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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
11:47 am - I'm baaack
So, yeah, it's been ages since I posted anything here, but my wife said she was surprised that I don't blog more, so...
I can't promise anything, but I think I may start trying to update this on a regular basis and see where it goes.
Wish me luck!

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Friday, March 24th, 2006
6:14 pm - Dream Theater - Chicago - March 18th, 2006
This is the first review I have ever written, so be gentle :-)

After all these years, I FINALLY get to see my fave band, Dream Theater, and all I can say is....WHOA! What a nite! My girlfriend bought me tickets as an early birthday present, thanks Mandy! :-)

After waiting several hours in line, in the cold, we headed up to the balcony, and got a couple decent seats, in the 3rd row where we could see everything pretty well, except for when the dang security guard stood up in the aisle!

The show starts off with a "through the years" video, showing video and pictures snippets of the band from their days as Majesty, through to today. After the first song, they go back to the very beginning of the band and work their way through the years, showing the year the song was released, along with some pictures from that era, on the big screens.The setlist, as I can recall, was something like..

*Intro Video*
The Root Of All Evil
Another Won
Afterlife
Take The Time
Innocence Faded
Raise The Knife
Home
Drum Duet with Charlie Benante (Anthrax) !!!!
(including excerpts from Walk This Way (Aerosmith), We're Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister), Strutter (Kiss), 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Paul Simon), Frankenstein (Edgar Winter), When The Levee Breaks, Rock & Roll & Moby Dick (Led Zeppelin), Hot For Teacher (Van Halen), YYZ (Rush), Run To The Hills (Iron Maiden), Indians (Anthrax), 6:00 (DT), Raining Blood (Slayer) and Stockholm Syndrome (Muse).)

*intermission*

War Inside My head
The Test That Stumped Them All
Endless Sacrifice
I Walk Beside You
Octavarium

Encore:
Wait For Sleep
Learning To Live

What a set list! The band was in fine form, epsecially singer James LaBrie. Whatever vocal issues he may have had in the past, were non-existent this nite, as he was spot on.
The dual drum solo was INSANE. For those of you that don't know, Mike Portnoy's kit is a "dual" kit called the Siamese Monster, basically two kits, side by side with different specs (ie: kick drum and tom size, snare, etc). After starting his solo, he grabs the mic and said the kit was too small for one guy, and brought out Charlie from Anthrax to jam. It was amazing! Instead of seeming like a "I can do that better" contest, it was more like two drummers, jamming off each other.

All I can say is, it was a FANTASTIC show, and possibly the best concert I have ever seen. It was well worth the wait in line, in the cold. My girlfriend said that it would have been worth it just to see the HUGE grin on my face when the band started, but she was blown away by the band too, especially drummer Mike Portnoy. His ability to play ranks up there with the greats, but his showmanship is in a class by itself. He is just plain FUN to watch, and he looks like he is having a BLAST up there, not just going through the motions.

I guess the greatest tribute I can give the band is saying that the 3 hour concert FLEW by, leaving behind an adrenaline rush that kept us wide awake til the wee hours of the morning.

current mood: excited

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Monday, February 13th, 2006
1:04 am - Airline Security???
So, my friend's daughter wants to come into town to be here for her little brother as he goes through tests for cancer. So my friend buys a ticket on Delta for her to fly back. Delta first says that the daughter has to bring the credit card with her "for security reasons". Uhm, daughter, mother, different states. Hello? So Delta says "well then, you can come down to the local airport, prior to your daughter's flight and show your credit card, OR, you can pay a $100 fee and you wont have to show your card." !!!!
So, let me get this straight, for "security" they need to see the credit card, ok, makes sense, BUT, they will waive the "security" IF she pays them $100!?!?
So, Habib calls up for Abdulla, and pays for Abdulla to fly, on Habib's credit card, and Delta will waive the security if they pay an extra $100. Oh, ok, while you are at it, Abdulla has this really big carry on he wants to bring, can Habib pay an extra $100 so that carry on doesnt have to go through security too??

current mood: confused

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Sunday, February 5th, 2006
7:15 pm - The National Anthem
OK, watching the SuperBowl. Is it just me, or was that the most AWFUL rendition of the Anthem since Roseanne Barr? I just hate the whole trend of singing 12 notes where only one was written.
Oh saaa-AAA-aaaa-yy caaa-AAA-aaan you seee-EEEE-eeeee.... ugh!

current mood: annoyed

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12:56 pm - First post
OK, so, I am not much at keeping Journals, but.....what the heck! As of today I am a part time apartment manager, looking for an additional job to "pay the bills". My normal field of employment is in the inbound tech support/call center realm. Not exactly the best field to be job searching in right now, as I dont live in India! All the jobs are going there, so it's probably time to start looking for a change of career. My friends keep urging me to go to culinary school. Apparently I have some talent in that area, but I am already overweight, I dont want to end up looking like Paul Prudhomme! lol
Ah well, enough for the first post, eh? Let's see if I can keep this up.

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