This was the last in a series of live music Tuesdays at the south Starbuck's on 3rd. I don't know when they'll be back...spring, maybe? I forgot to ask.
Tonight featured Luke Graner and Neal Peterson, both formerly of Curious Yello. I arrived a little late (of course) and couldn't find a place to sit for a while. The music was great, the evening was nice and cool, and yes...I *did* have one of those sissy strawberry cream fraps. I'm confident enough in my manhood to sit outside and enjoy a pink drink!
One thing that's noteworthy about these Tuesday night shows is that people stopped at the red light on 3rd are such gapers! Many people seem so surprised that someone would be performing live music on a patio somewhere. It's bizarre...and maybe a sign that we need more culture around here. It's also interesting to see people in the drive through line...both their response to the live music, and the number of them that hit the curb or building. Most come pretty darn close. Maybe they're paying too much attention to the music!
Keep an eye on cozymusic.net to find out when these are going to resume. There may also be another venue in the works, if things work out. You never know. In any case, it was good while it lasted. Thanks to Starbuck's for hosting! I can't wait till things start up again.
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Hi! This is Greg. He's the bunny currently living in our yard. There were two bunnies on our property earlier this year, but only Greg has been showing up as of late. In this photo he's actually a little put out - it was pitch dark and I used a flash in this photo. He got a little rattled and didn't even want to take the piece of bread I'd brought out for him. No worry...he'll eat it soon enough.
I have had a number of bunnies in my yard since I bought this property several years ago. They're all named Greg. Why's that, you ask? Because they're all named after the lead character in the funniest TV show ever, "Greg the Bunny." Although he got his start on IFC, the Independent Film Channel, I prefer to remember him and his puppet pals (or "fabricated Americans") on FOX. They did two seasons of the show and then, in a move of colossal stupidity, cancelled the show. That happens a lot, to a lot of really great shows; only TV networks can be so ignorant. In any case, Greg the Bunny was released on DVD, so I can watch the episodes every once in a while. And as far as a "surrogate Greg," well...there's one in my yard every year...and he's not nearly as sarcastic!
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There was a tradition we had back in the 1980s, when I was in high school and college: about this time of year, before everyone left town for school, we would have a great big sendoff. This took place on the sandbar in the middle of the Missouri River, beneath the cliffs of the Double Ditch Indian Village. We'd walk down a crazy path like the one you see in this photo, be shuttled across the water to the sandbar by pontoon boat, and there the festivities would take place.
We'd have a generator and a sound system, volleyball nets and footballs and frisbees, bonfires, and would enjoy one last night of fun with everybody. Double Ditch Loop, which actually used to BE a loop through the park area, would be packed with cars. It was a really good time. I'd take a six-pack of Mountain Dew and go out there with my friends, most of whom live out of state now. I bet they all remember hot summer nights on the sandbar, though!
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This is the favorite of my Photo Club mission from last night. Can you guess what this is, or where it was taken?
We have a fledgling photography club at work, meeting the last Monday of every month. We pick a theme, split up for an hour or so, then meet back at work. Then we eat wings or whatever in the conference room, watch the photos on a giant plasma TV, discuss them, then switch channels to Monday Night Football. Last night there were some really cool shots from all over Bismarck. We followed that with chicken and watching a little bit of the Packers get worked over. All in all, it was a perfect evening!
Maybe some of the other guys will let me post their photos in a monthly Photo Club thread in the future! I guarantee there will be some really great work...most of them have more photography experience than I do.
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No, I'm not stepping on Tony Dean's toes with that headline. I use TWO words to say "back roads." :-) This weekend I was able to partake of one of my favorite activities: touring North Dakota on one of my motorcycles. There are few things so relaxing and entertaining and just getting out and exploring our state!
This weekend's travels took me to Linton, and I'm sure I can get a ton of blog material out of this trip. 'Twas along this route that I found the "artifact" I mentioned in an earlier post. I also got to enjoy a lot of pleasant scenery, as you can tell.
This is a nice time of year to get out and travel; despite the drought, the recent rains have greened things up a bit. The oppressive heat is (hopefully) behind us. The fall colors will start to creep in soon as well, and it's a chance to have one last hurrah before winter approaches. Actually, starting now will likely guarantee several weekends of fun without a huge budget of time or gas money.
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