Good TimesLooking for something fun to do this weekend? Well look no further.
Friday, I'd hit up the Akron Family Barbeque. That's the only free day of the event, so take advantage of it while you can. I'd be sure to stick around for the music; The TwistOffs and The Gypsies in the Pace will be playing at 7:30 and 9:00. If the heat is killing you, step inside The Lime Spider and snag a nice cold beer from anywhere on the planet.
Saturday, will be a cooler day so I'm going to try to do something fun and outdoorsy. I might hike in the Metro Parks. But I'd be sure to go home and take a nap. Saturday night is a music extravaganza at R/E Nightclub. This is their Akron Metal Assault. It'll be 12 bands on two stages from 6:30 until 2:00 am. If metal isn't your style, The Interbelt is hosting their first foam party of the year, Red, White and Foam.
Sunday is family picnic day for me, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get to have any fun. There is a ton of music going on at the Akron Family Barbeque, but that leaves your four-legged friends alone at home. If I wasn't swamped with relatives, I'd take my poocher over to the Akron Dog Park also know as "B.A.R.C. Park".
Monday is Fireworks day, you know I'll be on the Innerbelt bridge ready for the first big boom at 9:45.
(joe :: Good Times)
City LivingWith general sales to begin on the Northside Testa Lofts on July Fourth, the updated info from the Census Bureau shows that people are fleeing the city for the simple life.
In the five-county area, the townships generally labeled tony or rural -- Montville, Spencer, Harrisville, Homer and Chatham in fast-growing Medina County -- all experienced double-digit growth since 2000, according to population revisions released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.I think big cities across the nation are being plagued by suburbia. What's left of The American has been contorted to the point where some people look down on city living. Maybe the new lofts will help bring come class (and a lot of cash) to Akron, but it could also be seen as a last ditch effort.
These lofts are being marketed as "Manhattan style warehouse lofts and flats." As Mia pointed out "Akron = L.A. = Never Gonna Happen. Also, L.A. = Cool = Never Gonna Happen." What make Manhattan so much better? Testa is trying to sell these lofts as something they are not. That approach might backfire. The only thing Manhattan-y about these lofts is the prices ($135,000 up to $695,000).
The BJ :: Cities lose population while townships grow
(joe :: City Living)
Countdown to FireworksI love the Fourth of July and by that I mean I love fireworks! This year is the 30th anniversary of the fireworks on the Innerbelt. I'm for the last few years I've been a regular at this event and this year will be no exception. They will start Monday at 9:45 and be accompanied by the Akron Symphony.
In other Fourth of July news, this weekend is the Third Annual Akron Family Barbeque. If you really want to check it out, go on Friday. This is the only day it is free. Saturday, Sunday and Monday you'll have to pay $5 to get through the gates. For the price you will get some live music. Starting everything off on Friday are The TwistOffs and The Gypsies in the Pace (7:30 and 9:00). Saturday you'll get to hear Rumplestiltskin (4:00), Cherrelle (5:30), Alexander O'Neal (7:00), and Morris Day & the Time. Up on Sunday are Big Daddy and the Hoodoo Men (4:00), Micheal Hill's Blues Mob (5:30), The Colin John Band (7:00), and The Fabulous Thunderbirds (8:30). Finishing up the holiday weekend, Monday's musical guests are Cathy Richardson Band (4:00), Vance Gilbert (6:00), Don McLean (7:30) and Akron Symphony Orchestra (8:00 - 9:15).
For all of you Lime Spider fans out there, don't shy away from the bar because of the Akron Family Barbeque. If you tell the people at the gate you're on your way to The Lime Spider, they'll let you through. If they try to get you to pay, don't do it. Call The Lime Spider (330.762.2350) and tell 'em what's going on and they'll fix the problem.
The BJ :: Fireworks cap July 4 traditions
(joe :: Countdown to Fireworks)
Why I Haven't Bought a House: Part 3That's it. It's official. I'm never going to buy a house. Between the meth labs, bees and beavers, I'm doomed when it comes to home-buying. Maybe I'll just wait until winter and build an igloo.
The watery nightmare of Ronald and Pamela Lockett may be ending.Since the city stepped in and stopped the beavers and their damming, the water level has dropped 18 inches. With my luck, I'm sure I wouldn't have noticed the water until I had a flooded basement full of beavers. They'd be down there using old boxes and Christmas decorations to build a new dam. Then the city wouldn't come and trap the beavers because they're on private property. Then the beavers and I would end up mortal enemies, there'd be a big fight scene and the beavers would bite me, I'd get rabies and die, and the beavers would have the house to themselves.
The BJ :: Flooding ebbs as beaver pond recedes
(joe :: Why I Haven't Bought a House: Part 3)
HijinxHere are the best worst criminals of the week.
COPLEY: Following an investigation by detectives at a Montrose sporting goods store, a manager admitted taking $2,983 from the store during her employment by using fake return receipts. She turned herself in to police June 13 and was charged with theft.A note to purse snatchers: Don't leave behind evidence in shopping carts; that's just plain sloppy.
NORTON: Detectives investigated a June 17 report stating that a Norton man had left the country, said he would be gone for six weeks and gave his juvenile son $20 to live on during that time. The youth had been staying with friends and living on the street. It is rumored his father is not planning to return. Police located the victimÂs mother, who picked him up and said she would attempt to attain custody of him.There's nothing like some crazy people to make your life seem more normal.
WSL :: Neighborhood Watch
(joe :: Hijinx)
No Good News is... Good News?Boy, the news is kinda depressing today, but that should make this chick happy. Let's run through it all...
There are school closings, fireworks injuries, dogs being attacked, public officials throwing tantrums, sad traffic deaths, sleepless students, another potential tax increase, baby poisonings, and it's hot. It's really, really hot.And that's just the local news.
Look, I'm all for people being informed that there's serious stuff going on outside their own bubbles. *Cough* Downing Street Memo *Cough* But at the same time the answer is not to strip all the joy from people's day to day lives. It's nice to balance all the depressing crap with a little mindless fun. So, I found a little mindless something for you all:
King Kong Trailer
And that's all I have to say about that.
(Mia :: No Good News is... Good News?)
Losing TouchI usually get a giggle out of reading the letters to The BJ. But this week I got pissed off. A letter from Wendy Schweiger seems a smidge on the crazy side.
The front page is the newspaper's ``calling card'' and should reflect the serious problems facing the world. That's valuable real estate, wrote Akron reader Wendy Schweiger, and shouldn't be wasted on soft features of minor consequence.I don't know when people think the news has to be doom and gloom everyday and I don't know when human interest became taboo. But somewhere at some time our beliefs got twisted into some f'ed up version of reality where we forget to have fun. Yes, the paper should keep us informed and ruffle our feathers, but every now and then it should make us smile.
I loved the ice cream story; it brought back tons of memories for me. But I was also sick of hearing about the same doomy stories that have been hounded by the press so much for the past few weeks. I liked hearing a good summer story that relates directly to where I live and not to some crisis in another state. If I only wanted that info, I'd subscribe to USA Today or tune into CNN. So I'm standing by The BJ this time (I promise I won't make a habit of this).
The BJ :: Sugarcoated front page frosts reader
(joe :: Losing Touch)
Global Sex Survey 2005Durex makes some fine condoms and is out in the world doing their part to help people have safe sex. Please take 5 minutes and fill out their Global Sex Survey. For every person that fills the survey out, Durex will donate 5 condoms to Dance4Life to pass out during safe sex promotions. 5 minutes = 5 condoms = 10 safer people.
Durex Global Sex Survey
(joe :: Global Sex Survey 2005)
Ronald McDonaldEvery Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday I know I'm in for a treat. Those are the days when David Giffels' articles show up in The BJ. I know I've said it before and I'll undoubtedly say it again, I love me some David Giffels. Today's article was no exception to my gush of love and random laughing fits.
Ronald McDonald, looking all buff and energetic, is dressed in new soccer clothes and frolicking with fruits and vegetables.So while we're on the topic of McDonald's, was I the only one bothered by the FryGuys? They were those mop-like puppets that jumped out of shrubs and ate your fries. I was bothered that they weren't fry colored. The Chicken McNuggets looked like nuggets, so why weren't the FryGuys more fry-like? Or why didn't they make fries that matched the FryGuys? Kids wouldn't snacked on some green and blue fries while they screwed around in Playland. It would've been so cool.
The BJ :: Chain icon deserves a break today
(joe :: Ronald McDonald)
Downtown Veggies: UpdateRemember when we said Akron was getting a new farmer's market? Well, we didn't lie about it; we just didn't know it would take this long to get. But now it's on the horizon.
Downtown Akron's new farmers market will open July 14.It's no West Side Market, but I'll take it.
The BJ :: New crop of farmers sprouting up in Akron
(joe :: Downtown Veggies: Update)
Where's Your Head At?So remember all that extra cash the state of Ohio has lying around? Well, we better hope it's going to education because the new state budget isn't going to help out our schools in the slightest.
The Republican-controlled Ohio legislature approved a two-year, $51.2 billion budget Tuesday that did nothing to restore cuts that were made to public schools in the last two years.Two letters: B.S. Public schools aren't going to fix themselves; they need the state to step up and do the right thing and ensure that all our kids are getting a good education. It just seems so common-sense to me. I guess that's why I'm not a politician.
The BJ :: Legislature OKs two-year budget
(joe :: Where's Your Head At?)
Art at Boba!I just got this in my e-mail and I wanted to be sure to pass it on.
Boba is ecstatic to announce the new addition of Bernadette Glorioso.. Bernadette will be offering art classes to all ages, preschoolers to senior citizens!!! Open the mind and allow creativity to bubble. Call 216.513.0154 for prices and times. Also coming soon art hour free to all.Boba has really been doing a great job bringing in really cool stuff to the area from art to music to poetry. If you haven't been, you gotta go. They serve bubble tea, coffee, sandwiches, soups, salads and gelato. If you've never had gelato, you are missing out. Gelato is the Italian version ice cream. It's pretty damn amazing. Oh, and they have WiFi, too, so you can surf RubberBuzz while drinking your bubble tea.Boba is located right next to Fuel. Here's their info:
356 South Main Street
(joe :: Art at Boba!)
What the Hell is Vitamin U?Vitamin U is real. I know it sounds fake, like something Daffy Duck, as Duck Dodgers of course, would be trying to mine from some purple planet while Marvin the Martian tries to blow it up. But this is real and it helps if you have internal bleeding! If you want to learn about other vitamins and minerals, check out this free workshop provided by Summa Health Care. I double dog dare you to ask them about Vitamin U.
Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements for Heart Patients — What Will Work for You?, June 30, 10 a.m., the F.A. Seiberling Naturealm Metro Park: Summa dietitian Kim Byerly will review the truth about supplements and which vitamins people need to stay heart healthy.Whest Side Leader :: Summa offers free health programs
(joe :: What the Hell is Vitamin U?)
Just One More ShotI'm creeped out by meningitis. My friend's dad passed away due to it shortly after I graduated high school. He was fine one week and gone the next. The disease strikes quickly and there is little that can be done once it has been contracted. Luckily there is now a vaccine for it.
Julianne Franks is unequivocal in her message to parents: Get your teens vaccinated against meningitis.The BJ article talks about teens getting the shot, but the article also suggests that people who may be exposed to it can get the shot. So if you have a fear of needles, suck it up and deal, this is totally worth it.
The BJ :: Mother urges vaccine for teens
(joe :: Just One More Shot)
Jazz @ Glendale: Art in a GraveyardMia and I went to Jazz @ Glendale over the weekend. We had a great time listening to some amazing live jazz and blues and walking by the final resting places of some of the most important names in Akron history. If they would have had a full bar the night would have been a lot better (and a little creepier), but we can't complain too much. Check out our adventures in the Glendale Cemetery in the just-updated Arts section.
(joe :: Jazz @ Glendale: Art in a Graveyard)
Die, Insect, Die!I hate bugs. I know that as a vegetarian I'm supposed to not kill things, but I draw the line when it comes to creepy 6-to-8 legged creatures. They need to be destroyed.
The city will follow a weekly fogging schedule from dusk to dawn that began this week and continues through Oct. 14. Spot fogging in response to calls from Akron residents also will be available throughout the summer and early fall.[...]
The BJ :: Akron mosquito fogging under way
(joe :: Die, Insect, Die!)
Akro-centricDavie G. referred to RubberBuzz as Akro-centric and we really like that title. So we're trying to be more and more Akro-centric everyday. And how can we all be a little more Akron-y? By reading about our fair city and listening to music from here! That why we've been poking around on Amazon for the last few days trying to get together a list of books about Akron or by Akron authors, music by local musicians, and ways to subscribe to local periodicals. Be sure to check out our new Akro-centric Books and Music section.
(joe :: Akro-centric)
Safety TownSafety Town was just about the coolest thing ever when I was growing up. I loved the traffic light in the middle of the roads painted on the blacktop of my elementary school. When I got older, I decided to give back and volunteer my time at one such camp. A few days into it, this little girl called me "a big asshole." I never laughed so hard in my life. She covered her face from embarrassment. After I composed myself, I told her not to say that again; I also decided right then that I liked her. For the rest of camp, I went out of my way to get her extra art supplies. I wonder how Safety Town works these days?
During Safety Town, the children learned bicycle safety, how to cross the street safely, water safety and more. They also learned about 911 and traffic lights and practiced riding the school bus in preparation for kindergarten.[...]When I was volunteering, we took the kids to see the jail cells at the local police station. They really liked the padded cell. I thought there were a few that we could leave behind. Some time in a padded cell might have done them good.
West Side Leader :: Children go to town with safety
(joe :: Safety Town)
TomKatFirst, Joey didn't end up with Dawson, she ended up with Pacey. But now she's left Pacey and has moved on to a slightly crazy Hollywood actor. Joey just should've stuck with Dawson. She would have had all the fun of a Hollywood star with the stability of a director. What was she thinking? I think The Superficial can do a better job then I can in summing up Miss Potter.
Here's the thing about Katie Holmes: despite Tom Cruise trying to convince the world otherwise, she's not that great. She's pretty dopey actually. She's been famous for about 10 years now, but you never really saw that much on her, and now that we have, it turns out she can barely speak. And she has no core belief system. More Play-Doh than Plato. Tom Cruise showed up six weeks ago, now she dresses completely different, she's monitored like an enemy of the state and she's converting to Scientology. She's like one of those programmable pleasure robots that were supposed to have shown up by now based on movies I saw when I was a kid.Joey, you have to leave Tom and go back to Dawson; he loves you more then Tom Cruise ever will. Let Rosie have him, you need Mr. Leary.
The Superficial :: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are engaged
(joe :: TomKat)
SadDrugs cause people to do crazy things, but withdrawl from drugs and the desire for mre are what really make people do stupid things. Case in point, Daniel Wright had to $200 a day crack habit. He went to rob a lady down the street whom he loved like a grandmother for chas to feed his habit. And how much money did he get?
Four dollars. That's why 82-year-old Rose Johnson's life was taken, according to a tape of the man who took it.This is sad, just plain sad. My heart goes out to both of these families.
The BJ :: Robber nets $4, life
(joe :: Sad)
Goodyear Blimp Down!Well, at least it wasn't Akron's blimp because what would a day in Akron be like without seeing the blimp out for it's daily walk? Answer: It would suck.
''At first, we thought it was just thunder, but then we saw the blimp,'' said Maryann Clark, general manager of the Red Lobster at 2000 N. University Dr. ``It looked like it was trying to land in our parking lot.''Herald.com :: Blimp crashes during heavy storm
(Mia :: Goodyear Blimp Down!)
I See Jazz PeopleDepartment of Things to Do. I've been seeing signs around town about Jazz @ Glendale but since I'm always driving when I see them I couldn't gather the details. Still it sounded cool so I was glad Ohio.com had a little article about it today because I would have forgotten all about it otherwise. A jazz concert in a old cemetery seems like a fun way to spend my Saturday evening. From their press release:
Jazz@Glendale features a variety of jazz bands located at selected sites within the grounds of Glendale Cemetery, an intact example of a 19th century picturesque rural cemetery. This informal evening of music includes the The Howard Street Blues Band, Jack Schantz, Groupo Brazil and the Bobby Selvaggio Quintet. A trolley will provide transportation within the cemetery- or visitors may stroll the grounds. Glendale Cemetery is an extraordinary venue for a warm summer evening of hot jazz and cool blues!I'm totally there. Here are more details:
Saturday, June 18, 2005
On the grounds of Glendale Cemetery, 150 Glendale Avenue, Akron, Ohio
Tickets available at the entrance
Adults $10.00 Children(12 and under) $2.00
Food and beverages will be available for sale
For further information call 330-990-5263.
Beacon Journal :: Cemetery is unique venue for jazz event
(Mia :: I See Jazz People)
BewitchedNicole Kidman and Will Ferrell are staring in a movie variation of one of my favorite TV shows of all time, Bewitched. Nicole Kidman is playing a Samantha-Stephens-like character and Will Ferrell is the Darren-ish character. I was really hoping that halfway through the movie someone else would start playing Will Ferrel's character keeping true to the Great Darren Switchup but no such luck. In any case, Bewitched fever is sweeping the nation, well at least it's sweeping Salem, Massechusetts. TV Land just dedicated a statue to the sitcom just weeks away from the release of the movie.
Welcomed by many - including the mayor and some city councilors - but reviled by others, a statue of 1960s TV icon Samantha Stephens of "Bewitched" was unveiled amid a puff of smoke in Salem on Wednesday.Let's just hope The Drew Carey Show never makes it onto TV Land. Then our neighbors to the north would end up with a pudgy statue hangin' out by the lake.
The BJ :: 'Bewitched' statue goes up in Salem
(joe :: Bewitched)
Up on my Soap BoxAkron's getting celebrity endorsment for the Akron Soap Box Derby. Maybe we can get some cool C-Llist celebrity like Joan Rivers or MC Hammer to endorse our little race. That would be about the coolest thing ever.
Akron's All-American Soap Box Derby is getting some Hollywood-style exposure this year, thanks to a highly polished television commercial that is now airing nationwide.[...]I guess we got a resident of the D-list to support our cause. I'll call Kathy Griffin; she loves those D-listers.
The BJ :: Derby goes glam for TV ad
(joe :: Up on my Soap Box)
Hit Me Baby One Last TimeIt's over, it's finally over. UPN had to pull the pug on Britney and Kevin: Chaotic a week early because I was the only person attempting to watch it. UPN shoved the last two episodes together into one last massive assault on my mind. It was truly horrifying. I'm still going to treat it at two episodes, though; I've got some damn good names for these episode and I'll be damned if UPN's gonna stop me from renaming them.
The first half hour of the show hurt me. Have you ever seen the show Ambush Makeover Well, if you haven't, it's a crappy show where someone gets a surprise crappy makeover. Brit and K-Fed must love this show because the conceived the wedding version of this show. They lured their friends and family to their "engagement party" and surprised them all with wedding! If I were Ma or Pa Spears I would've crapped my pants. I really wanted them to lay down the law and shave K-Fed's "beard." I'm sure the Spears have been giving them hell ever since, so this "episode" will be forever known as Britney and Kevin: Chaotic Episode V: The In-Laws Strike Back.
After the worst wedding in Hollywood history, the Spears-Federline camp dressed up in skeezy track suits with "Pimps" on the back of they guys' jackets and "The Maids" on the back of girls' jackets. I hate them. I really do. The jackets, Britney, K-Fed, this series, all of them are dumb. And then after accosting me with the worst wedding ever, the UPN subjects me to the worst video ever. The world premiere of Britney's new video for the song "Someday" was beyond crap. I'll leave it at that. My brain hurts. For the last five weeks my mind has turned to pudding for at least a half hour every week while trying to watch Britney and K-Fed develop a "relationship." Now, I can have my life back. So here it is, the final name for an episode of Chaotic...Britney and Kevin: Chaotic Episode VI: The Return of My Sanity. There it's over... forever. Part of television history, not television present.
Episode IV: A New Reality Show I'd Rather Watch
Episode III: The Revenge of the Brit
Episode II: The Annoying Wars
Episode I: The Phantom Plot
(joe :: Hit Me Baby One Last Time)
Treasure HuntingThis past weekend, my neighborhood had a huge garage sale. This attracted about a billion people to my quiet street making it nearly impossible to navigate your way out to the main road. But on the bright side, I was able to snag some Grade-A Little Tikes stuff for my cousin. I wonder if there'll be any treasures like this at the benefit Yard Sale for The Books for Africa Library project?
The Books for Africa Library project -- conceived by Copley Township resident Hilda Bromley in 1996 while she was recovering from brain tumor surgery -- has been responsible for setting up 28 libraries in and around Ghana.[...]You gotta get there early,though, otherwise all the good stuff will be gone before you arrive. But even if you can't get there early, still check it out. It's for a good cause.
The BJ :: Yard sale for project
(joe :: Treasure Hunting)
Art Up in SmokeI am not a smoker. It's not that I'm against it, in fact, I like the smell of some cigarettes, and if I didn't smell like an ashtray when I came home from the bar, I'd be a little disappointed. But now I feel like I need to encourage people to take a puff on their smoky treats; it could mean more art for Summit County.
If the circumstances work out, it's possible that sometime in the future Summit County residents will have to thank smokers for new statues, paintings and other public art projects.[...]This would be an interesting issue to put on the ballot. I'm sure there would be an outcry from the puffing populous and maybe even one from the non-smoking section. The 30 cent per pack tax could be overwhelming for this area and I think people would have a hard time passing a bill for art when they have a hard enough time trying to support local schools. Would I like to see something like this pass? Sure. I love art and everyone can benefit from it, but I don't think this should be a Summit County priority. Unless RubberBuzz is considered art and we get a cut, then I think we should pass it... tomorrow.
The BJ :: Summit arts district considered
(joe :: Art Up in Smoke)
Talkin' About the Dog Wash Yeah!I love this idea... a self-serve car wash and pet wash:
The store will feature two self-serve and two touchless automatic car wash bays, as well as three pet wash bays, equipped with waist-high (to a human) stainless steel tubs with ramps and soap dispensers. Pet owners can even condition their pets, give them a flea and tick bath and blow dry them.I bet there's nothing like a nice bath after a day at Bark Park - well, if most dogs didn't hate baths. Like one of my dogs, Gopher, is so bad that the vet gave my mom puppy valium to keep him mellow during a bath. And haircuts. And thunderstorms. Poor Gopher. Anywho - another great thing about the car/pet wash hybrid is the time management possibility - one person washes the car and one person washes the dog (or other pet, I suppose it's not limited to dogs... but dogs are better). And that leaves more time for the park. What's not to love?
The Quick Clean Car and Pet Wash Store opens July 1 at 2500 Mayfair Road in Springfield Township.
Beacon Journal :: Car wash welcomes pets
(Mia :: Talkin' About the Dog Wash Yeah!)
Scott FreeYou knew this post was coming. Michael Jackson was found not guilty on all charges brought before him. Now I could write about the detail of the case and how the accuser just wasn't convincing, but I think that'd be boring. Instead, I want to talk about all the crazed fans that were hanging around the courthouse.
First up, license plate guy. This random shirtless Californian had his license plate on a giant chain and wore it like a necklace. It read "MIKL JXN" or something crazy like that. When they showed him after the first not guilty was read, I thought he was going to faint. But before I could watch him pass out, MSNBC switched shots to my next favorite fan.
Bird Lady let out a white dove (or maybe a pidgin, I really couldn't tell what it was) every time a not guilty verdict was read in the courtroom. I bet those birds went and crapped on MJ's herd of black SUVs.
This brings me to my favorite of The King of Pop's fans, Le Fanatique Fou. This guy was jumping around with a French flag that said "France Loves You Michael." His jumping with a flag didn't set him apart from the rest of the crowd. What sets him apart is how beat Michael back to Neverland by a good five minutes. I know I saw this guy jumping around after the entourage left. And then during a split screen of helicopter footage of the SUVs on their way to Neverland and the Neverland front gate, there he was still jumping around with his French flag. Now that is devotion.
(joe :: Scott Free)
One Step Forward, One Step BackOhio is in the process of removing a tangible property tax on businesses. This is a property tax assessed on the net worth of equipment a business holds. It is a deterrent to businesses that are looking to open up shop in Ohio, but now that it's going, hopefully we'll begin to see businesses return to the Buckeye State.
Fewer than 10 states still have a tangible personal property tax. Business groups have complained for decades that the tax makes Ohio less competitive.But while this tax is leaving, a new tax is on the horizon. And this one the voters won't get to approve.
For years, school officials have asked the state legislature to let local property taxes grow annually to help fight inflation and reduce the number of levies put before voters.This will be another interesting topic to watch. With so many schools in the area starving for cash, the half-mill increase could solve some issues, but the residents have no say. That's starting to sound a little Big Brother-ish to me.
The BJ :: Half-mill tax doesn't need voter approval
(joe :: One Step Forward, One Step Back)
K-FetusWe're starting to wonder about the fate of the spawn of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. All the tabloids are saying the kid's going to be a girl, so will she be a pop diva in training or a druggy wench? More importantly, what kind of crappy name will she get?
We're not taking any chances, we're going to collect baby names for the kid and put them on display so Brit-Brit and K-fed can choose the best one for their kid's name.
So now it's up to you to submit some names. We'll be posting our favorites for all to see.
Name that Kid
(joe :: K-Fetus)
Settling for LessI really wanted to blog about this Meth Lab article in The BJ, but it was too long and oppressive. So I'm settling for less. Instead I'm gonna blog about something that could impact us all: a sales tax hike.
An extra 0.5 percent sales tax would bring in roughly $36 million a year in the county. [Green Mayor Dan] Croghan said that would be more than enough to make up for any cuts to the Local Government Fund and give law enforcement agencies the $8 million to $10 million they are seeking to help support countywide programs like the drug task force.So I guess in a way this article does relate to meth labs. A good portion of the new cash flow would be used to fund local police, and they're the ones dealing the Summit's meth issues. The good news is we wouldn't really notice the tax increase; so if it happens, nothing changes.
The BJ :: Summit considers sales tax increase
(joe :: Settling for Less)
John PugliaLast night Mia and I went to the John Puglia opening at Revival and Square Records over the in The Square. We got there around 8ish and there were people everywhere. Art enthusiasts had flooded the two shops and spilled onto the sidewalks. Highland Square was so alive with people and music; it was totally awesome.
Now on to the art. Revival housed a number of pieces on the walls above their goods. These appeared to done on blueprints. Definitely cool. There was some totally awesome mixed media pieces hanging in the back of Square Records. These works were digital photograph on wood. The wood was assembled in almost a pallet rack fashion with the photography affixed to it on multiple plains to create an amazing and unique finished product. My personal favorite piece of the evening was called come from the wood and photography series and is called "The Last Supper at Annabell's" which featured a man passed out with a pint of beer and surrounded by Annabell's steak dinners.
If you have a chance, get out to Revival and Square Records and check our the John's art. The show runs until June 30.
(joe :: John Puglia)
I'm Moving to AlaskaI think I could live in darkness for six months if I didn't have to worry about sweating like I am. Last night I ventures to a nice, non-Posh nightclub and lost about 4 pounds of water. This crazy June heat combined with the gyrations from the dance floor made me feel so sick I could hardly drink my pint glass of vodka.
Man dons gorilla suit outside as promo in month 6 degrees hotter than average[...]Stupid heat. It's even too hot to blog.
The BJ :: Weekend is scorching
(joe :: I'm Moving to Alaska)
Stuff to do This WeekendThe news today totally sucked, so I spent some time looking for some cool things to do this weekend in Akron. Here's my list of fun things to do...
Tonight, at The Lime Spider, The Patrick Sweany Band will be rocking the night away. If you love seeing Pat play acoustically on Mondays at The Lime Spider, you've gotta get out and see him tonight with his band. They're an awesome show. Plus, its at The Lime Spider. They have one of the best beer selections in town.
Saturday, I'll be at Revival and Square Records for the John Puglia art show opening. Spend an evening in The Square. Get dinner at Dodies, Two Amigos or Aladdin's. Then snag some coffee at Angel Falls or a drink at Annabelle's, The Bucket or Metro before heading over to Revival and Square Records to see some art and listen to the music of Genetically Yours.
Then there's Sunday, poor boring Sunday. There's not a lot going on so why not head to the zoo and see the new expansion and see the bald eagles?
(joe :: Stuff to do This Weekend)
Wal-Mart WoesI still don't know how the ad got by PR, but somehow Walmart ran an ad featuring book burning. That was like a monthish ago, and now the dip responcible for the ad is leaving Wally-world.
A Wal-Mart public relations official has resigned -- a month after the retail giant apologized for a newspaper ad featuring a photo of a book-burning in Nazi-era Germany, a spokeswoman said Thursday.I wonder if Cleveland will get a Nazi-esque ad in the Plain Dealer? There's been a big stink with our neighbors to the north about the proposed Walmart going in. But I don't think the giant will make the same mistake twice.
The BJ :: Wal-Mart PR official quits
(joe :: Wal-Mart Woes)
Death TrapCleveland Scene has dubbed the Y-Bridge the Suicide Bridge. I don't think that's fair for our concrete giant.
Since its construction in 1981, the Y-Bridge has served as the launch site for 43 suicides and countless more attempts.Okay, so that's like two a year. That's sad, but that's nothing compared to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Golden Gate Bridge is the No. 1 suicide landmark in the world. Since it opened in 1937, an estimated 1,300 people have ended their lives by jumping off this monumental structureThat breaks down to almost 20 deaths a year. And that's only the deaths that they know about. We don't know how many others have jumped off the bridge, their bodies never to be seen again. At least in Akron, we have solid numbers. The bodies aren't going to float away, they're going to land on some one's house (yet another reason why I'm not a home owner). Sound crazy? Well, it's true.
As her kids played in its shade, [Juliet] Shreve relaxed to the sound of cars whooshing by overhead. Then, she heard the rustle of trees and a heavy thud. "Someone hollered, 'A body!'" she recalls.Which brings me to my final point. If you've had a tough life and you're going to commit suicide, why would you want to screw with the minds of innocent little kids? What if you fell on one of those kids and took him or her out with you or screwed them up mentally for having to see your mangled body? You'd just be being selfish. Oh, and if you're seriously thinking about suicide, call the Support Hotline on Portage Path at (330) 434-9144. They can help.
Scene :: Suicide Bridge
San Franscico Gate :: Power Over Life and Death
(joe :: Death Trap)
Get Fit Akron - UpdateI was finally able to get to the Get Fit Akron website today and noticed something strange...
Welcome!!May 22 - September 30? OK, Akronites, you have four months to get fit! Don't delay. No more help & encouragment after September 30 for you!
(Mia :: Get Fit Akron - Update)
OMG, did you hear....Everyone needs a little celebrity gossip. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite tidbits of the week:
Kelly Osbourne: New album & new rehab. Jack Osbourne: WTF? That's Jack Osbourne?!
Russell Crowe is very, very sorry.
Lilo does blow? Say it ain't so...
Celebrity Baby Name of the Week: Moxie CrimeFighter.
Are Boobney & K-Fed having a girl?
Jessica Alba's Fantastic Two.
TomKat still going strong. Still not very believable. (Sidenote: Is anyone else freaked out by Tom Cruise's hair lately?)
We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.
(Mia :: OMG, did you hear....)
Episode IVLast night was episode 4 of Britney and Kevin: Chaotic. I watched exactly 7 minutes of the show before I began to feel my brain melt. I couldn't watch anymore of Brit & K-fed's train wreck of a developing middle school relationship. A good five minutes was spent talking about how neither of them wanted to say "I love you" first. Luckily, I remembered that last night was the season premiere of Blow Out on Bravo.
I quickly flipped from UPN to Bravo to see the antics of celebrity stylist Jonathan Antin as he prepares to launch his product line and deal with the everyday dramas of running a salon, doing $500 hair cuts and $5000 celebrity house calls. Then I noticed one of the stylist in the salon, Alyn I think, had on a shirt that I own. I really felt justified in my purchase.
So back to the purpose of this season, the product launch. The lady who's helping launch the product has really bad hair and I think Jonathan should make her over, that is if she hasn't gotten canned yet for saying on TV that she wants to sacrifice the quality of the product so she can get it to market. I already hate her. She's the Amarosa of this show. Sorry, Jonathan, I don't think she's good PR for your product. I wonder if sales have dropped in the past 24 hours?
Oh wait, this post is supposed to be about Britney and Kevin. Okay. I'll just give the episode a new name and pretend that I watched it. Alright, the new name is Britney and Kevin: Chaotic Episode IV: A New Reality Show I'd Rather Watch. Only two episodes to go.
(joe :: Episode IV)
What's the 311?My boss is a big fan of 311. You don't know what 311 is? It's the newest thing in Akron. Just dial 311 and you get hooked up with city. Then you can procede to ask them any question about the city. So far they've had the answers to "What's the number for the police?," "How do I throw a block party?" and my personal favoite "So is there a hamburger festival or something like that going on?"
I bet they have some really good stories of the crazy things people ask about. They should have keep a list of the question and publish the to 100 dumb questions people ask every year. They could probably make a whole fundraising event out of the evening.
Anyways, if you have a buring question about the city, give 311 a try.
City of Akron :: 311
(joe :: What's the 311?)
Surplus CashWhile the US is going deeper and deeper into debt, Ohio has come up with a nice little surplus of cash.
While special interest groups following the budget have ideas for the money, Ohio's two Republican legislative leaders -- House Speaker Jon Husted of Kettering and Senate President Bill Harris of Ashland -- agree that the revised estimates should not lead to additional spending by state government.[...]I have an idea! How about we bail out our schools that are in debt? I mean, shouldn't we worry about our kids before we worry about lining our pockets with a few extra bucks? I don't know, maybe I'm thinking too logically.
The BJ :: Surplus in state budget touted
(joe :: Surplus Cash)
Art Opening This WeekendI just got this in my inbox this morning. There's going to be an art opening at Revival and Square Records in Highland Square this Saturday. The opening will also feature the music of Genetically Yours. Art and live music together, what a great combination, this is definitely worth checking out. Here's the full information...
"smoke, wood, ink, smash, burden, beer, factory, kiss, chili-mac, blood, fish, shot, jump, pigeons, lamp black, bridge, scratch, whiskey, tar, solvent, lung..."
(joe :: Art Opening This Weekend)
Life LessonsHere's Davie G.'s life lessons for kindergarteners:
Lesson One: Every afternoon, you curled up with a soft blanket and closed your eyes and rested. Next year, you will leave that blanket at home, and you will begin learning how to fight off a yawn at 2 in the afternoon.I let the giggles out when I read this one. I wish I would've gotten this speach at my college graduation. Instead, my speaker ended up talking about how he got scholarships to play football and how traditional business is great. Deep down, I bet he just wished he had a office with a lock so he could take a nap.
The BJ :: 6-year-olds can learn 10 life lessons
(joe :: Life Lessons)
We Want to Live BlogI think live blogging would be totally cool. We could go to an event and post as things happen; it's the text version of you being right there! Too bad the city isn't wireless. In fact our wirelessness rating has fallen.
Akron is cooler.Well, I guess it isn't impossible to do a live blogging event. There are wireless spots around town. But I don't think a live blogging of having a salad at McDonald's would be all that exciting.
The BJ :: Akron cools off as Wi-Fi `hot spot'
(joe :: We Want to Live Blog)
$100,000 a YearI could do a lot with a 100 grand a year. But what job could I get in Akron that pays $100k? Blogging about Bo, Luke, Daisy and the General Lee.
Country Music Television has selected its first "vice president" for the Dukes of Hazzard Institute. The first task for the New York-based executive: Upgrade the Institute's new facilities.It sounds like CMT wants to be the next TWoP. I just hope Nelson can do the show justice unlike Jessica Simpson. Oh, you haven't heard? Jessica is playing Daisy Duke in the new Dukes of Hazzard movie. Bo and Luke Duke will be played by Seann William Scott from American Pie and Johnny Knoxville of Jackass fame. But here's the best parts, Boss Hogg will be played by Burt Reynolds and Willie Nelson is playing Uncle Jesse. That kicks ass.
CNN.com :: 'Dukes of Hazzard Institute' VP hired
(joe :: $100,000 a Year)
Keepin' My E-mailI wonder if Michael Jackson had to turn over all his personal e-mails, IMs and iPod? I can just imagine the court scrolling through MJ's iPod and looking at all of the children's songs on it. Or his e-mails filled with simple sentences and monosyllabic words.
More and more, the courts are ordering businesses to turn over instant messages, e-mails and computerized memos as evidence in disputes, including workplace lawsuits. Anything is fair game in electronic discovery -- even the records stored on an employee's home computer, his PDA, his cell phone, his laptop, his iPod.Just for the record, we save all our e-mails, but still, please don't sue us.
The BJ :: Virtual evidence
(joe :: Keepin' My E-mail)
BloodmobileThe Bloodmobile is coming...
Here's a listing of places where you can donate blood today through Saturday. Donors must be at least 17 years old,...heterosexual,...
...weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Please bring identification.The BJ :: Bloodmobile
(joe :: Bloodmobile)
Get Fit Akron... LaterOK, I was really excited to post about getfitakron.com, which according to the flyer that came in my cable bill is:
A brand new website where you can get the latest health-related news and sign-up in a password secure area to track your progress. We'll have recipes, a community events calendar and lots of other ideas for adopting healthy behaviors and making everyone in our community more fit!That sounds great doesn't it? Only problem is the site is either not up yet or it's just not working. So instead I'm going to give getfitakron.com and everyone else out there a piece of web marketing advice. Don't promote your site unless it's there.
I'll be sure to let you all know when getfitakron.com is up and post more about it when I can actually check out the site...
(Mia :: Get Fit Akron... Later)
North Side of Highland SquareMia and I went to the Highland Square Neighborhood Association a few weeks ago and left with more questions about the neighborhood then answers to what was The Square's future. For the past few years, redevelopment of the North side of Market Street has been in the works. The land owner wanted front parking, the residents wanted barking behind to maintain the look of the area. The good news for the residents is it sounds like they elected an official who cares about their interests.
"When I look at that [area], I see it more of a gateway into Highland Square, and I would rather see retail space in front with parking in the back," [Dan Horrigan (D-Ward 1)] said.I should note that Horrigan did say "rather see retail space in front with parking in the back." Rather is not an absolute word and many of the people in Highland Square feel that parking in the back is absolutely neccessary to keep the look and feel of the area alive.
West Side Leader :: Highland Square redevelopment still moving forward
(joe :: North Side of Highland Square)
History RepeatsI'm amused by how history actually does repeat itself. It may not be the exact same as in previous years, but certain things come back to haunt us. As Davie G. from The BJ points out, monkeys seem to play a big part in important trials at the beginning of the century.
Like it or not, [the Jackson trial] is the Trial of the Century. And even though the century is only 5 years old, I'm confident it will hold that title for decades. The Jackson story defines our present culture as much as any American event has defined its era. We are going to have to live with that.As Jacko's trial nears its end, I would like to take a minute to reflect on my favorite memories of the Trial of the Century. First there was Jackson getting on top of the black SUV to greet the crowds who gathered to support him. Then there was the pajama incident and the Jesus Juice. And who can forget Jackson saying "I'm a warrior," and denying the licking of heads? And finally, we can't neglect to mention the countless number of memorable headlines from the Drudge Report that made us giggle and feel just a little bit repulsed. I'll be happy when this trial finally ends, but I know I'll always have my Jacko memories to make fun of... er... I mean, reflect on.
The BJ :: Trial of star a revealing look at us?
(joe :: History Repeats)
Keeping Akron WarmNow that the weather is all nice and warm, it's tough to think about people who freeze at night during the winter. But we need to. It's a sad fact that some of our fellow Akronites freeze while we're warm in our beds, but we can help.
As I was scanning The BJ this morning I came accross their events and programs and I saw an activity for Warm Up Akron. I never heard of the group, so I went and checked out their website. They make afghans for needy people in Akron. If you know how to knit or crochet check out their meetings and help out the needy. They meet at the Mogadore Library on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 3-4:30pm and from 6-7:30pm and they also meet at Danbury of Cuyahoga Falls on the first Tuesday of the month from 3-4:30pm.
If you can't make it to the meeting, you can donate an afghan or knitted or crocheted blocks (either 7 inch square and 7 x 9 inch rectangles) to their efforts. Contact Sheryl at Warm Up Akron for more information.
Don't know how to knit? Then check out Stitch & Bitch. They meet every Wednesday at Square Records at 7 pm in Highland Square. They'll teach you, then you can start making squares and rectangles.
Warm Up Akron!
The BJ :: Events, programs
(joe :: Keeping Akron Warm)
Akron News Could GoI think it blows that a city the size of Akron doesn't have more then one TV station. We get all of the Cleveland leftovers. And now our one TV station, PAX 23, is ending its partnership with Cleveland's Channel 3, meaning that the Akron-Canton news could be gone.
In March, Channel 23's owner, Paxson Communications, notified Channel 3's owner, the Gannett Co., that it would end their joint sales agreement on June 30.I'd really like to see real local news stick around. Not that I really watch it, but I like knowing that Akron is being properly covered and not just getting the occasional bad news piece from the big Cleveland players.
The BJ :: Newscast knocked off the air
(joe :: Akron News Could Go)
Blackwell Getting Sued: UpdateHa! I love it when Blackwell loses!
Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Dale Crawford granted a temporary block of Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell's directive for all 88 counties to choose a new voting system by mid-May.Not only do I love it when Blackwell loses, but I also love it when counties are given time to make the best possible choice for their county instead of being forced into purchasing equipment from only one manufacturer.
The BJ :: Judge's ruling extends voting machine deadline
(joe :: Blackwell Getting Sued: Update)
Giving Back to the Arts CommunityThe Akron Community Foundation has divvied up nearly $2 million to area art and culture programs. $320k of the cash is coming from the ACF's Community Fund with the remaining amount coming from 60 locals and area non-profits.
The Akron Symphony Orchestra received the biggest grant of $35,000 for its 2006 "Concerts for Kids" series, which conducts 14 concerts for children throughout Summit County.For a complete list of grants, check out The BJ's article.
The BJ :: Akron foundation awards funds
(joe :: Giving Back to the Arts Community)
School's Out ForeverFairlawn Elementary and David Hill are the first two schools slated for demolition in APS's $800 million plan to rebuild and renovate the district. Yesterday was the last day of classes at both school.
Thursday was the last day of the calendar year for Akron Public Schools. The day of goodbyes took on special significance at David Hill and Fairlawn elementaries.The kids aren't the ones who are upset by the change, that all is coming from generations who spent their youth in those schools.
Cynthia Slack, said, "I don't know that the kids are as concerned as the parents" are about being bused next year and the impending demise of the Fairlawn Elementary building. The red-brick structure in West Akron near the border with Fairlawn was built in 1929.That seems to be a common theme in Akron. The next generation is ready to move forward, but the previous generation is providing roadblocks to the future. And I'm not just talking about schools, I'm talking about area business and the Akron "cool" factor, too.
The BJ:: Two Akron schools are out -- for good
(joe :: School's Out Forever)
Dark FiberThis is awesome. OneCleveland is trying to expand into Akron. OneCleveland is a super high-speed internet service that is based on Dark Fiber. For those of you who don't know what it is, Dark Fiber is a technology that allows data to be passed using light. According to The BJ its about 1,300 times faster then a dial-up connection. Take that Roadrunner.
Great, so Akron's gonna have the Internet. What's that really going to do? I think I'll let Erika Smith answer that one.
For hospitals, schools, government agencies, arts organizations and research institutions, this means super-fast Web access at a relatively low price. (Individual users can't tap in.)And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Imagine teaming the Akron Art Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art together to help spread art to the masses. There could be giant teleconferences when big name speakers come to Akron or Cleveland. Now if Akron only had free wi-fi...
The BJ :: Computer network to expand to Summit
(joe :: Dark Fiber)
Do You Have Your Card Yet?Do you have your Do Downtown card yet? I don't. But I did start the (long) process. If you go to DowntownAkron.com, you can sign up for the card. I filled out their little form and then the site sent me to my printable temperary card. I figured, "Sweet. They're gonna send me my card." Oh no. I have to go redeem my fake card for a real one. So now they have my address and are going to send me tons of crap that I will never look at and I have to go pick up my damn card which I will probably never use but want to have just in case.
If you want to save yourself from the impending mail onslaught, you can probably just go ask for one at the following places:
(joe :: Do You Have Your Card Yet?)
Episode III: The Revenge of the BritIn last night's episode of Britney and Kevin: Chaotic, we see the Dark Side of Britney emerge before our very eyes. It seems Britney has some serious anger control issues. For most of the episode, I think she wanted to cause some serious harm to K-Fed, unfortunately it never happened. For these reasons and more, I have dubbed this episode Britney and Kevin: Chaotic Episode III: The Revenge of the Brit. If I wasn't scared of Britney before, I am now.
Just like a Train Wreck
TWoP :: Scared To Love You
(joe :: Episode III: The Revenge of the Brit)
Criminals of the WeekGotta love the West Side Leader...
AKRON POLICE: Officers observed a man carrying a TV set down Simon Street May 23 and determined it had been stolen during the burglary of a residence on that street. The suspect was charged with burglary, criminal damaging and cruelty to animals for killing two rabbits in the home.West Side Leader :: Neighborhood watch
(joe :: Criminals of the Week)
Why I Haven't Bought a House: Part 2If it's not a meth lab in the basement, it'll surely be 20,000 bees living in my floor.
An Oklahoma family has found a surprise under the floorboards of its historic Tulsa home: 20,000 bees.Not only would I get the bees, but I'm sure the sealed container would crack and then the bees would fly around my house and not just in the floors. Then 15,000 of the 20,000 bees would sting. I'd end up in the hospital and I'd have to sell that demon home to pay my medical bills.
WFTV.com :: House Infested With 20,000 Bees
(joe :: Why I Haven't Bought a House: Part 2)