I made it about 10 minutes into that 'Save The Huntridge' thing going on Sat. night before I had to leave, choking on the stench of Pretentiousness and Desperation that seemed to permeate every little area of that thing. I mean, when it's 117 degrees out, and you see dooshbag Hipsters wearing wool knit caps and flannels, that's my cue to leave, because that just shows me that the people who are involved with, and who support this thing are just vapid and clueless. I know, it's wrong to generalize a mass of people by a few select idiots, but this whole backlash against the Tony Hsieh Cult is something I can get behind. There are numerous articles written by people with a much better understanding of the situation than I have, that point out the fallacies and the shortcomings of what's going on Downtown (Thank You to whoever wrote THIS article), and after seeing the seemingly small showing from the so-called Community to a free event to save this historic building, well, it pretty much confirmed to me what I've thought about the thing from the beginning. Not a lot of people want this building saved, and those that do, are only doing it for Profit. Saving the Huntridge does nothing for anyone except those who own it. It's been replaced as a musical entity by places like the HOB or Vinyl or Backstage Bar & Billiards as far as venues go, and this nostalgia for days gone by when cool bands would play there is nauseating, and seemingly the only motivating factor behind the movement. It's never going to be like that again people. All the bands you saw play there back in the day aren't going to suddenly decide to play there again and just ignore the amenities and benefits that come with playing big money places like HOB or Vinyl. Not gonna happen. If Pennywise decides to play the Huntridge again, it would be because they're getting a fat chunk of change to do it, not because it's the 'Historic Huntridge'. Whatever. I heard they raised $16,000 from the event, with $10,000 coming from one person, and $5,000 coming from another, so the so-called 'Community', with all the 'Save the Huntridge' shirts being sold, and the food trucks and bars donating a percentage of their proceeds to the cause, they managed to raise $1,000, which, really doesn't even matter. It's a nitpicking point but the point is this - nobody wants that building saved, especially the people in the neighborhood. The neighborhood is primarily colored, and the crowd seemed to be color deficient, with a majority of them probably driving in from much better, safer, neighborhoods. Wouldn't the neighborhood be better served by tearing the Huntridge down and converting the space into a store or a Community rec center or something that serves the Community, not just the Hipsters slumming it for kicks. I don't live there so I can't say, but I do know that with all this effort put into saving this 'Historic' building, and let's face it, Vegas has razed much more visually appealing and much more Historic buildings than this one, with all this effort to save this place, you could put that towards getting a good venue, an All Ages venue, getting something like that going here, but I know, that makes too much sense, and there's no money to be made off that, so it will never happen. Phooey. Save the Huntridge? Save yourself first. Then we'll talk.
Everything's updated. I know all about ALL that other Drama going on in the Scene right now, with the Shops and the Bands and the Friends and Internet radio shows and ex-Bandmates shit talking each other and the cheating girlfriend breaking up the band and the shit talking Punx without a clue and you know what? I really don't care. You wanna keep up on that stuff, you can read all about it on Facebook, which is what I've been doing. Isn't that what it was made for? That, and seeing how badly your ex's have done after you broke up with them... heh heh New Pictures of War Called Home were added (click here to check them out), taken the first time I saw them @ The Dive a while back, and some of the photos of my trip up North last month were posted as well, but you wouldn't be interested in seeing those... ;-) It's almost the 4th of July. Let's get drunk and blow shit up!