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Sep 1 Roma commented on Who Are You Seeing Today at Bumbershoot? Our Critics' Picks.
While it doesn't happen very often, it does happen: a couple Stranger writers and I agree on someone: Jonathan Richman.

Perhaps my favorite lines of his, from The Beach:

The beach be one of the best things we got
Where its not what you have on but what you have not

One of my favorite memories from the many times I've seen him... About twenty years ago a group of friends and I saw him at the Canterbury on Capitol Hill. During one song, a few people in front of us stood up. One my my friends yelled "Sit down!" and Richman immediately shot back, "Stand up!"
Aug 31 Roma commented on Reviews of (Almost) Every Single Band That Played Bumbershoot Saturday (Give or Take).
neo-realist, Stick To Me was a a fine album. I think his first four albums, were all great but, as with Costello, my favorites are his first two.

He was backed by a group of younger guys, The Figgs, when he toured in 1996. They happened to be playing at a club in Boston when my then-girlfriend & I were visiting New England that autumn, we caught the show, and it was one of the best club shows I've ever seen. They really rocked.

Aug 31 Roma commented on Reviews of (Almost) Every Single Band That Played Bumbershoot Saturday (Give or Take).
The point of this, or any Seattle gathering, was simply to be there and walk around from venue to venue.

Perhaps that was the point for some people. I and my friends have always gone to Bumbershoot for the music. I've seen some comedy and films over the years, and usually spend time checking out the art, but music is the primary draw. Problem (for me) is that Bumbershoot needs to appeal to a younger demographic so, of course, One Reel is going to book bands that appeal to that group and those bands are, for the most part, unappealing to me.
Aug 31 Roma commented on Reviews of (Almost) Every Single Band That Played Bumbershoot Saturday (Give or Take).
Whats not to love about Elvis Costello--I don't think he's rocked all that much since the 1st album.

His second album, This Year's Model, was that way too. I like most of his stuff but those two records are, far and away, my favorites.

An example of an excellent-but-not-well-known artist Bumbershoot could book would be Graham Parker. He's a contemporary of Costello, but never achieved the fame that Elvis did.
Aug 31 Roma commented on Reviews of (Almost) Every Single Band That Played Bumbershoot Saturday (Give or Take).
Because there wasn't anyone I really wanted to see yesterday (Elvis Costello is great but I've seen him before), and because of the rain, I decided to sell my ticket, making someone very happy they got a nice discount.

Even though the weather looks just as poor this morning, I'll be going today and tomorrow. I'm glad others get so excited about indie bands and local bands. I've seen few of either that have impressed me. There are so many excellent (but not well-known) artists/bands out there that One Reel could book and I wouldn't think they'd cost that much.

I'm glad the Mainstage was moved back to the stadium, but I don't like the downsizing of the grounds/stages, with the removal of both the Broad Street stage and the Northwest Court stage.

I used to love Bumbershoot in the '80s and '90s. I still like it and continue to go but, for my tastes, there hasn't been a great music lineup for about ten years.
Jun 7 Roma commented on By Passing Initiative 594, We Have a Chance to Stand Up and Say: "Not One More.".
By Passing Initiative 594, We Have a Chance to Stand Up and Say: "Not One More."

I'll vote for it but passage is hardly going to mean "not one more."

We can take numerous measures, and I appreciate the idealism of "not one more", but there will always be more. Always.

Angry and/or crazy people will continue to murder others with guns (and other weapons), just as drunk drivers will continue to murder others with their vehicles.
Jun 5 Roma commented on Living Near Skinny People Makes Overweight People Unhappy.
nocutename, as I said above, I'm sure people do walk up to strangers and scold them for smoking (or for being overweight). I've just never personally seen it.

I don't think it's appropriate for someone to walk over to a smoker who is, say, in a park and away from other people and scold them for smoking. In that case, I think the scold is being the asshole. But if the smoker is near that person, then I have no problem with them blasting the smoker.

Glad your mother quit and, yes, I believe that people have to want to do it and do it themselves. So far, unfortunately, this hasn't happened with my sister. When I quit smoking pot, I mentioned that to her (without any lecture), hoping that might inspire her but, alas, it didn't.

Yes, again, your former mother-in-law didn't "deserve" lung cancer but her choice to continue smoking likely caused it. In my worldview, the people who "deserve" something bad happening to them are people who harm others, not people who only harm themselves.

Jun 5 Roma commented on Living Near Skinny People Makes Overweight People Unhappy.
135: ferret, you constantly mention "denial." Well, speaking only for myself, I'm not in denial about anything.

nocutename, when you look at the various issues people have, I've often wondered if most people realize they have an issue, and would like to change, but just can't do it, or if they're in denial. I suspect it's the former.

I've heard the line "the hardest thing to do is to admit you have a problem." I don't agree with that. While I admit that if you don't admit you have a problem, you're definitely not going to make any headway dealing with it, I think that admitting you have a problem is the easy part. It's dealing with it that's the hard part. I'm quite aware of the issues I have, no denial whatsoever, but making progress is damn difficult.

Jun 5 Roma commented on Living Near Skinny People Makes Overweight People Unhappy.
128: Can you assure someone they will live ten years longer if they exercise an hour a day? No, you cannot.

Erica, I don't believe an oncologist or dermatologist could assure anyone they are not going to get skin cancer if they use sunscreen so, based on that, should people not use it?
Jun 5 Roma commented on Living Near Skinny People Makes Overweight People Unhappy.
122/maddy,

You mentioned the "ineffectuality of scolding someone to make them change as though their own struggle is somehow a personal affront to you." Although I haven't scolded my sister about her smoking because, as you noted, that kind of external pressure doesn't work, if I had done it my motivation wouldn't have been because I felt it was some kind of personal affront to me. I would have done it because I care about her and don't want to see her fucking up her lungs with crap. And I think that's the motivation when most people pressure someone they care about to stop a bad habit. It's done out of concern, not because the person sees it as a personal affront.

Now, if you talking about chastising a stranger, that's a another matter. The motivation there may very well be different.

I actually never have seen a person chastise a stranger in public for smoking (or for being overweight.) In stating that, I'm not suggesting it doesn't happen, because I'm sure it does. I've just never seen it.

I think most reasonable people would agree that the person doing the harangue [about a person smoking] is a self-righteous asshole, and ineffectual because of it.

I agree with you 100% when it comes to anyone scolding a stranger about being overweight, because a person being overweight doesn't affect others around them. But smokers are a different matter. Smokers do affect people around them. To me, someone smoking in public around other people is the asshole, not anyone who might harangue them for it.

But, and this is a point that needs mentioning, smokers know these things too! But they smoke anyway because of a complex tangle of self-reinforcing psychological and physiological reasons. To dismiss them with a level of hatred, to the point where you make it a personal front to you that a smoker exists, strikes me as seriously lacking in empathy.

Sorry, I can't agree with you on this. In my opinion, the person seriously lacking in empathy is the person who smokes around other people. Yeah, I know it's legal to smoke outside (and, in many places in the country, still legal to smoke inside) but just because something is legal doesn't mean you're being considerate of others by doing it.

Again, huge distinction between a smoker and someone who's overweight. Someone who's overweight and, say, standing next to me at an outdoor concert, isn't being inconsiderate of me at all. I'm not being affected in the least by them being overweight. But a smoker standing next to me at a concert and lighting up? Very inconsiderate.

All humans have vices, all.

I'm sure that's true. Some of our vices don't affect anyone else and some do.

And this is where I think we should stop: when it comes to being fat, you're talking about a culture where it is somehow acceptable to make a host of presumptions and judgments about a person based on their physical appearance--look at the recent posts where people insist that any overweight person who claims good health is just, with absolute certainty, being delusional.

Let me ask you: these people who insist that any overweight person who claims good health is being delusional...do you think they're a small minority, a large minority or a majority of people?

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