Archive | September, 2008

The Meridian Room and CD World Are Closed

30 Sep

That’s right. Closed. Today two of my favorite Dallas businesses have gone the way of the Dodo like many things seem to be as of late. I can’t say that I did not see it coming with CD World. With the onset of mp3s and the iPod, it was only a matter of time. When I was going to the old Health Magnet on Ross “Don’t-call-me-Cesar-Chavez” Ave., we used to skip school and go to CD World. I’d spend up to two hours in that place until my neck was sore from being craned over what was to me at the time an infinite supply of music (I hadn’t yet made the pilgrimage to Amoeba Records).  Then we’d go to Snuffer’s to grab some cheese fries for lunch. And to think that when I was a young teenager my primary entrepreneurial goal was to own and run my own record store. So now I have no idea what I will do when I grow up. Still.

As for the esteemed Meridian Room, they have fallen victim to the benevolent arachnid the DART Rail, whose expansion can add this fine bar to a list that includes the Good Latimer Bridge and its sweet, sweet street art. The light rail’s path of destruction goes directly past the Meridian, choking off traffic during an already slow period that comes every year due to the State Fair. I had even had plans there for Thursday night that have been moved to the Meridian’s sister location–The Libertine.

I bid each of these fine establishments thank you and farewell.

Great Commercial

4 Sep

I just love love love this commercial. We need more like this.

St. Paul Police Have Lost Their Mind

4 Sep

First I heard of the above incident involving the police pulling the plug on a Rage Against the Machine anti-RNC concert in St. Paul. That’s fine, Rage will muscle on, performing a capella with the help of a megaphone. Looks like mayhem in the streets the night of McCain’s speech now, though, as twitterers MnIndyLIVE and coldsnaplegal tweet live from what seems to be quite the chaotic situation. Protesters on the Marion bridge are being harassed and threatened to be arrested. Keep in mind that these are peaceful proesters, oh yeah and I forgot to say that they’re seated. There’s also reports of tear gas and concussion grenades being deployed at another location. Minnesota law enforcement must have gone batty — did anything like this happen in Denver? Coverage here from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune.

That’s MISTER Ocho Cinco to You

4 Sep

I know that by now it’s old news that the Pro Bowl #85 for the Cincinnati Bengals has officially changed his name to Chad Javon Ocho Cinco, but I literally laughed out loud when I spied this while perusing opening day NFL rosters on the ESPN web site. As of yesterday, his Wikipedia page as well as his ESPN profile still referred to him as a Johnson. Today, though, all is well in the world. I look forward to seeing it on the field Sunday.

KOTW: Nike Air Trainer 1 — White/Neutral Gray/Deep Royal

2 Sep

Originally released in 1987 the first shoe to fill the category of “cross trainer.”  Popularized by John McEnroe, these shoes are now available in this great Deep Royal colorway that goes perfectly with regulation Dodgers, Rangers, Mets, or Royals caps, ‘cus that’s what kids do nowadays, no? Available from [via KicksOnFire.]

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