I know that officially Summer doesn’t end until sometime in September but as far as I am concerned it ends on Labor Day. Pity, I rather enjoyed my summer — except for the whole parasite causing me to skip Iowa thing.
I rode this morning and could feel the chill in the air again even though the thermometer claimed that it was 69° F. Regardless, I had a fantastic ride to wrap up my Summer Season.
People Who Perform Music They Didn’t Create
On Friday night I joined ITP-Reader Terri and her friends for a double-shot of cover bands at The EARL. The opener was called “Zen Arcade”, a rather uncreative name for a Hüsker Dü cover band, but they performed the songs of my favorite band quite well. The headliner was called “Clashtinista”, obviously a Clash cover band; they too were really good.
I finished my night with one more beer at The Midway Pub and returned home some time around 1:30am.
I wonder why I overslept and didn’t ride my bike on Saturday?
People Who Perform Music They Did Create
What I did do on Saturday was a lot of vehicle washing, and some yard maintenance. I washed the mud from the Wheelhopper hash off my mountain bike, I washed the dirt and grime of my road bike, and then I washed the M6.
And then I did yard work.
Because I’m headed out of town on Wednesday I wanted to ensure that the grass isn’t too tall when I return, and because rain was in the forecast for yesterday I needed to do it on Saturday.
I mowed the lawn and edged the front curb. Unfortunately, near the end of the edging I noticed that my string trimmer was leaking gas; the gas line had cracked from old age.
I went to Lowes yesterday and left with a quandary. Do I spend $11 to buy a new gas line and fuel filter and hope that I can actually replace each, or should I spend $60 to buy a new electric string trimmer? I don’t use the string trimmer that often, so I don’t know if I need the power of the old Ryobi that I currently own, and I’d be doing the environment a favor by converting from gas to electric as well.
After my morning/afternoon of maintenance I took a shower and a little nap before heading over to Grant Park for the Summer Shade Festival. By the time I arrived most of the merchants had closed shop, which didn’t concern me all that much since I was there for one purpose — to see/hear Jason and the Scorchers perform.
As I mentioned on Friday I first saw the band perform thirty years ago on the campus of the University of South Florida. The crowd on Saturday night was much older (just as I am) and much smaller. However it did include some hashing friend Blue Ball Special and Bone Hole, so I wasn’t there alone.
The band put on a really fun show, playing songs from their entire catalog. During the show Jason Ringenberg, the lead singer, chatted with the audience, even making a joke that their 2015 tour started and ended on Saturday.
I left Grant Park pleased that I was able to see the band perform again. [side note: I’m certain that I saw them perform in the mid 1990s as well shortly after I moved to Atlanta. If memory serves me well they played at The Roxy.]
Ein Rat? Wirklich?
Upon returning home from the concert on Saturday night I was greeted by something I never hope to see near my house again — a rat! Yep. Two weeks ago it was an opossum, this week it was a rat. The feral cat that I allow to live in my yard has some ‘splaining to do…
I’m No Longer A Krog Street Market Virgin
Yesterday afternoon I made my first trip to Krog Street Market. My mission was to eat at Fred’s Meat and Bread. Though expensive ($11.50) the bacon cheeseburger I ordered was fantastic. Fred’s also has an eclectic variety of sodas — in case you didn’t know I am always on the lookout for sodas that I have never previously consumed — for the first time in my life I drank a Dang That’s Good Red Cream Soda. Oh snap, had Fred’s had the Dang That’s Good Italian Cherry Soda I so would have ordered that as well…
And that was my weekend. Hope yours was as equally entertaining, minus the rat of course.