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April 14: Orioles (4) – Blue Jays (3)

BRob Baseball

BRob041408.JPGA bunch of singles and a score for the other team.
Double play, 3 out, BRob up. Single!
Millar up/song break – one two three four five against one . . .
Ball in dirt for Millar.  Hmm, ball in dirt, not the most direct pitching, eh?
Yippee for Millar!  BRob scores!  Go, Orioles, Go!
A bunch of singles and a score for the Orioles.  Game starts over again 2nd inning.
End of second, making a new pasta dish, and BRob flies out as joyous boiling bubbles of sauce fly all over my stove.  3up3out, back to the Orioles.
Back to field.  Orioles do double plays nicely.  At least by Gameday standards.
Good job, Adam!  Another hit.  Watch the game while listening to live EvenFlow by PJ.  Pretty cool, like driving on a highway out of the city, with few cars left for the night.
Gameday stuck, I guess.  Is it time to ice cupcakes?
Gameday back on and Millar just homer-d.  Way to go, Kevin!
Later:
This is quite the double-play type of game on both sides, eh?
Jim Johnson?  Has he played, yet?  I’ve missed a few games, so definitely possibly.  I just haven’t seen him, yet.  So, since Adam Jones was caught stealing, and Luis didn’t finish his turn at bat, he gets to go again?  Ohmy Luis walks, 4 balls in a row.
Yippee!  BRob Up, and I’m listening to Black.  I would rather listen to Given to Fly, but I’m up to Black on Ottawa 2005.  Just focus on  . . . and he singles.  Yippee BRob!
Sacrifice bunt, way to go, and advance the team, Melvin.  Fielder’s choice out at 3rd.  This happened a couple games ago, too.  When BRob was out at home, and someone reached to first, I think it was Nick.  Those must be difficult choices for the person at third, eh? 
Next out, BRob didn’t score – boohoo.
Jamie Walker pitches.
Then Chad Bradford.  3 pitchers so far this inning.
Yippee!  Aubrey gets a single!  Great!  Luke on base!  Sacrifice fly by Ramon.  Ok, so that statistic goes against him, as it decreases his batting average.  However, it was for the team.  See how some of these statistics don’t show the true story.  Just a sample of the truth of a story, eh?  Ball in dirt.  I feel really sorry for the pitchers who get to view that statistic.
On the fan forum, and even within reporter’s past summaries, they were critical of Adam Jones’ batting.  However, tonight, he is doing great!  George up!  C’mon George!
Oops, ball in dirt.  I guess every pitcher has those days, eh?  Oh, no, George’s ERA just went byebye with a 2-player homer.  No more Crazy Mary during the 9th inning, eh?  Is that too superstitious?
Last out, game over.

Biscotti
Cupcakes, again.  I really like this vegan chocolate cupcake recipe.  However, after trying the vegan chocolate ganache, and covering them with sprinkles, I realized that they are too sweet for a sweet topping.  The ganache called for maple syrup, and it was just too much.  If I’m going to make this topping again I would probably use an unsweeted almond milk, and the chocolate.  Instead of soy milk, maple syrup, and chocolate.  That should do it.  Although it’s too sweet, a person recovers from vegan cupcakes pretty easily since there’s no slow metabolizing animal proteins.  Pretty cool.

Pearl Jam Bootleg
Ottawa, Canada, September 16, 2005.  You can download it from post #1 here
Start with Wash – a lost dogs crowd?  What a great sound, bluesy, and searching.  Nice fancy fingers with rain dropping in a river sound.  Go guitar sounds really good.  Very energetic start.  Wimpy sounding HailHail, though.  Animal, crowd let through.  Wow, very energetic start.  Hint of a crowd embrace during beginning of Corduroy.  Fan appreciation coming through.  Nice Mikeness.  Immortality!  What a beautiful start to get the crowd on a different page.  Sounds a little flat, but still powerful.  Eddie forgets some words(?), but still powerful.  Losing a little power, there.  It’s better on the disc.  It could be very flat in concert, confused sounding.  Eddie said, Taking care of a few requests tonight.  I realize it’s ok to ask for songs that are rarely played, and it’s wonderful when they are yadda yadda yadda.  However, maybe there’s a really good reason why they are not played in concert i.e., they sound better on disc, you think?  Smidgen of a crowd embrace, some more during non-singing parts.  Stone talks!  Eddie said, That was Stone Gossard on the vocal.  Part of a joke.  Stone talks about Don’t Gimme No Lip, how it was only performed in studio until that night.  With smidgen crowd embrace through it.  Mike enjoying it.  Chanting for Stone.  EvenFlow starts with just a little bit more groove to it than usual.  Mike mellowing in song to hear more of the other band.  Eddie lets the crowd sing parts of the song.  Nice crowd participation.  Eddie talks about playing just Canadian dates all in a row, and the crowd is happy about that.  It’s been a real pleasure, and this night seems to be no exception.
Eddie talking quite a bit, about how big the country is.  Discussion about the roads and highways on behalf of the crew.  Recommends Haliburton, tongue in cheek, and says more about them.  Eddie said, It’s like George Bush has learned how to spread the wealth on the size of a pin  Into Green Disease.  Nice backing vocals by Matt in Insignificance.  You don’t hear Jeremy everyday, eh?  Whoa, a little off in Jeremy between the bandmembers.  I don’t think this is the most inspired concert even though the setlist on paper is for the connoisseur.  Nice crowd participation in Jeremy.  Eddie asked more participation of them.
Nice crowd allowed through in Black.  Yippee crowd!  Very nice Mikeness!  Nice crowd participation and embrace.  Betterman, it seems Eddie starting to feel more awake(?)
True crowd embrace!  Slide into allowed participation on bootleg.  Eddie shines near end!  Nice tag with Save it for Later.  I like the leadup to RearviewMirror.  Interesting jam.  It’s not my favorite jam spot/closing song before an encore, but it’s a jam worthy song.
Introduction to Bee Girl.  I remember a similar introduction while live at St. John’s #1 (September 24, 2005.)  I Believe in Miracles, and it’s possible I can hear the crowd embracing the song.  It sounds like Eddie’s reaching for something with his voice, like someone to support him as he is singing, like he just needs that one go-ahead nudge.  Eddie sounding more inspired by Sleight of Hand.  He likes this song, I believe.  He said in another bootleg it had musical value or something like that.  Yikes!  Squeek!  First time I’m really into the bootleg, singing along.  C’mon let the crowd through on Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town, is that an embrace I hear?  Hello from the crowd and after they are there.
Then comes the crowd with a little encouragement from Eddie.  Sing with him, people, be joyful!  Crowd happy about Crazy Mary.  Crowd participation, crowd embrace.  Last time I heard Crazy Mary on a bootleg it seemed that the organ didn’t lift the song, but rather created a ceiling.  This bootleg it fits.  It lifts it up.  Major Boom!  Go, Matt, Go!  Oh, yeeeeeaaaaaah, Mike!  Nice Mike/Boom call and response.  Again, Go, Matt, Go!  Bandness, supreme!
Yes!  The crowd responds with awe at the musical conversation they listen in on.  Boooooooom!  Crowd embrace during Alive!  Throughout the song.  Then faint chanting in the background.  This is one of those concerts that starts with the encores.  Given to Fly in an encore!  That’s nice 🙂  Almost hear an embrace let through.  Some smidgen of an embrace during Daughter.  No tag, but there was a tag on BetterMan.  Hmm, could there be a potential pattern for tags, man or daughter?  I can hear the crowd with The Shades go down.  Hmmm, not tag, eh? 

Sleater-Kinney help with Harvest Moon.  I like Harvest Moon.  Sleater-Kinney sounds really good with this song.  Imagine ending a concert with this song instead of Yellow Ledbetter or Rockin’ in the Free World.  End the concert with the warm fuzzies 🙂  Harmonica, baby!
Yellow Ledbetter ends with a little Led Zeplin. 

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April 11: Orioles (5) – Devil Rays (10)

BRob Baseball
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BRob up, flies up and outs.  Yippee Millar’s on base!  Huff with an RBI.  Luke Scott with 2 RBI.  I’ll exercise once BRob gets a hit.  Hopefully, he’ll get a hit soon, as I’m merging with my chair.  2-person Home Run for the Rays.  BRob got a double, and an RBI – time for me to exercise.

Someone on the treadmill.  I’ll try again in 1/2 hour, middle of the 4th.  BRob grounds out.  Later Luke Scott doubles.  R.Hernandez pushed his luck, but got an RBI, anyway.  I was watching some youtubes on cupcake decorating alternatively with gameday, and I lost track of time.  It’s past 9pm.  I guess I won’t run today, eh?  BRob grounds out.  I’ll run a couple miles. 

I’m back.  It’s so hot, that even on a treadmill I was struggling.  I ran less than a mile, and it’s not as if I was out of breath, but rather, that I was just done.  I can’t believe it’s still so hot.  It’s after 9pm and even with my windows open it’s hot.  Man, the game is still on.  What’s up with that? 

I think I left 1 inning ago.  Tie game in the 8th.  Time for spaghetti.  Bottom of the 8th, oh dear. . . what happened here.  Must have been a long half inning for the O’s.  I may sound patrionizing, but it’s true, eh? 

Whoa!  Quite the thunderstorm just started in Maryland.  Lights flicking on and off.  Part thunderstorm, part electric company, eh?  BRob up, grounds out.  3 up 3 out. Game done

A couple of questions about baseball:  who benefits from an RBI statistic, who benefits from a TB statistic, or even a LOB statistic?  Were these statistics created for any purpose?  Some may make the batter feel good, or bad, but overall they put a team-like mentality on the individual contribution – batter up.

Also, even though the Orioles did not play well today, as professional athletes they still inspired me to go running – no matter how pathetic the results.  They must push themselves or else someone is just in the shadows waiting to take their places.  All conjecture, I could be wrong.

Biscotti
Cupcakes!  Yes, I caught the retro cupcake craze, and baked cupcakes for a co-worker’s birthday.  These are german chocolate, but I didn’t use German’s chocolate 🙂  The cake was very good.  The icing was a little too stiff to spread, but still good tasting.  I’ll try to cook the icing less, and add less coconut next time.  I placed all the cupcakes in a cookie tin, and what icing didn’t initially stick I just placed on top.  I was hoping by the time I was at work, some of the icing would stick more.  Eh, I just served them on plates, and the crumbly icing was caught.

These are vegan, and again, they tasted very good.  The ingredients were beautiful:  coconut milk, soy milk, rice milk, toasted coconut etc.  I’m looking foward to using more vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract, but we’ll see.  I never tried vegan cupcakes before, and I’m hooked.  I don’t plan on trying the vegan buttercream icing as I’m not a big fan of shortening.  However, I’m looking forward to the vegan ganache, and the vegan mousse as toppings.

The funny thing about cupcakes is that, sure they are cute, but incredibly IMPRACTICAL!  The little paper thing is good to keep moisture in, but what WASTE!  Also, unless the eater has a mouth the size of Alaska, how often can the eater appreciate the double goodness of icing and cake?  They are practical as far as portion control.  I’m still on the side of not liking them as opposed to liking them, but I’ll probably bake more from this cookbook anyway because these were so good and easy to portion out.

Pearl Jam Bootleg
Utrecht, Netherlands, March 4, 1992.  Yes 1992!  You can download it here in post #41.  I wasn’t paying attention to them until November 1992.  Holy cow!  Isn’t that something?  I remember a man I dated gave me a bootleg for a Greatful Dead concert that occured before I was born.  That blew my mind more, but same thing, you know?

The sound.  Who taped this?  I guess it’s not a soundboard.  So who taped it, and how did the quality last this long?  Turn the lights off, and you’re inside the venue.  It starts with talking instead of waiting until the 5th song.  It’s so raw, there’s an echo.  Crowd is engineered out of the bootleg.  BOOOO! 

There’s such intensity, just by feeling it’s happening right then, that’s it’s like attending Henry 5th (Kenneth Branaugh) in the moviehouse.  I was glued totally glued to the screen.  Just like I’m glued to this sound.  Mesmorizing. 

Whoa!  Where did that EvenFlow come from?  It’s slow, trying for a blues groove.  After listening to more recent concerts it’s like I don’t understand the language of this version. . . until Mike’s solo 🙂

Nice small venue sound.  Squeak during Why Go.  Eddie said It’s a sea of people.  The tide is high.  Waves come crashing on my thigh.  More talk by Eddie, some Dutch.  Wow!  That’s where You Pu**ies comes from i.e., later used on a sign in Play Leash You Pu**ies!  During Deep Eddie said Hey, be careful, you motherf**cker!  From what is said I think that someone was crowd surfing, and not respectful of other attendees heads in relationship to his boots.  Jeff (Stone?) talks about the pedals, not quite sure what, but it’s a reprimand.  Eddie’s nice explanation for protective attitude towards pedals probably reduces crowd’s possible negative reaction to Jeff’s reprimand.  What a diplomat, that Eddie.  Who’d knew this angst-ridden-messiah could be a mother hen, and team player?  Of course, it’s not for me to decide if he is a team player, eh? 

Crowd already knows ALIVE!  Yippee for crowdness!  Popping of speakers.  Eddie starts the Yeah chant.  I didn’t know where this chant idea for this song came from, but I guess it’s quite old, eh?  Mikeness in the distance.  Considering the crowd reaction, was ALIVE already taking a new importance in Eddie’s life?  Eddie talks about the energy of the pit and how once you are in a few times, you don’t want to leave it.    

Mikeness during State of Love and Trust.  Eddie talks.  Yippee for Once!  More bluesy than more recent live versions.  Nice show of bandness in jam for Sympathy for the Devil

Total band goodness during Porch.  Focus on this song for bandness.  Microphone popping.  Very cool version, not a couple stars to focus on, but focus on the entire sky (band.)  I love live Porch – it’s a great time to see the band SOAR!    Incredible version.  Different than what I’m used to with the more recent versions.  It must have been a great time playing it.  More jams less songs during 1992?  The crowd chants We Want More.  I could be wrong on this one.

After the break Eddie said I just wanted to play drums so I could give a drumstick awayAlone!  The feeling of the words comes through more than in recent versions.  Very nice version, Eddie shows his strength here.  It took a while for him to warm to this, but it could be the songs chosen.  Eddie said This is the first show I ever played with a tattoo.  I think he goes into the pit, and asks pitees to not hurt his leg(?)  Anyone verify that he went in the pit?  HungerStrike ohmymy that voice!  Crowd embrace finally allowed through.  Beautiful song with the combination of Eddie’s voice and the crowdness.  During Garden Eddie’s voice is beautiful.  Mikeness! 

Well, that was different.