Settling In

We got into HQ here at LAN on Friday June 15.  It’s been a whirlwind with many more weeks of settling in left to go.  But here’s a couple of shots from the past week:

New Belgium Brewery has a seasonal summer brew: Skinny Dip.  What I love best is that Tracey found it.  I don’t think they distribute this stuff east of the Mississippi so you need to do that w – w – w dot thing to get it.  It’s worth it if you can find it online.

R – O – C – K in the L – A – N!  The Starts and Stripes flys high off the deck at HQ.  I have a little flag mast action off the front porch too but you gotta love a real flag pole.  That’s a real flag too – nylon with embroidered stars baby!

Sunday, June 17: Our first grill.  Some burgers and dogs that went down easy after a several Skinny Dips.  The grill made the move ok but the movers did manage to crack the gray counter attached.  Maybe I should make them replace it so I have one for the patio and deck.  Why not?

The highlight of the week: John Mayer with Ben Folds on Wednesday June 20 (above video).

The jury is out on the venue, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.  It’s kind of hard to drive into and surrounded by corporate offices and highways.  I liked Nissan Pavilion back in the DC area because it’s kind of tucked back into some trees, etc.  Not the case here.  They did have Fat Tire on tap however.

The concert was awesome.  We sat next to allot of old people with their kids and grand kids.  They didn’t like Ben Folds but I thought he did a great job and thoroughly enjoyed the opening performance.  When John Mayer came on it was clear no one wanted to stand in our section but with a couple of beverages in my system I stood and didn’t care if those behind couldn’t see.  Eventually all stood as the show wore on.

I thought Mayer did a solid job and I don’t think his albums do his guitar ability justice.  This guy cooks and I can certainly see why some are proclaiming him a “guitar god”. He played relaxed but I only wish he would have improved more.  Most of the tunes were almost straight off the album.  I also wished more due would have been given to the backup band.  He had two other guitarists, a bass, drum kit, piano and keyboards, and a horn section.  Big sound but the supporting cast rarely got a break out.

Fast forward to this morning.  After a day and half of yard work, more unpacking, electronics setup (yes we finally have our cable and phone working) Tracey put together our first Sunday breakfast: eggs over easy, raisin toast, smoked bacon, and yes grits.  It’s starting to feel like home around here.

Have a good week ya’ll.

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