Saturday, November 1, 2008

A New Feature at the LC: Is Richard a Hipster, or Isn't He? / Plus, Larryville Parades To Save the T!

On Halloween, Richard drank Free State beer while discussing the best and worst book-to-film adaptations, then became one of the few straight guys to ever witness Macelli's legendary masquerade ball (a preacher got him in for free), then followed that up with a trip to see a Hall and Oates cover band, which he and his friend (lead guitarist of a band called The Leotards) agreed found just the right balance of irony and respect in their renditions of "Private Eyes" and "Kiss on My List." Is Richard a hipster, or isn't he?

Richard: "It sure sounds like it, but the truth of the matter is that I didn't drink a single PBR all evening. My verdict: not a hipster."

Chip: "Not so long ago you spent your Saturday afternoons fishing with a cane pole and now you spend them attending rallies to save an unecessary, decrepit bus system that you've never used. It pains me to say it, but you may be a hipster."

Richard: "With any luck, we'll save those derelict buses!"


Indeed, Larryville progressives turned out in (very small) droves today for a parade and "street theater" piece along Mass. Street to rally support for the T-taxes (issues #2 and 3) in Tuesday's election. A large bus full of T-fans, followed by twenty or thirty bikers and pedestrians and two men dressed as a bus, ambled along the street to the amusement and confusion of the ten or so folks who weren't at the KU game at the time. A mother beamed at her child in a stroller, telling her friends, "This is my daughter's first rally!" (Chip: "That poor kid hasn't got a chance. She's probably got Obama stickers on her crib at home!"). At the corner of 9th and Mass, the "street theater" commenced,consisting of two T-related folk songs, one of them set to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round" : "The people on the bus will save the T, save the T, save the T/ the people on the bus vote 2 and 3, 2 and 3, 2 and 3." Perhaps the pretty girl who works at Love Garden and always talks to Richard but is engaged to a bartender, dammit, summed it up best: "This is the most adorable little parade I've ever seen."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That bus costume is amazing! Who knew that hipsters are willing to sacrifice hours of precious time spent at PBR-swilling sessions at the Replay/Jackpot?

Perhaps next year, that guy will repaint it to be the Ghost of Public Transport Past. (Tho I hope not!)