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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Voodoo Music Festival

This past weekend, my wonderful girlfriend Andrea and I attended two of three days of VooDoo Fest. Voodoo is an annual rock festival here in New Orleans that has grown largely over its ten-year history. It was great this year, despite Death Cab For Cutie bailing out on the event before it even happened, and N*E*R*D* canceling without any prior notice to expectant fans.

We got a couple weekend passes from Leo @ ANTIGRAVITY , which was really nice of him to do. This means the only money I spent was on a t-shirt, food, and drinks. Saturday night we caught part of local favorites Rotary Downs set, and the vaudevillian antics of the New Orleans Bingo! Show. Whilst the close of the evening brought the once-huge industrialists Nine Inch Nails to the stage. We watched most of their performance from afar on a screen. I did walk up toward the stage between masses of people to view NIN performing "Closer". Hearing 10,000 people sing aloud, "I want to F you like an animal" is awkward in any setting.

I did not expect to go to Voodoo on Sunday because I had to work. But, my boss texted and said I had the day off (and I would get paid since she took my shift!), so Andrea and I booked it down to City Park to catch 25 minutes of Dashboard Confessional. I saw Chris and crew back in 2002 when everyone still sang along. He performed "Vindicated," a cover of that new Pink song, and closed with "Hands Down". He sounded good. We headed over to see N*E*R*D* (before we knew they cancelled) and ended up seeing most of Lupe Fiasco's show, which was actually quite good with the live band. Next, we sat down, and again, watched a band (Panic At The Disco) play on a screen. Although I did stand up at some point, and was impressed by how tight their harmonies were live, these guys are overrated in my book. Finally, as the picture above denotes, we saw R.E.M. play a fantastic set to a very eager crowd. Stipe’s political views may not be mine, however, he can perform very well. Besides his blatant support for Obama, he spoke a lot about his love for our city, and I thought that was nice. They played some songs I knew, and some I had never heard of, but it was good nonetheless. We were eight rows back so it was a great experience, both visually and musically.

This weekend was a lot of fun. I cannot wait until I get to see live music again. I love music. I want to be in a band.

P.S. I got the picture of R.E.M. from Tamera, and you can see her photography here.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

About A Car

The Altima, just shy five miles of 229,000, is slowly dying. Rob said I have until the end of the month. I'm not driving it at all just so I can drive it to a dealer or a junk yard, and get the little cash they will inevitably give me. I rented a car for work this week. I'll do the same next week. Who knows about the week after that.

Anybody, anyone attention, please: If you know of a car for sale, tell me. I'm interested in another Nissan (Versa, Sentra, or Altima) or Honda (Civic or Accord). Probably less than 10K for a used vehicle. Any help will be appreciated.


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Monday, October 06, 2008

I Spent $179.65 This Weekend...

...but it was well worth it!

A local video store, Major Video (from whom I have rented hundreds of films), closed this weekend because the owners lost their lease. This ultimately saddens me because I love the stuff you can get there, and no other place else in town, especially Blockbuster and Hollywood, are as nice as the staff there. Major is also cheaper than it's competitors (everyday is rent two, get one free). I love it. There will still be one location open on the Eastbank that I will assuredly frequent.

This brings me to the closeout sale. As you know, I sell things online. I also like deals, personally. It's my thing (it's every one's thing hopefully). What happens when these two things mix? I make four trips to the video store (once, Friday and Saturday, and twice Sunday). All of the trips included an hour stay, with the first Friday totaling over two hours, which does include standing in line to check out.

What happens is that I own a lot of stuff now (all DVD's and games), some of which I have no use for other than to make money. The highlights:

Star Trek - The Next Generation: Season 6. Paid $13 for it used, hoping to get $40
Clerks. X (3 Disc special edition). Paid $5, hoping to get $10
Jane Eyre (BBC) - 2 volumes. Paid $8, hoping to get $20

I also bought several Xbox games at different times (Raw, Burnout Revenge, Mortal Kombat Armageddon). While I am only selling the latter, I got $12 for it. They only cost me $6 in all).


Pimp My Ride: Season 1. I paid $4
Miami Ink: Season 1. I paid $5
Wonderfalls: Complete Viewer Collection. I paid $5, will sell for $20

In a strictly capitalist move, I bought five HD DVD's in anticipation of selling them to someone who isn't ready to get rid of the now-defunct HD DVD library. I got five for $2 each (Ocean's Thirteen, Happy Feet, Babel, Feast, Talk To Me).

I got two documentaries tonight, Jesus Camp, and Street Fight, for $2 each, used, and have them selling for $12 or so each.

I paid $4 each for Starsky & Hutch and American Wedding new.

I picked up Friday and The Simpsons movie for $6 each new.

Jersey Girl was only $2 new.

I got The Darjeeling Limited for $2 tonight as well (new) and Grind for $4 new too.

The best deal is to buy cheap and sell in lots on eBay: Men In Black II, Against The Ropes, Stuck On You, Miracle, Blue Crush all for $1 each.

Finally, the deal to end all deals. As I was walking out, the guy working told another guy that Blu-Ray DVD's (which are $30 new) were just $4 each for used ones. I grabbed ten. I hope to sell them on eBay. I should get around $100 for the lot, of which, I only paid $40. Those were: King of California, The Other Boleyn Girl, Little Chenier: A Cajun Story, Hairspray, Witless Protection, In the Valley of Elah, The Brave One, Hostel, Part II, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, and Vantage Point.

I like finding deals and store closings. I hope to reimburse my expenses soon. Since Friday, I have sold six things and made a decent profit. There's no point in saying how much I paid for all of these. While they weren't the cheapest things or the best deals I found, the sale does deduct from what I spent, which is my goal.

American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986. $7.50
Jesus of Nazareth (new): 2 Disc. $16.58
Halo 3 Xbox 360 [paid $13]: $32.21
Babel HD DVD. $5.03
Jesus Camp. $11.30
Mortal Kombat. $12.04
Total = $84.66

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