Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Update

Wow.  this week has been really busy, with just very little time for blogging.
So...  here's an abbreviated version.

Last Tuesday we went to see Neutral Milk Hotel at the ACL Live Moody Theater.  It was a great show.  The band went on indefinite hiatus in about 1998, and only started touring again on a regular basis in 2013.  I really like Neutral Milk Hotel.  they're one of Amy's top bands, so I've listened to them with her, and they used to be one of Jeff's favorite bands, so I have some good memories of listening to them over at his house with he and Mandy.
I wasn't sure how the show would go.  After their long hiatus, I wasn't sure whether the band was going to be really invested in the music, or whether they would just sort of be cranking out songs on a reunion tour to collect some cash.  As it turned out, the concert was great.  The band was really tight and well rehearsed, and the crowd was energetic and enthusiastic.  They did a good job of sort of creating a sort of musical journey as part of the concert experience, with songs leading into one another, ebbing and flowing in terms of tempo, emotion, and energy.  The instrumentation was really interesting, utilizing everything from an array of horns to a saw to keyboards to an electric bagpipe.  All of this, of course, combined with Mangum's acoustic guitar and uniquely forlorn voice.
Great show.

The week went by.  On Friday Amy had a meeting in a different part of town.  I took the bus home.  She ended up going  to a happy hour with work friends at The Dog and Duck.  I went over to Mandy's house to hang out in the back yard with Mandy, Kate, and Candace after I got done working out.  Amy joined us later when she got home.
On Saturday I went for a bike ride.  We did some errands and a little shopping.
Saturday night we went over to an inaugural supper club evening at Ruben and Miguel's house.  We had dreamt up supper club a while back with Ruben and Miguel and Afton and John while at a retirement party for Kate, a co-worker.  That was a couple of months back, and we just had out first dinner club last weekend.
Really fun!  Ruben had mushroom appetizers and made chicken and dumplings (or a variation on them) for dinner along with a salad.  Afton brought a chocolate turtle cake for dessert, and we brought wine and beer.  The food was excellent!
After dinner we played Cards Against Humanity and a card game called Phase 10.
We had a really fun evening hanging out with everyone.  Cards Against Humanity is funny and fun, but it's not much of a game in terms of strategy.  Phase 10 has a little more strategy.  Accordingly, I won 2 games of Cards Against Humanity and got my butt kicked when we played Phase 10.
Sunday we did some shopping and ran some errands.  In the afternoon we did a few chores.  I attended a neighborhood watch/safety meeting over at Mandy's house.  We had a lot of neighbors over there who are interested in keeping our little community safe.  It was nice to see.
Sunday evening I had Mono Ensemble practice.  We had a good practice.  I thought we had some songs that sounded really good.  Everyone was in attendance.  I realized toward the end of practice that we manage to get really loud when everyone is there.

And that was the weekend!  We've been back to watching Game of Thrones.  We're on Season 3.  It's pretty good, but, man, there are a lot of characters and storylines to keep track of.  I don't remember if I ever remember having watched a show with so many plot threads to keep straight.

That's about it.

Hope everyone is doing okay!

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