Another Bucket List Addition

Adventure, Just things, Outdoors, Scotty Hilander, Travel, Uncategorized

A few years back I wanted to go do something truly unique. I did not get to do it then, but the time is getting closer. Ladies and Gentlemen, please put your hands together for…

Burning Man.

Now, over the years I have had the opportunity to witness and do some pretty incredible things in life so it takes a little something to really get on my bucket list. I have talked about a few things but there’s more that I won’t bore anyone with here. The point is it needs to be something unique, something special, that once-in-a-lifetime experience. Just like one of my earlier postings where I got to fly in a B-17.

I just happened to see something about Burning Man a few times in the last few days, and the last time was just a few minutes ago in a kilt advertisement. It kinda made me think back about trying to go the first time.

A few years before I moved out of Colorado, my daughter Chelsea and I talked about going and had decided we wanted to do it but it was not meant to be. The Establishment kept us down. My work dicked me over and screwed around until it was too late for us to get tickets. Bastards. I never forgot that and we were pretty disappointed that we didn’t get to go. And I was quite ready to spend the money and we were going.

It would be cool if all of my daughters and their guys could go! That would be such a trip to see and there’s the look on each other’s faces… It’d be shockingly awesome. I am sure that it would be quite an eye-opening and enlightening experience for all of us. I have a feeling some of them would rather go to Hawaii or Vegas instead of the desert in August. I can see that logic…

What a hell of an adventure though! Oh, the memories that could be made! Oh, the tribalness of it (Is that even a word?!?! You know what I mean though!)!

I am going to have to figure out a way to get there in the next couple of years. I have to remember to get in on time to be able to get tickets one year and get there. I need to set a reminder for next year when they go on sale. That gives me time to figure out how to prepare oneself for something like that as best as one can, I don’t know if my trailer should be tossed into those conditions. That kind of sand and wind could really wreak havoc on it. Buying an old RV might be the best – just use it and then sell it.

Anyway, that’s the newest addition to the ever-growing bucket list!

Live Music

Just things

Took a date last night to see a performance by a folk artist named Cosy Sheridan. It was a fun night at a fun show with a really fun person. The show was upstairs at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, an old – you guessed it – schoolhouse, reminiscent of the middle school I went to all those years ago.

The artist, Cosy, is a talented songwriter, storyteller, and performer. She does a lot of narration between songs, and is very funny as well as a fine guitar player in the fingerpicking tradition of someone like Leo Kottke. She has video of performances of some songs on YouTube, such as “Multiply Pierced”, “The Botox Tango”, and “Love the Life You Made”. Look her up on there and have a listen! We really enjoyed the show, and I am actually going to a songwriting workshop with her tonight to see if I can learn some new things about putting songs together.

Live music has gotten to be out of control where the bigger acts are concerned. I used to love to go to concerts when I was younger. The whole experience is so all-encompassing of the senses but the people are the problem. Used to be, back in the day, it was a tribal-type communal thing – it was pretty cool. People would be there, sharing things (!), flying Frisbees around, and respecting the space of others while waiting for the lights to go out. The last big show I paid to see was Ozzy and Metallica (with Cliff) in the 80s. We had front row seats and had to fight to keep people behind us.

It is so different now, though. First is the price of tickets. I will not pay that much money. Also, the artists I like now are usually playing the clubs so it is usually cheaper and the people are not assholes. Working all of the concerts I did when I did stage work kinda got me burnt out on the whole crowd scene as well.

These small shows with the incredible artists are really something cool to attend. The intimacy of an artist in a small place with 50 people is so much nicer than being one of 20,000. These artists are the people who are out there working their asses off to put on a great show for a lot less money than what they should probably be getting. For them, though, it is not about the money. It is about entertaining people. Go support them!