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   Friday, June 06, 2003  
To Laura Cantrell at The Continental last night. Opening band was The Schramms, who then accompanied Laura for her set. It was a good show despite persistent sound equipment problems and the fact that the Continental was really not the right venue for her. Don’t get me wrong, it is one of the classic Buffalo clubs. The problem is that it is one of the classic punk/grunge clubs and, as such, not an easy association with Ms. Cantrell’s country style. The result was a very small turnout. I guess you could call it “intimate”.

The room is not large but the audience was lost and a bit more restrained then they might otherwise have been. When she introduced the steel guitar/mandolin/12 string player, Jon Graboff, someone in the audience yelled an enthusiastic “Go Johnny Go!” which Ms. Cantrell heard and repeated as “Run Truck Run!” She was obviously puzzled and asked him to repeat it, which he did in a small and sheepish voice inflected as an equally puzzled question. She still didn’t understand what he said and the whole thing was rather embarrassing.

Lest I leave the wrong impression, Laura Cantrell was wonderful and sang many, many of her songs that I count among my favorites. She is also one of those performers that delivers an element of texture and immediacy in a live performance that is impossible to capture on vinyl or with a laser. I hope she returns to this neck of the woods because she shure do sing purty. Someone should suggest alternative venues to her though—my thoughts are The Falconcrest or Earl's. Maybe I’ll drop her a note.
   posted by Andrea at 11:07 AM

   Thursday, June 05, 2003  
I am very sorry about this whole “Martha Gate” [hand wrought by Italian artisans! Pair it with a trellis and let your clematis bloom and shine!]. I say this not only because I had intended to finance my children’s education by the ebay sale of Martha Stewart Living volume 1 [mint condition!] .Yes, I know that she is the one we all love to hate, the one who makes us all feel inadequate, the impossible standard of hostess-hood [Now we will hand stencil the placemats for your table!] the one who makes us feel like failures if we do not pick up the children from school with warm, fresh chocolate chip cookies and a thermos of cold, BGH free milk every day. Okay, okay I know. But even so, this situation bothers me. Would the press, the SEC, the Department of Justice and the rest of the world treat Klaus von Bulow or Pete Rose this way if the espadrille [just like those worn by Spanish fisherman! I like to wear them as I prepare seafood that I have harvested myself! They go so well with the pearls from my own oysters!] was on the other pied? I doubt it. People don’t talk about the glass ceiling much anymore but in my mind that is exactly what is at work here. You have to give Martha her due. She is a successful businesswoman who built a billion dollar multimedia empire that she may or may not have risked for a few measly bucks. I see the viciousness of this backlash as unsuitable for all but the sourest of grape tarts.
   posted by Andrea at 11:55 AM

   Wednesday, June 04, 2003  
I have deliberately avoided talking about my knitting of late. Here is the update. Tonight I will finish the first sleeve on the sweater for Neon Moon. This has taken much, much longer than I anticipated but it should be finished in time for her to take to school in August. I try to learn something from each project, though and here is what I learned from this one: while baby mohair is very forgiving, under no circumstances should you ever, ever make a mistake that requires you to rip stitches or [gasp] rows. Under those circumstances, it is like working with Velcro as the hairy parts stick together. I have also finally decided to abandon the pale blue chenille project. This was a hard decision as I am three inches away from finishing the last sleeve! It has now been relegated to a series of ziplock bags and filed away to be reused in a future project. I have also decided to take apart another old project and to reuse the beautiful, pearl gray yarn in an autumn project for the Flash. These decisions having been made, I now feel much better.
   posted by Andrea at 9:58 AM

   Tuesday, June 03, 2003  
I am helping the Sprite knit her first pair of socks. Unfortunately for her, it is like helping someone eat potato chips.

Me: I’ll just show you again.

Sprite: But you just showed me. Now its my turn.

Me: But you want to be sure that you understand. I'll just do a few more rows...

Sprite: I do. I do understand. It's my turn.

[ a struggle ensues]
   posted by Andrea at 4:42 PM

   Monday, June 02, 2003  
Laundry forms a subtheme in my life. Sorting clean laundry is the easy part, though. With some exceptions, it goes as follows: race shirts belong to The Flash, soccer jerseys are Mona Lisa’s and shirts that sparkle belong to The Sprite. Distinctions between those belonging to Neon Moon and those that are mine are only slightly more subtle. Amnesty International and those with Chinese letters are hers; mine tend to be for organic produce, recycling and lost causes.
   posted by Andrea at 1:19 PM

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