Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Last weekend

Excluding the continued heat issues, which were fixed Sunday night and cross your fingers, will stay fixed, this weekend was pretty nice.

Friday I had plans to try and do yoga, but scrapped them when I really just wanted to go home and heat up some dinner and watch some netflix. Persuasion, an older version from what I believe I saw on PBS this Spring, and leftover chicken dinner. Yum.

Saturday morning was rainy and cold, but I was determined to go up to the snazzy Carnegie library branch where there was a resource I wanted to look at for homework and a used book sale. And as it turns out they also have yoga Saturday mornings, which is where I may be this Saturday morning. I also got six paperback books, which is good because I have been missing just running by the strand bookstore and picking up cheap books and the free books people put out on stoops in Brooklyn. I have yet to find one free book outside a house here.

Saturday night I ushered at a bluegrass show, well it was more of a concert than a show. I actually saw the main act, the Infamous Stringdusters, this past July when they played with Chatham County Line and Crooked Still at Bowery Ballroom. I was sad that CCL and Crooked Still weren't there, but the opening act local band, Mon River Ramblers, were great. And they're based around here, so I can go see them again. They even have Blue Night up on their myspace.

It was strange seeing the Stringdusters in a completely different setting. Instead of young kids and hipsters I was surrounded by people about twenty years older than me. There were no drunk girls spilling beer on people between acts and no hillbilly mosh pit. But there were seats and I had a pretty good view. I suppose as a volunteer I could have buddied up to the bands if I had wanted to, but was too shy. Though I suppose if I had been that close to some other bands I would have fallen over faint.

I took a few camera pics, even though I was told it was verboten. Very different than at Bowery Ballroom when the audience was encouraged to tape the encore and put it up on youtube.

Sunday was full of good fun with pumpkins and knitting, but I think Susan describes it best.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I walk by this bumper sticker about once a week and every time I see it I want to say to the owner of the car, "You know who's Catholic? Joe Biden! You know who isn't? John McCain!"
And yes, I am aware that this is just probably due to stances on religion and politics....

I just realized you can see my reflection in this picture, how funny...

And PS I am not comfortable with how many McCain signs are in my neighborhood, there are 3 within walking distance. That is so not cool.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Mountain Stage

I made a point to stay home Sunday afternoon and listen to mountain stage on WVPR through the internets. I suppose I could have waited to hear it online, but I was looking forward to this particular show since I had heard about the taping in August. Two of the featured performers were acts that I saw this summer, Crooked Still and Carrie Rodriguez. Well now the Crooked Still set is online and I'll probably listen to it again. Carrie's set should be up later this week and she'll actually be in Pittsburgh in December. I doubt the venue will be better than the living room or joe's pub, but I'll take what I can get.

And Carrie will also be on Auctin City Limits around October 25th. Now to see when Chris Thile/Edgar Meyer will be on woodsongs. If I was still in NYC I would be seeing them at Carnegie Hall. Fine. It's ironic that I'll miss them at Carnegie Hall while in the land of all things Carnegie. Can't they play Carnegie something here instead?


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

mid-week lull

I'm in a bit of a lull right now. There is reading I could do, but fneh, I'm not so into it. Instead I am thinking about Thursday night, the night I have been looking forward to all week. Because for one it will be the first vice presidential debate drinking game!! Or the drink every time Sarah Palin mentions Alaska, lipstick, hockey moms, mavericks, or every time she doesn't answer a question and instead says she agrees with John McCain's policy on it, but doesn't say what that policy is.

I'm kind of making it up as I go along, but will try to remember so I can document it fully so everyone can play at home!

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