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Ironically, that particular Amy Mann song just came on. With that being said, here’s my concert thoughts:
On a whole, things went well. The stage crew was great, with few exceptions – no one seemed to understand the concept of “volunteering” at times. But load in and load out both went quick, and we were out of there by 12:40.
The bands – well, I’m still not quite sure who Common is, but Jurassic 5 was a pleasure to work with. Not only are they incredible on the stage, but they’re funny and actively chatted with our crews. And after their set, they hung out in the dress circle and talked to fans. Incidently, I have massive respect for their DJ, who I can safely say is the best DJ I’ve ever seen live.
As those of you who knew me last year at this time may have guessed, the problem this show was, in my own humble opinion, ALANA. A list of what I saw, in order from minor to major:
- The only members of my crew who didn’t show up were ALANA members – 3 of them.
- ALANA Exec Board members were dancing in the audience during the J5 sound check.
- ALANA members were unaware of when or where they had to be, for the most part – even though Jess and I explained it pretty damn well.
- ALANA Exec Board members mutilated their shirts – ripping off sleeves, creating neck lines, etc. – for reasons that escape me.
- ALANA Exec Board members took extra shirts, which shorted other people later.
- An ALANA Exec Board member was off the side of the stage (in the entryway to the stage) dancing during Common’s set. We asked her to stop.
- Roughly 20 minutes later, an ALANA Exec Board member – possibly the same one, I’m not sure – was pulled onstage by someone on Common’s crew, where she began “freaking the DJ”, in the words of another crew member who saw it.
p>Now I’m sure someone is going “That’s the worst thing? She was pulled by the crew!” – yes, that’s true. But one of the things that’s always been driven home is that big P word, Professionalism. If you’re in charge of a show, you don’t use your position to somehow get closer to the band – and it was quite obvious from the conversations I heard that that is what was planned. It keeps turning into Same Shit, Different Year. Maybe something will happen this time – we shall see. To put some humor back into this, a life lesson for you all:
No matter what, never freak the DJ.
Hmm, maybe I’ll start a whole “life lesson” page with all sorts of wacky crap I’ve learned in my Cornell experience. If only I had time to do this.
Thanks for the show go to: Ryan “Lower Than Whale Shit” Short, Jess “Where’s My Brother?” Smith, Tom “Two Leg Gashes And A Smile” Heidt, Joe “BIRD!” Lisi, Marcy “Backbone Of This Organization” Patrick, John “Birthday Boy’ Wiseman, Christina “Heartattack” Falck, Henry “O.” Bloom, Joe “You Should Change That” Scaffido, the entire Stage Crew, Northeastern, J5, and anyone else I’m forgetting who needs some love.
This week: The last 418 programming assignment! A paper for music! Game theory like always! And the aftermath in the wake of J5!
Finally (longest post EVER), huge congrats to Dave Cross and the Cornell Kendo Club, who won their tourney at Harvard this weekend.
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Kate’s house was great. She’ll be coming up for Slope Day. Expect incriminating pictures.
John Cleese is coming back to campus – actually, he’s already here. According to a poster my ever-observant mother saw on the Arts Quad, Prof. Cleese will be giving a sermon on Sunday at 11 AM in Sage Chapel. I will be unable to attend (see below), but if someone can go and report back I’d be much obliged.
Jurassic 5 + Common = This Sunday – the big MCFAB show is this weekend, but honest to God, Jurassic 5 rules and you have no reason not to go. Tickets are still quite available at the door. Show starts at 8 PM, Sunday, in Bailey Hall. I’m heading the Stage Crew, so…yeah.
Recommendations: Kruder & Dorfmeister absolutely fucking rule the world. I picked up the K&D Sessions and it’s the best mix album I’ve purchased since Trance Nation 1. Do not miss this CD set.Kirby Tilt N’ Tumble is a must-have for Game Boy people. No questions, just go buy it.USA Datanet also rules, because they have the best long distance rates I’ve ever seen. If you need long distance, and you’re in the Northeast, check out their website and sign up today. And put me down as a referrer so I get a $2 credit. Finally, Anne Robinson is incredibly delightful on the Weakest Link, so please watch it. Note this is probably the only time you’ll ever hear me tell you to watch something on NBC.
That’s right, my web site is just one large advertisement for everything I like. What, you expected thoughtful writings about world events and meta navel-gazing ramblings?
I’m headed to Kate’s this weekend. Back on Sunday.
So it’s been an eventful weekend here in Ithaca – Spring finally arrived, and the weather was gorgeous up until about 20 minutes ago when the rain started down in a heavy manner. Regardless, here’s an update on everything going on. That IS why you’re here, right? Friday night, we braved the vast sea of kids and went to see Pokemon 3. As with the last two movies, it was cute and well done, and while next to no one who reads this will believe me or listen to this, you should go see it. If you want more details, read this review by a friend-of-a-friend. Also, last night was the epic Bobby “Blue” Bland / BB King concert. I’ll make my promise now to do a full concert write up later tonight, but my thoughts for now is that the show went extremely well, barring some minor audio snafus. Rod Bland – Bobby’s drummer (and son) was absolutely hilarious and a pleasure to work with. And as usual, our crews rocked the house. Load out was done by 1:30, and no, I didn’t walk home in the rain, although I did walk home in pain. This week is hectic, with two prelims and a programming assignment due the same day. Then on Friday I’m making the trek to Kate’s house for a relaxing weekend. I’ve also got a review to write this week, and laundry to do…right now. Till next time.
Yup, CourseEnroll was this morning. CIT decided that the best way to reduce the server load was to put it at an hour where most Cornell students aren’t awake – 7:30 AM. Dastardly, but effective – most of my circle of friends were done by 7:35. Anyhow, here’s how next semester is looking: OR&IE 480 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 4.0 HRS S/U OR LET COM S 472 FOUNDATIONS OF ARTIF INTLLGNCE 3.0 HRS S/U OR LET H ADM 430 INTRODUCTION TO WINES 2.0 HRS S/U ONLY GOVT 111 INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVT & POL 3.0 HRS S/U OR LET COM S 430 INFORMATION DISCOVERY 3.0 HRS S/U OR LET So, yeah, should be interesting. Also, as mentioned previously, that othershowcase of the immortals was last night. While blabbing about wrestling is something very few people want to hear, thumbs up go to Shane “Bippy” McMahon, everyone in the TLC II match, Bobby Heenan, and Paul Heyman for keeping things extremely entertaining.