Sunday, December 31, 2006

Angry Banana

I don't like Gwen Stefani's solo albums either. Pity me; I just spent 8 hours on the road with her today.


Six people from four states combined forces on Wednesday night, activated our Wonder Twin powers and trekked to The Cheesecake Factory, a timeless land where seconds turn into hours and children magically morph into grandparents right before your very eyes. There are lines just to wait in other lines. There are lines just to wait for a person to tell you to wait for another person to tell you to wait in another line. There are waiting areas you wait in before you get to the real waiting area, but it's better just to wait outside. Ironically, the waiters keep quite busy and don't spend a lot of time in one place.

After THREE HOURS we were famished. Ed started sucking on his toes for nutrients.

The Shangri-La that is the Cheesecake Factory interior

Success. We were supposed to go ice skating, but by this point winter was over. Position 5 ate the Fish Taco.

...and one urinal

The night's highlight was Steinman, appearing out of nowhere as he does less than once per year. We think he comes from the future. The gang watched an IMAX film and he disappeared into the night.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Hello / Blogger Problem

No one on the message boards can seem to figure this out. Is anyone else having the same problem?

"We're sorry but the Username/Password combination you've entered is either invalid or you don't have permission to access this Blog."

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Fantastic Voyage

I work hard, I play hard, and I'm not a fan of ambiguity. So when the opportunity arose to spend Christmas weekend in Boston, I conquered the city without hesitation. For some reason Hello isn't posting any of my 268 pictures tonight, but here's what I did in 48 hours:

--Saw the Dresden Dolls perform a show/avant-garde play at the Zero Arrow Theatre, front row, three feet from the drum set while the actors performed around us. You can see a slideshow here. I'll try to post music later. Had I only gone to Boston for this show it would have been worth it!

--Spent the day on campus at Harvard, checking out the Museum of Anthropology, the Museum of Natural History, the law school and some neighborhood shops.

--Traveling down to UMass and the Boston Harbor Walk, which I took to visit the JFK Museum and the Massachusetts Archives

--An excellent dinner in Chinatown, though for some reason it was at a Vietnamese place

--Checking out the Christmas decorations and ice skaters at Boston Common

--Hanging out with Tim's roommates/catching up on Da Ali G show

--So that was Day 1. Day 2:

--Took the T to a special exhibit at the science museum: Dozens of human corpses skinned, disassembled or just plain pulled apart for their artistic and educational value. You can see a slideshow here and also see a movie clip.

--An afternoon at Quincy Market, then a walk past the State Capitol to have lunch at the original Cheers

--A walk down Boylston Street to the original Newbury Comics to look for some vinyl

--Dinner at an great Indian place in Allston on Christmas Eve

--The worst half-hour of Mario Kart ever played by a human being

--Entering my seventh and final Boston Dunkin' Donuts of the trip. Only 186 to go!

When the Internet tubes are unclogged I'll back this up with visuals. So how was your Christmas?

Tuesday, December 26, 2006


... shows us his rehearsal space in Boston.

Lots more to come when I get the chance. RIP James Brown!

Saturday, December 09, 2006