Friday, April 29, 2011

Hat Trick

"Well it don't it's never gonna stop...why do I have to many things on my head?" -Amy Grant

For some unknown-to-me reason, America has been literally obsessed with the royal wedding in the United Kingdom. If you haven't heard about it, you either must live in a hole, or you don't have a pulse. It's been the most annoying to me because I could care less, as I have no clue why it's of any importance to America. Like it or not though, it's been shoved down my throat...either when I turn on the TV (pretty much any station), go out in public, read the paper, or turn on the radio. The only solace I find in the maddening coverage of this event, is making fun of the strange head gear that British women feel they need to don for such an occasion. That said, I'm officially making today "make fun of British hats day." Enjoy...

Has anyone seen the wedding cake? Oh wait...

Is this a hat? It almost looks like Saturn
being sucked into a black hole... (There is also a pogo
ball joke here somewhere...)

Paint that hat black, throw a skull and some crossbones
on it, and she'll have a fantastic Pirate Hat! (See Below)

See...shazzam! Instant Pirate!

This lovely blue flying saucer came to the wedding
all the way from Area 51...and found a suitable place
to land by the looks of it.

Store sold out of ridiculous hats? No problem...just
remove the handle from your umbrella and walla!

This one wasn't bad until the blue sparklers showed

Apparently flying saucer hats with TV antennas are
all the rage in the United Kingdom.

At some point, I think these women just started
using random stuff they found laying around their
house as hats.

This must be the Space Queen and her understudy.
At what point does wearing a small canoe on your
forehead become a good idea? Or a coffee table
arrangement for that matter...

She did the best with what she had. A sand dollar and
some plastic netting.

It's all fun and games until a wild bird tries to start
mating with your hat.

Another boat and what looks like a baby rattle
Christmas ornament squeezed out of a play-dough
fun maker.

Forget the know you have too much hair
when you have the ability to wrap it around your
body as a fashion accessory.

At what point was it ever ok to place an
upside down dog bowl on your forhead,
and call it a hat? Or fashion for that
matter? Now that I think about it...
aren't hats supposed to be worn on the
top of the head? When did this forehead
thing start?

In closing...I'll say that these British folks don't lack in the creativity department. They sure have big imaginations and they aren't afraid to show them...hope you enjoyed my lighthearted look at these "fashion disasters!"

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My Concert Bucket List

For those of you who know me well, you know I enjoy music. In fact, I don't mind taking in a good concert every now and again, minding that it's someone whom I'm interested in seeing do a live show.
Now...just because I like a specific singer, doesn't mean that I'd fork over my hard earned cash to see them. Take for instance Celine Dion...I love to hear her sing, and she has one of the most amazing voices I've heard. Wouldn't want to see her in concert though. Can't tell you why, just wouldn't want to.
Now if it's someone I do want to see, I'd go see them if they weren't charging an arm and a leg for a ticket. As much as I'd like to see some people in concert, I'd probably pass on them just becasue I wouldn't want to fork over the huge amounts they ask for tickets. Take for instance The Zac Brown Band...They are coming to Sevierville this summer for a concert at Smokies Park (our minor league baseball stadium). I was pumped when I heard they'd be here, and I told my wife that I'd love to go see them. That was until I got online and looked at ticket prices...$85/per. What? I like the guys, but I don't like them enough to fork over that kind of cash.
This leads me to the topic of this concert bucket list. Most people have a "bucket list" of things they want to do before they die, and all I've done is take that concept and apply it to concerts. These are people that I'd like to see do a live show before I die. (Not that I plan to die anytime soon) These are also the few people that I'd be willing to shell out a few extra hard-earned fun tickets to see:

*James Taylor > Hopefully, this will be the first one I can mark off my list as I just found out today that James will be doing a show in Knoxville on May 23. Needless to say, I was psyched when I found this out...people like James Taylor rarely do shows in this area, and this could be a great chance to see him!

*Jimmy Buffett > I've been a Parrothead for as long as I can remember. (Which is ironic because I don't drink...which is what many of JB's songs depict) Since I first heard "Margaritaville" when I was little, I was hooked. I own pretty much every Buffett album ever recorded and I'm darn proud of it. I'd say this is a concert I'd have to at least travel to Nashville or Atlanta for, but it would be well worth it. Of course...he's more than welcome to come do a concert in E. Tennessee but we'll see how that turns out...

*Brandi Carlile > I've had the pleasure of seeing her do a small 4-song acoustic set at a local music store, but not a full blown concert. The acoustic show was out of this world, and the full concert has to be amazing. Brandi has an amazing voice and if you've never heard of her, I'd encourage you to check her out...she has a kind of "folk-rock" sound that (if you like that type of music) will blow you away.

*Bryan Adams > Probably the most "far out" of my choices as I'm less likely to see this one than the rest mainly becasue I'd have to travel a good ways to hear him sing. This guy could just sing "Summer of 69" 15 times at a show and i'd be happy...of couse, much happier if he sang a few more...

*This last space is reserved for a musician to be named later. I have always had a list of 5, but for some reason I'm drawing a blank on my last pick.

Honorable Mention:
Garth Brooks, The Zac Brown Band, Aerosmith, John Williams, The Charlie Daniels Band

There you concert bucket list. Do you have one? I'd love to see you comments...who would make your bucket list? Remember, the bucket list isn't just anyone you'd like to see in's reserved for the few that you'd go out of your way to see, and pay a little more than extra to see them.