Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Which Lolcat Are You?

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The Police - I have seen them so now I may die in peace.

On July 29th I went to see The Police in Fenway. Well I have been a fan since I was 11 or 12 years old. So this totally fulfilled some major dreams for me. I had completely given up on them ever getting together again.

Fly Guy and I left the girls with my parents and left to go to Boston around noon on the 29th. We got to the Hilton Back Bay sometime around 2pm only getting lost in Boston once. ;-) We ended up walking around Newbury St. looking for someplace for lunch/dinner and found a really nice Greek place called Steve's. It was very good and I would go there again.

We went back to the hotel and got the tickets and headed off to Fenway even though it was a couple hours I just couldn't wait around the hotel. We headed to Fenway and stopped at Boston Beerworks for a little bit. Ended up going into Fenway at about 6pm which was about an hour before the opening act hit the stage. Turns out our seats were right next to Pesky's Pole. It was a great location, we could see the stage without a problem and we could see the monitors without problems.

The opening act was FictionPlane. Fly Guy and I couldn't figure out how a band that bad could open for The Police....it turns out the lead singer is Joe Sumner....does that last name sound familiar? Gordon Sumner...aka Sting. The lead singer was Sting's son. He was truly not walking in dad's footsteps that night.

The Police came on stage at about 8:15pm and played for for about two hours. Sting was good, more of a mature voice then he had when The Police were originally together, but that makes sense. Andy Summers seemed not to be feeling well, but he did a good job, but not to the level we were hoping for.

As for Stewart Copeland.....I have always said that he was the best rock drummer ever, but I was wrong. Saying he was just a drummer diminishes what he does. He is a percussionist and he was incredible. I cannot explain how awesome it was to finally see him in person. He was just amazing. Not only did he play his drums with a skill most people just dream of, but the other things he played gongs, some sort of hanging chain thing and random percussion items was just amazing. My mouth just dropped open seeing him play Wrapped Around Your Finger it was amazing. He also has aged very well when it comes to looks . ;-) I had photos of The Police all over my room for a few years during my teenage years and I so crushed on him and it is good to see that he has aged well.

The set list can be seen here. Luckily the weather stayed good even though it seemed like it was going to rain several times.

I am so glad to really see Stewart Copeland work that I still feel like I can't put it into words. So what I have written above will have to do.

I have seen several concerts of various bands, but I have never had such a good time as I did at this one, it has to be because I have been waiting for it well over half my life and I knew every single word to every song. I just checked my iTunes Police playlist I have 126 songs in it. I have the Strontium 90 stuff to the Message in a Box stuff. So I know The Police backwards and forwards.

Every Little Thing She Does is Magic has been one of my favorite songs for ages so it was nice to see it live. Some of my other favorites are not as well known so I am not surprised they weren't played, for example Visions of the Night (my current favorite), On Any Other Day (my favorite when I was 13) and J'aurais Toujours Faim De Toi (my favorite when I was 18).

Turns out The Police is coming back to Boston on November 11th...I am really thinking about going again. Fly Guy is good with going again. He liked The Police before we even started dating. It was one of the two major things that drew me to him. That plus the fact he knew who the False Dimitriy was.

So anyhow after the concert Fly Guy got us quickly back to the hotel. Since he goes to Red Sox games several times a year he knew the best way back to the hotel. We got there and ordered room service and went to bed.

Next day went out to Tealuxe for breakfast and a run to Trader Joe's and then headed home and stopped at the Portsmouth Brewery for lunch and made it back to Maine to pick up the girls from camp at 2pm. All and all a good 26 hours. ;-)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Solar home uproar

I have lived in Maine most of my life, I have lived elsewhere for only a handful of years, so I am a Mainer through and through. I miss the ocean, the pine trees and sea rats....err seagulls when I am away from Maine.

To me part of being a Mainer is being in tune with nature and the environment. When I was growing up my parents did organic gardening before it was hip. They composted everything they could get their hands on and I didn't know that there were people out there that threw away newspaper rather then bundling them and taking them to be recycled. You should have seen me when I first went away to college....I had emotional issues when I had to throw out a newspaper. Recycling wasn't common then and my roommate just didn't understand why I had a pile of newspapers in the corner.

Even now I don't go a day without thinking about what choices I am making and how it effects the world around me and a lot of it I attribute to being 7th generation Mainer. When Fly Guy and I bought our house we could afford to buy a house any where we wanted and nearly any house we wanted. We wanted a small house, because it takes less time to clean and less oil to heat. We wanted a place that we could walk or ride our bikes to a lot of the places we go to. We contract to have our electricity come from dams with fish ladders so we aren't dependant on fossil fuel for that and it doesn't harm the fish which is important for the environment and for Fly Guy so he can go fly fishing. It is all about living simply so others can simply live. It is more then just a bumper sticker to me.

Why am I telling you all this. Well in a town very close to where I live there is a house being built that is going to be solar powered. I think that is awesome. The car mechanic I go to has a windmill and generates his own power which is something I would love to do, but we don't have enough land to do it.

Any how back to this solar house. The neighbors of this solar house are all upset that a solar home is being built next to them because it is a 'monstrosity' and it looks like "the movie with Jodie Foster in it. You know with the aliens and such." There have been articles in the paper about this. It makes me angry when stuff like this happens anytime of the year, but at the height of tourist season it makes me even more angry because all these out of staters see this and don't get the impression of Maine that I believe is the true impression of Mainers being people who care about nature and the environment. I know I would be proud and excited if one of my neighbors ended up getting solar panels...it means they are putting their money where their mouth is and living what they believe. I don't understand when people don't think about the environment before aesthetics. People complain all the time about our nations dependent on oil from other counties and here is a person actively doing something about it and they end up being harassed by their neighbors. I am embarrassed that these neighbors call themselves Mainers....I hope that are really are "from away."

Here is an article about the solar home I am talking about in Scarbrough, Maine. I hope Laurance Gardner and his family realize there are many people out here that support his solar home 110%.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

More about Putin

Well Putin is still doing stuff that makes me worried about a New Cold War. Putin has suspend participation in NATO arms-control treaty. This means that there will no longer be NATO inspections of military sites and they will no longer have a limit when it comes to tanks or other heavy conventional weapons. Putin says that there are extraordinary circumstances that are affecting the security of the Russian Federation and require immediate measures.

Alexander Golts a military analyst for Yezhenedelny Zhurna says that this doesn't mean that there will be a build of of Russia's millitary because Russia has no resorces for it. I think he must not be paying attention to Russian History. Russian leaders starved their citizens in order to make sure they had resorces for the millitary when they felt it was needed. Russia also has control over large amounts of oil that EU needs so Russia has more resorces then Alexander Golts is willing to pay attention to.

Here is an article on Yahoo News.
Here is an article from Pravda.

Responce to a Comment

There was a comment posted on my 8 random things post that I felt I should answer here. No I never lost anyone lifeguarding, but yes I do worry about teens lifeguarding because I know that not all teens realize what sort of responsibility that is part of being a lifeguard. I was not a typical teen when it because during the same time period I was lifeguarding I was a founding member of my high school's student rescue so I understood the resonsiblity that I was taking on it both areas. I liked the fact when I started lifeguarding I had an adult lifeguard with me the whole time. It was two years before I lifeguarded without an adult with me. That time I had an adult really reinforced the responsibility that came with being a lifeguard.

To this day I still count heads the whole time I am on the deck at a pool, just the way my brain works even today.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

What Your Latte Says About You

I took this quiz even though I don't do coffee and barely do tea....I figured what the heck it is a slow day might as well take it. ;-)

What Your Latte Says About You

You don't treat yourself very often. You find that indulging doesn't jibe with your very disciplined life.

You are a very serious person. You don't have time for silly antics.

You have a good deal of energy, but you pace yourself. You never burn out too fast.

You have a healthy relationship with caffeine. You're definitely not dependent on it.

You are a child at heart, and you don't ever miss the opportunity to do something playful.

You are sophisticated and daring, but you are never snobby.

Closest Book Meme

I stole this Meme from Doc Thelma's House:

The game:
1. Grab the nearest book to you.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

I had to go upstairs to get a book since all the books downstairs are Horse Girl's books which long if they have more then 12 pages. So this is the closest of my books.

It is "The Fate of the Romanovs" by Greg King and Penny Wilson, it is an ok book not one of my favorite ones on the subject.

"In January 1918 Medvedev was drafted into the Red Army and sent to the Dutov Front under the command of Serge Mrachkovsky. When Medvedev returned to Syssert in April on three weeks' leave, Mrachkovsky visited his factory and asked for volunteers to form a detachment for the Ipatiev House. Not wishing to return to the front, and, as he said, "missing my family," Medvedev signed on for guard duty. During his service in the Ipatiev House, Medvedev also worked as a courier for the Ekaterinburgh Checka."

Summer in Maine

I love Summer in Maine. The smell of the ocean and the scent of the pine trees mixed together is intoxicating to me. I can't even imagine living some place else during the Summer. It is also one of the reasons I rarely vacation outside of Maine in the Summer, it just isn't worth it to me, I live in my Utopia so why go any place else?

What I don't like about Summer is that I am a Taxi Driver for the girls. That is the main reason I haven't been posting lately. I look forward to Fall so I can start living outside of my car again. The only reason I am not in my car this morning is Fly Guy has taken over my morning route so I can go see the new Harry Potter movie this morning. So I am very happy...I love it when he does stuff like this for me.

This year Horse Girl is getting Extended Year Services (EYS) one hour a day four days a week. That is suppose to end at 9am and her Summer camp starts at 9am. I wish teleportation would be invented soon. I end up picking her up early from EYS and dropping her off at camp late. My view is that she needs the EYS, but she also has to be a kid with normal Summer activities. It is hard on me because I get so stressed about getting her from one place to the other, but it works out and I need to learn to relax a bit.

I am so proud of Horse Girl. She has been working so hard. She reads to me 15 mins a day every day, sometimes when it is a harder book she tires out and I take over. Her upper level reading level is H/I, she has trouble, but she can do it with help...she can read F level without any help at all. My hope is that she continues to grow over the Summer and the other kids regress a bit (mean of me I know) and she can start on a good footing since I know this is all so hard for her, but she pushes herself like no other person I know.

Eight Random Facts Meme

I was tagged by One Feather Tail a while back, but life has been busy and I haven't been able to do it.

OK, here are the rules:

1. Players start with 8 random facts about themselves.
2. Those who are tagged should post these rules and their 8 random facts.
3. Players should tag 8 other people and notify them they have been tagged.
I am not going to tag any one since I don't read many Blogs and all I do read have already been tagged.

1. I crashed my bike when I was 11 years old and was knocked out for several minutes and never told my parents. That is why I am so crazed about my girls needing to wear helmets.

2. Between working as a lifeguard and volunteering on a rescue I have saved a handful of people's lives so I know that I have already left a mark on this world.

3. I am very tone deaf. Makes living with a person learning French Horn very tolerable and is why I played drums rather then an instrument that I needed to tune.

4. I have watched a sex slave auction in New York City. I went to a S&M/B&D club with a friend who was researching human sexuality in college.

5. My inner voice has an ego the size of Texas....I just wish the inner voice could get around the bad brain chemistry and show itself to the outside world more often.

6. I hate all natural toothpaste....I want chemicals in my toothpaste please.

7. My earliest memory is me driving my trike down the stairs at my grandparent's house. My aunt and my grandfather were babysitting me. They had to take me to the hospital, and I remember the Doctors blowing up exam gloves to entertain me. I still have the scar on my forehead.

8. I have a fear of swimming in the ocean. I have a Tri in September where the swim is in the ocean....we will have to see which wins out...my fear of swimming in the ocean or my love of Tris

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

A widget for The Police Tour

I just thought I would put this on my blog because I liked it and wanted to be able to find it again. :-)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Putin and his Segway

Well it looks like Bush and Putin may have come up with an agreement, but I am a little concerned about it. Having a missile defense station within Russia for us to use seems like not necessarily the best thing. There is talk about how this have fixed the relationship between the US and Russia. Maybe it is me but I wouldn't want to have to trust a country for missile defense when our relations with that country became so cool that people were worried about a New Cold War. With both Bush and Putin being lame ducks (Well officially Putin's term ends next year, but only time can tell if he will really step down, I am doubtful because of his KGB background.) they are both looking out for their reputations as they leave office. So we will see what will come of this all.. I need to read more in the Russian papers and see what they are saying.

At least Putin got a Segway as a parting gift. ;-) And maybe he got a missile defence station for his country.