Sunday, November 20, 2005

Sinners and saints...

Normally the Red Cross isn't open for blood donations on Sunday, but they called and had some special open house for regular donors, so I went and donated. On my way home, the Rev. Jane Halpburn decided to buck the trend and not stop when the rest of us did:

My buddy Andrew tells me that Jesus wanted her to hit me because I'm a sinner, but clearly her car took more of a beating than my poor WRX.

Now I have to convince her insurance company to total it.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Avalon NYC + DJ Irene == soiled underwear

George joined me for my first DJ School weekend in NYC, mostly because DJ Irene was spinning at Avalon NYC.

Before it became one of the hottest clubs in NYC (though it's about to get pushed down the list when Pacha opens up), Avalon was an a church. My camera phone didn't do so well in the low light, but you get the idea.

Irene is one of the coolest DJs I have ever seen. She gets so into the hard house she's spinning (when she's not checking the Spundae girls out) and she totally clicks with the audience. Most of the time we were up on the mezzanine, which looks right into the booth. She has a picture of me and a couple dudes being all stupid up there in her personal collection now.

Everyone thinks they are an editor

Especially me (to the tune of a free CNN Money Day Planner):

Subject: RE: Editorial Error
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2005 12:22:47 -0500
From: "Wastler, Allen"
To: theAlphaJohn

Okay, okay, we'll send ya something ... we're out of T-shirts tho.

And in our defense, that last story is pulled from Reuters, so THEY made
the mistake first ... although we shoulda caught it.

Send me your address.

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 9:55 AM
To: CNNMoney
Subject: Editorial Error

Name: theAlphaJohn

Once again, do you read what your posting before it goes up? The errors
are killing me:

"However, the commission said the rates sought for books and media
materials was too low to cover the cost of handling that mail and
recommended a 12.7 percent." [...] ???

I am not the spelling and grammar police, but when I catch something
it's probably really bad. I would think for the number of times I have
caught an error I'd get a thank you or a tee shirt or banned from the
website -- something.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Jazzman's Patron

Today class, we're going to discuss an important inter-campus issue: Jazzman's Patron.

Jazzman's, first of all, is the name that the whores at Sodexho give to any of their coffee stands or coffee shops -- a sub-brand if you will. Like all Sodexho-run outfits on campus, they accept cash, credit and debit cards, and meal plan for payment.

Every morning, prit-near (to borrow a Paul Massey phrase) 10:00am, I wander over to SUB I to get myself a cup of coffee, and 3 out of 5 days I run into Jazzman's Patron (in the "ye ole days" sense, when patrons helped artists, like Jazz Men, survive). He's probably 18 or 19, 5'6 or so, about 140 pounds, chin length hair (from behind, I sometimes think he's a she), today he wore jeans that were torn at the ankle and birkenstocks (it's 50 degrees out, total sock weather). Anyway, JP is probably one of those awkward swim team lads who can eat 9,000 calories a day and not gain a pound, but that's no excuse for his standing order: a grande mocha, 2 chocolate chip cookies, and an apple turnover (which, until I saw him sit down today and dig into it, I thought he was buying for his study group). Thing is, I've seen him order this a few times, and every time it exceeds the meal plan by a dollar and change, and every time he's surprised. Last time he paid cash (I paid close attention to that transaction because, admittedly, I never went away to school and don't understand how a/the meal plan works), and today he used his debit card to cover the overage, which made Jazzman's foreign employee meltdown.