Archive for March, 2010

Dragging Birmingham into the 20th century.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I just watched a local news anchor interviewing a guy about what Twitter is. Yikes. It’s been huge for a good long time now. How can one not be at least mildly familiar with it by now? I even see Twitter’s popularity fading a bit already. Once more, Birmingham brings you last decade’s news!



Overheard at J. Clyde…

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

“I want a Mary Poppins!” – Shana



Good people on the move.

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

I had a chance to stop by Good People Brewing Company (the name is no accident) on Saturday. I was there for a small, informal beer tasting to celebrate my friend Joseph’s birthday. The tasting turned out to be in two locations, as GPBC is on the move. This is the current brewery, below street level in Five Points South (complete with Free The Hops president Stuart Carter jokingly scolding Joseph):

No more snorting the yeast, young man....


We didn’t get past two beers before we went on the move to the future location of GPBC, which is down by Railroad Park. Note that it’s just slightly larger, and this picture doesn’t even take it all in.

Proto-brewery...


Joseph found a tricycle, and took off with a sack full of world-class beers in tow.

Beercycle...


He eventually came back, and we sampled the brews. We also got to try a beer GPBC hasn’t yet rolled out. Hopefully, you’ll get to try it soon. The move is in two weeks or so- and after that, I expect some really big things from the brewery. GPBC has blown away lots of people already, and it just keeps getting better.



The wearin’ of the green…or the black…or the red & blue…

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

The magic city finally got around to its St. Patrick’s day celebration on Saturday. Some folks might say the city was late, but I look at it a little bit differently. The city is trying to keep in the current tradition as it is in Ireland- in which you have a week of activities, including parades (more on that in a very short moment). Also, you can’t really blame organizers for waiting until the weekend. There probably wouldn’t be too much of a crowd mid-day on a weekday.

When I got to the parade, the first thing I saw was rather odd. I’m still not quite sure what Darth Vader and a bunch of Ghostbusters have to do with St. Paddy’s, but it was amusing to watch.

Vader and the gang pass on pizza...


My amusement faded quickly, when the metal cover in the following picture tossed me on my bum on the sidewalk. (Here, it’s still sitting at a cocky angle, celebrating its victory over me.) I’m fine, but my SLR and both lenses got scraped up. Darth Vader threw me an evil look, but that’s the only kind of look he has.

Evil!  Impolite and evil!


Oh yeah….I’m also not sure what Spiderman has to do with St. Patrick. :)

St. Spidey....


The Tragic City Rollers don’t really have much to do with St. Patrick’s day either…but I’m not going to argue too much on this one. :)

GOing green is kinda cute....


OK, so on to the more traditional stuff. You’ve gotta have pipers…

St. Paddy's pipers...


…and fiddlers…

Fiddlin' around...


…and dancers…

What goes up....


…and parrots. Wait. Parrots? Well, it is green- and that seems to be the only requirement.

St. Patrick was a parrot....


It was a fun time, with a little oddity. That’s just the way I like it.



Overheard at J. Clyde…

Friday, March 19th, 2010

“If you lick my face, I would owe you fried chicken and watermelon.” – Freddie

(Tonight, black-on-black comedy was the best kind. Guys, thanks for giving me some good belly laughs!)



Rollins rolls into the ‘Ham.

Monday, March 1st, 2010

I’ve been a big fan of Henry Rollins‘ monologues for quite some time now. Friday afternoon, I realized he was appearing at Workplay on Saturday. A quick call about tickets proved it to be (as I had suspected) sold out. Fortunately, friends came to the rescue, and I got in.

If you’ve never been to a Rollins show, go. He weaves a thick manic tapestry of experiences from his travels, his history in music, and his other life experiences- in this case, including things like being a judge in a reality show about drag performers. (I won’t recount the funny ending of that one here…) He tends to stay in one spot on the stage, never easing up in his death grip on the microphone, and using little more than his right hand to act out his stories. His style is one of screaming, poking fun at himself, and being extremely funny about the overly strange things that happen to him around the world. In nearly three hours of the monologue, he rarely paused, and totally ignored his water bottle. He’s a bit intense, and that’s what makes him so mesmerizing. The first picture, while a mistake, looks a bit like the way I tend to remember his shows. :)

A blur of Rollins...


Rollins said it was a very good crowd ‘except for that one drunk guy’, who was, unfortunately, next to my table.

Rollins on stage


This is sort of Rollins’ natural state. When I think of him on stage, this is the image I get. This was during a routine about his guide in Laos, who had some very interesting phraseology.

His natural state...


Finally, a shot from after the show. It’s a couple of new friends taking a picture with Rollins and a tiny toy dog that’s sort of their mascot. In the back is the bus Rollins likes to call the Bon Jovi Mobile.

With the Bon Jovi Mobile.