18 Jul, 2008  |  Written by  |  under Music

We got up at 3:30am for our flight to Baltimore, and made it to the airport in time to pick up a latte and drink half of it before remembering that security wouldn’t let us on with it. Oops, been a while since we’ve flown!

Tepring’s sister, Sharon, picked us up and we headed to DC for the rehearsal of John Williams and The President’s Own Marine Band. We were able to get in because Sharon’s husband works for the band.

The next three hours were an amazing preview of the concert we’ll go to Sunday evening. The traditionally orchestral pieces have been re-orchestrated for band, and Mr. Williams was often surprised how well it worked. Part of that is that this is perhaps the best band anywhere, though!

During the concert, we had full scores to follow, which made the rehearsal more interesting for the four of us huddled around the music stand.

Afterward, we waited while the band staff met Mr. Williams, and Ted was able to get a couple of autographs. Amazing day so far!

We had sushi at Sharon and Ted’s favorite place in Annapolis and got to bed early. 3:30am was a long time ago!

15 Jul, 2008  |  Written by  |  under iPhone

I’ve gotten a lot of grief from family & friends about waiting 6 hours in line for the iPhone.  But now that the sunburn has subsided, I keep finding reasons that it was worth the hassle.  So, here are my 9 reasons the iPhone is Crazy Good: Continue Reading ->

12 Jul, 2008  |  Written by  |  under iPhone

Nah, nobody would wait 6 hours in line for an iPhone.  Least of all me.  I’m no Apple FanBoy(tm), have a nice Windows Mobile phone, and am on crutches.  So it makes no sense at all that I’d wait 6 hours in line for an iPhone.

But I did. Continue Reading ->

8 Jul, 2008  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

I broke my foot a while back, and finally went to the doctor mumble-16-mumble months later, who confirmed that a tiny little cesamoid bone is broken.  They’re apparently a nightmare to heal, so I got a bone stimulator, which seems to have helped.  Tried 4 weeks on an air cast walking boot thingie, but it didn’t help, so I’ve been on crutches for the past 3 weeks.

Anyhow, it seems to finally be healing, so I’m thrilled about that.  Hoping it’ll be in good shape for Estes Park, CO in August, and maybe D.C. before that.