Thursday, March 30, 2017

Things are getting so bad I’ve started listening to R.E.M. again

...And I’m not sure how I feel about it. By Andrew J. Pridgen It’s not that I ever stopped liking R.E.M. it’s just that I grew up and away from them. There was more out there to discover. R.E.M. was a gateway drug like shake weed, Natural Ice or glossy print porn before the world was full of disgusting Eastern...

The Real Story of Novato’s Round House

Ed Note: The recent rental ad for Novato’s Round House on Craigslist is like having Emmanuel Lewis show up at your work Christmas party wearing a Braveheart costume and FaceTiming with the ghost of Elliott Smith. Or, in the words of the ad, its a once-, (maybe twice)-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Intel from a couple guys in line at Italian Delite yesterday...

How it feels to be a Duck

It is the morning after Oregon’s worst home loss since the beginning of the Carter administration...and I couldn’t be more nostalgic or more proud. By Andrew Pridgen I first came to know the University of Oregon in the fall of 1993. I was a freshman in Eugene and those first 90 days between drop-off and Thanksgiving were as eventful and...

Why it’s OK to root for present-day San Francisco to fail even if (especially if) you’re from there

A gated community. A city that is becoming uniformly wealthy, out of reach and out of touch. Too much reclaimed wood. Too many high-backed chairs. Teardrop light fixtures, everywhere. Soulless where there used to be a soul. Blank screens where there used to be imagination...Some shitty tapas place called Bask (get it, it's Basque!) where there used to be...

Who said it? 21 quotes that were uttered by either Donald Trump, Patrick Bateman or Both

Sadly, they seem to have a lot in common. Including what they say. By Andrew J. Pridgen One is a heir from a wealthy East Coast family who has extreme personality disorders and uses his day job as a materialistic Wall Street investment banker as cover for leading a double life as a serial killer. The other is a heir from...

The Elephant Bar is where dreams went to die were they to have known they were dreams in the first place

RIP Elephant Bar. We will miss that dry heave-inducing Kona Kooler and Chicken Lettuce Wraps combo over a post-work drink lament on a Tuesday. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was fortunate enough to call Concord my work home for three years early in my career. As a community reporter for the Contra Costa Times, my beats were Martinez, Walnut Creek...

We got a lot: 25 incredible things about Point Break on the day of its 25th Anniversary

Special thanks to Pt. Break scholar emeritus David W. Briggs for calling this one out this a.m. By Andrew J. Pridgen If you’re expecting a link-bait piece about the amazingness of Keanu and Swayze and that unclaimed piece of meat in Baja that turned out to be Rosie, well, fine — you got me. But there’s a lot more to Point...

The SEO Shakedown: Or, how to agitate for personal profit and bring an annoying end to creativity

Google has created its own world-wide hurricane-force storm of ephemeral information, the scattering of all letters and characters tossed into a Pacific Garbage Patch-sized mire of wordsludge and it built itself as the only lighthouse in the content shitstorm. SEO is the guide to becoming one of the beams of light glowing from a tower of boring math to...

Don’t go to Yosemite this summer

Your family’s summer Yosemite National Park trip is well-intentioned and stupid. By Kyle Magin Unless you’re pulling a mid-week visit and staying in the high country—which, let’s be honest, is only satisfying and/or possible for your most granola/well-funded/unemployed friends—you’re visiting the world’s most-visited national park with everyone else who has a weekend free this summer, which means literally everyone. You’ll sit in...

Why white people taking engagement photos in front of places where white people used to work signals the end of capitalism and life as we know it

We unapologetically telegraphed our demise to one another and did it with a smile and a chalkboard. By Andrew Pridgen Capitalism is over. The experiment is done. It failed. It not only failed for the masses it was supposed to fail for, but it is now failing for an ever-growing number of the few it was supposed to benefit. But we...

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