Reviewing My Notes

A whole lot of stuff has happened over the last couple of days, so I’m going to see if I can recap it all.

I knew last week was going to be busy and I had a lot going on, so I scheduled a couple of vacation days. (I called them “sick-of-work” days.) I’m glad I did, it was nice to get away from the office and take “vacation” that didn’t involve packing up a bunch of stuff driving somewhere and then coming home in a blurry daze and going to work the next day before I’ve even unpacked my suitcase.

Wednesday night I went to see Sufjan Stevens in concert at the Fox Theatre. I love the Fox, but unfortunately I’d have to say this was a pretty negative experience, a first for me. Not that it was the performer’s fault. I actually enjoyed the concert quite a bit. I don’t know how much I would enjoy Stevens’ work if it was merely him and an acoustic guitar, but the horns and string section add a dimension to his works that make the songs shine. I love the dynamic range of volume that the orchestra provides and the push and pull of the songs. Unfortunately, the Fox sound system failed Sufjan Stevens in the middle of one of his songs, reducing lush strings to static. The band paused for a bit, at a loss for what to do, but the microphone was quickly replaced and the concert resumed, but one couldn’t help feel like the spell had been broken. Combine that with the fact that my seats were up against the side of the theater with an obstructed view that was outside of the speaker cone and well, I couldn’t help feeling that it was a good concert that could’ve been so much more.

Thursday I did some errands for Adriene and took the opportunity to visit Stone Mountain, a park that I used to go to all the time as a child, but don’t visit much anymore since I live on the other side of Atlanta. I climbed the mountain and took some photos and wandered around the park. That evening, I picked up Adriene and we enjoyed some Georgia Tech football.

During the weekend, we drove up to Blue Ridge for a retreat for our alumni association for my fraternity. Hopefully, lots of good things this year are coming for the fraternity, both for the actives at the chapter and for the alumni. It’s time to start doing all the things we’ve been promising.

But for now, it’s nice to just have some quiet nights at home after last week’s craziness.