Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July News By Boo

Dad and Me in the Badlands

Issue III

Sorry I haven't got on back to "Boo's News" recently, so many things going on. My family came home from a camping trip in the Black Hills.

But life has been good! Trips to the zoo and library with Pieta and Oliver, Oliver's first birthday and a fun family birthday party, planning for the Ferber Family vacation out East, and Baby Jack's birth (which took place in June; he's so cute).

I hope you all are relaxing in the shade, swimming and playing and having fun outdoors. I myself have been cooling off, reading and writing new plays. My sister has been reading, swimming, and looking at earrings. Littlest sister has been playing scuba diving and space ship with Luke, our next door neighbor.

Custer State Park Scenery

Reserve your site today here - you will not regret it.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ewe Too

Wasn't sure how this concert was going to go down at first.

My husband and date for the night started crying as he read me the play list from the St. Louis concert. I told him to "man up, or get out of the car."

Geeeesh. I thought I might need to provide therapy during the concert if he couldn't keep it together even in the car on the way there. You've got to get yourself together.... (They performed that one, by the way.)

Then there was the imminent threat of rain and possible cancellation. Johnny take a dive with your sister in the rain; Let her talk about the things you can't explain (Myserious Ways - also performed.)
The Gophers scoreboard kept posting the emergency sites we were to evacuate to in case of lightening.

That made me feel much better.

Then we had to endure a few 50 year old perverts next to us, totally obnoxious men who almost destroyed my faith in humanity. Do you really have to offer me weed, use the f-word in every sentence, unbutton your pants?

And these were guys who looked like executives or chiropractors.

The guys next door.


Are there any decent men left?

I prepared my date for a possible need to retreat to the back of the floor. I did not want these children ruining my concert experience.

And, I couldn't bring in my own camera; the lens exceeded the limit and my camera bag was too big for regulations inside the stadium. I felt kind of important having such a cool camera that was too big. But bummed I had to instead use my date's smart phone that I had no experience with.

Next we stood through the rousing opening act, Interpol.

See how excited everyone was?
While we waited for You Two the 360 screen posted lots of facts and figures about world population, how many more days of coal we have left, what the exact time in Bogota was.

All interesting facts.

But I wondered, will they post the amount of diesel fuel used for this world wide tour that requires 100 semi trucks to transport the massive claw like stage around the country?

And that is only one third of the fuel needed. This concert tour required three separate stages to traverse the country side since it takes one week to set up just one.

I decided not to focus on the political...that would inevitably come later in the concert anyway. I chose to enjoy the music, the lyrics, the spectacle, the vibe, the crowd, my date's arms wrapped around me, and yes, the pouring down rain for the latter half.

It was incredible.

Lights go down and all I know is that you give me something I can feeeeel...Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! (Veritgo - one of my favorite work out songs, when I choose to work out.)

Here's the Setlist which included most of my favorites.

I'm light enough and my date is strong enough, so I was hoisted up several times and got a few blurry shots...but it gives you a sense of how close we were to the action.

That's The Edge and Adam Clayton in case you can't tell.

And the main man Bono, whose energy is remarkable. His spirit inspiring. His ability to rock out and enjoy whatever nature throws his way amazing.
Did you know his real name is Paul? And he is 51 years old?

Our only picture of the foursome.
There was one moment during their second song - they were closed in on each other in a small circle just playing and I caught a glimpse of what it might have been like decades ago when they started together as a band. Just four young Irish guys composing and playing some tunes.

Despite the 60,000+ crowd, lasers, light show, smoke and hoopla, there was also an element of intimacy that balanced the show.

In the end my body was soaked, my throat a little sore, my lower back needing a massage, but I was still pumped.

My faith in humanity restored.

The lyrics from Where The Streets Have No Name played in my head all night.

And still rang in my ears this morning.

And when I go there
I go there with you

It's all I can do

Worth The Wait

Some things are just worth waiting for.

Like her.
We were blessed by her reality after months and months of praying.

And getting these kids back together.
The 9 + hour car ride was totally worth it.

And being patient with the local zoo as they upgraded their tropics trail to include the crocs.

And spending hours in the kitchen preparing and waiting for the timpano to bake.

And drip by drip waiting for the sap.

And the end of Le Tour.
I get my husband back. He has spent the last three weeks in the Pyrenees and the Alps, virtually speaking.

And watching these fellows live for the second time in our lives.

Totally worth the 18+ month wait for this outdoor concert of a lifetime.

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Friday, July 22, 2011


As if I didn't have enough crazy in my car.

The "wild" burrows on the Wildlife Loop at Custer State Park, SD, added to the mix.

Let's just say, they know how to make themselves at home.

And beg in pairs.

So, we just had to get out to join them in their natural habitat.

We didn't make it out to these guys. But they looked well cared for.

Talk about an easy life - Tourists stop mid road, open their windows, feed you carrots and other goodies and go ga ga over you, taking your picture over and over.

They are the celebrities of the Black Hills.

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Out West

Who are these people?

They're crazy I tell ya.


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Why I Love My Camera

It has this feature that takes several photos per second. I don't know what it's called. But I sure love how it captures the spirit of our summer so far.

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