Thursday, June 19, 2008

Random ten

1. Canned Heat- Jamiroquoi
2. There She Goes- Babyshambles
3. Shameless- The Fratellis
4. In The Middle- Sugababes
5. Looking For A New Love- Jody Watley
6. High Fidelity- Elvis Costello
7. Always On My Mind- Ryan Adam and The Cardinals
8. Cool For Cats- Squeeze
9. Memories Of Us- Keith Urban
10. Heartache Tonight- The Eagles

11. Pumping On Your Stereo- Supergrass
12. Oh! Bondage, Up Yours!- X-Ray Spex

Exact quote

from our friend, a state patrolman, regarding Sen. John McCain's visit to neighboring Columbus Junction, devastated by the recent flood:

"I don't know what that fucker thought he'd accomplish by showing up here."

Seems our friend wasn't the only one who felt that way...





The View's Kyle Falconer played a surprise acoustic show in support of Babyshambles at the Brixton Mass venue last night (June 18).


Taking the stage at 10:30pm (BST), after being introduced by
Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell, Falconer played an eight-song acoustic set which included an Oasis cover, a new song and hits 'Same Jeans' and 'Superstar Tradesman'.Falconer also played 'Wasted Little DJs', 'Skag Trendy' and a cover of Oasis' 'Don’t Look Back In Anger'.


The band kept banter to a minimum and covered 'Janie Jones' by
The Clash later in the set, then played 'Sedative' before heading off for a cigarette break.After the break Babyshambles played an amped-up closing set including 'Delivery', 'Pipedown' and 'Fuck Forever', which they closed the show with.

Although, may I point out that noting that Petey was wearing a suit and necklace, is similar to saying incredulously that the Pope is Catholic, bears shit in the woods, et al...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Please, Jesus,

Let my friends have the excellent taste to choose, and myself the financial ability to afford, bridesmaid dresses like these. Ahhhhhh, Vivienne.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

le pont d'Avignon

le pont d'Avignon, originally uploaded by Navas.

Nice to see a river behaving itself...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Mandatory evacuation

for the Mississippi River bottoms today.

At Two Rivers Levee and Drainage District today

This is so typical

The command center of the southern Louisa/northern Des Moines County flood efforts has been at the Apostolic Christian Church about 3 miles south of Oakville. I say "has been" because I'm not sure if they'll be there tomorrow- the waters are rising steadily.

But let me tell you, the Apostolic women are a force to be reckoned with. They're used to preparing food for large groups of people, and I swear, they could teach courses on organization.

Well, they are of mostly German descent. And we all know the Krauts (of whom I am one), can organize. Okay, sorry. Bad joke.

They have a book than contains the land line and cell phone numbers, the email and home addresses of every church member, cross-referenced with what each person is willing and able to do.

They have a phone bank of sorts set up in the church dining room/kitchen. At any given time, there are at least 5 women, very conservatively dressed, hair pulled up in buns, on their cell phones, making sure that everyone has enough food/water/medical supplies out on the levees.

And these women can flat out COOK. The maid-rites I had yesterday? Divine. God smiled upon their makers.

Absolutely broke my heart today. The local Catholics provided the lunch for the 400+ rescue workers today. As we delivered it to the AC church, I made a random comment to one of the women, "Beautiful day we're having, huh?"

She replied, "Oh yes. God has blessed us."

She and her husband lost their house in the flood.

Utterly selfless.

So, that being said, this doesn't surprise me in the least.

This southeastern Iowa town was under water on Monday, but its people didn't give up their flood fight. Dozens of people filled sandbags in the parking lot of Oakville Apostolic Christian Church, with the aid headed south to towns that still face a flooding threat. A long line of trucks dumped sand for the workers, many of them women.

Bethany Frank, 28, said that the water at her farmhouse was up to the roof. "My house is past help, so we're trying to save everybody else's," she said.

"We're helping relatives and family," said Mary Lanz, 42. "We're all related." Oakville didn't flood in 1993, but a levee break north of town turned it into a four-mile wide lake this time.

Big Ditch Bridge looking NW

Big Ditch Bridge looking NW, originally uploaded by HideHunter.

Mississippi River bottoms. Hope the Big Ditch holds.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Story time

One of my favorite stories from the now-under water section of the river bottoms involves a man nicknamed "Coon Dog." No, that is not his given name, and no, I have no idea what his given name actually is.

A tradition at the local tavern, Murray's White Elephant, was that every year, Coon Dog would ride his mule through the bar. I shit you not.

He'd often stop, from the mule, mind, and ask an attractive young lady- "How'd you like to run off with an old man, a bag full of money and a spotted mule?" Strangely enough, he never had any goers.