The Good, The Bad, and The Awkward – Your Sunday Evening News
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are the weekend highlights.
North Coast Announces First Wave of Lineup: The 5th anniversary of North Coast Music Festival marks yet another successful festival in Chicago, with yet another amazing lineup. The inaugural year brought The Chemical Brothers and Pretty Lights, and this year brings equally huge acts like Bassnectar, STS9, and Snoop Dogg. For the anniversary, they’ve expanded the park and rearranged the stages for optimal crowd movement and overall experience. The festival will be held in Union Park on August 29th-31st. Be there or be extremely lame.
Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Confirmed: Whether you’re a fan of Star Wars or not, it’s pretty cool when original casts get back together for another hoorah. While the latest Indiana Jones was a joke and a half, it was pretty cool to see Harrison Ford and his first leading lady back for another go. Well, we’ll get to see the greatness that was the original Star Wars cast for yet another space adventure. Yes, even though we thought the saga was over, after Disney took over, they could not help but capitalize on the multi-million dollar franchise. It might be good; it might be terrible, but true fans will probably rejoice and continue to let the force be with them.
Catskill Chill Lineup Announced: The first weekend in September, Hancock, NY will be jamming hard to Yonder Mountain String Band and The New Deal. Yes, we said it, the lineup has been announced, and it’s pretty chill. September 5th-7th at Camp Minglewood, the small festival will bring the jams. With a maximum capacity of 5,000, the 5th anniversary of this festival will remain a big thing in a small package.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget that sometimes things don’t go your way. Here’s what’s going on elsewhere.
Bob Hoskins Dies at 71: Our favorite detective in Who Framed Roger Rabbit died this week. Also known for his roles in Mermaids, Long Good Friday, and Sweet Liberty, the British actor was said to be a joy to work with, and an all around good guy. Surrounded by family and friends, the Oscar–nominated actor passed away from pneumonia at 71 and will be greatly missed.
Limes Taken Over By Cartel: Do you like margaritas, ceviche, or guacamole? Do you like a lime garnish on your gin and tonic, or squeeze a couple limes in your Corona? All of these things require our favorite little green citrus fruit, the lime. These simple things may all be luxuries soon after a bad season and the Knights Templar drug cartel have gotten a hold of the lime crop in Mexico. Prices have skyrocketed recently and continue to do so to the dismay of bar owners everywhere. The best we can do is bear through this season, and hope the cartel’s hold on businesses in Mexico doesn’t keep its stronghold if next year’s lime season gets better.
Senate Republicans Block Minimum Wage Increase: The bill to raise the national minimum to $10.10 from $7.25 failed in a largely party line vote of 54-42. Republicans say that the increase would not be affordable for businesses, while Democrats say that there is a disregard for poor workers. Regardless of which side you vote for, $7.25 is not enough to survive on Ramen, and we can all agree with that. Maybe $10.10 is too high, but Congress needs to come to an agreement of some sort. One good thing is that states are increasing their own minimum wage individually.
And The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, but uh… here ya go.
Dead Body In RV: When you plan a Kentucky Derby/bachelor party vacation, you’re not expecting to end up finding a dead body. Well, a few unsuspecting Minnesota natives got an unsightly surprise when they opened a couple of “not working” compartments in their rented RV, smelled a stench, and saw a couple feet poking out. The group wasn’t trying to investigate further before they called authorities. Neither the identity of the victim nor any suspects have been released in the case, but it’s pretty sketchy that the owner of the rental company specifically told bachelor Dan Trainor and his pals not to open those compartments when they rented the RV….
May the 4th Be With You: Yet again, Star Wars comes up in our little segment here. This time, some might not be so happy about it. It’s officially unofficial that May 4th is International Star Wars Day. Why? Who cares; it’s ridiculous for those who give no cares about Star Wars. This can’t even be a Hallmark holiday. What kind of card are you going to make with that? But hey, if the force is with you, let it stay strong. Happy Star Wars Day!
Exploding Blue Whale: A small Newfoundland town of 600 people has a big problem. There’s a beached blue whale on their shores, and it’s their responsibility to remove it. Trouble is, they’re so small, they don’t really have the resources to do so. This larger than life, and extremely smelly, whale is bloated and about to burst. Would you want an 81 foot decomposing (or exploded) anything on the shores of your town? We didn’t think so. Good luck, guys….