone call is going to be an hourlong dramafest. But... you do have caller ID."
--Two girls in the crowd at the Harvey Danger show at the Crocodile Cafe

(Editorial disclaimer -- this one was actually from a few months back, I found it written on a napkin in my bag yesterday. I wish there'd been a HD show more recently. But if I dated it back this summer, it wouldn't show up on the front page, and then most people would never see it.)

(Also, you should check out Harvey Danger's latest album, which they're offering as a free download. You should check it out because it's free, and because it's pretty brave of an established band to try that -- but bands don't make money on albums, labels make money on albums (and then they sue the fans who have mp3s.) You should also check it out because they are rad, and their lyrics are smart and their melodies pretty. If you turned on a radio in 1998, you know Harvey Danger, but they've got more depth than just a one hit wonder. Case in point how good they are? I flew to Seattle just for their concert.)
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Well I'm going to try the album
Posted by hypoxic on Thu, 02/02/2006 - 5:37pm.
I'll let you know what I think...
Speaking of CDs
Posted by marinerd on Fri, 02/03/2006 - 9:15am.
Well, we were talking about downloading albums, actually. But most of us have purchased CDs we end up hating. And also certain companies send us CDs we'd rather not have. (*cough* AOL *cough*) Finally, someone has found a way to put all of this unwanted shiny circular flotsam to use. Here's the link:


Down with the soulless minions of orthodoxy!
Harvey Danger
Posted by marinerd on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 12:18pm.
I'm so happy that HD is from Seattle. The lead singer, Sean Nelson, is an extremely funny person. There is a local radio station that had until very recently a great morning show, with lots of local music and other good stuff. Now and then, they would have Sean come in, and he easily could have had a career as a DJ, or a comedian. I downloaded the album just because he was such a kick, and it's really good--nice melodies and good lyrics.

Proof that entropy conquers all, the radio station recently fired the morning DJs to put Adam \F*ckin' Corolla's syndicated show on. Jeez. I can't bear it. Well, I can listed to MP3s in the morning...

Down with the soulless minions of orthodoxy!
Oh marinerd - I feel your pai
Posted by TheEileen on Thu, 02/23/2006 - 1:34pm.
Oh marinerd - I feel your pain. I HATE it - Live105 was the only station that actually PLAYED some music in the morning and now it's just crap, crap, crap. I logged in and told 'em that I stopped listening to their station mostly because of that, but since I'm not in their target demographic (i.e. 12-25 yo boys), I'm sure they'll ignore me.

Take the road not taken - the leaves crunch that much louder!
"My bloody Valentine"? What kinda ad is THAT?
Posted by umrguy on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 11:32am.
(The other one, and now, two of them for Music lyrics are appropriate for the Friday songage here:)

(And for the record, the answer to "Who's gonna drive you home tonight?" is "Me", since I'm going back to St. Louis for the weekend...)

Who's gonna tell you when
It's too late
Who's gonna tell you things
Aren't so great

You know you cant go on thinkin'
Nothing's wrong
(Who's gonna drive you home)
Who's gonna drive you home
(Who's gonna drive you home)
(Who's gonna drive you home)
(Who's gonna drive you home)

Who's gonna pick you up
When you fall
Who's gonna hang it up
When you call

Who's gonna pay attention
To your dreams
And who's gonna plug their ears
When you scream

You can't go on thinkin'
Nothing's wrong
(Who's gonna drive you home)
Who's gonna drive you home
(Who's gonna drive you home)

Who's gonna hold you down
When you shake
(Who's gonna drive you home)
Who's gonna come around
When you break
(Who's gonna drive you home)

I said you can't go on thinkin'
Nothing's wrong
(Who's gonna drive you home)
Who's gonna drive you home
(Who's gonna drive you home)

You can't go on thinkin'
That nothing's wrong
(Who's gonna drive you home)
Who's gonna drive you home
(Who's gonna drive you home)
(Who's gonna drive you home)

-There's someone in my head, but it's not me.-
My Bloody Valentine
Posted by Somnambulist on Fri, 02/03/2006 - 5:57am.
My Bloody Valentine is an indie group... not too bad; I have a few albums.
Posted by steff on Thu, 01/26/2006 - 7:00am.
i also have caller i.d., and unlike some people, my cell is not wired directly to my brain. i have, therefore, the discretion to answer... or not. =P

my favorite part is that people get so pissy when i don't pick up unless i wanna. *grin* to be fair, it's not usually personal, unless you're "that one girl".

(psst. first post!)
One girl
Posted by ParU on Tue, 02/07/2006 - 7:05am.
Would that be Igirly?
It's Amino world without Chemists
My cell phone policy
Posted by Desert Fox on Thu, 01/26/2006 - 8:57am.
Mine is only on when I'm working in the field -- so 8-10 days per month. Anybody who tries outside those times best be prepared for me to not get their message for another week or three. And even when I *do* have it on, I'll only answer known numbers. I am not a cell phone number, I am a free woman!!!

[Edited to add: And I never answer any phone when it's my sister because then I *know* it'll be an hourlong dramafest. Being on the phone with anybody for longer than five minutes or so makes my brain hurt, but it's especially bad when it's listening to her nonstop bitching about the latest way in which she been done wrong and I sit there thinking the whole time, 'No, actually, you were the one who screwed it up.' Chaos forbid I ever actually say that out loud, though. Dramafest would be turned up to 11.]


"Life is too short for grief. Or regret. Or bullshit." -- Edward Abbey, Vox Clamantis in Deserto
My policy
Posted by umrguy on Thu, 01/26/2006 - 7:52am.
Is that if I don't recognize the number, there's good odds I don't pick up. Especially if it's from a different area code, and I'm not expecting a call.

-There's someone in my head, but it's not me.-
Caller ID
Posted by Six_add_Six on Tue, 09/26/2006 - 2:21pm.
Usually I only pick up if it\\\'s someone from a different area code or a number I don\\\'t recognize. Those are the interesting calls. The boring ones are the ones you\\\'re expecting!
Posted by Saint on Thu, 01/26/2006 - 11:05am.
My policy is, I don't buy cell phones. Yeah. Seems to work pretty good on cutting back unnecessary calls. I'm so stone-age, I don't even have a caller ID on my land line. After taking under our wings a house-locust whose drama was of epic proportions, the ex and I got in the habit of screening calls, but now I don't even bother with that. *shrug* Maybe I need more drama in my life.

Eh, by the way, before I commit my computer to the hours-long process of downloading the album, can anybody give me an idea what Harvey Danger actually sounds like? In spite of being in college in the 90's, I can't recall ever hearing them.

--I am powerless over my addiction to parenthesis.--
Posted by paul on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 10:41am.
You want more drama, Saint? Come on over here and hang with me for a time. You'll have all the drama you could possibly want, from kids pulling guns on my kids to a psycho ex wife to deranged former strippers who still have my cell phone number and want to get together with me... and hey, I haven't even begun to tell you of trying to teach my son to drive a manual transmission!

(Disclaimer: when I gave her the number, I had no idea she was deranged, much less a former stripper. Goddam match.com!)
Posted by Saint on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 11:01am.
Thus confirming my decision not to post an internet personal ad....

Thanks for the offer, but it's just so far to travel, you know.

--I am powerless over my addiction to parenthesis.--
Posted by paul on Sat, 01/28/2006 - 4:20am.
It's kinda mixed luck with that, I fear.

Travel? Not needed! I'll be more than willing to pack a teenager or two into a crate and ship 'em to you. You'll never have a dull moment again!
Posted by Matt on Thu, 01/26/2006 - 10:56pm.
HD's big hit in '98 was a song called "Flagpole Sitta," and as a brief aside, it's the only song (in over five years of posting on IP) over which I got into an argument with someone regarding the lyrical content.

The song has a Gary Glitter's "Rock & Roll Pt. 2" meets Barenaked Ladies' "One Week" meets MXPX's "I'm Ok, You're Ok" feel. And if any of those three songs went over your head, you obviously weren't born in the 70s.

That's all I know. Oh, and someone (probably Mike) posted HD's "Little By Little" on CITYBagel in late September last year.
'75, actually.
Posted by Saint on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 12:22am.
And no idea who MXPX is. *shrug* But that's okay; the other cited songs don't really fly my hyena (I know nobody can resist Rock'n'Roll #2--certainly not football fans--but Glitter's unsavory interest in children makes it sort of a wash), so maybe I'll pass.

Ah, well. My zombie finally has some survivors to munch on Urban Dead, and I'm reading Cell, so hopefully I'll have lots of cool zombie dreams for tomorrow's dream thread anniversary. But probably not. Instead of zeds, I'll probably get, I dunno, pizza delivery porno or something. (Note my restraint in not making a link for that. If it was March, anyone foolish enough to click the link would be in trouble. As is, all links provided are work-safe.)

--I am powerless over my addiction to parenthesis.--
Aargh! No eating Labs!
Posted by Mike on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 10:49am.
Why did I find that the most offensive part of the excerpt? Well, that and the bleeping: you can describe murder and cannabalism all you want but WHOA HEY WHAT'S WITH THE F-WORD?!? Heh.

Huh. I don't have a cell phone either. Y'know what? I can go one better: I let my land-line lapse a few months back and I don't miss it at all. Yes that's weird, I know, but there's something about talking on the phone that's always been kinda... creepy. Hm. An explanation wouldn't make me seem any saner, so let's just say that when I want to call someone I find a way to do so, and I have a ready-made excuse to be out of contact at all other times. (*shrug*) Win-win!

Ah, free mp3 downloads. (*sidelong glance at Google Ads*) Where would we be without them?
Posted by Saint on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 11:15am.
I agree, the attack on the dog was the most disturbing part of the excerpt. I have to admit, so far the most emotionally moving part of Cell has been when they decided to leave Tom's cat behind to fend for itself while going north to check on Clay's family. I mean, what the hell? I would no more leave my cat to be possibly eaten by lunatics than I would cut off my own foot! A cat can fit in a gym bag, even if you lose some skin putting it there. Sure, there's plenty of food in the world, the crazies wouldn't have to eat a cat...but the guy in the park didn't have to bite the dog, either. I guess I just have more empathy for fall smuzzy beasts than I do for my fellow humans.

I'm trying to figure out what part of your post inspired Google to put the ad 'Hypnosis Scandal: Controversial website exposes Shocking facts about hypnosis' on the reply page. And you thought the giraffe trick was good....

--I am powerless over my addiction to parenthesis.--
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