Cold Stone to be exact. It’s no Baskin Robbins, or even Swensen’s. But it’ll do in a pinch. And as expected, as soon as I ate it, I wish I hadn’t.
Today we (me, Booty Lou, and the Balls Family) were supposed to be seeing Conan O’Brien live in SF. This was all planned and in the works well before this latest drama happened with him and late night. Just when I thought we were going to be in the right place at the right time. I mean, what are the chances we’d be seeing Conan precisely when the world spotlight is on him (see: David Bianculli)? Well, slim as it turns out. Needless to say, he called it off and there was no Conan today. I don’t blame him. But I did I hear he got a $30 million check from NBC today. Good! Fuck ‘em. Go Conan!
So instead we had dinner in the East Bay, later the aforementioned Cold Stone, and eventually saw Daybreakers which wasn’t bad. This weekend has also included sushi, Guy Ritchie’s slick Sherlock Holmes with Shel, and an 80’s dance party for charity. Normally, I’d never do the corny dress up thing, but I’ve been dying for an excuse to peg my jeans, and I so totally did. And also won a staggering three raffle prizes on only five tickets. I think Shel must have rigged it. As the night wore on, the 80’s party dwindled, and the bar turned into the Jersey Shore. When the fist pumping began, we split. Anyhoo, the three-day weekend isn’t even over yet! More big plans for tomorrow…
The music in Sherlock Holmes got me thinking of The Dresden Dolls and what a great experience it was when I first saw them. That got me to thinking about my favorite (or most life-changing?) concerts of my life so far. I know I’ve forgotten a lot, but the say top three that come to mind right off the bat are:
- Erasure on the Union Street tour (5/11/06). Quite possibly the best live show I’ve ever seen. I mentioned this at the time, but I’d always considered them disposable synth-pop. Suitable for dancing and not much else. But this show changed my mind about them completely. To this day, I listen to that CD regularly. Two pieces of applicable trivia. First, this show was at the Herbst Theater which is where I was supposed to see Conan. Second, the next date on Erasure’s very limited tour was at the Showbox in Seattle, where TCB just played on New Year’s.
- Morrissey. It’s hard to pick the best one. They were all amazing for different reasons. I might point to the first time I saw him live, with Jessica in Berkeley (9/14/02) where we cried along to “There Is A Light,” or the Stockton show (4/27/07) where I first got close to the man himself, spoke to him and touched him even… both of these shows recounted here. And then there was the magic of the Hollywood Bowl show (6/8/07), footage of which was eventually used for the “That’s How People Grow Up” video. Applicable trivia: As I was in the front row for that show, my massive head — along with Sus’ and Nick’s — can be clearly seen a few times in the video. Can you see me? So many Morrissey memories these past few years, it almost doesn’t seem real. To think how much my life has changed in the last five or so.
- The Dresden Dolls on New Year’s Eve at the Sea Of Dreams (12/31/05). It may have been a combination of all the weird things I saw that night, the burlesque, the holiday, I don’t know. It was one of the weirder nights of my adult life. But what I do know is that I was blown away by their show. Applicable trivia: I went to Sea Of Dreams again the year after, and it wasn’t nearly as good. I hear this year though, both Olin as well as Maya (and friends) went. Go figure!
OK, that’s all for now kiddies. You may be wondering what happened to that “year in review” I planned on, and that I’ve done for several years. It may still happen, but I’m just not feeling like taking stock lately. We’ll see.