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Midpoint stop

Wednesday, February 25th, 2004

We’re in Canada at Whistler. We’ve skiied three days, two on Blackcomb and one on Whistler. We took yesterday off and went on a dog sled ride. I think the pictures came out well, but I’ll know for sure when we get back. I did Blackcomb today, we’re planning on doing Whistler tomorrow.

They’ve got a special deal at Whistler called “Fresh Tracks”, where you’re allowed on the morning an hour and fifteen minutes before everyone else. You get a breakfast buffet, and when avalanche control is done, you can start skiing in the fresh powder. The forecast calls for a foot of snow on Thursday, should be great.

The food and skiing are fabulous, and the group we’re with is a lot of fun. Last night we celebrated Mardi Gras at a club here (Maxx Fish) with a zydeco band. We had Italian last night, we’ve also had Mexican and tapas. Tonight, the offical ski club dinner is Thai, but we might do sushi instead.

We’ve had a bit of bad luck in the club; one lady broke her wrist on the first run (we were an hour and a half into it). She’s skiing again, but yesterday a guy tore his ACL, and he’s done. Hopefully these bad things won’t come in threes.

Skiing time

Friday, February 20th, 2004

We’re off to Whistler for a week starting tomorrow – the blog may being lying fallow until March. Have to see what the Internet cafes are like, and if I feel like updating.

Summer concerts/festivals

Friday, February 20th, 2004

Looking good:
5/26  Fleetwood Mac  Nissan Pavilion
5/29  Rush  Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (VA Beach)
6/3  Hootie & The Blowfish  Wolf Trap
6/3-6  Herndon Festival  Herndon Town Green
6/5-6  Vintage Virginia  Millwood, VA
6/11  No Doubt/Blink-182  Nissan Pavilion
6/12  Dido  Constitution Hall
6/11-13  Celebrate Fairfax!  Fairfax County Government Center
6/26  Old Dominion Beer Festival  Old Dominion Brewery
7/11  Dave Matthews Band  Nissan Pavilion
7/14  Dave Matthews Band  Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/21  Blues Traveler  Wolf Trap
7/22-25  Falcon Ridge Folk Festival  Hillsdale, NY
8/3  Rush  Nissan Pavilion
8/11  Sarah McLachlan  Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/21-22  Virginia Wine Festival  Millwood, VA
8/28  Eddie From Ohio  Wolf Trap

Stank you Charlie Brown

Thursday, February 19th, 2004

For broadband users only:
Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’ set to a Charlie Brown cartoon (I’m warning you – it’s 8M, don’t be downloading this sucker over dialup).

Cyborg name

Thursday, February 19th, 2004

I’m . Your turn.

Guilty pleasure of the week

Thursday, February 19th, 2004

Britney Spears’ Toxic.
Watch here (I really like the strings riff).

This week’s show

Wednesday, February 18th, 2004

Cecilia at Jammin’ Java Friday night. They’re a family band, husband, wife, two daughters and a son (plus an unrelated bassist – they couldn’t have had one more kid?). They’ve got great harmonies and catchy tunes.

Say it ain’t so!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2004

Angel will not be renewed for next season. Aargh! Definitely one of my favorite shows, and the last Whedonverse show standing. I thought the Smallville/Angel pairing, plus West Wing on NBC, made Wednesdays the best TV night of the week. Debating whether to support the outcry – it doesn’t usually help.

And tomorrow’s episode looks good: Angel as a muppet.

I think I’ll try and stop blogging anymore today – can you tell work is boring?

Virginian hypocrite

Tuesday, February 17th, 2004

Here’s Jim Gilmore, ex-governor, talking about the current governor’s lack of honesty.

Hmm… lack of honesty? I think someone needs to look in a mirror. First, he’s whining about how the new Virginia budget will have some taxes raised. Keep in mind he’s not mentioning the Republicans control both houses of Congress in the state, and have submitted their own budgets, which also raise some taxes.

He complains that if it needed to happen, Governor Warner should have campaigned telling voters he would raise taxes. This is where the rank hypocrisy is. First of all, the fallout from Gilmore’s illconceived (but election winning) promise to eliminate the car tax is a significant part of why the state is running a deficit in the first place. It’s dishonest to say you can cut taxes but still have all the services you had before (although Bush is getting away with it for the moment). It worked for a little while because the economy was on an upswing, thereby increasing incomes and tax revenues, but when the bubble burst, the problem was revealed.

And while we’re on the subject of campaign promises, Gilmore and honesty, I don’t recall any pledges from him on eviscerating the Virginia Department of Transportation, but that’s exactly what he did. Check out this letter by a former head of VDOT, where he discusses Gilmore’s decision to downsize senior management, then VDOT was forced to hire them back as consultants at 25-45% more. “Governor Gilmore said Virginia would have the ‘largest construction program in Virginia‚Äôs history’. He authorized about 400 new jobs. One day after the Warner administration took office, we found we could not pay for it; nor would VDOT have been in position to manage it”.

Gilmore is the last person who should complain about anyone lacking honesty.

Grrr. Makes me mad enough to make this a letter to the Post.

Killing the Music

Tuesday, February 17th, 2004

Don Henley’s thoughtful piece on what’s wrong with music.