The year of attending live shows

   I went to see Kathy Griffin perform at the Paramount last night, and I was not disappointed. She was HI-LAR-I-OUS – I was more amused than I’ve ever been at any other comedian’s show. She says a lot of the stuff I wish I could say but I don’t because I don’t feel like dealing with it. This is the first time I’ve been to a show in Seattle where I didn’t feel like just about everyone in the audience had a stick up their ass. You have to have a sense of humor to enjoy her show, and so FINALLY I didn’t have to deal with people who were shocked when I talked to them (aka the Seattle Freeze). This was good because I went alone (the Sweetie had a gig).

This has certainly been quite a year for live performances, and I’m not even thinking of all of the live performances in which either the Sweetie or I perform. So, before I get too old and forget, I think I’ll try and recount everything we’ve seen this year:

  • The Beatles Love (this was our 2nd time for this one)
  • Howie Mandel
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Spamalot
  • Lewis Black
  • Wicked
  • Avenue Q
  • Murderers
  • Michel Legrand
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Threepenny Opera

The Sweetie and I sort of have this unwritten rule that when it comes to live performances; we have much closer to an unlimited budget than for some other things. Now, we did not spring for the $250 tickets for Wicked. I mean, really, were they *on* the stage?? But, if there’s something we want to see, most of the time we make it happen.

For the last 10 years or so I’ve been making a small effort to see people who may not be with us much longer, or who will not be performing much longer. I’m happy to say that I saw Julie Andrews in Victor Victoria, for instance. I also happened to see Yul Brenner in the King and I, but that was when I was about 11, and I just lucked into that one. That’s also the reason I wanted to make sure to see Michel Legrand. He’s been a tremendous influence in my life, really, one of *those* composers who have composed so many things that I like, that I wanted to make sure to see him live. Heck, I even ran into him while walking to the bathroom :-). In the same vein, we saw Liza Minnelli a few years back, and just had a wonderful time. She knows how to PERFORM, regardless of the condition of her voice on any given day. That’s why we saw Wayne Newton too (oh, and we’ve seen Tom Jones a number of times, but that’s at least partially because we know someone in the band).

Someday I hope to see Barbra Streisand live, but those really are some expensive tickets, and I usually don’t move fast enough to get them. Since all of her live shows are scripted, I have to assume that the videos I’ve seen of them capture it pretty well.

Now that Bette Midler is coming to Vegas, I’m going to make a real effort to see her. I understand that she knows how to put on a great live show. I do think I’m going to break down and go see Barry Manilow too – I mean, really, what would the 70’s have been without him?

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Post Halloween Ghoulishness

I was surprised to find that our friends’ annual Halloween party was not on Saturday this year, but instead on Friday night. I knew it was a week late, but I was sitting home alone on Friday night when I found out the party was ON. So, I threw on a polo shirt and khakis, threw my hair into a ponytail, put on a pair of old glasses, drew on a mustache and beard and headed over. Oh, and I put on white socks with Tevas. Yes, I was 90’s sensitive Northwest tech guy. :-).

Unfortunately, the cocktails I had mixed badly with the wine I had had at home, and I ended up throwing up and sleeping on their couch and didn’t get home until Saturday at 7:30 AM, but my wonderful husband, who hadn’t gotten home until almost 2 from a gig, was quite understanding. I was so miserable yesterday that I tried to make up for it today by making an early dinner.

Last week, I ordered from Spud for the first time. I love the idea of home delivery and I love their focus on delivering local, sustainable produce. I stumbled upon them because AM 1090 had been advertising Thundering Hooves meat, and Spud has it available with no extra delivery charges.

So far, the produce is good. Fresh, tasty, etc. The breakfast sausage from Thundering Hooves is also good, but the rib eye steak we made today was not great. The flavor was fine, but because grass fed beef has less fat than corn fed, it didn’t release as much while cooking, and was not as tender. I either have to figure out how to good grass fed beef so that juicier, or I need to go back to beef that’s at least corn finished. Sad, because the corn is really not great for the cow.

As more penance, I took on, once again, trying to clean our jetted tub. This is not our hot tub, but rather the inside jetted tub. It’s gross, and I haven’t yet succeeded at cleaning out the pipes. Apparently this is not an unknown problem, and so I’ve ordered a product from the Internets that’s supposed to help me do just that. Because I know just how hard it is to keep these tubs clean, I avoid using them while in hotels, or else I just drink enough that I don’t care anymore. 

In the interest of being fair an balanced. I also include a pic from my birthday celebration at Canlis, where I’m much more glam.

Two month recap

I haven’t written lately, although I’ve wanted to, mainly because I wanted to make sure to make note of my Grandmother’s passing. She was 90, just a few days short of her 91st birthday. She died peacefully on September 13th and I miss her. I have one grandparent left. Just 6 years ago, I had all four, and I had four parents. Now I have 3 parents and 1 grandparent. In that same timeframe, my mother has lost two parents and one husband. Time goes quickly.

And, September went quickly. Rehearsals started for our Celtic Nights concert, and I decided to start taking singing lessons again. I am so excited to have this opportunity to start working with my voice again.

October brought my 39th birthday. I am getting older, but not sure I’m any wiser. We also had our concert, and it went well, although I think I’m more excited to start on our February concert.

The sweetie is feeling better, although because of the drugs he’s on, we have to keep his immune system up. So, periodically I make him down Airborne and we hope for the best.

Work has its ups and downs. I’m working on a project that makes me use my old skills, and frustrates me, so I get grumpier than I should.

The sweetie went to Scotland for a gig, but I couldn’t go with him because I had my concert and because the exchange rate is so horrible. Thanks again GWB!

I hope to write more from now on, but life seems to get in the way, and as you can see, it’s not a particularly exciting life, either.