Monday, August 07, 2006

Baseball or bombs.


I went to an Atlanta Braves game tonight and payed $6.50 for a bag of peanuts...what on earth? How do they get away with charging that much for a bag of peanuts? All in all it was a fun experience, I got to see a couple homeruns, bought a hot dog, blah blah American past time, blah blah. It's a mode of distraction really...forgive me, some nights I would rather enjoy a baseball game than read about more children being bombed in the Middle East, or rising gas prices, or anything else that is gracing the headlines these days. Thanks to everyong that has been coming out to the shows, they have all been great..this tour so far is amazing.

18 Comments:

Blogger Deadpool said...

well... there's the problem... if your worldview is derived from the newspapers things will always look bad... even if they're at their best. Newspapers don't sell if all they have is good news. They have to have bad news to sell... because that's what all of us sick sadistic readers want to read about (it's very ironic really). I've taken a couple news classes (television news, not print but the same applies) and one thing that you'll notice about the news is that there are a few things that are "newsworthy". if someone dies in a car wreck, it's not newsworthy. if it's someone notable it is. if there are bizarre circumstances... it is. if people got in a wreck and everyone survived(unless it's unbelievable that they could possibly survive, it's not newsworthy. if a man blows up an orphanage it's newsworthy, if a man donates generously to an orphanage it's not newsworthy.
all that the news reports is bad things and unexpected good things... like hitler saving a jewish kids life... that would probably be newsworthy(especially since he's dead). but there's so much good that happens everyday that nobody will ever read about. because there's no shock value, there's nothing interesting about good news.

1:58 AM

 
Blogger Zach said...

So are you saying that the war going on in the middle east isn't really that bad? Finding beauty is not that hard, it is all around us, but being positive about the state of society and the world is kind of tough, and takes some sort of effort, or delusion.

6:26 AM

 
Blogger Justin said...

Hey Zach,
Just wanted to say whats up, Thanks for the show in St. Pete., FL. And THANK YOU for getting off the bus and chillin' with us for a few minutes. I thought that was really great of you guys. Something that I will remember, and brag about forever. I was so shocked to see you guys, that I totally forget to get your signatures on my damn shirt....You let us take pics with you though, and that means so much more. Anyways, back to your blog, I go to Devil Rays games all the time and I really enjoy myself. I do agree with you on the food its unbelievable what they can get away with. OK man.....have a great tour, and My brother and I cant wait till your next album, good luck. Thanks again.
Justin

7:25 AM

 
Blogger Deadpool said...

I'm not saying that it isn't really that bad... what I'm saying is that the media makes it seem like there's only bad things happening. I'm saying that for all these bad things that are happening that you hear about several more good things are happening that you don't hear about. I'm saying that from your own personal experience, are things so bad? for just a second forget what the papers say about anything... and just view the world around you.
There's nothing new under the sun. There have always been bad things happening in some places. no, they shouldn't be ignored, but we also shouldn't think that that is how the world is everywhere.

9:38 AM

 
Blogger Zach said...

well, my life is full of things to be thankful for, but the world doesn't revolve around me and my life, and I suppose things effect me. I guess it all comes down to perspective.

11:41 AM

 
Anonymous Zach (fenderplyr13 on the message board) said...

That's pretty cool that you still make time to catch a baseball game with a busy tour schedule and all. Hope all is going well, and I'll most likely see you (and the rest of the band) in Boston in a week. Should be a good one fo' sho'.

8:17 PM

 
Blogger Deadpool said...

the world also doesn't revolve around the wars in other countries or the people involved in them.

You're exZACHly right, it's about perspective.

so then the question is, what is better for your well being? to dwell on the bad that is happening in the world? or to look for the good and positive and look at life that way?

I'm not saying to ignore the bad... I think it'd be foolish to ignore it. I'm saying, accept that those things happen, but remember that there's also great good things that happen too.

12:42 AM

 
Blogger Justin said...

Hey Zach,
Just wanted to say whats up, Thanks for the show in St. Pete., FL. And THANK YOU for getting off the bus and chillin' with us for a few minutes. I thought that was really great of you guys. Something that I will remember, and brag about forever. I was so shocked to see you guys, that I forgot to get your signatures on my damn shirt....You let us take pics with you though, and that means so much more. Anyways, back to your blog, I go to Devil Rays games all the time and I really enjoy myself. I do agree with you on the food its unbelievable what they can get away with. OK man.....have a great tour, and My brother and I cant wait till your next album, good luck. Thanks again.
Justin

7:16 AM

 
Blogger Justin said...

Hey Zach,
Just wanted to say whats up, Thanks for the show in St. Pete., FL. And THANK YOU for getting off the bus and chillin' with us for a few minutes. I thought that was really great of you guys. Something that I will remember, and brag about forever. I was so shocked to see you guys, that I totally forgot to get your signatures on my damn shirt....You let us take pics with you though, and that means so much more. Anyways, back to your blog, I go to Devil Rays games all the time and I really enjoy myself. I do agree with you on the food its unbelievable what they can get away with. OK man.....have a great tour, and My brother and I cant wait till your next album, good luck. Thanks again.
Justin

7:17 AM

 
Blogger Justin said...

SORRY....DIDNT MEAN TO SEND IT THAT MANY TIMES BRO. MY BAD

7:18 AM

 
Blogger Ethan said...

The show at the Masquerade was awesome last night, Zach. It was also great to meet you and have you guys sign my DVD (hope I have time to watch it all the way through soon.) I was wondering if you guys would do We're So Far Away, because I had heard you added songs to your set, and it was pure joy when Rob and Dave came out, and I saw you guys "suiting up" for Someone Else's Arms. One of the best nights of my life. Thanks.

1:24 PM

 
Anonymous katie / despite.these.rains said...

glad you had fun at the game. that's an outrageous price for peanuts, though. i thought popcorn at the movies was bad!

on the topics of terrorism and war: i have to say i think it's a good thing that hearing about these things grieves you. not that experiencing grief is good, of course. but we hear so much about the bad things happening in our world that i think it's easy to become desensitized to it all.

when i was sixteen, there was a terrorist attack on a church i attended for four years. i was living somewhere else, but it was a life-altering event for me. obviously part of this was because i was dealing with personal feelings of horror, sadness, and anger. but another part was that it was the first time in a long time that i saw "headline news" so clearly. people were dying. and when what was once black and white to me became flesh and blood instead, it was a violent jolt. but a necessary one-- because every time a murder is reported, it's a matter of flesh and blood. we reduce people to numbers and catchy headlines, and it's wrong.

this was a very long winded way of saying that i think having a sensitivity to the destruction of human life is a good thing. so even though it's hard, i'd say it's important. that said, i'm all for having fun where it can be had. hope the rest of the tour is awesome.

6:36 PM

 
Blogger Ethan said...

War is a terrible thing, but sometimes is neccessary.

2:12 PM

 
Blogger Deadpool said...

um... why is it ever neccessary? who says it is?
I'm not convinced...
I'd say that with the way most people are sometimes it's *practically* unavoidable. but even then, if people tried to be good people... there wouldn't be wars.(although, my perspective of "good people" might be different than anyone elses, so... to someone else a "good person" might be something else)

11:16 PM

 
Blogger Ethan said...

It's neccessary because I don't want to get blown up by terrorists like the people they caught two days ago on planes to Atlanta... they were going to blow up the planes and everyone in it. I don't know the exact details, but stability in the Middle East, no matter how hard or ultimately unachievable, is important. Like you said earlier, you never hear anything good about the Iraq war, but the first time I saw a smiling Iraqi in a photo, and knew unless we were over there it wouldn't have been possible, that the freedom of millions of people was in our hands, I knew why we were there.

So are you saying that the U.S. intervening in WWII was unneccessary too? We would be under a worldwide facsist government right now, without the freedom to even say these things.

War is hell, but sometimes there's no other way.

7:13 AM

 
Blogger Deadpool said...

I believe you misunderstood me. I'm not saying that there aren't situations that call for it; what I'm saying is that those situations don't HAVE to happen.
I was talking theoretical, in a practical way, yeah, war happens and cant be avoided... there's always going to be some group or someone doing something that needs to be fought against.

12:25 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Zach....you complain about paying $6.50 for a bag of peanuts?
When I went to your shows in Japan, the venues charge us 500yen (approx.$5) for a 500mL bottle of water, which you could usually get it at 100yen at a supermarket or vending machines. Those show organizers are ripping us off!!! The end.

4:51 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...(continued)
We have to buy a drink ticket (500yen) as you enter the venue, whether or not you want a drink. It's ridiculous.

4:57 PM

 

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