Sunday, April 21, 2013

Take It To The Limit: Music of the Eagles

Last night Bridget and I went to the Winston-Salem Symphony for their Plugged-In Pops series. The guest artist was Jeans 'n Classics Band with Michael Shotton on lead vocals.

Here's what they play in their first set:
  1. Witchy Woman
  2. The Long Run
  3. Boys of Summer
  4. End of the Innocence
  5. One of These Nights
  6. Tequila Sunrise
  7. Best of My Love
  8. Take It Easy
  9. Get Over It
After intermission during their second set they played:
  1. Hotel California
  2. New Kid in Town
  3. Life in the Fast Lane
  4. Wasted Time
  5. Wasted Time (Reprise)
  6. Victim of Love
  7. Pretty Maids All in a Row
  8. Try and Love Again
  9. The Last Resort
For the encore they played:
  1. Heartache Tonight
  2. Desperado
Because it was the symphony, some of the folks in our row were more reserved. Not me or Bridget. We sang along to all the songs we knew the words for. We had a great time!

Thursday, April 18, 2013


I've never owned a car in which I've actually driven 100,000 miles so I was a bit excited about today. I took this picture when I pulled into the parking lot this morning.

Bridget accompanied me on this momentous occasion. We left work to attend a US Airways Cactus Club event at the DASH baseball game. When we parked I had to take this photo.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

An Afternoon At The Theatre, "I'll Never Be Hungry Again"

Bill and Kathy Cissna saw this and thought it was absolutely hysterical. Then I found out that Gary Bartholomew, who wrote the music, is Jim Bowers' partner. So we got a work group together to see the show.

Here's the premise: David is a black grad student assigned to read Gone With The Wind for a Southern Lit class. But David doesn’t want to read any novel about “white crackers getting rich off the sweat of their black brethren” so he puts it off until the night before the test. Then, under the influence of too much partying, David passes out in the middle of the story only to wake up and find himself at Terra Firma, the plantation home of Starlett O’Hara. It’s only a wild, crazy-ass dream, right? Or is it? David begins to wonder as he gets pulled into the plot of America’s most famous romance; slightly skewed and fraught with musical zaniness. Will Starlett and that scoundrel Whet Butler ever hook up? Is Smelanie Hamilton really that sweet? Can Whammy teach Sissy how to tap? All these questions and a zillion more you never thought to ask… well, they won’t be answered, but who cares? We’ll worry about that tomorrow.

Here's a list of the characters in the show:
  • Starlett O'Hara
  • Whet Butler
  • Whammy
  • Sissy
  • Smelanie
  • Ghastly Wilkes
To make it even more interesting there's some doubling of roles. The actor who plays David, the grad student, also plays Sissy. The actor who plays Whet Butler also plays Whammy. Whet/Whammy was played by a mustached Nick Koesters, and he was outstanding. Erin Parker played Starlett and she was also fantastic.

Bill and Kathy were absolutely correct. The show is side-splittingly hilarious. Many times I laughed until their were tears in my eyes.

Monday, April 01, 2013

2013 Goals Update - Monthly Update

March was slightly better than February.

See a minimum of 5 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows in NYC
- Still nothing decided or planned.

Read 65 books for my Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge
- I read 4 books toward my goal: Atonement, Abby Road, Spellbinding and Shattered.
- Total books toward my goal of 65 - 17 books.

Read a minimum of 9 books off the BBC Reading List
- Atonement (Completed March 7)

Increase my daily steps at work to an average of 3,000

- Still need to come up with a replacement goal for this one.

1.The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA
- Still nothing decided or planned.

2.The Moulin Rouge in Paris, France
- Perhaps September.

3.Walt Disney World or Disneyland
- Nothing planned. (But I did order the DVD!)

4.Boston, MA
- Nothing planned.

5.Pittsburgh, PA
- Nothing planned.