Saturday, July 25, 2015

Diner's Friday/Saturday Random Ten

Apologies if you tried reading this when it was just an ellipsis. Or maybe that was a mindbending experience.

A few stories have garnered attention this past week, including this one. Which is a media kerfuffle on one hand, but on the other.

Neugebauer does seem to have become a folk hero for a couple of days, if mostly in her own mind. And you hear a lot of people complain about "if you can't control your kids, leave 'em home." Fine up to a point, but be reasonable about this, too. Families have to eat, and eating breakfast isn't something you need tomblike silence for. If the kid turns into an air raid siren while I'm at the next table, then yes, maybe they should take the kid out until it's over. There are courteous ways for management to say this. But that doesn't even seem to have been the case to begin with. Rather, it was the kind of low level fussing that would have just made me, as a customer, feel a little sorry for the parents.

1. David Bowie - Five Years
2. The Ramones - All's Quiet on the Eastern Front
3. Dave Van Ronk - Hang Me Oh Hang Me
4. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - You'll Never Be a Man
5. Nick Drake - At the Chime of a City Clock
6. St. Vincent - Bring Me Your Loves
7. Lower Dens - Suckers Shangri-La
8. Sun Ra - Where Is Tomorrow
9. Les Baxter - Calcutta
10. Kendra Shank - Angel Face


susan said...

Infinite kerfluffles seem to define modern American discourse. When I read about this it just appeared to be one more distraction from what ought to be discussed at length by news media. That it took up a prime position on the Washington Post made it all the worse.

It looked to me like some bad behavior on both sides that could have been handled better. Anybody who eats at restaurants knows the wait for food can be long so maybe the parents should have brought something to feed their hungry toddler in the meantime. The restaurant owner appeared to take pride in her indignation. Ah well, another teapot tempest overblown by the social media.

Speaking of the internet you may enjoy this wonderful article about the web, how it's used and what's best and worst about it. It's a bit lengthy but well worth the time.

Another fine SR10 you have this week. I well remember the power of hearing Bowie's 'Five Years' the first time. I loved Les Baxter's 'Calcutta' as well.

Ben said...

You are mostly right, but I'm not sure there is such a thing as "prime position on the Washington Post" anymore. Don't they still employ Richard Cohen?

I like that post you linked to a lot. It's an unusual format, but what I really like is that Ceglowski brings a real person's outlook and doesn't buy all the hype attendant to his industry.

The two songs have markedly different moods, but I could get into both.