Archive for October, 2009

Who the hell blogs anymore?

October 22, 2009

So it’s been, what….almost a YEAR since my last blog post?  Twitter has ruined me as a blogger.  Oh well.  If you want to see what’s happening in my life these days, go to twitter.com/n8duke.  However, I felt like I had something to say, so here goes:

For those of you who don’t know, I got married in July.  The wedding was a lot of fun, and I couldn’t be happier.  However, planning a wedding takes a hell of a lot of time and energy.  Yikes.  I did not have time to plan a bachelor party beforehand, so I had my stag night two weeks ago.

I flew into Chicago to hang out with my good friend and ex-Cheese Weed member, Matt Zatkoff.  On the plane ride there I saw something I’ve always wanted to see….another plane flying in the opposite direction.  I just happened to look out the window at the exact right moment, and saw this little plane ZOOM by underneath my plane at a crazy speed.  It was amazing.  I guess I always figured that one would see that kind of thing all the time, but that was my first time.  🙂

Upon arriving in Chicago, Matt and I went to work.  He was shooting a music video (http://www.vimeo.com/7194130) for a reggae/hip hop group at a night club, and I tagged along as the lighting guy.  The whole experience was hysterical.  These dudes must have dropped a TON of money on this video…hiring a camera crew & hot dancing ladies, renting out the club, etc.  The highlights included one of the members ‘tricking’ the hot lady into feeding him a whipped-cream covered strawberry with her mouth, being told we were ‘the coolest whiteboys’ they knew, and the depressingly small amount of people who showed up for the ‘live’ shots.

The next day, Matt went off to work and I hung out Teresa.  We played games, were amazed by Bumpity Boo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPghzjAytBM), and listened to old Cheese Weed tapes (more on that later).  At one point, I was sitting on the couch, and Matt & Teresa’s African Gray Parrot (Greybird) attacked me and tried to bite off my thumb.  I bled.

After meeting up with Evelyn, James, and Sean for Indian food, we went to the Vic Theatre to see THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS!  TMBG is my all time favorite band.  They were on tour for their new science themed kids album, but in select cities, to celebrate the 20th anniversary, they played the entire Flood album.  It was incredible.  The entire sold out crowd was dancing and singing every word to every song.  Great fun.

The next day I woke up and headed to James’s house to meet his new five week old daughter, Brennan.  She is a hilariously cute little alien.  I brought her one of my favorite childhood books, The Story of Ferdinand.  She said thanks by pooping in my hand.  🙂

That evening we met up with David and Adam, and we all went to the final show of Riot Fest.  I got to fulfill a 15 year dream to see Screeching Weasel.  I can’t think of anything else I’ve wanted to do for half of my life.  It was amazing.  There were 5000+ people at the show.  And, again, everyone there was signing every word to every song.  They didn’t even need a mic.  I’ve only been to three shows like that in my life….Screeching Weasel, TMBG (the night before), and Gorilla Biscuits.  YEAH!

After Alkaline Trio bored us to tears, we headed out to the ‘secret show after party’ featuring one of my favorite new bands: Teenage Bottlerocket.  It was free, and totally awesome.  I can’t wait to see ’em again in PDX on Nov 13th.

So, that was my bachelor party.  Fuckin’ A!

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