This is so embarrassing…

January 24th, 2012

About six months back, I lost my wallet and since I still don’t have a replacement debit card, access to physical cash has been spotty. We’ve been chipping away at the cash on hand. Most of the people I want to do business with in Quartzsite only accept cash.

Good Times - Blythe Bluegrass Festival 2012

Brian gives the BBGF two thumbs up!

None of this entered my head almost two weeks ago when our friend, Brian, asked if we wanted to go to the Blythe Bluegrass Festival during RTR. The day of the event though, I discovered we were only able to afford a single ticket to the event as it was cash only.

Not to be deterred, I packed a bag full of juggling gear and set out anyway along with a big cardboard sign reading “Can’t afford a ticket”. I figured that the worst case scenario was Jenn getting to see a show she was interested in and I’d be able to get some juggling practice in while listening from the parking lot.

Jenn was not quite so optimistic. She was working under the impression that the cops would toss me in jail within minutes of arrival. In case of such an unlikely event, she sat outside crocheting a funny hat while our friends went inside.

Over the next hour, I impressed tens of people… we arrived late and there was not the giant crowd I had been hoping for; most of them were already inside the event. I did manage to make several bucks and was only three dollars away from having the price of admission when a couple of guys in a golf cart rolled up.

  Make Your Own Fire Poi

They were with the chamber of commerce… which runs the bluegrass festival. They were very polite, but also very insistent. They were more than happy to let Jenn and I into the show (a $30 value!) if I would quit juggling knives in front of the entrance. In essence, they paid me to quit!

Their timing could have been better. Five minutes earlier, our friends had come back out to see how I was doing. Three witnesses… I count Jenn as an accessory!

Our band photo - Blythe Bluegrass Festival 2012

Our band photo

Amazon.com Oddities

December 16th, 2009

So as you may know, I have been working at Amazon.com packing all of your Christmas goodies in to boxes. Here are a couple of items that I have run across and had to do a double take on. Clicking on the images will take you to the item’s order/review page on amazon.com.

This poor guy got all beat up by the machinery and had to be replaced before I could send it off to its loving new home. I threw the mangled one in to the “damaged tote” in the center of an aisle I share with 8 or so others. It was pretty amusing watching people notice it there, pick it up, and either cringe or crack up. The Avenging Narwhal Playset (with 4 magical horns and 3 adorable animals to impale)

The Avenging Narwahal wasn’t packed alone. He had the following to keep him company and give him tasty treats:

I really should have been in bed two hours ago, so I will only include one more. Another action figure by the same company: The Marie Antoinette Action Figure (with removable head, wig and gown)

Apparently these are part of a much larger set that include Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure (comes with 6 cats!), the Deluxe Librarian Action Figure (with realistic “shushing action”), and many more. Collect them all!

Ridge Walking – New Mexico

March 19th, 2009

The great thing about ridge walking in New Mexico is that there aren’t any trees. Well, at least not in the areas that we were looking for caves. As we drove down many a dirt road in the Guadalupe Mountains, we saw quite a few caves from our vehicle. The bad thing is that they were on mountains across the desert and we were pressed for time to find a place to sleep. Still, its quite a bit easier than on the East Coast. There, we spent hours upon hours searching for caves. In the summer, we searched through dense brush. In the fall, we shuffled through the fallen leaves and turned up nothing. In New Mexico, we could see the caves from the comfort of our truck.

In New Mexico, the mountains were dotted with cave systems. On one dirt road, North West of Carlsbad Caverns, I saw four of them on the same mountain. As usual, Johnny wasn’t able to scout, because he was driving, so I showed them to him. He then pointed out that they were moooving.

Maybe I should wear my glasses more often. That way I wont end up sticking my head in a cow.

Sometime In The Not Too Distant Future

August 30th, 2007