Wade on Birmingham

the negligent wordsmith

Sunday, September 9, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Can poetry be
a collection of random
words together? Tin.

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the new customer service

Saturday, September 8, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Please hold, our bot will
be with you in just a few
moments to fail you.

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provocation

Friday, September 7, 2018 by Wade Kwon

The artist creates.
The public boos. The artist
works. The public boos.

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they serve at the displeasure of the president

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by Wade Kwon

The loyalists staged
a coup of sorts, less bloody
and more financial.

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newfound restraint

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Nothing more satis-
fying than checking things off
of your to-don’t list.

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joystick jockeys

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by Wade Kwon

The players wielded
their controllers like daggers
ready to slay forth.

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The Birmingham channel: All smiles on Labor Day

Monday, September 3, 2018 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

RV shopping in Calera. From Wayward Waggs.

August road trip to see Pentatonix at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, with a stop at the Riverchase Galleria. From Joanna Crauswell.

Browsing at Academy Sports and Outdoors at Lee Branch. From Bailey Pappas.

Arizona electro funk band Spafford performs in August at Avondale Brewing Co. From Isom Morgan.

Sloss Furnaces. From Dominic Bouchard.

More from Sloss. From Traveling with Rick.

Los Angeles alternative band States and Capitals visits the Nick on Southside. From States and Capitals.

Promo for Los Angeles comedian and Samford alumnus John Crist in November at Samford University. From Premier Productions.

Ed Yielding of Florence, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who set the coast-to-coast air speed record, on local TV show “Our Issues Birmingham.” From Our Issues Birmingham.

From the top of Vulcan (our vertical video of the week). From Luis Jauregui.

British expatriate Bill Keene on barbecue, filmed at Rusty’s BBQ in Leeds. From Bama Brit.

And visits Avondale Brewing Co. (our other vertical video of the week). From Bama Brit.

Promo for wrestling duo the Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection, a k a Sasha Banks and Bayley, at WWE Live on Friday at Legacy Arena downtown. From It’s Bayley.

Performances by Birmingham artists Janson, De Courtenay, Saint Aether, BlankPage, Von Maur and Deecy Monroe at Sam Kilroy’s Garage in Woodlawn. From Nathan Seale.

Train in Woodlawn. From Birmingham-Rail Productions.

Trains in Irondale. From Carson Bean.

Trying Taco Mama at the Summit. From Bryce Brown.

In an August news conference at Lawson State Community College, Jay Roberson resigns from the Birmingham city council after 9 years. From WVTM-13 News.

UAB at Texas–San Antonio in a virtual Alamodome in “NCAA Football 14.” From Matt Peery.

Promo for Jay Clyce with Weber Mortgage in Vestavia Hills. From WJTZ Media.

Graduation for the Birmingham Police Academy in 2000 at the Birmingham Museum of Art downtown. From J. Hill.

Decatur blues-rock group Lamont Landers Band performs in July at Saturn in Avondale. From Stevoramo.

The Birmingham First Ensemble performs “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?” at Birmingham First Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Hoover. From Birmingham First Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Talking with Bob Dickerson of the Birmingham Business Resource Center. From What’s Happening Bham

Oakland singer-songwriter Fantastic Negrito performs in July at Saturn in Avondale. From Stevoramo.

A fun road trip to Birmingham, including stops downtown. From Alexandria Ng.

Millsaps student Avinash Ananth talks about his internship at Birmingham consulting firm 45 Inc. From 45 Inc. Birmingham.

Promo for Highlands United Methodist Church in Five Points South. From Highlands UMC.

Drone footage of UAB, with fancy flying and a fiery finish. From Gentry Palmer.

British rock band the Cult performs “She Sells Sanctuary” in August at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham. From It Is What It Is.

South Bend prog rock band Umphrey’s McGee performs “Mantis” in August at Avondale Brewing Co. From Live and Listen.

Drone footage of a new roof. From Home Rescue.

General SaRa Suten Seti speaks on “The Art of Leadership During the Time of Crisis” in 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Birmingham on Southside. From General Seti.

Mexican band Los Giles perform in August at El Sol on Valley Avenue. From Borjas Gonzalez.

Touring the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum in Leeds. From Peter J. Thoesen PLLC.

Spider monkeys at the Birmingham Zoo (our other other vertical video of the week). From Bradley R.

The girls in their new home, with ducks and a playground. From Tŏng Yé.

Birmingham metal band Midmourner performs in 2014 at the Syndicate Lounge on Southside. From Dirtworshipper Music.

Commercial for UAB. From University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Stone Temple Pilots and Bush perform in August at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham. From 311Vision.

A collection of “Talented Birmingham Artists Under 25.” From Birmingham Plug.

Music video for “Apollo” by Birmingham band St. Paul and the Broken Bones, filmed by Big Communications at Samford University. From St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

High school basketball: 1998 tournament game with Pembroke Hill (Kansas City) vs. Minor (Adamsville) in Pine Bluff, Ark. From Titus Video.

Checking out UAB Student Media and jamming with friends. From Dustin Harrelson.

At August’s Liberty Cup soccer tournament. (our final vertical video of the week). From Joanna Chambers.

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Happy Labor Day!

Monday, September 3, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Video: Celebrate the holiday by gazing in awe
at these amazing workers.

Happy Labor Day!

trickle-up economics

Monday, September 3, 2018 by Wade Kwon

We toil fiercely
to line their coffers while we
can’t afford coffins.

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#sundayread for September 2, 2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Ann Cannon

Photo: Ben P L (CC)

My picks for #sundayread for September 2, 2018:

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demolish the character building

Sunday, September 2, 2018 by Wade Kwon

If I could do it
all over again, I’d
skip the lousy parts.

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to new moms

Saturday, September 1, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Before you know it,
he’ll zip into all kinds of
unsanctioned mischief.

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dance the day away

Friday, August 31, 2018 by Wade Kwon

Huckster hops around
with spinning sign and shouts of
chipper enticement.

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The Birmingham channel: Take to the sea lion!

Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

Singer-songwriter John Mayer performs “Back to You” in 2002 at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham. From John Mayer Solos.

Televangelist Benny Hinn in 1998 in Birmingham. From Lean Dollar.

Blues music on a Tuesday at Innisfree Pub in Lakeview (our vertical video of the week). From Actress Gabrielle.

A family performs the “Bama Boogie.” From Carlos Ogden.

Birmingham jam band Diner performs “Ophelia” in July in Mountain Brook’s Crestline Village. From Free Spirit Visions.

Highlights from July’s She Is DOPE Teen Summit at the YMCA Youth Center downtown. From VisionsFrom_TV.

Birmingham band the Pearl performs in July at Saturn in Avondale. From the Pearl Music.

Promo for Birmingham Smiles Dentistry in Hoover. From Birmingham Smiles Dentistry.

An infield fly. From Jason Epperson.

Dashcam footage of driving through downtown and Southside. From 601 Travels.

Driving on I-65 south to Malfunction Junction. From Cabin Fever Soap1.

Dashcam footage of driving I-20/59 to Malfunction Junction. From Nick Payne.

More interstate driving (our other vertical video of the week). From Yas Recinos.

Students from Glenkirk Church in Los Angeles on a June mission trip to Birmingham. From Glenkirk Church.

Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin petitions the Environmental Protection Agency to add North Birmingham Superfund site on its priority list. From Mayor Randall Woodfin.

Promo for Ellis Piano in Hoover. From Ellis Piano and Organ.

Trains in Irondale. From Carson Bean.

Checking out Vulcan’s Birthday Bash in June, plus walking downtown. From Jenna Barnes.

Portland alt-country musician Todd Snider performs earlier this month at Saturn in Avondale. From Actress Gabrielle.

The story of a service dog. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Van Moody, founder of the Worship Center Christian Church in Irondale, joins other black pastors in meeting with President Trump earlier this month. From VFNKB – VFNtv.

Dancing sea lion at the Birmingham Zoo (our other other vertical video of the week). From Barney and the Wiggles.

Browsing the toy department at Walmart in Brook Highland. From Tevin the Toy Guy.

Dinner party at Bob McKenna’s Clubhouse on Highland. From the Cure Map.

Dancers on the court at July’s Birmingham All-City Marching Band Camp at Carver High School in North Birmingham. From Avion Greene.

Some skateboarding, some scenery. From Tyler Dunagan.

The 1988 Mudbowl, an Ultimate tournament. From Ccwiek09.

Alien caught on camera! (Our final vertical video of the week.) From Javi Garcia.

A pickup barrels through a cycling group earlier this month in Irondale. Police charged the driver, Philip Alan Sudderth, with two counts of reckless endangerment. From Jeff McCord.

Southern California swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs earlier this month at the Lyric Theatre downtown. From Sean Mahoney.

Birmingham school board member Mickey Millsap on the Attendance Counts initiative. From Birmingham City Schools.

Playing “WWE 2K15” in a virtual Legacy Arena. From Xeno Slayer Convoy.

Grand opening earlier this month for the UAB Police and Public Safety headquarters. From University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The Dancing Dolls of Birmingham enter the Alabama Theatre. From Kayla Johnon.

Exploring the defunct Eastwood Mall. From Dead Malls.

Picking up family and a stop to eat at Jasmine’s Cafe in Central Pratt. From Life on Wheels 422.

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this just isn’t in

Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Wade Kwon

The headlines blare all
day long in a nonstop flood
of true awfulness.

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