journal entry

Almost a whole year. I’m a slacker.

19 August 2016

Ok. Just like the Counting Crows have been hanging around this town, it’s been “way way way too long” since I’ve put a major update on this blog! So many things have happened. Continental Drifters. Hawaii. Disney World. Mardi Gras. Rose accepting a job in Florida. Wanee. Jazz Fest. And that just gets us through the first 5 months of this year! I’ll reserve from June forward for the next post, cuz there’s already way too much I’m putting in this one, and I’m even cutting back on that.

We set up this web site initially for our wedding, and then converted it to a blog to track our adventures, sort of a journal type thing. So let me do my best to keep that up.

So, as Billy Eichner from Billy on the Street would say, “And away…..we…..GO!”

Let’s start this off with our trip with the Continental Drifters reunion. For those of you who don’t know, and you should, the Continental Drifters were an AWESOME band in the 90s/early 2000s. Kind of a supergroup, some may say. Susan Cowsill. Vicki Peterson. Peter Holsapple. Ray Ganucheau. Mark Walton. Carlo Nuccio. Gary Eaton. Danny McGough. Russ Broussard. Robert Mache. Well, they did a reunion in New Orleans, then 2 shows in California. Jeff decided to go to the California shows too, and threw in a Dr. Ken taping. Little did he know Nate & Nanci would be there, and a trip to Disneyland was also thrown into the mix. Oh yeah, AND The Dan Band. At the Roxy. What an intimate show.

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From California in September to Hawaii last October. Here’s a bunch of pictures from that, besides the awesome street art I added in the last post to keep it from being too stale.

One of the major things Jeff insisted on, a tour of Kualoa Ranch, where a lot of Lost was shot, as well as the newest King Kong movie, and the ATV scene from Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. OH yeah, and also some of Jurassic World. You know. The stuff that wasn’t shot at Jazzland. 🙂

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Don’t worry, we survived our run-ins with polar bears and a t-rex, so we went to a Luau and a beach and spent some time with Jeff’s parents.

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After we were done being tourists, we went to Molokai to hang out with Rose’s parents.

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Go figure, Jeff had some beer. He thinks this should be a promotional shot for Kona Brewing, even though it wasn’t shot on the big island.

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There’s a pool at the Krupka home on Molokai. There are huge pictures of turtles and dolphins on the bottom and sides of the pool. They look real. Jeff wanted to take a picture with one. In this picture…yes. That’s his foot. This isn’t a reshoot of the Nirvana cover.

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In January we did the Disney World Half Marathon as part of Jeff’s 40th birthday celebration. We did a whole 4 days at the park, staying on the grounds with the dining plan and everything. It was heaven (for Jeff, of course. It was fun for Rose too, but I’m pretty sure Jeff is the only one who would describe it as “heaven”).

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Before you knew it, it was time for Mardi Gras.

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Jeff was Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans (note the Robert E. Lee statue), and Rose was a flamingo. We will be cleaning up pink boa feathers for the rest of our lives, and then some.

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After Mardi Gras, we went to see Mute Math. If you don’t know who they are, you should.

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Rose finally decided she had worked 24/7/365 enough, and decided to take a job in Florida working every other week, so we had a surprise going way party for her at the bulldog. A lot of people showed up. It was awesome. She claimed she knew something was up, but I don’t believe her.

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Then we moved most of our stuff to Florida. In a 26′ Penske van. FYI, if you ever rent a truck from HOME DEPOT (or anywhere, really, but I ALL CAPS’ED them because this time was their fault) and the DEF light comes on, DO NOT mess around. Make sure they fill that up, or you’ll have to sit at a (the only) gas station between New Orleans East and Slidell for an hour and a half for them to come fill you up. We only used, maybe, 1/4 of the DEF tank the whole trip, so that tells you how lazy they were at refilling the thing, cuz it was basically on E when we got it. But we got it filled up and everything was fine after that. Pulled out of Slidell around 1, pulled into Jupiter around 3am.

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I was there for a week or so, then came home in time for the St. Patrick’s day parades, and caught an awesome Harry Lee bobble head, because I knew who it was. Then for the first time in forever I went to French Quarter Fest, but only because Susan Cowsill was playing.

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I like Mardi Gras so much I painted the old bench that came with the condo Mardi Gras colors.

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Then it was time for Wanee Festival. Always a fun time. I love that I went from “stealth” recordings with a minidisc to making money multitracking, mixing, and selling live concert recordings. If you are interested in any…www.munckmusic.com.

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After that was over, since it’s halfway between New Orleans and Jupiter, of course I went to Jupiter. Rose and I spent a few days together doing awesome things before coming home for Jazz Fest.

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Daisy had to make sure Rose’s Jazz Fest hat fit right.

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Now, some random Jazz Fest pictures that I won’t give any descriptions or tell any stories about because they’re just not necessary:

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Now some I’d like to tell a quick line or two about:

I am single-handedly responsible for signing Mystikal. I did that one for me.

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We ran into Russ Broussard too.

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Just in case you’re working security at the Acura stage and don’t know who the Red Hot Chili Peppers are:

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Tuesday in between was the annual Threadheads Patry. Definitely a fun time you should try to check out if you haven’t already.

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This is the information Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns send in advance. Best. Tech info. Ever.

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Kelcy Mae and Alexandra Scott happened to be playing at the record store across the street too!

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This is one of my favorite pictures at Jazz Fest in a while. Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show.

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It rained a lot at Jazz Fest this year. I finally got use out of my rain boots.

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I also got to see MyFriendApril and Darren & Shannon this year.

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Good times.

Well, I think that’s enough to digest for now. More to come!

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Katrina +10

29 August 2015

Sure, I’ll participate. Why not? I’m just gonna post a bunch of pictures. None of them too gory, or depressing. I’m not gonna tell our story here. Cuz I have other stuff to do right now. Maybe for the 20th anniversary. If I still remember it. 😉 So here are some pictures from when we came home. As always, click for a larger image if you want.

It’s weird to see only military traffic on Camp Street. But that’s all there was when I arrived, roughly a week after.

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But once people came back, maybe they were driving too fast.

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I hope you don’t want to go down Airline.

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Does anyone wanna buy a 1996 Saturn? The next generation has arrived! I wonder how many of generations of billboards blew off before this one was revealed.

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Our house*…in the middle of our street…
*(not OUR house… or our street)

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This is our house. After we started gutting it.

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Figured this was a pretty eerie headline to see under the grossness caused by its predicted namesake.

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Probably one of my favorite gross pictures. The one I show everyone. The mantle that floated off the fireplace and landed with everything still in place on it. Sure, a recliner was found in a room where it didn’t start off, and the tv and entertainment center were toppled over, but these candles and angels took a ride floating (I assume) on 7 feet of water and didn’t budge an inch.

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After all that, I needed a beer in a 1984 World’s Fair Stein. Now, the only problem…where to get beer in New Orleans East 2 weeks after Katrina?! Sigh…

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Instead I walked down the street and saw this little guy. I lured him to to our truck with some food we had for us, scooped him up, and brought him to the shelter in Luling. I hear he got all cleaned up and adopted by a nice family. It just amazes me how he survived. I’d love to hear his story.

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And while we’re telling heartwarming pet stories…

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It was soon Halloween, and what was one of the scariest things on the NOLA landscape at the time? Taped up fridges and freezers. More about that: Katrina Refrigerator Messages

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Well that brings me to the end of my Katrina+10 contribution. There’s enough out there if you’re really into that kind of thing. Now I’m going to make a hidden litter box out of a toy chest.

What’s Been Going On?

10 July 2015

We went to (more accurately, Jeff recorded and partially worked) the 610 stompers ball during Mardi Gras.

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Apparently there was a chair convention at work.

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Did some more mardi gras stuff, with the haunted house from pontchartrain beach in Endymion…

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… and with the Petoskey Steel Drum Band from Michigan…

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…and even with E.T.!

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For mardi gras day, we were Kim Jong Un Kardashian, and The Wrath of Khhhhaaaaannnye West.

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Soon it was crawfish season, so we went to Redd’s on a bunch of Fridays.

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Jeff had a Johnny Sketch gig on the Natchez for a bunch of doctors.

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And Bag of Donuts raided Cowboy Mouth’s set at…wait, what was it? I don’t remember now. It was the same day as the Irish Italian parade though.

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Then we ran across the Luling bridge for the first in a series of 3 bridge runs.

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After that, it was festival season. First up, Wanee.

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Next was Jazz Fest. Rose actually got to go! 4 days!

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Big Chief Monk Boudreaux at the Threadhead Patry
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Jeff worked a few city park gigs from May – July.

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From May 29-31, we spent our 5th anniversary weekend doing fun stuff, and stayed at Rick and Rob’s place in the quarter. Muchos gracias for that!!! It was most excellent. We started the weekend out at Chickie Wah Wah, enjoying the songs of Paul Sanchez, who dedicated the whole first hour of his show to our requests, which we would’ve been happy if only a few had been chosen. Who knew he’d turn it into a setlist!

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These two are the two pictured above in the city park picture.

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This sign sums up the entire city right now. Slow Construction.

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It rained pretty bad for a little while on Saturday, the 30th. But Bourbon Street was prepared with drawbridges over the moats o’funk.

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The following weekend was my birthday. Rose was at a conference, so she joined in the celebration on Sunday. On Friday, some of us went to June under the Moon at City Park. Free food, beer, and rides for one admission price all night! The person who checked my i.d. at the gate said I look really young for my age. Heh.

The person who took this picture cut it off, but I’m holding a hot dog in one hand, & a caption bubble that says “Aaaaaaaahhh!” above it.

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Then I tried to feed beer to the pelican at the gate of the birthday party village. He would have none of that!

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Saturday was the third bridge run in the series, the crescent city connection.

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Sunday came and it was skating time. Woo! It was fun. I got terrible blisters from the skates, and my legs hurt cuz I’m so out of practice, but other than that it was fun. 🙂

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On June 13, I went to the Saenger for the first time since around 2004 to see the Impractical Jokers. Funny stuff.

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For the weekend of the 19-21, we celebrated my birthday together. We went on a cemetery tour during the day. I liked this picture because it reminded me of the Haunted Mansion. Of course.

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And, that night, The Dan Band. We actually saw him walking from his limo, like, a block away, while we were looking for parking. For some reason I didn’t roll down the window and yell “DAN! DAN!” We ran into a TON of people while we were walking around down there, including two of the people who were on our cemetery tour. It was totally a LOST type day. We got there early, and could pretty much choose our spot. There was a good spot upstairs on the rail, but, I decided to do what I rarely do (but have done 2 of the 3 times I’ve seen the Dan Band for some reason) and went as far up front as possible. Oh but it’s so worth it. He just came out with a new album today, The Wedding Album. You should get that.

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Now, let’s see how long I go before updating this thing again!

Condo Renovations

5 June 2015

Yup. Another long time between posts. How have I gone almost 5 months??? Well anyway, here’s some stuff that happened, part one of two. We redid our bathrooms and kitchen! They were in DESPERATE need, as you can see in the photos below. Hole in the ceiling in one of the bathrooms due to leaks from the upstairs neighbor that needed to be fixed, and a lifetime of secret water leaks making all kinds of unknown messes. That, plus the fact that it probably wasn’t updated since the 80s.

Here are some before shots of the guest bathroom.

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I thought I smelled something funky. Who knows how long that was like that.

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And now the after shots!

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That cabinet around the toilet is now back where it belongs, in the master bathroom. It was just there while the master was being redone.

Rose put up these shelves:

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Now the master before:

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And after:

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And finally, the kitchen before:

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And after:

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It took a couple of months, but it makes such a tremendous difference.

And, since I’m not one to throw things away that I see a possible use for…I took the 2 mirrors from the bathrooms, added some glass tile and grout, and put them on the wall in our bedroom to reflect the light that comes in through the sliding glass door, and to make the room feel bigger.

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Finally, we got tired of walking out the back door through the (lack of) grass / mud. So I bought some stones and put them across the back “yard.” I had asked the condo association at one time about doing this, and never heard back, so just went ahead and did it. 3 weeks later I was asked if the maintenance guy ever talked to me about the stones. Nope. Well the president of the association didn’t want them there, cuz they were a “trip hazard.” So I wrote them a nice letter presenting options, and eventually we were told we can keep them if we put them in the ground. So I did and now everything’s a-ok.

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That was A LOT of dirt dug up. We put some of it in the compost box or whatever you call that thing (now we just need to get some more worms), and the rest in an extra trash can. We’re eventually gonna get some flower pots and use that for the soil. In the meantime, if anyone needs some dirt……

Next up: a summary of what we’ve been doing the past 4 or 5 months, other than renovations!

Christmas 2013 – Mardi Gras 2014

22 April 2014

Been a slacker again, so here’s the what-seems-to-have-become quarterly (or in this particular case, tertilely, if that’s even a word) update. Got a lot to cover here, and lots of other stuff to do, so I’ll be kinda cliffs-notes-y.

Christmas was 4 months ago. We got a lot of Saints stuff.

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New Year’s Eve was about 112 days ago. On our way to downtown Gainesville, we saw this dog, leash attached, running across what would be a busy street if it weren’t 9:00 at night. We decided to turn around and try to follow it and see if it would come up to us. Well we found him and got out of the car and he came right up to us. We tried to call one number on his tag, but got a voicemail. We took him home, and were gonna leave him there, but then we noticed another number and deciphered it (it was pretty worn out) and called it. The person answered and yes he does have a dog named Jackson. Didn’t realized he got out. We brought him there and dropped him off, all while the cat on the porch looked at us like, “UGH I thought I finally got rid of that dog!”

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Then we continued to our original destination and had a happy new year’s eve. Happy New Year, everyone!

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One of the places Rose interviewed was in Miami. It was nice, and we really liked the people at the practices. Here’s a shot from the top of our hotel, and a couple of pictures from not far away.

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Then we went to Dexter Fountain…it’s actually listed on google maps that way. It was used in Dexter tv show. And rubber duckies floating all around the fountain don’t scare all the seagulls that hang out there.

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Leaving Dexter fountain, I got my arm stuck in this giant butt.

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But then Rose rescued me and we took our picture by some boats.

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A couple of weeks later I was in Orlando for Nanci’s birthday celebration featuring Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show. And to watch some football game that I won’t mention.

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After that we went to San Francisco for some more interviews with more wonderful people, and to LA just to visit our people there.

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In LA we stayed in this swanky neighborhood.

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We went to see the Groundlings, and left at intermission because our friend Mike was performing at a place less than a mile away, and we met up with Ken to see Mike play and hang out after.

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One day we went to the beach and walked to the Santa Monica pier.

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We also went to LACMA and Rose almost got cooked in spaghetti by a giant Italian.

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And there was no shortage of tall lights.

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We swung by Meltdown Comics too. Unfortunately no podcasts were being recorded, and we just missed the Weird Al @Midnight by a few days.

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Greystone Mansion was pretty cool. And right down the fancy street from where we were staying.

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Rose met a friend at the LaBrea Tar Pits.

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I met two friends there.

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We also met up with this guy, Geoff LaTulippe, who wrote the movie Going the Distance. You should see that if you haven’t already. He also brought us a signed movie poster. Not bad for just randomly following someone on twitter….

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While we were out, the HOA in Gville put a new roof on the houses in our neighborhood. Sweet! Except all the hammering knocked down the tube that goes from the sunroof roof part to the sunroof ceiling part in our bathroom. Not their fault, really, it wasn’t really in there right. Looked like it had come down before and someone just duct taped it in there. So I put some screws in it where it connects and settled that problem.

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I got home from Florida and hell had frozen over. Good job, January.

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We had 2 “freeze” days, so I used the time to put vinyl tile in the condo. Sure is a lot better than old carpet and cement.

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I worked the 610 Stompers Debutante Ball too. That was fun. Like being at my 8th grade graduation party. Unfortunately I didn’t win this guy.

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The week after that was a Brown reunion show. The first time since, like, 1998 that all these people were on the stage at the same time. I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome, and perhaps bittersweet, this night was.

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Then it was (finally) time for mardi gras, and Rose celebrated by getting a new car.

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It was cold Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday…

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But warmed up nicely and Saturday and Sunday were perfect. But of course Rose was sick and missed it.

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I consoled myself by buying beer. If anyone can tell me where the beer aisle is at Rouse’s, I’ll have one with you.

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Rose was better enough to go out on mardi gras day. But of course, even tho it was one of the latest dates mardi gras can be, it was like 48 degrees and rainy. But we’re all troopers.

We parked at St. Patrick’s and waited for a cab there to take us to Pal’s. A handful passed by but didn’t want to pick us up. We called for one, and they said they’d be right there…they were at the Clearview exit (all the way out in Metairie). We waited. While we waited, a lady, probably nearish our age, walked by and got into her car, which was parked in front of St. Patrick’s. She then drove up to where we were, and asked where we were trying to go. I told her Pal’s, and she said, oh ok my brother lives near there I’ll take you. Luckily she had a big SUV, and seemed nice enough to not kill us. So we got in and she took us there. We learned that her brother is the good samaritan who was killed a year or two ago while trying to save someone who was being car jacked in Algiers. When we got to our destination, I tried to give her money, but she wouldn’t take it. So I just put it on the seat and closed the door when we said goodbye. So we’re standing there, talking to some of bikeus, and she pulls up a little and talks to another bikeus person (hi barbie!), and then leaves. Barbie comes up to us and hands us the money and says, “that lady said to give you this?” HA. Sneaky.

In case you can’t tell, I’m Rose and Rose is me.

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Sadly it was all soon over, and we went back to Gville.

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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? 😛 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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Griff:
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Mute Math:
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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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Mayeux and krewe:
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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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The after party:
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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.” 😀 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.)

What I Did On My Easter Vacation

26 April 2011

I had off Friday – Monday. So did I relax, play xbox, lounge around, and overall veg out? Nope. I stripped the wallpaper in my kitchen and painted it. Well, most of the wallpaper, anyway. Seems that under the wallpaper there was…another layer of wallpaper! Fun. And most of it didn’t want to come off. So, after getting as much as I could easily get down, and after much thought, I decided to just paint over everything as is. Painted over wallpaper, backing, and plain wall. It’s definitely a uniquely-textured kitchen now.

Check it out. The color is called “skyline steel” by behr. It’s kind of a light grayish, with maybe a hint of blue. That’s fine, it goes well with the gray/blue tiles in the kitchen.

Oh yeah. My parents and I also walked the Crescent City Classic Saturday. Finished in 2:12 or so.

That reminds me. Of two kind of inter-related things. And one realization that I just now made.

I’m watching a new show on AMC called The Killing. It’s got someone from just about every show Rose and I have ever watched together. It’s like Lost of the tv world (everyone coming together from all different lives to be in one place together). I told her that if I hadn’t already asked to marry her, I’d take that as some sort of sign. Then I was telling my parents that during Holy Week, I had an interesting 3-set of 3s. On monday I went to lunch, and saw 3 people I knew. On Thursday, I went to lunch and to the CCC expo, and saw 3 people I knew. During the CCC, I saw 3 people I knew. This after worrying about not knowing anyone in G-ville and not being able to use connections to get a job, or hang out, or do cool stuff, or whatever. Should I take my “The Killing” sign and put it together with my “3 – 3s” sign? Perhaps. And a sign of what? Considering it was during Holy Week…you decide. 😉

It’s all been written in the pyramids.

19 October 2010

I bet no one knows what that subject is a reference to. 90 batrillion points to whoever can answer it.

My original subject was gonna be way more obvious and easy to name that reference. Here it is, in case you were wondering:

It’s been a long time. I shouldn’t have left you…without a dope beat to step to, step to, step to, step to, step to, step to, frikky frikky…

Yeah, easy, I know. What a sad loss. But on to happier topics. I forgot Jet Li was in that video.

Ok back to the blog. i just got distracted and watched a bunch of Aaliyah videos. Who can forget Are You That Somebody, with the “ah-AH-ah” baby sample. Heh.

Annnnyway, it wasn’t my intention to get derailed by Aaliyah. The point was to post a new blog, mainly about some fun stuff at work, to introduce you to some pictures, and, strangely enough, some musical reminiscing. This blog will take me a while to put together, I think. Longer than I intended. It’s gonna be typed in bits and pieces at different times. It’s currently 2:27 am (227…heh….Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaary – catch THAT reference) Saturday morning, October 16. So let’s see how long I actually take to put this together.

Now it’s Saturday night. Waiting for Big History, High in One Eye, and Native America to start. Should be a good show. HiOE is a guitar-drums combo who sings through their amp. So, in other words, I’ll be taking the second set easy. They wanna play on the flloor though. Should be interesting. I’m feeling old though. These are all college “kids” and recent graduates. When did I get old?? Which is a perfect segue to my next 2 paragraphs! Which one do I wanna take a segway into first? Hm.

Old. I went to see Paul Sanchez last night (October 15) at Chickie Wah Wah. I haven’t seen him play in a while, not every week like I used to. Sitting there listening made me remember all the shows I’ve been to over the years. I used to road trip like a mad man! I mean I’d drive 10-15 hours away and catch bands in multiple states night after night. Edwin McCain, MuteMath/Earthsuit, Cowboy Mouth, David Ryan Harris…and it’s not that I wouldn’t do that again. But most days when they’re somewhere I can drive to, I’m working. Which is a good thing, yes. Plus I guess they don’t tour as much anymore? I dunno. Guess we’re all getting older. 😉 And I don’t feel like “working myself in” with some new band. I just don’t have the “Almost Famous” inspiration anymore. I’d just as soon stay home and make money than get on the road and spend it…I wouldn’t mind following Minus the Bear around, but they don’t really play anywhere close. Hopefully Susan makes another trip to SXSW next year and I can go along again. 🙂 But seeing Paul really made me wanna go back and mix some of those recorded shows I never got to. Anybody got a time-freeze machine? Or at least a teleportation device.

After Paul I tried to go see Kelcy Mae at Clever Wine Bar, but I didn’t make it in time since she, too, was playing an early set. But I did get to talk to them for a while, and I offered BadAndy and Christina a ride home. They live downtown, and across from a bar, so we went there for a little bit. Christina was in the peace corps and lived in Spain for 2.25 years while Andy was still living here, so we have something almost in common. Anyway, after sitting down at the bar, I noticed that i sat in the spot where this was carved:

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Weird huh?

Speaking of pictures, if you look up there on the main navigation menu, hover over “Photos” and click on “Favorites,” you’ll see that there’s a whole bunch of pictures there. I think for the most part they’re in chronological order. Or something else that makes sense when they’re not in chronorder. I’m sure there are more I could add, but I chose those for now, and that’s enough to digest for the time being, so enjoy. I’m missing my pictures from M.C.’s wedding, and the one I took of me and Method Man in Mango Mango. Not sure what the heck happened to those….

There are some awesome pictures from work in there. And by awesome I mean awesome at pointing out some of the ridiculous crap that goes on around there. There are no pictures of what I’m about to say, but that was my segue. A few weeks ago, I received a call from the people who take care of St. John the Baptist. Recently there was a major termite infestation, so Terminix went under the church to set baits or whatever you do for termites. Well, the people doing that work told the people who take care of SJB that there were bones down there, and something about coffins. Knowing that this was a church that is slightly above the ground, I figured it would be the first pastor, or some priests, or whatever, and that disintegrated coffins containing those bones should be handled by some official entity of the Archdiocese, who would know who they were. So I talked to the guy from the building office, who was coming to St. Pat’s the next day anyway, and he told me to contact the archives and the department of cemeteries. The archives had no record of who was down there. We’d have to have an idea to tell them where, year-wise, to look. Department of cemeteries didn’t know either. GREAT. The Terminix workers didn’t get close enough to see if there were any name plates or anything, or so I was told. So i just let it go for a while until we could all get together and go down there and see. After playing phone tag with the department of cemeteries, I was speaking to someone who knows more about these churches than the Archdiocese does, and he knew exactly who was down there. He said there’s 2 cement tombs down there, and the names of the priests are on them, and there’s no way that cemented tombs should have broken down and exposed the remains. So, a week later, he and I took an adventure down under the church, and sure enough, there are the tombs, intact, with the names and years. After not seeing any other bones, I called Terminix and talked to the guy in charge of the project, who told me that those workers basically exaggerated and were spooked out by the fact that there were tombs down there, and got the story out of hand, and to his knowledge there were no human remains. Maybe a cat or a dog or a R.O.U.S….ok, so he didn’t say that last one, that was me…or maybe even something someone brought from the butcher for lunch. Ah, how things get out of hand.

I could go on about things at work getting out of hand, but that’s a whole other topic for a whole other blog…this one’s already long enough.

And, in case you were wondering, the quote that became the subject of today’s blog is from Fighting Gravity. Not the Fighting Gravity from America’s Got Talent, but the original (?) Fighting Gravity from Virginia. How rude of new Fighting Gravity. I got all excited when a search lead me to fightingravity.com, only to find out it was the wrong one. I should’ve noticed that there was only one g….anyway, more on them here.

Have a great rest of the week. I’m sure I’ll be entering the blogworld again soon.

Oh yeah. This was finished at 7:10pm on Tuesday, October 18. Not too bad…;)

Don’t call it a comeback.

22 September 2010

So it’s been a while since I last had something to say. Nah, not really, it’s been a while since I last felt like typing it up. But since I have some time to kill before going to see The Creole String Beans and Cowboy Mouth in Lafayette Square, I figured I’d come on here and say some stuff.

Let’s work backwards from the future.

Tomorrow I’m getting on a plane at 4:30pm and flying to VA. First person to guess why wins….absolutely nothing! It’s too easy. Today I brought Sam and Daisy to the vet (thanks Russhelle!) for “regular maintenance.” Then I took them home, got some gas, and was gonna head back to work when…my car wouldn’t start! Got jumped (thanks Lakeside Collision for sending someone over for free), went out to where my dad works, he checked the battery and saw that it’s getting signal from the alternator, so hopefully it’s just the battery. Went down the street to Walmart and, long story short, got a battery. It was fine starting at Walmart after turning it off, but figured I’d rather be safe than sorry. Sure, I just got the car in July, but the battery is about 2.5 years old, so let’s hope that’s the problem. My radio stations were all reset before the guy jumped it, and the screen took forever to come out, and when it did it was off center so wouldn’t close until i realigned it, so I’m assuming that’s cuz the battery was weak? Who the face knows. So, yeah, let’s just say it’s been a just-over-half-a-k day. Then I went to work and got some stuff done. When I’m done this I’m gonna go eat and check out [see opening paragraph].

Yesterday and Monday I didn’t do any straightening up, as I threatened to do. Perhaps I will do some tonight. Haha. After Lafayette Square. And after I pack. Sure. Oh yeah. Monday night I nearly had several heart attacks watching the Saints game. Nothing new there. 2-0 baby! With Atlanta coming up this week, which I will have to watch somewhere in MD, since my flight out of Baltimore is at 6:50pm Sunday evening. Big game! Will be representing with my Darren Sharper jersey and XLIV champions hat.

Sunday I mixed (and performed surgery on) some drums I recorded at Knight Studios. I’m never 100% satisfied with any mix I do, but that’s just cuz I’m picky. But the guy whose song it is liked how it came out, so good. Had lunch at Pancho’s after, and went home to not straighten up.

Saturday night was an awesome show at Carrollton Station. 233 paid throughout the night. Big History rocked their first show pretty damn hard, followed by Big Rock Candy Mountain, who averaged out at 103-104db. Other shows average around 100-102, usually hovering around 101. I hear Twangorama hit 107 a few years ago, which is un-be-flippin-lievable for that room. So congrats to them.

Friday was another great show at Carrollton Station, featuring Ben Labat and The Happy Devil with Mia Borders (formerly MNSKP) opening. You can listen to and watch Friday night at UStream.com. But mostly listen to, because the video sucks. I need a better camera. Anyone wanna donate? 😉 Audio gets better around 24 minutes, thanks to Joy and Phil, my beta testers. 🙂 Sound seems ok for most of Mia’s set, but Ben’s might be a little loud. No webcast-soundchecking on that one. This show and the Saturday one are tests. Oh yeah. The Saturday link is here. Didn’t have time to webcast-soundcheck that one either. So, yeah, it’s loud as FACE. Ah well. Next time. As I said. Tests. Still working out the kinks.

Alrighty. I guess that’s enough for now. This time tomorrow I’ll be on a plane. And everyone else should be watching Community at 8/7 central. Speaking of Community, right now is a good time to plug Ken’sTwitter, Facebook, and Web Site (which is maintained by the same person who maintains this blog :)).

Talk to you kids later.