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2018 - Week 20 Cooking

This past week I went out to Vaudeville Mews to see P.O.S.  It has been a while since I've gone out to see a concert on my own, and this was one that accidentally made me do so.  While the performance was strange as he had a bit (or a lot) of vertigo, it felt very connected and I'm glad I went.  I did spend the first part after the doors opened, reading a bit.  I suppose I could've attempted to socialize, but I'm not very good at starting that.  I'm glad I went, even alone, and enjoyed it.

Friday, I took the day off again.  I was tasked for finding a replacement ceiling fan.  After searching and research, I found one that I thought would work.  Then ordered it to pickup in a Lowes store.

Having other errands to run, I got ready to leave the house, then headed off to JC Penny's to find some work clothes (and spend the gift card from my mom-in-law).  I found a couple of deals, a couple of acceptable items, one super good deal (91% off).  Ended up getting 7 items for just under $100.  I headed out to the parking lot to check in on the pickup at the store item at Lowes.  I called, after bouncing around a bit, finally talked to someone, who said they'd call me back.

I headed to Whole Foods to pick up a couple of things.  The idea for me, was Pennys > Lowes > Whole Foods > home.  So as lowes was out of the loop, I made my way home.  After a bit of time, I finally tweeted about my frustration and after a bit of responsive twitter lowes, I finally got a call back.  Apparently the items shipped to the store had not survived the trip and were not removed form stock.  Which is fair enough, but still a frustrating experience.  Then I got offered a ceiling fan from a friend (thanks Keith!), and this sounds like the new plan.  I still thought about the fan, which would probably be more effective in the living room.  So the plan changed.  Then I remembered that I'd have to run electricity and create a new light socket, which to me sounds expensive, so I'll get quotes on that.  So I cancelled my fan in store pickup.  I often complain about inventory management.  I understand it's hard to get accurate information, but if you are going to display that, it's the responsibility of everyone to get the data as correct as possible.

2015 - Week 40 Cooking

This past Friday, I had the opportunity to join Keith on a trip to Iowa City to see John Hodgman on his Vacationland Tour at the Englert Theater.  It was fun.  I don't get a lot of time one on one with Keith, so this was kind of nice.  I really enjoyed the show, laughed quite a bit a the stories and the way they were presented.  What has been sticking with me the most is the cover of So Much Wine by The Handsome Family by John Hodgman.  The performance of it and the words really have been rolling back and forth in my head.  It looks like it was even covered by Andrew Bird.  This reminds me that I'm behind on albums from Andrew Bird and a new artist to overwhelm myself with.  I took one picture before the show started, which was almost immediately liked by the performer himself (kinda cool, right?).

On a side note, I am starting to worry about where I am getting the turkey this year.

So I inspected what is in the freezer to see what is left in there.  So I have a bunch of ham skin and ham bone with the intention of making a ham stock, a rabbit, and after that it gets fairly random.  I have entirely to many frozen roasted peppers.  And I have some (duck) stock I need to use.

  • Sausage and Peppers and potatoes
  • Spicy Baked Mac & Cheese (using roasted peppers, and random leftover cheese)
  • Green Chile Burgers
  • Green Chile and Roasted Chicken Tacos
  • Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Curry over rice

2013 - Week 24 Cooking

This past week I had the opportunity to see both They Might be Giants and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band live for the first time.  On the TMBG side, I got the privilege of a Flood show (in reverse) , on the PHJB (doesn't work as well), I got to see some really good live jazz.  I was happy to go to both.

 

Playlist from July 2012 Game Night

Startting off and shutting down with some Weezer...

Name Artist Album Last Played
Odd Couple Weezer Death to False Metal 07/15/12 01:03 AM
She's Crafty Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill 07/15/12 01:00 AM
Mess Around Ray Charles Ray Charles 07/15/12 12:56 AM
To Kingdom Come Passion Pit Manners 07/15/12 12:54 AM
Chopin Prelude No.22 American_Pianist 2006_senior_recital 07/15/12 12:49 AM
Ain't That Just Like A Woman B.B. King House Of Blues: Essential Blues 07/15/12 12:49 AM
All the Pretty Girls Fun. Aim and Ignite (Deluxe Video Version) 07/15/12 12:45 AM
Walk Like an Egyptian The Bangles Bangles: Greatest Hits 07/15/12 12:41 AM
Till My Head Falls Off They Might Be Giants Factory Showroom 07/15/12 12:38 AM
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) The Beatles The Beatles 1962–1966 (The Red Album) 07/15/12 12:35 AM
Man Up Josh Gad;Company The Book Of Mormon [Explicit] [+Digital Booklet] 07/15/12 12:32 AM
Suzy Caravan Palace Caravan Palace 07/15/12 12:28 AM
Stepping Stones To CA Dan Potthast Sweets And Meats 07/15/12 12:24 AM
Come Together The Beatles The Beatles 1967-1970 07/15/12 12:22 AM
Oh My Dear (Falling In Love) Ween The Pod 07/15/12 12:18 AM
Don't Mess With Me Big Pete Pearson Finger In Your Eye 07/15/12 12:16 AM
Nausea Beck The Information 07/15/12 12:13 AM
Concerto in A Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 16: II. Adagio Marian Lapsansky, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Bystrik Rezucha X5 Free Sampler - Adagios 07/15/12 12:10 AM
Romance Anonimo Terry Muska Celtic to Classic - Relaxing Guitars (Exclusive Amazon Digital Sampler) 07/15/12 12:04 AM
Soundtrack Of My Life Less Than Jake In With The Out Crowd 07/15/12 12:01 AM
Be My Baby The Ronettes Dirty Dancing 07/14/12 11:58 PM
Twisting They Might Be Giants Flood 07/14/12 11:55 PM
Belles Andrew Bird Break It Yourself 07/14/12 11:54 PM
Tangled Up In Plaid Queens Of The Stone Age Lullabies To Paralyze 07/14/12 11:51 PM
Martin Scorsese King Missile Happy Hour 07/14/12 11:46 PM
33 Coheed & Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade [Bonus Tracks] 07/14/12 11:44 PM
Hidden Place Björk Vespertine 07/14/12 11:41 PM
In My Life Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around 07/14/12 11:35 PM
Junkie Steve Vai Flex-Able 07/14/12 11:32 PM
Mysterious Ways U2 Achtung Baby 07/14/12 11:25 PM
She Caught The Katy The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers Soundtrack 07/14/12 11:21 PM
Ho Astrid (Og hev' du set Aastrid) Einar Steen-Nøkleberg GRIEG Piano Music Vol. 5 - Norges melodier, EG 108 Nos. 1 to 63 07/14/12 11:17 PM
Imitosis Andrew Bird Live In Montreal 07/14/12 11:16 PM
She Green Day International Superhits! 07/14/12 11:10 PM
Thank You For Not Moshing Reel Big Fish Why Do They Rock So Hard? 07/14/12 11:07 PM
Broken Box Queens Of The Stone Age Lullabies To Paralyze 07/14/12 11:05 PM
Red Paint Matt & Kim Sidewalks 07/14/12 11:02 PM
What's Your Name Parlours Parlours 07/14/12 10:59 PM
I Remember The Roots Undun [Explicit] [+Digital Booklet] 07/14/12 10:54 PM
Rise Flobots Fight With Tools 07/14/12 10:51 PM
Paranoid Android Radiohead OK Computer 07/14/12 10:47 PM
Stan Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 07/14/12 10:40 PM
Ballerina 12/24 Steve Vai Passion & Warfare 07/14/12 10:34 PM
Only If Enya Paint The Sky With Stars: The Best Of Enya 07/14/12 10:32 PM
Pictures Of You The Cure Disintegration 07/14/12 10:29 PM
Sic of Elephants Andrew Bird Soldier On 07/14/12 10:21 PM
What I Got Sublime Sublime 07/14/12 10:16 PM
Effington Ben Folds Way to Normal 07/14/12 10:13 PM
Struggla (Remix) Matisyahu Light 07/14/12 10:10 PM
Bach: Concerto in D major, BWV: III. Allegro (III. Allegro) Nick Van Bloss, English Chamber Orchestra, David Parry Allegro Classical Spring 2012 Sampler 07/14/12 10:06 PM
Hey! Baby Bruce Channel Dirty Dancing 07/14/12 10:03 PM
Give And Go [Explicit] Girl Talk Night Ripper [Explicit] 07/14/12 10:01 PM
Rocket Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream 07/14/12 09:58 PM
Surrender Angels & Airwaves Love, Pts. 1 & 2 07/14/12 09:54 PM
Don't Let Go Weezer Weezer (Green Album) 07/14/12 09:49 PM
Bach: Cantata #29 - Sinfonia Michael Murray Bach Organ Blaster 07/14/12 09:46 PM
Meet James Ensor They Might Be Giants John Henry 07/14/12 09:42 PM
Set It Off Girl Talk Feed The Animals 07/14/12 09:41 PM
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend 07/14/12 09:37 PM
John The Revelator Depeche Mode Playing The Angel 07/14/12 09:33 PM
Carry On Fun. Some Nights 07/14/12 09:30 PM
Gayaneh - Suite from the Ballet: Sabre Dance Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Yuri Temirkanov 50 Classics for Beginners 07/14/12 09:25 PM
(Nice Dream) Radiohead The Bends 07/14/12 09:23 PM
Polynation Andrew Bird Break It Yourself 07/14/12 09:19 PM
Nothing Left To Say Cage Definitive Jux Free Amazon Sampler [Explicit] 07/14/12 09:18 PM
Rock-N-Roll Pizzeria Less Than Jake Losing Streak 07/14/12 09:14 PM
Old Mother Reagan Violent Femmes Add It Up (1981-1993) 07/14/12 09:12 PM
The Bumble Bee Tuna Song Mephiskapheles God Bless Satan 07/14/12 09:11 PM
Existentialism On Prom Night Straylight Run Straylight Run 07/14/12 09:06 PM
Campus Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend 07/14/12 09:02 PM
The Clockwise Witness DeVotchKa A Mad and Faithful Telling (Bonus Track Version) 07/14/12 08:59 PM
Optimistic Radiohead Kid A 07/14/12 08:54 PM
Opposite Day Andrew Bird Live In Montreal 07/14/12 08:49 PM
Santeria Sublime Sublime 07/14/12 08:43 PM
Knights Of The Round Table / The Song That Goes Like This (Reprise) Monty Python's Spamalot Original Cast Recording 07/14/12 08:40 PM
Garden Statement Hidden In Plain Veiw Drive-Thru Records & Fueled By Ramen Tour 2005 07/14/12 08:34 PM
Maybe California Tori Amos Maybe California 07/14/12 08:29 PM
Look At This Face (Oh My God They're Gorgeous) Handsome Boy Modeling School So How's Your Girl... 07/14/12 08:25 PM
Hot Bars Felt A Tribute to Christina Ricci 07/14/12 08:23 PM
I Could Say Lily Allen It's Not Me, It's You 07/14/12 08:18 PM
All Apologies Nirvana MTV Unplugged In New York 07/14/12 08:14 PM
It's OK, But Just This Once! Gym Class Heroes As Cruel As School Children 07/14/12 08:09 PM
Furr Blitzen Trapper Furr 07/14/12 08:06 PM
40 Day Dream Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Up From Below (Deluxe Edition) 07/14/12 08:02 PM
Roosterspur Bridge Tori Amos American Doll Posse 07/14/12 07:58 PM
Just Like Frank Less Than Jake Losing Streak 07/14/12 07:54 PM
Inside Out Yellowcard Ocean Avenue 07/14/12 07:52 PM
You And Me The Cranberries Bury The Hatchet 07/14/12 07:49 PM
Wild Cats of Kilkenny The Pogues Rum S****y & the Lash [Expanded] 07/14/12 07:45 PM
What The World Needs Now Is Love Jackie DeShannon Planet Hollywood - Favorite Movie Tracks 07/14/12 07:42 PM
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K 620 - Overture Neville Marriner: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields Mozart For Your Mind 07/14/12 07:39 PM
I Can Dream About You Dan Hartman Power Of Love 07/14/12 07:32 PM
Metal Detector They Might Be Giants Factory Showroom 07/14/12 07:28 PM
Harold T. Wilkins, or How to Wait for a Very Long Time Fanfarlo Reservoir 07/14/12 07:24 PM
Et Ducit Mundum Per Luce Angels & Airwaves Love, Pts. 1 & 2 07/14/12 07:20 PM
Where Is My Mind? Pixies Surfer Rosa 07/14/12 07:18 PM
The Spider (Bonus Track) Weezer Weezer (Red Album) [Deluxe Version] 07/14/12 06:59 PM

Trip from Minneapolis to home (playlist)

In Holly's Dad's F-150 we put a little over 10% of the miles that were on the (it was brand new).  Big, big thanks goes to him.

We switched out what played and who was playing, we ran into some of the limitations of Sync (which is still pretty cool), but even on the way home we played from my normal list and here is what was played:

Song Title Album Artist
Cataracts (Live) iTunes Session Andrew Bird
Catch & Release Swoon Silversun Pickups
Catch Me If You Can The Quilt Gym Class Heroes
Catching On Fire Apollo 18 They Might Be Giants
Caught A Lite Sneeze Boys For Pele Tori Amos
Cecilia The Best Of Simon & Garfunkel Simon & Garfunkel
Cecilia Bridge Over troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel
Cellphone's Dead The Information Beck
Celtic Storm Another Nickel for the Pope The Mighty Regis
Cemetery Drive Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge My Chemical Romance
Centaur This Right Here Is Buck 65 Buck 65
Ch-Check It Out To The 5 Boroughs The Beastie Boys
Party Over Here Sad Clown Bad Fall No. 10 - EP Atmosphere
Help! 1 The Beatles
Like This Feed The Animals Girl Talk
MX Missiles The Mysterious Production of Eggs Andrew Bird
No More Long Years Matt & Kim Matt & Kim
Don't Take Your Guns To Town The Essential Johnny Cash Johnny Cash
See You When You're 40 Life For Rent Dido
Americareful To All My Friends, Blood Makes the Blade Holy - The Atmosphere EP's Atmosphere
As Long As We're Together Please Kid, Remember Andrew Morgan
Wonder Woman The Deathtrap Dilemma Mediocre Superheroes
Neon for You Crush My First Earthquake
On Melancholy Hill Plastic Beach (Deluxe Version) Gorillaz
When I Don't Know My Name Grubby Ernie Grubby Ernie
Pas de Cheval Pretty. Odd. Panic At the Disco
Stop Whispering Pablo Honey Radiohead
Family Time (live, Featuring Judah Marley, Original Song from Ziggy Marley's "Family Time") Tuff Gong Worldwide World Music Sampler Ziggy Marley
Do You Know What I'm Seeing? Pretty. Odd. Panic At the Disco
Squeeze Box My Generation - The Very Best Of The Who The Who
Everybody Hurts Automatic For The People R.E.M.
Barco de Papel Entre la Ciudad y el Mar Gustavo Galindo
Battlescars Action Punchline
Dañs Bro-Leon Celtic Wedding: Music of Brittany The Chieftains
In This City Tomorrow's Stars From Sxsw Iglu & Hartly
One Love/People Get Ready Legend Bob Marley & The Wailers
Don't Push Home for an Island The Exit
Ball Of Twine Skylab EP Manplanet
Famous Last Words The Black Parade My Chemical Romance
Get Fly You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having Atmosphere
Daisy Girls Lure The Fox Haley Bonar
Burning Down the House The Best of Talking Heads (Remastered) Talking Heads
Obscured Today Smashing Pumpkins
Daytona 500 Enter The Magical Mystery Chambers Wu Tang Vs The Beatles

07/31/2010 - iTunes Statistics: 50 Most Played Songs

Title Artist Album Plays
Girl Beck Guero 57
Purexed P.O.S. Never Better (Deluxe Edition) 53
Don't Try This At Home Punchline 37 Everywhere 48
Bad Ma Fucka Brother Ali Champion EP 46
Blah Blah Blah Brother Ali Shadows On The Sun 45
Champion (Remix) Brother Ali Champion EP 43
Truth Is Brother Ali The Undisputed Truth 42
The Willing Well II: Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness Coheed & Cambria Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume 1: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Mad 42
Like This Girl Talk Feed The Animals 42
Forest Whitiker Brother Ali Shadows On The Sun 41
The Science Of Selling Yourself Short Less Than Jake Anthem 39
The Adventure Angels & Airwaves We Don't Need to Whisper (Digital Version) 38
Indestructible Matisyahu Youth 38
Beverly Hills Weezer Make Believe 38
A Favor House Atlantic Coheed & Cambria In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 37
Feel Good Inc. Gorillaz Demon Days 37
Overrated (Everything Is) Less Than Jake In With The Out Crowd 37
The Perfect Drug Nine Inch Nails Lost Highway (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) 37
Shalom/Saalam Matisyahu Youth 36
Pizza Joe Mediocre Superheroes The Deathtrap Dilemma 36
The Fake, The Snake, And The Birthday Cake Punchline 37 Everywhere 36
Once In a Lifetime Talking Heads The Best of Talking Heads (Remastered) 36
Ring Of Fire DJ Swamp Never Is Now 35
Ancient Lullaby Matisyahu Youth 35
Earth Intruders (Extended Mark) [Spike] {Stent Mix} Björk Earth Intruders - Single 34
Thriller Fall Out Boy Infinity On High 34
Lazy Eye Silversun Pickups Carnavas 34
Three Evils (Embodied In Love And Shadow) Coheed & Cambria In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 33
Breakdown Handsome Boy Modeling School Feat. Jack Johnson White People 33
Fat Lip Sum 41 All Killer No Filler 33
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power) The Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics 31
You Can Call Me Al (Remastered Version) Paul Simon Graceland (Remastered) 31
Scythian Empires Andrew Bird Armchair Apocrypha 30
Rockin' The Suburbs Ben Folds Rockin' The Suburbs 30
Walking Away Brother Ali The Undisputed Truth 30
(Rock) Superstar Cypress Hill Skull & Bones 30
McAllistrum's March The Chieftains The Celtic Harp 29
Blood Red Summer Coheed & Cambria In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 29
Around the World (Radio Edit) Daft Punk Musique, Vol. 1 (1993 - 2005) 29
Welcome To The Black Parade My Chemical Romance The Black Parade 29
Dope Nose Weezer Maladroit 29
Lull Andrew Bird Weather Systems 28
I Miss You Blink-182 Blink-182 28
Welcome Home Coheed & Cambria Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume 1: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Mad 28
Steal My Sunshine Len You Can't Stop the Bum Rush 28
One Day Matisyahu One Day - Single 28
Shake A Tail Feather Ray Charles The Blues Brothers Soundtrack 28
Heretics Andrew Bird Armchair Apocrypha 27
Fired Ben Folds Rockin' The Suburbs 27
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers Soundtrack 27

Andrew bird with Loney, Dear at Hoyt Sherman

We (Chris, Holly, Shannon and I) were running a bit late from our dinner at Alba so we headed over to Hoyt Sherman found a place to park and quickly headed in to see Loney, Dear already on stage. I liked them. The music was kind of a wave of sound. Songs would often start of fairly quiet pump up and then end back down in quiet territory. The brought out the member of the backing band for Andrew Bird (including Martin Dosh) and also one brought up Andrew Bird himself for a song. I think I may buy their most recent album, and then see where that goes (Which is why I bought the Haley Bonar albums).

After some stage wrangling, some musical chairs (apparently the people that were sitting on my left side and stolen one of the seats so they could sit together), over hearing some vapid conversation (have the young nothing better to talk about?), Andrew Bird took the stage.

He started off all by himself, like I remember seeing him the first time. After a bit Martin Dosh and a couple of others came up and joined him.

I enjoyed myself thoroughly, it was a great show.

New Play List, First Day

SongArtist
Clint Eastwood Gorillaz
El Condor Pasa (If I Could) Simon & Garfunkel
Once Upon Your Dead Body Coheed & Cambria
Diamonds And Pearls Prince
Victory! (Come Forward) Brother Ali
George Frideric Handel, Sinfonia in B flat major Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
The Headless Horseman Joe Satriani
The Weird Al Show Theme Weird Al Yankovic
Too much Dave Matthews Band
Sleeping In The Flowers They Might Be Giants
Please Ludo
I Write Sins Not Tragedies Panic! At The Disco
Cheese2 Ween
Karma Police Radiohead
Demons In The Suburbs DJ Swamp
Stalk of Wheat They Might Be Giants
Famous Last Words My Chemical Romance
Mix Tape Johnny Socko
DARE Gorillaz
Fight Test The Flaming Lips
Out of the Window Violent Femmes
Here's Your Letter Blink-182
Grand Theft Autumn / Where Is Your Boy (Acoustic) Fall Out Boy
Blah Blah Blah Brother Ali
The Truth feat. Freeway & Brother Ali Jake One
Cornflake Girl Tori Amos
A Girl Named Hope Atmosphere
You're The One That I Want Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta
First It Giveth Queens Of The Stone Age
Just Radiohead
Words, Hands, Hearts Yellowcard
Nuthinduan Waltz Andrew Birds's Bowl Of Fire
House Of Cards Radiohead
Look What Happened Less Than Jake
En Vise om Hellig Olaf (Hellig Olaf Stod ved Fjorden) Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
Hope Björk
Tin Foil Andrew Bird
Pope Prince
Piano Concerto No. 19 In F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Tamacun Rodrigo y Gabriela
Closer Nine Inch Nails
Breakdown Handsome Boy Modeling School Feat. Jack Johnson
Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued Fall Out Boy
Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner Various Artists
Scott's A Dork Reel Big Fish
Nightswimming R.E.M.
The Willing Well I: Fuel For The Feeding End Coheed & Cambria
Devil Went Down To Georgia Johnny Socko
Cecilia Simon & Garfunkel
Bring the Noise Anthrax
Ring Of Fire DJ Swamp
She Says It's Alright The Rentals
Farewell To John Denver Monty Python
Yo George Tori Amos
Your Guts (I Hate 'em) Reel Big Fish
The Number One Atmosphere
Anneurysm Felt
Hash Pipe Weezer
Gotholympians Andrew Bird's Bowl Of Fire
Watch The World Box Car Racer
Fred Jones, Part 2 Ben Folds
I Heard a Sound They Might Be Giants
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 J.S. Bach - Michael Murray Organ
Shake It Metro Station
Come on Eileen save ferris
Clint Eastwood (Ed case re-mix) Gorillaz
I am one Smashing Pumpkins
Road to Nowhere Talking Heads
Sing, Sing, Sing [Benny Goodman] Various Artists
The Man Who Sold The World Nirvana
Walking Contradiction Green Day
Raspberry Beret Prince
Pat Krimson-Your Destination Various Artists
Smooth Criminal Alien Ant Farm
Sleep It Off Less Than Jake
Hair Atmosphere
One More Time Daft Punk
Backward Mac Lethal

80 - 35, inside and out

After Shannon got back from giving Spunky a shot of insulin (Chris & Holly's huge kitty), we headed down to the Western Gateway Park to go to the Friday's shot of 80 - 35.

We missed the Des Moines Boyz and a bit of Ingrid Michaelson. I actually liked some of her music, so I may end up buying a CD. We hunkered down and watched Andrew Bird, who put on a good show, even though I prefer to see them in a group...but in watching it, it reminded me that I still need to get a Martin Dosh album or two (probably starting with one).

Then The Flaming Lips took the stage. With a combination of giant balloons (pushed out into the audience), huge confetti cannons, encouraged sing alongs, a big ball to get tossed around the crowd on, and a round screen behind them they put on a visually stimulating show. Going though a lot of music that I know and a bit that I wasn't as familiar with, it was probably one of the better shows that I've been to. Shannon enjoyed the spectacle of it too. It was a fun way to spend the 4th.

On both nights there were sets of painted ladies. Where they were wearing boy shorts and the rest of their body was spray painted (nipples covered with tape). It was interesting...

On the 5th, I was scheduled for work at 5:PM, but being that I didn't have much to do, I headed down at around noon. And found out that the morning shift was full, with nothing to, I headed back home and headed back down again around 4. I eventually got assigned to go work at a ticket booth selling tickets for water, soda, red bull, and ice cream along with tickets for beer (much more popular). The selling of tickets was not too exciting, but people kept buying in bursts. Over the night there were a few highlights. One less then sober individual gave me a 10$ tip (not that I was taking tips, but he wouldn't let me not take a tip). So I then proceeded to use that and others, to round out peoples money so they could get 3 tickets, rather then two.

There was a little girl that got a missile pop and proceeded to hold the Popsicle by the Popsicle switching off hands and when she'd switch, she'd wipe the off hand on her shirt and then switch back and wipe her other hand. She did this until she was showed how to hold it by the stick. I got to say that it was very cute.

About an hour and a half before the show was done, a guy came up and bought 100$ worth of tickets (30 beers). I was stunned, but who am I to say no?

At some point, we were told to just give away the frozen things (since they didn't want to have left overs). So the kids of some of the people helping at the booth (I think one was a principal at one of the local Des Moines schools), went out with boxes of ice cream sandwiches, lemon cups, etc, and would come back in 5-10 minutes with an empty box. It was pretty amazing.

While the volunteer thing worked, for the most part. I think most stations were covered. However, they needed to have things better organized on the front end. There was a lot of confusion about where to get the volunteer meals, where the assignments were (I would've taken the mini-map, X'ed where they were supposed to be for every person). When and were they made assignments. I showed up, they told me to wait, and then others showed up and they started sending them out to do things, so I got back in line and got assigned to do what I did. I would've made a clear distinction int he booths selling water, soda, red bull and the ones selling beer, and having the the wristbands entirely separate (some places they were, some, not so much). Maybe they didn't have enough people on the top end telling people what to do. They'll get better next year though.

So it sounds like it was a a success. 15,000 tickets Friday and Shannon said the news was estimating another 15,000 today, which probably more then paid for the $650,000 budget for the show (somewhere in the range of $750,000 - 1,050,000). I talked to one of the finance guys and apparently for their sponsorship, Olde Main Brewing Company donated the beer, and DMMC got to keep the profits. Which I applaud them for. And considering I personally stuffed an envelope 3 times with 3 inch or so stacks of twenties and one time when I was off eating another one there handed over a big stack, and we were just one of the many ticketing counters.

For Olde Main Brewing Company, I had, over the two days, tried all the beers that they served. The only one I didn't like was their light beer, which was a lot like bud light...and...well...I'm not a huge fan of bud light. But the rest were pretty good. I had already bought some of their Off Kilter Scottish Ale from Hy-Vee and gotten through most of the six pack.

So it sounds like it was a success. The weather was awesome (2nd day being hotter and a bit more humid then the first, but still fairly pleasant), and I hope it means they'll have one next year too. It's a great thing for Des Moines.

Random Things

Work continues, deadline nears, I'll probably be working this weekend. Whee...

The other day, it snowed...a lot. In the morning I was shoveling snow, cleaned off the walks and driveway. Got some of the snow out into the street. I started to work on the intersection, to get rid of some of the snow. While I was working on it, one of my neighbor's nurses (she's under 24 hour nursing care) tried to drive down 43rd...with not much luck at all. In fact she compacted the snow down that her tires were barely touching the snow...meaning she wasn't going anywhere. A man, who I suspect was from the church down the street, who had snow blown the sidewalks from at least 42nd all the way up to 44th, came back and he helped me push, remove snow around the car and finally to use the shovels to get the snow out from under the car. With a few more pushes she was able to get down the street. The phantom snow blower, continued down the street...

Early this morning, the snow plow finally made our street, so with a bit of clean up, we're setup for the next storm...if there is one.

I haven't felt much like cooking lately...so the meals have generally been repetitive for the most part, a few highlights here and there...I've been practicing some knife skills and cooking things and paying close attention...but I'm generally really tired.

I've been staying up a bit later, and getting up a lot earlier. I've been working around 8 until 6, and I've pushed the start time back to 7 to 7:30. I've been on a total caffeine binge...coffee, tea and soda...though still no mountain dew (I have a bad history).

My 401k is moving, generally, back up to where it was before...though it is still off 13%...at least I'm hoping it's it's going up.

I got our taxes done. We, once again, used TaxAct (my dad works there). Did it all on the web this time...since they don't have an OS X client. It worked pretty much the same, I was fairly impressed. Anyways, big fan, support my pops, get your taxes done.

Obama is holding his own. I still feel very connected to him being the next president. I've watched election results...even stayed up late to watch them...it's like I care. I must say that he's a powerful speaker. Even his words put to music are impressive. The victory speech in South Carolina was amazing.

A while ago, Shannon bought a kitchen cart with money she inherited. I got it put together...but here's the rub. I had to stop the first time, because we were missing a couple of back pieces. Got those sent to us, got back to work on it. Only to finish it but using extra pieces... The cabinet doors had a few problems. On one side it was missing the door hinge thing...which I used a metal piece to replace, so I could get the door on, and on the other it had mis-drilled holes. So the handle went on, but it is not totally connected. I could drill another hole so it could fit...but then I'd have an extra hole... The customer services has been ok...not to bad on the hold times to talk to a person... I got the door parts ordered...so we'll see if we can call it done.

Due to the new places ot put things, I've been able to reorder the kitchen...it's been nice...the spices all in one place, in alpha order (save for a few that didn't fit in the drawer). All the hard alcohol in the cupboards...places to put some storage containers... and able to put the cat food out of sight...except the stuff in the bowls...but it's better then nothing...I still have some space to figure out what to do with...but in doing this latest reorganization I was able to finally get the massive amount of cookie cutters (most from the wedding) put away.

I think I really need glasses...I was looking for the spelling of one of the managers name on his placard...and I had to move my chair to see...it wasn't that far away. I did put money into our flexable spending account for this...so all I really need to do is go out and do it...but...I don't have the time right now to do so. I'm curious if the headaches I've been having are related to the caffeine, the long work hours, or the need for new glasses. I guess it could be a combination of all of them.

My car went in for service the other day. After sitting out all weekend, I went out to warm up Shannon's car and my own, and get set to go to work. After a rough start with my car, the engine light came on, so I turned it off...read the manual, called in and they told me to drive in...which I did. After resetting the light, they said they couldn't reproduces, I ended up with a new battery (was reporting poorly, prorated), tires (really needed, driving on snow has been like driving a sled), wheel alignment and an oil change. It's been driving really nice (especially over the snow, at least by comparison).

Working more hours, and bringing in my iPod charger into work, have really drained my primary listening list (4 or 5 star that hasn't been played in 3 weeks). A bit over half has been played in the last 3 weeks...it's kinda crazy since there's about 7.5 days of music...

I've been wanting to journal, but haven't been feeling up to it lately...so apparently it all comes out at the same time. I think I should probably stop now...