It seems like my blog has turned into a music and daily life blog… that was not my intent, but I guess it is what it is for now. Sorry for those who have no interest at all!
There are three shows that I want to make you all aware of so you will attend. The first is Harry and the Potters. Yes, that’s right. They will be performing at the central branch of the Seattle Public Library at 7:00pm (Free!). Draco and the Malfoys will be
opening. These two brothers are high energy and a little crazy for Harry Potter and express that through song. It should be an interesting evening to say the least. You should come: be amazed, be confused, hear loud music, hear bizarre music, learn more about Harry Potter through song. Heh. UPDATE: Erin has provided a link to a Harry and the Potters video clip to give you an idea of what you are getting yourself into.
Secondly, I am hoping to make it up to Bellingham on Saturday night (depends on ferry schedules I think) for a Dana Little (of Late Tuesday) solo show. She will be opening for Leroy Bell at the Nightlight Lounge. Show starts at 9:00pm, cost is $8. I hope I can make it!
Thirdly is the Woodsong Arts and Music Festival (myspace) which will be happening on Orcas Island from July 20th through the 23rd. Sadly, I am not going to make it this year, but you definitely should as there are going to be many great bands and musicians there. These are the folks that I would LOVE to see (and I am sure that the others there would be lovely as well):
The Lonely Forest (myspace) (Thursday) – If you have read my blog before, you will know that these guys are one of my favorite groups (see my Lonely Forest page for more info).
The Pale Pacific (myspace) (Thursday) – A local Bellingham group that is also one of my favorites.
Peter LaGrand (Friday) – A fellow Regent College student. I have never actually heard him play, but I have heard good things!
Jason Harrod (myspace) (Friday) – A folk singer from North Carolina who has made a number of trips to Washington and I always enjoy hearing him. (See my Jason Harrod Live at Zoka’s page for some great live music.)
Late Tuesday (myspace) (Saturday) – This Bellingham trio has really grown on me and I have become quite a fan of their tunes… plus I still have a crush on Dana, juvenile, I know. (see my Late Tuesday page for more info).
How can you not want to go to that festival? If you are at all able, DO GO. It will be a lot of fun and you will be introduced to a lot of good music. Stop by the Woodsong website for info and help getting there. You can also see my Woodsong 2005 post for a few pictures from last year.
Check into some new music!
I have been up and down I-5 once again this weekend. From midnight bocce ball at Cal Anderson Park to a UCF board meeting to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (I really enjoyed it, even if they leave you hanging: you had to see that coming, right?) to seeing The Lonely Forest at the Crocodile Cafe. (For other info, music, and show pics and video clips, see my Lonely Forest blog page.) Images (which are clickable for larger versions) and video clips are below, enjoy! If you haven’t heard The Lonely Forest before, check their stuff out, watch a video clip or two (or three or…) and support this talented group! The photo set can also be viewed at Flickr: Lonely Forest at the Crocodile II (the original sizes are there as well).
The Lonely Forest Rockin the Crocodile: John Van Deusen (keys), Braydn Krueger (drums), Tony Ruland (electric guitar), and Eric Sturgeon (Bass).
Our 4th was pretty low key this year (although, is it ever not?) and we had a great day of just hanging out with family and lighting off a few fireworks. Of course the sparklers and morning glories were always favorites.
Please head over to my Flickr set: 4th of July, 2006 to see some of mom’s pics from the day and my pics from the night.
Not much to say, heading back up to Bellingham tomorrow. I am assuming that my apartment will be completely empty – the trifecta if you will. I hope everyone had a great 4th of July celebration (or Canada Day back on the 1st if you are so inclined)! We are very blessed to have such amazing freedoms here and I hope that everyone will realize what real freedom means and where it comes from! Pictures to follow (I think… and yes, I know I still need to get some up from the beach, leave me alone!).
Or “Bellingham is out to get me.”
Or “How to get your stuff stolen.”
Or “God is telling me I should have moved back to Seattle.”
Or “Remember that 6 months I had an iPod?”
Or… Well, you get the idea. Today I took a walk down town to the post office and to pay rent then over to the aquatic center for a nice leisurely swim. You know how some places require to give them your ID when you rent a lock, well never complain about that. Sometime during my swim someone managed to remove my lock and take all my stuff except for my glasses (why they left those, but took my underwear and shoes, I have no idea). Now get this, there are TONS of lockers that don’t even have locks on them, yet they still went for my stuff. What I figure is that they (whoever “they” are) saw me with my iPod and just really wanted it. So, fine, but did they need to take my shoes? Or my towel? Or my keys (luckilly my car keys were at home)? Or my phone?
I spent the rest of the day doing all the things you have to do when your wallet is stolen (or purse as the case may be). I had to buy a new phone (which I don’t have money for). Had to pretend to think about getting a new iPod (haha, right, like I have money for that!). Cancelled my cards. Luckilly, in a bit of irony, my driver’s license was perfectly safe behind the desk being used to hold the lock that was cut off my locker. Nice. So to summarize: DVDs and change stolen out of my apartment last week (I got a dowel to make sure that window stays locked), lots of crap stolen today. Good times in Bellingham.
Yes, I know I still have not posted pictures from the beach yet. I will get to it, I promise.
Before I post pictures from my beach vacation I wanted to post our “Walk Through the Solar System” that we did out in front of the place we stayed. If anyone is interested in astronomy (and everyone should be), this is one thing you and your family should do. We did the 1000 yard model (similar to this one I am sure). In this model. This setup is designed to gain a sense of scale in the solar system, both in the size of the planets and in the distance between them. The sizes range from 8 inches for to Sun down to a small pinhead (1/100th of an inch) or bead for Pluto. The total distance is, shockingly, 1000 yards, or a bit over half a mile. Try it out! UPDATE: I have written two posts relating to relative sizes of the objects in our Solar System: Walk the Solar System and A Sense of Scale: The Bodies of the Solar System. Check them out!
Katie preparing the model with Rachel and Nathan looking on.
The group getting ready to pace the planets!
Come on, the Sun and the Sun, that is cool.
Mecury and the Sun
Off to walk the Solar System!
By the end we couldn’t even see the sun!
We had a lot of fun and everyone should do this sometime! (You can also see this as a Flickr set.)
Build A Solar System: Pick the scale you want! This website allows you to imput different sizes/distances and it will let you know what all the others should be.
The 1000-Yard Model: or, the Earth as a Peppercorn: Similar to the model we used.
Wikipedia: Solar System Model: Various Solar System models.