The Baystate Objectivist

The Baystate Objectivist

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Crib

Pics of my pad.

Hey everybody, check out my new chilltown apt.

Here's the kitchen.

The kitchen from another angle.

This is the living room.

Here's where all the hot action takes place!

In my mind anyway. This is the view out my bedroom window.

I'm sure you'll see more of the place in future photographs.

When I got off the bus in downtown Northampton yesterday I saw that there was a protest rally going on in front of City Hall. They were protesting the repeal of gay marriage in California.

As usual, there were more women protesters than men.

The sterotype is that lesbians are political, but gayboys just wanna have fun!

Like most stereotypes there's a kernal of truth to it, but there are still plenty of queer guys who are politically involved.

Around noon today I was passing through the area around Fearing Street in Amherst when I noticed a lot of disarray leftover from last night's parties.

Despite my current devotion to sobriety, I sympathize with UMass party culture since I was definitely a member of it when I was a UMass student. In fact, the wildest beer bash I ever attended in my life took place at this little house on North Pleasant Street around 1979. It lasted three days, of which I can only remember the first two.

I don't even wanna know what I did on the third. I realize that in partyland "noon" is known as "dawn" and too early to expect anyone to be awake cleaning up from the night before. But if the kids want the parties to continue without a crackdown, they need to avoid offending the neighbors with sights like this.

In Hamp the other night I saw that there was a big crowd in front of the Calvin waiting to get into the Dark Star Orchestra performance. They specialize in re-creating classic Grateful Dead shows with note for note perfection. For those fans too young to have seen the real Grateful Dead, the Dark Star Orchestra is all they have.

I'm saddened to hear that the last surviving member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience has been found dead.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience of the 1960s and the group's last surviving member, was found dead in his hotel room early Wednesday. He was 61.

Mitchell was a powerful force on the Hendrix band's 1967 debut album "Are You Experienced?" as well as the trio's albums "Electric Ladyland" and "Axis: Bold As Love." He had an explosive drumming style that can be heard in hard-charging songs such as "Fire" and "Manic Depression."

Hendrix died in 1970. Bass player Noel Redding died in 2003.

Everyday I beat my own previous record for number of consecutive
days I've stayed alive.


Don said...

A high point in my early Dead Freakdom was on Sept. 18, 1970, because after careful planning, my crowd had grabbed the two front rows for each of the four nights of a 17th to 20th GD visit to the Fillmore East, and that was the first of two that I could make. But we were greeted with a damper as we entered the theater that night--on the screen read "Jimi Hendrix" (or maybe "James Marshal Hendrix") 1942-1970. While he is now lumped together with the other pioneering young deceased of the era--Morrison, Jones, Joplin, etc., the conflation is misleading. Morrison, certainly, Jones, probably, maybe even Janis, Moon, and even Pen, had arguably already passed their prime when they died. But Hendrix was just getting started. Surely a collaboration with Miles Davis was on the horizon, and it is not unthinkable that he even could have eventually gotten into some C & W spaces, not to mention that he would definitely have established, for those still missing the point, that he was the pre-eminent pure Blues player of the era. And, just think what he might have done with digital technology. Mitchell's passing is a reminder that despite the superficial perenniality of the Music Biz, some things are just irreplaceable.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I should go on welfare. I would like a place like that.

Tim said...

Hey Tom!

Ah, 1979. I didn't go to UMass, but I "attended it on weekends." I remember the Dead at Alumni Stadium. It was insane. YOu couldn't bring coolers or glass bottles so we filled lots and lots of gallon milk containers with Molson Golden our "bier de jour" back then, and everybody had watermelons soaked with tequila. We had about 6 of us and had about 4 watermelons. Somehow, I remember the show. Especially Stagger Lee and Terrapin for some reason. Must have been a couple moments of lucidity. I was the scout leader that day for reasons I don't need to go into. I'll tell you what though, kids back then didn't F things up like they do now. I don't care what anyone says.

Anonymous said...

Nice new home Tom. Congrats and good luck. Friends of Bill go far if they want to. Miniman :0

Anonymous said...

in a crowd of gay protesters it's rather difficult to distinguish the men from the women. the eastiest way is to remember that the lesbo's are the nastiest, ugliest and smelliest.