Take a good, long look at this picture. Notice anything strange?
Yeah, it happened… Chicken bacon?
I’ve beginning to see a patter here the older I get. Why is it that we have things like recovery partitions instead of following backups and storing original OS disks in computers. Why most cars made after the 90′s are so complicated and sealed away, you can’t anymore work the car yourself but need a mechanic whose training could closely rival that of one who works on airplanes.
Why is it that we get customer service horror stories (from the service’s point of view) of customers who couldn’t follow the simplest of instructions? I am starting to think why that is. With planned obsolescence and the over-complication of simple systems, we are actually creating a generation of “self-less idiots”. What I mean by that is that there are people who don’t know how to do things themselves but instead take all that energy to complain to those that do.
The reason, just to get your money. We end up with products that break down faster than we can use them and have to buy newer and better crap without any know-how to fix it to make it last. We have an economy that makes things that are not made to last. I just thought I point that out with what’s going on now. With the way things are going now, should a catastrophe comes, the remaining survivors would just die quickly. Simply because they surrendered their ability to learn for themselves in the name of convenience.
Do you remember those days when movie goers head out in their cars and enjoy their movies into the night with the safety and comfort in their own vehicles. Often more than not, even in the age of digital media, the old-time traditions of the drive-in had never died and it came one night… or should I say, last night at the New York Hall of Science. This is, or was the…
These are my experiences…
After a disappointing run to the Queens Comfort, I decided to substitute the awesomeness of chicken and waffles for chicken waffle tenders from Popeye’s. Admittedly it was really great from the breaded coating what I can assume that was the waffle covering. Anyway two subway trips later, I arrived just when the line developed at the drive-in setup and saw the following.
I really have no idea what is going on but it was expected to happen on the night of the première. I thought at first that it was some sort of pre-show for the VIP’s or something like that but it’s really a practice run for the real thing that happens tonight. As the sun sets quickly and the fence opens I was treated to walk back to a time when people can watch the movie in the comfort in their own car, rather than the noise, stink and stickiness of the theater. For this particular setup, we don’t drive in, but take place in already placed cars…
…That were taken in from a scrapyard in Brooklyn.
But they don’t look too bad I mean I expected this when I saw the website beforehand when I walked up to the lot and scout around to see which car I can pick. So far, I chose a Chrysler convertible to be my car of choice.
Taking my seat in the car, I really thought it wasn’t going to be that cold outside since I didn’t have a jacket. However, as the night came, it did. Good thing that it proved to be a good shelter just from the breeze. But all that before that happened, I did sat on the hood of the car and relax while I stare at the large slide saying “Empire Drive-In” on the screen. I waited for the last bit of sun to come and at 7 at night I was treated to the first part of the show which is a three-volume slideshow of America’s means of reclaiming our junk from electronics to whole subway cars.
Then comes the second part which is a pre-movie live show called “Lift” a ballet dance featuring dancers moving around doing semaphore signals and dancing forklifts. However the spectacle was drowned out with the blast of the speakers going so loud you can hardly concentrate on the performance.
More in the Gallery at the end of the article.
After that show and letting the ring out of my ears, the first film is shown and it’s basically a HBO documentary on the last truck coming out of a Ohio plant. I somber reminder of the of the economic crisis’ death-hold on our society and how it really hurts the most of us: The real hard-working American. I couldn’t keep track of time but by the time of the next feature it was already 9PM. In the intermission, I thought i sneak out of the car and check out the makeshift concession stand while the drive-in slides and animations play.
There looks like anything you would see in a normal stand but it was built in such a quick way, illusion of it goes when you take a closer look inside. Remember when some foods used to cost less because of the pre-end of gold standard days when people earned a lot less than what we do now. Well I didn’t expect much for simple foods to cost so outrageously as they are now. Seeing the shack it looked cute and simple, with its lineup of goods ready to be hocked at for the highest price available. I would have gotten into it too if it wasn’t for the fact that it was just a cash-only stand.
I came back to my car in time to see the second and last feature called Foreign Parts. It’s a documentary of a non-narrative perspective of the denizens who work and sometimes, even live in the auto shops at Willets Point, Queens. For years, that has sat next to the new Citi Field stadium and hearing about their stories shows a chapter in the city’s history forgotten in the wave of progress that it has tried to get out of even since.
As I watched the movie, I struggled to keep warm inside the car that is dead as it will have to go back to the scrapyard. I looked back and seen all the people enjoying themselves, talking as they watch the movie, getting together and all that stuff. As for me, I enjoyed myself until the end of the movie and the crowd dispersed. The organizers thanked everyone for coming to the event and they closed out.
As I walked, I feel I have regretted one thing, not for going in when I had the money to enjoy the better films they had on show, not for the overpriced goods at the stand. No. the only regret…
…is that I should have fully recharged the damn camera before it stopped working on the last-minute when things were getting good. So that really ends my night at the drive in.
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On a side note, this is a really good opportunity to explain what I have in store for the blog. For starters I had a lot of articles that haven’t been published yet and for the sake of it, have far long been due or rendered irrelevant due to personal issues and serious problems. I would put a special title group for these articles I would like to call…
Stories from the Summer Backburner… Stay Tuned.
What a way to celebrate “National Donut Day” I would say that in quotes because despite its real historical standing, it’s a ploy companies for dish out free, low-cost or outrageous donuts in this short time frame. But Dunkin Donuts as taken it another step further for this day of all days. A resurrection of an old classic or should I say, A classic that did this guy in.
A little history, Singer/Songwriter and Producer Luther Vandross came up with the idea. Back in 1979, The story goes that he ordered burgers for himself and his crew. However the catering company didn’t have enough buns for the burgers and Vandross had no time to order more buns. So he took a donut, cut it bagel style and served the burger in it. The rest was history.
Fast forward to many versions and heart attacks later and you have the first mainstream version of the classic now for the breakfast crowd, which much to the unwitting chagrin (*sigh* that fucking word) of the media who acted like they have never heard of it before despite restaurants all across ” ‘murica’ ” served the damned thing since. Let’s cut to the chase…
I give you the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich.
Be pretty nice to try it out on that day of all days but like always, here’s what good ol’ reality serves it up. Warning, not so pleasant.
Pre-made egg, bacon and cheese on a glazed donut bun! I digged in to this delight and really… it wasn’t anything special so the overall feeling of tasting eggs, bacon and cheese with sugar was a definite “meh.” But I can say it was a good experience to try which would prompt me to go and make a version better than what Dunkin Donuts can make. With that in mind, I want to turn your attention to something else that caught my eye but has seldom ever mentioned in the media.
In select areas, to celebrate the coming of Summer, other than the new “Dad Star”, for father’s day, are also the release of two summer flavors: Key Lime and Lemonade. A lemonade Donut!
Now they taste a lot better than imagined, mostly the Key lime. The Lemonade’s flavor is squared mostly on the crumbly topping and not the filling, since you can get the same feel out of a regular lemon donut you get at that place. Overall the sandwich could have been more better if there were eggs cooked with real effort, some sausage or make it a “build it your way” kind and see where it goes from there.
To those with a background in history or the lucky few that has lived through their golden age of their lives remember the times where architecture of the time has created some incredibly stunning buildings that defy any sense of what we use today. Like the buildings of the Columbian Exposition. Great Train Stations of the past and even simple banks in the pre-mega corp days show that there was no stopping of the beauty of these magnificent structures.
…Then time happened.
With that these places can not be maintained because either that the owners can no longer afford to keep them with the rise of rent, the neighborhood changes due to societal factors such as “White Flight” and new technologies often can spell the downfall of these once great places. And in those times they often fall into three distinct fates: Either they fall under the wrecking ball, fall into decay or… become new shops. That’s what’s going on with these old theaters, banks, and squares when they would be better off being taken down but instead new capitalistic attitudes still manage to find a way to make the new out of the old and miserable. I would know this from the moment I saw a little, obscure gallery in the Museum of Modern Art.
It was a small slide show on many walls of the lower theater of all the NYC theaters and penny shows that have either been abandoned, turned into stores or demolished only to be a fading piece of history that a scant few will ever know. This interests me because of the indirect way many of these places are still good only for the lower-class market or commercial interests who want to expand their stakes in other markets without as much butt-hurt in the local communities or landmark committees. I even seen it first hand where I live and where I occasionally work and visit in Manhattan. The major pharmacy chains are the ones who make the mark in our cities landmarks with banks coming in a close second. Since by my belief that the property is cheaper or the place is getting so rich that it would justify the building of such stores.
Compare that to the outer boroughs that do the same but a majority of them often fall for cheaper businesses that see a piece of city history as another come-and-go space to sell cheap wares. Regardless, this could be a beneficial side effect of capitalism, think about it? Sometimes if given enough capital, any business could take an already existing building and retrofit it to conform to new standards without destroying the building. This is to say it could go without the pros and cons.
That’s just a short list of what goes on when old buildings get a makeover or get torn down. Each city in America and the world has buildings that represent a significant piece of local history. What goes on in there, what period it represents and even how it was used. All these factors that a few see are worth it to save even if it means turning into something that it’s not but it was either this or the wrecking ball. In conclusion, seeing the remaking of a piece of city history is what people of my generation need to see of how ingenuity and creativity can give these places a new purpose. With all the newer buildings coming into place, makes you wonder how in the next 100 years will those new hi-tech structures be reused.
Ever since I got the new camera earlier this year, It has been an incredible use of trying out experimental techniques. One of them is light painting. By adjusting the exposure time and settings to get these effects right in my room. But it will be a while before I can get some real effects going on so here they are. So far the first shots are good when I just played around with the settings on manual mode and I thought the looked alright.
Yes, that is my section of my apartment and yes it’s a mess…