.:Colter:. Random Posts http://www.pointedstick.net/colter the further adventures of the luckiest bastard you ever saw Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:21:23 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 The Up Series http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2008/08/10/786/ http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2008/08/10/786/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:21:23 +0000 colter http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/?p=786 [Originally published on 2008-08-10 22:14:18]

At Amy’s behest, I recently completed watching all 7 installments of Michael Apted’s Up series. It’s a novel use of film. It started in 1964 with interviews of various young British kids, and then repeated the process every 7 years. The next installment is due in 2011.

To be able to watch someone grow up and find their way through life, to see how they change and yet don’t, is fascinating. In a way it’s a precursor to reality TV shows, but only on the surface. The Up series is a sociological document, not voyeuristic crap. It’s available on Netflix, and most of the installments are on the free instant streaming service. Check it out.

Meanwhile, I’ve been taking a ton of pictures and not linking to them, so here are some recent highlights:

Crying Hello Kitty
Waldorf-Astoria lobby
hat man
The Unisphere and Towers
round the corner from my place
McCarren Park Pool
Catholic Jazz band
saint on a boat
holy pole
Jewish Elvis
Jackson Pollock closeup

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Public Service Announcement http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2007/11/19/676/ http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2007/11/19/676/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:21:22 +0000 colter http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/journal/2007/11/19/676/ [Originally published on 2007-11-19 17:40:49]

It has been brought to my attention that I have entirely omitted mention of Jessica and Josh Ebert, Our People in Tacoma. They accompanied me to the Space Needle (forewarning me of the photographic troll planted at the entry, with whom I regrettably tangled) and the EMP/Sci-Fi Museum. Sadly I only got to hang out with them for that one afternoon, but this should not in any way diminish the intense significance of Jessica in my larger existence. I also neglected to take any pictures of them[1], further establishing my status as foppish churl and itinerant mountebank. I hereby apologize unreservedly.

1.) Taking pictures of people is something I have to really work hard to remember to do. In fact, after having dinner with Odie and Mona in Arlington, we said our goodbyes, and I had made it almost to the edge of their neighborhood when I realized I didn’t get a picture of them, so I turned around and went back to snap this shot. Here is a list of people I neglected to photograph on this trip:

  • Heath and Mary Beth in Oklahoma City
  • Kevin, Michelle and Chris in Kansas City
  • Cousin David in Los Angeles

The little mechanism in my brain that says “ooh grab the camera” is so attuned to the strange and unusual that I forget that my own friends need to be photographed for purposes of personal reflection and posterity. So I try to remember to do it.

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My Theory http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2007/03/05/566/ http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2007/03/05/566/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:21:21 +0000 colter http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/journal/2007/03/05/566/ [Originally published on 2007-03-06 00:37:49]

Anna Nicole Smith was offed by the CIA to draw the public’s attention away from the war. I also suspect that Britney Spears had her Red Bull spiked with LSD to continue the diversion.

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An Unfortunate Confluence http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2003/11/15/131/ http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2003/11/15/131/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:21:20 +0000 colter /?p=131 [Originally published on 2003-11-15 00:00:00]

Why does the universe hate me?!!

I’ve waited almost two months for this day. Already irksome is the fact that Fate has conspired to bring two great shows to my town on the same night: the Incredible Moses Leroy and John Mayer. I should mention that these two acts are responsible for recording two of my favorite albums of the 21st century. Playing it safe, I chose the Incredible Moses Leroy.

Chris, Heather and I get to the venue, Sticky Fingerz, at 7:15 or so, to grab some food and get good seats. Most shows at Stickies start between 9:00 and 9:30, so that’s a good plan, right? Wrong. Nothing was even set up onstage until 10:00pm or so, and the opening act, Lucious Spiller, didn’t start until around then. So between 7:30 and 10:00 I’m sitting with my people watching ESPN college football highlights. Twice, because they loop evidently. I kept seeing the same plays.

Eventually, the John Mayer crowd starts streaming in a little after 11:00. D’oh!! My friend Randall went to the show with 6th row seats he bought from a guy outside the arena. He made it to Stickies just in time. Fucker!

The band comes in and sets up around 11:00, and plays from about 11:30 to 12:15 or so. That’s it. I had plenty of time to talk to them, and their reasoning was that the crowd wanted dance music, not their stuff. No real Moses Leroy fans there (except me, Chris and Heather and the table of people I helped bring in). I did get an autographed CD, and Ron, the lead singer and songwriter, gave me his email address. So that’s cool.

My friends go off elsewhere to continue drinking. I go home, but as soon as my shoes are off, I realize I forgot to pay my tab! So I go back to Stickies and get that done. I should’ve tried to convince Ron to go hang out somewhere, but he had some chick begging him to go to Discovery…I think he just wanted to chill out on the bus. Oh well.

Epilogue to this debacle: PBS aired John Mayer with Double Trouble (Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section – a show I actually thought would be really cool before I even knew it was happening) this same evening. I had set my VCR to record it, but evidently I failed to properly program the show, so it didn’t catch it.

AAAAAARRRGGGHHHHH!!!! Colonel Klink why have you forsaken me!???

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Pictures from Riverfest, and Fingercuffs Directs a Movie http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2005/06/01/237/ http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2005/06/01/237/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:21:19 +0000 colter http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/journal/2005/06/01/237/ [Originally published on 2005-06-01 18:16:05]

Pictures from last weekend are now en plog. Included in the bunch is a shot of some on-location shooting of Joey Lauren Adams’ new movie, Come Early Morning, just around the corner from my office.

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