Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rodrigo y Gabriela

I've got it bad for guitar players. So much so that I eventually married one.

These two? They are quite possibly the best I've ever seen. And the sexiest.

So let me tell you a little about myself. When I was younger I went out to see live music all the time. In fact, my relationship with Dave began with nights out at small bars where the music spilled out onto the street. Before him I dated a lot of guitar players - peacocks, showboys, wannabe rock stars. I am drawn to guitar players and I'm fascinated by their hands.

I am also very short so I'm very good at getting myself right up to the stage. Just keep a hold of my hand I will pull you along with me. See that reddish photo above and the long black speakers on the left of the photo? Eventually on our night out, I got us right up to those speakers and the opportunity to feel Gabriela's vibrations was sublime.

This woman! My god, she is the epitome of sexy talent. See her just getting carried away with her music. I couldn't get my eyes off her.

But eventually I did move my sights to Rodrigo and he has much to offer in terms of eye candy.

I'm sorry. Really I am. I shouldn't just focus on their physical beauty because that alone did not make them so incredible.

It's also about their guitar-playing.

Their finger-picking.

Their hand-strumming.

It's just the two of them, no percussion, no bass, no nothing but the music created by their own two hands.

Keep in mind that this concert was in Minneapolis where there just might be the most respectful audience on the continent. No kidding. Rodrigo even made some comments about that (see how I can use his name so affectionately like that, like we know each other well?)

But I was getting antsy and within this sort of environment that means I'm down the road to rowdy. Add in a shot of whiskey and I could just see that Dave knew he had to take control of the situation before I caused an incident that would likely get us banned from the State Theatre (a bit dramatic, yes, and probably not true but just go with it). We were stuck back in row Q and the stage was calling me.

So when I returned from the bathroom, I found that my wonderful husband had abandoned his seat and was leaning against a side pillar. I quickly backed up next his body and felt his arms enclose me. Probably to keep me from storming the stage.

Soon after the entire main floor audience was on their feet. Yep, I take credit for that. I take credit for them releasing inhibitions and joining me.

And because I'm short I could no longer see so I grabbed hubby's hand and led him to the front.

We stood right in front of the speaker and felt the vibrations, apologized a bit to the people who had the seats behind where we were standing, but really if we hadn't encouraged them to get up, they would have been crushed by the surge to the stage. So I call it public service.

This was the second to the last stop on the tour. We got some extra things that others hadn't seen. We got some of Rodrigo singing and the both of them covering some songs released by other artists. But the final numbers were all theirs.

And for an hour I felt young again. Young and daring (well as daring as one can be in such a polite concert setting). In fact I felt so young that I bought a medium-sized concert tshirt. Needless to say that was a waste of money. It's possible that I could upcycle the shirt into a dress for the little one but for me, I'll have to return to twenty years ago in order to fit into that thing.

Twenty years ago Rodrigo and Gabriela weren't strumming guitars together (and they are likely decades younger than me but I don't have to think about that too much) so I'll take 2014 and all the great times it has to offer. In 2014 we don't get the chance to get out much, we don't get much child-free time together which makes this date night even more special.

Not only was it date night but it was also spent in the presence of amazing guitar players. Can't think of a much better combination than that!


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Monday, August 18, 2014

little buzzy bee


I think it is a bee but it could be a striped fly.

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oh no! oh yes!


I was thrilled to see the bright color. It's just a wee start on a stressed tree, but to me it is the beginning of my favorite season.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

adult night


...and a show.


It was a great night in downtown Minneapolis. I'm moving slow today but I hope to have some more photos of the show some time soon. Yep, that's right. I snuck my camera in again!

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Friday, August 15, 2014


Tasting 100 different apples is on my Lotus List. This is a list item that I haven't been paying much attention to so I know that I'm much further on this goal. I've finally realized that if I take a photo of the apples, I'll be able to track them better.

This is a Pristine apple and it came to me from the orchard called Columbia Gorge in Oregon. Most of the apples are greenish-yellow but some of them are blushing a bit - such a shy apple. Because of it's high sugar content, the apples are both sweet and crisp. It was a nice addition to breakfast this morning!

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another pretty meal


Today I canceled then rescheduled my lunch meeting with the Courage Gals. I'm so glad I went to this lunch in a time when I felt I had no time for it. It was a nice respite from the busyness of the day and it was pretty, too!

Plus, I think my food photography is getting better. It totally helps that the food is plated up with such artistic talent. I find myself at Verdant Tea every couple of weeks and every time I go the menu has changed. It's great to choose new things for lunch.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Union Depot


Union Depot is at the end of the green line in St. Paul.

While I was looking up at the colorful things hanging from the ceiling of the entrance, the girls took off into the building.

Out came the performances. One chose to sing.

The other started dancing and twirling her dress around and around. 

It was the perfect stop for these two stars.

Both the girls showed me how it's done. You know, the important things: being a girl and showing off talents both of which were accentuated by the gleaming floors and the tall ceilings.

And then they were done.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

the minneapolis cranes


I like them. I don't know exactly why and in the end it doesn't matter. They fascinate me and I can't get my eyes off of them when I'm on the train. 

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