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Ah, blogging. Here's my little corner of it all -- in West Chester, and well, from wherever on whatever. I'll let you know what I'm thinking and you can let me know what you're thinking. But remember, I can delete your posts.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Quiet Time

I've been lacking in posts recently due to something I've been doing on the side. I'm helping to put on a show April 5 in Oxford and booking bands isn't as easy as my friends make it out to be.

Finding the bands wasn't hard. But trying to find equipment, set times, find more equipment, replace a band that couldn't make it, find more equipment, secure the money, the ads, it's all been quite an adventure and an education. But I think I got it under control. At the moment I've got the Sky Drops, check em out, one of my favorite bands at the moment and I'm waiting to hear back on others.

I'll have more details on the event once I get it all set it stone. My my time flies.

And on top of that, minus a bass player (that may change over the weekend) I've got another band of my own together. Look for us at a venue near you ... in about 6 months.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Unity Through An Eclipse

Last night there was a lunar eclipse. Here's a picture I lifted from somewhere. It was really cool to see. I was at Jitter's with some friends and it was funny, at one point just about everyone at the bar walked outside, crossed the street and looked up together. Looking up and down the street, it looked like we were the only people interested. At one point someone walking by actually asked why we were watching the clouds pass in front of the moon. No one answered. The next one won't be until 2010.

Monday, February 11, 2008

After Months Of Cheers Elephant Talk ... We Listen

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

It's A Boy

This post means absolutely nothing to all but a few who know me and read this. It's a boy that's gonna have three passports. After 4 long days some really good friends of mine had their first kid. AHHHH, it's a boy.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Global Warming? I'll Take Advantage

I really hope that the global warming predictions don't come true. But I have a hard time not believing them. As a snowboarder, the last thing I want is to be taking my kids to an indoor resort off the Jersey Turnpike. Leave the indoor skiing to Dubai where it makes sense.

But when it's 65 degrees in February, I'm going to take full advantage. Last night, I grilled at my new place for the first time. It was delicious. And easy. Grilling's great because it cuts down on dishes and makes everything taste better. I wasn't the only one out either.

I looked up and my new neighbor was out on her deck doing the same thing. So we started chatting. She asked what I was making, sausage, peppers and onions I said. How about you? Filet mignon. We both liked each others dish ideas but I was a bit jealous. But I was happy with my dinner anyway.

Quite honestly, I'll grill all winter. Snow? Who cares. I had a charcoal grill in Vermont that I'd brush the snow off of to use. My neighbors thought I was nuts, but as long as you're near the grill it's warm. And drinking helps.

Now, that I'm in West Chester I use propane. It's easier to control the temperature and much more efficient during the winter. I know people argue -- propane, charcoal, woodchips -- but I don't care. Food over fire is what it's all about to me.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Falling Down The Hill

I'm admittedly not the biggest sports junkie -- don't get me wrong, I like playing sports, I still play ice hockey, but I don't have the attention span to watch sports on TV. As soon as a commercial comes on, it's pretty much over for me. So, the super bowl means absolutely nothing to me. And each year, on super bowl Sunday, I head to Blue Mountain. It's great -- the place is dead and you have the pick of the runs to yourself.

Keeping with tradition, I went last night with a friend and I wasn't disappointed. It was a little icy where the trails merged, but that's to be expected. Other than that, the conditions were pretty good. And this year the hill has three parks and two half pipes. Luckily, I didn't hurt myself.

It was the first I've been out on my board this year and it was great. I'm gonna have to get up to Vermont before the winter ends.

Anyone been anywhere else this year?