Thursday, May 18, 2006

Set II: NY > SF

What ever happened to predictibility?
The milkman, the paperboy, and evening TV.
You miss your ol' familiar friends
They're waitin' just around the bend....
Everywhere you look, everywhere you go (there's a heart).
There's a heart
A hand to hold onto...

Get ready Tanner family, Uncles Jesse and Joey, Becky and Gibler, I'm heading west, I'm home from DC and jetting off to SF...

On the agenda: A four-man, four-day weave through the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, taking in the hippie stench and cable cars filled with rice and the gays (as I understand it, this is my first trip there), sniffing nostalgic glory at The Warfield with a legendary bassist who knows the home turf, attending an interleague affair between the Athletics and Giants that may be the day Barrence Bonds hits #714 or #715 or both, white-boy funk-dancing to the always lovely Greyboy Allstars, spending time as a patron of the city proper and returning safely to this perch. Needless to say, I'm fairly excited.

While I'm gone, I urge you to ponder this questionably racist question: How come black people from Britain don't have crazy American black people names? We've got Anfernees and Shaquilles and Rasheeds and a ton of Shaniquas and Laticias, they've got guys named Frank Bruno and Lennox Lewis and the Arsenal defense that inspired this thought, Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell. What's the genesis of this divide? Education? Ghettoization? What factors do you see? Let's hear it...

Slack Video of the Day: I typed "San Francisco" into YouTube and came across this clip of a giant pillow fight somewhere in the city. Looks fantastic, but man, tough call by the city council -- a lesser man would have a field day with Great SF Pillow Bite jokes.

Slack Song of the Extended Weekend: Let's go with one from Thursday night's entertainment and one from Saturday night's -- Viola Lee Blues from the famed April '99 Phil & Half-Phish Warfield shows and Jack Rabbit from Greyboy's JazzFest 2004 reunion.

5 Comments:

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Alex Fritz said...

Mmmmm...nostalgia. What were the lyrics to the Family Matter's theme song?

Have a good trip out west, Ace. If you see Nic Cage around, remember to stay away from Alcatraz.

 
At 12:41 AM, Blogger Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

I substitute taught in an inner-city, Chicago high school, and in the same day I met a girl named Lamborghini and another named Stormy Texas. My favorite Black names are the ones that are normal names, but they're spelled funny, like Shawon Dunston. Speaking of Shawon, did you see the video of Rick Sutcliff drunk off his ass during a San Diego game? You can find it on Youtube by typing in: Drunk Sutcliff. It seems right up your alley.

 
At 6:25 AM, Anonymous SpanishMiguel said...

Dude, you really think "Ashley" and "Lennox" are common names?

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

I always thought that it was "and even MTV." I guess this makes more sense.

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Ashley and Lennox aren't common names per se, but they're more of the traditional white ilk. As luck would have it, I read Freakonomics in full on the plane ride home from SF, and strangely enough, Levitt talks about possible origins of black names and whether or not they suffer economic penalties for having such egregious names. Great chapter.

Doc, I posted Sutcliffe thing on here last week...come 'round more often, man.

 

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