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weekend wrapup

Hey, it's monday and I have time for a weekend wrapup!

Friday Jack had promised to go musical accessory shopping with me, so we planned a trip to Chuck Levin's and Guitar Center to fiddle with stuff. I needed to get one of those tambourines you can attach to your cymbal stand and he wanted a pedal to fool around with while he figures out the riffs from his favorite songs. At Chuck Levin's I deemed the "helpful" salespeople to be something less than helpful. (The guy in the drums section was positively condescending and nothing will send me out of a music store faster.) (It turned out when I got home I did some research, and what he was saying was not too far off, but his delivery? Uh, no.) So we quickly moved on to guitar center where I had no better luck with drum stuff but they have the displays of pedals all linked up so you can just sit there and fool with each one in turn. We spent a good long while there just trying every pedal. :) Finally we decided on the Boss MT-2 and luckily I noticed they had a used one in the case. We probably could have got one on ebay for cheap but whatever. We explored Rockville a bit, reminiscing some since that's where Jack was living when we were first dating. We had sushi and "scallops butter-yaki" at the place next door to Benjarong (I forget the name). Both of us felt we overdid the spicy later when our tummies rebelled.

Which brings us to saturday, and drum lesson, yadda. We wanted to eat some real breakfast at an IHOP or something, but being a saturday morning, they all had lines. So we went to Popeye's and ate friend chicken instead - totally can't complain about that. We headed west soon after, setting our sights on Winchester and Jack's Grandma. It was a lovely drive and the ipod was serving up terrific driving music. When we arrived we ran into Jack's uncle Tom and Nancy, and chatted with them a bit before seeing his Grandma, who wasn't feeling very well, but we hope it was nice to have visitors. The place she is staying is really, really nice. We also ran into Jack's cousin Eric, and went back to Tom's place in West Virginia, watched some of the films Eric's made (turkey shoot!) and talked a little. Tom lives on a big chunk of land, and like most Big City kids, I have a stunted appreciation of how nice it must be. I'm not sure how to express how I feel about it apart from knowing that I can't fully understand what it is to live outside of the burbs.

We cut out of there and headed for home. I made Jack stop at a Cracker Barrel since I'd been jonesing for it all day. I had yummy grits and sausage and eggs, and during dessert, the following exchange may or may not have taken place:

Scene: Jack and myself, and two spoons, hovering over something called "chocolate cobbler".
Me: Baby you're all that I want, when you're lying here in the bowl, I'm finding it hard to believe, we're in heaven...
Me: I know you're embarassed that I'm singing to the dessert.
Jack: I'm embarassed that you're singing it our song.

In Hagerstown we stopped at the giant outlet mall and I looked for serving dishes. Failed to find any, and ran around the LLBean outlet for a while which was extremely disappointing. No parkas I liked, only a tiny sweater display, and a crap selection of bags. We sang along with the random shuffle of songs all the way home. Where we promptly soaked up six hours of Veronica Mars season 2, which actually left us with alot of questions. Mostly about Kendall Casablancas. Also, <3 Logan.

Sunday was all about Thanksgrabbin'. There was much eating and Mythbusters and people I don't see too often. I was getting worried about all the stuff we need to do for Thursday, but then I kept smelling the fryin' turkey so we stayed for a while. Then I made Jack come with me for the big grocery trip. We ended up with the fresh turkey since there's only essentially 3 thawing days left. Hopefully that will work out ok... then we watched Night Watch while I angsted about all there is to do. I think I should have listened to the hype less because I didn't think the movie was all that great. That or I wasn't in the right frame of mind. Either way, meh.

Current book book: The Shining
Current audio book: The Drawing of the Three

I will be so over Stephen King in no time at this rate.


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Nov. 20th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
You, too, are welcome to call me for TG advice. It's like the Butterball hotline, only less corporate!
Nov. 20th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
I may have to take you up on that. :)
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Nov. 20th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
I was very happy with the service at Bill's in Baltimore when I bought my drum kit, and just about everything else so far has been purchased online. But in this case I wanted to see and feel before buying. Oh, and there's Atomic Music, but I don't know where they moved to!
Nov. 20th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
Mmm, Logan....

If I told you anything about Kendall, it might spoil some of S2. I'd offer otherwise. *g*
Nov. 21st, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
But we watched the entirety of S2 and still had questions. Like what did she have to do with the boat thing with the kidnapping? I feel like I missed something.
Nov. 21st, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
Hooray Dark Tower series! I need to go back and re-read those. But I suck at re-reading things when there are so many things I haven't read yet the first time.

Rich bought a distortion pedal at Guitar Center last month called a Big Muff and I swear it's funny *every time* we see it, even weeks later. I'm super self-conscious in Guitar Center type stores because I'm such a guitar/rhythm/equipment n00b. I need to be more assertive in there and get stuff I want and need.

Nov. 21st, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
On our way over to the guitar center, I gave Jack a speech about showing no fear to the asshole salespeople. Fortunately, we got a really nice guy who, when we were honest about our total n00bness, handed us a guitar & a pick and said "have fun". But came by from time to time to answer questions. Phew. I have to psych myself up to not care about being embarassed in there.
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