A waste of $4.5 and 4.5 on free tickets to VAMPS that I won at Fanime.
First my review of the venue (The Regency Ballroom):
$1.50 for the two bottles of water they confiscated at the door.
$3.00 for making me coat check my bag because I had a “professional camera” (DSLR) and only “digital cameras” are allowed.
If you’re gonna coat check my damn bag then don’t grab and throw my water away without warning. Also, when you do that to people, I’m not gonna pay $5 for your water inside.
Also, be consistent on the photography rules.
1) The MC actually said no *flash* photography allowed for the band, despite what your sign and security guy said. Get it straight which it’s supposed to be.
2) If flash photography is not allowed, then it makes even less sense to force people with DSLRs to coat check those given those are the type of camera that can have the big ass lenses that don’t require flash in the first place.
Fire your idiot security. Or management.
Next, my thoughts on the band/event itself.
1) A couple hundred people jumping on the floor = earthquake
2) What is up with those weird hand gestures. Some people looked like they were having an epilepsy with the way they were shaking their hand. :P Seems like most people were doing the satan sign (index and pinkie) and the love sign (index pinkie thumb) with their hands, though looking at his videos on Youtube, I think this is a US thing as these weren’t nearly as common in those vids. Hyde himself only did peace/victory (index and middle), which is more commonly mimicked in the videos.
3) Only two or three people with glowsticks. Only one of them with a cyalume.
4) Again, girls seemed to get more in the mood. Suspect boy band phenomenon a la Alice Summerthing.
5) Hyde talking in the middle was cool, through his Engrish. :P The best part was him noticing that SF has a Hyde street.
6) Hyde drinking and then spitting the water on the crowd, then tossing the water out of the water bottle at the crowd.
7) Lots of instrument switching. KAZ would show off each new one.
8) One song I think had the bass player acting like a puppet.
9) They also did some covers. Trouble – Shampoo and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – Beatles.
10) Needed to use my headphones as earplugs. They were selling earplugs for $1 at the coat check.
11) I felt a little like the guy in this K-On clip.
The gist of the video is: She’s rejected by the guy she likes because he likes wild girls. So she changes for him. But in the end, he tells her she’s gone too far and she’s rejected again. :P
Joyce was working in SF so asked if I wanted dinner. We settled on Taylor’s. Pretty expensive for burgers. But the burger’s pretty good, the milkshake is a bit too frozen though (hard to suck up). Garlic fries were fine.
So… out of the way.
I think it would’ve been better in the day, but that means the only time I could go is during the weekend. At night, can’t really see too much. Leqi seemed to like it though.
So we were here for the Appetite Stimulus Plan that’s going on this week. Which means prix fixe for a cheaper price. Bread was pretty standard. Cold bread and butter. We both got the portobello mushroom soup which was good. She got halibut and I got steak frites. Steak was a bit tough even at medium-rare but the fries were really good. Dessert was pretty good though we were pretty full by then.
So… I went to the protest today.
Well, first I went to Calumet to try out a photography vest. Decided not to get it ’cause they only had black (which can get really hot). I mainly want one so I don’t have to keep bringing bags.
There were several protesters on the bus I took to city hall. I arrived half an hour early but there was already a really large crowd.
There were a bunch of political and religious figures that gave speeches like Mark Leno or Amos Brown or the girl sent by Barbara Lee. There were also LGBT people including a hermaphrodite. For the most part, they tried to tell people to stop scapegoating other communities. I think it helped the message that some of the people up there were African-American preachers and gay mormons.
I went to get lunch when it was over at 12:45 (15 minutes overtime) and saw the protesters march past while I was eating. Went to get some books over at Japantown, then went back to downtown to go home and we hit the protesters who were basically marching on the streets and blocking traffic.
As I was heading to the Bart I saw a big crowd of people watching a performance by The Loyd Family Players. They took a 5 minute break but the police came and made them go away during their break.
It was actually rather empty for a long time, and it never really picked up. No barricades or anything either. Then again, this is San Francisco, so the military isn’t exactly the most popular thing around here.
So… I kinda tried to dress up as Hiro Nakamura. :P Dunno… I think it would’ve been better if I was wearing my suit. A real sword would’ve saved me some effort too, though would’ve caused problems with security. :P
Met up with Leqi after work, who was dressed up as a nurse, and was noticed by several people. :P Went to the AT&T Park’s parking lot to see what was going on there. Wasn’t actually all that exciting. The “haunted house” was just a 3d movie (though it was nice getting to use those glasses) and we saw some person twirling fire.
Then we went to eat at Osha Thai. Lamb and Chicken Satay and some crab Pad Thai.
We then decided to try to catch a horror movie… except Century Theaters wasn’t showing any (should’ve gone to the Metreon I guess). We ended up watching Burn After Reading, which I’d heard good reviews. It was… unique. Black comedy/drama. Didn’t really know what to expect.
Unfortunately, my current address only has a score of 69. My old place was 89. And that’s definitely true. This place is actually kinda frustrating in regards to the stores available. It also doesn’t take into account elevation changes, which is a big deal when you’re walking.
Go check out your own neighborhood’s score at http://www.walkscore.com/
Speaking of walking, more police should catch motorists who don’t stop for pedestrians.
SF Gate Article
As a person who hates smoke, I say, yay! It’s about time!
There’s basically 2 laws they’re thinking of passing in San Francisco. Newsom is proposing banning cigarette sales in pharmacies. Daly is proposing banning smoking from smoking 20 feet from business entrances.
The first law makes perfect sense. It’s kinda hypocritical for pharmacies to sell treatments for tobacco-related symptoms while selling tobacco at the same time. Some people (smokers) complain that that the remaining stores would raise cigarette prices. That just sounds even better. That means people will be less likely to smoke (or smoke as much).
The second law, well… the first obvious problem which I agree with is that smokers should at least be allowed to smoke inside smoke shops. The second is enforcement. I’ve never seen any “no smoking with x feet of y object” ever enforced. Which means this is more like a feel-good law than a practical one.
Also, apparently people may still be allowed to smoke marijuana in the streets, which is just stupid and the feeling of discrimination by tobacco smokers is justified.
Personally, I wouldn’t be so annoyed at smokers if they aren’t always standing UPWIND from people at bus stops and stuff. Seriously, that’s inconsiderate because they’re forcing everyone else to move to get out of their smoke (or passively suffer its effects) because they’re too lazy to move themself.
News article about it
Stupid Muni. Ok, technically this isn’t the Muni’s fault. It’s still the city’s fault.
Muni driver didn’t say what was going on, and it was only because I decided to hoof it to the West Portal Station (which probably took longer than just waiting for the shuttle bus) that I saw this and had time to take a picture.
The entire block of road from 19th Avenue from Taraval to Ulloa was pretty much flooded.