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July26

It’s been a crazy month!

hsm.jpg Little Birdy and I started with a girls trip to London to see the premier of High School Musical Live. The day I bought the tickets I sat at my laptop hitting REFRESH until good seats popped up. When they did, (third row!) it turned out that it was for opening night. Birdy and I arrived to a red carpet, cheerleaders, paparazzi and stars! The only one I recognized was Kate Moss - the rest we from Eastenders and other UK shows I don’t watch. I was prepared for the show to be boring and sacharine, but it wasn’t so bad at all! The cast was the oldest group of high school students since the film cast of Grease. Anyway, Bird and I had a blast and she has a program and a little charm bracelet to remember the night.

After running around London with my baby girl, I had a five day rest before it was time to ditch the kids and travel with fh for our anniversary. I told him to surprise me, and he did. Back to England! We stayed in Maidenhead near Windsor, visited Windsor Castle, drank too much with a handsy Scotsman, ate lots of rich food, and spent the last day back in London at the Victoria and Albert museum.

It was in Heathrow on the way back to Dublin that we decided to have a bite to eat. I suggested this place near the back of the terminal, and I could tell fh was a little annoyed that we walked so far when we could have eaten at the bar/deli a little closer to the gate… until Philip Glass walked in. We tried to eat and not stare or listen in too much - he was with some other musicians, one of which was Wendy Sutter, and she had her cello with her. If you click through to her website, be sure to listen to the beautiful album she just recorded of music Glass wrote just for her, thats love!pg.jpg

So we geeked out and finished our meal and headed over to the gate, and who was there? Glass and his crew! They were on their way to Dublin! That is when I vowed to find out if he had any public performances and get tickets. When we got home I did a quick Googlydoo and found he was playing just a few days later and about an hour’s drive away. I snapped up tickets.

The concert was pretty wonderful. Some local artists played some of Glass’ compositions and then Glass himself played. The only things that would have made the evening better would have been if the concert hadn’t been in a 300 year old church with the most uncomfortable seats ever, and there would have been at least one restaurant in town that was still open afterwards. (Don’t worr, we stopped at Eddie Rockets in Donnybrook and had some diner food at midnight).

Last week I got a pop up IM window with a link from fh and who is coming to town in September? Kraftwerk! But September is such a long way off. What will tide up over?

ep.jpgElectric Picnic! Yes, my children’s first camping trip will also be their first rock show. I had so much fun telling my parents I will be taking their grandchildren to see the Sex Pistols. I am especially excited to see Sigur Ros, Grinderman, The Silver Apples, and The Breeders. Yay for summer festivals!

***Finally I want to give a shout to one of our own who has been dealt a rough blow. Last year Slayre had a stroke. His rehab has been long and slow and he hasn’t been up to playing his favorite game. Stop by why dontcha and give him some encouragement. Hang in there Slayre! ***

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