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Growing up, one of the coolest clubs around was El Corazon. They always had a constant stream of rock and punk bands with enough energy to blow the roof off of a smaller venue. One of the best shows I ever saw there was The Get Up Kids when they toured to support their album ‘Something To Write Home About’. 

It was my favorite album that year and to this day, still reminds me of that show when I ran into some friends in the packed crowd. The evening seemed magical; the music, the friends, and the venue.

So when my own band played there, I was really looking forward to it.

Socrates and the Lava Gods

We played last which is usually the death knell for audience longevity but most people stuck around. And it sounded really good!

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I didn’t have it written down anywhere but performing at this club was definitely something I had wanted to do for a while. And it was great!
 
Pay: $0
Gas money: $40
Drinks: $20
Dinner at Subway: $20
Total profit: -$80
Win!!

   

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I’ve been looking for a bicycle for a few weeks now. With the weather being extremely nice, I figured it would be a good opportunity to get some exercise and ride to work. I finally got one this weekend. It’s a Huffy Avalanche, not a top model by any means but my friend was trying to get rid of it so I snagged it. I haven’t ridden a bike in years and while I’m not worried about falling or hurting myself (I did buy a helmet, reflective patches, and lights), I would like to use it for something other than commuting. I know of a place called Japanese Gulch that is supposed to be good for trail biking but I could use some other places.

Have any ideas or suggestions? Let me know and I’ll check it out and write about it. I always need to try something new!

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I had to put a hold on my novel until I figure a few things out for it. The writing has been slow but steady but it’s at a point where it feels like a plodding mess. After putting in a major revelation that felt exciting, what I’m writing now just feels anticlimactic. It also feels like a return to a point earlier in the story, where the characters are acting almost exactly the same as before the reveal so it feels like the reveal never happened.

So I’ve decided to try and move the current section towards the front somewhere and see how it feels. I think it’ll work but it’s a part of the editing process that I don’t like. Perhaps if I planned everything out to the last detail, the writing would go easier since all the plot points would be there for me to follow. And with a story like this, it feels like every plot point is extremely important. Everything in it matters. That’s the difficult part of this story and why it’s taking so long to write. I haven’t thought it out completely. I know the major events I want to hit but getting from event to event while keeping things entertaining is such a great challenge I feel like I’ll have to wait until I’m an old man to create the perfect story.

But I’ve found that some good things come out of the writing. A throwaway, descriptive line can spin into a whole new line of thinking that works great and ties in more meanings and support of the themes. Oftentimes, I’ll have to then go back and solidify it more throughout the rest of the story but it adds so much that I can’t discount writing for writings sake. I guess that’s why I write this blog.

So the next novel I write, if I ever get around to it, I will do my best to outline the hell out of it, create character bios, draw maps, act out scenes, and all that kind of thing. And if something comes up as I’m writing that will help the story, I’ll add it and massage it in. I think the writing process will go much easier that way.

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The Taste of Edmonds was my destination last weekend, which I have been for the last several years and always enjoy what I find but the $3 entry fee always causes me to hesitate. True it’s only three dollars but to pay a fee to go into a place so you can pay MORE just to eat is ridiculous. It’d be like Burger King charging a fee to make the drive-thru speaker work. But I digress. The entire event felt more like a carnival with all the games and magic show, hot tub salesmen and wine slushy booths so I suppose the entry fee was justified by that. I suppose.

After making my way past all the corporate and small business booths, I reached the field with all the food stands. The field was at a sports track so people could walk the oval track while looking at each booth’s wares, which only took up a quarter of the track. The other three quarters was made up of carnival style games, businesses, and a stage where a group of three similarly dressed tween girls were getting ready to perform something with fiddles and violins.

I rounded the track once, taking in the sights before deciding on my first purchase: a smoked salmon and cream cheese piroshky. The booth has been at every single fair I’ve been to in the last three years so it’s not exactly something new but it had been a while since I’d had one and it was still as delicious as I remember.

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Still unsatiated, and not wanting to get trapped with a noodle plate (haven’t had good experience with those), I chose a beef gyro with feta and a lemonade. Both were excellent although I’ve never been a fan of the taco shape of those things. All the fillings always end up squirting out the back and into the wrapper so I’m reduced to squeezing the paper like a cake icing bag into my mouth. I wish I had gotten a picture of that.

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Apparently, the one thing that a beautiful city like Seattle needs to elevate it’s world standing is a ferris wheel on the waterfront. It’s not that it’s a bad idea. Far from it. It’s just that of all the things that could have been done to generate some dollars into the economy, a ferris wheel would have been the furthest thing from my mind.

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After a thirty minute long line and paying a total of nearly thirty dollars (fifteen per person), my friend and I finally made it onto one of the carts, which were air conditioned, tinted, and watertight – although the compartment next to us was dripping water from some unseen source. 

The ride lasted about fifteen minutes and the view was great. I enjoyed the city line while my friend preferred the view of the water. It was a pleasant enough trip but I still think the view driving on the nearby aquaduct is a far superior way of experiencing the view of the west edge of the city.

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My guess would be that where this new attraction shines is during the nighttime hours, when the lights of the city glow like Christmas lights. I’ll have to try it again when it’s dark. And possibly raining. That would be a sight providing the compartments don’t fog up and render the entire experience a bust. C’est la vie.

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In line with trying new things, I competed in a quadrathlon. It was something my mom wanted to do and she organized the team. Since I swam in high school, more than a decade ago, I was apparently the perfect choice for the swim portion, she did the biking, a friend of my sister, Darcy ran, and my cousin-in-law manned the kayak. 

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Considering I hadn’t swam a race in so long and I was going on maybe three hours of sleep, I must say I did pretty good. I started out strong, my adrenaline and desire to not get rescued by the waiting paramedics foremost in my thoughts. I was going along fine but because it was an open water swim, I had nothing under the water to guide me. In most pools, there is a tile line at the bottom of the pool to keep swimmers in a straight line but nothing like that existed in the lake. So every few strokes I had to put a little more energy into pulling myself over the water to see where I was going. This tired me out sooner than I expected and by the halfway point as we all rounded the buoy, I was thinking I may have started out too fast. But I kept with it, finally deciding to trail after a girl, giving her the responsibility of keeping us in line. If she crashed into something, I would too. And I almost did. I nearly hit the side of the dock that marked the end of my section but luckily I noticed it just in time. I ran up the small and stump laden shore to tag my mom so she could start her leg of the race. I felt so tired at the end of the race that I thought I did horrible but I placed 9th out of 43 competitors so I didn’t do all that bad and as a team, we placed 4th in our division. Not bad for some out of practice folks.

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