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Sudden realization...

I'm listening to the "Piano Man"...
*snip*
He says, "Bill, I believe this is killing me."
As a smile ran away from his face
*snip*

Duh!!! Bill = Billy Joel. Please tell me I'm not the only one who never realized this.

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thwack
Apr. 23rd, 2002 05:44 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't have realized it if it wasn't for the fact that the first time I heard the song, it was sung by Vinny Bove at a RITSMA Open Mic Night, and he changed that line to "Vinny, I believe this is killing me," and people laughed.

I miss The Claw. :(
(Anonymous)
Apr. 23rd, 2002 11:33 pm (UTC)
I miss The Claw. :(

Me too.

Parody:
o/~ And Paul is at c programming marvelous.... he never had time for a life... and he's talkin with Amy, who gave him 10 "maybes", but wouldn't go with him in this life o/~

-Paul
(Anonymous)
Apr. 24th, 2002 05:34 pm (UTC)
The treturn of the living Claw
Actually, the Claw is coming back, but in a warped form.

RHA closed the Claw down this year because the Claw, for the most part, barely did anything much. It was a run with an un-enthusiastic kind of atmosphere, had a cramped feel, and even a non-reg size Pool table. When Strott was kicked out last year in place of NAMCO (which turns out to have been a mistake), they took the games in the Claw with them, and well, that was that.

So now, after much thought, idea hearing (and rejecting), the RHA is taking an idea from Task Force Bravo (who I doubt are getting credit for all the work they did to plan this out), and making a Java Wally's type lounge out of the place.

They plan to make it into 3 things:

1) A snack bar in the end third of the Claw/RITchie's area. You can get food here, and hopefully, maybe, food that ISN'T sold elsewhere in vending machines.

2) A TV room with a Barco projector hooked up to cable (With potent connections to attack a game system to it for multiplayer game action) with couches facing it.

3) A game room with official size pool tables and arcade games (read: games from NAMCO which will most likely break down and never work again after a week. Trust me, this HAS happened. Take Tekken 4 in the SAU GameRoom. I told RHA they should have let us help them out.)

This poses many problems since:

A) The College Grind is bigger, wider, and more accessible than RITchie's.

B) Why try to imitate Java Wally's? Java Wally's is an OUTSIDE PRESENCE on RIT, which is why they only take Flex and not Debit. (How Ben & Jerry's did that, I dunno. But I plan to find out so it could be done to Java Wally's too) So if there aer other Java Wally's type places around Rochester, then how does RHA hope to even come CLOSE to what they do?

C) The Claw and RITchies area seems to constantly change from one thing to another without staying the same thing twice. Who here wants it to find something good, stick with it, and make it nice? OR get it out of RHA's hands so someone more able to do stuff with it can?

I've been having feuds with RHA over the CLAW and RITchie's for some time now. Task Force Bravo got their idea accepted, but I expect RHA to give TFB some credit, and some say, in RITchie's, or else I'll be piping mad for them stealing TFB's idea.

Well my rant's done.

~Steve the Nosey
thwack
Apr. 24th, 2002 09:25 pm (UTC)
Re: The treturn of the living Claw
Wow, thanks for the very informative comment! :)

The Claw used to have games? When I was first there in '96 there weren't any... RHA had a game room right down the hall under Ellingson.

Well whatever they do with The Claw, I hope they have a kick-ass sound system and Intellibeam lights to play with. :) Speaking of which, what would/did they do with the stuff that was there? I'd love to get my hands on it! I had a great time programming the lights for the RIT Players' live version of You Don't Know Jack. :) I still have the VB program someone else wrote to run the timers and scoring for the game, as well as the sound effects and commercials we ran from the computer. Fun times.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 25th, 2002 05:20 am (UTC)
You're welcome. :)
No problem. I enjoy sharing info that's useful. :)

'96 huh? At that time that was probably before RHA got Strott to come in there with their latest Claw concept (which didn't work too well if it was closed down this year). The Game Room that was under Ellingson closed down well before Strott came into the picture or any other arcade handler.

Whether RHA decided to give up on them room or not, I'm not sure, but what I DO know is that the room under Ellingson that held the game room has since gone from RHA to RIT's hands. For a long time it was used by RIT as a storage room for things that FMS and other maintenance branches needed. After FMS started to get underway with reclaiming some of their storage space so they could modify the tunnel areas to be more prodcutive, one of the things was to put the ex-game room to work.

So this year, as part of the FMS guys, I helped re-construct the Ellingson game room to be an office for RIT's engineers. This would be the place where their computers and other equipment would be so they can do important tasks such as making sure boilers don't explode, elevators and other things run smoothly, and that anything that requires a REALLY REALLY skill machinist gets taken care of.

My branch of FMS is more maintenance and repair than the engineers, but there's still some pretty cool stuff we do there, including lots of electrician work. :)

So there's your update on what's been going on there. Expect more from me as it develops, since I like to keep tabs on these sorts of things. :)

~Steve the Nosey
thwack
Apr. 25th, 2002 08:47 am (UTC)
Re: You're welcome. :)
The Claw never changed concepts that I'm aware of. It never changed appearance at all from the first time I set foot in there 'til the last, right before it was closed due to the dorm renovation project. At the time I heard no plans to renovate The Claw - it was simply closed because that section of the tunnels was closed. But after they re-opened, the word I received was that The Claw remained closed. I didn't actually check for myself though. Maybe at that time is when this Strott character you speak of came into the picture and tried to do something new that I never saw. If that's the case, maybe it's even still there and I don't know about it. All I know is The Claw closed during renovations and never re-opened in a form in which RITSMA could hold Open Mic Nights.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 25th, 2002 10:15 am (UTC)
Strott the Arcade dealer
Strott was the distributor for arcade machines here on campus until this year. Based here in Rochester, they provide hotels and other establishments with arcade games, air hockey tables, etc. Such as if you go to the Holiday Inn near RIT with the Holidome, you'll find that each arcade game in the game area has a sticker on it saying that it's from STrott.

The thing was that Strott wasn't doing much here on campus, and with RITchies shut down, all the games they stuck in there (at the request of RHA, Strott had no influence whatsoever on placing games here or there on campus) were taken out. So with a limp Strott hanging around, those here at RIT were persuaded and convinced to drop STrott as our arcade game dealer, and go to the service where Strott got its games: NAMCO.

Unfortunately, NAMCO is doing a WORSE job than Strott at handling arcade games. Their games have broken far many more times than Strott has, they have taken monthes to be fixed, IF they get fixed at all, and dealing with them is tough because the NAMCO rep that does token changes and stuff comes from SYRACUSE which is an hours drive away, BOTH WAYS!

We have not gotten a new game in the SAU Gameroom since NAMCO moved in! They even took out the air hockey table leaving EVERY AIR HOCKEY FAN AT RIT HIGH AND DRY! (While NAMCO is presented with contracts on where to put games by RIT, how the games are managed is done completely by NAMCO once they get in)

So now, we have to figure out how to GET RID of them! With a new manager in the SAU Gameroom, I can only hope that something good comes out of it. She's going to try and get NAMCO off their butt and get them to do stuff for us. If they don't, then it's time to ditch them.

So anyway, enough of my ranting and raving. That's the story behind Strott's past and the present games situation. For more on figuring out what happened to the Claw, I have but one thing to say:

BLAME RHA!

~Steve the Nosey
(Anonymous)
Apr. 25th, 2002 05:24 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, almost forgot
Oh yeah yeah yeah, the equipment that they had in there! Well from what I last heard, that stuff is still in there. When RITchies closed down this year, all the equipment that was in there previously stayed in there. It just sort of became an RHA storage area. So that means the lights and sound equipment are there, but whether they are going to STAY there is questionable. Talk to RHA (and I'll ask around FMS) to see what they're up to, and you just might be able to get your grubby little paws on some of those lights. :)

And RITPlayers did a live You Don't Know Jack?! Oh man, I would LOVE to see you guys do that! Although, if you do, does that mean you have to get Paul Reubens? (For those of you who remember the short lived You Don't Know Jack TV show) ;)

~Steve the Nosey
thwack
Apr. 25th, 2002 08:55 am (UTC)
Re: Oh yeah, almost forgot
No, we did ours long before the TV version. And we had Steve Cena (a Player at the time who organized and hosted the whole thing) - way better than Paul Reubens.

What does RITchies have to do with The Claw? Where is it? What is it?
(Anonymous)
Apr. 25th, 2002 10:07 am (UTC)
Re: Oh yeah, almost forgot
Ahhh, this is where the confusion from before is coming from.

RITchies IS the Claw!

The reason the Claw closed down and you never heard of it again was because THE NAME CHANGED!

(just using caps to emphasize its importance)

After the Claw you knew closed down, RITchies was made. A new paint job was given to the Claw walls nearby, even the Claw NAME was wiped out. Instead, you see a smiling Tiger, holding a pool cue next to a sign that says RITchies.

As RITchies, it went through various different stages, and all of them failed. It never seemed to stay as anything stable for a year or so (at least from what I gathered from RHA and others who have researched this) The reason the Claw never changed for you was because the Claw didn't change until the tunnels closed.

When the tunnels reopened, the Claw was GONE! In it's place was RITchies. Anything you see or hear about RITchies refers to the Claw.

RITchies has always been a failure since it started (New RHA staff? Probably. That would explain why it's RITchies and not the Claw). That's why this year, RITchies closed down till RHA knew what to do with it. They got the idea from TFB (who should get credit for it, but not likely) as mentioned above, and that's why next year RITchies will open under its new guise. Better go check on RHA post haste to get dibs on the lights before they toss em out or anything like that. :)

SO that should clear things up for you. I suggest that if you can, go to where the Claw used to be, and take a gander at just what RHA has done with it. You will be surprised.

~Steve the Nosey
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