My Life as a Dog

Monday, August 29, 2011

Rolling in the Deep with Adele

I love, love, love Adele! I saw her in concert several years ago when she toured for her first album in 2009. She was amazing live! The show had sold out and the venue was super packed. So back in March when I heard that she was coming back to Utah in May, I quickly bought as many tickets (4) as they allowed because I knew that I would have plenty of takers. Indeed I quickly had friends that wanted tickets. Even more friends than tickets. Several ended up finding tickets on their own since it was general admission. It was after I bought them that I realized that it was on Sunday. Oops! 

So way back in May we got all ready to see the show. We were just minutes from The Depot where she was slated to perform when we found out that the show had indeed been cancelled do to her illness. Boo!

Fortunately she rescheduled for August 21. The venue was changed too so that they could sell more tickets. I would have preferred The Depot as it is a more intimate setting but The Gallivan Center (the new venue) is nice too because it's outside.

Me and 5 friends got there about an hour early and it wasn't too early. There was a huge line just to get in. We were super smart though when we picked up our tickets from will call, we just worked our way into the line. Sorry everyone that was still in line. Once we got in I ran into several other friends including a few who had set up camp at the front of the lawn section. It was there that I enjoyed the entire show. Adele was amazing live. I think she is even better live than recorded which is not usually the case. The evening was great! Great friends, great music, great weather, and great people watching! 

Speaking of people watching... this is one of the most bizarre things I have ever witnessed at a show and I have been to a lot of shows! There was this short gray haired old lady that was working her way up through the crowd and as she was moving along she would grab everyone's bum. I got in on the action as well as pretty much all of my friends. :)

Watch the videos below. It will be like you were really there. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011


So before you get all excited let me inform you that this post is not about a Disney movie. It's a tale about my pinkie finger and a wake boarding rope. It's not happy story but hopefully it has a happy ending.

Saturday I went with some of my Ragnar Relay team up to Echo Reservoir where we went on a 4 mile run and then planned on hopping in the water to cool off. The run was hot and dry but it was good. There is a nice little dirt trail that runs along the lake and I was able to use my handy Nike+GPS iPhone application to track how far we had gone, etc.

After the run we were more than ready to cool. We got the boat in the lake, changed into our swim suits, and hopped into the lake. It was a little chilly initially but felt so good! Since my last adventures in wake boarding I was a little nervous that I was going to have a hard time getting up or that I would not be able to get up this time. I procrastinated trying until everyone else had taken a turn. Then I decided to brave it and it get it done. My first attempt wasn't much of anything. I lost hold almost immediately. When the boat circled back around me I was pulling the rope so that I could get the handle. In the process of doing so I got my pinkie finger tangled up in the rope. Fortunately the boat was moving pretty slow but soon I found that I was being pulled by my pinkie finger through the water with the wake board attached to my feet. It didn't take long before a began to yell. The boat stopped and I got my finger untangled. I could tell it was going to hurt but it wasn't yet. So I opted to try getting up again. This time I got up pretty easy and I actually stayed up the longest that I think I have so far. When I did wipe out I felt like I had accomplished my goal by making my sophomore (I'm not counting the first time where I never got up) wake boarding experience a success. By then I could tell that I needed to start my finger in rehab. I iced it nice and good for the rest of the time on the boat.

Me Icing My Finger
How My Finger Looks This Morning 
I can bend it. It's really swollen and pretty bruised. But in the end I think that it is going to be okay.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Movie Under the Stars

Last Friday I joined some friends at the state capitol for a Movie Under the Stars. I had heard of these outdoor movies at the capitol but had never been. The movie I saw as Despicable Me, which I had never seen before. Now if you are seeing a movie for the first time and really want to soak it all in, this might not be the best venue. There was a group of early-college aged kids behind us that talked pretty loudly through the first half of the show. Then there were high school school kids in front of us who thought it was funny to yell out the names of a certain male anatomy every 10 minutes. Despite that, I had a great time. The weather was beautiful and the movie was fun. Oh and they had live music before the show. If you go, make sure you get there early to get a prime spot.

An image of the capitol building that I snapped as we were leaving