Wednesday, June 27, 2007

If You Be My Dixie Chicken I'll Be Your Tennessee Lamb

28 years after Lowell George left his mortal coil in the nearby Key Bridge Marriot, I journeyed out to the pastoral splendor of Wolf Trap to hear Little Feat. I happen to like 10 minute guitar solos so their shows are my cup of tea.

Stereogab is demanding that The Aliens come to DC. So am I. So should you.

PJ has set up a blog for his Shanghai - Helsinki - Moscow trip next month.

Blind Bim now has a porch with a house attached.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Irish Poets Selling Cars

Made the mistake of watching a few minutes of network television this evening. Made an even worse mistake not muting the commercials. So I got to hear The Pogues "Sunny Side of the Street" playing over an ad for a Cadillac SUV. Now I know that song's far from their best, and I know selling songs for ads is old news, but it still sucks. It sucks because Cadillac sucks and SUVs suck and the whole finely-tuned consumer culture corporate juggernaut sucks.

The last line in the song goes: As my mother wept it was then I swore / To take my life as I would a whore.

Guess old Shane is just living up to his word.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Harold Johnson, September 30, 1918 - June 15, 2007

My uncle Harold Johnson died this past Friday morning. He was one of a vanishing breed. He was a farmer, like his father before him and like his son is now. He never traveled by jet and never had a desk job. He lived his whole life in the house where he was born. He was easygoing, witty, and had a love for the land and his place on it.

West Central Tribune obituary
WILLMAR — Harold Alexander Johnson, 88, of Willmar, died Friday at Rice Memorial Hospital.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Svea Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

He was born Sept. 30, 1918, on the family farm near Svea to Axel T. Johnson and Emily E. (Bouska). He grew up in rural Svea and attended the Sunnyside School. On Nov. 19, 1949, he married Millicent Forsberg in St. Paul. For many years he farmed on the family farm. He was a former member of the Sunnyside School Board, the Svea Coop Store Board and the church council.

He is survived by his wife; six children, Rebecca Johnson of Lake Lillian, Deborah Johnson of Willmar, David Johnson of Willmar, Jennifer Johnson of Willmar, Barbara (and Wayne) Stomberg of Renville and Douglas (and Teresa) Johnson of Willmar; three grandchildren; a sister, Barbara (and Wendell) Jones of Ridgefield, Conn.

He was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

New Song

A new Leafy Green song for summer.

Also have to commend film maker Esther Robinson for her poignant documentary about her uncle Danny Williams, a film maker in Warhol's Factory scene who got lost along the way. Interviews with Gerard Malanga, Brigid Polk (aka "The Duchess") and Billy Name, among others.

Donovan is blogging! And check out this Modern Lovers bootleg courtesy of Parabells.

Friday, June 08, 2007


Originally uploaded by tsogy
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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

My Friend Has Been Sentenced to 13 Years in a Cambodian Prison

Boris is a programmer I worked with until last fall when he went off on a vacation and never returned. Born in Korea, he picked what he thought at the time was an English name "Boris". I didn't talk to Boris every day but I probably chatted with him once a week. We would joke around; he has a good sense of humor. He reads the Wall Street Journal and is curious about politics and culture. We went out for drinks once. Nothing wild, just a few rounds at a nearby bar. Whenever he traveled he'd bring souvenirs back for everyone on the team. I have them at home and in my office. A wood carving of a bird, a vase with a glittery flower, a wallhanging from Peru, a t-shirt from Vietnam. He would do these funny lotteries where we all drew slips of paper, each with a number (in Korean). We'd have to guess the number and the lowest got to pick the first souvenir. He is a nice guy.

Yesterday I learned that Boris was arrested last fall in Cambodia for having sex with a 14 year old girl. The story hit the wires yesterday when the verdict was announced. He was sentenced to 13 years in a Cambodian jail. From what I can tell, being in jail in Cambodia is awful. Although I don't condone child prostitution, I also don't think that prison is a cure for addiction. It obviously isn't a deterrent. I'm sorry that my friend's life has been seriously derailed and my heart goes out to him as he is in a place I cannot imagine.