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Truck Vs. Truck.
Sighted five minutes apart, circling Union Square:

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bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: September 1st, 2004 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Note which banner is more professionally done. Contrary to the Republican buttoned-down image, if those vehicles were people, the "You're Fired" trailer would be an impeccably groomed guy in a Brooks Brothers suit, handing out embossed linen business cards; the "America" truck would be a wild-haired dervish who reeked of urine, wearing lime green pants and an aluminum foil hat, swearing incoherently at passers by. In this case the medium and the message are well matched.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: September 1st, 2004 07:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Here's one consolation: He'll never get that truck onto a subway car.
bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: September 1st, 2004 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
No, but it will feel like he did.
From: couscous1021 Date: September 1st, 2004 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Hiya Ken!

That truck on the right? I saw one just like it while getting a ride to the Detroit airport from Royal Oak. I thought, based on the "amateur crafty" look, that it was one man's truck and one man's odd way of expressing himself.

If it's an agreed-upon design, made by a collective, then...then I just don't know what to say.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: September 1st, 2004 07:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I wonder if the wild-haired dervish, as Bob puts it, drove his/her/its truck across the country to bring us heathen New Yorkers the word; "Stop cutting your hair! Don't bother showering! Pray every day! Listen to what the fillings in your teeth are telling you!"

I was a copy-editing intern on the Detroit Free Press in 1986 and I lived in Royal Oak. That's where I got my education in how bland suburban hell can breed good punk music; at the time it had a thriving and very political/progressive hardcore scene. It's no coincidence that Hole came out of the terrifying eastern shore suburbs of Seattle.

You know, I wanted to give you a movie recommendation in your earlier post where you mentioned Suspect Zero (why why why do the ads have to attempt to be cool and techie by slashing the zero, but do it in the wrong direction?), but the post is gone. Bob and I saw Garden State the other night. A near-perfect combination of great acting and brilliant writing that restored my faith in Natalie Portman as an actress.
bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: September 1st, 2004 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)
What he said. Zoot would give Garden State two dewclaws up: a human-scaled movie that manages to be very funny and very moving without special effects (besides La Portman's eyebrows, anyway).
From: couscous1021 Date: September 1st, 2004 08:48 am (UTC) (Link)
besides La Portman's eyebrows, anyway.

What's wrong with her eyebrows? Too thick, or did she pluck them all out?

bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: September 1st, 2004 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
They're prehensile; they have a life of their own. I mean, I find them incredibly erotic, but I've never seen a woman who could pick up a quarter with her eyebrows.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: September 1st, 2004 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd give her a lot more than a quarter for an eyebrow waggle or two. But it's true: it's like she has two perky little caterpillars on her head piping up with asides as she talks. They're more than expressive -- just like Italians talk with their hands, she talks with her eyebrows.
From: couscous1021 Date: September 1st, 2004 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah yes. My disappearing post! Back up now.

Garden State , huh? I've seen the ads but without word-of-mouth or a clear idea of the plot, I would most likely have let it slip past me. Now I have two votes for it!

You lived in Royal Oak? And it had a thriving music scene? Wow. If you had not told me I never would have guessed it. Pretty-looking town, but I hardly saw anyone, not even on a summer day. No bars, either.

I know there's a tiny little cobblestone area somewhere with stores and such- is that where you went to see bands?

You have family in Arizona and lived in Detroit but remember red subway cars. Were you born in New York? I'm pretty sure Bob was based on his White People Relocation comment, but I'm not sure about you.

bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: September 1st, 2004 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Bob was born and raised in Brooklyn. He has escaped, for varying periods, to different parts of the country (and a few of the world's oceans).
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: September 1st, 2004 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I was in Royal Oak for nine weeks almost 20 years ago, so I can't direct you to the spot and maybe it's all gone. But in the summer of 1986 there was a downtown block or two that had two or three good record stores, a couple of vintage clothing stores (at one of which I bought an army jacket that I wore till it fell apart about six years go), and a couple of clubs. I don't remember any cobblestones but that urban renewal project might have come later (and probably involved chasing away the punks who used to hang out on the street corners). Maybe it's all Starbuck's and Gap now.

I was raised in New York City, Staten Island to be specific. (To picture Staten Island, imagine the white neighborhoods of Queens with a gigantic moat around them, and all the subway lines plugged up at the border. It's looking likely that SI will have a Nascar track soon.)

I should note that while I grew up in a segregated neighborhood and went to segregated schools all the way through high school, my family was not a case of white flight. My mother's maternal family had been on the Island back to well before the war, and her father was an Irish immigrant. My father's parents moved to SI when the city tore down their house on the Lower East Side to widen an approach to the Manhattan Bridge. They offered my grandfather an apartment in the projects but he decided he wanted to own a home, and since he'd grown up in Rosebank, they bought on SI.

I spent a summer in Detroit, lived for two years in Central Pennsylvania, and five years in New Jersey. Of them all, Central PA was the nicest spot, but too rural for my tastes. (If Pennsylvania is a swing state, it sure as hell isn't due to the voters in Centre County.) But I'm happy to be home in NYC; barring terrorist or Repugnant action, I hope to stay here.
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