av8rmike: (blinkie ponie)
I'm cross-posting this entry from Dreamwidth for some reason, even though it is all about things LiveJournal. Also, I'm still deciding how much involvement I want to continue to have here (DW).

So, Vegas. I can't do a day-by-day round-up of everything that went on because it's already a little hazy in my memory, but suffice it to say that everything was awesome and we had so much fun. (OK, sitting in traffic for an hour trying to get to Hoover Dam wasn't as fun, but that's life.) Some highlights:
  • The house kicked ass, but everyone who was there already knows that.

  • Jamie and I trying to make rice pudding in the auxiliary kitchen for 20+ people, then screwing up and subsequently salvaging the recipe.

  • Seeing the NV State Museum with [livejournal.com profile] gameboyguy13 and [livejournal.com profile] teshiron.

  • Finding a Lucille's BBQ while hunting for an Original Pancake House.

  • Of course, the big Cheesecake Factory group dinner, and meeting up with a friend I hadn't seen since high school (who lives in LV). The long-ass table wasn't the optimal seating arrangement for conversations, unfortunately. If only the people at the opposite end of the table had seen the text messages I was sending them. ;)

  • Instead of Melting Pot, Moroccan food at Marrakech (no offense to those who went to MP, but I think we had much better food).

  • Collecting "cards" while on the Strip and seeing the Bellagio fountain show.

  • The aforementioned driving out to Hoover Dam with more people than I can mention.

  • Running into [livejournal.com profile] burr86 and [livejournal.com profile] hachi while trying to meet up with them at the Atomic Testing Museum.

  • Mille Bournes and Monty Python Fluxx (finally!) with [livejournal.com profile] ferrell, [livejournal.com profile] elyssa, [livejournal.com profile] stevieg, and [livejournal.com profile] snarkbite.

  • MST3k with [livejournal.com profile] coffeechica, Glee with [livejournal.com profile] danceinacircle, and talking shop with [livejournal.com profile] aveleh and [livejournal.com profile] the_kitty_kat.

Everyone else I didn't mention, thanks just for being your wonderful selves.
av8rmike: (food)
One of my fellow violinists gave me an Asian pear at rehearsal last night. It's easily the size of a softball. I have no idea how to eat it.

Why, no, I wasn't neglecting my journal(s) for the last 4 days. I was thinking about posting each and every day. =P
av8rmike: Optimus Prime on Obama poster; text: "Change into a truck" (change)
I haven't been in much of a mood to update lately, in case anyone has been concerned. I spent all of my working time last week in a sort of training session for some stuff for work. Fortunately the working days were shorter, so I was getting up and getting home at my usual times. Unfortunately, the training was at a Navy lab that's 45 miles away, on the other side of DC. So, I spent an hour or more driving each way. At least I could file for a local mileage reimbursement.

I left a little early on Friday so Jamie and I could drive up to Pennsylvania. One of my close friends from college was having her "pirate-themed post-wedding parrrrr-ty" on Saturday morning and we were staying at my mother's place. Not only would we have to drive into Pittsburgh early that morning, we'd also be missing Rosh Hashanah services. I know that I had a much better time at the wedding party, bees and all. Since the party was over mid-afternoon, we took a little driving tour of Pittsburgh, then a walking tour of my college and my old house. It's always interesting how much has changed and yet how little has changed.

Weekend

Aug. 19th, 2007 09:54 pm
av8rmike: Star of David (jewish)
I don't talk much about my weekends anymore, but there were a few things that happened that were worth mentioning. On Saturday I came home from a shopping trip to Arundel Mills to find a little sticky note on my door. My upstairs neighbor, a Hopkins School of Public Health first-year, was having some people over and invited me to stop by. I thought it was really sweet of her, and told her so, but I was already going to my friend Ilana's housewarming in Owings Mills, and I'd committed to that weeks ago.

I'd parked my car by the park in front of Peabody, and when I got there, there was a wedding taking place in the park. Wedding photographs aren't that unusual, given the number of people that get married at the Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, but this was a Jewish wedding. You can tell by the hundred or so people wearing kipot, and the prominent chuppah. I thought it was interesting, but promptly forgot to ask anyone at the party if they knew who the couple might have been.

Today I spent about 3 hours listening to musicians of varying abilities auditioning for the orchestra. It was certainly a different experience being on the other side of the table (so to speak) for once. In an orchestral setting, that is. I'd been a part of dozens of auditions for the a cappella group. I just found this time to be more enjoyable.
av8rmike: (webcam)
Watching Wizard of Oz after playing a ballet version.
av8rmike: Pittsburgh Steelers helmet and logo (steelers)
This weekend went from "nothing to do" to "not enough time to do everything" in pretty short order. I killed time on Saturday, as has tended to be my usual way, and was contemplating how to kill the evening, when my friend Bonnie called. She and a friend were going to their neighborhood bar for karaoke, so out I went. No, I didn't sing, because it looked to be a "regulars get favorited"-type of treatment. Then, while I was out, I got messages from Jess about directions to Sunday's Super Bowl party at her friend's place in Arlington. Her and I managed to talk a little beforehand, and since she said not to bring beer, I elected to try the brownie recipe one of our recent interns at work left behind.

Unfortunately, between running to the store, throwing laundry in, and mixing/baking/packaging the brownies, I didn't have much time for the practicing I neglected to do Saturday. The party was pretty fun, despite me knowing only one person there and the hosts being Chicago fans. Not that I cared one way or the other about the outcome.

Today I have to go home really early, not just because of rehearsal, but my teacher is back to lessons again, and this afternoon was the only time we could schedule. Should be interesting.
av8rmike: (webcam)
So.... yeah, Jamie hopped a last-minute flight Saturday night. We went to the Renaissance Festival on Sunday and I cooked her dinner that night.

Today we finally managed to catch up with my friends Katie and Eric and their impossibly cute son, recently settled into their new house. We couldn't play any chamber music becuase they couldn't find the music they'd packed away. It'll have to wait until another time.

Best Labor Day weekend I could have asked for.
av8rmike: Star of David (jewish)
Sorry, not much interesting happening lately. I went hiking on Saturday with Leah, then learned how to play Settlers of Catan with our mutual friend Jared. Now I'll know for the next games night.
av8rmike: (webcam)
Thanks to Inna, Marianna, and Paul, and by extension, the Greenspring Valley Orchestra, that was a pretty good way to celebrate my birthday.

Stuff

Jul. 17th, 2006 12:24 pm
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
I guess I just haven't had much interesting to say lately. I noticed that I stopped posting my practice logs after I was done working on the Beethoven Romance a few weeks ago. No particular reason for it, I just got tired trying to keep track of how much time I was spending on a specific item. Also, I've been spending less time working on "serious" stuff and more goofing off, despite the fact I should be working on the Bach E-major Partita.

Sorry to anyone who was expecting to see me at Gettysburg this weekend. I thought about it and decided pretty much at the last minute that there wasn't anyone I wanted to drive for an hour to talk to. I know that might sound harsh, but I've had so little time to read and be active on the boards now that it made more sense to me.

Not that I ended up having much better to do Saturday, anyway. I went to Beth Am's services in the park Friday night and re-connected with a few people. One person invited me out to see Superman Saturday night, but I never heard from him.
av8rmike: Alton Brown with megaphone (AB-rant)
I am the worst friend ever. No wonder I don't have any anymore.
av8rmike: (webcam)
I'd type up a big summary of this weekend, but it's late and my wrists are bugging me from a long rehearsal.

Saturday:
  • Helping [livejournal.com profile] gingy and [livejournal.com profile] weirddave move again, with help from [livejournal.com profile] danceswithcats1, ultrafilter, and some Canadians.
  • Hoping my mom wasn't lost somewhere on the streets of Baltimore.
  • Found her outside my apartment, after she'd wandered around a bit and found a bookstore.
  • Going to HonFest in Hampden and Golden West Cafe for dinner.
  • Going to the massive Wegman's grocery store in Hunt Valley to be a looky-loo.

Sunday:
  • Going to the Baltimore Farmer's Market in the morning for breakfast, and came back with strawberries and herb plants.
  • Killing an hour or two walking around and investigating the MD Historical Society.
  • Seeing Yuri Temirkanov's last concert ever as Music Director of the BSO, conducting Mahler's Second.
  • Mooching dinner from Dad.


I think that's about it. Any questions?
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
You gotta love these Monday holidays... Three days in a row where I get to sit around at home and do nothing.

Friday night a bunch of us went to the BSO to see Julia Fischer perform Beethoven's violin concerto, although I was more interested in hearing Shostakovich's First symphony and comparing it to Peabody's performance a few months ago. All in all it was pretty good, probably one of the better performances of the concerto I'd seen in a while. After four curtain calls, Fischer played the fugue from the Bach G Minor Sonata for an encore. Afterwards, the group (Paul, Naomi, Zen, Melissa, Sean, and I) tried to go to City Cafe for dinner, but this was now the second time they've closed early on a Friday night that I've been there. We opted for the Owl Bar in the Belvedere Hotel, but the service was pretty terrible. It took forever to get drinks, and they were out of so many things (graduation and prom season cleaned them out, they claimed). We were in there two hours, after which I can say I won't be going back for a while.

The only thing important I can remember about Saturday was going to the running club in the morning and seeing "DaVinci Code" at the Charles in the evening. I still haven't finished the book, but I'm relieved that the movie was dumbed down so much, I could figure out where it was going after about half an hour. In the associated board thread, I made the comment that the movie was just "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" meets "Dogma", but both movies handled the subjects better and were more enjoyable.

Yesterday I went to the farmer's market for breakfast and ran into my friend Rachel, whom I hadn't seen in forever, but she was her usual aloof self. Again, I must not have done anything interesting for the rest of the day, besides practicing and going to Whole Foods in the evening. I got a nice (and expensive!) swordfish steak for dinner, so it wasn't a total loss. On the other hand, I did almost nothing today. Well, not completely nothing, I did vacuum and dust some stuff. Unfortunately, no mooching a grilled dinner off my dad this week, as I'd forgotten he was away on travel most of the weekend.

So, I'm sure if I've forgotten something important, I'll update again. In the meantime, one of the best WWII movies ever made is on.
av8rmike: (webcam)
Several people now have complimented me on my photographs, not just saying "they look pretty" and stuff, but that they're good examples of photography and art. It's interesting because I know very little about the science and methods of taking pictures, things like exposure settings, depth of field, and composition. I've never even taken a class. I usually would see something I liked, move around a little until it looked like I wanted, and snap a picture. I know nothing about using Photoshop; all my recent pictures were touched up a little in Picasa to bring out some of the color contrast, but that's it. What pains me is all the pictures I couldn't take in Korea, either because I was in a car or train and wasn't fast enough or something would get in the way.

Anyway, had a pretty good weekend, despite my original plans not coming to fruition. Friday night had the last regular semester concert at Villa Julie. It's a good thing I practiced all that Mozart stuff because at times I think no one else was playing. :P Still, people said they enjoyed the concert, and I got to go out with Katie and Eric afterwards. Their 4-month-old son is a total woman magnet. =)

Saturday I did some volunteer work with the club for Baltimore Reads, a local charity that collects children's books for needy kids. After sitting in the sun there for a while, I also checked out the flower mart at the Washington Monument... and wound up with a nice sunburn. In the evening I met up with [livejournal.com profile] fuzzy_gizmo and crew in DC, playing games until the wee hours. Unfortunately, the hours got even more wee by the time I got home, owing to the accident that closed down the Parkway for half an hour. At least I didn't have anything I needed to be up for yesterday.
av8rmike: Alton Brown with megaphone (AB-rant)
No one is in the office today, it seems. Must be a holiday today.

Where the hell are the laptops we're supposed to be taking on our trip??

Finally, Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] anitavacation!
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
I just sent e-mails to about half a dozen friends this morning that I haven't talked to in a while. Hopefully no one will accuse me of not trying to stay in touch with people. If you didn't get an e-mail and want one, I guess you can let me know.

Since I was busy talking to people last night after practicing, I neglected to write up a log. I spent about the entire 45 minutes trying to play through Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony, and still didn't get all the way through. It's going to be a fun couple of weeks.
av8rmike: (violin)
I didn't have much time all weekend to make an entry, so I'm doing it now. OK, so I had a little bit of time last night, but I didn't feel up to a lot of typing. Saturday was this month's orchestra concert, this time a George Gershwin review/retrospective brought to you by major media sponsor Comcast. There was a trio of soprano, pianist, and bassist; multimedia presentation, marching band, student soloist, the works. More importantly to me, I had a visit from the lovely and talented [livejournal.com profile] mmytacism, whom regular participants in #straightdope might know better as agroof.

The concert seemed to go off very well. We all got a mostly-standing ovation (mostly the lower level, but I saw [livejournal.com profile] mmytacism standing in the balcony), and it was a nearly sell-out crowd. What was disappointing was the reception Comcast had planned for us. They told us Comcast had spent $3,000 getting it catered by the Elkridge Furnace Inn, but they'd clearly not ordered enough. By the time most of the orchestra members got out there, most of the food was gone. We hung out for a bit and talked to people, then drove back to Baltimore for some late-night eats at the Mount Vernon Stable instead.

Sunday her and I mostly puttered about town, first checking out the smoked salmon at Greg's Bagels, then exploring some shops in Hampden, including almost crashing a bridal shower at Finnertea's. I couldn't believe how cold & windy it was, because that put a damper on most of the fun stuff I could think to do. Unfortunately, she had to head back, and I had to cook dinner for myself rather than my usual Sunday activity of mooching off Dad. Also unfortunately, no photographic evidence taken. =(

No rehearsal tonight, fortunately, but lots of practicing required.
av8rmike: (webcam)
Just a quick update for the evening... I just got back from the Baltimore Symphony (for the second weekend in a row). Tonight was Emanuel Ax playing Mozart's Concerto #9, and then Stravinsky's Petroushka. Not nearly as exhilarating as last week's Ein Heldenleben, but still a wonderful performance, complete with Ax playing a Chopin prelude (?) as an encore.

Now I have to go pack some stuff for the weekend. I'm going to Pittsburgh to see [livejournal.com profile] guinastasia, and if I feel up to it, my mom on the way back.
av8rmike: (violin)
I could spend hours and hours typing up everything that was going on this weekend. I posted a schedule last Sunday, so everyone should know there were two concerts going on, Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night's was with the Greenspring Valley Orchestra at Villa Julie College, but they haven't posted any news about it. I think it went pretty well, since the audience was appreciative, if small. I was just glad to be done with the music, having been playing it for nearly four months. One of my friends from the other orchestra came with a few of his friends, and we all went out for dinner afterwards.

Saturday was the concert with the Columbia Orchestra, featuring Rimsky-Korsakoff's Scheherezade and Tan Dun's Concerto for Paper Percussion. Mom was driving down just to see this concert, but had to leave early Sunday to get back for the Steelers game (speaking of which, YEAH! GO STILLERZ!). I took a bunch of pictures, both at the concert and Thursday's dress rehearsal. With a little post-processing, they didn't come out half bad. [livejournal.com profile] gingy and her son came out to hear the show as well, and apart from Matthew falling asleep, it seems like he had a good time. The muffins are delicious, BTW. Thanks!

Now, on to the pictures... )

Thankfully, this will be an easy week coming up, although I will be returning to my violin lessons.
av8rmike: Alton Brown with megaphone (AB-rant)
My last day of work before my 10 day weekend, and I'm much busier than I should be. I'm surpervising 3-4 people on two different projects, one of which is at home with a broken leg, and I'm planning to take all next week off.

People are bringing in all sorts of leftovers from their various holiday parties, so there's an unholy amount of food in the conference room that there aren't enough people to eat.

Serenity is a pretty cool movie, and I'm glad I got to see it on Jared's big 50" DLP, instead of on my TV or computer screen.

My former New Year's plans seem to have evaporated. Who wants to do something fun, here or possibly in PA?

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