Saturday, July 21, 2007


i'm practically an adult and it's now time for some adult choices to be made. after i graduate this fall, i am definitely staying here in wisconsin through the lease that ends next august. but after that the ball is currently way high up in the air, so far up i can barely see it. one of my closest friends is trying to convince me to move somewhere out west and i think it may just happen. she suggested seattle, but i think i'm going to research several major cities on the west coast. if you don't know me well, i love to plan. i love to schedule things and i like knowing the answer to any question that may be asked, so any big move such as this will require tons of preparation. luckily i'm also a big nerd, so researching these cities will be a fun and educational past time. the trouble lies in the possibility of getting a good job here in the meantime and getting too comfortable with what's already in front of me. change is never easy, but sometimes necessary. i guess only time will tell.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Summerfest 2007!

woops i wrote this right after summerfest, but forgot to post it. ;)

Where to begin? Well, I guess i'll just go chronological. On July 3, we went to Summerfest only for Weird Al. So we began our Summerfest experience by just wandering around listening to random acts and eating delicious food. I sadly forgot my camera :(, but it didn't ruin the day. We enjoyed the quality rock cover band Johnny Wad thoroughly (quite impressive I must say) and were able to catch a couple songs of a Minnesotan singer/songwriter Ari Herstand.

This year at Summerfest the Marcus Amphitheater shows had all ticketed lawn seats (previously you could come early in the day and get lawn seat tickets free) and Ben Folds was opening, yeah I said opening, for John Mayer. Once you get passed the ridiculousness of Ben Folds opening for John Mayer, you than get angry that you would have to pay extra to see him. Ben Folds has played at Summerfest for the last maybe 5 years and always plays a free stage, so I was saddened and angry when I found out that the lawn seats would be 30 bucks. Granted admission to the park is included in the amphitheater ticket price, but fuck that. I would not risk my money going to John Mayer. So I passed up Ben Folds this year... but Weird Al rocked my world, as always.

The mere length of his set and number of costume changes is amazing, but also caused some problems since it rained for about an hour and half before his set. So we were soaking wet and getting colder by the minute during his performance. It was slightly uncomfortable, but entirely worth it. Especially considering that Ben Folds came on stage and played a song with Weird Al! It was awesome and Weird Al even did part of his Trapped in the Closet, Trapped in the Drive-Thru.

On July 5, the first act we watched , while enjoying some john hawk's pub fish and chips, was Hayward Williams. A local boy that I first heard in the band Exit. He is normally a solo act when he plays in Madison, acoustic guitar and harmonica, but the band Cabin and a friend guitarist joined him for his set at Summerfest. They fit well together and adding a fiddle to any music act is always a plus.

The day was filled with brilliant acts and great sets. Scissors for Lefty proved their worthiness as a live act. The lead singer had great audience banter and also had some extremely entertaining dance moves happening. They sounded fantastic and made the best of the mid-afternoon time slot. The Cat Empire was also fantastic. They played a two hour set, longer than most at Summerfest and had the audience going wild. It may have helped that the audience members were mostly Deadheads waiting for Bob Weir later that night, but it was a great atmosphere and they didn't disappoint my expectations.

This post by no means gives the experience the justice it deserves, but it's never easy to describe happiness. Can't wait for next year!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

being an adult...

or at least thinking about being an adult, sucks so hard. i have literally looked over every job site that lists jobs in wisconsin eight thousand times and i can't even apply for jobs yet. i don't even know if i want to stay here, but i figure i should at least pay off some student loans before i venture out into the big world outside my beloved state of cheese. i am just scared about life and getting stuck in a terrible office job. oh dear me, fall semester will be my last as an undergrad and i feel ill equipped to be an adult.

thankfully i have many a distraction this summer and one of my favorites is coming up this week... and no it is not the many fireworks displays that happen around the fourth of july. it is summerfest! yay! on tuesday and thursday this week i will be lucky enough to spend many hours in what i hope to be beautiful weather, enjoying fantastic music and eating delicious food. i'm super excited to see the cat empire and scissors for lefty,they are two of the 10 bands i will purposefully watch during the two days at the festival grounds. i also love to wander around and listen to the many bands i haven't heard of. it will be a smashing time and i will report back on the festivities later this week. summerfest is like a safe haven for me and i'm glad it has arrived.