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Weekend Doin’s

It was a pretty chilly weekend around here.  Starting to really realize that biking season is going to end for real!

Last night we went to a concert that I was so excited about!  Hot Club of Detroit came to Schenectady and I could barely wait to get a ticket to see them!  I just had gotten one for myself  the day I found out about it because I was worried they might sell out.  John was going to be out of town, but then he didn’t go and he came down with in the hopes that there would be a ticket left, which there was, just barely.  It was in the Van Dyck Lounge in the historic district, which was a pretty neat place.  The concert was basically in the lounge and they served food and drinks during the show, which was really interesting and not anything I had done before.  It was a nice intimate setting, too.


Anyway, Hot Club of Detroit is a modern gypsy jazz group based in the style of DJango Rheinhart and the Hot Club of Paris. Now I think I might have mentioned this group before as I have 3 of their albums.  I never thought I would get a chance to see them live!

Here is a clip of their music.


It’s very hard to sit still when they play. This video will probably change they way you think of the accordion, too. They were so good! Soooo good!  You know those times when you watch people that really have mastered their instruments and are so used to playing with each other.  It makes me miss performing a bit, especially small ensemble.

We also decided on a table to make after looking at plans and deciding what looked feasible for us to do.  Here is the table we are planning on.


The plans are here. The plan is to build it with a hardwood (like oak).  We went out looking for wood yesterday, but could not find what we wanted at the box stores or at one local lumber yard, so we are going to have to go check out a couple other lumber yards.  Who would have thought it would be hard to get 2×4 in oak? Anyway, I am getting excited for this project.  We have the stain colors already. It’s going to be dark on the frame and then the inner planks will be 2 different colors. Hopefully we can get this done by Christmas.

I babysat Mr. Boo on Saturday, too! He’s so cute!  It’s hard to get a picture of a kitty that wants attention.




I did squeak out a bike ride.  Saturday just couldn’t get warm enough. Sunday got to about 45 degrees, so I went out despite it spitting a bit of rain here and there.  Just a quick 10 miles.  I had a ride with the ducks – can you see them?



 I was pretty chilly by the end of the ride:


My meter:



You can see the rain sprinklings on the odometer :D


Only 34.5 to go!  So close I can taste it. I likely won’t be biking until next weekend because of weather coming up, but next weekend looks promising (at least for now).


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