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So. Awesome. And everything was perfect.

Cayt and I managed to get into the city fairly easily and decided to kill the time before the concert at a bookshop (called Unabridged – how cute is that?!). It’s such a great shop – very good selection, especially of bargain/remaindered books. I bought:

  1. Michael Palin’s first volume of his diaries – The Python Years – because I love him.
  2. Then I bought a Sarah Vowell book which was surprising because, although I adore her, when faced with a shelf of her books, I can never seem to remember which ones I already have and which ones I need. But I was sure I hadn’t read this one – Radio On.
  3. Eat, Love, Pray. I’ve just been hearing a lot about it and it’s one that I was always a little curious about when I worked at Borders and saw it around all the time. Plus I had to get it before she makes her appearance on Oprah.
  4. The Lunatic at Large which is described as the Victorian comic novel and I thought ‘There’s nothing about that sentence I don’t like…’

Then we had yummy Thai food at the restaurant next door and then headed off to the Portage Theater for the concert! We managed to find parking immediately across the street from the theater which was amazing! And the concert…


There were two openers, Alaska In Winter, who I particularly liked and ended up buying their (I say ‘their’ but it’s really just one guy although Zach from Beirut sings and plays on his album and so does the girl from A Hawk and a Hacksaw) album, and then Colleen, who I also liked, but whose music I think is less suited to a live performance because it’s fairly dense and requires a lot of work to listen to. And then…


They were so awesome. They sounded amazing! And Zach was so cute and self-deprecating and hot! Man, I wish more guys played ukelele because it is hot. Seriously. So he sings and he plays the flugalhorn and the ukelele AND he speaks French. And he’s all skinny and nerdy and he has this scruffy hair and he’s just so cute! He is absolutely the perfect boy, I think.

But they were all amazing. The violin girl was really good and she was so cute, too – looking all like a normal girl and wearing black socks with her low-top white sneakers – so adorable! And then there was this big, sort of burly guy who was obviously the technical musician brains of the group – he played baritone sax, trumpet, mandolin, ukelele, and the flute! And it was so cute – when they came back out for their encore, Zach started playing the intro on the ukelele and was like ‘Oh, wait, it’s out of tune,’ so he starts tuning it and then it becomes clear that he can tell that it’s not right, but he’s not quite sure what needs to go which way to fix it, so he turns to the big burly guy and he’s, like, gesturing ‘Up a bit, no, too far, down a bit, almost, almost, there.’ So cute!

The crowd was really excited to be there, too, which was really cool – I was so impressed that people would be so enthusiastic about eastern European, klezmer, gypsy, pop music that involved ukeleles and mandolins and french horns and flugalhorns and string bass and trumpets and accordians. AWESOME! And it was a fairly diverse crowd, too – I mean, I have never seen so many pairs of skinny jeans in one room before (and I have to include myself in that number, too), but there were hipsters, and preppies, and guys wearing flannel, and all sorts! Very cool.

So if Beirut ever come to where you are, make sure you go see them! The show was sold out, too, so hopefully they’re getting more famous which they well deserve.

So good!

I’m starting with the negative post first…

…so that the post at the top will be the happy one even if it means they’re out of order chronologically.

I had a great Thursday. Most of Friday was great – I had a headache for most of the day, but I managed to get in some shopping with my mom (got a few cute tops from Anthropologie – yay!) and then, about 40 miles away from being home, the Malfunction Indicator Light in my car comes on. Hopefully it won’t be anything too bad or expensive because, not only have I just bought a rather pricey laptop computer which I still don’t quite know how to work, I just spent money on gas to and from Chicago, a few books (which I’ll talk about next post), a ticket to a concert, souvenirs at said concert, new clothing purchased this weekend and last weekend, and a full-on copy of Windows for the computer that I don’t quite know how to work in order to get it to do what I need it to do (run my archaic version of WordPerfect – which I know is silly, but I am a superstitious writer and it’s the only thing I will use for word processing).

Janis, I think you’re the only one out there who won’t think it’s silly. I hope. 😉

Then today I unplugged my external hard drive from my desktop and brought it out to my parents house to try and move all my music files over so I could finally get iTunes up and running on my Mac. After great success in getting WordPerfect (which I only have on floppy disks which no computer has a drive for anymore) installed on the Windows side of my Mac, I plugged in the external hard drive, plugged it into my Mac, and pushed the power button on the hard drive.

Nothing happened.

I pushed it again. I pressed my ear up to the hard drive, desperate to hear the reassure whir of little hard drive whatevers doing their job.

Nothing. So between me unplugging it at my apartment and plugging it back in at my parents house, it completely and utterly died, taking along with it ALL of my music files. Of which I had quite a few. I don’t know how many, but just to give you an idea – I have a 60G iPod and I’ve been having to take stuff off to put new stuff on for a while now. So, yeah. A lot.

Fortunately, despite the fact that you’re not supposed to be able to get things off your iPod and on to your computer, there are ways around it. So I managed to save all the things that were still on my iPod, but I’ve lost the stuff that was just on the hard drive. Most of it was things that I’d ripped from my CDs, but I can’t be sure what’s missing since there’s just so much. I suppose anything that I notice I’m missing, I can add back and just figure that if I don’t miss it, I don’t need it, but still! And then it took me a while to get iTunes to cooperate (which it’s still not enthusiastic about doing, but I think we’re getting there… We better be getting there, anyway.)…


Also had a headache for most of the day today. 😦 Hopefully tomorrow will be better. I’m just worrying about what’s going to break next. I think I won’t be too surprised if my TV explodes or something…