10.8.10 House Concert

For those of you who haven't gotten this info via other media, Ann and I are hosting a house concert this Friday, October 8, 2010. The public is welcome. The concert begins at 8pm and features Lorri Solomon, a singer/songwriter from Saskatchewan. Fred Keller will accompany her on the mandolin. Many of you recall that Fred and Ann played in a band many moons ago called The Lilting Banshees.... Donations to cover gas (we're having chili, after all) will be appreciated.

Anyway, the house concert will be followed by a small music circle. Rumor has it that Kurt Griesemer from Cambridge, WI (BOO PACKERS), will be in attendance.

The usual rules apply. Address for the newbies: 4516 Colfax Av. S., Mpls. Again, the public is welcome to the house concert, so bring friends.

New Year's Eve Borderlands/Griesemer CD Release/Music Party

Once again, the Thompson/Viviano clan demonstrates its efficiency by holding three, three events in one. From 7-9 p.m. we will be hosting the Second Annual New Year's Eve Borderlands Reunion House Concert. Specially featured will be Kurt Griesemer songs, as he is releasing his newly minted CD (I believe this will be the world premiere CD Release party for Kurt). After a short intermission to find the whiskey, a music party will spontaneously erupt as we engage in much merriment. If you have not RSVP'd on Facebook, please RSVP here if you can make it. For those of you who are new, the particulars are:

When: December 31, 2009, 7-9 pm Borderlands; 10pm - ??? Music Party
Where: 4516 Colfax Av. S., Mpls.

We no longer have our trampoline so bring your own bounce (BYOB).


Today's news from Baghdad: "peace" because US facilitated ethnic cleansing of Sunnis. IF US leaves, either war again or permanent displacement. Nice.

I've noticed that the same people are apolitical when they are Facebook, but not necessarily here.

Maybe it has to do with trying to capture your thoughts in 100 keystrokes, or whatever the # is

Isn't Shrinking Consumerism a Good Thing?

I don't hear too many on the left applaud the reductions in consumer spending (2/3 of our economy) that are currently occurring. If we are buying fewer plastic bottles, dangerous toys from China, gas-guzzling cars (and driving less), isn't that a good thing? Part of what the left has been preaching is that we can and should get by with less, that we are consuming our Earth to death. I understand that things are happening a little too quickly for us to make a smooth transition, that many good folks are losing jobs and struggling. But there is this other side of the coin. Americans are learning invaluable lessons - green saves money; healthy behaviors are cheaper; ignoring long-term investments doesn't work - in the long run. Cuz we are nearing the end of our long run, unless we get our shit together fast.

So should we stop feeling bad when 1,000 Starbucks stores close? Should we feel bad when Christmas spending goes down? Of course, we feel bad for workers. But these are macroeconomic questions.