Weekly Rochester Events #260: 104 For a Tenth of a Second
Thursday, January 1, 2004Can you believe it? This weekend will be five years since we started going to O'Bagelo's (165 State Street.) Really. Five whole years. The first e-mail went out on January 16, 1999. So I guess I'm technically jumping the gun, but I thought I got the numbering straightened out in the first year and 52 weeks a year for five years is 260 weeks ... so does that make it technically next week? I was never very good at this kind of problem, but it doesn't matter because I'm calling it this week. I really didn't plan on it lasting this long, nor did I even think that the five-year edition would fall on exactly January first. Which reminds me: Happy New Year!
In a tenuously related topic ... since it is the beginning of the year, I was going to write some largely pessimistic predictions about 2004, but I won't bother with most of it. The only big thing, I guess, is that George W. Bush is going to be re-elected. The other thing is that there will be a bunch of electronic voting machines in place for the elections and some of them will dramatically fail, and some will be rigged to produce absurdly impossible results. However, the press will give the whole system the "A-OK" and largely ignore the problems, only touting the high-speed recalculation features. It's really too bad, I guess ... of course, no point saying goodbye to America yet because it hasn't happened ... oh, but it will. I assure you. *sigh*
Enough of that future stuff: what's up with the past?
I'm glad you asked, because a few weeks ago I did a favor for a friend of mine and wrote a show review for the The Rochester Music Coalition printed newsletter "RMC Music Scene," I think it's called. Well, the first issue came out and my article was nowhere to be found. Come to find out, it was rejected because it reviewed the bar as much as the band and they don't want to get into bar reviews. Worse, though, was because it gave a somewhat negative impression of the bar, and *gasp* they can't publish anything remotely negative.
Which was one of the concerns I had about writing in the first place. The fools ... they're dooming themselves to failure. I mean, if you only write positive articles, you'll end up looking like a pep-rally for local bands. People who believe the articles will end up going to shows, being disappointed, and never go back. On the other hand, imagine if they read that a band was just "pretty good" or that a bar is dark and dirty ... maybe they'd have an actual honest view of what their experience would be like, and if they went, might be amenable to going again.
Anyway, no sense letting fairly good writing go to waste, so here's the article:
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