The End

Sep. 21st, 2011 04:24 pm
kadenza: (uplights)
Group hug, everyone.
Don't know what else to say right now.
kadenza: (yeah)
What the heck, I shall update.

Busy weekend. Sunday was the birthday party, so Saturday was mostly cooking and cleaning. I made a very tasty gluten-free cheesecake with a lemon-lime sour cream topping. It was one of the more delicious things I have ever made, despite the gluten-free factor which was so my recently-diagnosed-as-celiac mother could eat it too. The crust was made of rice/chickpea flour, butter, brown sugar and ground pecans, so yeah... how could it not taste good?

Nattie was very quiet and wide-eyed for most of the day. She was just overwhelmed by all the people, all the attention, and the sheer volume of gifts she received. For example, she now has four of those wooden baby puzzles, and I know the pieces are going to get totally mixed up so I'm trying to distribute them on different floors of the house to keep them separate. With all the toddling going on, things are getting scattered *everywhere*. She loves to carry stuff around and leave it in random locations.

Oh, and R.E.M. on Sunday night?? Awesome. It was just about perfect in every way. Great seats, great setlist, fantastic performance, and not too hot thanks to a pleasant breeze off the lake. I even got to see Johnny Marr for the first time. The Smiths broke up before I ever got to see them so it was a nice bonus. And a Buck/Marr duet on Fall On Me was pretty awesome too. 11 new songs were added to my life list which means I've broken into triple digits with individual songs I've heard live (101). NERD!

here are some pictures! )


Apr. 4th, 2006 09:45 am
kadenza: (weather)
We got in last night. What is this chilly, brownish land? There is ice outside today. It's not right. And I know I'll get no sympathy from you lot, but whatever.

Georgia was short and sweet. The weather in Athens was superb. Everything was blooming and the air smelled delicious. There were birds and little lizards everywhere. And we paid $10 to go to a club to see the Minus 5, and ended up seeing R.E.M. as well. Hobbling home at 2:30 a.m. after a 5-hour show, I thought there was no more perfect place.

a pic )
kadenza: (Default)
Well this should be fun for... oh... about 2% of you. I was fooling around with this sound software I downloaded and started editing a bunch of songs together, and before you know it I had a minute-long clip featuring 30 R.E.M. song intros. I've decided to let you have it, if you want, and even guess the songs, if you want, partially inspired by [ profile] epi_lj's big Christmas contest last year only with no prize.

Ok, I changed my mind. I'll have a prize. Whoever gets the most right will get something from my Eurotrip that is tangentially related, if you'll trust me with your postal address.

So there are 29 of my favourite song intros, and then #30 is my favourite song *ending* but it's also the same song as one of the previous 29 so it doesn't really count but I thought it was a good way to end the clip. It's also my computer's shutdown sound. I just noticed that every major release is represented (compilations included), and it wasn't even on purpose! 25 years condensed into 60 seconds.

Personally I think it's way too easy but [ profile] newschick tells me it makes her head hurt.
I'll screen comments to prevent overt cheating. I have no control over covert cheating, however!

So download the clip here and go to it (722k)


Jul. 2nd, 2005 06:24 pm
kadenza: (Default)
So we've been back for an hour and a half now, and I'm struggling to stay awake. It's 12:25 a.m. Paris time but I'm trying hard not to think about that. Marshie has just gone out to pick up a pizza, though he opened his wallet on his way out the door and found only Euros inside.

The cats were thrilled to see us for about 2 minutes, then went back to sleep. I guess it's to be expected. Props to the dedicated [ profile] exsanguinated for keeping everyone and everything alive in our absence.

The show, which I have trouble believing was just 4 days ago, totally kicked my ass. It was possibly the most fun I've ever had, which of course has resulted in one of the biggest letdowns I've ever had. It's like I've spent the last 4 days trying to reset my emotional baseline. 7 months of anticipation, an incredible two hours, and then blah.

The pizza's here. We had fun, but it's good to be home.
kadenza: (Carcassonne)
Our flight leaves at about 7:30 tonight, so we've got a bit of time to take care of last-minute details. Marshie is preparing a list of emergency phone numbers (credit card companies, etc).

Him: Who should you call if we lose the R.E.M. tickets?
Me: I dunno... the suicide prevention hotline?
kadenza: (weather)
First, choose a band to fill out this survey with: Let's see... oh, I know... R.E.M. Duh.
Nothing to see here, move along )


Nov. 10th, 2004 12:01 pm
kadenza: (Default)
So. Yesterday.

To summarize... )
kadenza: (Default)
Around the Sun is the top-selling album on and, and #2 on I don't know why this pleases me, as I don't generally like to share.

While we're at it, the sales rank for Pressure Chief is #5 in Canada, #26 in the US and #566 in the UK (where granted, it won't be released until the 18th). Interesting (to me).

Leaving SF

Oct. 6th, 2004 12:22 pm
kadenza: (nophoto)
We got in this morning at 6 a.m. and responsible but slightly daft Marshie had a shower and went straight to work. He's still there, too. Whether or not he's asleep under the desk, though, I'm not sure. I'm about ready to collapse myself.

I'd say San Francisco was a smashing success and we had a very good time. Nothing against Marshie's company, but I also enjoyed roaming the city by myself on the two days he was at the conference. I navigated the Muni bus system and didn't get lost once. During my travels, I found a near-pristine vinyl copy of Murmur for $1.99 at Amoeba Records in the Haight which I was quite proud of. It was one of the few I'm still missing.

Oh, gee, what a segue! I hear some band put out some kind of a new album yesterday. I normally reserve this topic for my REMarks filter, but seeing as it's been three years since the last one, what the hell. The short story: I like it. I like it an awful lot, and I look forward to liking it even more.
kadenza: (Default)
So, did well with the R.E.M. fanclub presale this afternoon.

I scored second row, dead centre for the Hummingbird Centre show, while my dedicated sister [ profile] newschick nailed front row centre in London. We shall have a simply smashing time, I think. Hurrah.

*freak out*
kadenza: (generosity)
I forgot to mention the trip to Athens. It was brief, but great. The drive to Buffalo was easy, the check-in was quick, the flight to Atlanta was short, the time spent at the car rental counter was brief, and no problems were encountered between the Atlanta parking lot and the driveway of our Athens bed & breakfast.

Personal highlights included our porch swing and rocking chairs, watching fireflies and bats while sipping sherry on warm evenings, viewing Mike Mills' recycling bins, eating at the Grit, Weaver D's squash casserole, and of course meeting Paul, the drummer for the Side Effects and resident music scene expert. He toured us around for a good five hours, and asked nothing in return. He did let us by him lunch, though it seemed woefully inadequate considering the length and quality of his tour. The dude knows everyone, and everything. I've thought of tons more questions I wish I had asked him, but I guess I'll save them for the return trip which hopefully is not too far off.


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