Great Gig in the Sky

Pink Floyd’s Richard Wright passed away today following a short battle with cancer. Overshadowed by Roger Waters (the songs) and David Gilmour (the voice), I didn’t fully appreciate his contributions until the last time I saw him. I had really wanted to see the Floyd reunion at Live8, but couldn’t justify the cost for such a short set, but when Gilmour announced a North American tour I knew I’d go (I only saw Floyd twice, both post Waters). New York wasn’t on a weeknight, so I chose Toronto – it proved to be a fun weekend, and the show was amazing. Wright wasn’t as noticeable during the first set (all from Gilmour’s new album), but proved very necessary during the second set of Floyd classics. Especially during “Time” and “Echoes”, his voice and keyboard sound were indispensable, and prominent in a way that I never got out of a Floyd stadium show. RIP, Rick, I’ll spin “Wish You Were Here” tonight.

Weekend in Maryland

Friday was a quick night, I made taco salad and we watched some TV. The two shows both of us are watching right now are Dead Like Me and Gavin & Stacey, both excellent (one from Showtime, one from BBC).

Saturday I had a busy morning on the computer, started some auctions and worked on a DVD. We left around 5 for Annapolis, and got there with time to spare before our reservation at O’Learys Seafood Restaurant in Eastport. I wanted to try something outside of the docks area, and we hadn’t been to Eastport. The restaurant is very nice, and we were seated promptly. I had the lobster bisque and Jill had seared scallops to start. The bisque was excellent, rich with some lobster chunks. For main courses, Jill had the fried grouper (nice light breading) and I had the crab cakes. Unfortunately, while the food was very good, it also wasn’t quite as good as our meal last week at Hooked, and it was more expensive.

We headed over to the Rams Head and got seated. We had dessert there, an ok peanut butter pie, but the best part was the show. I’d seen Paula Cole once before as part of the H.O.R.D.E. Festival, but she hadn’t left a big impression – Jill’s a big fan though. She was great from 10 feet away, really had good stage presence, and I’d been cramming with her newer songs and enjoyed the show.

Paula Cole at Rams Head

We had a fun ride back as I’d downloaded the Torchwood radio episode set at CERN, ended just in time. The DVR wasn’t working when we got back from the show, but I ignored it. I regretted that early Sunday morning as there was a scratching at the door. I followed Illa down to the source, which turned out to be the FiOS box. Nothing seemed to help, so I called tech support. Unplugging it seemed to work for a little while, then it stopped working. Eventually I figured out that even though the main box seemed to have power, it was only using the battery, and the battery was drained. So I took it apart, and the power wires came right off. I plugged them back in, reassembled everything, and we were good to go.

Illa was freaked out all morning (he’s pretty neurotic for a Malamute), but calmed down in the afternoon after a couple walks. We left him to go over to the Takoma Park Folk Festival. Jill wanted to see a little more of Takoma Park, and I wanted to check out at least one band there, We’re About 9 (since we missed them at FRFF). We got there with plenty of time, and checked out the crafts before grabbing a seat. They were good, playing classics like “Brooklyn” and “Weight Of The Ocean”, as well as a great new one “Write It All Down”. We headed back afterwards and Jill made fruit salad, then I did Thai Basil Chicken again.

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 2008 videos

At last I’ve finished all my FRFF DVDs for this year’s fest, and I’ve uploaded a number of performances to YouTube. Enjoy!

Red Molly – Honey On My Grave

Jason Spooner Trio (with Red Molly) – For The Turnstiles

Crooked Still – Orphan Girl

Crooked Still – Did You Sleep Well?

Crooked Still – Shady Grove

Luke Brindley – Wrecking Ball

“Mayor” Bill Michalski – Shantytowner

Randall Williams – Stronger For Your Flame

Joe Crookston – Red Rooster In The Mash Pile

Lindsay Mac – Seven Stones

Anthony Da Costa – Feet To The Fire

Eddie From Ohio (with Chris Smither) – Love Me Like A Man

Dar Williams – Buzzer

Dar Williams – When I Was A Boy

Eddie From Ohio – Cry Like An Angel

Eddie From Ohio – Get On Your Knees And Pray

Eddie From Ohio – Baltimore

Delayed anniversary

Thursday was our actual anniversary, but not good to celebrate on a schoolnight. Besides, both Jill and I injured ourselves playing with Illa (both reinjuries of feet, I still have a limp from bending toes back). With Friday came the remnants of Hurricane Hanna, so it was fine to hang out at home and make carnitas for dinner. Jill was tuckered out and headed to bed, I read newspapers. Saturday I’d planned a big day out in DC including a fancy restaurant visit, but the unceasing rain dampened those plans. Instead we hung out in front of the TV most of the day, watching TV shows and movies and reading while concerts played. I made pulled chicken BBQ from scratch since I had the time, and we had a nice big dinner.

Sunday we didn’t do too much – I made a DVD and some more auctions. I had made reservations at Hooked, a seafood restaurant very close to us. I was trying to minimize my walking, but it had great reviews. We got there right on time, and were immediately escorted to a table with a reserved sign on it. I knew they had gotten raves for their crab cakes and sushi, so I knew what I wanted. Jill decided she wanted mussels, so we placed an order, and were quickly rewarded with food. Jill started with a mixed green salad while I had a seaweed salad, then we split the mini crab cakes. I’m from the DC area (lived in Virginia all my life) and I’ve had crab cakes everywhere, but these are hands down some of the best, succulent and with just a light breading, served with an exquisite remoulade.

Jill had her mussels Mediterranean style and enjoyed them. She also had sushi, an eel and avocado roll. I had two rolls, a New York Roll (salmon, cucumber, apples and mustard) and a Spicy Yellowtail Roll (hamachi, cucumber and spicy mayo), which went well with an Orion beer. For dessert we took advantage of the special, three for the price of two. I’m not a big tapioca pudding fan, so the choice of the other three desserts was an easy choice. They were also small, about three bites per person, perfect for us. Black Chocolate Truffle Cake was a flour-less cake, very good. NY Style Cheesecake was my favorite, but the Hot Apple Wrap (a hot, crispy spring roll filled with a compote of apples with raisins) was nearly its equal. Not only did we get out of there for a reasonable price (under $100 with drinks and tip), but they didn’t need to roll us to the car like some places that over feed us do.