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What's up TC (and World?) Tell us what's going on.

With the all-over-the-board content here on HDD, we sometimes forget that one of the original reasons we started this shit (besides talking about ye olden salad days) was to document stuff going on in the TC--bike rides, music, street art, graffiti, etc. And while it's the written word that seems to garner the most attention around here (we appreciate that, btw), we are still committed to those things.  We are always looking for contributors--stories, art, music, photos, whatever. Send your submissions or ask any questions at thee.n.o.b@gmail.com We'd love to hear from you!

In the meantime, here are a few flicks from last summer that never made it up.  KSC...

St. Pl, MN, Summer 2010 


RE: I'm So Uncool?: Things I'm Not Sure Whether I'm Supposed To Like Or Not, But Kind Of Do Either Way.

Kid Rock
Kid Rock's songs are near-unlistenable.  That Sweet Home Alabama/Werewolves of London mashup summer jam fucking s u u u c k s.  I would punch Dan Henderson's right fist with my face until I blacked out if it meant I never had to hear it again.(1)  His persona though; that's another thing. I could watch Kid Rock host MTV Spring Break(2) all day long and never get sick of it. It's been said that charisma is simple: either you have it or you don't.  Whether you hate him or love him or you're indifferent, there is no denying Kid Rock is charismatic.  It's not so much Kid Rock the artist, as it is Kid Rock the person, or rather, the idea that I like.

Kristen Stewart
While acting is something you certainly can be bad at, I'm not convinced it's something you can be good at.  I've always had a soft spot for actors/actresses that are widely criticized as bad.(3)  The knock on K-Stew is what; that she's monotone, boring, lacks energy, lacks passion, has the same blank stare for every emotion, etc.  Yeah, I've heard it all.  I haven't seen the Twilight films, nor have I read the books, but I have seen other K-Stew movies, so I can see where people are getting this.  But here's the thing:  Who are we to say that's not who the character is?  We all know quote-unquote boring people in real life, right?  So it's very plausible that in movies there would characters that would be boring people too.  Sometimes that person might be one of the main characters.  And sometimes the actor or actress may have played that part perfectly.  I think Kristen Stewart is good great at what she does.

Napoleon Dynamite and Juno
I put these two films together, as both were released to equal amounts of praise and criticism and subsequently subject to undeserving backlash from both sides.  Both were tales of growing up as the product of unconventional family life.  Both were ripe with kitsch and purposeful quirkiness designed to evoke a wide range of emotions.  Which is exactly why some people loved them and exactly why some people hated them.  They were effective films, in that nobody had a middle-of-the-road reaction to them.  While opinions are just, well, opinions, some are in fact wrong.  It is widely regarded as truth that the people that didn't like these films, were A, miserable and depressed, B, right-wing conservatives, C, jealous, or D, haters.  And If for some strange reason you liked one but not the other, I would strongly suspect you're a very confused individual and would have difficulty explaining yourself to any reasonable person.

Hardee's/Carl's Jr.
Three percentage based facts concerning myself and Hardees's: 1-If you've ever been in the car with me at 4am on the way home from a party there is 80% chance you've heard me longingly ask the following question: "Can we go to Hardee's? Pleeease!?" 2-60% of all sourdough bread I have ingested in my lifetime comes from Frisco Melts.(4) 3-At the drive-thru, and at the last minute, 99% of the time I will add a Hot Ham-n-Cheese to whatever else I have ordered(5) and proceed to eat it on the way home.

Honorable Mention: Modest Mouse, diet soda, Red Hot Chili Peppers, red meat 


1-Never mind, I just watched the video and now I l o v e it!  Plus, Dan Henderson has a wicked right hand.
2-Does MTV still do this?  Remind me to tell you the story about a friend of mine that was a contestant on Singled Out-Spring Break edition.
3-For instance, I enjoy the work of Keanu Reeves, at least as far as Point Break and Speed are concerned.
4-True story: I never liked Sourdough bread until I had my first Frisco Melt.  I was in 8th grade, I believe.
5-Usually a Frisco Melt combo meal.


RE: I'm So Uncool: A Few Things I’m Not Supposed To Like, But Do.

Female Pop Vocalists
Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce… I love the lot of ‘em. I have a soft spot for pop music in general, but the girls really got it going on. There still some stuff that’s absolute shit, like that trashy bitch with the dollar sign in her name. But sometimes I just crave over-produced mindless melodies.

Confession: Kiss From a Rose is one of my favorite songs ever. I’m terribly embarrassed by this fact and I try to mask my joy whenever I hear that song on the radio in public.

I love food. I love good food. I love going to local restaurants where you know the cooks actually care about what they’re doing and are trying their damnedest to give you the best possible meal they can. But much like my cravings for sugary pop music, I crave empty calories and a patty made from bits of hundreds of cows. Yeah, I’ve watched those movies about how McDonald’s kidnaps your children and force feeds them happy meals until they get diabetes. Whatever. I don’t eat McDonald’s every day, but when I do it is damn delicious. Don’t even get me started on Taco Bell… but TB’s kinda cool, right?

Men In Their Late 30s
Yeah, I probably shouldn’t date dudes who graduated high school in the early 90s, but I do anyways. My rule is nobody over 40, but I tend to break that occasionally. Actually, I’m starting to get up there in years myself, so it probably isn’t as weird as it was a few years ago. What are guys that age doing messing around with 24 year old girls anyways? Perverts. Truth be told, the older fellows I mess around with are total losers most of the time, but I never said I had good taste in men.

Gay Porn
I’m a straight girl. Logic would conclude that I would watch straight porn. Then again, girls are supposed to think that porn is icky, right? I’m not like most girls. Gay porn is awesome because the more dick the merrier! Bears and leather daddies are fucking hot. Oh god, hairy guys… yessss.

On that note I think I’m gonna jill off and find some cheap shitty food.

I'm Faster Than My Shadow


The Enchanted Forest (A Tribute)

Ely, MN, 2/4-6/11

 R.I.P. Frederick Wiyfengla Yiran (Uncle Fred), 12/10/52-1/30/11


drnk emails to my editor: excrerpts from "RElax dude, I didn't know she had a girlfriend"

Ya know, this is the life.  A guy could really get tion to this.   A week aho I was in Mexico, laying by the pool, swiming in th ocean, eating great food, drinkning cerveza's anbut th is isnt so bad.  I'm lahing in baded, not mein, but th erather ghte granddaudghter of the women whos hosting tme.  I walked bEating buttersquatch candies, liteing to my ipod and readinhigh fideltiy.  I didn trea d theis book until now for a reaon.  Iit was given to mme a few years agon, and now, ae years later, I understnd why this nook was given to mee  at the point in my life that it was.  T
he baer was ok.  only 5-7 peole. One guy that was makeing a zpoint of being exremely onoxious, talki gas lloud as he could.  who the fuc cares I thought. but hten again, like, "who the fuck cares"  IAbout half way thorug my first lone it occurs to me that even  if i couwas int he poitin whre fucking yoa wsomeone an otion, that there is not a very good chane i coud indeed fuck somene irht now.  Not beicausI think Ive seen all the  this town has to fodffe int he wya of ladis .  And al the  the bartenedier is cute, she owuldt go fo a gy like me thas jus a touris t.  sure whe look godd at first, and w ahaven some thing th ey can dream abou but when it really come down o it, whaty need something staqble.  and an out of towner is anthing  but stga ble  in town ofr a fuckon en nigh and out.  nah, that doent sound to appealing now dies it.  but htat deoesnt amatter any wya as i am not ,  like i ssaid, in the  position to  e fcining someong.  i make my way  ack to my room.  i consifder for a moment trhowing aup a tag on one of  the dumpsters behind the gast statino.  ro mayb eon gone ofa sign. but th is thown is clean. whats th evalue of fucking it up?  wht do i really have gto gaing so somen that hha  i dont tag for th sake of tagging.  i tag  ecaus someon on  the inetnet said it was cool.  of course i m kindding but serijosly i see no pint in defacing thais town, where the only graf i ve see is in the mens bahtroom of the gas stationg on the other end oftwon, near the i e sculptures in teh partk, that siad "(inster name) sucks cokc."  And while i do find that highly entertaining, i dont thing one more NASER tag is worth it.  so, as i was saying this nt all th ebad.  a guy could bet used to this t.  lahying here eating buttersctch candies, listendg to ipod, and realking high fidelty in a bed that is not mine but rather the grandaughter of the host at whc im sthyaing.


I'm So Uncool. Or, A Few Things I'm Supposed To Like But Don't.

Recently I was out for breakfast--a surprisingly good breakfast, considering the establishment(1)--where upon ordering the egg white omelet I heard the person sitting across me from me say, under her breath, "Oh, he's one of those guys that believes everything he reads."  I must admit, I was appalled.  First of all, I don't believe I've actually ever read anything about egg whites...other than a text messages from my trainer.(2)  And while, yes, I did physically use my eyes to transmit a signal to my brain, I hardly count that as "reading."  The reality of the situation is that, even though it would be considered a clean meal, the egg white omelet was the most appealing thing on the menu to me at that particular time.  Well, that and I had already planned to ingest a Quarter Pounder combo meal and Shamrock Shake from McDonald's(3) later that evening.  And secondly, text messages about the nutritional benefits of egg whites aside, I am not one of those guys that believes everything they read, or in a broader sense, hears about.  If I was, I'd probably think Radiohead was a great band.

Never before has such a middle-of-the-road nonthreatening group of crybabies had so much praise heaped upon them by jock-riding wordsmiths.  Despite what millions of "Rock Journalists" would have you believe, when it boils down to it, Radiohead is really only good at one thing: Making records that would cause you to fall asleep at the wheel, if you should be so stupid as to put on a Radiohead CD while operating a motorized vehicle.  I've never even listened to a Radiohead album in its entirety.  B-to-the-ORING.

The Goonies
The Goonies, or as fan's affectionately refer to it, just Goonies is an impossibly overrated film.  I'm all for nostalgia(4) but saying Goonies is a must-see flick is clearly a case of clouded judgement based on sentiment for the old days.  I watched this for the first and only time last year, at the insistence of my GF, and was bewildered by the blandness of a film I'd been told my whole life was like, "the best movie ever" or something.  Yeah, it's the best movie ever...for taking a nap to.  Snoozefest.(5)

Sushi (6)

Kurt Cobain/Nirvana
First of all: fuck junkies and fuck suicide.  OK, just had to get the out of my system.  There is no denying Nirvana was the proverbial foot-in-the-door alternative/grunge/sort of punk/whatever band of the 90s.  I was there and I got totally into all of it...except for Nirvana.  I just couldn't.  Everything Nirvana and Cobain did seemed completely contrived, purposeful and lacking in authenticity.  And most of all, it was just, well, really irritating.  So what if Nirvana was influential and paved the way.  Great.  Thank you so much for Courtney Love, mustard colored cardigans, Puddle of Mudd, and Jax Teller's haircut.(7)

(dis)Honorable Mention: The Beatles, Motorhead, old Soul and R&B music, Irvine Welsh novels, Jay-Z, video games, Facebook(8), and Twitter.


1-The Bad Waitress: aptly names, overtly kitsch and over-priced.  And for some strange reason every sandwich has to have spicy Dijon mustard on it...even the one that doesn't say so on the menu.
2-Team Viggity bitch!
3-Cheat Meal bitch!
4-Read this blog much?
5-Literally.  I fell asleep about 15 mins in.
6-I actually like Sushi.
7-I actually like Jax Teller's haircut.
8-I finally caved in and made a FB page.  The very first thing in my news feed was this:

Last night as #### was reading his Bible and going through a study with the kids, #### (3yo) was looking in his picture Bible and said, "Dad, my Bible has lots of Jesus." - It just made us smile.
 -####### and 11 others like this.
 -###### said: So sweet!! "Let the little children come unto me". What's not to smile about?

FB needs to create an DO NOT LIKE button.