Gray Flannel Dwarf



Okay, let me be the first to say it. I don’t know if this was a local thing or whether it’s national, but the version of Green Day’s “When September Ends” that I heard on the radio in Detroit yesterday, the one mixed with all the hurricane Katrina sound bites, is terrible.

They did this years ago with Styx’s “Show Me the Way”, using Gulf War soundbites. Later on, they did it again with Springsteen’s “Secret Garden” and “Jerry Maguire

Now, the first one was alright, and it was kind of neat hearing an older song brought back in that way. The Jerry Maguire one was pretty bad, in all honesty — but at least it was related to the movie, i.e., it was on the soundtrack.

This “When September Ends/Katrina” mash-up, however, is a different story. I am wondering if it was done with the permission of the band — although I don’t think they’d care too much — because the album, and that song in particular, has a very certain focus and message; I wonder if they’d be disappointed in the notion that this might dilute it.

Artistically, though, the thing sucks, too. At least the first two mentioned tastefully chose sound bites and placed them at key points in the song. The recent one takes a chest full of sound clips and places them willy-nilly throughout the song, at every point where there’s a pause in the lyrics.

It’s pure cacaphony… with the emphasis on “caca”.

To whomever put this together — it was a nice idea, okay? However, it’s been done at least twice before, and they were done in a far more tasteful manner.

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Uh, no.

I got my first phonecall today from a recruiting moron who was wondering “if you would be interested in working for AOL, in Sterling, Virginia”. I responded to him with a, “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” sorta attitude, to which he repeated, “I have a position available with my client, AOL in Sterling, Virginia”.

Now, to be certain, it was kinda ambiguous as to whether or not AOL was his client, or whether he was hiring for a consulting firm who was contracted out to AOL, but either way — what a moron.

Speaking of morons: do a google search for “I hate firefox” and read some of the links. It is some of the most ignorant — if not amusing — talk I have ever seen. All in all, they kinda remind me of deep-south Republicans who think that their President actually cares at all about their issues.

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Letter to Vasque

Corey Welton
Potomac Falls, VA 20165

23 March 2004

314 Main Street
Red Wing, MN 55066

To whom it may concern:

My name is Corey Welton, and have had a pair of Vasque Sundowners for about the past two to three years. I got these boots at the recommendation and observation of old college acquaintances, all of whom have been very loyal to the Vasque brand for many years now.

I too, have been generally happy with my pair � until the last few months, that is. In recent months, I noticed that my right boot started to make a strange �clicking� sound. At first I thought it was just something stuck to the bottom of my boot, which was sticking to the tile floor at my office � but then I noticed the sound was occurring everywhere � asphalt, concrete, and on soft ground.

It was not long after this that I realised it was coming from inside my boot. Perhaps it is part of the shank coming loose, I am not sure. In any case, I didn’t let it bother me too much � that is, until my left boot started doing the same thing, and is now much louder than the first.

As it stands, I now have a pair of Sundowner Classics which are audibly apparent from anyone down the hall or within proximity of me. In addition to the noise, i can now feel various bits move beneath my feet. It is not the sound which bothers me so much, or really even the movement exhibited within the sole however � it’s the seemingly larger issue of a drop in manufacturing quality. I asked the aforementioned friends, all fiercely loyal to Vasque, and they said they’d never had the same issue, but most of them had boots from several years ago, before the construction was outsourced to China, and indeed, they made known their suspicions. While I don’t want to be so hasty as to pin the blame on that, I do nonetheless suspect a quality control issue with my boots, whether it has anything to do with outsourcing or not. If only one boot exhibited the aforementioned behaviour, I might think it a strange occurrence, but the fact that both now exhibit it points to a more serious issue in quality control.

My boots have, of course, long since surpassed their one-year warranty, but they are, by no stretch of the imagination. �worn out�. With the exception of a bit of foot pronation, I don’t walk abnormally; I take good care of these boots, and, as it stands, I haven’t been able to get in the woods much over the past couple years, so it is not as if they’ve gone through a lot of wear and tear. Aside the scuffs around the toes from some a bit of hiking, the boots are in great shape � except for this problem that I suspect with the shank or insole of the boot.

Thus, it is somewhat disheartening to see this happen to boots produced by a company known for its top-quality outdoor footwear. Upon the advice of my backpacking friends, and upon secondary research, I decided to purchase the Sundowners. I now feel, however, that the quality of these boots has fallen far short of the quality or lifecycle expected of them and the brand, regardless of warranty limitations. It is because of this situation that I was hoping there would be some sort of remedy or solution for issues at hand. In that Vasque is a trusted name, I am certain you will reply with an expedient and adequate response. If you need to contact me via telephone, my mobile number is 202-xxx-xxxx

Thank you very much for your time, and for your footwear products.



Corey Welton

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