Posts Tagged ‘video’

in whence there was much face rocking…

9 December 2008

I cannot say it enough: Mucca Pazza never fails to deliver.
They’re like the anti-fail… which for a large group of nerds is always an achievement.

Anyway, their show at the Bottom Lounge was amazing.  There was a really great crowd — a lot of people dancing and everyone was just having a good time.  As per usual with MP concerts, I squirmed my way towards the front, landing myself about 4 people back.  Close enough to see everything, but out of range to get hit by the band (which really, I’ve been right up on the stage before, and it’s still just as awesome there).  I don’t think you really can pick a bad spot in the crowd at a MP concert.. however, if you want to dance around you should really be up front.  That’s were the rest of us who love to dance around will be.

If you’ve never been to a MP show before, I highly suggest checking them out.  You can search youtube all you want, but you really won’t get a true feeling for them until you’ve seen them live.  I have yet to go to a live show as fun as one of theirs.   They’re great musicians, entertainers, and all-around great folk (as I’ve mentioned numerous times).  I mean, I still turn into a little fan girl at the shows.  So when they were marching in, and Mark put his hand on my head I seriously giggled with joy.  Hang around after the show and you’ll get a chance to chat with them — it was through doing that I was able to get to know a few of the members and then get involved in the reading band.  (Which reading band is happening tonight: more info at Mucca’s site; notice the circular reference back to Wench there.)

As always, I tried to drag a lot of people to the show… I got Jason to come out with me, and he brought his friend Scott… (We showed up early enough to have some pre-Mucca drinks… which I will say, coming in from outside, a shot of whiskey really does it.)   And since Sara was filming for Venus, Adam and Dan showed up too.  Dan, being Dan, was picked out to do a little solo on Moriya with student conductor Jeffrey Thomas (always a great song/performance).  Dan tends to get soloed out in a crowd.  It’s his nature.

Anyway.   It was an amazing show and I’m looking forward to Reading Band tonight — from the email list it should be a good turn out.  If you’re interested in joining, either contact Mark via the methods on MP’s site or leave a comment here with your email (all comments are monitored, so I’ll edit out your email before it posts if you’ve got more to say).

And now to leave you with some goodies!  Videos from the concert — a little bit from K12 and a full ensemble of one of my favorite songs (hell, I guess I love them all… but this one is quite enjoyable).

Mucca Pazza/K12 - The Centennial

Mucca Pazza - Peace Meal

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kitten comfort

5 December 2008

Last night I went home, and I don’t know if maybe my anti-anxiety meds wore off or something, but I just wasn’t in the best of moods.

We’re lacking antennae to watch basics in our apartment (they’re upstairs at jrosei & libby’s — though they belong to my roommate)… and we’re currently lacking internet until the 9th (had to switch from Mennogirl to Libby)… so that leaves these options: movies, reading, cleaning, or games.  Or the other option of just sleeping all evening until you finally decide to actually go to bed.

So, I curled up on the couch and had a minor little pity party for myself.  I had gotten it in my head that I had/have absolutely no chance with this really hot guy I like, and on top of that the last string of rejections had more to do with me then the guy or the situation.  So I buried myself under my blankets.

And as to be expected, my kittens have a fascination with many things, one of them being tunnelling under blankets.  So first Kaija joined me, climbed across my legs then over my back and then cuddled in by my belly.  Soon Tuija was in there too, and it was a little kitty spoonfest.  So we all cuddled and the kittens nuzzled me and each other.. purring loudly…   It wasn’t long before I relaxed and decided not to care about my lack of a chance or my singleness.

I don’t know.  I feel like I might be getting mixed signals from said attractive male (whom I may or may not have a chance with)… Maybe he’s flirting, maybe he’s just joking around as a friend… I don’t know.   Maybe I’m just dense, like many people in these situations, and need something a bit more obvious… Like “Hey, you’re cute.  I like you.  Let’s go out some time.”  Or the ever popular slightly random make-out sessions… Or if you still want to be subtle, physical touch isn’t always a bad thing — a quick back rub or pat that maybe lingers, a little squeeze on the arm, holding hands even…. hell, just smiling, making eye contact and maybe a little flirty wink or something… I don’t know.  But at this point I’m confused.

At least I have my kittens to come home to and cuddle with.
and they’re damn cute.  (just like me)

kaija v. the sink - round 1 take 2

shake your booty

27 November 2008

Lil G Shake Your Butt!

From Matt & Kiley’s wedding. 11.15.08

Told you my niece was amazing.

but it’s very nice…

24 November 2008

I enjoy kissing.  It is indeed very nice.  Well… I have had bad kisses, but that’s not the topic of this discussion.

I have occasionally found myself in situations where I don’t really know what the kiss means.  It’s the whole “what happens next” issue.  I mean, you’re hanging out with someone, you’re having fun, you make out a bit… and then what?  Does this give you the access for more making out later?  Or is it a “we’re just having a bit of fun thing”?  … Or do you want to continue the physical bits?  I enjoy kissing, but some situations can be a bit ambiguous.

I mean, sometimes all you want to do is just have someone to make out with for a bit.  I definitely know a couple of guys where we like making out, but we don’t expect any sort of relationship to come out of it or anything.  It takes a bit of figuring things out to get to that stage though — there has to be understanding on both sides.. and well, it’s easy for things to get fuzzy.  But there’s also the times when it just sort of happens… Where kissing is sort of an appropriate response to the situation.  What the hell do you do after that?   This could lead to a relationship, a definite sign that the parties are interested… Or it could just be a “moment” thing, and once it’s done it’s done (even if there is mild interest between the parties).  And there’s the times when you’re drunk.  I will definitely admit that I tend to get a bit more flirty and personable when I’m drunk.  And this has lead to more than one make out sessions.

I don’t like leading people on, or being led on myself… but making out is just fun.  And I have been in the position where I didn’t want anything else afterward but the other person did…  It is indeed awkward.  But the period of time after making out with someone.. when you’re trying to figure things out, read into the situation.. it can definitely be frustrating.

Anybody have any suggestions for this post-kiss confusion?  Or any great kissing anecdotes?  Kiss and tell.

a kiss is not a contract - flight of the conchords

it sucks to be me.

18 November 2008

It Sucks to Be Me - Avenue Q

Actually, it doesn’t.  But I’m currently not doing so well.  My boss has actually given me permission to go home if needed.  But I’m going to attempt to stick it out if I can.  (I’m still out of sick days.)

The short of it is that I feel that I am verging on a nervous break down, an anxiety attack.  I was tittering on tears within 30 minutes of arriving to work.  Not really an emotional/mental state I like to be in.  If I felt that being at home could some how help me resolve this, I’d be there.  Especially since I don’t think I’ll be very productive here, which has been a sad new trend this past month.

I’m not really quite sure what’s the root of all of this either.  I don’t feel like there’s anything in my life right now that would warrant this sort of stress.  It’s just there.  Which makes me wonder if there’s some sort of chemical/nutrient that I’m low on… specifically B12.  I’ve mention it before, but I’m fairly convinced that I have a B12 deficiency.  It’s in my family, and I’ve showed symptoms for years.

I feel that I should see my doctor… I just don’t know how to approach it.  There’s the anxiety, the tiredness, the dizziness (which could just be my vertigo), lightheadedness, feeling weak, and yeah, I’m sort of feeling emotionally down… but not depressed… I don’t know.. I’m still able to be happy too.  But I just get in these little funks.  … Also, the thing I dislike admitting… I’m sort of seeing things.  Mostly out of the corner of my eye, something that’s not in focus, but I think I see something (when I was driving I thought I saw a large fake tan cow by the road — up about a quarter of a mile).. and then when I go to actually look at it, it’s not there.  This is definitely troubling to me.  And embarrassing.

I’ve also realized that I really need to be proactive in taking care of myself.  I want to feel healthy.  I’m thinking of join the gym with my coworkers, Meaghan & Dani — or maybe finding another place to join with someone or to do a program at home or something.  I want to start attending Meeting for Worship again.  There’s a meeting close to me that I’ve attended in the past, but I haven’t been to since May… and a group of them also meet with some Friends in the city on Wednesdays — so I might join that.  I’d like to join a meeting with a good number of young adult Friends, but I’m not sure if there really are that many in the area.

Anyway.  I also want to eat better.  Probably try to remove a lot of the processed things.  I should also look at meats and/or meat alternatives.  We talk about GIGO at work, and have even discussed it in terms of dietary preferences and choices.  Any small steps I can take at getting better is a good move in my eyes.

further proof that nerds are sexy (part 2)

10 November 2008

Okay.  So here are some videos from the MC Frontalot concert….

Floating Bridge - MC Frontalot

where rini gets attacked by drunks


So I was trying to film another song… got distracted by the drunks for a bit at first… and then knocked over by them… this is why I wanted that damn nerf bat.

MC Frontalot partial video with YT Cracker and MC Lars


I started this midsong.. and then ran out of space on my memory card…. But it’s worth it just to watch MC Frontalot dance…

have fork will… eat?

7 November 2008

my friend Eric made a fork…. and well, you know me, easily amused.

what goes best with a cup of noodles

You can also find it on this blog. (which is where I found it, thanks to Eric)

you should buy me a wii (part 2)

7 November 2008

Video Double Feature.

Guitar Hero v Air Guitar Hero

2 Girls 1 Guitar


Sorry this one’s so short… my memory card ran out of space.

they offered me the buddha…

28 October 2008

But I offer you this…


They Didn't Offer Me You - The Nobodys.

Yes! Not-so-classic 80s new wave.  The Nobodys.

Why am I so attached to this video, nay, this band?
Simple.  See that tall lanky guy playing that pretty awesome upright bass?  Yeah.  That’s my uncle.
Back when I was just coming into this world, he was just getting a bit of recognition in the music world.  The Nobodys had one album — which I own (on cd and vinyl).   It has hits like “I Scratch”, “Just One of Your Legs”, and “I Am Helpless Without My Computers”…  Their hit “No Guarantees” was featured on Miami Vice and in the movie First Born.  .. I also have the December 1984 issue of Seventeen Magazine… and yep, they’re in there too.

My uncle now focuses on work, still lives out in California… and plays a lot of bluegrass (he’s an amazing muscian, and mostly playing mandolin right now)…

Anyway.  Happy Tuesday.

i’ve been needing to get a unitard… (see also: tribute 10.15.08)

15 October 2008

Last night, Weiss and I kept up with one of our favorite Second City traditions…
We saw Casiotone for the Painfully Alone perform.

This was my 3rd concert, Weiss’ 4th. (I was out of town or something for one of them…)

smoked beer

smoked beer

The night was really great.  We met up early for dinner at Piece, and decided that we could actually finish off a medium pizza (which we did).  I got a beer that Adam had introduced me to on Friday (also at Piece).  Our waiter described it as “a campfire in a bottle”, it’s also been described as “liquid bacon”… it’s a smoked beer, absolutely amazing, but I can’t finish a whole bottle.

Because we met up two hours before the show started, Weiss and I had time to discuss a whole array of topics.  One of which being this upcoming holiday and my lacking of costume.  We decided to think of “Sexy _____”… but not your standard ones (anyone can do “Sexy Nurse”, “Sexy Cop”, “Sexy Witch”, and even “Sexy Hobo”).  The list will eventually be on Shoup.  But I think I’ve got my costume picked out… I just need to make some purchases.

Anyway, we eventually left Piece and headed over to the Bottle to see CFTPA.  Apparently Weiss and I are showing our age — or rather, someone else’s, because being out late like that should have been natural for 20-somethings.  When we got there, the first group had just started — sBach.  Definitely a unique group.  At first I wasn’t sure, but I quickly decided that I indeed liked them and even purchased their cd after their set.  I feel this will be perfect SMASH & KILL music for when I eventually start playing more video games (more on that in a future post).  After sBach was Ill Ease, who definitely took some getting used to.  Great musician though — a one woman band.  So much energy too.

Finally it was time for CFTPA to take the stage.  As always, Owen provided an amazing show.  I think I’ll be purchasing his newest release…  He never played my request, but I won’t hold it against him.  And as always, I’m already looking forward to his next show in the city.

When all was said and done and Weiss had two CFTPA cds, we boarded a bus, departed ways at Ashland as Weiss headed to the southern lands of Pilsen and I went off to the Brown Line.
Okay.  Here’s the thing.  When I left work yesterday, there was some notice about the Red Line and something happening from some place in or near the Loop all the way up to North/Clybourn from 9pm to 2am.  So I just assume that it’s closed and rerouted, so I’ll just take the Brown to Fullerton and switch…. well, I get to the Brown at 12:50am.  The last train is scheduled for 12:58.   It’s 1:10a and the train hasn’t come.  So the CTA worker comes out and says she’s going to lock up the station and that the train isn’t coming.  I pass this message on to the other guy who’s waiting… so we walk together to the Red Line.  (Which was nice… not walking alone in an area just 15 minutes before I saw a man push a woman — I couldn’t tell if the woman was on something and harassing him, or what was going on, I didn’t stick around.)  We get about 2 blocks from the station, turn around, and there’s the Brown Line train, just leaving…  Yeah.  So Red Line it is.
The Purple Line has already stopped at this point, so I’m just concerned about just eventually making it home my whatever means.  At Howard, I just miss the N201 bus — which would have taken me about 4 blocks or so away from my apartment… rather than waiting about 30 minutes for the next, I contemplate walking the 8-12 blocks home.  Daytime, not a problem.  2am.  Eh… maybe not the best of ideas.  Luckily there’s a cab there… $5 later I’m home.

Anyway.  Now I’ll leave you with your tribute…. I’ve seen this artist before, and to have her paired up with CFTPA is just awesome.

White Corolla - Casiotone for the Painfully Alone