Sunday, January 10, 2010

Lady Gaga!!!!!!!!!!



The Great Road Trip to Chicago, with Young Maddy was a huge success! We had so much fun. Hardly know where to start. Here is Maddy ready at the hotel, to go off to see Lady Gaga. That might well be a good place to start, I am thinking, as the concert was kind of a high point.



Our host for the Event was Mr Drew, pictured here with Maddy. By a strange coincidence, he is also our own Miss Kitty's Sweatheart, and that he is. Really smart too. He is on the tour just now doing lighting. There are, obviously, a LOT of lights.



Mr Drew gave us a full backstage tour, which for me was as cool as the concert. I love the logistics of big tours, and seeing how they work. It's pretty amazing the amount of work, and things that go into a show. This set was by far the most complex I have ever seen. The stage screens alone, not the audience video feed, but for the graphics on stage were several MILLION dollars worth of equipment.

This is a view, if you can see it, taken on the stage looking out into the empty hall, from behind the big screen. When lit and working, this screen is transparent, and can have any graphics one wishes on it, while you still see the performers behind it.



The Stage Manager came only with us and answered as many questions as I could think of very happily. Everyone on the crew was really welcoming and so nice to us. Shows could not HAPPEN without the Crew, and they are the ones that make it happen. They put it all up, make it run, and then take it all down, only to do it again the next night.



And with a set like this, that is no small endeavor. This picture (taken by Maddy, as are all the Lady Gaga shots) is hard to see, but this box actually has a small circle in it that she stands on, and it rises about 12 feet UP. That was one piece. Most of the stage, even in theaters which HAVE a stage to start with, is built each night for the show.



Lady Gaga does a really lovely show. She is rarely still, and dancing plays as much a part of the show as does the music. She does her own singing, and what's more, is does a LIVE version of her songs, it's not a set canned number. She sings it the way she feels it should be sung, and the version you hear is not a carbon copy of the cd, which I love.



It's a sexy show, but it doesn't get lewd. There's a fine line, and I think she stays mostly on the right side of it. Think Cabaret, or Burlesque. Would I recommend it for a 15 year old? Depends on the 15 year old. Maddy has been to a lot of shows in her life, and knows about performance. She loved it.

It being Chicago, our Lady Gaga did a bit from the musical, one of my favorite songs "He had it coming...." and did it well, that girl can SING.



Her fans are also very cool. They love her. A lot. And she loves them. Her little Monsters she calls them. Very like Tori fans to Tori, or Melissas to her. It's a whole Tribe. Or whatever one calls a group of Monsters. I got to talk to a lot of them, and they are wonderful.

One of the things she talked about most on stage was how much she loved her Monsters, and how it was THEM that made her alive, and made this worthwhile. And how much she loved them, appreciated them, and knew how they felt. I think that is one of the most important and coolest things a really great artist does, and knows. It's about the fans.



I would have liked to meet her afterwords (And Maddy REALLY wanted to) but the show started quite late, nearly an hour after set time, and then our hosts had a un-scheduled meeting that happened directly after, and so that part didn't get to happen. (Next time, Maddy, for SURE)

We did take lots of books from the Boss, for the Crew, and Lady Gaga. This made the Crew Folks very happy, books on tour are NEEDED, and we passed on Lady Gaga's to her, and I am sure this will make her happy too.



I loved the show. I am really glad I got to see her on her first big tour. I really want to see how she grows up, and what she does. I don't think she is the sort of artist, and she IS an artist, that isn't going to stay put in the same place, but is going to keep growing, and changing.

And I want to see this.

Maddy took this photo as we were driving home, out my window, from her seat.

I think it is just about perfect.

Love and Gaga,
Lorraine

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At 21:30 Blogger vampi said...

awesomesauce! looks like a very fun time was had. i'm so glad.
really great pictures

At 21:32 OpenID kylecassidy said...

love to all of you. wonderful to read

At 21:33 Blogger Kate T said...

Glad your travels were safe and the concert great.

At 21:42 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I'm impressed that she does a live show...makes such a difference doesn't it.

I'm glad you two had such fun, and that you were able to share Maddy's pictures with us. I have now put Lady Gaga on my "To See" list.

At 21:49 Blogger AletaMay said...

Sounds and looks like a wonderful time! Love that last photo.

At 21:50 Blogger Kitty Cat said...

oh MAN, i shoulda been there to help you meet her.
sad. but glad that you got to see the show.

oh a different note, is Boyfriend a werewolf????

love that blog, will reread it, on way to Viper Room, the fast is OVER and I gonna see some ROCK!
kisses to you and so glad it was a fun time.

At 21:52 Blogger Kitty Cat said...

ps that tree? that is Drew's lighting cue, did he tell you? xoxoxo

At 21:58 Blogger DataGoddess said...

Looks like a fun time!

At 22:02 Blogger ariandalen said...

So glad you got to go, and that you had a FABULOUS time!

You may be a monster, but we're still your Fiends. ;)

At 22:21 Blogger Craig Steffen said...

Wow, that's terrific!

Awesome of you two to deliver books to crew.

Too bad you didn't get to meet-and-greet. Sometimes those things happen.

Interesting what they do with the scrim. I've seen them in theater, but usually you're only showing stuff in front or behind; it's an interesting idea to have both at the same time.

That IS a lovely photo, Madeline. Nice work.

Thanks for the report on the concert! Great to hear how creative and realy LG is. Also look forward to what she does in the future.

At 22:21 Blogger Jane said...

What a great weekend!

At 22:21 Blogger Chantrelle said...

That looks awesome! I definitely respect the Lady as an artist. Not music i'd really listen to but i bet I'd really enjoy the live show.

Glad you had such a blast!

At 22:30 Blogger Precision said...

Glad you had so much fun. Hope Maddy wasn't too disappointed not to meet Lady G.

At 22:43 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Drew DID show us the tree! We got to see it all at rest, then all lit up!

It would have been nice to say hello, but the FIRST thing about going to a show like this, and being backstage, and getting such special attention, is that you do not want to be a bother, in the way, or asking too much.

These people are working, and working HARD. On the right night, when there is time, it works. If it isn't the right time, and there is work to be done, one scrams.

Trust me when I say I know one more person, wanting one more thing from a talent, is just one more bit of work, and sometimes, no matter how much you would like to, you can't give another thing.

I've been on the other side, having to say no. When on the fan side, I want to be the person who understands completely.

Besides, the Mr Drew bits, and touring the set with the stage manager was the really cool bit.

Mr Drew is my friend and he was the one I really wanted to see.

At 23:05 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I'm glad you guys had fun! That's awesome!

At 23:48 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I updated my LJ (you can clickens on my name to see) with pictures and stuff. Also, Serious Black allowed his picture to be taken to appease his fans.

He seems to have stomach problems. He's going to the potty constantly. Is it probably the stress of moving? It might be from feeding them more wet food than they usually have, because I've been celebrating EVERYTHING up here... :/ He hasn't seemed sick, other than stinking up the apartment two or three times a day...

At 23:55 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Goodnight fiends. Must get a good night's sleep. I'm interviewing Kim Boekbinder (of Vermillion Lies) for FoodPorn tomorrow! :)

At 00:27 Blogger Na said...

Sweeet! I reckon it must be nice for Drew on tour to have friends drop in, too.

At 01:30 Blogger Marjorie said...

Sorry you didn't get to meet Gaga, but it looks and sounds as though you both had a wondeful time - and getting to hang out with friends must be great, too! Love the pictures!

At 01:44 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Looks wonderful. And the technical tour sounds fascinating (I love that type of stuff).
Great pictures, Maddy!

At 07:07 Blogger Siri said...

And Tick

At 07:38 Blogger EmilyLady said...

I'm so pleased you had such a marvelous trip. This sounds like one worth remembering, one of those really special times.

At 08:34 Blogger Siri said...

And, Happy Palindrome Date Day

At 08:53 Blogger Dan Guy said...

K-rad!

At 09:01 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Sounds like an amazing time. I've never been to a concert, so I can only imagine all that's going on. But the behind-the-scenes logistics sounds fascinating. I'd love to see something like that. Oh, the geeky lure of how stuff works.

At 09:42 Blogger dabbler said...

I so love that you post about the tech stuff. As part of a family of techies, I love the detail, and the fact that the tech gets credit! Good tech allows the performer to do what s/he wants and enhances and supports him/her. Bad tech interferes and is painful. i once left a Renaissance/Steeleye Span concert because the sound was so painful I couldn't enjoy it. I'm spoiled for life...can't go to any show without figuring out "how'd they do that?"

At 09:50 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning!

Been up for a couple hours, good thing. Stuff seems to be happening all over. This will be a day of much work.

Once Boss is on a plane tho (which OUGHT to work just fine today) I am going to buy Magic's Fish Friends. Or lunch, hard to say. We will see.

If I can, I will do a Magic blog tonight, with pics of him and his room.

I love the Tech things too about tours. I would LOVE to shadow a tour manager or his assistant for a week someday. The details of How exactly such a huge event moves from town to town fascinate me. There is so much that goes into a show.

And it ain't easy.

Right. Now to work and waking a Boss, who judging from twitter was up far too late.

At 09:50 Blogger dabbler said...

Siri,

Happy Palindrome date to you, too. Thanks for pointing this out.

At 09:51 Blogger dabbler said...

Lorraine,
Have a great, productive day! And I'd add, stay warm, but....I know where you live!

At 09:57 Blogger One Sock Short said...

I find myself imagining a speculative fiction novel in which a road crew like that gets transported to medieval times and have to orchestrate a siege. Their mad skillz win the day and change the course of history.

Hey, it's been done with Vietnam Vets, so why not?

At 11:01 Blogger Phiala said...

Sat down to tackle soon-to-be-overdue revisions...

The reviewers only really asked for four things:
#1. Okay, I disagree but not strongly. Can do this without too much problem.
#2. Violation of federal confidentiality rules.
#3. Physically impossible.
#4. Would involve dropping about half of my data.

...now I remember why I put these off for so long.

Must be Monday, no?

I'm listening to Lady Gaga, trying to decide what I think. I was unimpressed the first couple times I heard her music, but "Poker Face" has kind of grown on me, so I'm trying again.

At 11:21 Blogger EmilyLady said...

I have never been to a concert either, OSS. But Jack went to a Paramore concert once - had a great time. I mean, I have been to his concerts ... but I don't believe that counts ...

At 11:21 Blogger EmilyLady said...

That is to say, not Paramore's concerts (they're a band, not one person) - I meant Jack's concerts.

At 12:10 Blogger Jess said...

Yay! Glad you both had a fine time.

Haven't been to a big concert in a long time. I can't take all the noise, and the ringing in the ears for tgwo days afterward. Used to like it. When did I turn into Granny Grumbles?

You should all know that today I am suffering Bumache, after falling on it yesterday. This has resulted in me sitting on a heat pad, which is pretty nice. I can see where cats are coming from. I may not get up again.

What scintillating commentary, this! Jess doesn't like it loud. Jess's butt is toasty.

At 12:15 Blogger Na said...

Jess, sorry you're still sore! As for concerts, I always take ear plugs now. The really good foam ones that construction workers wear. (You can actually hear the lyrics better, anyway.)

At 12:26 Blogger Jess said...

I meant to take earplugs along to the AFP gig last year, and forgot, so I ended up standing there with my fingers in my ears for The Builders and the Butchers set to hear them properly. There's a very fine line between protecting your hearing and looking like you're making some kind of protest, and I think I probably crossed it. Fortunately we were at the back. I don't think anyone noticed.

At 12:27 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Earplugs are a must! I didn't wear them to shows when I was younger because that woulnd't be cool...now my right ear is definitely damaged. I say "HUH?" a lot!
I go to a lot of shows. Went to many more pre-ben. Music is my thing. Live music even more so. It was the thing I missed most when ben was an infant and I couldn't go out. Now we take ben when it's appropriate. He saw Devo a couple of months ago although he slept through the show. And he's going with us to Medeski, Martin and Wood in February. :)

T-1hr 40min until foodporn interview. Whee! Trying to write up our Carmel dinner for the site now. Food was good but nothing to go out of your way for...dessert and wine however were awesome. The sommelier was the best. Want to keep in touch.

I'm rambling...back to foodporn writing.

At 12:32 Blogger vampi said...

phiala, the radio edits, wile fun and poppy, also did not pique my interest. check out some of her acoustic live performances, that's where she blinds with brilliance. such as this ellen appearance. i'm so intrigued by her oddness while performing and then that really strong voice. it's like she's an opposite susan boyle.

At 12:35 Blogger Richard said...

I have to admit, I wanted to not like Gaga when she hit the scene. My wife loves her so I couldn't help but listen to it, and when I started seeing (and hearing) that she has actual talent (her blues singing at the piano stuff stabs me right in the heart) as a singer and a brand artist I loosened up and gave her props. I'm sure she was worried too, so now she can sleep at night knowing she has my seal of approval.

At 13:57 Blogger dabbler said...

Yay for Jess's toasty butt, though I'm sorry for the cause.


An update on Cherokee... I kept dithering, and didn't get there to meet him, and now some other kind soul has adopted him! I'm delighted, because I was pretty sure I wasn't ready to take him on right now, but felt guilty/tempted anyway. Whew.

At 15:18 Blogger Madeleine Bouquet said...

Looks like it was a very cool show.

The last concert I went to was Emilie Autumn, which was very good. AFP is actually one of the few artists that I still really want to see, but she never comes close enough to me.

At 19:32 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Richard, she was worried, I will let her know! Gaga is one of those artists you really need to dig in and listen to. It's all there.

Music is music. I love it all.

Dabbler, this means there is another waiting for you. They come along like that. I see Bengal in your future.

Madeleine, where do you live? I can put in a word with AFP if you like, you never know...

Just kind of almost nearly sort of done with this day. it never did stop really.

Didn't get Magics fish, will do so tomorrow and do a new blog...I can chat with you tonight tho, if anywone wants talk with a tired brain dead assistant.

Oh, my Birthday party is February 13th, at Charlies. You are so all on the list. There will be cake.

At 19:34 Blogger Chantrelle said...

I'll chat w/ a braindead assistant if she'll chat w/ a braindead mom!

Had an awesome lunch w/ Kim Boekbinder. she's rad and a huge foodie so it was a great foodporn experience.

Ben's playing w/ neighbor boy in his room. So i can kinda hang out on the computer!

At 19:37 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I have nothing to say sadly. I need questions to answer....Structure as it were. Gaga'd and worked to death I am.

At 19:38 Blogger Dragonsally said...

one overheated dragon is here to chat...while listening to The lady G

At 19:39 Blogger Dragonsally said...

ah, well then. What do you recommend as a starting point to Lady Gaga?

At 19:41 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Ah crap...questions? I spent my lunch asking questions....ummmmm

harumph, I've got nuthin'.

At 19:45 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Video for Bad Romance works for me, Sally. It's pretty cool.

At 19:48 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Don't think my previous comment went through, so I'll skip to the question. Any especially bluesy songs you would recommend, that would give me an idea of her voice?

At 19:51 Blogger One Sock Short said...

If you find one kind of fish disappearing the most from the tank, will you avoid them because the swim too slowly, or get more because they apparently taste the best?

At 19:52 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Yup. Go find a vid or download an acoustic Poker Face. The Cherry Tree sessions one on Itunes rocks my world.

At 19:53 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Good question. We are starting with one kind of fish: Gold. If they get eaten, we will go for another kind: Bait.

At 19:53 Blogger vampi said...

fishies fishies
magic's swimming fishies
fishies fishies
eat them up, yum

At 19:55 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I've just decided to employ a variation of what Jess is doing. Instead of sitting on a heat pace I'm sitting on an ice-pack, and man is it good!

Mmmm, chilly butt.

At 19:55 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Not sure that was a question, Vampi, but I give you a point for art.

At 19:58 Blogger One Sock Short said...

How is Illicit Affair doing? Have you been able to visit him with all this bad weather?

At 19:58 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I ask for questions and I am hearing where your BUTTS are??????

At 19:59 Blogger vampi said...

oh question, speaking of art what has become of the ulleian(sp?) pipes?

is there bee maintenance to be had during these cold months, or just hope they keep themselves warm for spring?

do the bengals like snow, and do they get a walk when it's snowing? will magic or the royals ever be able to enjoy a nice leash walk like the ladies?

At 20:00 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I suppose we could make this really interesting and I could tell you I went to a shop today while Boss got a haircut called the "Smitten Kitten"

Didn't sell cat toys, if you get me here...

At 20:00 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Let me see, I'll ask some random question. Ever tried a foreign language other than French, and if so, did you like learning?

At 20:01 Blogger EmilyLady said...

I'm pretty sure none of us will object to hearing about the Smitten Kitten.

At 20:01 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Well,you know, we Fiends share.

Icepack is now on my back. As its 34C/93.2F inside, the ice is delish.

And yeah, how is Illicit Affair?

At 20:02 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh yes, tell us about the Smitten Kitten *grin*

At 20:03 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Okay, but first thought was "a haircut called 'smitten kitten'" Then I couldn't think again for a minute there.

At 20:03 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh Lord,I would ask.

OK: I suck at bagpipes. One either devotes ones life to it, or leaves it alone.

One keeps the snow away, put in moisture board and wraps the bees up snug. SOmetimes they come out. And die.

Mim wold go out no matter what. I don't think the others will get to go for leash walks, but it will be warm enough this week for me to open the Scream Porches, and I am going to let the ROyals out on Venus and Mim's, when they are not. There are 2 doors, one goes to the Royals stairs, one to the kitchen for Venus and Mim.

They can Scream Porch serially. They may get to the point where they are cool together, but I doubt it.

At 20:05 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

WHy is it our Teenager is the one who first pops up wanting to know about this Smitten Kitten?????

Tried Russian, Emily, some German, a bit of Gaelic, quite a bit of Swedish, almost spoke that one for a while there.

At 20:07 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

No, the haircut and the Smitten Kitten were separate events.

It's a really cool shop, run by women, so women can, uh Get things, and ask questions and not have to go to icky places.

At 20:08 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I hoe my horsie is good. It's been way too cold to go out to him. This week tho! MIGHT get to ride him!

At 20:09 Blogger Dragonsally said...

No matter how tempted I am, I will NOT ask if you bought anything.

At 20:10 Blogger vampi said...

I was right there with you OSS. so that's what he means by crazy hair...
smitten kitten sounds like a great store, what a cute name.

At 20:11 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

OF COURSE I did. A girl gets CURIOUS you know. And they were so nice and friendly about it.

At 20:17 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh look, they have a webpage
content warning

At 20:17 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Oh, how exciting that you might soon be able ride IA. So glad his back is getting better. Any further thoughts on his name?

At 20:22 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I can't believe someone in Australia just googled my Toy Store.

At 20:23 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

No more thoughts on his name. Bit of a dilemma. He is all better tho, which is good. So far I call him Loverboy.

At 20:24 Blogger Phiala said...

I too read it as smitten-kitten-haircut. Been a long day!

And I have no questions either.

At 20:25 Blogger Chantrelle said...

My goodness ladies, i leave you alone for 5 minutes, you get all nasty.

At 20:25 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Always loved this quote:

Horse, thou art truly a creature without equal, for thou fliest without wings and conquerest without sword. ~ The Koran

At 20:26 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Nasty? Surely not. It's purple, which is sweet.

At 20:26 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I'm just too curious for my own good Quiche. That and I love checking out online stores.

At 20:27 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Ooh, bad memories of purple w/ an ex. We don't need to go there either. Ex for a reason.

Why am i telling you this?

At 20:27 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Here's the full quote, I think:

When God created the horse, he said to the magnificent creature: I have made thee as no other. All the treasures of the earth shall lie between thy eyes. Thou shalt cast thy enemies between thy hooves, but thou shalt carry my friends upon they back. Thy saddle shall be the seat of prayers to me. And thou fly without any wings, and conquer without any sword. ~ The Koran

At 20:29 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Considering what I just let onto, why not, CHantrelle?

I am so going between quoting horses in the Koran and talking about...

Is this wrong?

At 20:30 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Not at all -its intriguing. BTW, the online store had an item named after me!

At 20:31 Blogger Ms T said...

There's an equivalent to the Smitten Kitten here too. Now why is it I can't remember the name, but I can remember where it is...?

At 20:31 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I do not want a Toy called Sally. Sorry.

At 20:32 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

There are a lot of Fiends really missing out here, I am thinking.

At 20:41 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Dragged away from this very interesting conversation by a game of electronic battleship w/ ben. Much safer ;)
I'll be back later for more seedy talk!

At 20:41 Blogger Ms T said...

Veering back onto discussion of Lady Gaga...Bad Romance was the one that got me hooked too. And I'm sure that has nothing to do some iffy choices during my misspent youth. They were character-building. :)

(Taking a break from work, because the stupid index keeps dropping a stupid sodding entry and I can't work out why. Gah!)

At 20:42 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I'd find it hard having a toy named Sally too - or any other person's name. I'd rather chose the name myself, after all.

At 20:43 Blogger Jess said...

Was gonna say, horses and purple, erm, devices in the same thread...

I have a question: why does The Water Street Inn keep emailing to tell me about special offers and exciting one-evening-only dinner packages the day before they happen? Listen: I live far, far away. I can't drop everything to get there tomorrow. It's like they're taunting me. It's not fair.

I'd say something about how my butt's still toasty, but the way this thread's heading, maybe I oughtn't.

At 20:47 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Bad Romance is really lovely, and I can hear it so many ways.

Mostly I think it is about love, and how when you love someone, you take all their bits, even the bad ones, and you want ALL of them.

Fine idea.

I love show me your teeth too, really tribal kind of music. And Starstruck. ANd Paparazzi. She's got a lot going on for someone so young, REALLY want to see where she goes.

One thing I would say, is she does need to learn how to work a new audience, and a bigger one.,. It's very different than a bar, or small crowd. Learned that opening for Puke and SNot, you can't handle it the same way, and she doesn't quite have that yet, on this first tour.

"HEY MOTHERFUCKER BITCHES!" May translate to "Hello dear friends, I love you, thank you for coming" in a drag club in NY, but the translation is lost on a midwestern audience of mostly girls.

In a bar, you can play to each person. In a huge crowd, you play to a crowd. She is young, she will get it.

At 20:47 Blogger Jess said...

Also, I think that "Purple Sally" should be our euphemism of choice from now on.

At 20:47 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Meanwhile, I have been hearing and obeying, and have just listened to a sample of LG's accoustic songs. Yes, yes indeed. She can sing. Not sure I'd get into having her CDs, but I can see how that would have been one amazing concert.

At 20:49 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Good point Jess. I will mention that...

At 20:52 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

One thing I think on Gaga is that it would have been far better for her to have been hungry for a few years, done some small budget tours, come up a bit more slowly, in a lot of ways, she is still figuring it all out.

SHe has a lot of talent, a lot of ideas and a creative team around her, but perhaps not a lot of people who know what they are doing talking sense.

She will learn.

At 20:56 Blogger Ms T said...

I also love that Lady Gaga puts so much effort into her staging and costume. And yet I don't feel the same about Madonna. Maybe it's because it's feels like Lady G uses her dress and showmanship to connect with her fans, while Ms M. seems more distant.

But then again, I could just be talking through a hole in my head. :)

I get what you mean about connecting with a larger audience, Lorraine. I think My Chemical Romance had a similar thing going on when they played an arena here.

And now I must beat that index into submission...

P.S. I think the local equivalent of Smitten Kitten as purple carpet on the floor, but that was from its days as your average pharmacy.

At 21:02 Blogger Jess said...

For a minute there I thought you meant either purple sallies, or my toasty butt, or worse, both. And I was all, mention it to whom?!

My impression of her is that there's a great talent there which has been massively over-produced, at least in the studio. I think I could get into her if it were all that stripped-down sound of her acoustic performances; she's really something else there. But the stuff they play on the radio: meh. Dance pop just doesn't do anything for me.

At 21:03 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Lady Gaga REALLY has the fan thing going on, she truly loves her fans, her little monsters. She talks more about them than anything else.

She is also doing serious work for homeless kids, especially gay and transgendered ones. People who volunteer at shelters get tickets to her shows, and she is matching donations just now.

At 21:09 Blogger Ms T said...

Just musing (yep, and procrastinating) - if you're into Lady Gaga's sound, you might like Roisin Murphy/Moloko too.

And I think it's so cool when artists involve themselves in the community rather than distancing and staying on the pedastal they sometimes get plonked on (by us; by the industry; by whomever).

At 21:39 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I love the Smitten Kitten!!!!! Although, I've never actually been inside... >.>

I think Bitch and/ or Bust magazines have carried ads for it for a long time.

Ummm... I think I had lots to say and maybe ask. Now I can't remember any of it...

Oh yes! I will not be able to make it to the birthday party, due to having no monies and just moving. But, if you ever want to come visit Chez Serious Black in New Orleans, you are on the list! Also, this invite is probably extended to most of the fiends who are not stalkers and/ or serial murderers.

At 21:43 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Really, really love New Orleans. MAy take you up on that, Wendy. Haven't been since Maddy was a baby.

The second Flash Girls cd, Maurice and I, came out of that visit to New Orleans. The title, and cover art were all from it, and the story behind it.

Maurice was an alligator head that Boss bought me. Still have it.

At 21:55 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I like Lady Gaga's music videos. I like getting the whole experience, as opposed to just listening to her music. I also love the work she does for the GLBT community.

You should definitely come out! I love New Orleans about 50,000 times more now that I live here.

And, in Florida I bought an alligator hand at a truck stop and immediately put it on my rearview mirror as a type of totem. My ex thought it would be funny to put a clove cigarette butt in between its little fingers, which I thought was distasteful and disrespectful. He was also prone to bursts of violence. My little totem was in charge of protecting the car, and once my ex got mad and started hitting the dashboard and I think even broke the overhead light. My little alligator hand popped up and the little thumb finger stabbed him in the forehead. Even though it wasn't sharp at all, it sliced open his forehead and left a scar. It made me feel quite smug. Little alligator hand is still in my car.

At 21:57 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Will come. New Orleans is like, in my backyard. Easy trip.

Loved that story! Too true and fitting..

At 22:00 Blogger Na said...

*g* I love that one can now buy vegan and eco- Toys.

At 22:03 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Na, you are coming late to this, you are supposed to ask me a question...

(Totally have had a long weekend, which tho fun was long, followed by a 14 hour work day of intense-ness. Need some relax and you Fiends are IT)

At 22:08 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I'm a euphemism?????

Wendy, that is the best story...hahaha sucker to him!

At 22:09 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I have a serious question for you.

Can I please have some of your snow?

Also Aline needs some.

At 22:10 Blogger Ms T said...

Why is that I have Regina Spektor's Apres Moi song stuck in my head, when I returned the CD to the library last week?

(Hey, you said you wanted questions!)

At 22:12 Blogger Ms T said...

Sally and Wendy, I was also going to say that I think I would love New Orleans, but the finances will probably only get me across the ditch to Australia (room for one more Kiwi over there?). Although I might wait until it cools down a bit before attempting that trip!

At 22:13 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Earworms have no answer, sorry Mrs T. Try listening to Cheap Trick, once you have I want you to want me in your head, nothing else can get in.

Sally, I do not ship snow.

I once did have a friend at DC Comics who would fed ex me sandwiches from Stage Deli tho. Kid you not. They came thru fine overnight.

At 22:18 Blogger Precision said...

Oh dear me. Can't leave you alone for 5 minutes... hehehe

I love Bad Romance, I loved it instantly, the first time I heard it on the radio.
As an old fogie, i too cannot cope with the loudness of concerts but love going to small, intimate gigs where something acoustic may be playing.

D'you know, I think I had the name for Illicit Affair at one point but then thought, nah, Q will figure it out herself. Now can't remember what it was.

Looking forward to Magic blog tomorrow.

My pink rabbit says hi.

;)

At 22:20 Blogger Na said...

Oh ho. I see, yes. (Was reading in email, slooowly catching up.)

When the light turns green you go.
When the light turns red you stop.
But what do you do
When the light turns blue
With orange and lavender spots?


(Shel Silverstein)

At 22:21 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Another lovely horse quote:

A pony is a childhood dream, a horse is an adulthood treasure. ~ Rebecca Carrol

At 22:24 Blogger Na said...

Found Bad Romance video through Gaga links earlier today. Also her appearance on "Ellen." The nearly-5 year-old monstress watched some (carefully selected) with me and said,

"Lady Gaga is beautiful."

and

"I want clothes like Lady Gaga's, Mama."

I told her she needed to grow a bit first, and learn how to sew.


Wendy - poetic justice!

At 22:26 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

There is always room for another Kiwi!!!!

Oo Oo OO!!! I have a question! What is the best movie/ book/ music you discovered last year?

At 22:27 Blogger Precision said...

Oh crumbs, I forgot to ask a Question!


Question: What happened to that kitty from the tree?

At 22:32 Blogger AletaMay said...

Wow. Stopped by to catch up in the comments and got... distracted by a certain link.

Ummm question. Hmmm.

Having set aside the pipes what other instrument might you want to learn next?

At 22:37 Blogger El said...

Oh Gaga!fiends. I have a gift for you.


http://raraahahahromaromamagagaoohlala.com/


Thank you and goodnight.

At 22:57 Blogger Ms T said...

Hmmm...let's see

Movie of 2009:
Aethetically and for the stories - Coraline & Ponyo
Loved (most of) the characters
- An Education
Couldn't say it was a film I enjoyed but it certainly stayed with me - Hunger
(Don't make me choose one!)

Music: Florence + The Machine (still playing that sucker to death - my neighbours must be so glad I have headphones)
AFP beat out Leonard Cohen for the best live gig.

Art: Yayoi Kusama's installations at the City Art Gallery (Just squeaks into 2009 because I saw them on 31 December.)

Still pondering on the book of the year.

At 23:02 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ok...

Keri Arthur, the Riley Jenson series, GREAT TV books, plane books, lovely romps. Start at #1 and go on, that's the best books, no deep and meaningful here.

Haven't seen the cat in the tree since tho we do have food and water out for it...

I want to learn to play piano/organ/harpsichord. It bothers me that I can't.

I sometimes sit at my organ and make horrible noises on it at night, pretending I know how to play. Drives the Bengals insane, no sense of drama them. But I have fun...

At 23:11 Blogger AletaMay said...

I would love love love to play the harpsichord!

At 23:23 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I'd love to play harp.

At 23:38 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Getting pretty sleepy and I know tomorrow is going to be a DAY......thinking I am going to sleep now.

But I do love you. One should always go to sleep saying that, so to you....

Good Night.

At 23:40 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

It must be comforting knowing you are loved by a gaggle of fiends roaming the earth in white buckled jackets.

Or, maybe not so reassuring... :/

Good night!!!

At 23:50 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Sleep well our Leader.

At 23:55 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Sleep well my darling. I won't ask if purple is joining you.

I'm off to bed as well.

Night fiends!

At 01:49 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

hah!

Loverboy.

I knew it!! :) (you have to go most of the way down the page, tho...)

<3 you....

Sorry to hear about the uillean pipes. Every tour to Iraq, kept telling myself that was the project I needed to take up. Still on the someday list (since all my previous instruments are pipe and finger related)
But you're surely right--they are a lifetime commitment.

At 01:54 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

ps..

Did some questsurfing for you, and found several online organ and piano lesson opportunities. The oddest thing, tho, is that the ones that look the best are from places called "secretministries" and "learnjazzgospels". Interesting, what?

At 06:54 Blogger EmilyLady said...

I wake up to 129 comments.

Today is the day William and I read the last of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. After we are done, he plans to read them again. It's nice ... I think William is finally realizing that the world is full of awesome books. This is the first time he's gone, "NO NO DON'T STOP READING TO ME YOU CAN'T GET LUNCH YOU HAVE TO READ."

At 07:09 Blogger Precision Grace said...

Aww that's so sweet. Mother made me learn to read that way - she just refused to read me any more and said, learn to read then you can read it to yourself. Krafty.

At 08:46 Blogger Rick W said...

(here's hoping I'm showing up as Rick not Richard *crosses fingers*)

Girls get cool trendy places and cool sexy toys. Our stuff is...creepy. Wonder what the equivalent would be...The Jolly Roger? The Pleased Weasel? Hmm.

Here's a question: How come, after having bought ink for my printer at least a YEAR ahead of time and coming across the cartridges every time I search for something else, the very moment I actually need ink...it's gone. I have no idea where it is.

Also, good morning fiends. I've been creatively unproductive; haven't drawn or written. Designing poop. Sleepy.

At 08:48 Blogger Rick W said...

Sweet! I'm Rick again. I guess I should change it to "HOTY" just so you know who this loser is that keeps showing up, but I can't bring myself to do it. hotty, indeed.

At 09:50 Blogger Jess said...

I have I Want You to Want Me stuck in my head, and I know who to blame. Curse you, Quiche!

*shakes fist at sky*

We're dangerously close to employing the Rick Astley option, here. It's the only other song which automatically dislodges any other song. (And there it goes. Crap.)

Trouble is, Rick (and I mean Rick W. and not Rick Astley), if I come on here and say Hey, Hoty whenever you show up, my husband might get upset. He wouldn't threaten fisticuffs, but he might resort to sarcasm, or puns.

At 10:12 Blogger Rick W said...

Hehe, I shall then have to establish myself as Rick (or the geek formerly known as HOTY).

I pronounce it "Hooty", btw. It's the only way I can sleep at night.

Actually, I find the opposite is true as far as brain-splinter exorcism. I put the offending song on repeat, sing along, learn all the words, LIVE THE SONG...then I get so tired of it I can't stand to even think about it.

NB: This only works if the song does NOT have the power to eat your brain meats. It can be very dangerous with something like...The Bird is the Word or the theme from the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.

At 10:27 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

HOTY! Well, Rick, I guess we should not call you HOTY, we can get used to Rick, and we are very glad you are here. We need more boys! It's not just a girls club.

There were couples in the Smitten Kitten yesterday, so guys, if they are cool and secure, can go there too. It shouldn't be sleazy for anyone, I say.

Sorry about the earworms, Fiends...

At 11:14 Blogger vampi said...

hahahaha pleased weasel hahahahahahahahaha Love it! good one Rick.

At 11:16 Blogger louisa said...

Hello! ::waves:: way behind on comments, will catch up tonight I hope, it's a dirty, sleety evening so sitting in by the fire is most appealing. I see mention of Smitten Kittens? The gentler cousins of the Smite Cat.

Think Fiends will like this art using books as the canvas. Reminds me of something but can't quite put my finger on what - not exactly Gorey, not exactly Dave McKean.... [scratches brain] There's one of Miniature Horses (Sally!) and one called Secrecy of Catwalking

At 11:16 Blogger Rick W said...

*bow*

At 11:46 Blogger DataGoddess said...

I will deny (until I crack up) that when Ticia mentioned she was going to Berkley recently I asked her to get me something at Good Vibrations.

It was pink. It had ears.

Rick, we're mostly geeks here, of various arenas of geekitude, so HOTY probably still applies ;-)

At 12:26 Blogger Precision said...

Questions...

I also want to know what questions Maddy asked at the concert :)

At 12:42 Blogger Cecily said...

GAH! So much to read and no time to do so. I am a sad Fiend to have missed out on some Q&A. I wanted to contribute my two cents, but I forgot what I was going to say by the time I hit comment 90something and then I gave up. I am sick still and going to sleep.

The concert looks awesome. So glad you had great time. You lead a wicked awesome life. \m/

Still want to hear about the *other* questions though. ;-)

At 13:20 Blogger Rick W said...

If I'm to be marked a 'hoty', then so be it. Others shall hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that posted here with us, regarding the smitten kitten...to paraphrase the Bard.

At 15:18 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

we few, we (slap)happy few, we band of FIENDS!!

At 17:30 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh Louisa, cool pics. I'll pass the miniature horses one on to Tanya, she'll love it too.

My AFP tickets arrived in the mail today. So excited.

*waves* hi Rick.

At 20:49 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Cold Pt.2 laid me low today. I had to stay at home and sleep all day. Seriously, I woke up around 4pm. Then laundry, so I have clothes to pack, and, oh Fods! I am so not ready for this trip to Boston.

At 20:50 Blogger Siri said...

Hurray for the tickets, Sally - hope the cool comes soonest, too!

At 21:05 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I know some Tweeple were worried about my financial aid situation. I have it posted on my LJ.

I'm trying really hard to use Quiche's lessons on interpersonal skills when dealing with frustrating people. :(

At 21:27 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

TOTALLY off topic...but the news kinda stunned me, so I had to share. Have y'all heard this?

Google may pull out of China, reported by BBC.

Elsewise--yay,DSally!! You should introduce your purple namesake to AFP when she comes to town. Somehow I think she would appreciate the connection :)

Wendy--much wishes for better fortune in dealing w/school related bureaucracy to you. I *know* what that is like...you have my utmost sympathy.

Hope you feel better soon, OSS

At 22:31 Blogger vampi said...

Rick, wear the HOTY title with pride.

Wends, fingers crossed the situation works out quickly.

i am exhausted. long day taking boy to long beach aquarium for birthday shenanigans. Thanks to all for the birthday wishes, he was smiling all day as i showed him the wishes.

At 08:43 OpenID MrBillyBones said...

Who dances better? Lady Gaga or the skeleton on the spoon?

At 08:48 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Greetings from cold and snowy Holland!
Minus 6 (celsius, mind so still in the positives F-wise) and snow. And wind chill, because Holland would not be Holland without wind. Wheeeaaargh.

Good thing is that I get to see a lot of old friends.

At 08:53 Blogger Madeleine Bouquet said...

Wow. I spent yesterday on the couch with my sore back(not sure what I did to it), and look at all the fun I missed here!

Q, to answer your question to me, I live around Dayton, OH. I usually have to go to Columbus, or, Cincinnati for concerts.

Ah, I'm still laughing over "The Jolly Roger" and "The Pleased Weasel." Good stuff.

At 09:18 Blogger Hellie said...

Wrap up warm Nathalie! It's relatively balmy here after the -12c of last week - only 0 degrees today, and it's been snowing steadily over Manchester all morning.

All the horsey quotes made me remember one you might like, Lorraine:
She was iron-sinewed and satin-skinned, Ribbed like a drum and limbed like a deer, Fierce as the fire and fleet as the wind,
There was nothing she couldn't climb or clear


It was quoted in a storybook (i think it was something by Enid Blyton!) that I read when I was about 8 or 9, and it lodged itself in my head! Can't remember what I did yesterday, but I still remember those lines of poetry! Weird how the brain works.

Just googled it and found the whole poem, it's called the The Romance of Britomarte

At 10:01 Blogger Jess said...

Lys - I saw that last night. Good for Google! At last, someone stands up and actually says something! About time.

I haven't suggested any horse quotes because all that comes to me is A horse is a horse, of course, of course/ And no one can talk to a horse of course/ That is, of course, unless the horse/ is the famous Mr. Ed. Which isn't quite what we're after, I should think.

A few people have been emailing me to say that they're thinking of doing something for Night Garden based on one of the pieces that are already up. This is exciting to me. I think we're going to see some very cool stuff. :)

At 11:06 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Panic!!!!

Run in circles!!!!

Okay, got that out of my system for now.

At 11:10 Blogger Hellie said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Just thought I'd join in with OSS. Everything ok?

At 11:16 Blogger Phiala said...

Oh yes, definite panic.

It shouldn't cause panic to discover that Monday is a holiday, should it? And yet...

At 11:29 Blogger Jess said...

Monday's a holiday? Oh! Of course it is.

Panic!! You're telling me: I've got a writing workshop starting up tomorrow, and I have no idea yet what I'm going to say. We've got two stories to critique, so that'll suck up an hour, but there needs to be a handout, and a schedule, and I have to find out where the books are, and there are comments to write up...

...so what am I doing? Emailing people about Night Garden. Prioritize much, Jess? Aagh.

At 11:32 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Sounds more like procrastination in the act...

At 11:39 Blogger Arwenn said...

Procrastination:
Prioritization gone
just a bit awry?

At 11:52 Blogger Jess said...

I'd get right on that
procrastination thing, but
maybe I should wait.

At 12:13 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Ahh, it rained yesterday. Everything is clean and fresh. It is supposed to rain more but at the moment things are just sunny and sparkly.

I had a lovely, unproductive birthday. Odd, those weekday birthdays. Hubby was at work (not a great day with google coming out about china, etc) and Ben was at school. I transcribed some of my interview w/ Kim Boekbinder and then read a bunch of Harry Potter Book 4. It's much more fun to read outloud to ben but i have to read ahead to make sure they don't get to scary or freaky for him.

And not to start rumours but did everyone see this picture of AFP posted on twitter by Boss?

At 12:17 Blogger vampi said...

i saw it, i smiled.

At 12:25 Blogger DataGoddess said...

Robyn, I saw AFP tweet this on New Year's Day, but it seemed to be just a silly comment. After seeing that picture, hmmm...

At 12:31 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Yep, i saw that too. Hubby and I were discussing how awesome they are together the other day. Either of them would be hard to be in a relationship with. Between travel time, tour time, creative/writing time. I couldn't do it. I did however point out that I would be able to live in Neil's house but only if it's transported here ;-)

They are the cutest.

At 14:27 Blogger louisa said...

The only horse reference I ever think of is Father Ted. Which is now firmly stuck swirling 'round my brain. my lovely [pause] horse, running through the [pause] field....

At 14:58 Blogger Rick W said...

I'm proud to say I got to meet AFP years ago when the Dolls did a charity gig in Lexington MA. Signed a CD for me. Lovely lass, that.

At 15:37 Blogger Phiala said...

Damn. A friend was diagnosed with breast cancer on Dec 27, and is believed to have about three weeks. She always was the efficient type.

If you've always meant to get to know someone better, there's no better time than now.

At 15:40 Blogger Marjorie said...

Oh Crap. That's the worst news, and the worst timing, Phiala. (and good advice)

At 15:41 Blogger Ms T said...

I was going to post about any number of things, but I was distracted by various AFP/Boss twitterings. Awww...sweet! :)

And Phiala, I'm so sorry about your friend. Thank you for your wise words.

At 15:41 Blogger One Sock Short said...

What a shock to everyone concerned. Not much to say except, except what? Such a short notice is dumbfounding. {{{Phiala & Friend}}}

At 15:46 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Oh Phiala! No words...hugs to you and her and family and friends.

At 16:03 Blogger Jess said...

Oh, my god. I'm so sorry, Phiala.

At 16:17 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh Phiala, that is hard. Thinking of all affected, and hugs to you.

And now, I must look at the Twitter stuff.

At 21:27 Blogger AletaMay said...

So sorry Phiala. Also a very good reminder.

Learned some stuff at a workshop today. I like it when these sorts of work things are actually useful.

Hey -- writers -- this month Crossed Genres is taking steampunk submissions. Some of you might be interested.

Work to be done. Later Fiends!

At 22:17 Blogger Jane said...

Phiala, I'm so sorry. We're never ready to hear such news. Maybe we should all take your advice not put things off.

At 22:24 Blogger vampi said...

oh Phiala much hugs and good thoughts for you and your friend.

At 09:21 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I got more good news and bad news about my financial aid today.

PFFFTTTTT.

It's up on my LJ.

Now I'm going to go find a job.

At 10:34 Blogger dabbler said...

Phiala, Much hugs for you and your friend.

And Wendy, hang in there...scary for sure, but you've got possibilities.... trust!

At 11:21 Blogger Phiala said...

Thanks all. It's just so sudden and scary. I feel just awful for her and her family and close friends.

At 15:20 Blogger vampi said...

thought ya'll might get a kick out of this dickens or romance novel character quiz. a little more highbrow than a cosmo quiz...

At 15:52 Blogger Madeleine Bouquet said...

Phiala, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I went through something similar with my grandmother a few years ago where it was sudden like that.

vampi, fun quiz! I only got 13 of them right, though. I'm afraid I've not read a lot of Dickens novels.

At 15:59 Blogger Marjorie said...

Vampi, that is fun! I got 14, but would have to admit there was a big pinch of guesswork in there, I've only actually *read* 3 ot 4 Dickens, although I've seen a couple more on TV.

At 16:05 Blogger vampi said...

i forgot to post my score, which was 8, because i don't exactly like dickens. he lost me at mrs haversham.

At 16:08 Blogger Marjorie said...

We had 'Oliver Twist' as a set book at school, which almost put me off for life, then later I read 'A Tale of Two Cities' and 'A Christmsa Carol' and decided he wasn't *all* bad. I've never read David Copperfield, but did read 'Bleak House' last year, keeping about 1 chapter ahead of the TV adaptation...

At 16:14 Blogger Dragonsally said...

16 out of 20, but I do love me some Dickens.
Good quiz. We need more like that.

At 16:24 Blogger Ms T said...

I managed to get 15 out of 20 - and that was definitely down to guesswork since I've read sod-all of Dickens' work.

At 16:52 Blogger vampi said...

you know, i did like oliver twist and a christmas story. it was great expectations that really killed it for me. the whole analyzing every thing in class. it didn't help that i read the whole thing ahead of class, and the teacher yelled at me for reading ahead. that really soured a lot of things for me. i was a reader, why yell at a child for reading.

At 17:05 Blogger Dragonsally said...

What a terrible teacher Vampi, that is ludicrous. I studied most of Dickens books over my English Lit degree, but still love them. Mind you, I had to wait a decade or so after all that close analysis to be able to just enjoy them. Same thing with Austen and DH Lawrence.

At 17:16 Blogger vampi said...

yeah, i had quite a few english teachers in the "bad teacher hall of fame" and not just because i didn't like english. i had another one who frequently told us stories about his life, like how to make dandelion wine, with the recipe up on the board, or the time he was trimming branches on a step ladder with no spotter and a chain saw. It wasn't all doom and gloom, but the bad teachers were early in my school career and by the time i got to the good teachers, i'd already convinced myself i suck at writing and like numbers better. i discovered jane austin long after high school and do somewhat enjoy those stories, although sometimes the language makes them slow reads.

At 20:55 Blogger Siri said...

Oh, well, Mental Floss, of course. I love that mag. Read it on the treadmill and the minutes fly by...

13 out of 20. Not bad!

At 21:26 Blogger ariandalen said...

So sorry to hear about your friend, Phiala. I know what a shock such news is. {{Phiala}}

I only scored 6 out of 20 on the Dickens/Romance quiz. Not surprising as the only Dickens I've actually read was "A Christmas Carol," and I've never read the usual Romance novel.

At 21:32 Blogger Beez said...

*blinks*

I....don't think I can catch up here. Jeez Louise.

Smitten Kitten (been there), Koran horse quotes, butts....

I have some reading to do. Twitter just ain't cutting it for Fiendage.

Phiala- I am so sorry. (((hugs)))

At 09:17 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning all! Goodness I am behind on things! Must catch up, and do you a new post, I believe I promised you Magic and his fishies, didn't I????

Tonight, for certain, once I am home from work...

At 09:26 Blogger Arwenn said...

Magic and His Fishies sounds like a cool band name.

At 10:50 Blogger Rick W said...

Mornin' everybody. Wasting away at work, counting down to a mini vacation this weekend. Going to tour the Magic Hat brewery!

...Ok either something in this office doesn't smell right or *I* don't.

At 11:03 Blogger Jess said...

Buh. I just tried to post a comment through my email. I'm not sure that works. I wonder who I wrote to.

Oh well. Try again:

There's a bar near here which has Magic Hat beer specials on Mondays, but I've never tried any of them. Am I missing out?

I'm a Great Lakes Brewery girl, m'self. Their one-off seasonals are always really good.

Hmm. Smitten kittens, Koran horse butts, beer. Yup, we're on Quiche's blog, all right.

At 11:40 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Greetings from Boston. I'm busy stuffing my head full of things I don't understand. Yet. I'm at a one-day workshop on mashups and APIs for library data. I'm in even further over my head than I thought I would be. But it's giving me some context, so I know what I need to learn.

Won't see much of Boston this trip. I technically had half a day free yesterday, but after getting up at 3am, then flying here, a nap seemed more appealing than sightseeing.

Tomorrow, if all goes well, I get to meet another Fiend. Woot!

At 12:31 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I feel optimistic today!!!!!

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