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Into the Next…

Posted in beer, Holidays on 3 January 2010 by jason

Well, it’s a new year. I can not tell you how happy I am to say that.

The year 2009 basically sucked. My relationship fell apart, so I had to break up with my girlfriend of 3 years, I found out that my mom has cancer, and on the 30th, the girl who was my new girlfriend, and then just a girl I was dating, became the girl I used to date. Other shitty stuff happened, too, but that’s the highlight reel.

So, anyone make any resolutions? I forgot about last year’s “develop a super-power,” so I’m reinstating that one. Also, I’m doing “spend less money on alcohol.” Note that this does not necessarily mean “drink less.” Also, I’m going to try not to get too attached to people this year. I need a break from that shit. I’m a sensitive guy, though, so I am going to have a hard time with this one. Even more so than the “develop a super-power” thing.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to a better year than the last one. Goodbye, 2009. Please drink some bleach on your way out.

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ArtTech Saturday!

Posted in and other fun, Art, beer, Music on 29 September 2009 by jason

Last Saturday, after a three month absence, Apollonova returned to the Lockview in Akron for ArtTech.

These people like art.

These people like art.


It was a blast! I was there with my normal posse of the Ballas and Jenny (an honorary Balla), as well as Eric, and Holly, who was celebrating her birthday. If you’ve never been to ArtTech, basically what happens is a DJ spins records while the Apollonova artists paint paintings, which are later raffled off. While the artists paint, you walk up to them, chat them up, and buy them drinks (See, Will? I’m looking out for ya!)

The Lockview makes some of the best grilled cheese sandwiches. This is not an opinion; it is a scientifically proven fact. I sat at the bar with the birthday girl, ate grilled cheese, and drank beer. It was a lot of fun!

Me and Miss Holly, the birthday girl.

Me and Miss Holly, the birthday girl.


After ArtTech, we went to Thursday’s Lounge, where…a lot of weirdness happened. In fact, what happened at Thursday’s should probably stay there. I can say that I was not really a participant in the weirdness; I was an observer. So there’s that.

Anyway, ArtTech was awesome; I’m looking forward to the next one! Hopefully, we won’t have to wait another 3 months!

Birthday Adventures in Akron

Posted in and other fun, beer, Food, Holidays, Music, otter, Wine on 10 May 2009 by jason

Saturday was my birthday, so the otter and I made one of our trips to the rubber city to celebrate.

Our first stop was VegiTerranean, the vegan restaurant owned by Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. I had the Warm Arugula Salad with Oven Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Onion, Sun-dried Cherries and
Toasted Pecans, tossed in a warm Maple Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette; the Italian Fritto Gardein Scallopini, and a glass of red wine. It was one of the best but most expensive meals I ever had! I’ll probably go back sometime, though I will probably have to go during lunch.

Next, we headed over to Square Records, which is pretty much the most awesome store ever. I picked up Nick Drake’s Bryter Layter, Belle and Sebastian’s Storytelling, and Dethklok’s Deathalbum, all on CD, as well as Thriller by Michael Jackson on Vinyl. I also grabbed the Trouble Books Tablature Book, which is awesome.

Next door, we went to Revival. Usually, the otter gets stuff while I stand around bored (I’m not excited about clothes shopping!), but I did find a nice cardigan. The otter bought it for me.

After Revival, we had a cup of coffee at Angel Falls Coffee, we decided that we should see the 9:30 showing of Wolverine at the Highland Theater. We got our tickets, then headed over to The Matinee for a beer before seeing the movie.

The Highland Theater was amazing. There’s actually a bar where you can sit and watch the movie, or you can go into the theater proper. I watched Wolverine: Origins while drinking Rum and Coke! Sweet.

And that wraps up another installment of jaynova’s adventures in Akron!

More Akron Fun

Posted in Art, beer, otter on 26 April 2009 by jason

Kelly and I took another trip to Akron this weekend to see our friend Will Felix at the Apollonova ArtTech show at the Lockview. It was a good time, with paintings being created by the Apollonova artists (and ON the Apollonova artists!) Beer was consumed, raffle tickets were purchased, and fun was had by all.

Afterwords, we, along with a group of friends, headed to Thursday’s Lounge for some dancing. And by dancing, I mean dragging me on the floor to show off my incredible lack of any dancing ability. It didn’t help that I was sick (due to a virus that we uninsured writing tutors keep passing back-and-forth around the office).

As much fun as I had, I was sorry I missed my friend Matt Mackey coming into town, and I was glad to go to bed that night to sleep off the last of this fever.

My clothes are shrinking.

Posted in beer, Exercise, Karaoke, Rambling, Sports on 14 April 2009 by jason

Yesterday, I went to put on my work clothes (decent pants, button-down shirt), only to find that they no longer fit. My nights of drunken karaoke have finally caught up with me.
So…
Cutting back on the beer…check.
Working out 3-4 days a week…check.
Preparing for a race…check.
Watching what I eat…not so much.

Did I meet John Darnielle?

Posted in beer, inturwebs, Music, otter on 1 April 2009 by jason

You’re goddamn right I did!

On monday night, I saw John Vanderslice and The Mountain Goats…er…Goat…er…John Darnielle at Oberlin College, and it was the shit.

Things started with kelly and I getting hungry before the show, so we went into the cafeteria in Oberlin’s Wilder Hall. The line to get food was completely baffling, but we figured out where we were supposed to stand right as a man and a woman were figuring out the same. “Are you first?” I asked.

“No, I think you guys were. Go ahead,” said the man.

Suddenly, I recognized the man as John Vanderslice! He let me in line ahead of him!

I didn’t say anything to him, as he was trying to eat. (BTW…the service at the cafeteria is kind of slow, but the food is great for cafeteria food! Worth the wait.)

At 9:30, the doors to the venue opened, and the masses slowly poured in, eventually filling the tiny room. I bought some merch (A t-shirt and the CD Zopilote Machine for me, a copy of The Sunset Tree for Kelly), and Kelly bought us beer (Some Sunset something or other for Kelly, and a $3.50 Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown for me). I introduced myself to a fellow member of The Mountain Goats Forums, and prepared to get my face rocked off by some accoustic folk rock!

John Vanderslice hit the stage and did not dissappoint. I’ll admit that I am not extremely familiar wit his stuff. I Have two of his albums (Pixel Revolt and Emerald City,) so I recognized several songs, but not all of them. Still, JV on stage sounds exactly like JV in the studio. He gave some charming and funny stage banter and had the techs play with the lights. All in all, a good time and worth the price of admission alone.

Next, The Mountain Goats came on. This was an absolutely brilliant performance, with some of the funniest stage banter I’ve seen since Robyn Hitchcock.

According to Peter from the afformentioned forum, the set list was:

autoclave
love love love
cobscook bay
fall of the running back
absolute lithops effect
dance music
craters on the moon
raid on entebbe
old college try
woke up new
spilling toward alpha
alpha negative
surrounded
jv moon song (same one as at both mass shows)
jd moon song (again, same one)
This Year

encore:
color in your cheeks
swamp creature
no children

Oh, yes, “No Children” rocked. So hard. I was glad to hear “This Year,” “Old College Try,” “Fall of the High School Running Back” and “In the Craters of the Moon.” The performance and my proximity to the stage made this possibly the best show I’ve ever been to. For reals.

After the show, I talked to JV for a short time and thanked him for letting me cut him in line. I got my copy of “Emerald City” autographed, then decided to track own John Darnielle.

He was hanging out behind the bar, serving himself a beer. I sat down and tried to order a Newcastle off of him. Then, after he walked to the merch table, I thanked him for a great show and had him sign my copy of his 33 1/3 book, Master of Reality. He signed it “Jason-Generals are gathered in their masses…but that’s another album-John Darnielle.” I told him that that meant a lot to me because “War Pigs” has become “my” karaoke song for my bi-weekly karaoke nights. Then, I pondered trying to have a conversation with him, in which I would have turned into a total spaz, or to just walk away. I decided to quit while I was ahead.

The surprising thing is that people (including John Darnielle himself) often say that JD is really nervous and introverted around people, but on monday, he seemed calm and cool. Very cool.

Kelly later went up and got his autograph, too, and I wandered a little. John Vanderslice walked past, patted me on the shoulder and said ” See ya, Jason!” Classy.

On our way put, John Darnielle said goodbye to Kelly, the looked at me and said, “Thanks again…it was Jason, right?”

I responded, “Yeah! Thank you…it was John, right?”

He smiled and said, “Yeah, yeah…I’m John.”

A perfect end to a perfect show.

Adventures in Downtown Canton!

Posted in beer, Food, Movies, otter on 11 January 2009 by jason

Yesterday, the otter and I spent the entire day in downtown Canton, a feat that would have been incredibly boring and/or dangerous ten years ago. The area has really cleaned itself up in the last decade!

We started out at Muggswigz. It’s an awesome coffee shop that we’re spending more and more time in. The coffee’s great, the atmosphere is nice when it’s not crowded, and the have free Wi-Fi. Here’s a commercial for it, featuring one of my friends, Alex Capaldi:

(I’m pretty sure I went to school with the girl in the red dress, too…)
EDIT: No, wait…she was a customer at Blockbuster. That’s where I recognize her.

From Muggswigz, we went to the Palace Theatre to see Quantum of Solace. If you’ve never been to the Palace, it’s a restored theater from the 1920’s that plays second-run and art films, as well as hosting concerts and other events (I saw Michael Feldman’s What D’Ya Know there.) Anyway, the movie was much better than I had heard, though I spent too much time looking for Gemma Arterton’s extra fingers. We hope to go back to the Palace at the end of the month to see Let the Right One In. Here are previews of Quantum of Solace and Let the Right One In:

Next, we ate at at the Little Chicago Bistro. The actual Bistro side was closed, but the sports pub side was happening, with a live DJ and lots of patrons. The kitchen makes good quesadilla, and they had Sunset Wheat ale. Yum.

The last stop of the night was, well, our first stop: Muggswigz. We fired up our laptops and closed the place!

It’s nice to see that downtown Canton actually has things to do on a Saturday night. Now, they just need an independent record store!