July 21st, 2003


The Blues Brothers...

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So a week or so ago we had the opportunity to go to the Ottawa Blues Fest presentation of the Blues Brothers...Live in Concert.

We left late for the show and only got within spitting distance of the outdoor venue by 8:15... exactly as the show was starting.

This was our view when we walked in the gate!!
(click the little pic for the full image)

That little spec of light on the right...?? that's a massive jumbo tron set up to the right of the stage.

The rain had started in earnest... we were steadily getting soaked. Note that about 15 minutes earlier I had stood beside the car and told Z "Nahhh... we don't need the umbrella... it's gonna clear up... look over there... clear sky." It rained hard ... heavy downpour for hours. :D But we weren't saddled with an umbrella. :D :D

Any ways... we were not about to stand way the hell back here so we began a slow meander back and forth across the sea of people moving ever forward. Now at this stage I could go into a big ol'rant about people that bring coolers and lawn chairs to a show and leave them all taking up space while people pack in shoulder to shoulder to see a popular act... but for our purposes they provided several avenues of access as we wandered...

[ :: we got closer... :: ]
... but the umbrellas were a major pain...

[ :: but we got ever closer... :: ]

Close enough to watch this song go by where they were calling for "pretty girls" to come up on stage... Now, fair is fair... they had just called "fat men" up on stage to dance and this was a hulluva laugh... but I did [ :: grab a little video of the girls dancing bouncing :: ] I mean, it was pretty funny to watch the audience reacting to the women dancing... :D

We managed to get really close...

and close enough still to be only one umbrella away from the stage... so I harrassed the absolute hell out of the dude with the umbrella, to the point that he was getting ready to clock me... but every face around me was glaring at him to close his punk ass mother fuquing umbrella so he demured. :D

[ :: We were close enough to shoot this little video :: ]

There was a great cast of artists... famous names that I can no longer remember... but a guy from REM and some famous horns. There was this one guy ... Johny Wood... played an amplified harmonica and he was a blast... purple zoot suit and pomp hair... a real entertainer.
[ :: The Horns and the Purple Wood dude... (1.3 meg video file) :: ]

And for the die hard Blues Brothers fans... this next segment of video (very small file) is the boys doing the classic dance...
[ :: one look and YOU KNOW it's the Blues Brothers :: ]


G'day yo... :D It's a steely gray day but that's ok. The sun can shine on the inside... right?
The boys start another week of summer day camp today... it's "arts and crafts all morning, all week, and swimming, etc. in the afternoons" thing... Edward will so enjoy this... He can spend the day sitting on a floor covered with butchers paper (you know, big roll of paper spread out) with a pencil ... recreating images that surprise us when we realize how far back in his memory he's going to get the source.

cryptic advice time:
When it seems that you can see it, way up ahead or maybe peeking around a corner, go for it. Get up and run. Flex youself and challenge everything that steps in the way... opportunity is a sneaky demon and if you don't push yourself... well, do you really think someone will get behind you to push for you?

~ red ftls
~ p-z lite beige cargos... er...almost cream maybe..
~ creamy with a slight blue tinge k-cole shirt... funky zip thing on the shoulder.
~ to post the bb4 update I squeeked out last night... it was a real gas watching the cd of the show... surprisingly good quality video reproduction. :D
~ half the day logging on to each of forty servers and doing a geeky analysis of processes running on them...
~ submit some prescriptions... note to remember to do this...
~ to send myself several reminder emails so that I might just maybe remember to bring in cube-decorating stuff tomorrow. ;)
~ tonight? no idea but I know there's a soccer practice for Geo.
~ to remind, ever so gently, sweet weatherblonde ... no outing the sneaky gay folk... :D
~ that I could actually do something about the notion that, personally, I'd love to go to The Peanut for Karaoke.
~ for the world of heart stuff that refuses to stop swirling around my friend ladyfire would maybe give her a bit of a break... hmmm...
~ to point out that "THE BILL" aristophren is slowly vanishing... get yer hands on him soon (and remember to squeeze) before he dissapears alltogether.
~ that you all could see ectv the way I do... maybe you do? I dunno... See, shann-pee is so adorable... it's a heart warming thing when she posts pics of her cute self smiling... and, of course, being preggers... (her, not me... I mean, this isn't a weird b-movie here yo) makes her even sweeter. (I simply MUST MUST MUST get kindersurprise eggs in the mail this week).
~ oh, and I'm wishing for time to pass with a calm heart and lots of friends love'en for snwbrdette while her main squeeze is on the road. I'm sure Jackson will keep ya on your toes, but when the night comes... I hope your heart has lots to hold on to till he gets back. :D
~ to express how awsome it is to read allyn's journal... his (and Jodi's) trip to thailand is just an amazing read... they are there now, and he posts little bits and pieces when he finds net access. :D
~ and queenveetsSugar-veet... no going Burninator on the house guests... mmmk.

Congratulations out to serpah on his weekend wedding to michelle... he did the ring-thing in a crazy beautiful place... sounds like a romance novel actually... :D Go you.

ok... the day is calling... see ya soon muchachos y muchachas...

ps. ly has such a beautiful little baby... we really must go to mexico soon...
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hmmm... lj is putting in new code... I guess I'm not plugged in enough to get the heads up when that is happening... I noticed on an email notification of a reply that there are new options in the default lay out of the reply.. .hence, there must be new code in lj...

ps. today = very tiring day...

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ok... done.
I wonder if I can pull it together enough to spill a simmering rant tomorrow? you know, it's best to get those things out lest they eat a hole in ya.

Today is done... from a work point of view... now it's traffic time.

See ya.