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11/29/06 02:10 - ID#24703

My Music Collection

People ask me what I listen to all the time. Now people can find out - the following are the MP3s on Jasontron. (e:jason) hates the fact that I am constantly procuring music and storing it on his computer.

The following is a list of what I have in digital format. By no means is this a complete list as I have hundreds of CDs collecting dust currently. Particularly in the classical area - I easily have double or triple the amount than what is listed here. I just haven't ripped any of the music yet.

A caveat - while this is broken down by category I know that I have some of this in the wrong category. For example, Jagga Jazzist really shouldn't be in "electronic."

Favorite name for an album - Herbie Hancock's "Thrust"
Most unfortunate name for an album - DJ Shadow's "Preemptive Strike" (Shadow is anti-war)

Anyway, here it is. If you feel like I'm missing something incredibly important by all means let me know.


Copland - Suites and Sketches (The Tender Land, Three Latin-American Sketches, The Red Pony)
Segovia - The Early Studio Recordings (1927 - 1939)
Antal Dorati Conducts Kodaly and Bartok
Bela Fleck - Perpetual Motion
Bernstein NYPO - Shostakovich Symphonies #5 and #9
California Guitar Trio - Rocks The West
Canadian Brass - English Renaissance Music
Chopin - Complete Nocturnes and Impromptus
Copland - Four Dance Episodes from "Rodeo"
Copland - Symphony #3
Eastman Wind Ensemble - Live in Osaka
Frank Zappa - The Yellow Shark
George Gershwin - American Master
Hindemith - Mathis der Maler
Bach (Kings College Cambridge) - Magnificat
Bach - Goldberg Variations
Bernstein NYPO - Copland Appalachian Spring
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet - Dances from Renaissance to Nutcracker
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet - For Thy Pleasure
Mahler - Symph. #1
Mahler - Symph. #2
Meridian Arts Ensemble - Visions of the Renaissance
Music of Percy Grainger
North Texas Wind Symphony - Wind Dances
Piano Music of Debussy
Piano Music of Ravel
Piano Music by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin
Piano Music of Chopin
Rachmaninoff - Etudes Tableaux
Robert Shaw Chamber Singers - Songs of Angels
Samuel Barber - Medea
Satie - Piano Works
Shostakovich - 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87
The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter - English Madrigal music
The Lighter Side of the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
The Most Beautiful Waltzes of Johann Strauss
A Tribute to William Schuman (Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony)
Wynton Marsalis - Carnaval


Air - Moon Safari
Air - Premiers Symptomes
Air - Talkie Walkie
Air - The Virgin Suicides
Aphex Twin - Analord 1-11
Boards of Canada - Acid Memories
Boards of Canada - As Hell Interface
Boards of Canada - Boc Maxima
Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
Boards of Canada - Hi Scores EP
Boards of Canada - In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country
Boards of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children
Boards of Canada - Peel Session
Boards of Canada - The Campfire Headphase
Boards of Canada - Trans Canada Highway
Boards of Canada - Twoism
Bonobo - Animal Magic
Bonobo - Live at Nietzsche's 7-7-05
Cornelius - Point
Daft Punk - Discovery
Four Tet - Dialogue
Gorillaz - Demon Days
Jagga Jazzist - What We Must
Lazlo Hollyfeld - Live at McGharrets 4-11-05
Lazlo Hollyfeld - Live at Nectar's 12-15-05
Lazlo Hollyfeld - The Pacer EP
Prefuse 73 - One Word Extinguisher
Prefuse 73 - Security Screenings
Prefuse 73 - Surrounded By Silence
Prefuse 73 - Vocal Studies and Uprock Narratives
Sun Ra - Otherness
Tortoise - It's All Around You
Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die
William Orbit - Pieces In A Modern Style


America - Greatest Hits
Bela Fleck - Drive
Bela Fleck - The Bluegrass Sessions - Tales from the Acoustic Planet
Ben Harper - Both Sides of the Sun
Crosby, Stills and Nash - Box Set
Crosby, Stills and Nash - Crosby, Stills and Nash
Crosby, Stills Nash and Young - Deja Vu
Dave Matthews - Some Devil
Dave Matthews Band - Before These Crowded Streets
Dave Matthews Band - Crash
Dave Matthews Band - Lillywhite Sessions
Dave Matthews Band - Live at Red Rocks 8-15-95
Dave Matthews Band - Recently
Dave Matthews Band - Remember Two Things
Josh Rouse - Nashville
Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundaries
Michael Hedges - Live on the Double Planet
Michael Hedges - Watching My Life Go By
Nick Drake - Made To Love Magic
Nick Drake - Time Of No Reply
Simon and Garfunkel - Greatest Hits
Sufjan Stevens - Greetings From Michigan; The Great Lake State
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
The Byrds - 20 Essential Tracks

Hip to the Hop

A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Mauraders
A Tribe Called Quest - The Anthology
Bahamadia - BB Queen EP
Beastie Boys - To The 5 Boroughs
Bobby Digital
Camp Lo - Uptown Saturday Night
Chamilllionaire - Chamillitary
Common - Electric Circus
Common - Like Water For Chocolate
DJ Muggs vs. GZA - Grandmasters
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
DJ Shadow - Preemptive Strike
DJ Shadow - The Private Press
Dr. Dre - The Chronic
Eminem - The Eminem Show
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
Grand Theft Audio
GZA - Liquid Swords
Hive - Working With Sound
Illy B - Drop The Needle
Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Madlib - Blunted In The Bomb Shelter Mix
Madlib - Shades of Blue
Madvillian - Madvilliany
Method Man - Tical
Mobb Deep - Murda Musik
Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
Mos Def and Talib Kweli - Black Star
Nas - Illmatic
Nas - It Was Written
Outkast - Aquemini
Outkast - Atliens
Outkast - Southernplayalisticcadillacfunkymusic
Outkast - SpeakerBoxxx, The Love Below
Outkast - Stankonia
Paul Wall - How To Be A Player
Paul Wall & Chamillioinaire - Get Ya Mind Correct
Quasimoto - Further Adventures of Lord Quas
Quasimoto - The Unseen
Redman - Docs Da Name
Reflection Eternal - Train of Thought
Soundbombing 2
Swishahouse Presents - Choppin Em Up 9
The Diplomats - Diplomatic Immunity 2
The Neptunes - Clones
Unkle - Psyence Fiction
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Wu-Tang Clan - The W
Yesterday's New Quintet - Angles Without Edges

Jazz, Funk

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Outbound
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - The Hidden Land
Bill Evans - The Solo Sessions Volume 1
Bill Evans Trio - Sunday At The Village Vanguard
Chet Baker - Chet
Chet Baker - Chet Baker In Milan
Chet Baker - Chet Baker In New York
Chet Baker - Chet Baker Plays The Best of Lerner & Loewe
Chet Baker - Chet Baker Sings, Plays
Chet Baker - Chet Baker With Fifty Italian Strings
Chet Baker - It Could Happen To You
Chet Baker - Lonely Star
Chet Baker - On A Misty Night
Chet Baker - Once Upon A Summertime
Chet Baker - Out Of Nowhere
Chet Baker - Stairway To The Stars
Chet Baker - Stella By Starlight
Chet Baker - The Art Of The Ballad
Chet Baker - Witch Doctor
Chick Corea - Live IN Montreux
Christian Scott - Rewind That
David Axelrod - Seriously Deep
David Axelrod - The Axelrod Chronicles
Diana Krall - When I Look In Your Eyes
Don Ellis - Electric Bath
Don Ellis - Live At Monterrey
Don Ellis - Live at The Fillmore
Don Ellis - New Ideas
Don Ellis - Tears of Joy
Don Ellis - Live in 3 2/3 Time
Glenn Miller Orchestra - In The Christmas Mood
Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles
Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
Herbie Hancock - Thrust
Isaac Hayes - At Wattstax
Jamiroquai - Dynamite
Joey DeFrancesco - Organic Vibes
John Coltrane - Afro Blue Impressions
John Coltrane - Blue Trane
John Coltrane - First Meditations
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
John Coltrane - The Complete Africa Brass Sessions
John Scofield - A Go Go
John Scofield - Up All Night
John Scofield Band - Uberjam
Joshua Redman - Spirit Of The Moment (Live at the Village Vanguard)
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Medeski, Martin & Wood - Combustication
Medeski, Martin & Wood - End of the World Party (Just In Case)
Medeski, Martin & Wood - Tonic
Medeski, Martin & Wood - Uninvisible
Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood - Out Louder
Miles Davis - Bags' Groove
Miles Davis - Big Fun
Miles Davis - Blue Haze
Miles Davis - Blue Moods
Miles Davis - Bluing... Miles Davis Plays The Blues
Miles Davis - Collector's Items
Miles Davis - Jazz Showcase
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Miles Davis - Miles
Miles Davis - Miles Davis And Horns
Miles Davis - Miles Davis And The Jazz Giants
Miles Davis - Miles Davis And The Lighthouse All-Stars... At Last!
Miles Davis - Miles Davis And The Modern Jazz Giants
Miles Davis - Miles Davis Quintet, Sextet Featuring Milt Jackson
Miles Davis - Our Delight
Miles Davis - Steamin' With The Miles Davis Quintet
Miles Davis - The Complete Birth of The Cool
Miles Davis - The Musings Of Miles
Miles Davis - Workin'
Miles Davis and John Coltrane - Live in New York
Pink Martini - Hang On Little Tomato
Pink Martini - Sympathique
Stan Kenton - Cuban Fire
The Big Payback
The J.B.'s - Funky Good Time Anthology
Vince Guaraldi Trio - Charlie Brown Christmas


Bob Marley - Natural Mystic
Bob Marley - Natural Mystic II
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus
Bob Marley & The Wailers - The Complete Upsetter Singles 1970-1972


Alkaline Trio - Goddamnit
Apollo Sunshine - Apollo Sunshine
Architecture In Helsinki - Fingers Crossed
Architecture In Helsinki - In Case We Die
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever You Say I am Thats What I Am Not
Bad Religion - Suffer
Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First
Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour of Bewilderbeast
Beach Boys - Endless Summer
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Beatles - Rubber Soul
Beck - Mutations
Beck - Sea Change
Belle and Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Belle and Sebastian - If YOu're Feeling Sinister
Belle and Sebastian - The Boy With The Arab Strap
Belle and Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Belle and Sebastian - Tigermilk
Billy Joel - Greatest Hits
Bjork - Homogenic
Boston - Greatest Hits
Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene
Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People
Built To Spill - You In Reverse
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Coldplay - Parachutes
Coldplay - X & Y
Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlantacism
Desaparecidos - Read Music Speak Spanish
Doves - Lost Sides
Doves - Lost Souls
Doves - Some Cities
Doves - The Last Broadcast
Explosions in the Sky - The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
Foo Fighters - In Your Honor
Foo Fighters - One By One
Fountains of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers
Frank Zappa - Absolutely Free
Frank Zappa - Chunga's Revenge
Frank Zappa - Freak Out!
Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
Frank Zappa - One Size Fits All
Frank Zappa - Uncle Meat
Frank Zappa - We're Only In It For The Money
Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
Fugazi - 13 Songs
Godspeed You Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
Godspeed You Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O
Gov't Mule - Deja Voodoo
Gov't Mule - Gov't Mule
Gov't Mule - The Deep End, Vol. 1
Gov't Mule - The Deep End, Vol. 2
Grateful Dead - American Beauty
Grateful Dead - Blues For Allah
Grateful Dead - One From The Vault
Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead
Green Day - American Idiot
Hum - Downward Is Heavenward
Interpol - Antics
Iron & Wine - In The Reins
Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
Jefferson Airplane - Live at Fillmore East
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat
Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
Keane - Hopes and Fears
Keane - Under The Iron Sea
Led Zeppelin - IV
Morrissey - The Best Of Morrisey (Suedehead)
My Morning Jacket - Z
Neil Young - Greatest Hits
Oasis - Acoustic Collection
Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Oasis - Familiar to Millions
Oasis - Masterplan
Oasis - MTV Unplugged
Oasis - Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
Pennywise - Full Circle
Pennywise - Land Of The Free
Phish - A Live One
Phish - A Picture Of Nectar
Phish - Dark Side Of The Moon
Phish - Farmhouse
Phish - Hoist
Phish - Junta
Phish - Lawn Boy
Phish - Live In Brooklyn
Phish - Rift
Phish - The Story Of The Ghost
Phish - The Siket Disc
Pinback - Blue Screen Life
Pinback - Summer in Abaddon
Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets
Pink Floyd - Animals
Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd - Meddle
Pink Floyd - More
Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds
Pink Floyd - The Final Cut
Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Radiohead - Amnesiac
Radiohead - Com Lag EP
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Radiohead - Kid A
Radiohead - OK Computer
Radiohead - On A Friday Demo
Radiohead - Pablo Honey
Radiohead - The Bends
Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
Richard Ashcroft - Human Conditions
Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous
Saves The Day - Stay What You Are
Saves The Day - Through Being Cool
Sea And Cake - Oui
Sigur Ros - Takk
Sloan - Pretty Together
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
Steely Dan - Aja
Stereolab - Dots and Loops
Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
stereolab - Margerine Eclipse
Stereolab - Mars Audiac Quintet
Stereolab - Switched On
Super Numeri - Great Aviaries
Super Numeri - The Welcome Table
Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends
Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues
Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
Talking Heads - The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads
The Arcade Fire - Funeral
The Eagles - Greatest Hits
The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
The Killers - Hot Fuss
The Killers - Sam's Town
The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
The Postal Service - Give Up
The Replacements - Let It Be
The Replacements - Pleased To Meet Me
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
The Strokes - First Impressions of Earth
The Strokes - Is This It
The Strokes - Room On Fire
The Verve - Urban Hymns
Thom Yorke - The Eraser
Travis - The Man Who
Treble Charger - Wide Awake Bored
U2 - The Joshua Tree
We Are Scientists - With Love and Squalor
Weezer - Green Album
Weezer - Pinkerton
Weezer - Maladroit
Weezer - Pinkerton
Weezer - The Lion and the Witch
Weezer - Blue Album
White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
Wilco - Summerteeth
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Zwan - Mary Star of the Sea
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11/28/06 03:37 - ID#24702

Oh please.

Abortions are up in the UK as the 'stigma' behind getting an abortion is diminishing.

Ms Furedi said there had been a shift in public opinion about parenthood. The stigma of abortion had diminished but there was now concern about being a poor parent. "Parenting is considered to be very important and is taken seriously these days," she said. "The idea of just drifting into unplanned motherhood is seen not to be a good thing and you could argue that among many groups of people in society abortion is seen as a more responsible response to being a victim of uncontrolled fertility," she said.

This type of crap really gets up my nose. "Drifting" into unplanned parenthood? "Victim of uncontrolled fertility?"

What a load of non-sensical bullshit. Sorry, but if you are pregnant, chances are high that the last thing you are is a victim. Oops - I slipped on the floor and some guys dick accidently jammed up my vagina! The only thing drifting here is, apparently, the British peoples collective ability to take responsibility for their actions. Why bother being responsible when you can simply have a half-developed baby pulled out of your uterus into the birth canal and have a hole drilled in its skull, or better yet, have the head removed entirely? That sure beats the "Get Out Of Jail Free" card in Monopoly. Please don't make me post abortion pictures, complete with eyeballs.

Sorry, feminists and abortion activists - you'll never convince me on this one. This is not about control, its about convenience. Abortion is among the most barbaric practices we employ and as far as I'm concerned it is among the darkest of dark parts of humanity.

Anyway, this entry really isn't about my seething hatred for abortion. Its about my seething hatred for the Toronto Maple Leafs.


See you in hell, Toronto! I truly hate the Toronto Maple Leafs. There is no club in the NHL that feels more entitled to be a marquis team. Results do not matter - heritage does! Based on history, the Canadiens have more of a claim to stake on which is a more prominent hockey franchise. Many Maple Leafs fans deride the "new" NHL because it makes these lumbering, oafish Canadian boys obsolete in the professional ranks of their own game. Lets be honest, if Tie Domi didn't have the Maple Leaf tit to suckle off of all these years he'd likely be bailing hay in Alberta. So would a plethora of other so-called athletes in the NHL. Guys like Don Cherry (an enjoyable character to be sure) actually treat players from Quebec, such as Briere and Pominville, as if they aren't Canadian at all. Apparently, according to Toronto Maple Leaf fans, if you aren't playing rugby on ice you are not playing hockey.

Lying, cheating, racism, whining, crying, delusions of grandeur, entitlement - this is why Toronto can never win another Stanley Cup.

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11/22/06 02:58 - ID#24701

Holiday Menu

Roasted Honey-Brined Turkey Breast (with Herbes de Provence!)
Mashed potatoes
Cranberry orange relish
Turkey gravy w/mirepoix
Assorted veggies (corn, green beans, sweet potato)
Pumpkin pie

Wegmans makes it easy, even for me!
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11/21/06 11:39 - ID#24700



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11/21/06 05:39 - 38ºF - ID#24699

No Swedes, No Turkey

No Swedes, No Turkey
Nov 20 4:59 PM US/EASTERN
By Joshua Larson
BSP Cultural and Political Editor

After 27 consecutive years of Thanksgiving Day dining amongst friends and family at the Larson family retreat in Jamestown, Jason and Joshua Larson are finding themselves out in the cold.

"I believe that this is an ill-conceived concept," said Joshua Larson after learning of the barren wasteland that will be his Thanksgiving Day plate. "I can't see how Dad is going to deal with Grandma during a 3-hour drive to the home of my uncle and leave us here in Buffalo because Jason has a rigid work commitment."

Jason Larson was too distraught to make a comment.

For years the Larson home has been a bountiful harvest of the flavors, colors, sights and smells of what is arguably one of the best holidays on the American calendar. One Buffalo resident and confidant of the Larsons, Mr. Gerald L. Vinciguerra Jr., is equally traumatized by what seems to be a lack of holiday flair at his own home.

"The Larsons might be getting their turkey on Saturday rather than Thursday, but at least it will be home made; I'll be sliding my turkey off of a buffet table at the Holiday Inn," remarked Vinciguerra.

Clearly disgruntled, Mr. Vinciguerra recalled the wistful, halcyon days of bountiful dessert tables, beautiful table settings and bursting belt buckles. "Apparently the 'old days' started 364 days after last Thanksgiving," Vinciguerra cooly remarked.

Hardly chefs, the Larson brothers will be forced to fend for themselves on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in their lives. Larson stated, "I have an idea of what to do here. I'm thinking about getting a pumpkin pie, some cornbread, some vegetables, some coffee, a marinated pork tenderloin and a shoulder to cry on."
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11/21/06 02:10 - 39ºF - ID#24698


I've pretty much avoided all of this so-called "drama" as a result of "the other Jason" aka "the new Jason" aka (e:jasoninbuffalo). While I have a streak of saying outrageous things, the last thing I've ever personally tried to do is actually stifle what is being said on another journal. As I've always said, if you don't like what I'm saying, I couldn't possibly care less and you are more than welcome to move along. I highly recommend that you, dear people, follow the same train of thought because your life will be far less stressful.

Some of you tried running off DT because you didn't necessarily like what he had to say. This represents the WORST of what this particular site can be. While I didn't start this blog site, I feel fairly comfortable in saying that this wasn't set up so that you can start your own little e-clique and vote people off the island that you do not like. That would make (e:strip) unsustainable in the long term and a completely hostile place to have a blog in the short term.

Leave (e:jasoninbuffalo) alone. If you don't like his blog it is well within your right to let him know it, but remember a few things - 1) Chances are high that you value your opinion more than he values your opinion; 2) You, by acting like an immature little prat, make yourself look far worse than the supposed "offender" writing the blog; 3) The entire problem can be avoided by simply taking the high road. Now, if you are utterly incapable of taking the high road, I would remind you that although you have a right to say what you like here, you do NOT have the right to try to limit what somebody has to say here, or otherwise attempt to run people off simply because you don't like them. The only person that truly has a claim to ownership here, (e:paul), has never done it. He's a sensible guy. Since he won't do it, you, as a participant, SURE AS HELL do not have a right to do it. Ok? Ok.
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11/17/06 12:57 - 41ºF - ID#24697

Things I strongly dislike

I nearly got run over by some white middle aged lady in an Audi stationwagon today while crossing Elmwood to go buy some dish soap - apparently being a white middle aged lady that drives an Audi makes you exempt from right of way rules.

Then the funniest and most stereotypical thing happened. I notice as I cross the street that she is going to Wilson Farms as well - nice! So I walk to the door, passing a black homeless guy who is standing by the door talking to himself. I look back through the door, and I notice that after the white lady in the Audi notices that she parked directly in front of the black homeless guy, she puts the car in reverse and drives away!

This, my dear friends, is a perfect example of what we don't want in our neighborhood, and as far as I'm concerned, is emblematic of ANY interest from suburbanite types in our neighborhood. Sure, our neighborhood is affluent and kitschy - many white middle aged ladies come to our neighborhood and deal with the eccentricities without batting an eyelash. I submit as evidence the white middle aged affluent ladies that stream in and out of Globe Market. I am sure that these ladies are Buffalo residents because anybody from Clarence simply could not deal with "colored folks" around their neighborhood, particularly people who are destitute.

What I saw today I found to be shocking but not terribly surprising. Buffalo is *the* most segregated city I've visited, and there isn't a major city in the United States that I haven't spent significant time in. We are segregated racially, economically and socially to such an extent that the white people from Clarence unwittingly expose their ignorance and intolerance of people who are either poorer or a different color - they simply cannot help it because they are so underexposed and used to their ideal and extremely sheltered environment in some cul de sac.

Memo to suburbanites - if you can't deal with it, then don't come down. If you are looking for an urban, sophisticated shopping mall then I suggest heading to Transit and pretending that you are in Buffalo and not Williamsville/Clarence. I hear that Sienna has a FABULOUS holiday menu, and hey - your kids at Willy South aren't going to have to come face to face with BLACK PEOPLE - and if they do, at least you know that in your district they aren't poor and you can chat with their parents (maybe, remember - they are black) about interior decorating ideas!

Oh yeah, and you people are FAKE ASS Sabres fans, too. We'll see you in three to five years when the team is average again..... right?
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11/15/06 02:49 - 50ºF - ID#24696

Nice Web Site

This is the definition of what a website should be, according to me -

Its clean and attractive looking, its extremely easy to navigate, it has a cool chanting sound and its about beer. Can I ask for more?

Still though. Abbey beer rocks and I'm a very thirsty man.
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11/13/06 02:02 - 41ºF - ID#24695

Why my dad is cooler than me

I think that the thing my father is the proudest of, concerning (e:jason) and I anyway, is the fact that we have a great love of music of all kinds. Most kinds of music, anyway.

Some of my fondest memories are of riding in my dad's white Oldsmobile 2-door listening to The Police, Phil Collins/Genesis (not that fucking 'Invisible Touch' crap), Peter Gabriel with or without Genesis, U2, Pink Floyd, Tori Amos, Yes, Supertramp, Frank Zappa, The Eurythmics, The Grateful Dead, Herbie Hancock, Fleetwood Mac, Miles Davis, The Alan Parsons Project - I've forgotten most of it but you catch the drift. Dad looooved Tori Amos. I think he found her very sexy, and she is - especially when you see her perform. But she was fucking freaky - not Annie Lennox crazy freaky, but just enough that you have to wonder whether or not you would 'take the plunge' if you had the chance. Anyway, I digress.

The best thing my father ever did for (e:jason) and I, and I think he would agree, is plant the music seed in us. He was an all-state caliber trumpet player when he was in high school and so we ended up being similarly killer musicians as well. I even enrolled at Fredonia to major in Music Composition (nobody knows that about me but now you do!) but promptly left to go to UB since it hit me that Music Comp wouldn't be the best career move. My knowledge of the classical repertoire is entirely my own - dad doesn't listen to much classical. I think his proudest moments are when he gives me music, which he does all the time knowing that its going to collect dust for a year, and after that year I come to him on my own and ask for more from particular artists.

Nowadays my father is in full bore hippie mode - tie dye and all. He is NEVER without tie dye. I actually have his rain stick and his didgeridoo. He would cut my throat if I tried to take his drums and other instruments. He is heavily into new age/world music, the newer jazzy stuff like MMW and jam band material. He is a 49 year old man that goes to hippie music festivals. He's seen Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead, in original format, live. That is a fact that makes an extreme amount of jealousy boil up in me.

He votes Democrat and cannot understand for the life of him why I chose to register as a Republican at 18 - he wrote in big block letters "I'M AN ASSHOLE" over my brother's picture of President Bush.

His co-workers call him "The Big Kahuna," or simply "Kahuna." He can whistle so loud that he could almost puncture an ear drum if you stand too close. He is a single digit handicap golfer. He refers to my grandma by her first name. The raunchiest thing he has ever told me about was the infamous "Three Hole Tammy" story (if you don't catch the drift, it should be fairly obvious!). He gets tears in his eyes when he listens to my solos at the 1995 All-County Jazz Festival. Since I was first, he wisely named me after my grandfather; (e:jason) got the shaft in this regard and he LOVES IT when people ask him what his middle name is. (sarcasm, guys... sarcasm).

Obviously the man has had an enormous influence on me and I love him a great deal. He along with my grandparents laid the foundation for me to be the man that I am, and God willing, the father that I will be one day. The only thing that I wish he would have done is push a guitar into my hands when I was younger; this way, I would be a great player right now! When I have kids, I will encourage them to not only excel and participate in organized musical activity but strike out on their own as well; my world was classical for a long time but I think I would have been a better musician had I joined a band outside of school.

Looking at the evidence, if people had a choice between a 28-year old Josh and a 28-year old Mark, Mark would be cooler and get all the chicks. Luckily there is just enough of him in me that the chicks still like me (occasionally!). Anyway - here is my tribute to my father!
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I called my grandmother last night and had a loooong talk with her - 1 hour 40 minutes! I told her that I voted "D" for all the local and state stuff (minus Hillary, NYSAG post and judges), and she was tickled. "I can't wait to tell your dad!" Haha. We'll see about whether or not I regret it.

Today I am cleaning out the corner of our kitchen that I've avoided for years now. Its a vortex where all of our unused junk has collected. Boxes, old computer parts, 4 year old mail, bags, a toaster oven I've had for 5 years but never have used, collapseable shelving, paper and plastic bags, even an old coat that I didn't even know I still had. Its unbelievable. This is something I never, EVER want to do again. :(

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