Archive for July 2010

The Made-Ups

July 25, 2010

The Independent, our local neighborhood music venue, seems to be on a bit of a summer break; they’ve been advertising an August music festival for weeks now, and I miss their marquee. So I made up some band names that I’d like to see on it (just like that!) and lo and behold one of them turned out to be real. Can you guess which one? Answer after the jump.

  • Zombie Cats!
  • Los Imponderables
  • Banjo Bob & the Harmony Apples
  • Walrus
  • The Underwriters
  • Dembots
  • Love Punk / Pinkie Love
  • Polka Nova
  • Half a Loaf
  • Grover with DJ Velvet
  • Promise Sorry Notes
  • Rocky Tots

Actually, “Answer After the Jump” would make a great band name …



Quote of the week

July 20, 2010

We walk with the feet of others … and put into the hands of others our very lives; the precious things of nature which support life, we have quite lost. We have nothing else of our own save our luxuries.

–Pliny, Natural History

Found in a thoughtful and thought-provoking book called “the Barbaric Heart: Faith, Money, and the Crisis of Nature” by Curtis White.

Game of a lifetime

July 19, 2010

Looks like we are due for a new topic here on SIAJ.  Let’s move on to a soccer post.  You probably know Dan has been a huge supporter of Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur for years.  So it was a dream come true to learn that his local beloved Earthquakes last year entered into a partnership with the famed North London club.  And yet another dream realized to have them come this last week to train with the Quakes and play a friendly on Saturday.  It was enough to get me to a game as well.

before the game

Quakes and Spurs on the same field!!!

Dan wore his early 2000’s Spurs away kit and I wore my “OMG, it’s so hot” t-shirt to celebrate the Tennessee-like temperatures in the South Bay.  Dan was in heaven –every incarnation of Spurs wear from the last 20 years or so was on display in the crowd.  Who knew there were so many fans in the Bay Area?

We got ready for the big game the night before by walking down to Danny Coyle’s to see living legend Ossie Ardiles hang out and reminisce about the glory days of the early 80s.  He was the inspiration for the hit song “Ossie’s Dream” by Chas and Dave which celebrated the Spurs 1981 FA Cup victory [serious 80s hair warning]:

World Cup Narratives: A Handy Guide

July 9, 2010

Cameroon, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, South Africa : African anguish.  France, Italy : operatic tragedy. New Zealand : heroic over-achievement. Slovenia, Serbia, Switzerland, Denmark : made our mark. Algeria, North Korea, Greece, Honduras : just happy to be here. USA, Australia : we still call it soccer. Japan, South Korea, Slovakia, Chile, Portugal, Paraguay : success = failure. Uruguay, Argentina : didn’t see that coming. Ghana, Mexico : we wuz robbed. Brazil : that wasn’t Brazilian! England : that was English. Germany : psychic octopus.

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