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Home Sweet Home

This trip was an amazing once in a lifetime experience.  I am so grateful to my in-laws to have given it to me and sacrifice their time and their gas to let me experience it. 

It is time to leave. I must confess that I am a bit excited to get home. 

We all complain of the “daily grind” but I am looking forward to it.  I love the life that we have built for ourselves in New York, with our modest home that is decorated with pictures and trinkets of our experiences together and now joined by our wonderful son.  I like the routine of our life and look forward to getting back to it.

Arizona is by far one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to and I am happy to have been here.  I feel enriched by the experience. 

So I am sad to leave it behind, knowing full well that I will not be back again for a very long time.  I am comforted by the fact that tomorrow night at this time; I will be resting in my soft bed with my clean sheets hugging my big, burly man next to me. 

Just like Dorothy, I know that no matter where I go there is no place like home.

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What a slacker!

This slacker has landed in Phoenix yesterday.  Thankfully, I was able to finish one group project in school before I left. 

I have big plans to blog and to finish my two papers while I am here. 

It is 90 degrees here now. 

Any bets on how much I get done while I am here? 

<<<evil grin>>>

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Garage to Glory part II

I have been so wrapped up in things in my personal life (a sick child, the desperado plunge in the local elementary school, living outside of the law.. just to name a few) that I never did follow-up about my experience with Garage to Glory.

Last Friday, The Times Union and The College of Saint Rose collaborated to put together a contest and a live show.  The intention is to inspire local musical talent to take part in a competition where the winner will receive a free music video and a music CD that will be produced by The College of Saint Rose. 

As you may know, I am taking a Video Class at the college and participating in the production of this show satisfies a class requirement for our grade.  If you have followed along, then you know that this class is not a traditional class.  Which is awesome for me.  I am not a traditional student.  Fits like a glove.  In the TV studio we learn more just doing it than we would reading a text. 

There were two classes that would make up the “crew” for this live show.  Our professor, who has a ton of previous experience in television, is our supervisor.  He never acts like a supervisor in the way that I am used to.  He is tough, but he really gives us space to make our own mistakes and learn on our own.  We had run through a series of practices to set up and break down the equipment prior to the night of the show.  We did all the troubleshooting the week before the class. 

There was so much to do and so many wires.  You could get dizzy thinking about it all.  My professor was so clever in the way that he assigned our roles.   He made sure we could do it.  Each of us had a very defined role.  We did not deviate.  We did exactly what we were told and we stayed at our post until we were relieved. 

We were all so nervous that we were like a bunch of grasshoppers confined to a mayonnaise jar.  I couldn’t understand why our professor wasn’t nervous.  When I asked him he said this:  “I covered 9/11.  This is child’s play.”

He sure is right about that.

Now, if you watched the show you probably noticed it wasn’t as smooth as a live version of American Idol.  However, I thought we did a good job.

I was amazed at my professor’s composure; I was impressed with Dan Fogerty’s ability to host the entire show after being asked to do so at the very last minute and I was impressed with Dana’s ability to interview the musicians on the fly.  But what I really loved was the way that everyone really took their jobs so seriously and how we worked so well together.  It was great fun and I was proud to be a part of it. 

Sadly, I didn’t get to hear a lick of the music that was being played.  We all had headphones on – so we could only hear ourselves speaking to each other.  We didn’t want to miss a cue.  However, I send hearty congratulations to the winner “Try Sarah Topps”.  I look forward to working with these guys in the future when we shoot their music video.

Let’s hope that Garage to Glory becomes an annual event!

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While you were sleeping…

Yes, I did lay my head down and I am not really all that proud to admit it.  But I have to tell you I did feel a whole lot better and got a new outlook on life.  No one put a “loser” sign on my back.  I went in the bathroom to check.

Truly I only had my head down for about 20 minutes, but when I woke up the entire campus looked like one big, cold mud pit. 

After my snooze and despite the influence of the energy sucking, rainy day, I got a lot done!  Never, never, never underestimate the importance of a good power nap.  

😉

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Garage to Glory

CrewI am very excited today.  Today we are recording a live show at St. Rose.  It is called Garage to Glory.  The Times Union and St. Rose are working together to host a competition where local music groups compete for the top prize.  The top prize for the winning group is a music video and a CD.  We will be streaming live tonight starting at 7:00.  My new friend, Dan Fogarty will be the host for the evening! 

I am thrilled to be a part of this.  If all goes well, I will be the one putting up the names on the screen of the bands as they go on stage.  At least you know who to blame if that doesn’t happen. 

It should be really cool – so check it out tonight.  The live streaming link is below. 

http://www.livestream.com/saintrose

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