Yesterday my mom sent me a newspaper clipping. It was a wedding announcement for Twin Falls residents James Robert Tidmarsh and Ryan Frank Jensen who were married on July 5 in South Lake Tahoe, California.
I love technology. My idea of a perfect vacation is two weeks in a fancy hotel in some metropolitan city—stateside or abroad—surfing the Web and watching TV and movies, stopping occasionally to shop, take in a museum and eat great local food, all of which requires technology working at it's electronic best.
Over the course of yesterday and today, here at the swank offices of BW, we lost Internet and e-mail access and our phone system went down. Fortunately the server we use to get the paper put together stayed strong, and everything is (mostly) up and running again. It was tough, though, and our increasingly heavy reliance on e-mail and Google was brightly illuminated by the light of the BSOD.
Been e-mailing us and can't get a response? That's because our e-mail has been down since about 10 a.m. Monday morning. Our IT guy is working his fingers to the bone trying to get the problem fixed, but in the meanwhile, we encourage you to reach us the good old fashioned waythe telephone.
Call us at 208-344-2055.
I just spent the last half-hour vegging out in front of CNN's online video coverage. That's what happens when the house is TV-free, you find yourself trolling the Internet for news videos at midnight on a Friday.
After a week of talking about almost nothing but the economy--it seems that whether I'm at a business lunch, a concert or a in the middle of an interview the economy just keeps creeping in--I happened on a slew of economy-related news on CNN.
A woman who killed herself the day of her home foreclosure; yet another foreign analysis of the U.S. economy; how a tighter budget affects relationships and marriages ...
But there was also this trumpeting tidbit: New York City's uber-rich mayor Michael Bloomberg and gazillionaire Bill Gates have teamed up to throw a half-billion at smoking. In CNN's story, Bloomberg says if we do nothing smoking will kill a billion people by the end of this century (he also brilliantly quips that "smoking is preventable" while Gates beams with approval next to him). A billion, huh?
Let's do something radical here and think about this logically. Not one smoker in the United States is ignorant to the long-term health effects of smoking--in particular the one really permanent side effect we could simply call death. Not one. Beyond the United States, the situation is no different. I've bought cigarettes in developing countries. On the outside of each pack is printed a skull and crossbones or disgusting and graphic photos of lungs, fetuses or cancer-ridden mouths. People get it. Smoking will kill them. Do they need a couple of self-righteous non-smoking billionaires launching a campaign to reiterate what they already know? No.
What they need is money to feed their kids. What they need is money to keep a roof over their head. What they need is money for medical care. What they need is money invested in their futures.
That wealth is distributed so unevenly in this world is shitty, but it's also just a hard fact of the system we've created. But don't add insult to injury by choosing to piss away money telling people something they already know. Do something real to help.
One out of every 171 Americans is losing their home. 850 million people--almost all of whom are in developing countries--don't get enough food. And yet Bloomberg and Gates are worried about a billion people who knowingly made a decision that could kill them.
I know these two men are well-traveled. Are they so isolated in luxury that they don't see what's around them? I've fed starving and half-naked homeless kids in the streets of Bolivian cities. I've given money and food to gangs of malnourished street kids in Cambodia. I wear a bracelet on my arm everyday because it was a purchase from a kid in Morocco who wouldn't have eaten that day had I not given him two Euro for the jewelry.
And yet, Bloomberg and Gates toss out $500 million on cigarettes. I assume neither of them has ever been a smoker. Too bad, then they'd know that in the absence of food, a cigarette curbs the appetite every time.
Bike, hike or car pool to the multimedia art show titled The Embodiment Project. Organizers of the event are part of an intergenerational women's art collective working to help women discover ways to improve their self-esteem using art. The art showcase was produced by local women who, in an effort to express themselves through art, have plastered their own torsos and decorated the 3-dimensional pieces. Women of all shapes and sizes created artistic representations of their bodies in the hopes of opening dialogue about body image.
The weekend of artistic events begins Sat., July 26 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and then continues with a series of workshops held between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sun., July 27 including an opportunity for another casting party for those interested. Performances throughout the weekend include the Bois of Boise, DeLush, Pat Folkner, Boise Hoopla and the African Drum and Dance Ensemble. Support the cause by donating between $7 and $15 and all proceeds go toward a grant process to assist women's art projects. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/theembodimentproject. Location: 3801 Tamarack Dr., in northwest Boise between Catalpa and Taft streets.
Tonight: Josh Ritter and Andrew Bird. Tuesday: Lyle Lovett. Wednesday: Ani DiFranco. I don't think I've seen this many shows in a week since ... since ... shit, I'd like to say since high school, but I don't think I've ever seen three shows in three days.
Big nod to Knitting Factory. All three are KFCH shows and all I can say is way to come into town and kick some serious ass. The Big Easy never, ever, ever, EVER would have tempted me to put down my book and get out of my house three nights in a row. Never.
The show tonight, in a word: transcendent. It's tacky and cliche, I know, I know. Bird I plan to get to know better after our introduction tonight. Ritter blew it up. Last October's show at the Egyptian had a very intimate, reserved feeling about it. Tonight's show tore up the rule book and lit it on fire. From a lights-out "Idaho" to the encore's finale of an exuberant "Kathleen," I came away from tonight's show with one thing in mind: Josh Ritter is about to be too huge for the likes of a venue Knitting Factory's size. Lyrically he runs circles around Bob Dylan. And his endearing stage presence gets him even further. Props to the band. Poof ... he's Dylan, he's Springsteen, he's much too big to stand around greeting fans in the lobby, doling out hugs and smiles. Oh those were the days of the Egyptian ...
And we'll all say we knew him when.