Sunday, August 31, 2008
Most of my stuff arrived Thursday and Friday, and I am beginning to get settled in.
I went to Taste of Colorado with my friend JT on Friday, to hear Little Feat. The sunset was shining off the gold dome of the Capitol building, set against a cobalt blue sky. It was wonderful. The band sounded phenomenal! Nobody can lay down a groove like Little Feat. You just can't help but move your body to the music. I know, it's a scary thing, Mikey doing the 'white guy dance,' but what can I say? It was beyond my power to stop it.
Speaking of music, I got together with Scotte for our first rehearsal with the new band, Ironwood Rain. It's so good to play with him again, we just mesh so well. That's what happens when you've played together for a long time.
I am so excited to be here in Colorado once again.
Stay tuned for more news and updates.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
In the morning, I'll be leaving for a couple days in Melbourne with the Pyrates of the Coast. Then, up to Daytona to visit my (now former) roommate and her family. On Monday, I fly to Colorado! I am so excited.
I will be offline for a couple days. Then, watch out!!!
Stay tuned for updates.
See y'all soon!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Here I am with my friend Megan (a.k.a. "M-Bot"). I will miss her. She's so fun to work with. She always brings a smile to my face, no matter what. That kind of good energy is a gift and a blessing.
Friday, August 15, 2008
After getting his fill of peanuts, he jumped up on one of the benches, trying to get the berries off the bushes.
I thought Megan was going to burst, she was so giddy.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Okay, two caveats:
1. The quality of the video is not exactly the best. However, I am selecting only the video clips that show the various aspects as best as I can get them with my camera.
2. You will see and hear the word 'awesome' repeatedly. It's inevitable.
Here you can see the creation of the bubble ring.
Up for air, and 'Shazam!' I swear it's like magic.
Keep your eye on the area in front of her rostrum (nose.) She breaks the big ring and makes a smaller one, pushing it along.
This morning, my friend Chris was there, he had never seen the dolphins do bubble rings before. He was amazed.
Simply amazing. You can't tell me they aren't having fun.
And here is one doing what I call 'the wobbly infinity symbol.'
Watch as he circles back around.
This morning I was exploring the capabilities of my digital camera while watching the dolphins. I caught one of the dolphins doing bubble rings, but this time, in a movie!
I can only think of one word...
It gets a bit blurry as she moves away into the distance, but she is playing with the ring all the way to the end.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
It was a hot day, upper 90's with a billion percent humidity. The weather report was upper 90s, but said that the heat index made it 'feel like' 105. At one point, I had sweated all the hydration out of my body, there was nothing but air... and my armpits began to whistle!
The marshland was spectacular. The way the park is designed, with the pathways going through the marshland, and the observation tower, is brilliant, and really preserves the feel of a natural habitat.
The people there are very friendly. I got to pet a baby gator, I even tried my hand at feeding the big boys while I was there:
Oh yes, those gators are real.
The legendary Gatorland entrance:
The observation tower:
Some of the local inhabitants...
A cute lil' guy:
Some big ol' crocodiles:
The birds were awesome. I had to be careful not to use up my entire memory card before I got to the gators and the shows:
Speaking of shows...
The was Gator Rasslin':
And the Gator Jumparoo Show:
There were other shows, but I was having so much fun I missed a couple of them. I was not worried, as I was having a blast.
I highly recommend Gatorland to anyone visiting Orlando. There's nothing else quite like it!
I had several offers that were just too good to pass up. I am very excited for the opportunity to focus my attention on painting full-time.
In addition, I will have the immediate moral support of family and friends, which is worth its weight in gold.
Stay tuned for more to come!