Speaking of Vince, the two of us went to the 400 Bar last night, despite learning that Mark Kozelek cancelled for the second time in a week. Rumor has it, he was being kind of a bitch about the shows and his cancellation caused quite a rift within the band. Retribution Gospel Choir went ahead and played without him, and the show was pretty good. Kind of what you'd expect from an Alan Sparhawk side project, but with a few surprises. The drummer was f**king manic, and a bit of a pleasure to watch. I'd definitely see RGC again for $5.00.
I should also mention that I caught the somewhat unannounced Communique show last Wednesday. I almost didn't go due to a strange, temporary illness, but I'm so glad I changed my mind. It's too bad it was kind of a last-minute booking and the crowd was so small. Those guys can really rock. And I got a free tee shirt!
It seems people either love the fair or they hate it. I'm a fair lover; I go a few times every year. What's not to like? Delicious food, a shopping extravaganza, sheep to pet, crazy people to watch, and, this year, Mötley Crüe(!). A whole bunch of my friends are going to the Crüe concert, but I honestly couldn't get that excited about it. I mean, I'd have to be really excited to pay $45.00 for an outdoor show. I'd be much more inclined to see REO Speedwagon and Styx, but my nephew's birthday party is that day, so I won't be making that, either.
The malls were incredibly dead today, especially Rosedale. I stopped in at Marshall Field's and noticed that they still had some of last year's leftover cold weather in Accessories. If you're looking to do some early Christmas shopping, they've got about 4 dozen pairs of furry earmuffs marked at 75% off.
I'm off to the MOA to look for brown flats. I got a killer deal on a brown corduroy cropped pantsuit (not really "gauchos" -- much less flared) and it needs shoes to match so very badly.
Oh, I have some links, though:
- The Humane Society is having a Hats & Cats event. Wear a hat to either the Golden Valley or Coon Rapids location and get 50% a cat adoption, or 25% a kitten adoption.
- Not doing anything September 10th? Sign up for the James Page Blubber Run. $26.00 gets you a tee shirt, 2 free beers, a sandwich, and admission to the outdoor afterparty (featuring Better than Ezra).
- Saving you the best for last: Liquor Depot kicks off their Fall Wine Sale today. The sale goes to September 17th, and every Friday and Saturday they'll have 8-15 bottles open for tasting. A complete list of wines and prices can be found here (pdf).
Well, I did it. I finally bought the Blackberry 7100t. Juggling all my men -- my business clients, thankyouverymuch -- was getting more and more difficult, and I was in dire need of mobile internet for things like Mapquest and Google. I don't have a laptop, so the $199.00 I spent on this amazing little piece of technology was well worth it. My phone bill will be another $20.00 per month, but whatever. As my dad pointed out, I can deduct that at tax time.
Now to figure out how the hell you work this thing. I got it linked up to my business email right away, but getting it to talk to my MS Outlook is proving difficult. I'm actually pretty stupid when it comes to gadgetry, so I'm sure I'll end up asking someone to do it for me.
Another thing I have to ask someone to do for me is redesign my website. My errands service is about to be mentioned in a nationally-circulated men's magazine (more on that later) and the current presentation just will not do. I have a friend who can do it for a couple hundred dollars, I just need to give him the URLs to some other sites that I like, as well as a general idea of how I want the pages separated. Some photos would be nice, too. Alexis shopping, Alexis typing, Alexis walking your dog. Can I get a photographer up in here?
Okay, off to sleep with Prince Flexiril tonight. My back is totally FU><0R3D for God knows what reason this time. I haven't slept through the night in like a week. I leave you with this picture of Lucero's Brian Venable, taken earlier this month in Jackson, MS by a fellow fan. Don't miss these guys when they come to The Triple Rock again on September 25th. And don't forget to bring cab fare home.
I've been frickin' starving the last couple of days, but too lazy to make anything or go to Byerly's. It doesn't help that all I can think about lately is the No-Dog from The Bulldog on Lyndale. Have you tried this thing? It's a build-your-own vegetarian bratwurst served (like all the other fare) on a fresh-baked bun. Try it with sauerkraut, cheese, and symmetrical squirts of ketchup and mustard. Delicious.
I guess I've been eating a lot of bar food lately. I went out to Eli's two nights ago for their yummy veggie burger. Try it with mushrooms and swiss. Heaven.
Let's not forget Azia, where just last night I did my once weekly late-night dining. Six fabulous potstickers for only $4.50? I'm not even making this up.
And, oh! Tomorrow, The Triple Rock (vegan and vegetarian bar food mecca) unveils a new menu. My inside source says you'll find the tried and true favorites, plus mac 'n cheese, meatless loaf, and hummus-y things. If memory serves, this stuff used to be on the menu, but may have gotten shuffled for more adventurous selections.
Now, if you'll excuse me, some friends just called from Stasiu's and I'd like to join them. I need a beer to help reconcile with the fact that I bought a pair of Princy jeans today at Marshall Field's. For those of you over the age of 18, Princy is Jessica Simpson's clothing line. F**k it, I don't care. These jeans fit perfectly; not-too-low rise, long inseam, nice wash, easy fit. Plus I totally look like I got my ass kicked in them.
I was hoping to come back with something angry, but I
simply don't have it in me. When you do what I do,
Sometimes they like it, sometimes they don't.
I'm sorry you feel that way. Sorry for tarnishing
your golden city by making a few people laugh and be
happy on weekends.
If I ever see you in your Dodge Stratus, I promise not
to darken your afternoon with a smile and or wave.
- Mark Mallman
Awww. Can't win them all over, right? (Unless you're REM, I suppose.)
Rest assured that I'm a strong supporter of the Minneapolis music scene
and that I've paid to see Mark Mallman/The Wolf or whatever at least 3
times since 1998. But, as you probably know, many more have done it much
I went to Von Maur yesterday in search of a pair of those "I just got dragged out into the alley where three bouncers kicked my ass" jeans that are so hot for fall, but didn't have much luck. I think I'll go back in a couple of weeks and see if there's a better selection. In the meantime, I'm sure I'll end up grabbing a pair at Marshall Field's, despite the new balance on my Field's charge card.
I think it's worth mentioning that I also made a 'Sconnie run yesterday, for the first time in six years. It was Sunday, we needed beer, the night was wide open. Sometimes you take for granted just how quick of a drive it is across the St. Croix.
Not much else going on lately, so I'll post some links. Anyone have anything to say about...
...Minnesota life? Then make a video and submit it to MNStories.com.
...a memorable erotic experience? Write it down and send it to Cleis Press for their 2006 collection of intelligent, nonfiction sex writing. (Cleis Press also published two of Mark Pritchard's books. Mark is the world's best erotica writer.)
...a good caterer? Email me ASAP. I have to hire one for this weekend, as one of my clients is having dinner parties on both Friday and Saturday.
It's a celebration over here on Girl Friday! Three reasons:
1. After months of planning and emailing and calling and arranging, my 10-year high school reunion finally happened on Saturday. I was so happy to see everyone, but Jesus, am I glad that's over. Guess who won't be planning the 20-year? Anyway, I'd like to send a shout out to Arzu and David, utter masters of karaoke, for keeping the vibe going all night. Also, to the awesome servers and bartender over at Kieran's that worked the party. Even they were singing in between drink orders.
2. The MNPass OPEN lanes. I'll admit, I was a little confused on the rules, but I think I got it now. I deliver dinner to a client on Lake Minnetonka 3 evenings per week, and the use of that left lane really comes in handy when I'm in a hurry.
3. Fall fashion has arrived, and it's fabulous. It's all about different textures, in gem tones, layered on top of one another. Tweed is present, though not nearly as prominent as last fall. Those ridiculous fur capelets are gone, too. It's all about velvets, metallics, silks, and wools, all piled together. From the knee down, it looks like flats are where it's at. Buckle shoes and clutch handbags are a mix of fabrics and bronzed leather (or pleather, for those of us who like our wardrobe to remain cruelty-free).
I have a few links, too, completely unrelated to my errands service or part-time job: