Archive for November, 2005

Ben Folds

Posted: November 6, 2005 in General

Cara and I drove up to Boston to see Ben Folds last night. We got there a little too early (we were sitting about 40 minutes before anyone played). I was able to procure third row tickets, so we were sitting in good seats for the show. There were two opening acts before Ben came on. The first was Christine Baze who was instrumental in the concert tour (she is a cancer survivor who is trying to raise awareness through her Yellow Umbrella Tour. The fact is that she’s a better cancer survivor than artist (not that she’s bad, just very average). After Baze, The Fray came on. I hadn’t heard them before. I thought they were pretty decent (better than a lot of opening acts).

Finally around 9:30 Ben got on stage. I’ve never been to see Ben Folds before, and I have to say that knowing what I know (which isn’t huge amounts), he is pretty much what you expect. He is no rock star, he’s not good looking, and he appears to be even a little introverted (he barely said a word for the first five songs). That said, he’s funny, humble and he rocks the house.

This was a hell of a show, and I can’t wait to see Ben the next time he’s in town.

My only regret is that I didn’t bring a camera (even though Cara suggested it). Security was non-existant (no metal detectors, no pat-down). There were a lot of people taking pictures (too many idiots with flashes going off). There are at least a couple of pics up on Flickr of the Ben Folds concert in Boston.


Friggin Awesome

Posted: November 4, 2005 in General

I’m a pretty big movie fan (as many might know). I have to admit though that I never was a big Lord of the Rings fan. Sure I watched the movies in the theater, and I enjoyed watching them, but honestly they never excited me. Don’t get me wrong, I respect the hell out of Peter Jackson. I can’t tell you how excited I am that he’s producing the Halo movie. That said, I wasn’t too excited about King Kong. I’ve actually been looking forward to seeing the Chronicles of Narnia more so than Kong. That of course was before I saw the most recent trailer. That trailer sold me, big time. Peter Jackson, I’m sorry for doubting you. Bring on the ape.

Defensive much?

Posted: November 1, 2005 in General

A woman stepped onto the elevator on the 3rd floor this morning. She was in a “dark” mood wearing dark lipstick and dark clothing. Of special note was the fur “thing” around her neck. The gentleman behind me asked her if it was bear, she said no it was fox. He then asked politely for confirmation (I’m sure he wondered if she was being serious or not). At this point she got very defensive and sarcastically asked if his shoes were leather.

Obviously she felt like she needed to be on the defensive about wearing a fur, and she was ready to attack because of it. I found it to be a strange interchange. It’s good that groups like PETA have opened eyes and made wearing fur less attractive to the point that those who wear fur feel like they have to defend their choice. On the other hand. I wear leather shoes, and a leather jacket, so what does that say?