August 29, 1997 – NYC

In The Terminator, there’s a scene where Sarah Connor is told a speech by John Connor’s father, that John Connor’s father heard from John in the future.

John is born, Sarah tells John the speech, and then John grows up and tells it in the future.

…so who wrote the speech?

I now understand why my father owned a handful of Cadillacs. They are like driving inside a big couch. A big, $70,000 couch with 300hp and power 4-way lumbar controls.

It was worth every penny we paid Hertz. Do you know what it’s like to drive to NYC, and not have your legs or ass hurt when you get there?

I could go on about the car, but I will leave you with this: After crossing the border to the US, we switched the onboard controls from metric to imperial, and promptly forgot that the readout was now in MPH instead of KPH. We went up to about 100-110MPH before we noticed that the cars ahead seemed to be approaching at an alarming rate. The ride is just that smooth.

New York City was very big. Overwhelmingly so.

Even more impressive than the physical scale of the city was the economic scale. Where else in the world can you support a video game store that only sells retro/weird consoles, like $500 Intellivision and Coleco bundles, or Hello Kitty Dreamcasts?

I’m having a hard time writing any of this without sounding like a tourist.

Greenwich Village was blindingly fantastic, and anything else I say on the area would be a massive understatement. The rest of Manhattan was a bit too much for me at times, to be honest. Too much money, too many shiny things. It was like a giant set of <BLINK> tags had encapsulated the borough. I much preferred the architecture (and renegade craps games) of Brooklyn, or the back to back graffiti walls of Harlem.

The Siouxsie show was fantastic. Performing with her were Budgie, Knox Chandler (guitarist/multi-instrumentalist from The Psychedelic Furs and countless other bands), Kris Pooley (keyboardist from Jane’s Addiction), and Leonard Eto (from Kodo, widely considered the world’s preeminent master of Taiko drumming).

Again, anything I say about the performance will be wildly misleading, simply because I don’t have adjectives large enough. Instead, I’ll tell you that someone made the mistake of fucking with Leslie at the show (we got your back, ), and Leslie made the shitheaded sonofabitch cry like a girl.

Didn’t know who they was fuckin with.

Back in town, the show on Tuesday was great, aside from the (surprise!) turnout. Luckily, our expenses for this show were very small. A rental van, some food and spending money, a few dollars, and flyers. It’s hard not to break even, really, given those expenses — but it was close, for a while.

There seems to be a new crowd that is starting to come out to the shows, I didn’t recognize at least half of the crowd, and they all seemed to have a blast. I would very much like to see more of them, they seemed more interested in participating than complaining and sniping.

It’s hard, though, to tell if some of the new people are being friendly because they’re friendly people, or because I’m the complete stranger with blue hair who hangs out in the DJ booth. Anyone who’s ever played a show outside their hometown will know exactly what I mean.

It was great to finally meet Caitlin, after chatting online for the last seven years or so, which is almost long enough ago that meeting people online got you strange looks from your friends.

She is smart, clever, and capable. She’d do very well here, or overseas, or anywhere she chooses to be. Here’s hoping she’ll make the choice.

18 thoughts on “August 29, 1997 – NYC

  1. NYC is awesome. I trip there at least yearly and frequently do the DJ thing there. I’m signed up to do so again in October, before sliding southwards and turning it into a tour.

    Budgie played? Honestly? I’ve seen their CDs but ne’er bought one nor listened to one. I found the name… quaintly humourous.

    NYC is… I could live there for about three years. Then I would have to leave. No questions. Gone. Central park is incredible.
    I could wander there for ages and ages.

    And yup, a Caddy is one sweet ride *grin*

  2. In The Terminator, there’s a scene where Sarah Connor is told a speech by John Connor’s father, that John Connor’s father heard from John in the future.

    John is born, Sarah tells John the speech, and then John grows up and tells it in the future.

    …so who wrote the speech?

    James Cameron.

  3. Budgie played. Honestly. Seeing him and Leonard Eto jam on drums together at the end of the show was pretty fucking wicked.

    Everytime he looked at Siouxsie, he got this big goofy thats-my-wife-singing grin on his face. It was really sweet.

  4. Actually it was Doc Brown who wrote the speech after having a conversation with Augustine… anyways, he bounced it off of Marty McFly and McFly used it in an attempt to impress Linda Hamilton to get her nice and nekkid. When that didn’t work (for him because I got to her first), McFly travelled back to the future and told John Conner at the same time that I was ‘telling’ Sara Conner. While all this was going on, the Doctor (who? you don’t know? well then, have a spot of tea old chap!) told all of us just to make sure that we were stuck in a time loop… a time loop… a time loop…

    Luckily Dr Beckett stepped into the Project Accelerator prematurely and leaped into James Cameron.

  5. makes me sound so mean! i didn’t know they were crying, i was too busy tryin’ to watch the show…hey, siouxsie thought it was funny…besides they were acting like an asshole ;)

  6. I think I am going to spend some more time in NY in the future… maybe after my trip, maybe it will be a good place to try some auditions… just for fun!!!

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