Archive forAugust, 2006

They’re only good for the latest trends

So, as most of you know, emo is a notoriously bad genre. Its sort of like the ‘alternative’ that included all those one-hit-wonders of the 90s and Everclear. I tended to agree (with the only real exceptions up until now being Bright Eyes, who is legit despite recent popularity (tee hee), and My Chemical Romance, which is a real borderline case anyways). I mean I always loved Weezer, but they are the exception in that they either aren’t the genre, or they *defined* (not created, defined) the genre. Either way, they don’t quite count.

But now I think I’ve found out what emo can be. Emo can be what Fall Out Boy does. They do awesome. Also I like their name. It is a command to a boy, not a description of a boy.

If you’ve heard any emo, you’ve heard “Dance, Dance” by now, a seriously catchy and (both musically and lyrically) clever song. In fact, after the about 10th time of loving listening to that song, I decided (on somewhat of an impulse) to buy the CD (physical compact disc, dude, I have a job). That’s when I realized that song about going “down down” that you really can’t understand the lyrics of is *also* Fall Out Boy. That song is also seriously catchy, and utilizes (uses) rock and roll prinicples such that Chuck Berry would be proud (no, it doesn’t *sound* like classic Berry, but it does right by him). It is (like) somehow like really sweet and tragic, such that a 20-something can identify. After you spend a few hours deciphering the lyrics, you realize that you understand what he means (he being the Boy meant to fall out). Not really whining (physically or lyrically). Its actually emotional rather than devoid of emotion yet full of whine that is most emo. Nice.

Throughout the whole album most of the songs are at least two out of catchy, emotional, fun, and musically ‘good’. There are a couple flops (of which I cannot remember which they are right now, because their song titles are like way long. I know “XO” and “Our Lawyer…Sued” are good, though. (oh, and “Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying” is good) In fact, “XO” is a really satisfying end to a CD. Incidentally, the CD is called “From Under The Cork Tree” which might be an awful name, and it is their third album I think. So I need to think more. But for now, I found some emo I like and am listening to many times.
is this a review? I just did a review….


Larries wear crocs

A Larry with crocs on, you gotta believe me. I saw it, I saw it with my own two eyes.


WTFPalo Alto and Mt. View Drivers?

Okay. Yeah.
So I wasn’t going to complain about this after the first two times. But in a third incident, I feel compelled to tell my tale.

First, a PSA, Automobile operators: Do not pass a vehicle when it is occupying a lane, unless you use a passing lane. This means at stoplights too! Yes, there is a queue at stoplights, believe it or not.

What do I mean. Well. So twice recently, I have been hit. Nothing to worry about. I was stopped at a stoplight, in the middle of a lane, which is not only entirely legal, but safer and less confusing to those who realize a bike is a vehicle. But twice, automobile operators have decided to attempt to maneuver their automobile around me when there isn’t enough space to do so. They end up not knowing the exact size of their car, and their mirror strikes me. And I’m like WTF. Sometimes I give them a look and a shrug that screams WTF.

A third time just yesterday, I was biking down Castro St. In Mt View. Sure, it doesn’t have a bike lane. But it is not a controlled-access highway, anything but. I am allowed to bike on it. Anyways, I was stopped at the California St. stoplight behind an automobile. It was working fine, like things usually do. Then an automobile came up behind me and was moving to the left and coming real close. I saw the light turn green and intending to avoid a collision between the car behind me and myself, I began moving forward. Unfortunately, the car ahead of me did not start when the light turned green, and smack! I rear-ended it. Yes, me, a cyclist rear-ended a car. Tee hee. I didn’t really get a chance to ask them if they were ok. I imagine they were, since they drove off without hassling me. Maybe they didn’t even feel the bump. Anyways, I felt awful, because I shouldn’t be hitting cars. But also I was pissed. Cars shouldn’t be hitting me, and I shouldn’t have to *worry* about that if I’m biking by the law.
So don’t hit me!
Next automobile operator that hits me, however lightly, gets a chance to give me their insurance info to pay for my doctor’s visit to make sure I’m still healthy and pay for a bike tuneup to make sure my vehicle is still road-safe. I’m not being a bitch, I just dont’ wanna get hit.

Oh also. In general Palo Alto and Mt. View drivers are pretty damn good about treating cyclists properly. Some of you take hell of care (you follow slowly behind me even when its a wide right lane or I’m in a bike lane, or let me go at an all-way stop even though you got there first, etc.). Most of you simply treat cyclists like the vehicle operators we are.