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I guess I missed out on the zombification whozamawhatsits, but whatever it was all about, I have survived with brain intact. (That's what I get for my scattershot attempts at keeping up-to-date in LJ land, apparently)

Here's my take on last night's show:

The Police show last night made me happy. Not as happy as I would have been had I been allowed to see them on the Synchronicity tour at age 13? 14?, (my hopes were kiboshed by the "parental units" on that one) but considering there were no albums after that one*, I can't imagine the show would have been too drastically different (although maybe I would have heard "Tea in the Sahara" back then).

* Not including the greatest hits with the re-recording of "Don't Stand So Close to Me"

Setlist is here, along with a link to a couple unenthusiastic reviews. From a sound standpoint, both K and Larry said the low end was pretty sucktastic - we didn't pay $200 for our tickets, and I felt like their performance was worth the $30 per guy I paid to spend a couple hours with them. I had a good time, and that was all I was looking for. K was a trooper; we didn't know if he was going with us as he's been sick for the last few days, but we cajoled him into going and I think he was glad he went.

The Police is one of those bands that I used to really like a lot, but I almost never listen to them anymore, so it was kind of strange to be sitting there, singing along word-for-word to all these songs...I kind of marvelled at myself for remembering them, and then tried to remember if I was a HUGE Police fan when I was fangirly about so many other acts in high school. Apparently so :) I always did love Sting's lyrics, though, and was reminded of how much I learned from tracking down the myriad references that peppered his writing.

Highlights for me:
- "Invisible Sun"
- "When the World is Running Down"
- "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic"
- "Can't Stand Losing You"
- The fact that I was finally watching The Police - Live!
- No drunken jerks in our section

A gratifying and satisfactory concert-going experience all in all, for me at least, and an absolutely perfect night for an outdoor show. Not the best, far from the worst, and glad to have seen them live at last.
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AMCD: Flop - Whenever You're Ready (Epic, 1993)

Once upon an 80s time in Seattle, there was a band called Pure Joy. They imploded before too long. From the ashes of Pure Joy rose Flop. Flop were one of the lucky (?) bands from Seattle who were signed during the early 90s major label feeding frenzy; Whenever You're Ready was released in '93.

IMO, this album was one of the best to come out of Seattle during that time. It's a power pop gem, and is highly underrated. The lyrics are intelligent yet quirky as hell; the music is just crunchy, dirge-like and foreboding enough. I highly recommend it.

Shortly after the album came out, Flop came to Kent State to perform; they opened for the Lemonheads, if I recall correctly (or was it Cheap Trick?). Because we shared mutual friends and because I knew and loved the album, I decided to see if I could sneak in to meet them. I went on a reconnaisance mission, did a little research and found a way to sneak into the makeshift "green room" that was set up for them. I introduced myself and told them how much I liked the album and mentioned our mutual friends. I think they were thrilled to find someone who knew them so far away from Seattle. I got them to autograph my cd and then left them to perform, they put on a great show. Afterwards, I took a few Floppers out on a grand tour of Kent, Ohio. We hung out and traded stories over beers at various cool Kent hangouts (all four three of them); it was a lot of fun.

It's still a great album, nice to know it's held up over the last ten years (god!)
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31 May '98 - Ok. Wondering where the hell I've been? Well, just like the X files, the truth is out there. Now, I'll condense it so it's in here, in a pretty little paragraph or two. Anyway, talk about whirlwind...here's the scoop.

Scott - He's the CEO of the company that bought out 2 divisions of the company I had been working for. On Thursday afternoon, I found out that Friday would be the last day I would work at the company I had been working at for over 2 years. Monday, myself and 23 other fine UniCitizens would report to Campbell, CA (about 20 miles away) for work at our "new" company. But it's really the same stuff I was doing before, I'm still in charge of my 2 favorite sites (I can say that now), but I don't have any support staff (yet). I'll get to build a team to work with me to make sites. So, it's going to be really cool. I'm looking forward to it. The only bit that can be viewed as a negative (other than not seeing all my work friends on a daily basis, which is pretty sucko) is that the 20 miles is a commute "over the hill" via the dreaded Highway 17. It's renowned around here as a bearish commute. (I'll be adding a link shortly so y'all can see this drive - check out my links page)..and, as you faithful readers know, I don't have a car, so it makes for an interesting situation. They have a shuttle for the next few months, so that's cool.

Dave- went to see Dave Matthews Band at Shoreline 2 Sundays ago. Great show; I'll be looking for the tape, e-mail me if you are doing a tree. This would have been its own musing any other time, but, given the volume of news, Dave and company just get a brief mention. Rest assured, it was a fabulous show. Go see them if you can.

Bucky - this is the guy that sold me my new car! Well, new to me. That's right, I got a car. It's a '95 Toyota Corolla. I just got it yesterday; and have been just running errands for the past 36 hours. Why? Because I can! No more bus for me. Yay! This is the first time I've had a car in 3 years. With the severance package they gave us when we left the old company (see above), I was able to finally put down a downpayment, so now I'm heathercarwoman.

And that, in a very large nutshell, is what's been going on in my life for the past 14 days. Nothing much... ;D


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