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Madonna, DC, Ephemeral Sun, and so on

Another great weekend comes to a close. A short run-down, with pictures:

I bought myself a new copy of Madonna's album True Blue. I think the cassette I used to have is long, long gone. And I do not think I had listened to it end to end since I was maybe 14. It provoked a whole host of memories, not just about being a pre-teen but also about pop culture and its impact on me. I listened the fur off "Where's the party" long before I'd ever been a party in that sense. How did I relate to the lyric "I've sailed a thousand ships"? I never got very into any other Madonna album before or after. My most vivid memory of the actual time: sitting in the hallway at Odyssey of the Mind (this was after they told them to stop using "Olympics") after we failed our horrible mousetrap challenge listening to La Isla Bonita over and over and over on my walkman.

Friday night, young R's first birthday party. Lovely weather, happy baby, cake smashy, and I got to play with baby toys which is for whatever reason very compelling for me.

Saturday I had my drum lesson, standard stuff, progress made. Afterwards I hastened to the Vienna metro to ditch my car and head to the smithsonian for lunch with keryx. Alas, she got stuck in horrific traffic and could not make it. But she had reccommended the cafe at the Native American museum, so I perused the exhibits and then tried it. See!




Outside & In...



...And my tasty lunch. That at the bottom was wild rice salad with watercress and I never would have thought that would be for me but even now I'm craving it. Anyways I had time on my hands (this never happens!) so I decided I would walk over to American History and see it before they close it up for a good long while (like 2 years!). I saw Julia Child's kitchen, which was pretty awesome. I also saw some kind of freaky yo-yo demonstration...



And then I went in to see the Whatever happened to Polio? exhibit which tweaked my interest on a social science level but wow, it was really thorough and effective and I was really glad I went. I don't think I really understood the impact. They had a comment box and they had posted copies of comments from people and that might have been the hardest part of the whole exhibit. Finally, I went over to my absolute favorite thing in the Smithsonian (at least lately) which is the first ladies' exhibit and looked again at the First Ladies and Social Service wall.



I just reread all the stuff about Lady Bird Johnson, and Betty Ford, and Lucy Hayes, and Eleanor Roosevelt of course.

I then hied myself home to get ready to go see the DC-SOAR show. And Lou called, and he could go! So I didn't have to go alone. Come to find out Lou's lived like a mile or so away from us all this time. Heh. Anyways, the opener was Cassandra Syndrome who I suspect all you goths and ex-goths would enjoy. The drummer had this crazy drum pad that at first was fascinating, and later a little distracting. They totally reminded me of about ten thousand people I've larped with. Anyways, interesting conceptually, well-executed, just not my cup of tea. I very much wished their singer would spend more time in her lower range because when she did, it was startlingly impressive. The headliner was Ephemeral Sun and I really, really, really got into their set. I'm sold - I can't wait to see the next show. Poor Lou was worried about his ears getting blasted so went to the back of the space but I really enjoyed watching their drummer, who from my vantage point was very technically precise and artful at the same time. I very much enjoyed watching John Battema perform as well, as he was clearly so very into it. Yeah, put me on the mailing list, guys.

Lou and I stayed up chatting until ridiculously late. I got like 4 hours of sleep last night because the sun called me awake this morning way before it was necessary. Jack was in Pittsburgh so I cranked up some America and sang at the top of my lungs for a while before debela came over and commenced the 6 hour holy-crap reorganization project. I will get some before and after pictures of this up as soon as I can because WHOAH. I will be free advertising for her Professional Organizer! services very soon.

And then I called Dad and said Happy Father's Day! And now I sleep the sleep of the just.

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peregrin8
Jun. 19th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
It's expensive but the food is REALLY good. It's like nice-restaurant good, not Mall-cafeteria good.
salami_salome
Jun. 19th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
Where's the party?
I want to free my soul
Where's the party?
I want to lose contro-o-ol...
rakin
Jun. 19th, 2006 10:58 am (UTC)
I need your email address.
asimplelife
Jun. 19th, 2006 01:36 pm (UTC)
I love tha museum. I am sad I didn't take Nick when we were there, but we didn't really have the time. I especially loved the kitchen and all the dresses from the first ladies. AWESOME.
thatwhichisgene
Jun. 19th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
I do sincerely hope you weren't at one of the Odyssey of the Minds held in College Park. I was driven insane twice within three or four years by that thing.
snidegrrl
Jun. 20th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
No, I never made it outside of regional or whatever. Ours was held at some military school, if I recall correctly. It only had to drive me insane once to ensure I would never come back.
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snidegrrl
Jun. 20th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
I do not remember, but i sure did find that when I was googling around. Amusing!
bjoneill74
Jun. 20th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Awesome,

glad you liked the show.
We are always happy to see new faces interested in the music.
snidegrrl
Jun. 20th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
I'll definitely be picking up the CD. And if I knew the names of the songs I heard, I'd remark on how fantastic your guitar playing was on the specific spots that come to mind. Alas, I do not, so I'll just say rock on.
bjoneill74
Jun. 20th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks again.
Some of what we did hasn't been named or released yet. So that trek could be fruitless.
We started with Fall Betrays the Earth/Winter has no Mercy, then did Walking with Frightened Angels, then a long new part of a 40 minute piece, Approaching Acheron (kind of a mellow piece) to the ending of the 40 minute piece, then we did some really new un-named stuff/top gun theme. If memory serves...
snidegrrl
Jun. 20th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
I suppose it's silly to ask since obviously there is a website for this kind of thing, but do you know if ES will be doing any other shows anytime soon?
bjoneill74
Jun. 20th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
well.. as you may or may not know. We had a singer.. She has left the band to do other things.
She has offered/agreed to finish the cd which we are currently working on. So we'll likely go into the mode of finishing that up and starting the search for another vocalist.. though it's quite possible we'll leave it be as a 4 piece for now. There aren't any shows planned for the immediate future, but we do love playing out.
It's a bit difficult finding venues that will accept the sort of thing we do as well, but we're always looking and will of course announce them. We have a mailing list and the myspace page which we do announce our events with.
snidegrrl
Jun. 20th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
I noticed there was a singer on the web page, and kind of wondered what happened to her for your show. I ordered the Broken Door cd so I reckon I will get to hear some words when that arrives...

Good luck with the vocalist search. I'm afraid I am only good at karaoke-ing Journey songs. I might know some other actual professionals though, so if there is an official announcement I can send them your way...
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