June – December

24 December 2013

Wow. I’m just a slacker, eh? I thought 3-4 months was a long time. Where did this year go?!

Since it’s such a long time, and I don’t really have much to say, I’ll just hit some highlights. But then again, isn’t that what I usually do? Heh.

If for some reason you want a bigger version of a picture, just click on it!

We went to the Saints – Tampa game in September. It was bright and sunny when we got there, then was delayed for like an hour. You all saw the comeback for this game. We didn’t. Except on highlights when we got home. Yup, we left before the major comeback. Something I never do (until the Seattle game…), leave before the end. Well, it was right after we stepped (literally) one foot out of the stadium that the comeback started. So, you’re welcome.

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In October we did the second annual Tower of Terror 10-Miler. We also did the first annual. So from now on, we’re doing this race every year. Next year, if this giant Mickey pumpkin is still set up, I’m doing way more exciting poses. I can’t wait!

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Then for Halloween we went to Schubert’s Halloween party. As Schubert and Clemmons. Below is a picture of not us, but the people we were supposed to be. I wish we had pictures of us as them! ;)

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We were in New Orleans for actual Halloween. We played mini golf at City Putt. Here’s me and Mr. Bingle.

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There was a house on St. Charles with a whole bunch of punny skeletons. It was awesome. One of these days, I will be the Clark Griswold of Halloween. And of Christmas too. And Mardi Gras. Well, ok, of all major holidays.

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Then there was that time Anthony Jeselnik performed at open mic at Carrollton Station, and said that it sounded better than most of the places he’d been on tour recently. Of course it did. Jonah Hill was in there the night before. Not performing. Just drinking.

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Then I did a gig for Steve Gleason’s charity at Lucy’s, right before we beat the Falcons for the second time this season. That was a month ago. In typical fashion, I’m still waiting for the check. I’ll be paying them a visit Thursday. And reconsidering ever doing anything for Lucy’s ever again. But yay Gleason and Bag of Donuts and this guy who got a new van!

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Then December came, and I brought Daisy to see mom at work while the cats snuggled on the patio.

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Then Pete came to town from 8 degree Michigan to 80 degree Florida. We went to Paines Prairie, where I found out that, apparently, calling a white person a cracker is way more common, and far less insulting, than I had come to believe. (Prior to this, my only exposure to cracker, in that sense, was Chris Rock’s “Cracker Ass Cracker” bit (it’s on youtube).) So THAT’S what it means….

After walking all that way, Rose was pretty tired, so she just laid down on the ground before taking a picture with Pete.

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This list is for people to write down the wildlife they saw that day. See if you can guess which ones we wrote.

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Saturday, thanks to Nate and Nanci, we went do Disney World. Yaaaaaayyyyyyy! If you haven’t been recently, there are no more turnstyles, and to get in with Disney employees, you have a card with both a magnetic strip and a RF chip that you scan, and the light spins, and turns green, and you go right in. Well, Nate had left the cards in his car, and one of them bent a little. It was fine for someone else to use, but it didn’t work for me. So they had to have the roaming person with the ipad come over and run the magnetic strip whenever we entered a park. So the strip worked but the chip was probably broken. Nothing that had to be taken care of that day. Why do I tell you all this? Well, when I went to one of the parks, and told them it wouldn’t scan, the guy who came over with the ipad was from Lafayette (according to his name tag). So after he scanned it I said, “Oh btw we’re from New Orleans…” and he responded with “Who dat!!!! We’re gonna beat Carolina tomorrow night!!” and we did. :)

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We took Pete to the sinkhole on Sunday.

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Here’s our Christmas decorations! Including our awesome Star Trek and Lion King light-up ornaments.

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And of course, my kickass nativity set everyone loves. :)

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This is in our front yard. Ah, just kidding, I wish. It’s at Lafreniere Park in Metairie. Guess what day it is!

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Finally, we took our fall cabining trip in December instead of Halloween this year (again, ahem, long story). Unfortunately Rose couldn’t make this one. We watched Charlie Brown Christmas in the Nature Center, then a bunch of goofy pictures outside. This was the “prom” pose.

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Ok. Well it’s just about time to go to Christmas Eve Mass, so I’ll wrap this up with our annual Christmas card. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Everyone!

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April – June

25 June 2013

Wow. It’s been 3 months since I posted anything. Time flies.

(This paragraph written June 18…sheesh) First a little comment about the blog. Early Friday morning I had an email that my hosting was ready. Which was weird cuz I’ve had the same hosting since we started this thing 3 years ago. So I looked at it the next morning, and the site wasn’t loading right. Or at all. I also noticed I couldn’t ftp anything, because I wanted to back up the latest parts of the site. So I called while waiting in the airport for 5 hours (more on that later), and they said it was just normal maintenance and I should be back to normal later that day. Well after all day of traveling, and working that night, and doing the bridge run that morning, after Rose left, I called again. Told them about the email, and the conversation the day before. He looked into it some more and noticed that a neighbor on the shared server I was on had run a script and caused some problems, and I was affected by that. Great. So they could fix it, but it would take a few days. Or, if I wanted, we could move me over from Windows to Linux (yes please!), and that would be easier and faster…only problem would be I’d lose all my site stuff. I’d have to set it all up again. But I know what I’m doing, and I have it all (mostly) backed up, so it won’t take me that long to get it all together again. I had just exported my wordpress database (in lay terms, basically the heart and soul of this blog…everything I’ve ever posted, its structure, look, etc) in the airport while I was actually able to get in, and, while on the phone Sunday, I said, oh, let me make sure i have one more thing backed up (the guestbook from our original site, the wedding site). Then we reset it, and got it all up and running again Sunday night and Monday. And some of today. But what dummy (me) didn’t think of, was, a LOT of the wedding site (including the guestbook) was in the other database I had (not the wordpress one), and strangely, one that, in the 3 years of having this thing, I NEVER FREAKING BACKED UP. I find that hard to believe, but whatevz. So, bye bye online wedding guestbook. Oh well. I emailed them to see if there’s any way they might have some kind of backup of that even if the account was cancelled/moved. I’m not holding my breath, but hey it can’t hurt to ask. UPDATE at the end of typing this entire blog: Yeah, i can get it back. If I let them know within 30 days of changing, and if I pay them $150! Anyone wanna get a kickstarter going? :P So yeah. Whatever. Anyway… Also lost were a bunch of pictures, cuz they just take too long to download and back up, and I have them all on my computer and backed up on drives (gotta do that again soon), so no biggie. At least I have the main posts…and some with pictures. Speaking of pictures…in the process of re-linking some of the pictures that I did have backed up, I noticed how much I posted when we first started this thing. It’s crazy to compare that to now!

But enough tech talk. Let’s get to the fun!

It was the middle of April the last time I was in Florida. Now it’s the middle of June. As a matter of fact, it was just about 2 months to the day since the last time I was here. What’s been going on in between??

On April 6, before leaving for FL again, I did the first of three of the “bridge run series,” three 5k runs over the three bridges that cross the Mississippi River in the New Orleans area. Those completing all three receive a special medal (which I’m still waiting for). I did this one by myself, but Rose would be in town for the other two.

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Then I went to Gainesville for the normal visit, and when I left G-ville, I went to work with Munck Mix (Jazz Fest Live) at Wanee Music Fest, about an hour north of here. Had a great time, but it was stupid cold. Why did I need 4 layers and pants in late April in Florida?! And it rained Friday night. Good thing I didn’t have much to do Friday night. My favorite set during the day was definitely Michael Franti. I liked his songs and he definitely works the crowd. Seems like a good guy. Saturday night my last “job” was to record Galactic and Friends at midnight. The last show of the fest. It was a good one. That went until about 2am. While killing time before the show, I was walking around with my beardhead on (since it was cold), and behind the soon-to-be Galactic stage, this dude says to me, “Hey Rabbi, how’s it going, Rabbi?” I just laughed and said something like, “Oy, shalom my son” and kept going. Later, that guy got on stage and played drums for a few songs. Turns out it was the current, and original, drummer from Lynyrd Skynyrd. Ha. Anyway, despite the rain and the cold, I had a great time. You can see pix here if interested.

Headed home Sunday for NOLA, and Jazz Fest started Friday. Worked again with the Munck Mix guys every day of the fest, and Carrollton Station every night, Friday – second Saturday. Even did a city park gig the Thursday between. And the Threadhead Patry on the Tuesday in between. Yup, it’s the one time of year I can just keep going. Lots of good shows, lots of good fun, lots of good people. I should really blog closer to when the fest is over, because really, nothing really stands out this far down the line. Actually, lots of stuff stands out, but it’s one big blur. If I had to pull a few things off the top of my head, it would be the Jazz Fest Live golf cart breaking down halfway around the track (ran out of gas, and there’s no gas gauge, duh) (and yes, I got to drive the cart a lot this year), solving recording problems either remotely or by delegating while watching Mute Math, the one full set I wanted to see and succeeded in seeing during the whole fest, hustling up a second rig for a stage that found out within like 15 minutes of the set that we were gonna need more than 24 channels, and staying dry the whole time during the rainy first Sunday…except when I had no choice and had to leave to go work at the station. Probably the wettest I’ve been fully clothed in my entire life. I had to walk to my bike, and then ride to my car. Sheesh. Oh yeah. And on the way from my car to my bike parking spot on the first Friday…FIRST DAY… my bike got a flat. Thankfully a Jazz Fest Miracle occurred, and I was able to leave early enough to get to the only bike shop that was open past 5pm…on Frenchman Street… and get a parking spot right on the corner. Miracle, indeed. After working with the Munck Mix guys all week, and indirectly with Mike Mayeux and some other folks I had worked with before, I got to spend the rest of second Sunday night (until about midnight) helping Mike and co break down all their stuff. Pictures here.

Jimmy Cliff:
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Out of the Mouth:
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Susan Cowsill Band:
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Aaron Neville:
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Ritchie, Smiley, and me:
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Since Rose was off to study for her board exams, I convinced her to leave Florida and come study in New Orleans, since this time it was my schedule that was crazy. So she came in town either the Thursday or Friday in between…don’t remember which…I think Thursday… and stayed didn’t go back until June 16!

But a lot happened in between Jazz Fest and Rose going back to Florida.

For example, we went to the Hangover III Premiere in L.A., completing our Hangover screening/premiere trilogy. We booked some almost last minute flights (got some good prices for last minute flights to California), accidentally found out about Airbnb from our friend Monya, and found a great place to stay that was very reasonably priced, and really close to where (we thought) the premiere was gonna be. If you’re ever in the Hollywood area, you should look him up – Stephen’s place. The premiere wasn’t at the Chinese Theater this time, it was at the Fox Theater in Westwood, but that wasn’t a problem. We didn’t have a car this time, but thanks to our airbnb host, found out about Lyft, and used that when we needed to get somewhere.

Well, we did have a car when we got there, but just for a day and a half to go to the beach in San Diego, where we found these weird alien creatures.

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Rose studied a lot, even on the beach, and then we went to L.A.

The week before we left I got an email that goes to the email list of Bill Berry, a guy that used to be in Brown, the improv comedy troupe I had done backstage stuff with for years. He’s now out there doing music, and had a songwriters’ square the first night we were in L.A., so of course we attended with our friends Monya and Ryan.

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Monday morning we went to Runyon Canyon park, where we walked a lot.

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We walked back to our place, rested a little, studied a little, and went to the premiere. We didn’t sit behind Mike Tyson this time, but everyone who was there as Ken’s guests were people we knew, except for one couple we sat next to, who we know now (it was Kevin Shea from The Kims of Comedy). It was good to see all those people again.

Us before the premiere:
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These were real people:
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Now, I’m not really one to go up and be a “hey can i take my picture with you” kinda guy, but it was near the end of the night, and there wasn’t much going on, and I had had a few patroncicles (fruit pops mixed with patron), so I went up and asked if we could have a picture. I had a feeling that the first one didn’t come out, because the phone camera flashes twice, and the guy taking it was giving us back the phone as it took the second flash. So we thanked him, started to walk away, and I looked and saw that it was indeed blurry. So I’m definitely not a bother-someone-twice kinda guy…but I wasn’t gonna let this go. We turned around, I profusely apologized, and explained, and asked if we could take one more. And of course he said yes! :)

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And here’s the group of Ken’s guests:

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It was great to reminisce with Mike O. too.

Later when we were leaving, and telling Ken goodbye, Ed walked over to tell Ken goodbye. Ken introduced us to Ed, and Ed said, “Yes, we’ve met! We took some pictures together.” :-D Then soon after Justin Bartha and his fiance walked up, and Ken introduced us to him. If the right moment had come up I woulda asked for a group photo, but it didn’t, but that’s ok. We got the one with Ed, and our group photo up there, so I was happy. Then, sadly, it was time to leave. We caught a Lyft and went home.

We killed time in Hollywood while waiting to go to the airport. Which is to say, I killed time walking around and taking pictures, and Rose killed time…..studying! Go fig. ;)

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You can find the full album here.

Then Rose studied for another few weeks, and I had a birthday, and we did the next in the bridge run series the day before leaving for Seattle. Oh yeah. There was another 5k in there that Rose was supposed to do with me but was sick, the Fat Boy 5k. Post-race food included donuts, beer, snow balls, pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, you name it.

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The one the day before we left for Seattle was in the evening, and was actually 4 miles. This bridge was (controversially) a toll bridge, but that had recently been changed, so they just blue-taped over the “TOLL” part of the sign.

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Then it came time to go to Seattle and take the test. We were supposed to get in around 9 Sunday night, but because of weather delays in Houston, we didn’t get in til around midnight. We got our rental car and headed to our airbnb.

Monday, thanks to a suggestion from Pamela, we had lunch at Beecher’s cheese, where you get to watch them make cheese.

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For dinner, thanks to a suggestion from Jake’s people, we went to Ma’ono Fried Chicken and Whisky. Delicious. Everything. Especially the popcorn ice cream.

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Tuesday morning, Rose took the first half of her test, then we had lunch. I took a picture with a giant pig. It reminded me of Daisy.

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Then Rose went back to take the second half of the test. I stayed downtown, eventually went to a place with a bunch of beer on tap, and waited for Rose to get done. As you may have seen in a status update, Better Than Ezra came on the radio there and Ken called right before Rose called to say she was done, so that was pretty awesome.

Wednesday we walked around Lincoln Park, which was right down the street from where we were staying (not to be confused with Linkin Park…). Keep in mind, this is JUNE.

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Later we went to see This Is The End (awesome), and went to the World of Beer, next to the theater. And as you also may have seen in a status update, the first song that I heard there was Eric Lindell.

Thursday we walked around downtown and went to the space needle. Not in it, cuz we didn’t feel like paying admission, but at least we went to it.

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We’re goofy.

We had lunch, and then went outside and fed the seagulls. I coulda done that all day! Some of them are brave enough to take it right out of your hands.

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Friday we went on a hike to hot springs. It was a 45 or so minute drive on normal road, then a 15 mile drive on unpaved road that takes like 2 hours, then a hike in the woods for about 4.5 – 5 miles. It wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been, cuz there wasn’t a lot of uphill. :)

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Once you get to the springs, there are 3 “stacked” pools, which each getting warmer as you go up. It was awesome!

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By this time of day, the weather was really nice. But up there, at the top? Yeah. That’s snow. No thanks!

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You can see the full Seattle album here.

We went back, had dinner at Zeeks Pizza, and went to bed early to catch our 7am flight….

We left the house around 3:45/4:00am. While on the shuttle from the rental car drop off to the airport, I look at my phone, which said our flight was at 7. I opened up another app, and uh oh, the flight is at 6! Ok, so this is probably my fault for not double-checking earlier. And I’m sure I was notified of this change. But it hit me like a ton of bricks, because this was 4:55 that I realized this, and we were on the shuttle and almost at the airport. No problem, we’re not checking bags, so we’ll just check in at the do it yourself computer and be fine. WRONG. When we got to the do it yourself computer, it was like, 5:02. Since it was less than an hour before the plane left, we couldn’t self check-in. UGH. So then we waited in line to change flights another 20-25 minutes, which changed our flight to 10:42 (yes, 5 hours later), which would get us to New Orleans at 6:50pm (and I was doing a gig that night). After going through security, we get to our gate (which is only 8 gates away from our original gate), and we hear, “this is last call for passengers xyz” FOR OUR ORIGINAL FLIGHT!!! Dude. We coulda made that crap. Even with the waiting in line. And we TOTALLY coulda made it if we had been able to check ourselves in. STUPID AIRLINE POLICY. So yeah. We made it home, 3 hours later than planned. I ate, and went straight to Carrollton Station.

Sunday morning we woke up and did the final bridge run, across the bridge that used to be 18′ wide, two lanes, with no shoulders. It was expanded to be a “real bridge,” and the run was part of the “opening ceremonies” for the new bridge. (www.hueyprun.com)

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And here’s all the various race swag.

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And now I’m finsihed this post, as well as, unfortunately, almost finished this trip to g-ville. Hopefully Swamphead and Margaritas for dinner, and then I leave tomorrow morning to work Wednesdays on the Point in Algiers on Thursday (yes, wednesday on thursday. since it’s the 4th and all.)


--Posted by jeff

Rose’s Birthday

21 March 2013

As you all know, last week was Rose’s birthday. So I came to visit her, and brought her main present with me: a 27″x51″ 1/4″ thick piece of glass so that we could finally build our display coffee table to put our awesome beads in. More on that later.

So I work a gig before I leave. In the first band, the drummer tells me his name is Pete. I tell him mine is Jeff. He says, oh, my middle name is Jeffrey. I say wow, my last name is Peters. !! The main, I guess, technical contact for the other band was named Chuck, which was my grandpa’s name. Then when the show’s over, I go home, pack the car, and leave. Now, there are some interesting thoughts you have as you drive at 3/4/5* in the morning after getting not-enough sleep the day before, and only having an hour nap. (* I noticed that I kind of went through 3 time zones while driving. Central Standard Time changed to Central Daylight Time, which then changed to Eastern Daylight Time, so I really time traveled that night.) As I was listening to “It’s All Been Done” by Barenaked Ladies, I started thinking, what if it HAS all been done? Jeff Peters? Pete Jeffrey? Chuck? Now, let me say here, I’ve, at different points in my life for different reasons, been called “Chuck” because of some similarity to my grandpa. Let me also say that Chuck’s wife’s name was, what else, Rose. And finally in this Lost-esque backstory, without going into too much detail, for those of you who don’t know, I’ll tell you that, before they died, they were both in the hospital, my grandma about to be released, my grandpa, who had been there like 2 months, maybe not so much. He passed, then within a matter of minutes, she did as well. It’s like he went upstairs to get her, we always said. So what if “Chuck” and Rose is some kind of continuance of Chuck and Rose? I know. Crazy, right?

And then another thought. There’s this guy, Randy, who was in this band, Zama Para, who recently passed (lots of death in this blog apparently). Read about him here. I wonder if all these “good die young” instances are because they’re actually angels on furlough, or something like that? I’ve actually considered something along those lines ever since The UnNatural episode of The X-Files. Angels, aliens, maybe the same thing? Hm.

Ok, good. Godaddy’s hosting control panel is finally back up, so I can upload these pictures of THE TABLE!!!

Yeah, on to happier things!

We’ve been wanting to build this table for a while now, but a) we had a lot of other house projects to work on, b) rose would be the main one building it and when would she have time, and c) we wanted to use glass instead of an acrylic sheet like the instructions called for, and that’s not exactly cheap, and has to be ordered, so we just kept putting it off. But with 95% of those projects done, and some time to work on it, and it being her birthday and all, I decided to finally get it.

So I gave her the glass when I showed up Sunday, cuz I didn’t wanna drive around with it in my car until Tuesday. Then Saturday we went and bought all the wood and stuff we needed. We actually lucked out because we found some wood for the frame around the glass that was already like we wanted it, and we didn’t need to use the router we borrowed. (Yeah I kept thinking about the internet thing every time she said router.) We borrowed another drill because there was a lot of drilling going on, and to buy another battery for my drill was just as much as buying a new drill, so between mine and the one we borrowed (that came with an extra battery and charger), we got what we needed done without having to waste a lot of time waiting for my drill to recharge.

I give Rose most of the credit for building this. I mean, I drilled some holes and screwed in some screws, and held it in place when necessary, but she did all the sawing and designing, etc, probably using all her surgery skills. And it came out pretty darn awesome.

So enough of my blabbing. Here it is already!

First, here’s how the dogs felt when we were “ignoring” them to build the table:

Making the “apron” of the table (I’m still waiting for it to cook us something):

Design notes and some tools:

Some wood, the legs, and some misc stuff not used in the project (unless you consider me blowing all the dirt and sawdust out of the garage with the blower the day after):

Math in action! (to cut the angles for the frame):

Making the frame for the glass:

A more complete “apron,” some tools, and Scrabble (also not a part of this project, but almost was when we thought we were gonna need to kill some time before the other drill showed up):

Jump ahead a little bit: base of table built, now being stained:

More staining:

And finally, the finished product!

The Endymion guy is happily celebrating with his Jameson (totally unintentional the way those landed, or so Rose says):

Yup, give 99% of the credit to Rose. Yeah, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’d never be able to pull this off. But I can make computers come back from the dead, and make a band on stage sound good, so I’m perfectly content with that. :)


--Posted by jeff

First 1/6 of 2013

4 March 2013

Can you believe we’re already 1/6 of the way through 2013?!

I’ve been a blog slacker. I know I’ve disappointed you. I apologize. And the z on my keyboard is sticking, so you know how heartfelt that apology is.

New Year’s

For New Year’s Eve, we hung out with a bunch of friends at Stacy’s house. I brought fireworks. Only one other person brought fireworks. He’s kind of new to the group. He earned major points from me for that, and the potato gun. I mean, who doesn’t shoot fireworks on New Year’s?? :)

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WDW Half

About a week and a half later, we did the Disney World Half Marathon for the second time. We went as Flamingos. We had tutu flamingo tails. Our flamingo heads were very limp. If we go as flamingos again, we’ll have to stuff them better than the company that made them.

View all pictures here.

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There was construction going on in Fantasy Land. I think this is The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train:

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Splash Mountain was also undergoing renovations. Look at all those logs!

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Mardi Gras

See all our photos from Mardi Gras here, and the Krewe of Bikeus pictures here.

I was supposed to walk in Barkus with Rae and one of her dogs (Patsy, I think. I suck, I never remember which is Patsy and which is Presley. Sorry girls. :) ) But Rae got sick, so it was just me and “Patsy.” She was nervous when we first got there, but once we started walking she was fine. :)

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Fast forward past the Super Bowl, to continue Mardi Gras. We had the first non-rainy Endymion for the first time in 3 years!

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This is Petey. He’s a neighbor’s dog.

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Then came Mardi Gras day! Ok, so I fast forwarded again. Rose was kinda sick, so she didn’t go to the parades with me on Sunday. There was supposed to be 90% chance of rain, but it was great weather and even some sun. Monday it rained, so we just went out to lunch and relaxed. THEN came Mardi Gras day. We were the first people at Pal’s, which is weird to me, being the first person somewhere. As most of you already know, I was a King Cake Baby, and Rose was The U.S. Mint, offering people coins that were worth whatever they wanted them to be!

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Then sadly Mardi Gras was over. I really hate that time of year. For Valentine’s Day we had lunch at Ralph’s on the Park (George Porter had the same plans, apparently), then went for a brief walk in city park to get beignets at the relatively new Morning Call.

Well, I guess that’s enough for now. Mainly cuz I can’t think of anything else to talk about right now. :)


--Posted by jeff

Carrollton Station – Part 4

10 January 2013

So I didn’t make it before the end of the year. Mainly because Carrollton Station will still be Carrollton Station, and I will still be there. We’ll have a different sound system, so we’ll see how that goes, but at least it will still exist. The new owners, Mike and Colleen Miller seem pretty nice, so it should be a good transition. Read the story here.

But let’s get this thing finished up anyway. There WILL be a part 5 because I’m feeling lazy-ish right now.

Another note: This didn’t get done sooner also because WordPress 3.5 has somehow screwed up the ability to add photos (and a few other things). They didn’t take the functionality away…it just doesn’t work for a lot of people. Some have found work-arounds. For others, like us, none of those work-arounds worked. So, I downgraded back to 3.4.2. And I see that silly WordPress 3.5 is available! Please update now! link at the top of the screen, and I just give it the ol’, “Ohh, one of these days, WordPress, one of these days….POW! Right in the kissa” stare.

Anyway, as you may already know, Carrollton Station was bought by new owners and they plan to keep the music. And me, so it seems. It’s a new sound system, and since we left before newstation opened, I don’t really know what the system will be. It was gonna be one thing, then another, then back to the one thing, so I really won’t know the deal til at least sunday night or monday. But, for now, let’s finish up these pictures.


Rose!

The best show ever at Carrollton Station, our rehearsal party!


Not sure when this was. Don’t think it was 2010, but that’s the date on the picture. This coulda been Mommas and Papas, but not sure. Paul, Pete, Susan, Jimmy, Jansen, Johnny Sansone, Russ.

Supagroup, Mardi Gras 2010:

CiV: CSN&Y and CCR. Lots of Guests. Long night. You’ll see how long. Jazz Fest 2011:

Vox and the Hound, September 2011:

This next one is interesting. (Not that the rest aren’t.) Andie McDowell’s daughter, Rainey, was in town shooting something, and wanted to do a show. So they put together a band and did it, in October 2011.

Eric Lindell, Jazz Fest 2012:

CiV: The White Album, Jazz Fest 2012:


Well that about does it. You can find more in our various photobucket albums, so really no need to repost here. Now it’s time to look forward to what the new owners, Mike and Colleen Miller, will do with the place, and hopefully keep it’s awesome sound and gigs intact. You can believe that I’ll be reporting on that as soon as I can. Now, I must go cook dinner, and get ready for the Disney Half Marathon we’re doing Saturday. Yup. More on that later too.


--Posted by jeff

Carrollton Station – Part 3

4 December 2012

Ok, let’s hurry up and finish this. Gonna mostly speed thru 2007 since there’s a ton of pictures. And one from 2008. You’ll get more of an update on the status of Carrollton Station with the next update.


The City Life. They’re on our wedding cd. Awesome band. No longer together. Leo, the lead singer, has a new band that just released their first full-length cd. The band is called Vox and The Hound. You should check them out sometime.

January 21, 2007. Saints vs. Bears. Yeah. Bears. NFC title game. Coulda been our first trip to the Super Bowl. Alas, it was not meant to me. Add this game to the San Fran playoff game last season, and that cements the fact that I shouldn’t watch Saints playoff games at Carrollton Station. (For the record, the only other game I’ve watched there is the Dolphins game of our Superbowl season, where we it looked like we were gonna lose for the first time that season, but instead we rallied, recovered from 3 interceptions and 5 sacks, to score 22 unanswered points in the 4th quarter.) Moral of the story: regular season games ok at Station, post season games not.

I had to reserve my seat so people wouldn’t take it when I got up to get a drink.

Sonia Tetlow singing “Summertime” while friends and family play musical chairs:

Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show:

Putting up the new speakers (new on the left, old on the right):

The following pictures are from August 24-25. August 24 was the New Orleans Musician’s Relief Fund show, and August 25 was Paul Sanchez. That’s me with Mike Mills from R.E.M., and then a bunch of pictures of a bunch of drunk people. ;) SHOTS!

Next up, Nathalie’s annual birthday party, which happened to fall the same weekend as Halloween. I was Doc Brown. Paris Hilton and Austin Powers were there.

Dash Rip Rock with Michelle from Live Band Karaoke. In a nuthsell, well, if you don’t know…I’m not even gonna try to explain. Just see here or here. Click at your own risk. Thank you Bobby! Ahhh, good times.

Paul and Shamarr show people how to second line, and the Susan Cowsill Band covers Sly and The Family Stone. I don’t play drums, but I can sit behind them and look like I do.

Christmas 2007. Mark Miller, Anders Osborn, Karen and Chris Bailey, Jim McCormick, Rob Savoy, and Ron Hotstream.

Well, that does it for 2007. And that wasn’t too bad, so I’m gonna roll right into 2008 and 2009, since there’s only a few pictures from then. Here we go!

Mocksey… which was basically half of Motorway plus Jimmy Robinson and Chris Bailey.

Dash Rip Rock‘s annual Mardi Gras show, plus Chris Lee from Supagroup. This was 2 days before I proposed to Rose.

Jazz Fest 2009:

Paul’s between Jazz Fest weekends show:

Rose making a rare appearance:

Mark Broussard, John Gros, Anders Osborn:

Continental Drifters Reunion, then Susan Cowsill Band Covered In Vinyl: Sgt. Pepper featuring…well, a ton of people.

And finally, for now anyway, the Tom’s House reunion show.

Whew. Just one CS post left. I’m gonna combine 2010-2012 cuz honestly I just didn’t choose that many pictures for those years. So, it looks like I *will* finish this thing before the year’s over…..


--Posted by jeff

October

5 November 2012

Wow, already 2 months since I last put something on here. I better get around to getting the rest of those Station pix up. At this rate, they’ll be closed before I finish! :P

So here’s what we’ve been doing for the past month.

September 29, we took part in the Disney Tower of Terror 10-Miler. It started at 10pm, and we finished around 12:45am or so, I think. Then we got to go to the park (studios) until 4am. We stayed and did the Tower of Terror, Buzz Lightyear, which I’ve never been on because it’s always too crowded, and Rock n Roller Coaster. New rule for that one, in addition to “no sitting on the rail and no flash photography”: no puking! Guess that was the “technical difficulty” that had closed the ride the first time we tried to go on it that night….

Inaugural Tower of Terror 10-Miler

And some pictures from the official photographers. Small ones, cuz we’re not gonna buy them. :P

Then I put up some halloween decorations. These would’ve been a lot fancier if i had realized BEFORE halloween that the party shop is right across the street from the walmart i got this stuff from….

On October 20 i worked a show at Carrollton Station then immediately drove straight thru to Gville, watched the Saints game, took a small nap, and then we went to see Minus the Bear at the Florida Theater.

Saturday before halloween, we went to a Halloween party (with AWESOME decorations). Rose was a butterfly garden, and I was party rock (see Party Rock Literal – MSPaint for reference; off-topic, i was so sick of that song / hated that song before i saw that video).

Also, we finally finished the patio floor. As you may remember, it had old indoor/outdoor carpet when we moved in. I pulled that out some time ago, and we finally got to doing this. Sanded it, painted it, sealed it, and there you have it. Before and after.

There’s someone here running for some office. His name is Ted Yoho. Thankfully there’s someone else around here with my sense of humor who added this to his sign:

If you can’t read the addition, it says HO + bottle of rum :-)

Finally, on Friday (Nov 2) we went to a murder mystery party that people Rose works with had. Everyone plays a part. I was nervous about it, but I’m told I pulled it off well. I played Rowan McGregor, midway manager / con-man / smartass. Rose played Cat Levens, lion tamer. It was fun and I wouldn’t mind doing it again.

That’s all for now!


--Posted by jeff

Carrollton Station – Part 2

1 September 2012

As I sit here relaxing in Rogers, AR at the Krupka Family reunion, knowing that it’s way better than being in NOLA right now a)because I’m with Rose and b)because my condo still doesn’t have power, I decided to kill some time by putting up part two.

I think I’ve decided that I’ll do the rest of these by year. So let’s see. That leaves… 2007, 2008 and 2009 together, 2010, 2011 and 2012 together, so, 6 parts altogether. I wonder how long this will take.


Here’s the first Covered in Vinyl after Katrina: Band on the Run…

…and Eric playing with Susan at an unplugged show.

Theresa Andersson when she was still doing the band thing and not the one-woman-band thing (with Cassandra on bass, who is now the …um, I lost count… ‘th bass player for Buckaroo Piehole The Right Side Cowboy Mouth).

Now THIS was epic. A moment that will live in Carrollton Station infamy history. The one and only Chris Wyble, former Carrollton Station “chef” and awesome bacon ranch fries maker, and his brother playing at open mic night. Yep. Dude’s playing a box. And it was awesome. And sounded better than some of the kick drums that have come through there. ;)


The next 3 pictures are from Nathalie’s Motorway reunion birthday show in 2006, with special guest Kevin George from the Bag of Donuts singing, if I remember right, “You Suck.”


The next 6 pictures are from Halloween / Voodoo Fest weekend 2006. They include such classics as El Dasho Rip Rocko, Frylock mixing, a rare appearance at the Station by the NC crew (krewe), and Sandy chilling on the pew.


And now, it’s time to end Part 2 the same way I ended Part 1 – with New Year’s Freeve 2006.


2007 will take a while. It’s A LOT of pictures. See ya then!


--Posted by jeff

Carrollton Station – Part 1

8 August 2012

So as some of you have heard, and many of you have not, Carrollton Station, the place I have called my “soundguy” home for the past 6+ years, and the place I’ve been watching and / or recording for 5 or 6 years before that, may be no more after this year. Eric, the owner (ok, leaser) for the past 10 years, has decided not to renew. Is someone else going to buy it out and keep it as Carrollton Station? Will it continue as something else? Will it shut its doors as a bar and music venue forever? That’s yet to be seen. So, I’ve been inspired to post a pictorial memory on this blog. After going through tons of pictures, I managed to narrow it down to a mere…oh, 90 or so. I was unsure how I was gonna post them. No way was I gonna do 90ish at once. But I couldn’t decide how many at a time. Then I started to upload, and I realized that I’m going to let the pictures, and when they were taken, decide how many I do at a time. And, of course, they will all be chronological.

Now, while I started to go there around 2000-2001, most of my pictures from then were in printed form. And while I still have those pictures, I’m not gonna go through the trouble of scanning them, when I already have so many from 2004 on. So, that said, I give you some of my Carrollton Station memories.


Mark Hebert was the drummer and one of the singers from Tom’s House, a local band that was always on the verge of making it big. He had to quit for a while because he developed “Steve Perry nodules,” but they were repaired and he did some solo work before joining another local (all cover) band that he still plays with, the Chee Weez. Here he’s performing a song that he wrote with Paul Sanchez.


John Thomas Griffith, of Cowboy Mouth, and Paul Sanchez, formerly of Cowboy Mouth, had a side project called The Lonesome Travelers. Actor MC Gainey is a friend, who always attends Jazz Fest unless he’s filming something. Here he is singing with Paul and Griff.

Same show, Jazz Fest 2004, Paul and Griff with another former Cowboy Mouth member, Rob Savoy.


Jazz Fest 2005 – The last Jazz Fest before “the thing.” The last Jazz Fest before things we took for granted started to mean more than we’d ever know. The Lonesome Travelers opening for Susan Cowsill. Hey, Rob/Paul, if either of you are reading this… we should really get Gideon Pickett on an album somewhere…ahem.




Then, 4 months later, it happened. Then, about 2 months after that, Carrollton Station, thankfully spared (despite a couple of minor leaks and some spoiled food), opened for music again. Temporary music system yes, but damn it felt good to be open. As terrible as Katrina was…there was NOTHING like the feeling of being back to things that were as they were before the storm…mostly, anyway. I have never been, and probably never will be, so happy to have the only 2 choices on any menu in the city be “burgers” and “chicken tenders.”

Some of you may recognize one of the guys in the following pictures as Pete, the best man in my wedding. The only thing that makes these otherwise joyful memories not so joyful, is that Pete’s former band member, Colin, in some of these pictures, was taken from us last year. But oh what a joyful night this was.


Next up, the first Covered In Vinyl after Katrina. For those of you who don’t know, Covered In Vinyl was a monthly series that the Susan Cowsill Band performed at the Station where they would take a classic album and cover it from start to finish. In Susan’s song Crescent City Snow (which I’m currently listening to a version I’ve titled the “undefeated version,” performed at the U2 CiV in November 2006, drew breeeeeees!”, talk about emotional), there is a line that says, “…singing Joni at the Carrollton Station.” This is because September 3, 2005, the first Saturday, which is usually when CIV took place, was supposed to be Joni Mitchell’s “Court and Spark.” Needless to say, that didn’t happen. Eventually they did sing Joni at the Carrollton Station (in 2006). This CIV, however, was appropriately chosen: Band on the Run.

And yes, that’s Russ on guitar. You can’t see it, but Susan’s on drums. They both have the reNew Orleans shirt on. :)


I don’t have much to say about this one…I’ll say more about this band in a little bit. I just wanted to include it because it’s from an angle you (and even I) don’t get to see that often. Beatinpath (they’re included on our wedding cd, btw).


I just like this picture. Susan and Russ. Thanksgiving 2005


Me and Fred Leblanc of Cowboy Mouth, Christmas 2005.


Remember how I said that I was gonna say more about beatinpath in a minute? Well here we go.

On New Year’s Eve 2005, beatinpath and Carrollton Station had what we called New Year’s Freeve. Freeve, because it was Free. And my God man. Seeing all those people together again, some we hadn’t seen since before the thing, was freakin cathartic. I had to look up cathartic to see if it meant what I thought it meant. It was so cathartic that I knew it was cathartic without even knowing what it meant. That’s how freakin cathartic it was.


Well, I think that’s enough for installment one. Stay tuned for the rest. There’s a long way to go.


--Posted by jeff

PSA – Spam, Spoofing, Phishing, etc.

29 June 2012

Just a reminder: Please be careful with your email. I have been getting more crap email lately pretending to be legitimate websites saying “You need to login now or your account will be deactivated!” They’ve gotten better at their english, so it’s not as much as a dead giveaway as it used to be. Don’t click on the links in these emails. Hover over the link and, in most email programs or browsers, you’ll see where the link leads, usually at the bottom of the screen. For example, if you get an email from Chase telling you to click here to go to the site and enter your user name and password to log in, and you hover over the link and it takes you to blog.stokehouse.com.au, don’t go there! Like the monkey near downed power lines! Even if the link has the name of that company in the domain, still, don’t trust it if it’s not www.company.com. For example, the one I got from “Best Buy” today leads you to click.emailinfo2.bestbuy.com/somereallylongnumber. Some emails are sneaky enough now where, when you hover over the link, a little “tool tip” type window pops up that says the real name of the site. Don’t pay attention to that. Look at the real link (if displayed as mentioned above). If you wonder if it might be real, just go to the site itself, not anything you click in the email.

I’m just getting sick of all this crap going around.

And now, to make this post more light and fluffy, check out this awesome one that I got the other day.

From Cox.Communication:

we wish to inform you that we are shutting down all unused addresses in our
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a present active account to complete your account, you must reply to this
email Immediately and enter your account informations below”

1.) Email:
2.) Password:
3.) Date of birth:

Account owner that refuses to maintain his or her account will
loose account. permanently from our site.Warning !!!
Email user that refuses to maintain his/her account we have the account
deactivated permanently.

And this one. Anyone want a job? I don’t even have a resume on “Carrier” builder. :P

Subject: CareerBuilder – Job offer ID #268150794937

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Your duties:
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Payment: Base payment of 2,100 in parallel with 5 percent fee for every closed deal.
Organization will also take all banking and other work related charges.
Vacant place at the present moment is: Financial assistant
Please send us your personal information, skills and experience via email .


--Posted by jeff
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