Monday, March 27, 2006


What a relief! Di and I finally admitted to ourselves and everyone else that we found our ceremony & reception site. I'm not sure about Di, but I was cool with it a couple of weeks ago. We ended up with the same place ranked "#1", so we did not have much to talk about. I'm glad we looked at a few more of the sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn this past weekend before making a final decision, because we both feel extremely confident that we have the perfect spot.

In the end we only visited 10-15 sites, but the travelling up to NYC every weekend was taking a toll on us. My boss had told me that he looked at about 50 sites for his wedding, so I don't think we wasted any of our time. However, my sister looked at less than five sites for her wedding and just got lucky by falling in love with a place early.

Anyway, this place is incredible. Sixty-five foot ceilings! And we are getting a great deal. I'm excited...just can't believe we have to wait so long!

Monday, March 20, 2006


YES! I'm going to Coachella. I booked everything last night at the wee hours of the night/morning. Of course as soon as I booked everything through Priceline, I started to doubt my purchase. I mean, who goes all the way across the country on their own for a two-day show? Obviously, not anyone I know...which is why I'm making the trek solo.

Speaking of Priceline...what a scary idea. It's more or less gambling. I mean, I know I got good deals ($185 round trip flight from Philly to Cali and $75/night in a 3 1/2 star Marriot), but when I was submitting my prices, I noticed that I was squinting my eyes, hoping like I do when someone on my team goes for the game-winning shot. Anyway, it's too late now!

In case you are interested, here are the acts that I'm most excited for at Coachella:
Lyrics Born
Damian Marley
Sigur Rós
Imogen Heap
Massive Attack
Coheed and Cambria
Gnarls Barkley (MF Doom & Cee Lo)

There are others I'm excited to see as well, but they're certainly not the reason I'll be flying all the way out to Cali (Scissor Sisters, Common, Franz Ferdinand, etc.) I was actually really hoping that Guns n' Roses would make an appearance. Axl has gotten up the strength to make some appearances in Europe this summer, but so far he has not booked any dates in the US. If you remember, his last tour was cut short when a riot broke out in Philadelphia after he decided not to show. Di and I were there and, trust me, it was crazy. There were fights, fires, seat cushions and bottles flung from the nosebleeds, and people were taken to the hospital. I had actually seen them the night before in MSG and it was amazing. I find it funny that I'm all into random, good (and mostly underground) music, yet I still love GNR. Oh well...

While I'm on the topic of GNR and Coachella, I'd like to mention something that has been bothering me. I keep reading and hearing mixed things about Matisyahu. Most of the "critics" like him. He's sort of the new hip thing. That's cool, but it bothers me that he is getting SO MUCH attention for the fact that he is a Hasidic Jew. True, I noticed...its rather impossible not to. However, those who only focus on his religion really miss the best thing about him. Obviously, religion is an important part of his life and music, but he is a musician. Like any good artist, he incorporates his experiences and lifestyle into his lyrics and music. The thing is...he's good - really good. His albums are great and his live shows are phenomenal. I guess I'm kind of a hypocrite, because I took my parents to a show up in Vermont. I thought they would actually enjoy the music, but I knew that the fact that he was Hasidic would help them accept the urban music...and it did.

My point to this rant is that a lot of people who praise Matisyahu's music focus on his religion more than his music. In addition, those who don't like him, call him a gimmick or worse. How is he a gimmick? How is the fact that he is an Orthodox Jew any different than him being Catholic or vegan or anti-Bush? His beliefs and lifestyle do not make his music better or worse. Do these idiots think that he is pretending to be religious and when he goes home, he takes off his fake beard, grabs a 40 from the fridge, sparks up a blunt, throws in some hardcore porn, and kicks back? I mean, c'mon! Personally, to me a gimmicky musician is one of the dozens of pop star rappers on MTV or someone like Buckethead.

Matisyahu is not like Buckethead. As I said above, I saw GNR in 2002 when Buckethead was still in the band. Admittedly, I was impressed by Buckethead's guitar solos, breakdancing, and nunchuck skills (and computer hacking skills for the Napoleon Dynamite fans). However, this guy is clearly a tool. He wears a white mask and a KFC bucket on his head. That is neither creative nor interesting. I have no idea if he was beat up a lot as a child, but it seems highly unlikely that his "image" has anything to do with who he is inside or what he believes in. Comparing this gimmicky dumbass to a true artist is a shame.

Here's a decent bio of Matis from good ol' wikipedia

Monday, March 13, 2006

Delayed Thoughts

Well, I knew that I'd be starting this off slowly. However, I didn't realize that it would take me three weeks before I could get down another posting. Why do I feel like I'm always too busy? This will have to get better.

So I took the MPRE last weekend. The law industry is such a screwed up system. Its fairly bizarre that my school requires us to take a professional responsibility course, but it does make some sense since we have to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam to pass the bar. Why? Well, the easy answer is that lawyers are enimen.

What makes NO sense is that the course is not taught to the exam. Instead we cover a tiny fraction of the material...well, I guess it depends on the professor, but my class learned about 7 rules. As a result, we have to learn most of the material for the MPRE from an outlined study guide. Basically, its like reading a dictionary - not fun, but I guess its good practice for the bar exam.

What else have I been doing lately? Can you say "wedding"? I'm just kidding around...I mean, it is really exciting and I enjoy most of the research and planning. At the same time, I better learn how to pace myself. Its only been a month and there is already so much going on for the wedding that I never thought I'd care about. I can't believe I care about our colors. I don't think I even realized there were wedding colors until recently and yet I care about mine. There are plenty of things I already know that I don't care much about: flowers, invitations, linens, table settings, etc. I bet most of you don't realize that some couples actually fight about the types of chairs used in the reception/ceremony...ridiculous!

Ever wonder what it's like to have ADD? Well, I'm not going to get into the details now, but I will as time goes on. However, you might get a feeling by reading about my experience last night. Thoughts were going through my head like rapid fire. Here is are a few examples of the topics: is seven too large of a number of attendants, who is my best man, do I even need a best man, I have to apply to my dream job, I've go this test (actually I didn't think much about the test), job stuff, wedding stuff, etc. Without feeling what I felt, this may seem like the same thing as having a lot of anxiety, but trust me I do get anxiety from time to time and I wasn't anxious about any of this stuff. I wasn't really nervous about anything. Instead, it was just like boom, boom, boom - thoughts running wild. It was like someone was flipping through channels inside my head like switch, switch, switch...never getting the whole story. Have you ever watched TV with someone that just can't make up their mind? Well, it was sort of like that. There was just too much going on in my head for me to fall asleep - and now i'm tired.