Since it has been about two weeks since my last post, I’m going to go with a quick and easy list for today.

-Christmas was relaxing.  Visited my Aunt & Uncle.  Sat at home with the mother most of the day.

-Had December 25-Jan 3 off from work.  It was AMAZING.

-I was able to spend a couple of afternoons with myFavoriteMedStudent.  Was so great to see her!

-Went to my first [Ice] Hockey game.  It was awesome!

-Saw Where the Wild Things Are at the dollar theater and watched a bunch of movies at home.

-Saw my doctor for a follow up appointment.  My blood pressure went down.  Again.  It isn’t “dangerously” low yet but merely “abnormally” low.  Doc gave me a prescription for something that she hopes will help.  As all of the tests have come back normal, the only thing she came up with was maybe mono but even that, she said, should have shown up in the blood tests.  So tired and cranky I continue.

-New Year’s Eve was fun.  E., K., & I went downtown for “First Night.”  Got there around 4:30 and stayed until just after midnight.  There were a lot of different things going on.  Saw one of my favorite local bands perform, saw the University’s steel drum band perform… There was also a popular Beatles cover band–Hard Day’s Night and many other artists & activities.

-My New Year’s Resolutions are as follows:

  1. To have No Regrets.  This has been a sort of motto of mine for a while.  One of my favorite quotes is:  “Life is fleeting; better to make decisions that you enjoy now than to regret that you didn’t make them later.” -Bob Torres.  I have a couple of regrets from this past year, both of things that I did and things that I didn’t do.  I don’t want any regrets in 2010.
  2. To read 50 books this year.  This past year, with law school, was the first time in quite a few years that I haven’t met that goal.  I still managed to get about 45 books but that included a number of books that I re-read as well as several that I had to read for school.  So I guess this year, my goal will be to read 50 new books.
  3. To finish a novel.  Writing a novel, that is.  I’m working on something right now but I only have about 10,000 words.
  4. To make exercise a priority rather than a chore.

-Finally got my grades from the first semester.  Not thrilled with Contracts but satisfied with LARW.  That’s kind of how I expected it to go, though.

-This week is my last week of semi-freedom.  I’m back at work but classes don’t start until next Monday.  I need to start reading for Contracts soon, but I’m cherishing my last bits of sanity for now.

LibraryDiva & I went to see The Rat Pack is Back last night.  I was excited.  LibraryDiva was basically just going to be nice to me.

When we got to the hall, the ticket collectors looked at our seats and asked if we wanted better seats (I’d bought the cheapest available).  I think my reaction was something like, “Psh, uh, um, uh YES!”  She took us over to a table and gave me a little piece of paper that said “Replacement Ticket, Entry 1, Row CC, Seats 15-14.”

Row CC turned out to be the front row.  Fairly close to the center.  I was freaking out.  LibraryDiva was laughing at me.

I’d warned her earlier in the day that I’d probably be pretty critical of the show.  (I’ve been to too many of these things to count.)  But when the curtain went up, and the band started to play, I was one happy camper.  It was quality.  The guys had the originals’ personalities and mannerisms down.  Their voices lined up well.  It was pretty darn impressive.

If you’ve ever seen [a recording of] the real Rat Pack, you know that they made jokes and messed with the members in the audience.  This was no different.

“Joey Bishop” started it off with a string of hilarious jokes.  At one point he called out this guy sitting on the end, saying “Everyone in the audience is laughing except you.  What’s wrong?  Don’t you get it?  Don’t worry, I’ll talk slower next time.”

When “Sammy Davis, Jr.” came out on stage, he came down the steps, into the audience and shook hands when those of us in the front row.  Then he stopped in front of this couple, asked the woman to give him a kiss on the cheek, and then messed with her husband about it.

“Dean Martin” asked one girl if she knew the difference between “wild sex” and “camping.”  When she said no, he asked, “Do you want to go camping??”

And then it was our turn.  The Rat Pack was always taking songs and changing the words to them.  It was funny.  They had this one where they’d sing, “I love a broad with no brassiere.”  Ahem.  Yeah… “Joey” stood on the stage directly in front of me and stared.  At first he didn’t say anything but then he pointed me out and starting making…um…comments.  “Look at the melons on that girl.”  Yeah.  Uh huh.  There were other comments.  Use your imagination.  Oh, and don’t forget to picture the uh, groin thrusts.  The entire audience was laughing.  LibraryDiva was laughing so hard that she had tears streaming down her face.  I had all four guys standing there staring at me, singing, and making comments about my freakin chest.  I’m not going to lie though–I was laughing too.  I loved it.  hahaha!  Eventually “Frank” took control of the situation and told “Joey” he needed to apologize.  So “Joey” looked at “Frank” and said, “I’m SORRY, Frank!”  “Frank” looked at me and then back to “Joey” and said, “NO!  Apologize to her!”  So he did.

But it wasn’t over.  “Dean” had a red handkerchief in his tux pocket.  Or that’s what you would assume.  But when “Frank” pulled it out, it was actually a pair of women’s panties.  He asked whose they were, then pointed to me and said, “Hers?”  “Dean” said no, that they belonged to the girl he’d gone “camping” with.  But then he pulled a different pair of panties out of his jacket and said, “These are hers.”  Again.  Entire audience?  Laughing.  I laughed, too. But I’m sure I turned a million different shades of red during the whole thing.

When the show was over, the guys hung around so people could meet them on the way out.  I took a few pictures there (photographs were not allowed during the show) and told them all how much I enjoyed the show.  I told “Dean” that I thought he was the best “Dean” I’d ever seen–the truth.  He was very gracious.  They were all very nice, actually, and specifically recognized us as we were going through the line as two of the people from the front row that they’d messed with & sang to during the show.  When I got to “Joey” he thanked me for being such a “good sport.”

It was a lot of fun.  I can’t tell you the last time I laughed (or blushed) so much.  Definitely a night I won’t forget.  🙂

Ok. So once again, I’ve slacked with my posts. A lot. But I was motivated today by the desire to post pictures from a concert I went to last week (November 1)–Derek Webb.  Delayed, yes.  Very delayed.   (And, by the way, consider yourself warned that the pictures below were taken with my phone–i.e., not the greatest quality.)

Anyway, for the most part, I’d much rather go to a small concert–where local or at least indie (-ish?) artists are playing–than to go to one of those big, can’t-move-can’t-think-can’t-breathe shows.  I’ve been to a number of big name concerts and while they’ve usually been fun, there’s just something more intimate about a small venue (obviously).  And I think music is, should be, or at least can be an intimate thing.

Now, without further ado…

Marc Scibilia opened.  I’d honestly never heard of him before.  It was just him and his guitar on the stage but as soon as he started to sing, I was hooked.

Marc Scibilia

I bought both of the cds that he had for sale.  However, I’ve barely listened to his first cd, as I’ve fallen a little bit in love with the “from brooklyn to maine” EP.  What I have listened to of the first album, though, seems worlds apart from the EP.  I’m not sure how much I’ll love it, when I’m finally able to tear myself away from the EP, but regardless, this guy has a real voice & I’m looking forward to seeing him in concert again (he told my friend & I after the show that he thinks he’ll be back in Ohio again before the year is over, if I remember correctly, with his band!).

Next up, of course, was Derek Webb.

 

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Derek Webb, Josh Moore, and Chris Kimmerer to be specific.

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derek webb

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derek webb

josh moore

josh moore

It was a lot of fun.  Was my first time seeing Derek Webb in concert & I’ll definitely be looking for him when he tours again!

 

While I fully intend to keep this as closely related to law/law school as possible, I thought I’d allow myself this little side note since it sort of is–in a round-about way–related.

So about a month ago, I went to a local Italian festival and ended up really loving this one band that played.  They’re called Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms.  They have a lot of energy and a lot of talent.  They have a big band sort of feel to them with a trumpet, a sax, an accordion, a variety of percussion, a trombone at times, a guitar, a bass guitar, and a number of other instruments that are used for certain songs.  I think it was stated perfectly in their History:

They have been acclaimed for their ability to captivate the younger “Pop Culture” audiences while simultaneously thrilling established fans of Italian and Swing music.

It is that type of music where you could feel comfortable going with your friends or your family; something in it for everyone to enjoy.

When I saw them the first time, it was downtown, at a large, out door amphitheatre.  There were quite a few people in the audience and the stage felt distant.  However, the band still managed to project a familiar and relaxed sort of attitude that drew the crowd in.  They were funny and personable.  It was, overall, a really great show.  I’d originally gone to see a group of performers that weren’t playing until later that evening and ended up more impressed with the EuroRhythms than with the group I’d been looking forward to.  I bought all three of the EuroRhythms’ CDs and went home that evening to look up their tour schedule.

The only time I was able to mesh their shows with my own schedule was this past weekend so I made a little road trip of it.  I had quite a bit of reading to do for school so I took my books with me and spent all day Saturday getting the majority of it done.  Then, around 6pm, I left my hotel and went out in search of this San Rocco Festa.  It wasn’t at all what I expected.  A relatively small park with a number of booths set up with food and a couple with shirts and little fair-type-souvenirs.  The stage was about as small as it could be with a 8 man band and it was roughly constructed.  I had my doubts at first but the EuroRhythms went on to do a great show and it turned out to be a lot of fun.

EuroRhythms

During their break, one of the members of the band came over to talk to a group that I was sitting next to.  When he saw me, he asked if I’d been at the other show.  I said yes and we went on to talk for a few minutes.  I was flattered that he’d remembered me and he said he was flattered that I’d driven two hours just to see them perform.  He told me that I should come up to the front after the show and meet the rest of the band.

So of course I did just that.  All of the guys seemed genuine.  They were very funny and laid back.  I stuck around to talk and take pictures with the guys, and actually ended up hanging out with some of them for a while.  At the end of the night, I was even treated to an a cappella version of one of their songs, as we walked through the parking lot.

It was the perfect way to end my life.  I say that jokingly but honestly, with school I don’t know how often I’ll be able to do things like that anymore.  And that makes me really sad.  I suppose I’ll just have to make the time for little weekend trips.  I’ve already got it in my head that I’m going to somehow manage to get all of my work done during the week and have weekends to myself…so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

I am a very nontraditional student in the number of classes I’m taking.  My school is very flexible, for which I am eternally grateful, and I am only taking two classes this first semester–Contracts and LARW.  That should make life a little bit easier than it might otherwise be…but I’ll still be working from 7-4 Mon-Fri and in class 3 nights a week.

Anyway.  This week has been Orientation.  AKA crazy.  I’ll definitely post about that within the next couple of days.

So until then–