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Mar. 17th, 2009

The Phoenix

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my sister!! 

And also to rdyfrde !

Aug. 26th, 2008

The Phoenix


 Watching this DVD of Billy Joel videos that I have and wow, does it bring back memories.  Me and my sister listened to Billy Joel since we were little kids, reminds me of trips to Island Beach, sledding in the winter, you name it..wow.  Kinda sweet memories yet makes me long to talk to my mother.  Sometimes a trip down memory lane is good though, reminds me that we are already starting to create memories for Connor...well soon anyway.  The cycle continues.  I'm feeling very sentimental.

Aug. 25th, 2008

The Phoenix


Snagged from rdyfrde

I'm weird, but I knew that already!   Says I'm lonely too, guess I need more friends huh.

So, olias79, your LiveJournal reveals...

You are... 6% unique (blame, for example, your interest in pinball wizards convention) and 12% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy swimming). When it comes to friends you are lonely. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is absurdly obscure.

Your overall weirdness is: 57

(The average level of weirdness is: 28.
You are weirder than 91% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!

Jan. 25th, 2008

Black Knight 2000

(no subject)

Who You Should Vote For

Ron Paul: 94%
John McCain: 56%
Rudy Giuliani: 38%
Barack Obama: 31%
Hillary Clinton: 31%
John Edwards: 31%
Mike Huckabee: 25%
Mitt Romney: 25%

Who you agree with on the war in Iraq: John Edwards and Ron Paul

Who you agree with on the economy: Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, John McCain and Ron Paul

Who you agree with on health care: Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney

Who you agree with on taxes: Ron Paul

Who you agree with on abortion: Ron Paul

Who you agree with on gay rights: Ron Paul and John McCain

Not too surprised here

Oct. 17th, 2007

Peter Gabriel

(no subject)

If you comment on this post, I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along
 picked these 7 things: 

Arcades:  Well, I like arcades because of pinball.  Although it's a shame anymore that arcades are fading away, closing up etc.  There are still a few around that we go to, to get our fix of pinball!  I used to love going to Jenkinson's arcade on the Point Pleasant Boardwalk to play pinball, that's what started my fascication with pinball.

Cows:  Well, I think cows are cute!  Plus I collect cow stuff, it's all over my kitchen.  

Mammoth Cave:   When we went to Kentucky a few years ago, we spent some time at Mammoth Cave National Park.  This cave is just amazing..they have documented over 370 miles of it!  I am fascinated by the underground I guess, though I am too much of a chicken to really ever consider cave exploring.  But I love cave tours and want to do a "wild cave tour" someday, to see what it must be really like to explore a cave..but I would only do it with a guide!

Pinball:  Well, I guess I kinda mentioned this above.  I got into pinball when I was younger playing at the boardwalk.  Also, when I got older and started working summers there, I would spend my breaks playing, I just loved it!  Now it's evolved that my husband and I run pinball leagues and tournaments, and we even have 2 games in our basement!

Star One:  I love Star One!  It is one of Arjen Lucassen's projects and I would say is mainly responsible for getting me into progressive metal a few years back, along with Ayreon.  And the Star One album "Space Metal" includes two of my favorite singers, Russell Allen and Damian Wilson :)  Each song on the album is based on a sci-fi movie or tv show, it's realy cool!

Tempest:  Tempest is a Celtic rock band and their music is a lot of fun.  I've seen them live a few times.  For some reason when spring rolls around each year, I always get on a Tempest kick!  I actually discovered them from listening to a progressive rock radio show that used to be on a local college station, and the DJ played a snip of a song to make a point that they were a lousy band!  Well, I disagreed!

Wooden Roller Coasters:  I love roller coasters, but especially classic wooden coasters.  Just love the old fashioned rides, and my husband and I got married on a wooden coaster-The Phoenix at Knoebels!  And I belong to the American Coaster Enthusiasts. 

Sep. 12th, 2007

Jon Anderson concert

Band Meme thing

Snagged from rdyfrde

Copy this list. Leave in the bands you've seen perform live. Delete the ones you haven't and add new ones that you have seen until you reach 25. An asterisk means the previous person had it on their list. Two asterisks means the last two people who did this before you had that band on their list.

1. Rush
2. Porcupine Tree
3. Gong
4. Roy Harper
5. Symphony X*
6. Dream Theater*
7. Genesis
8. Billy Joel
9. Steely Dan
10. The Moody Blues
11. Jimmy Page/Robert Plant
12. Paul McCartney
13. Jon Anderson
14. Daevid Allen
15. Emerson Lake and Palmer
16. Brian May
17. Elton John
18. Peter Gabriel
19. The Who
20. Jethro Tull
21. The Doobie Brothers
22. Weird Al
23. Tempest
24. Keith Emerson
25. Yes*

Aug. 24th, 2007

Arjen Lucassen

(no subject)

Snagged from rdyfrde

You are The Moon

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Jul. 5th, 2007

The Phoenix

July 4th at Coney Island

Yesterday was awesome! We went, with B's parents to Coney Island. His mom had always wanted to go, and we haven't been since 1999 so the visit was overdue. Also, since those developers are coming in soon...who knows what it's future is. Right now what I hear is million dollar condos and upscale shopping..ooh big deal like we need more of that crap. Sad..
Anyway, we got there around 11ish and we noticed it was mobbed! Part of Surf Ave was closed down we found out soon because of the Nathans hot dog eating contest that was going on. We parked over at the aquariam since we were planning on going anyway. It was nice and I'm glad we stopped in. The jellyfish exibits were cool too, as were the sharks and giant stingrays. And sea turtles! Oh and the walruses were so fun to watch, swimming on their backs, so graceful under water even though they are enourmous, love walruses :)
When we were done we decided to eat, we wanted to eat at Nathans but it was still crazy over there so we ate at Franks which is right accross from The Cyclone. It was yummy. Then onto Deno's where I finally rode the Wonderwheel, can't believe how busy it was!! It made things more exiting though and I could imagine what it must have been like in it's heydey in the 20's. The Wonderwheel was a little scary with it's swinging cars, great one of a kind ride. Then B and I did Spook o Rama, a dark ride that I'm sure will not be there by next year..Then onto Top Spin 2..wow they were running probably the most intense programs on that thing, it was intense! And some guy gave us his tickets which was cool. Then of course we did Cyclone, it felt weird having to wait for it! It was running great. So for dinner we did end up at Nathans then headed home, it was a very fun, and unusual visit, to Coney Island. I'm so glad we got there before things start to change...

May. 24th, 2007

Flying Turns

Porcupine Tree 5/23/07 at the Electric Factory

This isn't really a concert review, more of what the night was like for me. Basically to start for those out there who are interested, I am AWFUL with song titles, and that's partly to blame cause I listen to PT the most on B's ipod and don't pay much attention to song titles..I know I know..what kind of fan am I!

I left work at 3pm to allow enough time to stop at CVS and buy earplugs and make up some dinner. B arrived home by 4 and we ate, and were out the door by 5. It was a good drive there, only one brief slowdown. Took a little over an hour and we arrived at The Electric Factory..and that it is..an old factory that's been coverted to a concert hall.
Once inside we headed upstairs to the balcony/bar area and found stools right at the edge! score! It gave us a great head on view of the stage and we wouldn't have to stand all night. We talked a bunch with the guy next to us which was nice about prog, etc.
The opening band was simply called "3." I guess the best way to describe them is hard rock with some metal, but at times acoustic sounding too. One of their songs really got good audience response and we liked it, the rest was just okay., but the seemed like a young band with potential. A decent opener.
Porcupine Tree came out shortly after that..and again I'll say, I suck with song titles!! They opened with a new song and throughout the night played to us their entire new album "Fear of a Blank Planet." The long song from the new album,..I think it was called "Anestitized" was awesome..very heavy and dark, as was much of the new stuff. I don't have the new album yet but will pick up very shortly!! It all has to sink in but I really enjoyed what I heard.
They also played Lightbulb Sun material, "Blackest Eyes" from Inabsentia as well as other older tunes..which I know but don't know titles..see my theme here, hehe.
There was more older material than I was expecting and that was a big surprise. The artistic imagery projected on the screens was very dark and well done indeed. I notice also Steve Wilson doesn't wear shoes when performing. Overall, we had a blast and the band put on an amazing show that I will not forget.
Thankgoodness we had the earplugs though, cause as I was told, The Electric Factory is a concrete box!!

May. 21st, 2007

Keith Emerson

(no subject)

I know I am ignorning LJ lately, just haven't really felt much like posting. It's a spring/summer thing, spending more time outside and such. Still reading my friends page though. I'm seeing Porcupine Tree Wednesday night, yay!

that's all

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