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Creepy Japanese Things, Halloween 2014 Edition

Kawasaki  Halloween 2014My friend Robert, who is originally from the Iron Range and went to UMD, has lived in Japan for over a decade. He lives the costume, sci-fi loving, geek dream! Although not too creepy, I thought this was a good post to share in homage to the PDD of the past where Creepy Japanese Things ran riot.

P.S. Robert is Frankenstein, vote for his creepy costume.

“Little Pirate” Turns 15!

Little Pirate, aka August, began blogging on PDD when he was four.

This is what a feminist looks like:

Now that I have your attention, what struck me as odd about the original objections to Marc Gartman’s Ween post was how the comments were so out-of-context and un-community in nature. I did see the “bigger boobed” version, am familiar with Ween, and have a fairly well-honed ability to read and comprehend.

What the F-Bomb happened in front of my house yesterday?

My son and I were sitting in the front room and heard the common yelling fight there usually is on our Armpit-of-Duluth-Corner-of-Doom. It was 5 p.m., the time the kid got off the bus last Friday, when all the chaos happened. Yesterday, Pirate was sick sans bus.

At the first “gun-shot,” I told Pirate to duck, then covered him. I counted seven gun shots; the sound was not “together” like a firecracker. And it was LOUD!

Poet Lucille Clifton Dies at Age 73

“homage to my hips”

these hips are big hips
they need space to
move around in.
they don’t fit into little
petty places. these hips
are free hips.
they don’t like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them
to put a spell on a man and
spin him like a top!

*This is one of my favorite poems. Ms. Clifton. I have yet to develop an opinion on her last book of poetry, “Voices”. But she left many great works before her death.

Treatment Bound

Is there a person frequenting PDD who actually saw the Replacements play Duluth ? I saw the Suburbs play here twice (1986 and 1987, I believe) But I, a very big ‘Mats fan from my Duluth high-school influences, never saw the band live. I’ve seen Paul in Minneapolis, but he has yet to play Duluth.

Why do I bring this up? Because Wilco, which has covered the Replacements “Color Me Impressed” numerous times since 1997, and cites the Replacements as an influence, are a Chicago band coming to Duluth for the third time.

So why the hell can we not book Paul Westerberg? And did the Replacements ever play Duluth?

We all can talk about supporting local talent and wanting great acts to play Duluth, but why the hell do we not get the Minneapolis acts that have gone national and are influences to the acts we do attract?

Friday Benefit Featuring Teague Alexy

Teague Alexy, Flam Sharam & The Rez
Spearhead Benefit for Maki Family

Friday, July 31 @ Bohemia Arts
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. (July 31, 2009) – Renowned local musician Teague Alexy will perform at a benefit for Nicole (Cole) Maki and her family.

Cole recently suffered the sudden and unexpected loss of her step-father. Funds raised will off-set the costs involved for funeral expenses.

Flam Sharam, a legendary Twin Ports jam band, will perform its first show in four years. This benefit will also feature music by former members of The Rez.

In addition to band performances, there will be a fire dancing performance by The Spin Collective and live drumming. If you do or do not own a drum, participation is welcomed. Numerous local businesses are also participating in a silent auction to benefit the Maki family.

WHO: Benefit for Nicole (Cole) Maki & her family.

WHAT: Concerts & Silent Auction

WHEN: Friday, July 31, 2009

WHY: To raise money to off-set memorial and other costs

To donate an auction item or for more information please contact Eric Bong at [email protected].

Dungeons & Dragons Mentor Needed

My 10-year-old, known by old PDDers as “Little Pirate”, wants to start playing “Dungeons & Dragons”. Can anyone help explain what “Dungeons & Dragons” is to him? He wants to play the game because he’s a HUGE Futurama fan.

And are there any D&D kids groups in Duluth?

“Toast the Arts ~ Taste the Wine”

“Toast the Arts ~ Taste the Wine”

Wine Tasting, Silent and Live Auction Event Benefiting  CHOICE, unlimited’s ARTS Program


Northland Newscenter’s Cheif Meteorlogist George Kessler will be the Master of Ceremonies!

KeyPort Liquor is providing the wine and expertise!

It’s at the fancy Northland Country Club and hors d’oeuvres will be served!

Bid on fabulous things in the silent and live auction!

And all proceeds benefit CHOICE, unlimited’s ARTS Program!

WHAT: “Toast the Arts ~ Taste the Wine”

WHERE: Northland Country Club

WHEN:   March 12, 2009

                 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

 COST:    $25.00 per ticket


Tickets can be purchased at KeyPort Liquor, Dubh Linn Irish Pub, CHOICE, unlimited, or at the event.

Call 218-724-5869 or visit www.choiceunlimited.org for further information.

About CHOICE, unlimited: CHOICE, unlimited is a non-profit organization supporting individuals with disabilities in their pursuit of employment and community inclusion.

About the ARTS Program: CHOICE, unlimited’s ARTS program provides professional instruction in visual arts, dance, and acting.  BOLD-choice Theatre Company, part of the ARTS program, creates and tours disability awareness productions providing unique performances for community and student audiences.  

Come see LOW before the Turtles show

“The Drive: A Benefit for the Pelkey Family”

Live Music & Silent Auction Fundraiser

$5.00 Suggested Donation
5-11 p.m. at Teatro Zuccone
Friday, February 6, 2009

Bands include(from start to finish):

Bill & Kate Isles
Charlie Parr
Lake Superior Cacophonic Choir
The Alrights
Cars and Trucks

If you can’t make the event, give to :

The U.S. Bank Crystal Pelkey-Rodeski Family Donation Fund

You can donate by:
1) Going to ANY US Bank and make a donation; just tell them it is for the Crystal Pelkey-Rodeski Family Donation Fund.
2) Or mail a check to US Bank at the below address:
US Bank – Duluth Main Office
Crystal Pelkey-Rodeski Family Donation Fund
130 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802