Eric Hutchinson + Storm = ….

Turns out Karen (@ok2baprincess) and I are both big Eric Hutchinson fans.  He’s kinda like Jason Mraz, whom we also like.

Well… the concert didn’t exactly happen as planned.  Trevor Ramlow caught a great picture of why.

Yeah, so sucks to that huh?  One hell of a storm that threatened the area, lots of lightening and thunder but almost zero real rain.  Such a tease.

The night wasn’t lost, we went to Bleu for a great dinner and some wine.  Here’s to hoping 102.3 BXR reschedules or something.

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Easter Brunch

Yeah yeah… I’m way late at blogging this.

Josh (@brooding_soul) joined Karen (@ok2baprincess) and I for Easter Brunch. Karen and I were invited to brunch at Will and Roger’s loft in St. Louis. I met Will and Roger at Alan (@alangeor), Joe and David’s (@clementdk) loft-warming party.

You all met Will and Roger from the pictures in that loft-warming party post.

There were a lot of other people there, including Jimmy (@jholman23), all as fun, unique and interesting as the other.  A wonderful crowd, what better way to celebrate the resurrection of Christ than with a room full of gays? (Ok ok, there were two straight couples but seriously…)

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Will and Roger had quite a spread for us, all of the food was delicious and the home-made sangria, intoxicating (literally).

Roger sure knows how to make food that’s all sorts of delicious.

We had a great time eating, drinking and chatting it up, it seemed to go on for hours and leaving was definitely not something I wanted to do but, alas, homework called.

I went to Jimmy’s to pick up Josh, they had left a little earlier. We got some dinner just before heading out back to Columbia.  It was a great weekend and a great time in the car with Josh (we sang karaoke style the entire way home).

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Coffee and Tea

I met with Karen (@ok2baprincess) today at Ingredient to watch her eat a friggin delicious looking veggie burger.  I love our time together…

We followed that up with some coffee and tea at Starbucks.

Now it’s time to get ready for the trip to Kansas City with Ryan. Excited to get out of town with him, just the two of us. Feel like we haven’t had enough of that kind of time together for a while.

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Loft Party

I joined Karen (@ok2baprincess) on her trip to St. Louis to welcome her boys Alan (@alangeor), Dave and Joe into their new downtown loft.  The loft was beautiful and her friends great!

They have a wonderful puppy too.  I think his name is Rascal Baxter, but I could be wrong.  I had a few drinks haha.

Did I tell you how nice, and super attractive, Karen’s gays are? That’s about when I met Will and Roger.  They have been together for about as long as Ryan and I.  I saw a lot of similarities between our two couples.  I just loved these two.

Later on in the night we ventured up to the roof where I got off a few shots. I was just testing my new Nikon D700’s low light performance.  Everyone that has written about the D700 mentions the incredible low light performance and, I must say, I was pretty impressed.  These were taken without a tripod, hand held, yet incredibly sharp.  Awesome!

After the roof we went out to Erney’s 32* which is this Miami-style (some claim) gay bar/dance club.

It was interesting, I saw a couple of friends there which was crazy, Viktor Englund in particular.

I was supposed to meet up with Geoffrey but I think we partied a little too late for him. haha

Woke up the next morning, we went to this great crepe restaurant for brunch and then headed back into town.  It was a fun time and I’m so glad that I joined Karen.

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Mizzou Obama Rally

Apparently you had to line up for the Obama Rally at 9:00am to get a good spot… That’s 12 and a half hours before he even was to take the stage!  I got there at 6:00pm and here’s what the line looked like.  Apparently the total was around 40,000 people, though some estimates go up to 65,000!

And apparently there were some 16 charter buses on the way!  Basically a freaking ton of people were all anxious to see Barack Obama speak.  As I type this I can hear the cheers and music from the quad, it sounds like victory to me!

Here’s a few pics of all the people waiting.

I hung out with the media folk for a while.  With my camera, lenses and tripod, I totally fit in.  Might have even gotten to go further into the rally area if I’d stuck with them but I wandered too far out and the cops sent me across the street.  Apparently you need real credentials haha.

Oh, and of all the people there, I only saw two guys who were for McCain/Palin.  Oh, yeah, you could totally tell too, besides the Obama is a socialist t-shirt… look at that face!  Holy moly…

Yikes right?!

Micheal, Ryan and I walked around, bumped into a few friends but ultimately decided not to stay for the event seeing as we probably wouldn’t even see Obama from where our standing room only spot would be.

I really don’t think there is anyway 50,000 people could fit in the area they designated.

We went to Flat Branch for appetizers instead. I bumped into one of my fellow photography peers.  Her photography is absolutely amazing.  I’m always amazed at how incredible and personal her pictures are.  Stunning stuff.  What’s great though is that she saw me first and told her boyfriend and buddy that I was a really awesome photographer in her class… Wow, so cool.  She’s better haha.

We had a great time, then we headed back to my apartment where we are currently watching the zombie movie, 28 Days Later.  I’ve never seen it, it’s pretty decent though 🙂

Fun night!

Gossip Girl Night

Micheal came over today for some Gossip Girl and to have dinner and wine.  The idea was Indian and Rieseling but due to the Indian place we like closing a couple of hours early, we were forced to enjoy Bangkok Gardens.  Thanks to Micheal for treating me to dinner, it was yum!

We met this awesome girl named Biaca Sammy Sam Samantha who was eating some Thai at the bar.  She works for a local company as a receptionist and was just about as cute as a button.

She seemed facinated with Micheal and I, of course she would be haha.  Of course, I was probably just as facinated with her.  I love meeting really fun and loving people like Samantha.  Yay!  She actually reminded me of the waitress Ryan and I had last Valentines in Kansas City at the amazing vegetarian restaurant, Eden’s Alley.

Shout out to Samantha!

After picking up the Thai and heading home, we started up the AppleTV and got our Gossip Girl on.  I love how we both agreed on every aspect of the show, the good and the bad.  We found ourselves making the same comments about outfits and plot point at the same time.  Awesome.

I have yoga in the morning with Max and then class and then yoga again and then lunch and then I’m meeting with my photography professor just to chit chat.  Looking forward to that, kinda.

So anyways, a really fun night, sorry I missed out on having a drink with you Karen!  Next time, I promise!  Oh and really looking forward to Saturday.

Night night!

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An Eventful Weekend

So the weekend started off with me going to class… Only I didn’t have class. Lame.  So turned out I had the weekend off so I wandered around town before deciding to head to the Mizzou Football Tailgate.

As with any home game, downtown Columbia was buzzing with out of towners.  Who knew all of those Nebraska fans would help cause the upset?  You’d think that with all the extra people would come more conscious parking jobs.  Nope.  As per usual, people park wherever they want, like total asses.  This would never fly back in San Francisco, you’d get towed if you parked like this.

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This guy ended up blocking two parking spots.  Argh, I can’t stand these people. And as someone who lives downtown, I think I have every right to bitch and moan haha.  I guess he was trying to park his car align with the bike that was already there.

I had and still have never tailgated, I was mearly an observer.

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It really wasn’t for me.  Maybe I just needed a few beers.  Yeah, I bet a little booze would fix all that.  There is nothing stopping the crazy Republicans and “patriotic” types though…

The flags were pretty though!

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Then there was…  Well I don’t really remember.  Weird.  Oh yeah.  Went to Karen‘s to watch the game, fun time!  Great food and people, plus Micheal joined me and helped me polish off a fabulous bottle of Francis Coppola Diamond Claret 2005.  Ahhhhmazing.

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So let’s skip to Sunday. Started out with brunch with the Finer Things Club and ended with a trip to Cooper’s Landing where we enjoyed live music, interesting people and surprisingly good thai food.

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(looney tunes?  really?)

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Loved the no dogs signs all over the place.  Interestingly enough, we saw at least three or four dogs running around the place.

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Ryan and I went home… actually were sitting down for the night at around 7:00… that’s insanity!  We made a chocolate peanut better pie (really small but very rich), watched some TV and then headed to bed.  Wow, how old are we?!

Awesome weekend, thanks greatly in part to Karen!  Way to go girl.

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