Thursday, August 03, 2006

My Summer of Cheap Ass Fun

Those are my legs (unflattering angle). That is my cheap ass beer (free). And that is my hairy nephew, Quimby (dog).

So I'm very poor this year. But I refuse to spend all my evenings in my hot pocket of an apartment. Living in Portland really allows one to revel in the resplendence of nature via the attendance of the Parks and Recs free concert series. Oh yeah, and they allow booze.

So far this summer I've seen a zydeco band (pictured sorta), a Cuban salsa band, and this week, wait for it...Afro funk! The afro funk band was the best. It consisted of 8 or so people, only two of which were actually black. And only two of which were playing an instrument, not just shaking some sort of gourd. Now don't think me ignorant...I know there are white Africans...but there's no way in HELL these other people were anything more than Portlanders with a Minor in African Studies. I've never seen so much dashiki-wearing discomfort in all my life. And the more I drank, the funnier it got. There was so much flailing...so much flailing.

Anyway, next week will probably be something like bluegrass. It better be a jug band. If not, I might heckle and throw empty cans at them. I can only go so long without hearing a rendition of Summertime on the saw without getting violent.

10 keep(s) me blogging:

Jen said...

What's horrifying is that I can actually hear Summertime being played on a saw... Wow. You're right, they better have it or I'll get my own saw and cut somebody's non-Summertime-sawing head off.

Laura said...

I got my yearly fill of washboard at that first concert and cowbell at the last. Oh Lord, at the next concert please let there be a Jew's harp!

Laura said...

Also, you really should have a dash between "cheap" and "ass" in the title. Otherwise you risk your title being misinterpreted as having "cheap fun" of the "ass" nature...

niall said...

Hey, if you like blugrass, you should listen to a band called 'Hayseed Dixie'! They are mad for the bluegrass! Well, kind of. They do BlueGrass interpretations of Rock songs (RockGrass I suppose). If they're ever in your area, you should see them! They're great!

Other than that, what's wrong with free beer? If it's free, it's gotta be good for you! After all, danger-free beer ... or something

PS - I should get me a blogger site simply so I don't have to write in that stupid 'Word Verification' thing! What's 'xbymhpog' got to do with anything?

AxAtlas said...

How about Killedgrass? My tune "The Chicken Slay Opus", on my band profile, is the perfect example. I get down n' nasty with me banjo...had to plug that here.
I like Quimby's expression. Cute dog. You're just missing a Blackberry in that pic.

Laura said...

Sorry to burst your bubble, Niall, but even having a blogger site does not exempt you from having to type in the "pmpoup" or "xuvferk" code in order to submit your comments. It must be some kind of sadistic blogger hazing ritual or something.

And thanks for the Quimby dog compliment, Axatlas. I assure you he is even cuter in person. Slobberier and cuter.

Niall said...

Laura, not only did you burst my bubble, but you made me immortally sad! And I was all up for it and all!! Ah well, at least I don't have to create an account and create a blog along with that!! I'll stick with my own site for the moment, methinks.

I think the word verification is to stop spammers (ahem) advertising (ahem) stuff on your site ... but why? Meh, I may put something like that into my site, for people who aren't 'members', whenever I get around to making that, just to annoy people.

Becky said...

Alcohol makes everything more enjoyable, so true!

I like your blog here! 8-)

Laura said...

W00T! 1000+ hits, concraptabulations are in order! I say the boozer should celebrate by downing a nice big margarita! Mmmm, tequilariffic!

Laura said...

Crap, I posted that comment for the wrong blog post. W00T!