Friday, June 29, 2007

PEON-THE MOMENT YOU DISCOVER YOU ARE ONE

As I have mentioned in the past, I love seeing live music and do so whenever I can afford it or in the case of last evening, when the BOSS has tickets he is trying to give away! We have a beautiful little venue here in the sticks of New Hampshire called Meadowbrook. It holds close to 6,500 people, though I don’t think they have ever sold out. It also isn’t that old, circa 1996 it has grown from a stage in the middle of a field with 2,500 folding chairs to what it is today.

The menu last night consisted of The Doobie Brothers, sans Michael McDonald, opening for Lynard Skynyrd. I am not much of a Skynyd fan. I grew up hearing them all over the place. Weather it was the radio, any school dance you went to (Freebird was the mantra of all high school kids in my day) and most any bar with mediocre entertainment. One of the girls from the office also came. She is not to unlike our Sassy, smart, sassy and generally fun to hang with. We headed over to the bosses to discover that we were actually going to ride with someone else and try and squeeze 8 of us into a Jeep Cherokee. You see the guy driving had an “All Access” pass to Meadowbrook and we were going in the very, very , very VIP entrance. You know the place nobody gets to go.
How cool is that! Express lane into the venue, private parking and 30 steps to the VIP drinking tent! Things were going well. The VIP tent is quite close to the stage and the vantage point is great.

The front of the stage is on the right in the picture. Pretty close from the VIP tent.
We arrived at the Other Guys house; his name is Greg and owns a large Asphalt Paving Co here. Also at his place was another man named Jim and his wife (Cindy Lou-I kid you not) who owns a rather big well drilling company. The final guest, Alex arrived after a few minutes. He owns a conglomerate of restaurants throughout NH and is very well known and quite well to do. So, there sits Pricilla (the office girl) and myself in the middle of all these Mucky-mucks feeling really out of place. Later we would discover exactly where we fit in the food chain! We climbed into the jeep and headed for the show.
Priscilla and I headed for the VIP tent to grab a couple of beers while The Doobies took the stage. The boss and wife finally showed up and we hung with them until the boss had to be escorted by his wife out of the tent and towards some food to help moderate the booze he had consumed. It wasn’t helping, he was wobblin’. Sassy has seen first hand the boss when he has had a few too many. All the other people we came with disappeared into the crowd, leaving Priscilla and I pretty much on our own. We didn’t mind. The Doobies finished and we wandered around a bit until it was time for Skynyrd to hit the stage.

About 2/3rd of the way through their set Priscilla and I noticed that off to the left of the stage, between the stage and the VIP tent was an interesting orange glow in the woods, near where we had parked. As we watched and listened the glow grew and grew finally reaching above the very tall pine trees. There is a Condo/Resort directly behind the stage and it was on FIRE. I mean FIRE!

Yes that is the actual fire! It hasn’t rained here in quite a while, the fire danger is very high and we are in the middle of the woods with one exit road. We watched quite intently to see if the Fire Dept had shown up yet. The black, billowing smoke was as high as you could see into the night sky and filled with burning embers. This is all taking place while Skynyrd is in the throws of Freebird! Their guitars are screaming so loudly we never heard the fire truck arrive. It wasn’t until I saw the water shooting up into the trees trying to prevent the spread that I began to breath a little easier. The majority of the concertgoers didn’t even realize what was happening. They couldn't’t see it from their vantage point.

As Skynard hit the last wailing guitar licks I suggested to Priscilla that we head to the jeep because we might have trouble trying to get out. We walked to where the jeep was but it was gone. Really, it was gone! Priscilla and I just stood there looking at each other in disbelief. Had they really left us there, in an inferno, and gone home? I called the bosses wife and through the crackle of bad cell service, she confirmed they had indeed left us behind. I couldn’t quite get the gist of their reasoning for leaving us but it boiled down to Greg thought they better get while the getting was good. So much for Leave no Man Behind! She then suggested we walk from the concert about a mile to a restaurant (they wouldn’t allow traffic back that way due to the fire) and when they picked up their vehicle they would come back around and pick us up there. This is at 11:15pm, so with sand filled sandals, Priscilla and I hoofed it to the pick up point where they sat all cozy waiting for us. The really bizarre part of all of this is neither of them really apologized for leaving us behind. It was as though we were a just a second thought and not quite as important. It is interesting when your finally realize you are just a PEE-ON!

Now for some random shots of Performers and of course a few guitar shots for Dive!


Blood, Sweat and Tears

Montgomery Gentry

Charlie Daniels-Yes he is still alive!



Chris Isaak


Thursday, June 21, 2007

WMD's-I think I figured it out!



Here is an interesting story that I believe explains where the WMD's went! See Jorge W. wasn't lying after all. If a whole lake can just disappear why not WMD's?




SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A lake in southern Chile has mysteriously disappeared, prompting speculation the ground has simply opened up and swallowed it whole.




It had a surface area of between 4 and 5 hectares (10-12 acres) -- about the size of 10 soccer pitches.
"In March we patrolled the area and everything was normal ... we went again in May and to our surprise we found the lake had completely disappeared," said Juan Jose Romero, regional director of Chile's National Forestry Corporation CONAF.
"The only things left were chunks of ice on the dry lake-bed and an enormous fissure," he told Reuters.
CONAF is investigating the disappearance.
One theory is that the area was hit by an earth tremor that opened a crack in the ground which acted like a drain.
Southern Chile has been shaken by thousands of minor earth tremors this year.





Before: After

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The Joke

What is the definition of indecent?

When your balls are slapping up against her ass, you know it's in decent!

Monday, June 4, 2007

Five Years From Fifty

Tomorrow I will be 45. Thinking in terms of time frames my life can be broken down like this:

1-22 well I suppose you could call it the usual. Diapers, pooping, drooling, smiling, walking (I never crawled, just got up and walked), running, falling, school, boys, parents just don’t understand, Maui. Yeah, that about sums up those years.

23-29: Children: Had my oldest when I was 24 then filed for divorce twice while 25 & 26, made nice again and had middle child when I was 28 and found out when she was 9 months I was expecting my youngest. Had him at 29, life was a blur for the next year or two.

31-38: Finding my footing: Tried to hang on to a bad marriage until I was 32. Got a divorce, lived in meager housing with kids trying to keep us going. Sometimes we ran out of fuel for heat and sometimes the fridge was sparse but we hung in there. Found myself a great job. Made up my mind to provide better living arrangements for my kids. Built my house when I turned 38.

38-44: Struggles. I think that is the best word to describe these last six years. My oldest and I didn’t see eye to eye and he moved out when he was 16. We are better now and he will be 21 on Saturday. My daughter and I don’t see eye to eye and she told me today she was going to find someplace else to live. My youngest and I don’t talk more than superficially. He was alone in the house last week and I found my toy drawer open, my shower floor still wet and a wadded up crusty facecloth on my bed. There is something wrong when your personal space is used by someone else, even if they are your children. Somethings are just wrong. Tropical Storm Barry is overhead and it has been drizzling for 2 days. I don’t want to go home. I don’t want to be a mom, I don’t want to be the heavy, I don’t want to be diligent. I don’t want to be 45 tomorrow.

45-???: Who knows? I may be alone. It may make me happy. I guess I will see tomorrow.

Friday, June 1, 2007

It's The Freakn Weekend Baby, Gonna Have Me Some Fun!

Nothing of excitable proportions happened in Pru's life this week. Well, maybe one thing but I don't wanna talk about it.
In an effort to leave on a jovial note I present the following news(not) items.

Yahoo News: Succeeding where the Mongols failed for years, a Chinese mining company ripped a hole in the Great Wall so their trucks could avoid paying tolls.

The Mecury News: Dead whale spotted near Golden Gate. Coast Guard said it isn't Delta or Dawn, just some stupid anonymous whale that doesn't love you like they do

KTRC-Houston:What do you do when you are drunk and get kicked out of a party for trying to steal an Xbox 360? You set fire to the beer of course

This one is for Old K: Herald Tribune:Ugly-ass rare baby red-ruffed lemurs born at Lemur Conservation Foundation. It was a double triple (w/pics)

BBC:"Lucky man survives lightning hit" or "Unlucky man struck by lightning" - the choice is yours

Boston Herald:If you're thinking of drinking sangria/Don't go driving where someone can see ya/It's also not best/To skip DUI tests/Even if your pop's Justice Scalia

Newsday: Arsonist claims his rough sex technique killed woman, not the fire

ABC News:Sudanese government responds to U.S. sanctions with a threat that really hurts; banning export of gum arabica, the ingredient that makes your soda fizzy

AP:Clean air study in Rome finds residents are breathing cocaine and cannabis

WFAA:Mom gives birth to twins. Her third set of twins. Oh, and she's only 20 years old. And unemployed. As is her 21 year old boyfriend. Hurray reproductive freedom!

Yahoo News:U.S. Baghdad embassy floor plans appear online, with everything except the little caption "put bomb here"

The Sun:Nearly half of all men think their ween is too small according to study from the Is It In Yet? Institute

And my favorite:

Slate:Wine is now more popular than beer in the USA!!

I am off to make sure this trend continues!
Have a great weekend everyone!

Pru