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Taste Addison 2005 and link to photos.

After having to backtrack a bit for earplugs and a low blood sugar episode, we made it to Taste Addison shortly before the admission price rose for the evening. Laurel was entranced by the midway, but we enrolled her in eating before the dinner rush by walking along the food booths. Mmm.

Laurel's enormous slice of pizzaVogon got a sangria from the Blue Goose Cantina booth while the midget and I went back to the Pastazios booth for two enormous slices of New York-style pizza. We met back up and got in line for him for tandoori chicken and saag paneer from Saffron House, then scored a nice patch of grass in the shade of a table with an umbrella.

A group of Hooters girls walked by while we were eating, posing for pictures and giving out "I ♥ Hooters" stickers, but I was enjoying my pizza too much to get up and ask them to pose for a photo with Laurel. (That would have been awfully silly, anyway.) Laurel demolished pizza and asked for ice cream, so we split a hot caramel sundae from Marble Slab Creamery while Vogon went off in search of the Truluck's booth for a mixed drink served in a coconut cup after we saw several people go by with them.

While Vogon was on his coconut-acquisition trip, Laurel kept staring at inflatable prizes from the midway games we saw folks carrying. I wasn't up for spending much time on the midway, so when we spotted the Children's Miracle Network booth decorated with inflatable wild animals, we went over and asked if we could buy one of them. Laurel picked out a zebra and informed me its name was Duck.

Laurel and Melissa on the carouselWe regrouped as the Fastball set was starting and headed over to the midway because Laurel wanted to ride on the Ferris wheel. Loading was a bit unnerving for me since we were sitting on the same side of a gondola anchored to the frame from the center floor, which made our gondola rock more they finished loading. Laurel adored the ride, repeating "Whee!" the entire time, including getting out of our gondola afterward. We passed the carousel as we were heading back and Laurel loves them, so we went on that too.

After that, I wanted to sit, so Laurel and I settled down on some grass between the sunglasses vendor's booth and the artist demos while Vogon went for a refill of his coconut cup. We played with her thirsty zebra, hung out, and listened to Vertical Horizon. Somewhere in there I also bought her a pair of sunglasses since she's outgrown her current pair and we found a silver and orange (her latest favorite color) pair that fit her with a little room to grow.

Kevin playing around with DuckVogon was entertaining a baby near us with the zebra when two women stopped and one said "Stop tormenting the children!". Laughter ensued and I met two of Vogon's co-workers. Laurel took more photos after we parted company, I had a hurricane, and we decided to head closer to the stage and the Truluck's booth, where I text-messaged trshtwns01Trish since we had earplugs in by then and I wouldn't be able to hear the phone. We hung out by a misting fan for awhile before I decided I'd had enough for the day and we decided to head out.

The sun was just low enough that my sunglasses were too dark, so we stopped by the midway while I switched glasses. I saw a man and a little boy that looked familiar, but I said to Vogon that if it was trshtwns01Trish's husband, where was she and their other son? I got my regular glasses on and hey! there she was. It was nice to meet her and her family, albeit briefly. We made one last detour before leaving at a table of blinky things so Vogon could get a blinking mouthpiece because he can't resist toys that light up. d:

He's been under the weather since, but he's getting better.... and I've got a loverly bunch of coconut cups (deedle-ee dee) drip-drying on the counter and photos you can chuckle over: 2005/05/14: Taste Addison. Pardon the dust while I finish captioning them tonight.


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May. 17th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
MmmmM! I want that pizza! It's bigger than Laurel's little head!

Glad to hear you had a nice time! :)
May. 17th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
Vertical Horizon are the band that my idiot school paid 20 grand to play a concert, despite it actually being before their One Hit was an actual Hit. So, of course, no one actually came to the concert, and they lost loads of money, thus proving that Concerts At PLU Were An Unfeasible Idea, even when bands people actually _wanted_ to come (for cheaper!) were on the docket.

PLU were fucking morons.

Also, Laurel's photos are actually really well-shot, especially for her age. That's neato. Does she enjoy taking photos? It might be cool to give her a camera to go to town with.

May. 17th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
As Vertical Horizon was starting, someone sitting near us asked what songs they were well known for. I still can't think of any.

It's too bad PLU didn't go with booking local (or even less-expensive) talent -- rainingvodka caught some neat acts on campus when he was doing his undergrad work and freeballoon saw Kimya Dawson perform at/near her school a few months ago.

Laurel adores taking photos. When I remember to have a spare set of batteries charged and with me, I'll let her take photos for as long as she wants or until the card fills up. (It holds ~300 photos, so she's only done that once.) Most of the photos she takes are of the ceiling, her feet, or her toys, but she's getting the hang of holding the camera level and I'm thinking about buying an inexpensive digital camera so I don't have to worry about her dropping my camera.
May. 17th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
I have actually seen Vertical Horizon, too. I caught them at MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida with my brother - it was a free show. They weren't that good.
May. 17th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
I actually used to know, because the student gov't wanted the student station to promote the show a bit (actually, wait, no, we had to twist their arm for them to actually use a resource they had instead of going through KISS 106.1. Also, they were charging 20 bucks a pop; hence, no one went, because why see two anonymous bands for two-and-change-times what you can pay to see someone good?), so we got the album. I think the album was "Where You Are". Maybe that's the title of their One Hit? (The openers were Nine Days, whose hit was "Absolutely (The Story of a Girl)".) I don't remember. All I remember was that the song or two from the record... well, both records... were pretty much ass.

But yeah.... PLU were fucking _morons_. The year before, they could have gotten Cake. Everyone was really excited about this, but then they voted it down beause they weren't sure if they could make their money back. Despite the fact that:
a) Everyone wanted to see Cake.
b) It didn't actually matter if they made their money back with the way the economic situation was, since it was a Student Gov't Thing, where they were given X dollars for Entertainment and if they didn't use them, they would be _gone_.

IIRC, the year after was the Vertical Horizon/Nine Days idiocy. Where they lost their shirt (I think this _might_ have been different than the Cake situation? I'm not sure, though. At any rate, though, whether or not it matters, it basically illustrates how inept they were.)

Then, my last year, the student station was going to see about bringing a huge touring show there (sort of like a thing MTV was doing, which basically the entire student body had been saying "OH WE SHOULD GET THAT THING HERE WHAT MTV DOES!!!111). And it would have been free; we would have only had to pay for renting lights and whatnot. It came to $2,000. They said they didn't want to spend it then, but maybe we could see if they could come back for our School's Lame Festival thing. We asked if they really understood what a "tour" was.

Christ, I hate that fucking retarded place.

As for local stuff -- once in a while they'd do that. One year for said lame festival thing, the Trachtenburgs opened the entire thing. At 10am. In a tent. Outside. In the rain. So you could hardly see the slides. They still ruled. (And should have been the headliner, instead of the blandly awful Maktub.) (Another local Seattle band, but one that's actually kind of big, at least around here.)
May. 17th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
I wish I had taken our camera! It looks like you guys had a great time and were there WAY longer than we were. No wonder L looked so tired by the time we met up. Our boys were up way past bedtime, but were so excited to get to ride the 'big boy' rides that they would have made it to midnight had we let them.

I'm jealous you got the coconut drinks. I saw lots of them and wanted one, but we never made it over there. We spent way too much time talking to Gilbert, an acquaintance of ours who sells gems and jewelry at Taste of Addison, Oktoberfest and other events around here. We picked up a few things, I got some gems to try my hand at wire-wrapping, and he's going to check out some of my work so we might be able to start trading. He'll give me some quality pieces in exchange for wrapping some of his for him to sell. Sounds like a deal to me! Now I've just got to practice!.

I hope next time we actually have more time and are in a place we can sit down and talk (and be able to hear each other).
May. 17th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC)

I need to use my glasses more; coulda sworn that said Teste Addison.
May. 17th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
*laughs* The Testicle Festival is in Montana!

We saw the B-52s at Taste Addison last year. We were planning to see Blondie there the following night, but tiredness and homemade tamales won out.
May. 17th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
Homemade tamales get MY vote!

And what IS the Testicle Festival exactly?

May. 17th, 2005 06:34 am (UTC)
That pic of Laurel and Vogon together is gorgeous. :) Looks like a future framed Father's Day portrait to me.
May. 17th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
That pizza does look really good, I probably would have passed up the I love Hooters stickers for it as well. The again I like to think I love Pizza more than most.
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