Sunday, February 28, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
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Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I think that when John Mayer titled his newest album Battle Studies, it probably had so many more meanings to it than what anyone would guess up front.
I'm not a huge fan myself. I like his music alright. I think he writes some great lyrics at times, and the man certainly knows how to play the guitar. However, I think he's kind of full of himself and has a lot of growing up to do, so it's hard for me to have a ton of respect for him.
Nonetheless, my sister LOVES him, so I decided to be the best big sister in the world and get tickets to see him last night in Nashville as her Christmas present. She was ecstatic on Christmas morning!
We headed downtown and joined the thousands of other people making their way to the arena. He played a good bit of new stuff, and he played some of the oldies I really like. One of my favorite tunes from the new album is Assassins, so I was pleased to hear it live.
At the end? Well, what you may have heard is true. John Mayer pretty much broke down on stage. My sister and I didn't have a clue what had happened with his recent interviews and inappropriate comments, but next thing we new we were both sitting there like "Is he crying on stage?"
I think that this little piece on it describes the account best if you're interested.
I may not like him very much, and I DEFINITELY think he's got a ways to go in terms of maturing... but I think that making a public apology is a step. I have more respect for men who can sincerely acknowledge when they make a mistake as opposed to the ones who "issue a statement."
Only time will tell if John really learns and changes from the experience, but I know that it can be hard to open up to anyone, much less a crowd of thousands of fans.
Do I like him any better because of this? Not really. I've seen him live now and probably won't ever feel the need to do it again. (Unlike Dave Matthews Band... I've been to 6 shows and will certainly go to as many more as I can.) But I think it was kind of cool to be part of that audience that got to hear him open up and apologize.
He said he just wants to play his guitar. I hope that's what he'll start doing.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
- I got a free lunch at Arby's today. The matter in which it happened is kind of funny and sad. I had a coupon for a free regular roast beef. The girl couldn't figure out how to get it to ring up, and finally she found a way to make it happen. Then I ordered a $1 fry and a $1 drink. (Hey, I'm unemployed and on a budget.) When she punched them in, they rang up higher prices. I pointed this out and she told me they didn't have buttons to push for the value items and them made it do a 20% off thing and the total was still like $3.50 instead of the $2.20 it should have been. She seemed baffled that I wasn't going to pay that when I ordered two items that were $1... She stared at me. I stared at her. She punched in something and announced my meal was free. O...k... I think she just had no idea how to ring up my order, which I thought was kind of sad but I wasn't about to question it.
- So then I went to Wal-Mart. I'd really like to boycott that place because I never have a good experience when I'm in there, but since I'm on a tight budget I really need to shop where most of the items I buy are cheapest. That would be Wal-Mart. Today's big issue? They're remodeling... which means rearranging everything. Something they did like two years ago. My first big issue is that they're letting themselves run out of a ton of stuff so that it's easier to move things around. I think this is pretty unfair to the customers as well as bad business practice because I was annoyed they didn't have things I wanted AND they lost money when I went elsewhere to buy it. Second, in a few weeks I'll go in there and everything will be moved and I won't know where anything is and I will be annoyed. Ugh.
- It's snowing again. It's not much... maybe an inch or so. But this is crazy. I'm suddenly having one of those "we're not in Tennessee anymore" kind of moments. It was crazy to get enough snow to go sledding in last week. To see more of the white stuff again so soon is unsettling. Global warming my foot. (BTW, don't leave me comments about how it's "climate change" now and that it really does exist. I'll probably just delete it because it's my blog and I can do that. God controls the weather. End of story.)
- I really miss dancing sometimes. I don't miss spending my Saturday afternoons at the dance studio, but I do miss that feeling of going out on stage and doing a really fast tap number or a really amazing pointe dance.
- I'm running a half marathon on Saturday. The longest I've ran to prepare is 10 miles. I know I'll finish, but it will definitely be more of a training run sort of race instead of one where I try to do well. Plus it's going to be cold. Really cold. What was I thinking?
Friday, February 5, 2010
96. Read one book per month, minimum - I was too busy in December to finish anything, so I made sure to get two books read in January. First, I read John Grisham's The Broker while I was on the cruise. I think his books are great vacation reads. I also read Dean Karnazes's 50/50 book. I have to admit that I was kind of disappointed. It'd be a great book to read if I were a beginner and needed lots of advice, but most of it was stuff I already knew. I guess I had expected him to write more about the actual marathon courses and cities, so I was a little bummed to find that wasn't the case.