Sunday, March 30, 2008

Rock and Roll Has Killed Me

Alternate title "I'm old." My ears are still blocked this morning. I tried to do the adult thing and use earplugs, but then you can't sing along, because all you can hear is your own lame voice.

Second alternate title: "Something has finally happened worth photographing and posting!" It's been pretty slow since my birthday blow out. 

So this show super rocked, as does pretty much every Joel Plaskett Emergency show I've ever been too. My friend and I, as you can tell, were close to the stage. Unfortunately so were some super drunk idiots who kept leaning on us, which almost resulted in a blow out of its own. One guy was all "I'm not drunk!" and she was all "If you can't stand on your own legs, then you are drunk!" To prove her point, she moved away from him and he almost fell over. Here's the thing drunk idiots at shows: You're not even going to remember this concert. Everyone around you will mostly remember how you were such assholes. Also, yelling "Nina and Albert" at least 150 times is not going to get them to play "Nina and Albert". Also, "Nina and Albert" is super mellow. This was a rock out show. Don't try to bring everything down asshole! And stop touching me! Fuck!

Also, if you're a tiny girl and you think you can move up through the crowd and stand in front of me, you have another think coming. That's why I picked you up and moved you out of the way, never to be seen again. Nice try though.

Now, dear band, it is cruel and unusual punishment to leave people standing in a drunken crowd like that for your super extended break between sets. See, we may not have rocked out quite as hard as you, because we didn't have instruments. But we were all singing full force, and kicking it out as much as possible in limited space, while fending off the drunks who made it to the front, but are not even really fans, what with not knowing any words and all.  And let's also consider, you got paid $30 per person last night, we did not. Please, bands, do not leave your fans in that situation for more than 20 minutes. It is harsh. Even if you are backstage shaving off your beard, as was the case last night.

So back to the rocking out. This show was fabulous and they even broke out a few songs from "In Need of Medical Attention" which pleased me to no end (unfortunately not "Powerful Lights" though). And my friend was super jazzed that Ruth Minikin was there (no good shots of her) because then they played "Blinding Light", which neither of us had ever seen live. Then Joel's dad joined them!

His dad is super cute and it's always great when he joins in. At one point he didn't know a song they were doing and was checking Peter Elkas' keyboarding to get the chords, and Chris, the bassist, was being helpful as well. Cute!

It's super fun to watch because they always both look really happy to be playing together and they look really proud of each other. 

Also, how hot are Chris and Peter looking these days?

Answer: Super hot. Especially Chris with those fantabulous pants.

So, while it was a great show, it was one of those nights that left me wondering if I can really hack being at concerts anymore. All I could think was "That Bob Dylan show in May better be a sit down event! Don't make me stand up all night Dylan!"

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Birthday Prezzies!

Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy! I scored this year!

This is what my brother and my sister-in-law gave me! Possibly intended mostly as a show piece/curiousity, but it still takes film!!! Glaaaaah.

It's a Graflex Crown Graphic and has an adapter for 120 film. I think I have figured out how to use it, but I'm still not positive about loading the film. Here it is all ready for some sheets of 4x5 film:

Here's something else to drool over!

This baby is an 11 x 17 inch print of "Astronaut Fall" by Nicholas Gurewitch (aka The Perry Bible Fellowship). Did I mention it was signed?!

Watch out! Don't get your drool all over it! Here's a note he sent with it:


He signed it "Nicky"! That means he loves me!

Here's Rizzo in his new hat and scarf! Adorable!

Here's the on-line version, although without a scarf, since you can't get those. That smaller hippo is Murdock. Freak out!

Here's a giant tube full of jelly beans. I'm saving them for a camping trip. How sweet will it be sitting by the fire with a tube of candy? Maybe I can take it hiking before I eat them. Haha. Like I would hike. At least if I do hike, then pass out, the jelly beans might revive me.


And Pokey!

Along with some glow in the dark tattoos, also useful for camping trips!

Nightmare Before Christmas related items! This one is from someone who I'm pretty sure spent too much on them because he felt bad about not being able to make it to my Fantasmaranza Birthday Extravaganza. Not that I don't appreciate it! People should really be spending 10% of their income on me. (UPDATE!! Turns out that while he did feel bad about not being able to make it, he really just spent money on me because he likes me. Go figure!)


Cupcake stand! Someone plan a party so cupcakes can be made and put in this stand and then eaten!

Book! What has it taught me so far? My apartment will be destroyed.

And last but not least, the gift I gave myself:

And really, isn't letting Stephen into your life the greatest gift you can give yourself?

Looking back on this post, I clearly have wonderful friends and family, because I raked it in this year!