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Night

Kate is still in BC. I drive to pick her up tomorrow. Weather should no longer be an impediment.

My mom called my cell phone tonight and scared the crap out of me because she never calls unless there’s some horrible news (or it’s my birthday… whether that’s horrible news or not varies from year to year). She was just calling to check on us because of all the news reports about the weather. Weather where she is has been bad but she’s personally safe and sound.

Chris and I ate out tonight at the “Steelhead Diner. The beet tartare (yes, BEET not BEEF) was outstanding and the porcini linguine was a great match to the Jigsaw Pinot Noir the waiter recommended. Chris said his chicken sandwich was also quite good. Even though it’s the Market (and therefore touristy and rather expensive) I would go back. In fact, I look forward to it.

We then caught a show at the Showbox SODO (formerly the “new” location of the Phoenix Underground which itself was formerly of Pioneer Square) and saw Flogging Molly, who put on an excellent show. We missed hearing who the other opening Celtic-punk band was (they of the wild-haired accordion player). In between Celtic-punk bands we heard Murder by Death whose Wikipedia entry claims they play “an eclectic range of music, from eight minute ethereal instrumentals, to driving punk rock, to alt-country” but at this show they played everything in one dirge-like down-tempo “Morphine with all the goodness stripped away” manner. I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt for a couple of songs but by the end I was answering e-mail on my cell phone and begging for it to end. I wanted to like them, to be charitable, but I just couldn’t. What downers Murder by Death were! They claimed they were going to “shred” for one of their songs but it could only be considered shredding if by “shred” you mean “beat to death in slow motion under water”. As Chris quipped, “I’ve seen cheese ‘shred’ faster.” Well, anyway, the Mollies put on a good show to an enthusiastic and packed house. I’d never been to Showbox SODO before… it seems a little too classy for punk shows but I enjoyed the venue (and 2/3 of the bands) just fine.

I was going to stay up late upon returning home to sort out some nagging issues for the company that aren’t related to the ongoing utter hell I’ve been living with regard to Miva, Quickbooks, 6000 individual customer entries, several hundred SKUs and 8000 individual orders that need my personal attention in two separate virtual locations in order to be at peace with the world. I’ve tried very hard to maintain the separation between the “work day” and my private life, which is so, so hard to do when I’m “at work” virtually every waking hour (and doing stupid things like checking my e-mail on my cell phone when I’m supposedly “off” work). No exaggeration, I could work for Green Ronin every waking hour, every single waking hour, and still not get everything done that I “need” to get done… especially when dealing with things like this stupid web store break down or delinquent distributor accounts or products being listed as “unavailable” with Amazon when they’re in print and in stock (and have been for months or years in some cases or…or…or…

I’d better stop now before I do or say something I’m going to regret. Tomorrow will come soon enough and I can always work myself to death then. Tonight, for what’s left of it, I will try to sleep and maybe not wake up ridiculously early in the morning with fucking stress dreams. It hasn’t worked terribly well so far but hey, one can hope.

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  • I still haven’t managed to catch Flogging Molly out here. One of the downsides of living in the middle of nowhere is the lack of culture. That said, I’ve managed to wrangle in a few Dropkick shows of late, and the last one surprised me with the opening act of the Tossers – a really great Celtic Punk act that I was totally not expecting. (The other opening act was the Briggs who I am sure I would have enjoyed a lot more if their Clash-styled punk wasn’t sandwiched between two great Celt-punk acts).

    • Chris went to see the Tossers this year. He liked them enough to buy one of their shirts. In green. :)

      Seattle loves the Celt-punk, I guess… we see a lot of ‘em out here though the Murphys skipped over us to play Vancouver instead last time they were out this way. Flogging Molly put on a great high-energy show, grab the chance to see ‘em if they come through.

  • I still haven’t managed to catch Flogging Molly out here. One of the downsides of living in the middle of nowhere is the lack of culture. That said, I’ve managed to wrangle in a few Dropkick shows of late, and the last one surprised me with the opening act of the Tossers – a really great Celtic Punk act that I was totally not expecting. (The other opening act was the Briggs who I am sure I would have enjoyed a lot more if their Clash-styled punk wasn’t sandwiched between two great Celt-punk acts).

    • Chris went to see the Tossers this year. He liked them enough to buy one of their shirts. In green. :)

      Seattle loves the Celt-punk, I guess… we see a lot of ‘em out here though the Murphys skipped over us to play Vancouver instead last time they were out this way. Flogging Molly put on a great high-energy show, grab the chance to see ‘em if they come through.

    • Chris went to see the Tossers this year. He liked them enough to buy one of their shirts. In green. :)

      Seattle loves the Celt-punk, I guess… we see a lot of ‘em out here though the Murphys skipped over us to play Vancouver instead last time they were out this way. Flogging Molly put on a great high-energy show, grab the chance to see ‘em if they come through.

  • I still haven’t managed to catch Flogging Molly out here. One of the downsides of living in the middle of nowhere is the lack of culture. That said, I’ve managed to wrangle in a few Dropkick shows of late, and the last one surprised me with the opening act of the Tossers – a really great Celtic Punk act that I was totally not expecting. (The other opening act was the Briggs who I am sure I would have enjoyed a lot more if their Clash-styled punk wasn’t sandwiched between two great Celt-punk acts).

  • I still haven’t managed to catch Flogging Molly out here. One of the downsides of living in the middle of nowhere is the lack of culture. That said, I’ve managed to wrangle in a few Dropkick shows of late, and the last one surprised me with the opening act of the Tossers – a really great Celtic Punk act that I was totally not expecting. (The other opening act was the Briggs who I am sure I would have enjoyed a lot more if their Clash-styled punk wasn’t sandwiched between two great Celt-punk acts).

    • Chris went to see the Tossers this year. He liked them enough to buy one of their shirts. In green. :)

      Seattle loves the Celt-punk, I guess… we see a lot of ‘em out here though the Murphys skipped over us to play Vancouver instead last time they were out this way. Flogging Molly put on a great high-energy show, grab the chance to see ‘em if they come through.

  • I still haven’t managed to catch Flogging Molly out here. One of the downsides of living in the middle of nowhere is the lack of culture. That said, I’ve managed to wrangle in a few Dropkick shows of late, and the last one surprised me with the opening act of the Tossers – a really great Celtic Punk act that I was totally not expecting. (The other opening act was the Briggs who I am sure I would have enjoyed a lot more if their Clash-styled punk wasn’t sandwiched between two great Celt-punk acts).

  • Chris went to see the Tossers this year. He liked them enough to buy one of their shirts. In green. :)

    Seattle loves the Celt-punk, I guess… we see a lot of ‘em out here though the Murphys skipped over us to play Vancouver instead last time they were out this way. Flogging Molly put on a great high-energy show, grab the chance to see ‘em if they come through.

  • Steelhead Diner was mentioned in Cooking Light this month and I would really like to check them out. I’m glad you enjoyed the food so much!

    • You know, I read that issue and had completely forgotten it already! I remember at the time thinking “Steelhead diner? What?”

      Just goes to show how completely stressed and preoccupied I’ve been even when I’m doing my best to force myself to relax. :)

  • Steelhead Diner was mentioned in Cooking Light this month and I would really like to check them out. I’m glad you enjoyed the food so much!

    • You know, I read that issue and had completely forgotten it already! I remember at the time thinking “Steelhead diner? What?”

      Just goes to show how completely stressed and preoccupied I’ve been even when I’m doing my best to force myself to relax. :)

    • You know, I read that issue and had completely forgotten it already! I remember at the time thinking “Steelhead diner? What?”

      Just goes to show how completely stressed and preoccupied I’ve been even when I’m doing my best to force myself to relax. :)

  • Steelhead Diner was mentioned in Cooking Light this month and I would really like to check them out. I’m glad you enjoyed the food so much!

  • Steelhead Diner was mentioned in Cooking Light this month and I would really like to check them out. I’m glad you enjoyed the food so much!

    • You know, I read that issue and had completely forgotten it already! I remember at the time thinking “Steelhead diner? What?”

      Just goes to show how completely stressed and preoccupied I’ve been even when I’m doing my best to force myself to relax. :)

  • Steelhead Diner was mentioned in Cooking Light this month and I would really like to check them out. I’m glad you enjoyed the food so much!

  • You know, I read that issue and had completely forgotten it already! I remember at the time thinking “Steelhead diner? What?”

    Just goes to show how completely stressed and preoccupied I’ve been even when I’m doing my best to force myself to relax. :)