Monday, December 20, 2010

Ghostland Observatory 12 December 10

Wow.  Wow.  I was expecting a mind numbing DJ set.  Wow.

Considering 80 percent of those in attendance were sporting glow-stick accessories.  Necklace, bracelet, earrings, glasses.  One girl had lights under her skirt.  The opener, who shall remain nameless, mainly because I was so bored I can't be bothered to remember his name, was a dull DJ.

Because of my lack of interest in electronic music, I've never witnessed a laser show.  So I can't compare this to anything.  But I think it's fair to say that their laser show is a force to be reckoned with.  It was like watching TRON sometimes.  And other times, you were just sure that if you jumped, just a smidge too high, you would be  eradicated by the beams.

There is a vocalist, with shrill tones, reminding me of Ima Robot.  He sometimes picks up the guitar.  His cohort, wearing a large red, white, and blue cape stood behind a drum kit and was surrounded by a number of keyed boxes and synthesizers.

Very entertaining.  Only improvements would be, a proper opener and a proper audience.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Important matters such as this.

I worked the George Clinton show last night.  This is not about that.  This is about more important things.

Got in about 4am.  For some reason got up about 8am.  Figured, I should eat something.

In Russia, they often eat simple open faced sandwiches.  They're called buterbrodi.  I had some salami and cheddar, figured I'd have a go at one that actually tasted good.

Step 1:  Toast a slice of bread
Step 2:  In one skillet, on low heat, warm up the salami.
Step 3:  In another skillet, warm up some olive oil and garlic salt.
Step 4:  Put the toast into warm oiled skillet and add the salami.
Step 5:  Turn up the heat in the now empty skillet, to medium and drop a slice of thick cheddar in.  Just for a second or two, slide out and flip and after a second or two, just when it starts to stretch, pull it out and lay it on the salami and bread.  (BE CAREFUL!)
Step 6:  Cover the skillet and let it warm together for a few minutes.
Step 7:  EAT!!!!

Let me tell you, de-lish.  For me the salami is key.  The fat adds a dimension not found in other deli meats that really brings everything together.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Years Calling Day!

I came across an excellent old tradition today, New Years Calling Day.

I seem to recall that there is a tradition in Russia of visiting friends on New Years, bringing gifts, sharing food, etc.

This is similar, except it is more akin to courting.  A gentleman will make up a list of ladies he would like to call on and drop by, have a bit of a snack, chat a bit and then leave his card.  Mark Twain said that one New Years Calling Day he had about 30 ladies he planned to call on.  However, he enjoyed so much spending time with the first young lady, he "postponed" the others until the next year.  Of course he didn't actually, as he married this young lady soon after.

So maybe we should start this tradition again!  What better way to start a New Year than with Speed Courting!!

A longer explanation.