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I just blew out my 3 year old 7.99 fake birks. This SUCKS. I may duct tape them.

In other news, I don't know how to formulate into words my latest progressive rock enthusiastic spasm. I am so sorry I didn't bother to think, when i was 12 and bought So, that hey, maybe this Peter Gabriel guy did some cool stuff before. I rifled through Goldmine for Monkees memorabilia... why not Genesis? Fortunately someone else has done a ton of work in that direction, and I was up way too late last night ogling the Genesis Museum.

Apparently Spring 2005 is a good time to be a Genesis fan, and I wish I could hop on a plane to Germany and possibly to Vegas. Yes, that's right, I've found a reason to go to Vegas, a place I like to talk about loathing and never wanting to visit.

I've just exited a meeting, it's almost time for the weekend. A final question to everyone:

Who's been to the Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race? Who's going tomorrow? Anyone have any tips about where to park, etc? I haven't planned this at all and not having something planned is terrifying.

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catsaurus
Apr. 29th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
I have old fake birks too, which I love. I've tried to replace them with other fake birks, but none come close to these.
snidegrrl
Apr. 29th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC)
mine came from the now-defunct laurel k-mart... and i've tried on real birks, but have been loathe to spend over a hundred bucks on them, when they feel so awful, even though people say you get used to it...
angela_la_la
Apr. 29th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
Land's End has very nice quality fake Birks for about $30.
Target has okay fake ones for about $12.
BJs Warehouse, for whatever reason, had REALLY nice fake ones for $40.

--the fake-Birkenstock addict

PS. HOLY CRAP AWESOME ICON.
snidegrrl
Apr. 29th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
thanks for the tip. if the duct tape doesn't work, or if i can't fashion a new buckle out of household items, i will have to break down and get new fake birks. *sigh*

P.S. i was not kidding about the reverse widow's peak! omg!!!
snidegrrl
Apr. 29th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
p.s. that's supposed to be spelled "loath" in that context. dur.
jsciv
Apr. 29th, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)
Just curious: why do you dislike Vegas?
snidegrrl
Apr. 29th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
everything it's about is sort of... everything i don't like. there's the gambling, which well, bleah. there's the "what happens in vegas stays in vegas" as campaign which... eww. i mean, if you're going to have escapades, why not enjoy them honestly? sure, it's kind of quaint to think of an elvis wedding, but um, i'd rather not do it in vegas. every time someone describes vegas, it sounds like the exact opposite of a vacation. for me. i mean other people clearly like it and that's their thing, but i really don't.
cheetahmaster
Apr. 29th, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC)
I think you'd enjoy it more than you think you would. There's a whole lot of the goofy Elvis-wedding type of subculture there that's just sprung up about the place.
jsciv
Apr. 29th, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC)
Okay, just checking. I have to say that I found a lot more to do there than I thought I would (and in the "wholesome fun" way rather than the "prurient" way since I don't drink or have "stay in Vegas" escapades and have a certain -- shall we say -- disdain for quickie Elvis marriages considering how hard it is for some people to even be recognized as partners). In some ways it's a big giant adult theme park. I admit to enjoying the slot machines as a gambling vice, but not in the "I MUST GAMBLE" way, rather in a "hey, this is kind of cool, and I have a few minutes before the Cirque show" way.

You may or may not enjoy it, but I do actually recommend trying it once if you're ever out on this coast.


The biggest problem you'd probably have is the particular catering to straight men epitomized by the ads of scantily-clad women everywhere. But while slanted, the ads all over the place for Chippendales make it clear that they're not an inherent bias: just marketing to the men who spend more money.....
snidegrrl
Apr. 30th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
The biggest problem you'd probably have is the particular catering to straight men epitomized by the ads of scantily-clad women everywhere. But while slanted, the ads all over the place for Chippendales make it clear that they're not an inherent bias: just marketing to the men who spend more money

bias or none, men or women, exploitation makes me want to vomit, so yeah. it would be a BIG problem.

the thing is, it's rather alot of money for something to just try, knowing it has a whole slew of elements that i recognize right off the bat as distasteful. i appreciate everyone's vegas sales pitch, your heart is in the right place. but only a genesis tribute band doing a faithful rendition of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is going to get me interested. :)

if i ever get there and find that i was wrong, i will let everyone know. :) (you are not the only one to tell me vegas is fun despite my aversions. :))
jet
Apr. 30th, 2005 07:47 am (UTC)
i have been to vegas a number of times and i don't think you're missing anything by not going. i don't gamble, and am not into hanging around smoke-filled casinos watching other people gamble.

i rode a couple rollercoasters that were pretty fun and drank many drinks. i'd much rather go somewhere else for rollercoasters and liquor, though.
snidegrrl
Apr. 30th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
as i suspeted.

and i live in driving distance to busch gardens... now that's where i wanna go for booze and rollercoasters.
ex_midwinte
Apr. 29th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
1) I'm going baby! Unless it rains.

2) There is a parking lot right across the street from the museum. It might be pay? I forget. Otherwise yes, parking might be hard.

3) I will be there at 9:15 or so to scope out the sculptures before they race. Maybe I will see you!
snidegrrl
Apr. 29th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
1) ditto that!

2) ooh, thank you, i will look for that.

3) i hope so!
peregrin8
Apr. 29th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
what size are your feet?
snidegrrl
Apr. 29th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
around 7. sometimes 6.5.
peregrin8
Apr. 29th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
alas, my fake Birkies would be as snowshoes.
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