Monday, May 9, 2011

A Case of the Mondays

It's time for the usual weekend re-cap.  What did the weekend have in store for me?  Adventure?  Excitement?  Tony B. craves not these things...


I played another triumphant gig at the Boxing Donkey in Roseville.  In fact, when I walked in, there weren't too many people in the house.  However, as the night got going, the place filled up a bit more and it was a fun night.  The guy who yells "Freebird" was back again, so I had the bartenders put me on suicide watch.  At one point, he could sense that I loathed him with every fiber of my being, so he said, "What can I do to bury the hatchet?  How can I get you play the song?" 

To which I replied, "Burying the hatchet is easy.  You can just not yell for the song anymore and we're cool.  Getting me to play the song is easy as well.  Just play me a lot of money, and I'll work it out." 

He looked surprised.  "You mean you wouldn't just do it for the art of playing the song?  You're doing this for the money?" 

"Um- yes.  I would play it for a substantial amount of money." 

And that seemed to end things.  He might love "Freebird," but not enough to pay for it.  Once he quieted his mouth about that song, he seemed to actually enjoy the other songs I was playing.  It's amazing what happens when a person is able to stop focusing on one request that I'm clearly not going to play and listen to the rest of the set.  It's actually... what's the word?  Enjoyable. 

Overall, it was a fun night (as usual) at the Donkey.  They continue to treat me in a top-notch fashion and I continue to love playing there and recommend their establishment to the highest degree. 


Mrs. B. and I woke up early and went to Bodypump at the gym.  It dominated me.  It's pretty much a weight-lifting class that hits all the muscle groups in an aerobic fashion.  Mostly women attend, but it's nice to have a coach/teacher at the front leading the way.  I'm always sore after doing this class and this time was no exception. 

After returning home, I got a call from Pyramid that they were going to cancel my show that evening.  It tends to get quite cold on the patio if the weather is cool during the day- so they were assuming most people wouldn't want to listen to live music in the cold.  This was a bummer.  It used to not really matter, besides losing out on a fun evening, when a place would cancel a show.  Now that Mrs. B. and I are on the verge of closing on a home, it's like a punch in the gut.  I totally understand their thinking, but now I have money to make that really truly matters (and isn't just going to a gambling bankroll!) 

With a free evening and the whole world in front of me, I decided to learn a few tunes.  "Long Day" by Matchbox 20, "In The Meantime" by Spacehog (it's acoustic and sounds pretty decent), "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele, and "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak.  Apparently, I can be productive when given some free time. 

We also watched "Fringe."  Wow.  That was one hell of a season finale.  It is a bit concerning though.  With a cliffhanger of that sort, they must come back next year with a STRONG explanation.  If not, they risk ruining the entire show.  I'm hopeful that the ending was for the better.  I'll maybe talk about the plot details later, but I'm spoiling anything at the moment in case there are people reading who aren't up to date. 

After being productive in the afternoon.  Mrs. B. and I put on "Piranha 3D" from Netflix.  To their credit, the makes of this movie knew exactly what they were making.  They wanted to make a bloody gore-fest that shows boobs from time to time.  That being said, this movie was beyond awful.  I laughed when Jerry O'Connell got his penis bit off and that was about it.  I would not waste my time with this flick if you haven't seen it yet. 


I watched most of the Bulls game and really don't want to talk about it much.  The Bulls squandered an opportunity.  The Hawks are playing much better than expected.  I still think the Bulls will win the series, but yikes.  We need more of Friday's Bulls rather than Sunday's Bulls.  If nothing else, I have faith in Derrick Rose. 

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there.  My Mom is visiting her Mom in Chicago, so I wasn't able to see her on Mother's Day, but I'm sure she's having a good time out there.

That's pretty much it.  Back to the grind of the work week...


Mrs. B said...

Spoiler Alert! The best part is the piranha spit out Jerry O'Connell's penis. Even a blood thirsty, flesh eating piranha didn't want a piece of Joe.

Tony B. said...

Starting off Monday with a "Joe's Apartment" reference! Excellent work. I knew there was a reason I married you!

Brandon said...

I've always secretly enjoyed "Wicked Game," and not just because it had a naked Miss Universe contestant in its video.

And come on, who wouldn't want to play the same 9 minute Lynyrd Skynyrd song over and over for the artistic beauty of it? I heard there are monks in Tibet that don't need to eat or drink because they get all the nourishment they need from playing Freebird every minute of the day.

GMoney said...

And let's not forget that Piranha 3D starred AVN Crossover Star of the Year and AVN Awards co-host, Riley Steele!!!

I watched Steve Austin in "Hunt To Kill" on Friday night. Best part was at the end before he kills the bad guy, Stone Cold mutters:

"When I hunt...I HUNT TO KILL!" I laughed for at least five minutes.

Tony B. said...

That "Wicked Game" video was awesome. It may have jump started puberty for me.

I can see it now. Some very artsy band decides to cover "Freebird" and the critics applaud them with positive praise. "What a brave and bold statement they made by covering 'Freebird.' Truly artistic genius."

Tony B. said...

Stone Cold emphasizing the title of a movie in a line? That's great stuff! Why he wasn't a bigger movie star, I'll never understand.

Brandon said...

So what you're saying is that Wilco and The National will never take the stage together to play a 27 minute version of Freebird? How can I go on living in this world?