posted by catherine / July 02, 2004 /
this is how my pre-weekend/weekend is shaping up:
last night: after work, i went to meet kriston for margaritas at guapo to kill some time before the fort reno show. and OH MY FUCKING GOD it turns out we are sitting right next to mr. ted leo himself and a bunch of his hipster-looking cronies. i basically start hyperventilating. well, not really, but i desperately want to get a picture with him but am so terribly fangirl-nervous that i can't work up the courage to go to his table, introduce myself, and get a photo, all of which would take like five minutes, not to mention the fact that i'd guess he'd probably be at least slightly flattered, because ted leo is not exactly a household name/someone who gets recognized on the street. so i hem and haw. i suck down my margarita in about two seconds, hoping to gain some liquid courage. kriston proceeds to call me "retarded" and "ridiculous" no less than twelve times. but i just can't. i'm terrible around musical idols. i saw stephen malkmus in the streets of milan before his concert there; did nothing, not even a half-hearted "wahoowa" shoutout. it's true that i've talked to several members of radiohead on separate occasions, but i'm pretty sure i made a blathering idiot of myself on all counts. i even got nervous about meeting a couple of members of freaking third eye blind, and i don't even like them. i mean, what exactly are you supposed to say to these kind of people whose music and words are inside your head on a daily basis, anyways? "you are so cool" or "i adore your music" don't really lead to interesting interactions, and you risk being branded a massively uninteresting, stilted idiot by the person you worship. better to admire from afar.
but anyway, luckily, ted leo and a friend got up to leave the restaurant and jolted me out of my freaked-out state of mind. kriston, who is a normal person unlike me, god bless him, got mr. leo to stop and i blurted out, "hiareyoutedleowouldyoumindifigotapicturewithyouplease?" ted's friend offered to take a picture of all three of us so, bizarrely, ted grabbed kriston's dinner knife, got the cigarette out of kriston's mouth, and posed over our chicken quesadillas like he'd just gotten back from a successful hunting outing as kriston and i flanked him on either side.
then he asked our names and chatted very briefly about the show, and he was gone. sigh.
the fort reno show was good. i took lots of pictures and will post them soon (including the fangirl one). the evens, of mr. mackaye fame, sucked. but ted leo rx was great, and they're coming to the black cat on july 22, so mark your calendars now.
today: work is slow, boss is gone, i've been online house-hunting pretty much all day. this evening i told tommy i would help him with beer day 2004 preparations, which are apparently massive in scope and imagination and will take hours upon hours. i have no idea what they may be, except setting up the 1300-gallon "kiddie pool" and slip n slide that jon got. and also 1300 gallons of beer.
saturday: twelve-mile run at 6am. god help me. i never went on a long run last saturday morning, because a certain rapscallion invited me out last friday evening for "one mojito" at cafe citron, which, naturally, turned into three mojitos and two free shots from the bartenders, after which i could barely stumble to the metro. but i've learned my lesson: i just can't go out in social settings on friday nights anymore, because the call of my beloved alcohol is simply too strong.
also taking place on saturday is, of course, beer day, to which you are, of course, coming.
sunday: on the to do list: 1. get rid of massive hangover 2. see travis morrison play the galaxy hut. if possible, catch some fireworks somewhere in arlington.
monday: continue to get rid of, by now, two-day hangover. if there were a beach within easy driving distance, i might do that, but as it is i'll probably have to settle for sunbathing in my backyard with a book. oh yeah, and introduce jeff nye the science guy ['s nephew] to trivia night. god knows we could use his science-crammed brain.
happy fourth of july weekend!