Saturday, August 23, 2008

Obama Picks VP...and I tell those Secret Service Cams in Kennebunkport what I think about W!

So my favorite website (affectionately referred to as The Blue) was the first thing I turned to after waking to my Obama VP 3 am text this morning.

A few days ago, my parents and I stopped outside the Bush compound in Kennebunkport and I took this lovely photo (crazy hair and all).  My mother was yelling at me to stop and I said it's my right, Kiki!  My grandpa is gonna love it in the digimentary that goes out after the trip!

(Woody, why so silent about the photo???)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Jessi's Reading 8.7.8

Days with My Father is a beautiful photo essay about photographer Phillip Toledano's visits with his father, who suffers from short term memory loss and cannot remember that his wife has died.  After repeatedly explaining the loss to his father, he constructs a story that his mother is taking care of her sick brother in Paris.  Despite the struggles, it's a heartwarming story on a well-constructed website.  Check out Phillip's personal site, too.  I, of course, got a kick out of the following sports shot.  Seems to fit right in with my office.  

Oh wow.  I was just browsing around some more and Phillip did the phone sex operator piece that I mentioned last month.   I guess I really like his work.  (And if the photo essay doesn't load, just hit refresh in your browser--I've had to do that each time I visited.)   

My little Ellen friend sent me this:  Lego recreations of album covers.  A Hard Days Night, You Are the Quarry and Born in the U.S.A. are my favorites.  

Don't laugh Woody.  Apparently I'm worth 9 goats, whenever I end up getting married.

Capital A Prints creates concert posters.  I found them after vigorously googling the recent Bon Iver show.  I might be most jealous of creative people and enjoyed these posters.  The agency certainly has their favorite bands ;)

I need to dig deeper, but this Tinkering School sounds pretty fun.  

Project Michelle encourages everyone to join the bone marrow registry, which is now actually a lot easier than when I did it in college.  Anyone who knows me well can tell you that I get queasy at the thought of needles and pass out at least 27% of the time that I have to have blood drawn (which happened way too frequently over the last two years).  Nevertheless, I had my blood drawn for the registry after three people died during my freshman year in college after not finding a match.  Michelle is 26 years old, recently diagnosed with leukemia and in desperate search of a match.  All it takes to join the registry is a simple cheek swap and there's info on the site about how to do it.  

Things They Don't Tell You (But Should):  A Guide to Life is an honestly cute black and white comic about the truths in life, that no one really wants to admit to.  

That's it pea-brains :)  I'm off to bed and will hopefully be back to this blog more often--just need to finish this DVD project and vacation is coming in less than 2 weeks when I can finally dig into what's filling my inbox, catch up on my reading and start running again.

Friday, August 1, 2008

The Boss Returns to Jersey - Giants Stadium 7.27.8

Lauren is one happy tailgater

We have been excited for this show since the four of us bought tickets way back in January.  The only bad thing is Giants Stadium continued to release floor seats in the weeks prior, while we remained stuck three rows from the top in seats we bought almost eight months in advance.  The excitement started building at that other Jersey guy's concert Perry and I went to a few weeks back and was palpable in the week leading up to the show.  

Once Perry rolled out of bed on Sunday, we headed to the store for ice and last minute supplies, (although I almost took his fingers off in what could've been a window catastrophe), then it was back to the apartment to pack the coolers, grab the stereo and head to Giants Stadium for an afternoon of tailgating.  The two of us got there slightly ahead of Jody and Lauren to setup and we were able to settle into our seats for fifteen minutes before the sandstorms began.  The downpour that Jody kept warning us about as she drove North rolled in soon after; while we wrapped ourselves in blankets and towels in a crazy attempt to stay outside, we were eventually forced into the car.  Jody and Lauren arrived and we randomly ran into my favorite tuxedo-wearing co-worker, who joined us later.  Kevin and Jackie showed up later in the evening, toting their own tailgating supplies.

We started making our way into the stadium around 8 and the four of us were quite excited for the show--there was a lot of excited jumping and grabbing from this girl and maybe even a fist pump or two.  

I was quite happy with the setlist--from the opening "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" to the encore ending "Rosalita" (swaying optional).  I had said earlier that I'd be happy for some "Atlantic City," which Bruce provided early in the evening.  Other favorites included "No Surrender," "Born to Run," "Brilliant Disguise," "Lonesome Day," "Dancing in the Dark," (see earlier post) and "The Rising."  We're pretty sure he played for 3 hours, as we got back to our cars around 12:15.

While Jody brought my camera into the show, we were way too far back for anything but video screen shots, so the only photos we have are from our tailgating adventure.  And Jody is not allowed to touch my cameras, so I remain behind the camera yet again.

Bruce Springsteen - Rosalita live (from the 2000 Blue Christmas Show)

Set List
1.  Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
2.  Radio Nowhere
3.  Lonesome Day
4.  Adam Raised A Cain
5.  Spirit In The Night
6.  Summertime Blues
7.  Brilliant Disguise
8.  Atlantic City
9.  Growin' Up
10.  Janey Don't You Lose Heart
11.  I'll Work For Your Love
12.  Youngstown
13.  Murder Incorporated
14.  The Promised Land
15.  Livin' In The Future
16.  Mary's Place
17.  Working On The Highway
18.  Tunnel Of Love
19.   The Rising
20.  Last To Die
21.  Long Walk Home
22.  Badlands
23.  Girls In Their Summer Clothes
24.  Jungleland
25.  Born To Run
26.  Bobby Jean
27.  Dancing In The Dark
28.  American Land 
29.  Rosalita

Our favorite Philly correspondents joined us for the show and brought their typical bad concert weather with them.  Thankfully, we stayed much drier than they did at Bonnaroo.
Look everybody, it's Brett of 10 Cent Freezepops!
Another classic Perry/Jody photo and a priceless or $3.49 umbrella, depending on who you ask.