Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Prostituting oneself for a bus ride
I took the bus into work this morning. I needed to because my scooter is at work and I wanted to be able to ride it home.
While I was waiting for the 326 to take me from Public Square to W. 73rd and Detroit I saw posters for the new "trolley" line of busses. The sign said something like "Smile and Ride for Free."
Something about that bothers me.
I wonder if they make EVERYONE smile.
I wonder if male bus drivers make men smile before they get on the bus.
I can just see that.
A male bus driver telling men trying to get on... "C'mon....let's see a smile!" "Come on...smile for me!"
Yeah. I kinda guess that doesn't happen.
From the press release:
If the nostalgic green-and- gold vehicles, complete with cow catchers, wooden rails, and brass bells, don't put a smile on the face of downtown travelers, the price of riding will. The trolleys are free now through Labor Day for -- a smile. This was accomplished through a partnership between RTA and the Cleveland Convention & Visitors Bureau. RTA is studying the feasibility of maintaining the appealing smile fare indefinitely.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Whose crying now?
I DJ every Monday night at the Grid, a queer nightclub here in Cleveland.
The night is called SpinTheBottle and it's an indie rock and pop music extravaganza.
I love the indie rock and pop. I love that I can play Arcade Fire and people dance to it.
Here's the rub... for some reason, the 20-somethings request and LOVE cheezy 80s music. Music that I have heard enough of. Journey gets 'em on the dance floor, Heart, Billy (M)Idol, all the stuff that was overplayed ON Y103 in my '73 TransAm car radio as a teen.
All the stuff that was overplayed on my best friends clock radio when I would sleep over her house every Friday night after the football games.
All the stuff that was overplayed at the "teen dances" on the basketball court at the campgrounds I stayed at every summer.
ALL THE STUFF THAT IS BEING OVERPLAYED ON VH1 RIGHT NOW!!
Last night on the way home from the bar I was trying to remember what I was listening to in my mid-20s that drove people in their EARLY 40s crazy. I think there was a sorta psychedelic 60s scene. I remember reading something about a cult of kids (remember...this is in the late 80s early 90s) who just WORSHIPPED the song "The Time has Come Today" by the Chambers Brothers. They built a whole scene around that song. I think it was that song. Oy. Then there were the swirly paisley Three 'O Clock. A band of fey boys with 60s girl haircuts.
I believe 40 somethings probably rolled their eyes at them quite regularly.
It would be cool to go back in time. Talk to my 1981 self. That's the year I went to see Journey at the Richfield Coliseum with "Peaches" and Julie. Two juniors. I thought I was such a cool sophomore
If I could go back in time I would:
Suggest a better college.
Suggest a better haircut.
Suggest NOT buying the Hoodoo Gurus album
Okay... so here's a compromise. Giant Drag covering Journey. Doing a much better job than Steve Perry ever did.