Sunday, August 07, 2005

Hey Jen....This One is Long Too

I have a week of blogging to make up for, so bear with me.


Thursday
The work week was fine, nothing that I'm going to get into here at this moment in time. Thursday I was trying to recruit people to go to Hopkins Plaza to see Raheem DeVaughn. To all of those you who are on the fence, give this brother some love. He performs with an energy and skill level that is unparalleled. To those who don't know, take a male version of Mary J. Blige and toss in a huge helping of Marvin Gaye, and that's Raheem. Trust me, if you like Marvin Gaye in any capacity, cop this album.
The concert was a lot of fun. Glueman and I hit the scene much to the dismay of Mrs Kojak ( "Damn you! You KNOW I like Raheem!") I really wasn't sure she'd want to see him, plus in the back of my mind I realized that back in the day you NEVER took your girl to Hopkins Plaza. If you did, it would be like asking for a slap upside the head or gettin' the coochie cut off from you. Why? Because you'd be breakin' your neck looking at all of the scenery. So Glueman and I are chillin', laughin', jokin'. The sites are lovely of course, and then Raheem hits the stage. I can't go into a lot of detail about the performance, it was great; even especially when he brought the homeless man up on the stage to dance. What I wanted to point out was the difference between us Baltimorians and Washingtonians. Raheem was calling to the audience for that audience participation. He got. Had he tried that in DC, he would have been disappointed. I think its the fact that folks from both cities like to profile, but Washingtonians profile not only based on "I'm looking good", but also on "I wonder can anyone watching me get me an even phatter job than I already have." Now, when you have that mentality, you can't really let loose because your next potential boss may be watching. So when a perform says "Sing wit' me!", in DC all you hear is the chirping of Blackberrys.

The "Huh?" Effect of The Day: I was working with the new guy setting up some system. He looked wiped out so I asked him what was wrong. "I was up until 2 in the morning." he said with a yawn. "Oh?" **Shit, Kojak....don't ask, don't ASK!** "Why were you up so late?" **damn I hope he says he was working on getting some coochie or watching some porn....** "Well my superhero team needed me. I couldn't just leave them hanging."
Internet game. A fucken internet game. You loose sleep to play with some other jerk-offs for an Internet game.

sigh.....

8 comments:

WebmasterMama said...

I know you can do better than that - that wasn't so long.

derek said...

Well, when you work with computers, you have to expect some geektitude. Getting some (especially late night) rejuvenates me. Late nights of watching [adult swim] or messing with code are just tiring, so I feel dude's pain.

The DC Blackberry comment was hilarious. I could probably never survive in DC. I don't think I could EVER take myself that seriously.

Brother Kojak said...

Ha ha! The original was so long, I broke it up into 3 parts.

derek: That's just how they do, man. And I refuse to get wrapped up in the geekdom. now excuse me while I get back to my Dungeons and Dragons game....

Reese The Law Girl said...

Oh, BK. I have to disagree. I just came back from the sold out Teena Marie concert. The whole audience was singing even when she didn't ask (people were dancing in the aisles and everything). Same thing with Lenny Kravitz and when I went to see Janet Jackson. Weird, but I've never had the experience you're talking about and I've been to quite a few concerts.

Brother Kojak said...

You've never had that experience in DC, Reese? Never? We know performers won't get the silent treatment for Patti Labelle, Franky Beverly or Chuck Brown, but every concert I've been to down there besides the aforementioned was a damn cricket-chirping fest.

.: Zoph :. said...

When I saw Cake in DC (DC101 Chili Cook-off), they were trying to get the crowd to sing along. It got so bad that he threatened to walk off the stage and started cussing out the crowd.

Hmmm, sounds like City of Heroes.

Brother Kojak said...

Seee??? Zoph be knowing too!

Reese The Law Girl said...

I'm telling ya'll, I've never been in a quiet crowd. All the concerts I've been to have been live; even, the smaller ones.

I saw Zap Mama and the Jazzy Fat Nasty's at the 9:30 Club, and the place was hot!!

Maybe it's the acts that ya'll are going to see? Maybe they're very new artists that nobody knows or something?

I'm totally serious though. I've never been to a quiet concert. Whether at the MCI Center or Art Attack on the lawn of UMD, I just haven't partied with a crowd of conservative people.