Thursday, June 30, 2011

Henry, Patrick and Poppi

Jay, Shelly and Henry were in town this past weekend for a wedding and stayed at my place. Here is Henry. Check out that hair, it was on end all day.We all stopped by the Klinks across the street for a little while. Poppi is home from the hospital, so it was time to meet her. And look at Patrick, just happy to have someone stop by.Patrick helping Henry with his hair. The baby Heisman with Poppi. She is easily the smallest baby I have ever held. Her due date was suppose to be July 17th.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Last One

Of course here is the last song, "Rock and Roll All Night"

And I had to get a picture with the band.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

More Pictures

Here are some more Slutter pictures. Cat Woman singing "Beth".And what KISS show is complete without some blood spitting.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Saturday Night Joe and I went down to see Slutter at Turner Hall. Slutter is a female KISS cover band. Across the street at the Bradley Center, Motley Crue was playing. Being that that show was nearly sold out, I didn't there would be a chance of find parking. But the biggest surprise of the night was this "Rock Star" parking spot I got a half a block from the Bradley Center. In fact there was another spot open behind my truck. How is this possible?I will be honest, I went into this show with very low expectations. I read that the doors opened at 9:30 for this show. Joe and I got downtown a little after 9:00. We made a pretty weak effort to get into the Motley Crue show. The scalpers were all gone by the time we got there. And we thought about trying to sneak in with some of the smokers outside. But we just decided to bail on that idea and we went to Major Goolsbees. It was around 10:30 when we walked into Turner Hall. There were less than 10 people in the place. But we got a great table.The band didn't come on stage until 11:15. Joe and I got right up front and we standing at the stage. They only played 12 songs. I thought they were entertaining, and much better than I was expecting. Then again I don't believe KISS songs to be that difficult to play. As is the case with the real KISS band, the only member who I believe to have great musical talent was Ace Frehley, this was also the case with Slutter. Here she is with a bit of a guitar solo.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Slutter Plan

As you can see from the playbill below, it is free admission to the concert with a Motley Crue ticket stub. Tickets for Slutter are $10.I would like to scalp a ticket to Motley Crue for $5 and then walk out of the concert to get into Slutter. I know it is probably unlikely, but that is the plan.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My Morning Jacket

Last Thursday I went down to The Riverside to see My Morning Jacket. I had heard a lot of good things about the band, and I have downloaded a number of songs, but up until that night had not seen them live. Yes, it looks like the lead singer was wearing moon boots. I was rather impressed and thought it was an excellent show. I got in early on purchasing tickets and was in the pit section. You can actually see me from this picture that was on JSonline. For those other My Morning Jacket fans out there here is the setlist:
Victory Dance
The Day is Coming
Wordless Chorus
Off the Record (my favorite song of the night)
The Way That He Sings
Heartbreakin’ Man
Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
Outta My System
First Light
Lay Low
Old September Blues
Slow Slow Tune
Steam Engine
Moving Away
You Wanna Freak Out
What A Wonderful Man
Holding On To Black Metal
Smoking From Shooting
End of Run Thru
Touch Me I’m Going to Scream
One Big Holiday

Thursday, June 16, 2011

More Freeman Party Pictures

PickleJoshNate and Doug, 2x4 winnersMarilynAdamShellyJoeWater Balloon ChampionsMusical chairsThe grandkids.Here is a quick recap of the game winners.
Kids 2x4 walk
Boomer and Crusher
Adult 2x4 walk
Nate and Doug
Kids Water Balloon Toss
Pickle and Ethan
Adult Water Balloon Toss
Joe and Dawn
Rock Paper Scissors
Kids Musical Chairs
Womens Musical Chairs
Mens Musical Chairs

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

More Freeman Party Pictures

Boomer and Crusher winning the 2x4 race.AbbyAdult 2x4 raceDougRebeccaSchrankHausPaulRock Paper Scissors finals. Nate Buddy won.The finals of the musical chairs where Julie pulled out the chair.All of my nieces and nephews under the supervision of everyone's favorite District Attourney.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

2x4 Race Finals

Here is the link to the 2x4 Race Finals. The funny part is at the end where Doug just stops and Nate falls over.

More Freeman Party Pictures

Pickle and EleryCrusherMKA and RebeccaNessJoeHaus, be careful with that bad leg.NessDawn, who originally didn't want to play, then ends up winning.Rock, Paper ScissorsEthan claiming trophy number two for the day in the musical chairs.I like to call this picture, three winners and one loser.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Freeman Party

There are a number of people that I must thank for making the party as successful as it was. Thank you Borky for helping with party set up, taking charge of the music and sharing his musical knowledge around the fire pit. Thank you to my sister in law, Jody, for taking me to Sam’s Club to purchase the food and even more importantly for reminding me to be nice and not yell while organizing games. I have to be honest, by remaining calm during the games actually kept my own stress level much lower than it would have been if I had been yelling throughout the games. Thank you to Justus, for all of your help with the cooking.Thank you to my sister, Deb, sister in law, Julie, aunt Sandy, my mom, and anyone else that helped with getting the food out and ready for dinner. Preston, thank you for the use of the picnic table. Mom and Dad, thank you for the use of the trash cans and birthday present. Finally, I would like to thank everyone that attended and brought food to share. I was told during one of the first parties I threw at my house, a party that I thought was a miserable failure, that you do the best you can setting everything up, but ultimately if is up to the guests to have fun and make it a success. And that most certainly was true this past weekend. If there is anyone I missed with my thank yous, I apologize.
I personally believe this was the best Freeman party yet. For the most part there was good sportsmanship with all of the games. All of the food was delicious. The following morning, there were only a handful of dead soldiers to be poured out and basically no garbage that needed to be picked up.
For me, here were the highlights of this year’s games. The finals of the 2x4 walk could not have been much closer. I saw the video that Eric shot and it is fantastic. Once I get a copy of it, I will post it. Nearly every year during the water balloon toss, one person always gets soaked. This year, Angela (Butter Muffins) took home that title. Unfortunately there isn’t a trophy for that. Moving on to the musical chairs, Joey making it so far in the kids division, was fun to watch. After several unphysical and non competitive rounds, in the women’s finals, Julie tried to rip the chair out from under my sister , Deb. A move that I found to be very unexpected. In the first round of the men’s musical chairs, MKA was able to knock Tim off a chair and onto the ground from 2 people away. On a side note MKA, your protest of the final outcome of the musical chairs is still being reviewed by the panel of judges and we hope to get an answer back to you real soon.
The only disappointment to be noted was the performance of the juggler after dinner. He was visibly nervous, had far too many drops and I expected much better show.
But with every year, improvements can be made. I was a big fan of the 2x4 walk, but next year there will only be one open division for all ages and rather than having me randomly select teams, you will be allowed to pick your partner. I am also planning on making that a double elimination. I am also contemplating switching the meal from brats and burgers to a pig roast. It has been a long time since my family has put a pig on a spit. Plus, I know a number of butchers would be more than willing to showcase their talents. In fact, maybe I could turn that into a game, who can bone out a hind quarter the fastest. The early odds have Haus as the front runner with my dad as a very close second. I have also already drawn up plans for a chandelier that will be placed over the picnic table for cards. Someone threw out the idea of duct taping The General to a chair when he acted up. There is a high probability of that occurring next year right before I hand out all of the extra water balloons to the kids after the water balloon toss. If you have any other ideas on how to make the party better, I would be happy to hear any recommendations you may have.
Moving on to the lost and found section, here are the items that got left behind. Please let me know if anything is yours and I will make sure that they get back to you. I also have two blue lawn chairs and what I think is Julie's black blanket keeper thing.
On to the rest of the pictures.
Abby and Ethan.
BoomerEthan celebrating his victory in the water balloon toss.Chris.Deb.Amanda. Angela, this is the toss that soaked her. Looks like I was about a half a second too fast on snapping the picture.Amanda.The first round of the Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament.Kids musical chairs.Chris going down early in the musical chairs.