"I'm spinning round the room in awe" ryan adams

Friday, October 24, 2003

caught up in your love

AUGH!! How could I forget to write about the Ari Hest show!?!?
So Center Stage filmed Ari at the Northstar Bar on Tuesday and it was so wonderfully good. The Northstar is by far my favorite venue. Especially to film in, its always a stress reliever when the venue actually appreciates you being there instead of being in the way (::cough:: ::cough:: Recher ::cough:: Deer Park ::cough:: ::cough::). It was the first CS taping I have been too where I haven't been frazzled since I wasn't producing, I was just being creepy and tagging along for tech support ;-). We met up with Mackenzie, who we met in DC and hung out with her for a bit. Crazy that she is in half of the CS crews' comm classes. The show went so incredibly well except for some minor difficulties, such as not having a program monitor. But Marissa handled it like a pro and I can't wait to see the footage.
And of course, you know a CS road trip isn't complete without some drama on the road. We got lost and it took us three hours to get home from Philly. We took the scenic route. Yeah. Aurora nearly killed us because she ran a red light. But the highlight of the treacherous scary rainy ride home was the new pumpkin spice cappuccino at Sunoco. Yes, Sunoco does its hot beverages right.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

The Funk Box

October 17
Aurora and I owed the LDE guys. Big time. We ditched their show to see Graham Colton Band & Jonasay. We hang our heads in shame....

So we head to the Funk Box! Fools & Horses, who Amanda, Marissa, and I met at Dewey, were opening up for Lloyd Dobler Effect. Hell Yeah! So we load up the cars (Aurora, Marissa, Amanda, Meg, and myself) and hit up I-95 south. But first a stop at Wawa where Marissa made her first coffee :-).

We get to the scary section of Baltimore, park, and drink in the parking lot. The Funk Box is now one of my favorite venues. Just a cool atmosphere and very clean. Aurora and I see Rusty on the second floor and go say hi, then hit the green rooms, which were purple. Say hi to everyone there. As soon as Phil saw us, he forgave us and said that as soon as he saw the listing for the State Theatre (Graham and Jonasay), he knew we weren't coming. At least he looks out for us. So we crack open a few drinks and catch up. I go downstairs to see the rest of Folls and Horses, then bring Marissa upstairs to meet everyone. Matt played a few solo songs, so Bill and Tim ran upstairs and surprisingly ran into us. They then told everyone up there that its usually the bands who try to find floors of places to sleep on, but it was reversed in Dewey, where it was the girls trying to find a place to stay and them letting us use their place and they left early. Very entertaining to all there haha.
LDE put on a great show. March was the last full fledged LDE show we have seen, we won't count the LH shows. After we headed out to the Fools & Horses house. Aurora and I left around 3 am to head home since we both had to wake up early Saturday morning for Homecoming.

Happy Birthday to me.

October 13
I see all of my close friends all of the time and talk to them nearly everyday, so there was no need for a "celebration". Especially since my birthday "gifts" were the road trips I took travelling up and down the East Coast in those few days. Plus, nothing can beat Boston ;-).
Well, since Karen and I go to Baltimore every Monday, we figured my birthday should be no different. We USED to go to see Michael and Mark play at the Red Fish, but en route, Mark called and said they weren't playing and we were hitting up the bars instead. Score. So we did.
Mocking Michaels running was the highlight of my night ;-). And I think if he picked me up and spun me around again, I would throw up. I handled myself ok.

Karen bought me a flask. Best gift ever. I'm going to decorate it.

where the streets have no name....literally.

Aurora and I drove to New Jersey.
We got lost.
We saw a show.
We were disappointed (but not about the show).
We almost ran out of gas and were almost stranded.
We witnessed an accident at 3 am and called 911.
We were silent and had sad faces for the rest of the car trip home.
We saw the PMB bus on I-95 in Delaware.
We smiled. :-)

The Big Apple

Retrogressing to October 10

So Jen and I decided to head up to NYC for the evening to see some old friends and, of course, to support Steve at his solo debut at CBGB's.
Where to even begin......... how about the insane amount of traffic on I-95 and taking 45 minutes to even get out of the state of Delaware?!
En route, Jen and I finally caught up on all of our stories and saw 22 Swift trucks on the way. Always a good sign, or was it...?
Traffic was bad and took yet another hour and a half to get throught the Lincoln Tunnel. If Jen's white knuckles grasping the handles were any indication of my aggressive driving, then I would say I was victorious. Steve was supposed to hit the stage at 7 and we were under the tunnel at 6:45. Hellloooo NYC. I thought it was pretty funny that there is a sea of yellow NY taxis and my little black Cabrio zipping through them. We're heading down Bleeker and Steve's show would probably be near over so I give him a call expecting to get v-mail to tell him we'd meet him later. Incidently, theclub was having an inspection and Steve's show was pushed later. The whole crew was out at CBGB's and Steve (and occassionaly Dave) played a really good set. Despite the radio coming in through the monitors, but we'll just ignore that. After the show, we loaded up Steve's SUV then headed out for pizza. Steve passed my test of city driving. He is nearly as aggressive as I am, though he is more verbal ;-). After dinner, we went to a bar...forget the name...and met up with everyone again. It was Gilligan's girlfriend's (Lillian) birthday. Mike Clarke (longtime DE friend) met up with Jen and I at that bar with his friends, then we headed out to find a cab and some bars in the Village. I think we scared the taxi man. Loud, drunk, and obnoxious. But hey, at least I didn't have to do what I did before when I hung out with Mike to get a taxi haha. We end up at a bar called Peculiars when Aurora called and Mike claimed that he will be her sugar daddy. That's all I remember from that ten minute phone call. After a few drinks there, we decided to head to Steve's place. Though we had no idea where the hell we were, a few blocks later we found my car. Lucky.
So Steve tells me to call him after I get out of the Lincoln Tunnel. Would have been great if I could even find the Lincoln Tunnel. So I take the Holland instead. So Steve is navigating via phone and I don't know how I kept missing all the streets he told me to go down. Oh well, twenty minutes later we were there haha.
So we crash and wake up to go to the chinese restaraunt for lunch. Nothing like starting the day with Chinese food. Always welcomed. We marvelled at the tree cutter demolishing branches and leaves outside the window. That machine is so badass.
We said our goodbyes and then back to DE. :-(
Jen, remind me if I left naything out or if you can remember any of the inane things we said. I know I know, I waited to long. I suck.