Saturday, June 11, 2011
On to O-H-I-O!
February 16th, 2011
Ok, everyone has priorities right? When it comes to visits to Ohio there are certain places that need to be visited. One such place was my first stop. Tai's Asian Bistro.
A short aside from the interim of this road trip. This is the perfect opportunity to both thank Candler, and hate Candler, for introducing me to Tai's Asian Bistro. I'd never eaten Chinese before until he, hmm, I think it was pretty much he made me try it. And I liked it. Nothing new in that story. But now I'm in Texas and there is absolutely NO good Asian restaurant that lives up to this place. If you're in Columbus and have never been.... go!
Back to priorities. In Columbus we must spend time with my favorite and the best kitty cat in the ENTIRE world. Peanut. Isn't she adorable?
Which by default means I have to spend time with Peanut's owner. Just kidding. It means I finally get to spend some bonding time with the forever best roommate in the entire world, Laura.
Laura does, however, own the most annoying clock in the whole entire world. Tick, tock. Tick, tock. Sure, it may look nice but don't be fooled. It comes down off the shelf and goes directly under the bathroom sink as soon as it nears bed time. Love your clock Laura!
February 17th, 2011
If I'm in Ohio it is imperative to go down to Cincinnati for some more food. There we have Skyline Chili. So good. So so good.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
At first they had stated no cameras, but the day of the concert we got an email from the lady from PBS stating we could bring our own cameras. Not that I was truly going to leave it behind, but getting that email made me think that we would be able to get individual pictures on our own devices.
We joined others at the box office at 5:00 and then we waited. And waited. Finally we were brought in where we all signed our names and the name of our guest. In my case, my sister, Linda. We were brought into the lobby area of the theater where we waited. And waited. Annnnd waited. The guy from the PBS special was there and talked about... something. lol. PBS stuff? Eventually, Clay's bodygaurd, Jerome, came out to give/get instructions of how they were going to set up the meet and greet. Everyone was clearly prepared and ready. Or not? It ended up that we were to line up, Clay would come around and greet us and sign something and then we would get our picture taken with him. It was rushed but Clay did give each of us individual attention... twice.
I planned to have him sign my over exposed picture from Spamalot stage door. I was thinking more in terms of a way to scrapbook whatever he signed as well as I thought it being purposeful since you can't see who we are anyway. By the time Clay came out I was calm enough (from waiting) that I think I actually remember at least most of what happened. I think. When he got to me I gave him my picture and told him that our first picture didn't turn out so well. He apparently agreed because he gave it an odd look of agreement, laughed and said that's funny. lol. I told him he could just sign across the entire picture... which he did and laughed at it again.
This time around I was a little more aware too as I remember his height... I love that he's taller then I am. A lady down from us commented on how she liked his hair. Clay's hairstyle can always become a topic of conversation as he seems to change it every two weeks. I found it funny because he said that other people had said that too and he hadn't done anything too it... he had just gotten out of the shower. He truly hadn't done anything to it yet either... it was kind of amusing that people were commenting on it. At that point I had a thought that that's why we had been waiting so long? We were waiting for him to finish showering across the street at his (and my) hotel. :)
Once autographs were signed it was picture time. Mary (Clay's awesome tour assistant) and the girl from PBS were taking pictures... I think they were switching off or something... to move the line faster. Not sure. Mary got my camera though. Clay told Mary not to over expose the picture (like my poor Spamalot pic) lol. He also said it could have also just been his face [that caused it to be over exposed]. Yeah, I'm sure that was it... or not. Anyhoo. Linda was kind enough to share her picture with me so I have two pictures with Clay. When she got up she mentioned that I'm the fan, she (Linda) was just the enabler (it was so true... having Linda here/there was just great) Clay was like... "well what's that supposed to mean?" My sister of course backtracked and said that she was a fan too but.... and was cut off by Clay giving her a look and saying "mhmm.... too late now, can't take it back. " lol. I'm SO proud that I actually remember the face he gave her. Classic Clay.
He said thanks to everyone and than it was another wait to the concert. The meet and greet went by fast but it was worth every penny of that donation to PBS.
Another awesome part of the evening was after the concert. We went back to our hotel and found Jerome in the lobby. I finally got a picture with him. He asked me if it was my first concert. Apparently (and according to my sister) I gave him a weird look and he changed his question to was this my first concert of this tour. lol. I said yes, and that I would be in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. He was like... Cleveland?! He totally didn't know they were going to Cleveland - he just thought they were going to Cincinnati! He said that his daughter was going to be upset with him because he had told her he wouldn't be in Cleveland. I kindly informed him that yes, they were going to be in Cleveland on Saturday and also that they better be there because I bought tickets to a show! lol.
Linda and I didn't go back outside in time so we missed Clay coming out of the theater to the bus. There weren't that many people and he stopped to thank people for coming and took some pictures. I didn't want to look stalkerish by running out to meet him so I missed that opportunity.
All in all. It was a great night. Of course, how could it not be?
Oh, the concert was AMAZING too. Great seats.
Now... onward to Ohio!
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thankfully, I didn't have to wait long for an explanation as there came a sort of frustrated scream coming back through the garage door. So much for peaceful.
As it turned out, our household had failed the responsibility of putting out the recycling bin for the second week in a row. Jennie remembered though, partially by the sound of the recycling truck driving past. I was impressed. I can hardly wake up to my alarm that is right next to my head, while she can wake up to a truck driving past our house.
There was an attempt made to roll the bin to the other side of the street but the only response Jennie got was a friendly wave from the driver. With hope lost, it was decided we would have to put our recyclables in bags until the next pickup. And on with our day we went. Until....
I hear the truck rolling back up the road! Since when does the recycling truck go around the neighborhood twice? After our lengthy discussion over left over cereal milk and Oreos it was clearly imperative that we get that recycle bin out. And now there was a restored hope that we would prevail! Getting ready for work and whatever Jennie was doing was put on hold when I yelled for Jennie that the truck was coming back. In some sort of confusion as to why the recyclers, or the collectors for the recyclers, were back we go outside and ponder out loud what to do. They were stopped at our neighbors house so should we wave them down? Run down and ask if they would come back? Should we just take the bin and roll it down to them? So many options to sort out in a short period of time as now the truck was three houses down. And then it was decided. We were going to just roll it down and see what happened. We were on a mission to get this recycling out and we was going to succeed dang it! Either that or fail... we'd have to wait and see.
So Jennie took the job of rolling while I supported her from behind. We got a slightly weird, but friendly enough look from the passenger of the truck, but they took it for us. Success! With the added bonus of none of our neighbors peering out at us running down the street. I don't think...
*This photo is a reenactment