I seriously laughed for about 15 minutes after I heard this song for the first time after one of my Mayer shows in 07! Ben Folds opened for Mayer at some of his shows in 07. My friend bought his cd and we listened to it driving from the venue to the hotel. I think we listened to this song about 5 times because we thought it was hilarious!
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She is a foster dog I’ve had in my house for almost a week. The Humane Society of Utah has a foster home program for volunteers and last week they called me to ask if I could take care of her for a few days….
Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, the $65 million Broadway musical that began previews in late November 2010, has delayed its opening night for a third time to March 15 in order to allow director Julie Taymor and company to address the needs of the technically complex production.
I really wanted to try my hardest to stay away from this and not talk about it at all. As most of you know I have a slightly difficult time dealing with sad events so I just don’t say anything. Yes, I know they are there and the thought of them is always running through my head. It doesn’t mean I don’t care it just means I’d rather keep it to myself. I will be the first person there if you have a problem so don’t hesitate to come to me! I am a good listener and will try my hardest to cheer you up as some of my friends will tell you!
This will be the only mention of this and the person I am talking about will be the only one from this tragedy I will speak of.
Seeing this little girl Christina Green’s face on the television or in the newspaper the past few days really upset me today. She was a beautiful girl who had so much going for her. She wanted to change the world. I heard on the 5 o’clock news tonight that she wanted to go to Penn State and then work in Washington helping other people. It is unfortunate that in order for something “good” to happen something terrible must occur.
Last night when President Obama made his speech I was not home. In fact, I didn’t even know it was going on. When I arrived home and got into bed I was hoping to watch “Modern Family” on my DVR. Little did I know the speech was on and there was no “Modern Family” to be seen. The part of his speech he was up to was when he was talking about Christina. I think I made it about a minute and had to turn it off because I knew if I continued to watch I would have burst into tears and right before I was going to sleep.
When I am with the babies we usually watch “day time talk shows” including Regis & Kelly, Rachael Ray, and The View. After The View is the 12 o’clock news. Today I watched Rachael Ray, The View and the news. Two of these shows are live and both spoke of the shooting and of Christina it was hard to watch but I enjoy watching The View because I like to hear what they say about the different stories in the news in what they call “Hot Topics.” Even Elisabeth Hasselbeck who is very much a Republican thought that the speech was great and coming from her I knew it must have been good. The news of course covered some of this but I wasn’t fully watching or listening because it was time to feed the boys lunch.
In the afternoon we watch cooking shows, The Nate Berkus Show, The Ellen Degeneres Shows, and then the 5 o’clock news. The second story on the news was about Christina’s funeral. The first being about Lawrence Taylor and his arrest. Seeing that tiny casket being push out of what I think was a church make me tear up. I do leave at 5 and as soon as I saw that I had to walk out the door. No child, no matter what their ambitions are, should be laid to rest.
After I left I had to go to the Honda Service Center where my car is because as some of you know it didn’t start on Saturday so it had to be towed there. First problem, something wrong with the timing. Second problem, bend rods in the engine. Yesterday we find out they have to replace the entire engine. This car has about 600 miles on it and it is about 6 weeks old. I got it with 11 miles on it the first week of December. I had to go there so that I could get some stuff out of it. I didn’t take anything out on Saturday because I didn’t think the problem was that severe that my car would be there for this long (and who knows how much longer). When I was getting into the little VW Beetle that I am driving I got really upset because of all the stuff I was seeing on the television today and the past few days and because I want my car back. Yes, I have always wanted to drive a Beetle but I wanted it on my terms, not because my car is broken. In my possession I had 7 CDs because my car has a 6 CD changer so I took them all out plus I had a CD that I brought to the city with me yesterday. I am not going to mention what CD I ended up putting in the CD player but to the person who was singing I really need to thank you! My about 10 minute drive home while listening to you sing really made me feel better about things.
To all those who have been affected by the tragedy in Arizona my heart goes out to you. It (sorry for the use of this word) sucks that something like this has to happen for people to realize that gun control needs to actually be controlled along with many other things.
What a sad, sad thing that you can’t be here to see it, but you did something with your life that no politician in yours ever did or could: you unified the United States of America. Today you’re making people think more than speak. And maybe when they’re done thinking, they’ll speak differently. And then maybe after they speak differently others will want to think differently, and maybe that’s how the world comes to change for the better.
Over the past few weeks, whether it be online, on tv, or in everyday spoken conversation, I have read and heard a lot of things that bother me.
Why can’t a person be grateful and appreciative for what they have? My philosophy in life is that someone always has it worse than you or someone always looks worse than you.
The next time you complain that you have something about yourself that you want to change, or you don’t have as much money as you would like, remember someone has it a lot worse than you!
Don’t get me wrong, I want to loose a few pounds as much as the next person, I sometimes wish I were a millionaire (so I can buy lots of shoes and go on fancy vacations), but overall I am happy with what I have. Actually I am more than happy, I am grateful and appreciative! I will tell you that I am very fortunate and lucky.
When you leave food on your breakfast, lunch, or dinner plate hasn’t someone always told you “Finish your food, there are starving children in (a certain place).”?
Anyone that is reading this I am sure that you have a roof over your head, a bed to sleep in, food on the table, hopefully great friends, a great family, and your health.
Stop being jealous that you were not somewhere when something happens. It was not your time to be there. If it’s meant to be it will be.
You weren’t at John Mayer’s latest secret show? Oh well! He is playing new songs, he wants these shows to be a secret because you (the biggest fan) is not the person he wants to play for. He wants an unbiased opinion or “reaction” to these songs from those that don’t listen to his music on a regular basis. If he wanted his biggest fans there the show would have been announced. Be grateful that you are able to listen to the music from the show thanks to a really nice person who recorded or took video.
Yes, in December when John played his secret show at the Village Underground I was really close (as in location) and missed it by 5 minutes. For a split second I was pissed but then I got over it and realized he was not there to play for someone like me. He was there to play for the girl I saw on the street and when I asked her about the show the only answer she could give me was that “he is so hot.” Not the answer I wanted but at the time the only answer I was going to get. There was probably only a small handful of his bigger fans there. Hey, the show was “recorded” and I got to listen to the songs he played.
Everyone wishes that they can be somewhere else. I wish that I can be on a permanent vacation traveling the world but I have come to the reality that I am going to be stuck in NY during this not so fun winter. This is the way my life was meant to be. I’ll take what I can get.
Don’t like something about the way you look? I hate to break it to you but that’s the way you were made and that’s the way you are supposed to be. I am going to stop right here on this issue because I can go on a lot more and it will not be pretty.
So, the next time you start complaining about what someone else has or where someone else was, please remember that someone always has it worse than you!
The headphones that came with my iPhone are on their way out. I need to buy a new pair because I use them for the iPhone and I also use them with my iPod (two separate devices!). I just need a pair of headphones that have the mic on them. Any suggestions??
Finishing this top 10 off right (at least I think this is right!). What was the last vacation I took this year was also one of the most interesting, insane, and completely unexpected trips of the year.
I originally had no intention of going back to Atlanta after our first trip in March but when I was playing around and looking for tickets when they went on sale a 6th row dead center ticket came up. Yeah, that was the end of not going. I instantly purchased the ticket and informed everyone that I would be heading down to Atlanta with them (Sue, Brenda, Heather, Annette, Holly, and Kristy).
My trip started with a fairly early morning flight on a Tuesday. The wonderful Sue picked me up at the airport and we headed over to our hotel. When I got in the car I was informed that the first “turn around” of the trip happened before I even got in the car. Thank you Atlanta airport. Oh yeah, the second one happened right after I got in the car and we tried to exit the airport. Once we got to the hotel we waited around for Heather and Holly so we could get some food for lunch. I believe by the time we got done Annette was at the hotel! We all hung around for a while in our huge room.
At some point we all got ready to head over to Smith’s Olde Bar for David Ryan Harris with his special guest friends - Sean Hurley, Bob Reynolds, and Bryan Lipps. We had a bit of a photo op when we arrived to SOB and went inside to the room.
We were all highly entertained by the opener Russ T. Cobb (yes, that was his real name - or at least his stage name). With Heather, Sue, and I on the floor right in the front and I have a feeling that we were pretty loud because we were laughing A LOT! Unless you were at the show there is no way you could understand what were listening to and what we had to witness for about 40 minutes before DRH came on. A little after David’s set started Brenda & Kristy arrived!! Glad they made it in time to check out some of the show. Of course the show was amazing!! Towards the end of David’s set he said that this would be the last song and he was getting out of there. Everyone started getting text messages and tweets that John was going to be playing a secret (or not so secret) show at Eddie’s Attic. Everyone (Sue, Heather, Brenda, Kristy, Annette, Holly, Erica, Amy, Megan, Justin, and Kevin) never booked it so quickly to get to the car. THANK YOU GPS for getting us to Eddie’s Attic on the first shot. The one and only time the GPS got us somewhere on the first try was to Eddie’s and it was probably the most important drive of Atlanta! We had to wait outside of Eddie’s for a while but we were part of a small group that could fit inside the room.
This show was a real treat hands down! It was all acoustic with DRH, Sean, Charlie Wilson, and Bob playing on some songs with him. When we got there Heather and I went toward the front so we could see better. I didn’t realize at the table next to where we were standing was Bob Reynolds, Chad, Ken, and a few other people. Bob gets up and accidentally bumps into me. I didn’t realize at first it was him until he screamed “Mandi” and gave me a hug. He had a little bit to drink I think! During the show Bob went to the back by the other girls. Before one of the songs John called for Bob to go up on stage and apparently he didn’t realize his name was being called so the girls were telling him “thats you!!” Funny story for the evening!
We got to hear acoustic “Assassin”, “Friends, Lovers, or Nothing”, “Quiet”, “Half of My Heart” and I believe on this song he played the harmonica with it which is amazing!! David got to sing “Strong Enough” (one of my faves) and “If I had a Dime” one of John’s favorite DRH songs. I was so glad that I decided to buy a ticket to the JM concert because this was such a treat to see this intimate/acoustic show and for only $10! After the show we invaded the nearest IHOP we could find. Yes, again!
The next day started off with everyone taking a trip to the fancy mall in Atlanta! Sue, Heather, Brenda, and I traveled together there. We had to go looking for Holly and Kristy who drove in a separate car. We went looking for the food court, which at most malls is upstairs, but couldn’t find it. We started to walk up some stairs and we all turned around and saw Sean Hurley coming toward us. I think he saw us before we saw him. Behind him we saw David at the Starbucks stand. We ended up chatting with them for a while. Of all the places in Atlanta we see them shopping in the mall. Very funny indeed! We ended up having California Pizza Kitchen for lunch. After lunch we went back to the hotel to get ready for the Mayer Concert at Aaron’s Amphitheater. Thank goodness wristbands were being sold at this show and I was able to help out (thanks Brenda, Sue, & Kristy for allowing me to help out again!) because Owl City was opening and they are TERRIBLE!
The seats I had for this show were AMAZING!! I had Heather & Erica directly in front of me and Annette was behind me a few seats over. Another great set from John and the summer tour ended on an extremely high note!
After the show we headed to a Waffle House for some post concert food.
And here is a picture of my check - math completed by our genius waitress:
After we ate we went back to the hotel for some night time fun! Sue created a finger puppet show that summed up the few days in Atlanta.
If you want to see the videos you can go to my YouTube channel. There is a total of 5 videos MandiElyse on YouTube. They are titled “Adventures of John Mayer & SueSues.” If you have never seen them before I highly suggest taking a look because it is beyond hysterical! Sleep this night was not happening since I had to be at the airport at about 4 am. Sue and I hung out in the hotel lobby chatting and then because she is so wonderful she drove me to the airport.
I hope you all enjoyed my Top 10 Moments of 2010. Thank you to every single person that made this year one of the best. It couldn’t of happened with out you. Here’s to making even more memories in 2011!
Favorite “OMG” moment of the year - About a week after my return from Atlanta I saw a tweet that 13th Witness was going to be having an “art gallery” showing at a place called Reed Space on the Lower East Side in NYC. Seeing his work throughout the winter and summer tours I knew I had to attend this. I was joined by Jeannie, Jess, and her friend. No sooner after we arrived Jess says to us, “you will never guess who just walked in.” I turn around and there is John Mayer. He had a camera on his shoulder and he was very casually dressed. About 10 minutes after we arrived we went up to him to say hi and he graciously took a picture with us. He was maybe there for about 30 minutes. I went to this event to see some amazing photography and was in complete OMG shock to see that John showed up. It was a really cool evening. Thank you John for allowing me to create so many unforgettable memories with some amazing friends.
The end of the countdown has arrived and I am sure a lot of you can figure our exactly what is my #1 moment of 2010.
So just like moment #4 (DRH v NYC) this moment has 2 parts to it as well. The time period of this moment is several months rather than about 30 days. One part happened in March and the other part happened in September. This entry will be from March and tomorrow I will post the September one (sorry tumblrs been giving me issues tonight thus causing me to keep editing this entry).
In March, I met a lot of the girls in Atlanta for the John Mayer concert. I arrived at the airport and Heather came to get me. We had to wait around a little bit for Erika’s arrival. Once she arrived we went “looking” for Heather’s car. About 10 minutes of searching we finally found it. I don’t remember the exact order of everything that we did but I know we did some touristy things. I am pretty sure that on our first night in Atlanta we went to the Waffle House to have some late night dinner and then hung out in the hotel the rest of the evening with Sue, Brenda, Kristy, and Annette.
The next morning Heather, Erika, and I went driving around Atlanta. My memory from this is that we got lost, we drove by The Varsity about 4 times, Heather was getting a little frustrated, and the GPS couldn’t get us back to the hotel. Not getting somewhere on the first try with a GPS was the common theme for the trip! Our official theme song was “Turn Around” by David Ryan Harris because you always got lost and always had to “turn around.” That evening Michael Franti was playing a side stage show outside the Phillips Arena. Unfortunately we got lost again and only heard part of the last song.
After the show was finished we walked to the CNN Center and had dinner. That is about the time that Holly arrived in Atlanta!! After we finished we went back to the arena for the concert. I am not one to start fights but I almost got into a screaming match with the security guard that wouldn’t let me bring my vinyl record in with me. Thank you to the nice lady behind the desk at the “checked items” area that laughed when I showed her what I had with me. No checked bag for me! I sat with Heather, Sue and Brenda sat together, Holly and Kristy sat together, Erika and Annette had there seats as well but not with us.
It was about time for Franti to come on stage and we were all so excited no matter where we were sitting. You can’t help but not want to go crazy when he comes on stage by singing and dancing. I have to say since this is my last post of the top 10, Franti was one of the most crowd pumping openers I have ever seen. Holly got to go up on stage and dance with them. When Heather and I saw her going up we started screaming her name in excitement!
During “Say Hey” Sue & Brenda got to go up on stage and we were screaming for them too! It was so much fun seeing your friends on stage.
Because tonight’s show was on St. Patrick’s day green was the color of choice for most of us as you can see in the pictures. Tonight’s Mayer concert included all of the favorites and of course he had to play “St. Patrick’s Day” given the obvious! I never heard this song live before so it was a real treat. It is such a good song that is rarely played. I also have to say that I have gotten some pretty “rare” songs over the past year with Mayer concerts and I will post them later because I have another part of this that includes a rarity.
After the show we got stuck in some “after concert traffic.” I clearly remember John’s tweet saying something along the lines of being stuck in after concert traffic and knowing it is from your concert makes it a little bit better. If you remember the exact tweet please share it with me! We then headed over to some bar and got to catch a little bit of Sam Thacker’s set.
The next morning we celebrated Erika’s birthday with a delicious cake that Heather made!
The rest of the morning/afternoon we went to Fellini’s Pizza for lunch and had a lot of fun there!
After lunch we went by Eddie’s Attic and had some picture taking fun!
This was followed by a trip to the World of Coca-Cola. We toured, saw a video, and everyone tasted the Coke at the end. I don’t drink soda so I just tried some Hi-C.
After World of Coke we headed back to our hotel so we could change and get ourselves to Smith’s Olde Bar for the David Ryan Harris show. For some reason, this is the only picture I can find from that show on my computer is this one. They are on my external hard drive and tomorrow I will pick some to post for you all to see.
JJ Johnson was back (for this show only!) and Sean was going to be playing with David. I remember having a very interesting conversation with JJ about drugs and the pharmacy. If you want further details message me. Of course, David’s show was great. After the show we headed and invaded an IHOP. They didn’t know what they had in store for them. Never a dull moment when with these wonderful ladies. The next day it was “heading out” day for me.
We did however go to the mall and have an early lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. After lunch we got stuck in some traffic causing me to be very nervous that I was going to miss my flight. I did make it (fortunate and unfortunate) and thus ending my first and certainly not last trip for the year to Atlanta.
Until tomorrow when I will post part 2.
Favorite musician I hadn’t seen live in over a year - Bob Reynolds This was last May at 55 Bar in NYC. Bob will be playing there in a few weeks (1.21.11) at 10 and 11:30pm. If you are in the area you should come by! He is such an amazing saxophonist.