Trabajabamos to join 25 Suaves and Minus9 at the upcoming anniversary party

I’m happy to announce that Trabajabamos will be performing along with 25 Suaves and Minus9 at the September 8 party commemorating the tenth anniversary of this website. Here, if you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing Trabajabamos, is bit of documentary footage, which, I think you’ll agree, is pretty damn good.

If you want more, Trabajabamos recently appeared on WCBN’s local music show, and you can listen to an archived recording of the session here.

It’s shaping up to be a hell of a show music-wise, but I’m still trying to figure out what, if anything, we should be doing before, between and after the bands go on stage, to celebrate the site’s 10th anniversary. I just spent the last few minutes reading about how the Ann Arbor Chronicle celebrated their 4th anniversary on the web a few days ago, hoping to get some ideas, but I’m not sure if what worked for them will work for us. They, it would seem, had something like a banquet, during which they handed out awards to members of the community who they felt deserved recognition. I think it’s a good idea, but I seriously doubt that people would come out to receive an award from me. And, to be honest, I don’t know who I’d want to saddle with the distinction of having been awarded a Maynard, or whatever we’d call the damn thing… Let’s say were were to do something like this, who would you choose as the recipient of a “Most Epic Comment” award? I’m just curious.

The more immediate problem, I think, is that I’m not sure what to call the event itself, as it’s both a 10-year anniversary party for this site, and a fundraiser for Fly Children’s Art Center. As people are starting to refer to it as Maynardfest, I feel the need to hurry and put something out now, before the name sticks. The best I’ve been able to come up with so far is “The Blog Presents,” which is a reference to the time, several years ago, that the Ypsi cops busted up Totally Awesome Fest, telling folks that they’d read all about it, “on the blog.” As terrible as it made me feel, knowing that I played a part in ruining the weekend for everyone, I kind of liked that, at least in the eyes of these cops, this was “the” blog, as though none others existed… Anyway, if you have a better idea as to what it should be called, let me know.

As for what I should be doing at this event, the best idea I’ve come up with so far involves me sitting inside of a small glass cube, in my pajamas, blogging. The cube, as I’m envisioning it, would be on the corner of the stage, and every now and then people in the bands would jump up on it, to play their blistering guitar solos. And, between bands, readers of the site could try to clog my air holes with french fries.

And I know none of the trolls out there in the audience, like EOS, Designated Republican or Tater Salad, will believe me when I say this, but I’d very much like to take a few minutes and talk with one of them on stage, and find out more about them, as human beings. I’d love a chance to get beyond the rage, and ask a few questions about how they came to take such an interest in our little online community.

Oh, one more thing. At the Chronicle’s 4th anniversary party, the folks at Zingerman’s apparently served a drink they’d concocted especially for the occasion, called the Ink-Stained Wretch. Perhaps we should have a little contest leading up to the party, to design a drink that reflects the shared values, vices and obsessions of the community that gathers here. (As some of you may recall, we did something similar 8 years ago, with a fair amount of success.) If you have ideas, let me know.

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  1. Edward
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    So you don’t think that Steve Pierce would show up to receive an award for all of the work he’s done to draw attention to the plight of Ypsilanti’s considerable white slave population?

  2. xxx
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    I repeat. The thing you need to do at this event is have a lottery. The winner would have to get a tattoo of your url in a “discreet location.”

    Here’s what I mean by discreet location.

  3. Thom Elliott
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Haven’t seen any of the ‘trolls’ you listed in a long time. Haven’t seen EOS since our xtianity debate, and haven’t seen Tatersalad for months, he didn’t pipe up once that I saw during the great smear campaign against our area’s moral leadership. I’d like to see some of the real life trolls come out, like Mauer, Pierce, Barnes, or Eller. Now that would make for a fine evening’s entertainment, to watch Eller seethe invectives toward the carpooling pinko homosexual nazis would be a high time indeed. They should get the awards, like “lowlife landlord of the year” or “#1 no nonsense cryptofascist”, or “best in show Truth Room”.

  4. anoymous
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Trabajabamos look awesome.

    As for a drink, I think it would have to have salty tears in it.

  5. Claydon by Proxy
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Andy “Minus 9” Claydon has a modest proposal as to what we do at this event.

    Everyone writes their online “handle” on a bag then puts it on their head. Then they can walk around insulting each other. The other upside is they can still wear their comfy clothes.

  6. Eel
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I have a few ideas for event names:

    “Mittenfest is Cancelled”
    “Ypsitucky Jamboree”
    “Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy”
    “ Appreciation Society”

  7. Knox
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Is there a suffix other than “fest” that could be used? If not, could a new one be made up?

    How about calling “Bloggasm 2012”?

  8. Posted August 15, 2012 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    I went to a cocktail class on Monday and had something called George Washington’s cherry: 2 oz of apple brandy, 1 oz of cherry balsamic shrub, 2 dashes of angostura bitters. It was quite tasty.

    We could remake this drink as Mark Maynard’s cherry and use fruit from Wasems or Colemans or some random Ypsi garden. We would filter it through some Ypsipanties and make an origami paper cup out of an old issue of Crimewave. Instead of bitters, we could use our own salty tears. For fun, Dan & Thom can throw some at each other (just kidding, guys!) :) We can end with Peter Larson drinking a whole batch and then dribbling it into Mark’s mouth.

  9. Tim
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Ideally the trolls would take the stage, talk with Mark, experience an epiphany, and this would happen.

  10. mark k
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Sorry I wont be able to attend, circle jerks never sounded like fun to me. But might I suggest a few activities like the elephant walk, which I never heard of before coming here, thanks, or maybe you could get one of the regulars here to perform the rusty trombone on any men interested, or how about doing a live abortion for the crowd, that would surely bring life to the party (pun intended). Have fun fella’s, and don’t forget to wrap it up.

  11. anonymous
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Admit it, Mark K, you’re just angry because you weren’t called out by name like EOS, Designated Republican and Tater Salad.

  12. mark k
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    anonymous thanks for paying attention.

  13. Dan
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Permalink


    Thom’s tears of unfathomable sadness are quite yummy.

  14. xxx
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    You’ve got to do a Cokie the Clown inspired set, Mark.

  15. Tommy
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Oscar, Emmy, Tony and a BBD (Big Brick Dick – a.k.a. the Water Tower). Who wouldn’t want a golden replica of Ypsi’s most distinguised landmark to do with what you see fit?

  16. Mr. X
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I like the idea of strippers coming out to hand people golden phalli, but I think we might be needing to move this event a little more toward center. While this site surely has its moments of voyeuristic hedonism, I think, more than anything else, it’s about opening up lines of communication between people who are genuinely interested in finding solutions. We shouldn’t alienate any of those people, whether they be on the right or the left. A few loud bands are one thing, but butthole tattoos are quite another.

  17. mark k
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    “I think, more than anything else, it’s about opening up lines of communication between people who are genuinely interested in finding solutions. We shouldn’t alienate any of those people, whether they be on the right or the left.”

    Well said Mr. X

  18. Posted August 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    I think you’d find it to be a pretty welcoming event, Mark. There may be some loud music, but, despite the comments, I doubt there will be abortions on demand and anus tattoos. And, even if there were, I’m sure I’d find a way to do it in a classy way, so that it didn’t upset the sensibilities of my more inhibited friends. And I’m sorry for leaving you and Dan off the list of trolls. I know you aspire to be there, but I don’t think it’s yet time to call you up from the minor leagues. You need to work on your stuff a little longer. I have faith that you’ll get there, though. I believe in you.

  19. Posted August 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Dan, I was actually thinking of that episode. The ending of that episode took me by surprise and I had to rewatch it to make sure what I thought had happened, actually happened (it had)

  20. Anonymatt
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Can someone design a cocktail called the Ink-Stained Retch?

  21. Posted August 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    I never noticed mark k before today.

    Is this his first time posting?

  22. R2MeToo
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    A few highlights from Mark K for Peter Larson.


    I was riding the People Mover about a month ago with my son, and he’s looking out the window and says “Dad there a dead guydown there on the sidewalk.” I looked, it was just a bum sleeping…. on the sidewalk…. in the middle of the day. People had to walk around him. Democrats have destroyed a once great city.


    As long as we’re talking about gays and digging up graves I have a joke. What did the gay mortician say to the other gay mortician? Lets crack open a case and suck down a cold one. Don’t forget to tip your wait staff, and thanks for coming.


    I dont want to pay for their toilet paper either, that doesn’t mean I dont want them to have bowel movements. You liberals will do or say anything for free stuff. Get a job hippies!

  23. Mark K
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your comment mark, I’ll try harder to be the troll you think I can be. I’m sure it’s going to be fun time had by all, I just really can’t make. Love Depot town and get over there every chance I get.
    And to R2MeToo, wow a fan. Glad you liked the joke enough to save it.

  24. Dan
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    We need a good hipster vs troll gang fight at this event. I’d like to see what kind of obscure weaponry you guys could come up with.

  25. John Galt
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Look out, Dan. They will disorient you with their weaponized facial hair. I’ve seen it happen before. They shake their heads quickly, releasing clouds of organic potato chip dust from their majestic beards. It will blind you if you’re not prepared.

  26. mark k
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Dan thats an event I’d like to see, but I think their best weapon would be the fact Hipsters don’t like to bath. Can you say B.O.

  27. Dan
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    no mark, hipsters bathe. They just purchase B.O. scented cologne from American Apparel.

  28. Posted August 16, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Thank you R2me.

    It’s pretty sad that you guys have to dis on a get together for beers, friends and music.

    Really, who cares? If you don’t want to come, don’t come. If you do want to come, by all means do. I can only speak for myself, but I’ll be happy to shake your hand and chat. I might even buy you a beer.

    In a bar, I really don’t give a shit what anybody’s politics are. I’m pretty sure that most people in the world feel the same.


  29. Posted August 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to celebrate the 10 year by reading the entire site from beginning to end, on stage.

  30. Anonymatt
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to miss the 25 Suaves reunion and Pete discussing ball shaving on stage? I’m so sad.

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