Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
You've probably noticed it's been awhile since the last Reflect show. Fear not, because we're booked for three more shows between now and September. This time out we played with Vegetative State from Columbus and two bands from Winnipeg: Search & Destroy and Born Bad. Finally, I'm not the only one at a hardcore show who can keep up a coherent conversation about hockey.
Here's a photo of Matt, you'll remember that he plays guitars and writes all of the bone-crushing riffs. I'm at his right hand wearing a decidedly un-hardcore set of earplugs and my rock and roll jeans. Then, just to show you how much love goes around at our shows, there's our fearless leader Rob receiving a hug from one of our fearless fans. Look closely, over Rob's shoulder you can see the furnace, then a girl in a purple dress (Alyssa, Matt's girlfriend) and next to Alyssa you can see the jeans that Liz is wearing! She's very, very close to the action and super-supportive in her ear plugs!
Have a great weekend everybody, I don't think we'll have t-shirts or cd's by the Pittsburg trip, but who knows?
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Being nosy, we ventured over towards the beach area but weresoon stopped by a security guard. Rats!! However, she was a somewhat friendly guard. I asked, Are they shooting a movie here?
Would it happen to be the one they're shooting around Baltimore with Renee Zellwiger?" Her reply was ,"Yes it is."
We felt very proud of ourselves as we continued our walk around the loop. We also noticed a bunch of signs with MOO on them around the park and on the main roads. Once again, Detective Kim looked up the website for movies and saw that Renee's latest movie in production is called My One and Only!! It is a romantic comedy taking place inthe 50's and also stars Chris Noth.
Now one other footnote to this little tale. Earlier in the week, I found out that my brother's band was going to have a small part in some movie being filmed in Balto. He had a costume fitting and was worried about whether or not he would have to cut off his ponytale. Guess what movie it is? Yep, it is MOO.
Friday, June 20, 2008
We've been hoarding stuff all summer for the "big day." It's been prettttty quiet so far (can't you tell, that's why I'm posting photos of our junk on this blog.)
Hope ya'll like our new gate-keeper. We'll give you first pick on any leftovers but you've got to haul it away yourself.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
On day 1 we took a wine tour of 4 vineyards in Napa Valley. We saw a lot of grapes and vistas and tasted some excellent wine. (We also brought some back with us!) Here we are in Hegafen Winery: a green, organic vineyard.
On Day 2 Nick and I attended the wedding which overlooked the valley. Later we went into San Francisco for dinner and I found this street:
In Day 3 we visited Golden Gate Park, as well as Haight-Ashbury (the famous hippy district and home of Amoeba Music).
In the late afternoon we took a cruise under the Golden Gate bridge and past Alcatraz. It was quite windy!
On the fourth day we visited Muir Woods, home to the redwoods. Becca and I hugged a tree. The following picture doesn't even begin to portray and beauty and enormity of these trees. We also learned that they are quite different than most trees- they live in family groves and help each other grow. When one dies, other trees grow from its roots.
Finally, before we flew home, we introduced Nick to the Pacific Ocean!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
The orange tabby is "Pounce" and the gray one is "Jack". Dave wants me to change Pounce to Coke so we have Jack and Coke. Haha. We'll see.
And an update on AJ: He is doing better. He's had all of the surgeries he needed which included back, hip, femur, ankle, and removal of his spleen. He does have an infection in his stomach which they were doing a CAT scan to find out more about. He also has broken ribs and part of his skull is fractured but there isn't much they can do about that. He's off his sedation and they keep backing down his respirator. I got to go see him today and he kept opening his eyes. Everyone is really excited about that. He isn't focusing and his eyes aren't open for long but it's a start! Once they get him off the respirator they can do an MRI to check everything else. So hopefully he'll be awake soon and on the road to recovery. :]
Monday, June 9, 2008
Last night my friend AJ was in a bad motorcycle accident. He lost control of his bike and flew 35 yards. He was airlifted to Shock Trauma and is in the ICU there. He's stable but in critical condition. His spleen was removed, he broke a few vertebrae, his femur, and his hip. He has a rod in his leg and he constantly needs to be turned because he has fluid in his lungs. Luckily he doesn't have any brain damage but he's heavily sedated. In a couple of days he'll have more operations on his back. We're all hoping he makes it out of there but you never know.
If you guys could keep him in your thoughts that would be great.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
As some of you are aware during our stay I was collecting the "phrase" of the day. So without further ado here are some of the best:
1. Monday, May 26th: "There should be unless you're going to buy something." (Randi to Mike when he wasn't sure that there would be room for a dirty clothes bag in the car on the trip home.)(I might point out that I did in fact buy some books and a new orange golf shirt.)
2. Tuesday, May 27th: "You are totally, totally, totally awesome." (Harford County Councilwoman Roni Chenowith at Ali's graduation. This is somewhat of an addition to the same speech last year when Matt's class was "totally awesome".)
3. Wednesday, May 28th: "Back when I was in high school." (Ian to Kevin at the O's game-subject matter that prompted this comment unknown.)
4. Thursday, May 29th: "They ought to make this a merit badge." (Matt's comment at Ian's Eagle ceremony as Ian tried and tried to clasp the Eagle necklace around Robin's neck.)
5. Friday, May 30th: vacant
6. Saturday, May 31st: There are several options for this day-your vote by posted comments will decide the winner:
A. "I trust Dad was patient on the drive home." (Sean responding to an email from Randi
concerning the traffic on the trip back from Washington on Friday.)
B. "Yeah, but my rooster always got killed." (Matt's comment when asked if there was rooster
fighting in the dorm-this was prompted by Kim's and/or Ian's comment about a recent dog
fight on Chad Court.)
C. "I have 15 things on my birthday list this year." (Patrick Shaner's response when
asked if he was going to summer camp this year.)
7. Sunday, June 1st: vacant.
8. Monday, June 2nd: I have a great line, but I can't use it without Kim's permission.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in Pittsburgh.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Today Ian officially graduated from high school. Kim has some pictures of Ian on stage (and of the grad party on Saturday), so I'll let her post them.
The happy family.
A larger, but still happy, family.
Nice headshot of Ian.
And finally, Nick was unable to get off work for the graduation, but joined us for dinner. Thus ends the Jones family reunion.
See everyone in Pittsburgh!
On Thursday evening the Jones clan attended Ian's Eagle Scout ceremony. Here are Ian, Robin, and Bob standing on stage. Ian had a lot of difficulty putting a necklace on Robin, which added some comedy to the program.
Ian folds a flag with a friend of the family, Ken.
The proud family + 1.
Ali, Matt, and Kim celebrating with Ian.
Ian and Nick. Nick was sad that he wasn't in the family photo.
On Wednesday evening, many members of the Jones Clan attending the Os v. Yankees game. Unfortunately the Os lost. :/ But that didn't mean we didn't have a good time.
Here are Kim and Mike, the latter representing the Corvette owners of the world.
Bob, Randi, and Julie hung out at the one end of the row...
...and Kevin and Ian hung out at the other end.
Linda and Nick sat in some empty seats in the front row. Maybe the Os will do better in future games.