What's a "snobbit" anyway?

A snobby hobbit? A small snob?

Are You Ready For A Walk?

"If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again –- if you have paid your debts, and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are a free man –- then you are ready for a walk."
--Henry David Thoreau

Soooo, maybe you're not quite ready for a walk, but maybe a nonchalant jaunt would do you some good. That's why PDD presents:

Nonchalant Jaunt II
A 25+ mile hike along Duluth's Skyline Parkway
Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004

We'll meet at the head of the Mission Creek Trail at 8am. To get there, take Highway 23 (Grand/Commonwealth Avenue) and turn up 131st Avenue West. Go past Fond du Lac Park and follow the street until it ends in an open field. Wait patiently for others to show up.

There's only one eating establishment along Skyline -- the Buena Vista. We won't get there until probably two o'clock. That means a picnic breakfast/lunch will be in order. There are a ton of great picnic spots along the way, so pack some food.

Wacky hijinks guaranteed.

why is voting important?

i watched oprah yesterday--her audience comprised entirely of women, ages 20 to 70 or so, who had never voted.

oprah was passionate in her entreaties. she and her guests worked hard to show and tell the women why they should care:

"it's your VOICE!"

"until not very long ago, black people and women were legally barred from voting; it's disrepsectful for us NOT to vote!"

"vote or DIE!"


but those pleas only motivate so many people.

what about intellectual cynics who say, "the electoral college decides it anyway. my vote is pointless."

or truly naive people who say, "politics bore me. government doesn't affect me."

or rightfully jaded folks who say, "nothing in my broke-ass life is going to change, regardless of who's president, senator, mayor, or city councilor. no one will do shit for me but ME."

how do you look people like that in the eye and SHOW them--give them honest, concrete reasons for--the importance of voting?


A League of My Own

I was contacted by the local chapter of the League of Pissed Off Voters today to let me know that they endorsed Charlotte VanVactor, my favorite political candidate and the best ex-wife I've ever had. I didn't know a lot about the league before today, but the more I learn the more I like.

Check 'em out for yourself.

Anyone in Chicago on Sunday?

I am the Company Manager for Blue Man Group (blueman.com) in Chicago and wanted to pass along an offer for free tickets. I have seen posts about people friends in Chicago and just in case anyone is up for a road trip here's the info.
Complimentary tickets are available for Blue Man Group for the performance
on Sunday, October 3rd at 1pm. If you have anyone that might be interested,
please have them send an email to Chicagorsvp@blueman.com no later than
Friday, October 1st at 4pm. The email should include the first and last
name that the tickets should be held under as well as the number of tickets
desired. An email confirmation will be sent by the end of the week. If you
do sign up for tickets, please make sure that they will be used.


those dirty so and so's

Ohio, the next Fla?

Ohio's republican secretary of state has issued an order (three days before the registration deadline) to throw out all voter registration forms printed on paper less then 80lb. Coincidence that dem-leaning areas have seen a 250% rise in voter registration, with tens of thousands of new voters in a race expected to be closer then FL 2000?

Oh yeah, the state sent out 40lb forms to those requesting them. Cute, huh

(stolen shamelessly from MEFI)

Coincidence? I think so.

I was thinking of going to see the Handsome Family at the Fine Line Music Cafe on Nov. 6, but then I remembered that Duluth's first UFO convention is on the same day at the Lakeview Castle. I think I'll stay in Duluth, but how's that for a win-win decision?

Pirate Presidency

In honor of tomorrow's visit by our Vice President--and since the Ripsaw won't hit the streets until after he leaves town--I thought it would be fun to post this today. It's an illustration Brian Barber did for my opinion piece in October's Ripsaw.
- Tony D.

Miss O'Malley is Turning 25

7:30 Pm September 29, 2004 Miss O'Malley is celebrating her birth with food and friends. If you are food or a friend come to the Crew Jones Mansion on Wed.

Don't know where it is? Call Miss O'Malley she'll tell you, and she'll talk about herself in the third person while doing so.

I knew him when he was nothing, and he hasn't changed a bit

So, guess who's on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight?

The PEZ MP3 Project

This is going to be the greatest use of technology ever!!

O.K. I tried to upload a pic but it didn't work.
I think this inventor is my soulmate.....


old skool fun

What do you get when you mix old skool video games and old skool Van Halen?

This: http://www.powerstrike.net/Tehkan/mamejump.html

Not the best flash, but funny anyway.


this super awesome baby, maya jame, was born friday night at 11:52. she's my niece.

she is the first child, first grandchild, and first great-grandchild for a whole bunch of people. she has big black hair and she's so tiny.

Word of the day:Cockaigne

The depiction of the land of Cockaigne was a popular subject- allowing the narrator to fantasise on food for free - horses born with saddles and fish that leap out of the river and offer themselves as food. A poem in Dutch of 1567 describes (among other facilities) tarts that cook themselves and fences made of sausages.

This is much better.

Blah blah blah blah blah.

Blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah-blah blah; blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah.

Blah blah blah blah, "Blah blah blah blah blah."
Blah blah, blah blah blah, "Blah, blah blah?"
"Blah blah!"

Blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

Blah Blah.


gummy goodness

Allrighty, it is time. The stickers have come in. So... a few words.
1. It is one thing to SAY the stickers are 2.14 x 5.5 and quite another to hold them in your hand and go “Oh! It’s that big/small.”
2. This is “THE ACTUALL SIZE” of the sticker, Or is if you are seeing the same thing I am (2.14 inch by 5.5 inch)

3. In an effort to ensure no one feels gypped, ripped or in any way offended by the whole thing I’m a gonna restructure the price thingie just a little. They will cost .50 each, but if you can afford it I am asking for $1.00 each as they go towards a good cause (i.e. keeping this place up and running), let your pocketbook decide the cost.
4. To those of you who have already emailed me to order I will send pretty much this same info to you via email and you can let me know what you want to do.
5.To those who wish to see them in person I will be at, as well as Djing, Starfire lounge this week,
6. This is also the easiest way to pick up stickers you have ordered, if you want to arrange something else email me edgewood(at)gmail(dot)com
7. And before someone asks “why isn’t the sticker bigger?”, this is what I could afford to do so hush yer mouth.
Cheerio, questions comments?

This Friday, October 1st

Cartoon Art Show at the MAC by Gonzo Scientist Jim Richardson. There will be beer tasting hosted by Lake Superior Brewing (!) and goodies provided by Whole Foods Co-op and Northern Waters Smokehaus. Featuring musical guests Sloe Lorus, Crew Jones, and The Housing Project. Reception 6-8, music from 8 on.


So I, er, found this note the other day, and it amused me, especially when you think of the process of making salsa

Yeah that seems about right


Nonchalant Jaunt II

As many longtime PDDers will remember, one year ago (on Sept. 27, 2003), a crew of bloggers set out on a quest to walk from one end of Duluth to the other. The 26-mile feat was accomplished, and the triumphant party of six was quickly recognized as better than everyone else.

The journey began at the Wabegon Supper Club and followed Commonwealth Avenue, Grand Avenue, Superior Street and Scenic Highway 61 to the Lakeview Castle. It took about eight hours, with long stops at the Gary New Duluth Senior Center, the Sunshine Cafe, R.T. Quinlan's Saloon and Pizza Luce (along with a few other stops that were more brief).

Of course, I mention all this because we're going to do it again -- taking a different route -- and, as usual, you are invited.

More details and maps and crap will be posted next week, but for now all you need to know is:

Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004
Nonchalant Jaunt II
A walk along Skyline Parkway, from the Mission Creek Trail to Seven Bridges Road

Is it me...

...or can this e-mail be interpreted in several different ways?


Thank you very much for the invite! I really wish I could come, however I have my daughter to myself this weekend.

Have a great time,


Paul Lundgren's Everything-You-Need-to-Know Review of:

1) "Who's Afraid of Virgina Wolff" is one of the best written plays EVER, in case you didn't know.
2) Renegade Comedy Theatre's performance is outstanding, however, it is also THREE AND A HALF HOURS LONG. Get comfortable.
3) They sell beer at Renegade!!!


Sweet dreams!

Fun on the Island

If you haven't been to Madeline Island, you are missing out on quite the drinking experience... I'm not talking about Tom's Burned Down Cafe or the ritzy Beach Club... I'm talking about the Island Oasis... instead of turning right off the ferry dock to go into town, take a left, drive about a mile, and look for a house with neon beer signs in the window, and you'll have found the true treasure of Madeline Island... the Island Oasis.

Run by Bud, who also does boat tours of the islands, the menu is quite simply beer, beer, and more beer. Hours vary, and with an open container law on the island (as long as you're not driving), drinking can last far into the wee hours of the morning. One of the only bars that I've ever run into that has a combo record-player/8-track player with flashing beat lights, the tunes are great, and the company is better. Watch for the deer that Bud feeds wandering into the yard, and enjoy the quiet peace of the island with a walk down to the lake.

Just remember, you're drinking in Bud's living room... Crazy things can happen at the Island Oasis - make sure you check it out...

And if you're not doing anything for Thanksgiving, come to Bud's. My friends and I are cooking Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who happens to show up... bring your blaze orange and your blankets, because we're aiming to have a great time!

the cathode feys

marc gartman's band THE CATHODE RAYS are playing this saturday at the norshor with BOY GIRL BOY GIRL and BLITZEN. the bands will play their usual show-tune-inspired geek-math-jizz-rock. i would link to the norshor website but y'all don't need to look at that.

10pm, 21+, $4.



the Bad Lands

Ran down to the Bad Lands in SD this past weekend+. here are a few of the photos

jesus was a revolutionary


wrong on social services.

wrong on crime.

wrong on defense.

wrong for america.


He's Drunk, He's Nationwide

Slim Goodbuzz, longtime reviewer of bars for Duluth’s Ripsaw magazine, is now also a featured columnist for Ruminator, a St. Paul-based magazine with a national readership.

Goodbuzz’s first Ruminator column appears in the magazine’s September/October issue. His review of ‘R’ Place Bar & Grill, a “dingy old bar on State Road 13 in South Range, Wisconsin,” describes how a golden retriever there performs a lewd impression of what “the girls in Hurley do.”

Goodbuzz began reviewing Twin Ports-area bars for the Ripsaw in 1999. His first book, “Perverse Verse: Filthy Limericks From the Head of the Lakes,” was published last fall by Whoppin Unlimited. A Slim Goodbuzz message board and drinking guide was launched earlier this year at www.slimgoodbuzz.com.

Goodbuzz can also be heard on the radio every Thursday at 8 a.m. during an interview segment on “The X106 Morning Show.” Broadcasts can be heard in Duluth and Superior on 106.3 FM and in neighboring communities on 104.3 FM.

Ruminator is a bimonthly magazine with a primary focus on reviews of literary fiction and serious nonfiction books. It was founded in 1986 as the Hungry Mind Review. The bimonthly magazine is available in Duluth at Northern Lights Book & Gift.

Oh Baby Baby it's a Wild World

I'm sure you've all heard about it already, but this has got to be the funniest news story of the year. With this being in the running somewhere, maybe like 18th place but worth an honorable mention.


it finally happened

enjoying a beautiful saturday morning, watching television and trying to remember what exactly happened that night before, something happened to me. something i thought i was going to be able to avoid. something so heinous and awkward i wouldn't wish it upon my worst of enemies.

someone came to my door asking if i had found jesus...

initially i wanted to tell the kind man that i not only knew him but the he can do one hell of a keg stand, but his innocence had a profound effect on me. it was like i was frozen in my doorway. standing there with my beer stained t-shirt and a slightly dishevelled expression i could do nothing more than nod and hope this would end. what lasted maybe a minute felt like an eternity (no religious pun intended). as the man got back into his minivan i held his pamphlets and thought about what had just happened. they finally got me....does this mean i have to go to church now?

-- in case you are wondering who i am, my name is cody and am currently attending umd. i came across the blog while in my web design class and found myself reading your entries quite often. so -- here i am........blog on....


Hillmeyer had a great idea for a Starfire Lounge, a full night of PROTEST MUSIC. So we are going to do it on Thursday, October 28th. That is the last Thursday before the general election and we need to make some noise.

I do need some help though. What is your favorite PROTEST SONG? Would you like to come down to the Lounge and play some music. Would you like to register voters that night? How about making a poster to promote the event. Any help or suggestions on making this a succesful event are appreciated.

Most importantly GET OUT THE VOTE!

pentagon conspiracy video

so i can't ever seem to make this link work but it's worth the cut and paste job to check this out.



Top 10 Reasons Why Beer is Better Than Jesus
(Anonymous...aka, someone forwarded it to me & there's no name on it)

10. No one will kill you for not drinking beer.
9. Beer doesn't tell you how to have sex.
8. Beer has never caused a major war.
7. They don't force beer on minors who can't think for themselves.
6. When you have a beer, you don't knock on people's doors trying to give it away.
5. Nobody's ever been burned at the stake, hanged, or tortured to death over his brand of beer.
4. You don't have to wait 2,000+ years for a second beer.
3. There are laws saying that beer labels can't lie to you.
2. You can prove you have a beer.
1. If you have devoted your life to beer, there are groups to help you stop.

The Wolf Says What I Feel


That's a whole lot of water.

My home town of Austin, MN was flooded last week. According to my family on the scene it was the worst flood on record. I you wanna see more pictures go here.

None of my relatives took on any water but my brother did rescue a Truck Driver on I-90 with a boat.

El Beanero

El golpe de cinco aƱos de Beaner comienza hoy.

The Many Faces of Paul Lungren

I'll let Paul's expressions speak for themselves.


Dance Paul, DANCE!

Unbeknownst to many, Paul Lundgren not only possesses unrivaled literary skills but on Friday night he also treated some lucky folk to his unique and unmatched combination of acrobatics and freestyle jazz dance moves.




Going Off the Rails on a Crazy Train

Now I know what to do the next time I run into some crazy street preacher who won't leave me alone... ;)
Respond To Religious Harassment By Singing Show Tunes


Big Lake Brewfest...

(sorry, I'm not good enough to figure out how to use Hello so I can post pics yet, so insert your own Big Lake Brewfest picture here.)

If y'all are looking for something to do pre-Turtles/Parr this fine evening, give this a shot...might just be the perfect start to an evening of fine Duluth Music...

Looking like the usual brewfest fare, with a slight twist...my buddy Germ (Chris German) has his homebrew stand on display for the edification and amusement of both experienced and novice homebrewers alike, and there's going to be a raffle for a homebrew starter kit donated by our friends at Last Chance Liquor. With the introduction of the homebrewers booth, the event this year is taking a slightly new direction, serving to bring more cohesion to the surprisingly large enclave of homebrewers in the area.

I'll be totin ice, helping out the brewers (I have dibs on helping out with the Viking's booth, dammit) during the event and in between glasses of beer. Speaking of, the Wessman (sp?) has banned all glass on the floor, so you'll get a plastic cup at the door, and your token Brewfest Glass when you leave...

all proceeds are being donated to the local chapter of the Junior Achievement, which is a very worthy cause...

If you can grab tix pre-event, they'll be $20 and then $25 at the door if yer not so lucky...
runs from 4-8, so you'll be back on this side of the Bong well in advance of the Parr/Turtles dealio. I'll most likely be relaxing with even more beer and either The Usual Suspects, or Lost In Translation...

Please think of the children and come drink some beer!
see ya there, perhaps...


Taking off tomorrow to head to the Badlands for a few days, pics to follow. Have a new wide angle lens I'm looking forward to trying out. Hope everyone's weekend is pleasant.

Meanwhile here is a (not too nice) reminder from the archives, of what is around the corner. Depending on how you look at it, either rest your liver up for the upcomming season, or, get it in training early. Rumor has it it will be a good winter.


For Lithis:

After your fondling, thought you might like this:

It's a tape measure, shot with macro.

Hmm, I feel strangely compelled to add this link : seven

View Prints

Fear not the Slow Dancing Umbrella

Local Blogger hasseled by the man.

I was just standing in line at the "Ghetto Bank" when there was a sudden commotion out front. When I peered out the window I noticed 2 squad cars and our Geek King was surrounded. He was carrying his Fencing Foils and when I saw him earlier and I noticed the cops had confiscated those.

Is this all post 911 hysteria? Can a Foil be considered a dangerous weapon?

Damn the cops if they took him away for carrying those around.

I guess its OK to carry a gun though.

Hopes and Fears - LOST!

Keane - now ponces forever (if they weren't already before).

Un-instead of Paul.
Cancelled at the Quest Club.
The French Kicks played alone at the 400 Bar.
I can't wait for next Wednesday.


God Loves Little Girls

Sing a song... play guitar... make it snappy.

what does "happy" mean?

allow me to bring the room down for a moment...

last night shannon asked me, "are you ever happy?"

i didn't--still don't--know how to answer.

i have moments of absolute joy, usually while experiencing music in some form. if the bill withers' song "use me" comes on KOOL 101.7 at the right moment, i'll detach from reality and wonder aftewards how i drove from point A to point B. i struggled not to bawl--out of extreme joy--during the cmt tribute to johnny cash. crew jones made me high on wednesday.

a beer or two usually enhances such emotion. if i smoked weed, those transcendent moments might grow in depth and frequency (which is why i don't smoke weed--i already have enough trouble avoiding the gentle comfort of a couple beers for more than one day).

but what baseline exists for happiness? what does it mean to be "happy"?

can i brood, existentially ache, and be happy, all at the same time? can there be happiness in consistent, even willful, melancholy? is being "happy" necessarily better than being some other way?

it seems like such a simple concept, but i can't wrap my mind around it.

Driver take away my worries of today and leave tomorrow behind...


Any requests?

So I bring my Powerbook to Starfire Lounge every week and it really comes in handy. In the old days if someone requested a song I did not have they were out of luck. Now I can fulfill just about any request in the world.

Is there anything you wanna here tonight? I'm here till 1 AM.


Last chance....

to eat with LP and me at the Mexican restaurant chain, which in English would be called boobies.

I promised LP that we'd go eat at Chi-Chi's before it closes on Sunday, and I decided that tonight's the night; we hope to sit on the deck.

I also promised LP that I'd invite Dr. T, Berv, Sherman, et. all, so consider this is your official invitation. We'll be there at about 6 p.m. If you can't make it, don't sweat it. When eating with LP, it tends to be "the more the mayhem" rather than "the more the merrier."

Rolling numbers, rock and rolling, got my kiss records out...

perfect duluth day | clean your plate mister

just so's ya know the pdd stickers could be in as early as Sat. (of course they also could take another 6 weeks) so if you want them at the intro price of $1 each and haven't talked to me yet do so now, edgewood(at)gmail(dot)com

This is the last I'll bug ya about it till they arrive.

Call out the instigator, there's something in the air.

Say it ain't so.

This has me puzzled. Who are these people that like gw so much? How can they feel like he is making us safer? Do these folks not read? I realize I surround myself with very Liberal folks but I still just don't get it.

The sign vandals turned themselves in. Read all about it.

Finally, Punk icon Johnny Ramone passed away yesterday from prostate cancer. R.I.P. sweet punk brother.


I possess a strong command of assess

Remember that job I posted here last week?

Well, I just finished a phone interview for the position. I actually didn't apply for the news ass. job, but recently applied for another position which was filled by the previous news assistant.

Does anyone have one of those speed typing programs I can borrow? I'd like to practice some in case I get to the next round of test taking.

Wish me luck!!

If I gotta be damned you know I wanna be damned...

Don't Forget To See Paul!

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Not that anybody needs reminders, I'm sure - but just so that no one forgets...!
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This is mildly entertaining...

So I just finished Jake Slichter's So You Wanna be a Rock & Roll Star(great book, highly entertaining) and then shuffled on over to Semisonic's web page to take a look around. I found this photo in their gallery from Feb 2000. Is that a Donnie Ness sign I see in their rehearsal space? OMG!!!1! kewl... :)

i popped my bob dylan cherry

i bought my first bob dylan cd last night--blonde on blonde.

i've gone through many of the requisite white-boy obsessive music phases: the beatles, zeppelin, ac/dc, hendrix, etc., with abbreviated phases of punk rock, minneapolis stuff from the '80s, and other genres.

a serious johnny cash period has segued into dylan.

and i have questions:

are nashville skyline and john wesley harding worth buying?

is the royal albert hall '66 show as good as it's supposed to be?

what's the dylan stuff to avoid?

has anyone taken the time to make a "dylan does duluth does dylan" mix? a mix--or the closest possible thing--of the originals that are covered on duluth does...?

Driver's seat, oo-ooo. Driver's seat, yeah.