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FO, yo. [07 Mar 2004|08:30pm]
[ mood | calm ]

After, well, not much deliberation, I'm going to go almost completely friends-only. No major reason really. No drama or anything, I just don't want to have to watch what I write.

If you're not on my list already, comment and I'll probably add you.

And for fun, here's some of my photos. Click on them to visit my Flickr if you're bored:

Stained Glass #2 Book Stacks 

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Where I have been.. [31 Jan 2004|11:50pm]
it seems that I've played hopscotch around the countryCollapse )

Possibly a post coming up later with details from last night's show? Dunno. Everyone else seems to have covered it pretty well.
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[22 Jan 2004|11:22pm]
[ mood | moody ]

Cait asked me today why I never update. I think I'm just boring. Seriously. What do I do everyday? Get up, go to class, to to work, eat, do homework. Somedays the order varies, but that's about the extent of my week. However, I'll attempt to write something meaningful, despite being in a horrible mood.

The other day I learned that the happiness/disposition of a person is at least 50% determined by genetics. That means that my tendency to be moody is at least half my parents' fault. It's always nice to pass the blame.

Classes are going well so far. I'm only taking four this semester, as opposed to the six that normally take. It's nice to have less to worry about and only two classes a day.

The class I was most worried about, photography, is actually my favorite class (go figure). The professor is much better than I expected and gives us more creative control that I originally thought he would. I have issues with my camera, but I'm not going to get into that right now. Poor Aaron has heard about it enough.

Also, I talked to Augie tonight (he called ME for a change) about the show tomorrow, possible ST meetings, the new record, and promotion... good stuff. So, all you D&E streetteamers, if there is a date in particular that you would like to have a meeting, comment and let me know. We'll try to get something together soon.

So much for writing something meaningful. I'm just too tired. Tomorrow is the Dog & Everything at Valpo, so hopefully I'll have more to write about this weekend.

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"when it is all said and done, there is more said than done" [19 Jan 2004|12:15am]
[ mood | good ]

Back to Chicago, back to the frigid weather, back to school, back to work, and back to concerts.

I have all my Christmas purchases/presents stuffed into my room in some fashion, and I even did laundry yesterday. My homework is also done for tomorrow. This will be the only time all semester that I am this far ahead of myself, so I thought that I would enjoy it and document it in writing.

I'm glad to be back, despite having to attend class twice a day. Yet, I think the mental stimulation might be healthy for me... the last month I've let my brain become mush. I also am taking photography this semester, which, despite being expensive, seems like it will be fun. It's a nice break from the purely academic classes I've been taking for the past 3 1/2 years.

The Dog and Everything 01.16.04...Collapse )

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[06 Jan 2004|02:26am]
[ mood | bored ]

Horribly bored. Have you ever been too bored to do anything? I have no motivation to do anything but lay in bed and read. Even editing SR pictures is boring me, and it's SR.

So, for my own sanity, I did a survey.

the obligatory year end survey (stolen from Skylar)Collapse )

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"So open up your heart, won't you let me in?" [30 Dec 2003|05:40pm]
[ mood | mellow ]

It's been an interesting few weeks; I've been to all quadrants of the US - the Midwest, the South, the West Coast, and the East Coast. And my final decision after it all: I miss Chicago. I don't know if it is because that is where my life is centered now, because I miss my few friends, or because I'm in concert withdrawal. Either way, I wish I was there, even if it meant freezing my butt off.

I don't mean to sound like I'm having a horrible time. Right now I'm at home, which is always nice. At this point, my mom and I have managed to keep the fighting to a minimum. We went grocery shopping on Sunday after we got back from California and she bought me all the yummy food I cannot afford when I'm at college. My clothes are all clean.... you know, all the stuff that you take for granted when you're growing up. Plus, I get to see my cat.

We visited my sister in California last week and played with my niece and nephew (who I have not seen for 4 years). Despite my sister and I practically hating each other while I was growing up (the result of having a 13 year age difference), we got along very well this trip. My niece and nephew have gone from being babies to extremely smart children. It all makes me feel really young. I know she's 13 years older than I am, but I'm stressing about being able to afford a small apartment next year while my sister has a million dollar home and two school-aged children.

Next time I say I feel old, remind me of the above, please.

Before all of that, I went to Tennessee with Aaron for a week. We saw Mary (mawychick) and Heather (lilhalo)and had yummy homemade chili (that Aaron made), we went shopping, tried to win guitars, and slept in. It was glorious. We also saw one of my best friends from high school who has a little girl now. I was tempted to kidnap her and get her away from the life she's been subject to since the end of high school, but alas, she's stronger than me.

That is all for now folks. I have a pressing date with my vast collection of Anne Rice books since Cassandra (forsythia25) has got me thinking about New Orleans.

PS. How great are these?

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"gonna go far from here, don't need a reason..." [13 Dec 2003|03:28am]
[ mood | exhausted ]

Today was the last day of student teaching.

Teachers who I had only spoken to a few times made a special trip to wish me luck, the principal and vice-principal made me a farewell basket and made offers for letters of recommendations, and those who I knew well (both students and teachers) gave me tons of presents and hugs. The students, Renata, and I partied the last half of the day with more food than I have ever seen. Sixth graders might be small, but they eat a lot! I brought home piles of memories including letters from each and every student (even those that are never there) and a little book full of words of wisdom from other teachers and pictures of the kids.

After all that craziness, Aaron and I drove out to Rockford for our last D&E concert of the year. Despite being a little unhappy at being there after we had driven two hours (band members and their moods...), it was a good show. It was a short set, only 7 songs, but definitely unusual. Tommy (the drummer) had a 103 fever, so he was in bed, recooperating. Dan (the singer) and Jimmy (the guitarist) shared the drum duties for the night. Entertaining to say the least.

We should all email Tommy a get well soon card - anyone up for a group card? =O)

It was an absolutely frigid night though. We helped them carry some stuff in, and just walking outside for those 2 minutes was enough to lose feelings in any exposed skin. Ugh. I hate the cold. Guess I'm living in the wrong city then, huh?

Other highlights of the night:

** Cait's (mentalwhoosh) mix CD. It made my night! Not only did it have the original recorded version of "Far from Here" (which I've been trying to get from the guys), but stuff from Alkaline Trio and the Red Hot Valentines (whom I'm becoming addicted to =O)). Yay for music.

** Getting wristbands for a free show at the Pit because it was SO cold in there. We hardly ever go out there since it's so far away, but you never know when a must-see band is going to make an appearance in the middle of nowhere.

** Augie's statement about Jimmy looking like a velcoraptor(sp?) when he was playing the drums. haha. And even better is THIS picture of Jimmy. Is that what velocoraptors look like when they're mad? =O)

** Drumstick signed by the one night only D&E trio.

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Morbid Snowmen [11 Dec 2003|08:51pm]
If you have powerpoint, I highly recommend you click here.

Calvin & Hobbes + snowmen. It's classic.
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Because I'm too tired to come up with a post of my own... [11 Dec 2003|07:38pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

Stolen from justkissme

just read it, you know you want toCollapse )

Tomorrow is my last day student teaching. I'll miss the kids, but I will not miss waking up early or dressing up every day. We're having a huge party 5th-8th periods though, lots of food and lots of kids. It'll be a blast!

Last D&E show for quite a while is tomorrow night too. It's at the Pit again, so since I've gotten better with my camera and different flash levels, I'm going to attempt to crawl all over the stage/ramps and get some better shots than I got last time. It's been a while since I've really photographed the guys (Fireside and Fat Bean do not count). However, I'm determined to watch at least part of the show tomorrow since it's our last D&E show for a while. =O(

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I was bored at work... [08 Dec 2003|07:36pm]
[ mood | bored ]

Just to tell you how bored I was, I was reading though all the Plunge lyrics. I liked this one:

"I’m a little lost right now
But I’ll find my way somehow
Cause I’m in between tomorrow and myself"

--Plunge (Scared)

more than you ever wanted to know about meCollapse )

Also, inspired by Jennifer's (justkissme) post a few days ago, a list of the bands I've seen over the past few years. It's kind of sad that I've seen the D&E 14 times, with 13 of those times being over the past 5 months.

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Pointless post [07 Dec 2003|03:40pm]
Not much new, I got bored at 4 am last night and decided to change my layout slightly. I was sick of Stitch already and wanted to use some of the SR pictures I took a few weeks ago (and, unknown to me when I was making the layout, if you go to http://www.mitchallan.com, you can see the picture of John on the second page there. haha. Imagine my shock this morning when Jen IMed me to tell me my pictures were on Mitch's webpage, especially the picture I had just integrated into my LJ =O))

I just finished reading the 5th Harry Potter... only took me a month with school and work, haha. Don't make fun of me, all I can handle at this point are kid books, the adult books overload my brain with everything else I have going on.

Anyway, I must be off to Aaron's lessons and carols, gotta continue the tradition!
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A night of new bands... [06 Dec 2003|01:15am]
[ mood | drained ]

We headed out to the Bottom Lounge tonight to see The Red Hot Valentines, Jamison Parker, and Motion City Soundtrack.

We got there late because of traffic and parking, so we pretty much missed the opening band (I think their name was Attention?). From the last few songs that we heard, I don't think we missed too much though.

The Red Hot Valentines played after Attention, which suprised me because I thought they would have played right before MCS. But despite their short set, they were adorable. Normally I don't like bands with keyboards, but they were pretty good. Thank you mentalwhoosh for telling me that I needed to go an RHV show - I think I'm hooked now =O)

Jamison Parker, a band I had read much about on the Saraphine board, was next. As Aaron said, they're Dashboard Confessional with electric guitars. They were alright, very emo. But they were all pretty young, so you got to give them credit for touring at such a young age. The singer was only 22 (or so he told a girl in the audience who wanted to marry him). Aaron had me cracking up with his comparison of Jamison and Mitch:

Singer: I'll be quiet now so I can tune my guitar
Aaron: He can't talk and tune his strings at the same time?
Me: Apparently not.
Aaron: Mitch can do like fifteen things and tune his guitar at the time.
Me: I keep telling you that Mitch is a god.
Aaron: He (Mitch) managed to stretch new strings, in the freezing cold (literally), sing a song, and tune. All while being mad.

Of course, Mitch has been doing the whole performing thing probably longer than the singer of Jamison Parker has even been alive. =O)

Motion City Soundtrack was after Jamison. Inbetween sets, we saw Phil in the back of the hall. Aaron snuck up on him and tackled him (because Phil always mauls Aaron). We passed the down time talking to Phil about MCS, photoshoots, and the merits and downfalls of happyendings. When we began talking about Phil learning to do flips with his guitar for shows, MCS came onstage, so we had to ditch him for a spot closer to the stage.

The crowd was mostly there for Motion City Soundtrack, which I found suprising. The Red Hot Valentines are from here, so I would have thought that they had a larger local following. But continuing... I thought they were good. They had incredible energy; it was a very interesting show to watch. Musically, they reminded me a little of Weezer...I suppose that also could have been because of their image. But regardless, it was worth actually paying to see the show.

After the show, we froze our butts of with the rocking E-town girls. Between Augie, Tommy, Phil, Aaron and I, and the E-town girls, we made sure everyone at the show had at least one flyer for the Metro show. There were so many of us, we kind of bombarded people. Haha. That's ok, maybe they'll remember to go to the show now.

Most of the people had left the venue when a drunk homeless man approached us. He was trying to sell those little papers that you can normally get for free. After he finally believed that we didn't want a paper, he began harassing Tommy. In one of the most classic moves ever, we see Tommy looking around for Augie. Tommy pointed Augie out to the drunk man; the next thing we know, he's heading straight for Augie. This game of "pass the homeless guy" continued for a while, with the man bouncing between Augie and Tommy.

Augie: Dude, I don't have any money, I'm in a band.
Homeless Man: (in a drunken, slurred tone) I play drums, need a drummer?
Augie: Nope, we got a drummer. He's over there *points to Tommy*
*homeless man goes over to Tommy and says something*
Tommy: *pointing to Augie* And that's our bassist!
*homeless man returns*

Anyway, I need to sleep some. I have a ton of things to do tomorrow: laundry, finish the SR pictures and the happyendings pictures, grade papers, Chistmas shop and go to round 4 of Lesson and Carols.

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What a week [30 Nov 2003|11:30pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Thanksgiving weekend was highly uneventful. We flew to MD on Wednesday morning, then shopped and hung out with family until the evening. On Thanksgiving we ate - Actually, we continued eating from Wednesday through Saturday, but that is beside the point. Friday is, and always will be, shopping day. Then, yesterday, our final day in MD, we sat around the house, watched Finding Nemo, ate dinner, and headed to a concert.

We drove out to Baltimore to see SR-71 (the only band that we would stay up all night to see). At first, we almost didn't go, despite Mike guestlisting me and making sure that I had a photopass; we didn't have a car and I had a migraine. Luckily, Aaron had the sense to make me go.

The opening bands, Clone and Victory Twin were ok. Nothing horrible, nothing spectacular. Victory Twin had a lot of energy, and a keyboard, so they were entertaining.

Before last night, the last SR show we went to was at Xfest in Indianapolis. At that show, the crowd sucked, the set was short, and they were with a much harder line-up. Their performance at Xfest was good, but nothing special - it didn't blow me away like I normally am when I see SR.

But last night was a hometown show, which are always the best. For the first few songs, I felt like I could stand there with my mouth open - just watching. I didn't of course, but it was nice to be so awestruck by a band again. We go to so many shows that it doesn't happen much anymore. I remembered why SR caused me to become a concert addict.

Mickey introduced them, being typical perverted Mickey. It was a little odd being in front of a person I had heard so much about - I felt like I was getting the whole Baltimore experiance =O) Finally, after Mickey stalled, the boys came out. We were up front, so I stayed there for a while, taking pictures of Mitch, John, and Pat since Mike was on the other side of the stage.

Eventually, I tore myself away from my spot in front of Mitch, and put my photopass to use. I headed for the sidestage, so I could get some pictures of Mike for Rei. Of course, he wouldn't face me, so I really didn't get anything but pictures of Mike's back. I ended up standing right next to Pat's wife on the side of the stage, and who I think was Erin (John's wife).

I made my rounds around the place, but finally came to the conclusion that the best place was back in the front. I made my way back there, and stayed there for most of the rest of the show. We heard a few songs we hadn't heard before - 1985 (which sounds quite a bit like Axl Rose) and a song that's listed as "Sad" on the setlist (possibly Sad Rose?). "Sad" is absolutely beautiful; I have a feeling that it is the obligatory slower song for the CD.

Oh, and I also got Mitch sweat on me. For those who don't know, that is a sign of a good SR show... I know, it's wierd and sick, but it's true.

For "Axl Rose" Sticks/Stix came out onstage and sang with the guys (Sticks is the guy on the cover of the Axl Rose single). Mitch was cracking up, because Sticks does not have the best voice. I also found out later, when I was taking pictures sidestage that Sticks was just a wee bit plastered. He was seeing two Mitchs, but that was ok because he wasn't driving home - there was a "limomobile" waiting for him outside. He's a very friendly guy, if you're in the Baltimore area, you should go talk to him =O)

At the encore, I headed back to the side of the stage for one more attempt at getting shots of Mike, and also to steal Sam's setlist (since all the girls got the other setlists). Mitch played "Alive" acoustically for one of the encores (Lucky and I Want You to Want Me were the others)... I love that song, and I had never heard it acoustic before.

After the show, we hung around a while, waiting for the line to die down. Finally, we were about to get kicked out, so we got in line to have the guys sign pictures I took at Xfest. We basically only got to say hi to everyone but Pat. He liked the picture of him, and wanted to know how he could get a copy of it. So I wrote down my website address for him.

We had to leave after that, considering it was 2am. We drove back, packed our stuff, and were back in the car by 4am to drive to the airport. No sleeping for us. However, we did sleep until 3 this afternoon instead of doing all the work that we should have been doing. =O)

And that was my Thanksgiving weekend.

pictures from last nightCollapse )

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Jennifer... [21 Nov 2003|07:51pm]
Never mind about my plea for happyendings, Micky just emailed me back. =O) And from your away message, I'm guessing no UFB/D&E tonight?

Hm. Ok, this was a pointless post.
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Scott rocks. [21 Nov 2003|04:40pm]
[ mood | artistic ]

Check out the new and improved http://www.saraphineonline.com, featuring none other than my pictures! I even got credited... not linked, but at least credited =O) Now I feel pressured to get the other set of Saraphine pictures done. *looks at the hundreds of pictures on my desktop that need to edited*

This has been an insanely long week. I know part of it is because I teach all day, then come back and work, grade, and run streetteams at night... but I've been doing that for a while. This week was just bad.

We're not going to see Greenwheel on Saturday. It will be too crazy between Aaron's rehearsals, his concert, and my work. Kind of depressing, but I think I'll die a horrible, painful death if I don't catch up on some sleep.

We are, however, going to see happyendings on Sat. night more than likely, although I really should go to the Saraphine show. I was just complaining the other day to Scott that I won't see them for over a month and he was complaining to me that they'll never get their promo shots done with me leaving. However, Saraphine is part of my "routine" and I am determined to not follow my routine for a while.

Now if the happyendings boys would only email me back about Saturday. Jenn, call them and tell them I need a photopass to lift my spirits! j/k

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"Why don't you just leave..." [17 Nov 2003|08:26pm]
[ mood | depressed ]

I'm in a horrid mood.

At the moment I feel like swearing off bands and promoting for the rest of my life. I get too wrapped up in select bands, then something or someone happens and it upsets me way too much. Why can't I just go to concerts, take a few pretty pictures, then leave?

Thank goodness for Greenwheel next weekend and then SR the weekend after. I need a break from our routine.

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New Layout! [16 Nov 2003|02:35am]
I just saw Lilo and Stitch this past week. No more explaination is needed.

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Road trips rock [15 Nov 2003|10:57pm]
[ mood | creative ]

We went to Madison, WI. last night to see the D&E. Despite it being a 3 hour drive there and a 2 hour drive back, it was so worth it.

We got there at about 7:20 and were welcomed into the Dog van for drinks and to view their red "pimp lights" haha. Jim and Augie forewarned us about the ghetto venue and the prick of a doorman (he made ABJ's tour manager pay). They said that there were literally 14 people inside. At that point, I didn't believe them, but they were dead on. I should have counted, but there couldn't have more than 15 people inside. Jim played Aaron and I a few demos that they had just recorded as well as the UPN clip that Dan recorded (he was the voice of UPN for a while - during the breaks he would sing 'Get it on, get it on, UPN...' That clip might be an exclusive for the team soon). The demos were great. A different sound than Bandshell, and even different from the new songs they're playing at the show, but they still have that unique D&E sound.

They were playing a teen center because everything else in Madison was booked. There was a sign near the door that proclaimed the center was only for 14-18 year olds and valid ID was to be presented. Oh boy. Apparently that didn't count for the concert, because they didn't ask for our IDs. (And anyways, what 14 year old would have an ID?).

We headed to the hall, checked out the new merch, set out streetteam stuff, and then walked right back out. The place was a little depressing, the band that was setting up looked to be rock-ska, which drives me nuts (pick a style!), and there was a capitol building about 1/2 a mile away that was beautifully lit. So Aaron and I went on a bit of a stroll to photograph the building. By the time we came back, the Dog was getting ready to set up... perfect timing.

It has been such a long time that the D&E has played a such a small show that it was a almost a new experiance. The guys cracked me up because throughout the whole show they were laughing at the line-dancing, skanking crowd. They were so entertained by the audience that Dan even told me to take pictures of them. Haha. I didn't take as many pictures as I normally do, partly because I didn't like the lighting, and partly because I was being silly and yelling for them. I figured they needed the support =O)

The setlist (for those of you that care):
Early On
Know It All
Losing You
Hey Luv
Time Bomb (which originally was supposed to be Video *sniffle*)

After the show, we hung around until the van was packed up, then decided to head back to Chicago instead of going out to the 'tree bar' (apparently there was a tree inside the bar. Jimmy was very excited), since it was already past 11, and we had been up since 7am.

Local shows are great, but for some reason, road trips are much more exciting, even if they are exhausting. Next weekend's trip: Greenwheel in St. Louis. I just wish we were going to spend more than a night there, I'd love to explore St. Louis. Then the weekend after that (the 29th) we're seeing SR in Baltimore. However, I don't think that counts as a road trip since we'll be there anyway for Thanksgiving. Still, in 3 weekends we'll be seeing 4 shows in 4 states.

I finally got around to posting my SR pictures from X-fest in SeptemberCollapse )

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[13 Nov 2003|09:43pm]
[ mood | giggly ]

Aaron just hit himself in the head with an apple. He was attempting to juggle it.

Ow. He just threw the apple at me.

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stolen from squarebubble [11 Nov 2003|12:34pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

cross out the things that don't apply:

Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation (um, I guess?). Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people's feelings. Tactful (maybe?? sometimes?). Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp(??). Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.

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Anyways, this is first day off in a long time. Of course I have a billion things to do in a little amount of time since we're going to see The Early November, Count the Stars, Copeland, and um, someone else tonight. Well, hopefully see them. I have a photopass, but no ticket, so we're going to see if at least I can get in on that. We're too poor to spend $20 on two tickets.

Other upcoming events this week:
**D&E show in Madison, WI on Friday, despite Augie saying it was going to be one of the worst shows they're playing on this tour. Hurrah for playing in a Teen Center. haha. Getting me a hoodie =O)
**Photoshoot with Saraphine (finally) on Sat.
**Standing outside the Blink show on Sat. night, handing out flyers, cause we're geeks and we want to.
**D&E show on Sunday. I'm anxious to see Pomeroy now since Augie gave them such rave reviews.

Basically, back to our normal schedule. Last weekend was wierd. No concerts, no nothing. We rented two movies and had time to watch them both.

Oh, and I need help making a decision.

Do I go to St. Louis on the 22nd to see Amanda and Greenwheel, despite the 5 hour drive, and Aaron having rehearsal that morning, then a concert the next day... OR, do I stay here and drive 20 minutes to see happyendings?

I haven't seen either band in FOREVER (Greenwheel on Valentine's day, happyendings in Jan.), and neither band will be here for a while. I like Greenwheel better, but happyendings does put on a good show. Both shows will cost around $5, so that's not a big factor, but we do have to pay for gas to get to St. Louis.

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