This weekend was so jam packed full of awesome that I don’t’ even know if I can do it justice in a bunch of words on a blizzog. I will, however, try…because I’m just so giddy at how badass it ends.
FRI we helped celebrate part I of Maureen’s bday. Kendra and she went to the ladies-only spa north of town (I’ll let Kendra tell that story, since it’s equally awesome). I went swimming and then got ingredients together, racing around town with no shirt on because it was so hot.
Eventually we all converged and Kendra and I cooked her a fabulous dinner of salmon, asparagus, sweet potatoes, and a salad where every ingredient except the dressing came from our garden. Champagne and chocolate cake followed (I ended up picking Sweet Desserts in Fremont, thanks Sibyl!). We concluded the evening by watching a few episodes of True Blood.
SAT we staked out the locale for Maureen’s more proper birthday party on TUE (yup, that’s tomorrow, if you haven’t been told about it it’s because Maureen doesn’t do internet that much, lemme know if you’re interested in coming and I’ll send details!!) and again cruised around in the topless Jeep, oft times without shirts and/or pants.
I went for a bike ride, and while out on the ride a friend called about the boat (yeah I already mentioned this whole part). So, to cut this story short, we went boating/swimming in the lake and a had a fantastic time… well until Kendra decided to wrestle with the boat trying to climb back into it. Here’s a pic of her bruise. Yeah!
We got home, showered, and raced out to Med Fest in record time. Kendra danced with some of her students, kicking the requisite amount of ass +1. Med Fest for me is always a funny experience, as there’s a whole pile of D&D peeps strolling about, and dancing that ranges from “God Awful” to “Oh that’s interesting”. Since the event is more of a family-based “everyone gets a turn” I don’t think it’s fair to critique most of it, but that doesn’t mean it’s interesting to watch.
After grabbing dinner in a sports pub in West Seattle (eesh, YOU try accompanying Kendra and Maureen to a sports bar in West Seattle on a SAT night!) we went home and sacked out pretty early after watching an episode of Weeds (more on that separately)
Ah Sunday! We got up early…. EARLY and got our act together and off to Med Fest again. This time it was for Adderstone’s performance. I watched the event organizers (truly an inaccurate term if there ever was one) struggle to get it together and get the show going. Really, after doing the same event for TWENTY TWO YEARS you’d think some things would start to smooth out. But perhaps it’s for the best, as the whole thing kind of feels like a school recital, which makes the mood lighter. Anyhow, the girls busted it out fiercely and then we kicked about for a bit taking pictures before heading home.
A quick nap and then it was time. Time for LOS LOBOS at the Zoo! I’ve waxed before about how much I love that band, and I won’t go over it all again here. We packed a few beers into a Nalgene bottle and zipped off. We got a great spot on the lawn, drank some more in the beer garden, and the show started.
Totally kicked ass. The band was in a weird mood, screwing around with each other and inserting breakdowns and solos and segues into their set only two songs in (where guitarist Cesar Rosas said “Yeah, we wrote out a setlist but, uh, threw it out the window”) My fave was a surprise version of “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” that went right into “I Can't Understand”.
At one point David Hidalgo said to the crowd “I just became a grandpa and I see that baby dancing over there, I hope you’re using sunscreen.”
Another highlight was David forgot some lyrics to “Kiko” and Cesar stepped right in with a handclap breakdown and then hijacked the band into another tune ("Don't Worry Baby"). The whole show Cesar (Kendra’s fave Lobosian) was sipping from a wine glass (yes this is important to the story).
The show ended with the band pulling a gazillion people up on stage for a final song. You couldn’t even see the band anymore, and they couldn’t see each other, but they played out an awesome jam and a killer finale. Here's the set list.
We hit the bathrooms and then started filing out. By then the major part of the crowd was gone and we took the opportunity to sneak back into the Zoo and try and find the Snow Leopard exhibit. We figured the kittens that had recently been born weren’t actually out and about but figured we’d give it a go anyhow. Well we eventually found the habitat. During the hot day I don’t think Snow Leopard does much at all. But now, at dusk, just the two of us came strolling up.
At first there was nothing, we couldn’t see anything. Then there was a blur and we looked and the Snow Leopard came bounding down the hill and racing around in front of us! Back and forth, back and forth, sometimes prancing over some of the rocks. She (I’m assuming it’s a she) jumped up into a tree TWICE and hung upside down, leaping out of it to land right in front of us, doing a little show. At one point she came nose to nose with Kendra on the other side of the glass and just stood there looking right at her, totally relaxed. To try and describe what the creature looked like is really beyond what I can write. The HUGEST paws I’ve ever seen, and the longest tail. The Snow Leopard really isn’t all that big of a cat really, but is long and has a big head. They eyes in particular are so amazingly deep and intense.
We could barely contain ourselves as this show went on for several minutes. Finally, the Snow Leopard walked over to a large rock and plopped down, the show was over.
(oh but the day was NOT over)
We left the Snow Leopard, thinking “Wow what an amazing day.” As we were trying to find out way out we ended up on the other side of a fenced off area with some activity going on. Upon further investigation it turned out to be the backstage area for the concert. Yup, LOS LOBOS were hanging out with peeps! We spotted a way to walk through some bushes into their encampment and we took it. There we were, surrounded by fans, family and the band. So we went up to all of them and introduced ourselves and hung out. Yeah, that’s right, WE MET LOS LOBOS!! (Note my gratuitous and adolescent use of exclamation marks to display my enthusiasm)
Here’s a few things to know about Los Lobos: 1: they’re all not tall. David, the tallest, is barely my height. So watching Louie Perez give Kendra a hug and looking like a younger nephew was pretty surreal. 2: They’re the nicest, most humble people around. They thanked us immensely for coming to the show, and TWO of them separately remarked that “you two are obviously very much in love.” The second time it was said I almost peed my pants. And 3: Cesar was totally drunk! All that wine must’ve done the trick. When we finally made our way to him Kendra excitedly held out her hand said it’s a pleasure to meet him and he stood up and gave her the biggest hug and said something like “I love you too honey.” And then picked up his wine glass and kind of stumbled away.
And you might ask “Well Michael, did you play it cool and perhaps even network for your own project or did you bumble all your words and act like a fanboy goofball?” GOOFBALL, all the way. I could barely string together a cogent sentence to any of them and all I could was just stare at them. Luckily they’re nice enough to not think I was a stalker.
So, we managed to shake hands with all of them and then we split. The whole walk back to the Jeep we just kept saying “omgsnowleopardomgloslobos…”
Needing a nightcap we stopped at Thompsons on the way home, which we haven’t been to in ages. We chatted with CT and caught the end of his first set. We’ve used Thompsons as a spiritual recharging station for some time now and being back after a long absence we can see why we have and why we should be going more often, even on a SUN night.
We finally got home and climbed into bed: 10:45pm!!!
I think it may have been the best day I’ve ever had.