I know it's been a true 7-day week, but somehow it feels shorter this morning. Maybe because I'm actually a little bit ahead with my work for next week already... shhh! Don't jinx me!
Last Friday I met Carin and Tom at Maggie's Pub in Santa Fe Springs for dinner. I had a nice big bowl of clam chowder and we split a big plate of assorted English goodies. I ended up coming home with a nice banger and some shepard's pie. Carin and Tom also brought me a goose egg from their goose Gloria.
Goose eggs are absolutely wonderful! They're two times or more larger than chicken eggs and taste richer. But it is a little weird for me. I like knowing where the egg came from, as I know Gloria gets lots of good things to eat and is cared for with lots of TLC, but it is kinda strange because, well, I know Gloria... personally. I've fed her lettuce and petted her. Still, her eggs are the best!
Saturday and Sunday were the last two days of the Renaissance Faire. I made sure to make my final rounds for any shopping I might want to do and visit friends and just have a great time.
On Saturday night I went to T. Boyle's Tavern in Pasadena to see Dramarama. It was fun to check out the venue-- they have a huge selection of beer, a couple of shuffleboard games upstairs and decent sound.
Sunday I was a mix of emotions at Faire. I was happy because I had had so much fun and was looking forward to my first weekend, heck, day off since March. I was also sad because I won't be seeing my group regularly and some of the people I probably won't see until next year and that's only if my life allows me to do Faire again.
The rest of my week was interviews and writing. I spoke with comedian Bill Word and Trever of Face to Face about their new album and tour. I remember punkers Face to Face quite well from back in the days when I fronted the hard rock/heavy metal band Morpheus. We often gigged the same venues on the same nights and they were always very nice- polite during band changeovers and good to chat with over a beer. I'm happy to report that Trever is still a great guy and doing well. It's cool that some of the groups from back then are making a living with their music still today.
Today I will be chatting with Peter from Runner Runner. They're on tour with Good Charlotte and Yellowcard and will be hitting SoCal in a couple of weeks.
Tomorrow my huge plan is to go to Joann Fabrics for the sale and see what goodies I can find and then take my mom to the grocery store. In the afternoon I hope to nap. Woo hoo! I don't have anything else planned, although I'm hoping to get some time with my special guy and find some kind of adventure. Maybe I'll whip him at minigolf again or perhaps we'll find a nice place to take a walk and chat...
I won't be blogging again until Wednesday. I'm sorry, but I will be away from my computer except for any work that needs to be done for my e-zine DaBelly.com. I need a break badly, so I hope you'll understand.
In rotation this week: David Serby, Peppino D'Agostino, The Offspring and Orange Sky.
Photos we got 'em: Just some cute pet pics from the Web.
Thought o' the week: It's Memorial Day Weekend. Time to pull out the red checkered tablecloths and warm up the barbecue. Time for pool parties and white jeans. Time for running through the sprinklers and playing Frisbee. It's also a time to be thankful.
We need to remember the reason for the holiday-- the men and women who have given their lives to keep our freedom. Without the sacrifices of these courageous and selfless people, we might not be enjoying our picnics and sunshine.
Freedom is not something to be taken for granted, if you think so, look around the world or just listen to the news. The other day, a Saudi Arabian woman made the news for landing in jail after driving a car. Was she in an accident? Was she drunk? Texting? No! She was just driving, something illegal for women to do in that country. Here, I can drive whenever and wherever I like, unaccompanied and even listen to whatever music I wish at the same time! It's not as small a thing as you might think.
So sure, celebrate, have fun, enjoy a wonderful day off from work. And don't feel guilty for feeling good, just take some time to remember the reason we have this holiday.
Thank you to all the brave men and women who have given their lives so I can live in freedom. And thank you to all the veterans and active troops for all you have done and continue to do to make America great.
Keep on rockin'