Friday, October 27, 2006

(I'm) Almost Famous (yeah, right!)

*Asterisk had a post recently about dead iconic rockstars. I was reminded via the comment field that I had once met G.G. Allin. I got to thinking about all the famous and semi-famous people I have met or walked by in my life, and started compiling a list. They are not in order of importance and I have designated those who simply walked by me. Feel free to mention who you may have met in the comment field.

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers- The original (and now current line-up). Met them in Maryland backstage after a show. Only Anthony, Chad, and John talked to me, and each signed my shirt. Flea just stood there looking cool in a green shark skin suit.

2. Husker Du- At Schoolkids Records in Ann Arbor. They each signed my shirt.

3. Bob Mould- (guitarist/singer from Husker Du) At a show in Detroit, as mentioned here.

4. Suicidal Tendencies- Punk band from California. Drank beer with them in their tour bus after a show in Flint, MI. I was 16.

5. Kevin Seconds- (from the band 7 Seconds) Met him at least 4 times. Saw 7 Seconds play 10 times. He let me into my 10th show for free.

6. Les Claypool- (from the band Primus) He was walking alone on a street in Flint, MI, wearing a black sweatshirt with the hood over his head tight (like Kenny from South Park). I asked him to sign my CD. He said he would sign it if I gave him a blow-job. I told him it wasn't worth it.

7. Screeching Weasel- (punk band from Chicago) Met them after a show in Flint, MI. Ben Weasel's blog is here.

8. Billy Corigan- (from the Smashing Pumpkins) Met him after a show in Detroit (Gish tour). I shook his hand and told him he was very talented and that he shouldn't get so fucked before shows. I guess he may have listened to me.

9. Sinead O'Connor- (singer) in Detroit, after a show.

10. Oasis- (original line-up) In New York City. They walked by Ron and I after a show, thinking they were too famous to sign anything.

11. Blur- After a show in Detroit. I kissed Damon Albarn. He is very short, and pigeon-toed.

12. Cheap Trick- (band) Walked by me on Main Street, in Ann Arbor.

13. Luciano Pavarati- (opera singer) Walked in front of me in New York City.

14. Jeff Daniels- (actor) Lives 15 minutes away from me. I used to wait on him while working at a bookstore in Ann Arbor.

15. Jim Harrison- (author) Met him twice. Waited on him while working at a bookstore in Flint, MI. He embarassed the crap out of me when I asked him if I I.D'd him correctly. Met him again at a book signing in Ann Arbor. I told him about the first time I met him, and he signed my book "So you think I am a drunk". He WAS drunk at the signing. I also "forgot" to pay for the book before I left the store.

16. Adam Ant- (pop God) After a show in Ann Arbor, MI. I was 14.

17. Ted Nugent- (guitarist/singer) Met him twice. Once at a mall in Ann Arbor, the last time at a bagel shop in Ann Arbor. I also drove by him once.

18.The Pixies- (band) Met once in Detroit (Black Francis is an ass), and once in Ann Arbor. I played pool with Kim Deal (bassist) and lost.

19. Ethan Hawke- (actor/writer??) At a book signing in Ann Arbor. Tried to get him to sign my bra, but his publisist wouldn't let him.

20. Grand Funk Railroad- (legendary 70's rock band). Don Brewer (drummer) is my second cousin. I also used to play with Mark Farner's (singer) daughter when I was a kid.

21. New Bomb Turks- (punk band from Columbus, OH) At a show in Ann Arbor.

22. Henry Rollins- (when he was singing for Black Flag) eh, at a show in Flint, MI. You can read about it here.

23. Jerry Garcia- (guitarist/singer from the Grateful Dead). He waved at me and said hi, while I was in a taxi going to a club in Chicago.

24. Ian McKay- (from Minor Threat, and Fugazi) Met after a show in Flint, MI.

25. Nicolas Cage- (actor) He walked by me and Ron in New York City. Ron and I sat for two hours watching him film a scene for the movie "Bringing Out the Dead". He had on lots of make-up, and looked really old.

26. Denis Leary- (actor) Watched him film a scene for the movie "Do Not Disturb", in Amsterdam. He walked by me, said hi and asked the people around him if anyone wanted to go have a beer. Funny thing was, nobody took him up on the offer, and it looked like no one even knew who he was. Hubby and I had dinner reservations so we didn't go either.

27. Mark "The Bird" Fidrych- (Detroit Tigers Pitcher) Met him at a bowling alley in Flint, MI when I was 10 years old.

28. Lance Parrish- (Detroit Tigers Catcher) Met him after a Tigers game at the original stadium. He also played in the '84 World Series.

29. Gary Moeller- (ex- Football coach for University of Michigan) Met him at a hardware store in Ann Arbor, shortly after he was fired.

30. G.G. Allin- (punk rocker) He liked smearing his own shit on himself and the crowd. Met him while he was staying at the YMCA in Ann Arbor. He had to stay in the state of Michigan until his probation ended. He had spent time in Jackson (MI) Prison for assault and rape of a woman. I didn't know this until after I met him.

31. Lemmi- From the band Motorhead. We had a beer together at a show, while watching the Dead Kennedy's play.

32. Chow Yun-Fat- (actor) Was about 10 feet away from him, while attending an opening for "The Replacement Killers" in Chicago, IL. I went with Ron.

That is all that I can think of at the moment. I look forward to hearing all the people you have come across.

Friday, October 20, 2006

1968 Revisited!


It's official! As of 12 a.m. eastern standard time the match-up between the Cardinals and the Tigers has begun. The first game of the World Series begins this Saturday, in Detroit. The last time these two teams were together was in 1968 (before I was born), and the Tiger's won at the end of the 7th game. They also met once before that, in 1934. Since the Cardinal's won in 1934, I'm not going to bore you with those details.

I
am looking forward to this series, not only because it is a local team, but because I can't wait to witness the showdown between my buddy Ron (diehard Tiger's fan) and our friend Lucy (equally diehard Cardinal's fan). Lucy is currently living in Washington State. Sadly, she had no one there to share here penant winning joy with. I am encouraging her to get to Michigan, to at least be amongst friends during the series. I phoned her last night to wish her congratulations, but I have a feeling she thought I was calling only to rub her nose into Tiger poop. I really was being sincere, but deep down, we all know that the Tiger's are going to stomp her loved Cardinals. If she does make it to Michigan, I promise to get some "Cat eats Bird" action on video to post onto YouTube for you all to enjoy.

I realize that most of you out there could care less about this series. Just remember, I live in Michigan and there isn't much more to get this excited about.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

More useless information about me...

I found this questionaire over at Melanie's blog. Since all it involved was cutting, paste-up, and answers I could come up without thinking to much, I decided to steal it. I DO have a new post written up, but I am too lazy to type it into Blogger right now. As they say in Jamaica, Soon-Come.

Also, thanks for all the comments of support about my last post. It meant a lot, and confirmed that I am not crazy in how I think about that moronic union.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:45 a.m.
2. Diamonds or pearls? Eh, both.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Black Dahlia. It really sucked.
4. What is your favorite TV show? Veronica Mars
5. What do you usually have for breakfast? Coffee with lots of cream.
6. Favorite cuisine? Sushi, if money is no option. Baked Salmon and vegetables.
7. What is your middle name? Marie. So, so, boring.
8. What food do you dislike? Turkey burgers. Too dry.
9. What are your fave colors? Blue, gray, and black.
10. What kind of car do you drive? A very late model Chevy S-10 Blazer.
11. Favorite sandwich? Turkey ruben with honey-cup mustard on the side.
12. What characteristic do you despise? Stupidity.
13. Favorite item of clothing? Jeans
14. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation? Vietnam
15. What color is your bathroom? White walls, sage green towels, bamboo patterned shower curtain, white shower mat.
16. Favorite brand of clothing? Whatever. I haven't bought clothes in a very long time. I would love about 5 different pairs of John Fleuvog shoes, though.
17. Where would you retire to? Mexico.
18. What was your most memorable birthday? 30th. Went to NYC for the first time with my buddy Ron.
19. Favorite sports to watch? Piston's Basketball.
20. Furthest place you are sending this? Ah, to my blog...
21. Who do you least expect to send this back to you? My mom. Ha, she doesn't know my blog addy!
22. Person you expect to send it back first? Haven't a clue.
23. Favorite saying? Uh-huh, right.
24. When is your birthday? End of October, near Halloween.
25. Are you a morning person or a night person? Normally a night person. Been forced into a morning person upon the arrival of children.
26. What is your shoe size? Woman's size 12 AAA!!!
27. Pet: Large gray cat named Sully.
28. What did you want to be when you were little? A doctor.
29. How are you today? My usual self.
30. What is your favorite Candy? Currently- Peanutbutter cups. My dad just got back from Hershey, PA....the home of US chocolate.
31. What is your favorite flower? Jasmine
32. What is a day on the calendar you are looking
forward to? Feb. 28, 2007, when this little baby inside of me is due to come out.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Another reason Union membership is approx. 12% in the United States

"And I am calling to you, throughout the world. Well, I can hear the bells are ringing, joyful and triumphant..." -Mike Dougherty


That is what I hear on my iPod as I sit down to write to you about something that has been difficult for me for far too long.

Some of the long term readers of this blog know that my husband was an Apprentice in a Union for 3 1/2 years and was terminated from them last July. As much as he desired to be a part of this Union, a personality conflict with the program's director turned out to be the sole reason for this termination. Throughout the past 3 1/2 years, my family has struggled financially and emotionally as my husband attempted to reach his goal in becoming a Journeyman in this Union. Despite unobtainable ideals impossed on him by this Union.

My husband chose to appeal his termination and has waited 3 months to hear back from them in order to do so. We consulted two different high profile lawyers concerning this appeal. Both, independantly, agreed that they would be of no help to him in regards to this Union. They said this Union was too powerful and closed minded to listen to them. The second lawyer suggested that I attend the meeting with my husband. Seeing that I am his strongest supporter, I have agreed, though I doubt the board will allow me to enter the room with them. I am very nervous about this.

In preparation, my husband has bought new "business" clothes to wear, and has cut his waist length hair for the first time in 7 years to a normal "man's" haircut. I, too, have cut 5 inches from my hair and evened out the color to my natural brown. I refused to buy new clothes and have decided to squeeze my very pregnant body into my "smart suit". I will show my baby belly proudly.... I can't wait until this day is over.

-Following day... The meeting is over...

"I got a real live horseshoe,and I hung it upside-down above my door. But it don't do nothing to impress you, so I don't know what the hell it's for..." - Old 97's

Those Union bastards didn't allow me in to the meeting with my husband. As my buddy Ron has said, "It was a Stalinistic trial". A fourty minute bitch session of hell. My favorite quote by them, as relayed by my husband, was "This Union ISN'T here to look out for you! Our job is to negotiate contracts". After hearing this, I could feel my grandfather, a United Auto Worker member who was part of the sit down strike in Flint, Michigan, rolling over in his grave. The Union co-ordinater, who's job was to find my husband work, lied repeatedly in front of the board whenever my husband attempted to defend his work history. If my husband is indeed thrown out of this Union permanently, the Union will pay via a lawsuit I'll start because of this mans lies.

I know that many of my reader's are members of Unions. They have shared stories with me on several occassions about how their Unions have assisted them on a variety of issues. Forgive me when I say, I think that Unions are a waste of time, at least in America.

-Several days after the meeting...

"You snooze, you lose. Well I have snozed and lost. I am pushing through, I'll disregard the lose. I hear the bells, so facinating and I'll slug it out, I'm sick of waiting. And I can hear the bells ringing joyful and triumphant........" -Mike Dougherty

The letter came. He has been released from the Union.

Time to get on with our lives.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

It's a SWEEP!!!

The Detroit Tigers' Magglio Ordonez hits a three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth innning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series in Detroit on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006. They swept the Oakland A's outta the stadium, and launched themselves into the World Series.



Last time the Tiger's were in the World Series was 22 years ago.




This time around, the Tigers will play either the New York Mets, or the St. Louis Cardinals. Based on the playoff between these two teams, it looks like it'll be the Cardinals. They are leading 2-1.

Update: As of the fourth game last night the series between the Mets and the Cardinals is tied two games each.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

I've been gone from the blog for over a week and all I give you is this??

Really, I know it isn't much... I have a post almost finished detailing my most recent "trauma", but for now you can read what goes on in the high school I graduated from. I know, boring....

Bomb threat interrupts school
SWARTZ CREEK
THE SWARTZ CREEK NEWS
Sunday, October 08, 2006
By Robyn Rosenthal
COMMUNITY STAFF WRITER

The high school went into lock-down briefly Wednesday after receiving a bomb threat.

Superintendent Jeff Pratt said a student told an assistant principal that another student dressed in black gave him a note containing a bomb threat and then ran off. Officials were able to review surveillance video of the first student from the time he arrived at school. The video did not show another student dressed in black giving him the note, Pratt said. Police searched the school before classes resumed.

The student has been suspended for 10 days and can be expelled under state law.


I like the fact that the little shit hand delivered the bomb threat to the principle. That was class.