Saturday, September 20, 2008

Tilly Take 2

Joey and I went to see Tilly and the Wall again up in Salt Lake earlier this week. They were playing with two other bands: SSION and CSS, or Cansei de Ser Sexy, at In The Venue. While we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, we couldn't help but be annoyed at the terrible house sound. Kilby Court was way better.

SSION started out mellow enough, with the singer mingling with the crowd before taking the stage.

Then he went completely bezerk and put on a killer show.

Till and the Wall played second. According to the band, this was the first time they had ever played "Respect" from Erasure live. Not sure if that's true, but it was a great version.

The beautiful Kianna Alarid

Jamie Pressnall

Neely Jenkins

Tap shoes

I swear, I'm not obsessed.

...ok, maybe a little.

CSS's sound was the worst of the three bands. Nearly impossible to hear Lovefoxxx's vocals over the music. Glad I got to see them at Coachella.

CSS set list


Ana Rezende

Adriano Cintra

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Hitching a Ride on the Green Tortoise

I decided to take another end-of-the-year trip this December. I'd been shopping around online for awhile now--looking for a long tour with a group of interesting people, but also something that wouldn't break the bank. The Green Tortoise was the answer.

Way back at the end of 1999, I went on a bus tour in Australia with Contiki. I had a blast and met some really cool people. It's a great way to travel if you're flying solo. Unfortunately, I usually am. So when I was looking for something similar for this year, I remembered another bus tour company I had read about awhile back.
Our itineraries are designed for fun-loving, independent travelers who value cooperation. We invite all travelers, from the young to the young at heart, to contribute to the unique social dynamic that is created on every Green Tortoise trip. Discover for yourself why our adventure camping trips have been attracting socially conscious travelers since 1974.
The big difference between GT and Contiki, besides the cost of the trips, is that with Contiki, you sleep in hotels. With GT, the bus is not only your ride, but your mobile hostel as well. Busses sleep up to 36 people, which I'll likely get to see for myself, since they said the tour I booked always fills up. This kind of travel is not for everyone. If you haven't spent significant time in a 3rd world country, I wouldn't recommend it.

I signed up for the Baja Beach Daze. A 15 day adventure down to Mexico and (hopefully) back. It leaves the evening of Dec 19th from San Francisco, but I'll likely jump aboard early Saturday morning (20th) in L.A. I have a company Christmas party Friday night to help put on. The bus pulls back into the US on Jan 3rd.

Some nights are spent in tents on the beach. Everyone pitches in to prepare meals and clean up. Bathroom stops are frequent, but showers are not. I'm preparing now for the colorful aromas sure to arise on a bus full of 36 bodies. The best blog account I've found online so far is by Linda. Begin on Part I and work your way up from there. Trust me, it's worth the read. Her report is far better than anything I'll be able to put down on paper.

The real winners from all this? You, my readers. While Derek solicits your donations to report on a dreadful Def Leppard / White Snake concert in Tokyo, I am offering up this 15 day epic to you free of charge. However, I won't be bringing my laptop, so you'll have to wait until my triumphant return to hear all the gritty details. In the meantime, besides Linda's account, I came across this fantastic website created in tribute to a trip in 2004. Lots of photos, etc.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Greek Festival 10K

It had been a long time since I ran a 10K road race, so I was curious to see how I'd fare. The Greek Festival 10K had some pretty sweet prize drawings, so I decided to give it a go. (didn't end up winning any though) Nicole, from work, ran the 5K with a friend. It was fun to have someone cheering for me at the end.

Not a big turnout for the 10K. There were only 33 guys and 28 ladies. I ran an ok race, which on that day happened to be good enough to place 7th overall, 6th out of the men, and 1st in my age group. I edged out the 2nd place guy by 2 seconds with my kick to the finish. Sorry Travis. My time was 44:17 (7:07 min/mile)

Start and finish at The Gateway

Nicole & I

Me, Nicole, and her friend

Going to claim my award


Return from claiming (these exciting photos brought to you by Nicole)