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August 17th, 2014
10:44 am

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In a state of shock
RIP Bari Greenberg.

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August 16th, 2014
11:19 pm

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Stam on a Saturday night!
Much fun tonight. Chocolate, music and dear, dear friends! This is the first show since I came back from being hurt that I felt like I played like I should be playing, and it showed! Much fun, much silliness, and much playing along from the audience.

Our thanks to the lovely people at Stam for treating us so well! Our thanks to Jared for helping us out these last two shows. And our thanks to our friends for coming out tonight and supporting us!

What we played tonight ...

Set 1
Disenchanted
Witch In Your Story
Companion
If I Were The Rain
Lighthouse
Calvin's Girl
Hot McGonnical
Wanderers
Single White Monster
Out Of The Light

Jared did one song - The Ocean (John Butler)

Set 2
She Moved Through The Faire
Widows Garden
Stream of Consciousness
Catnyp
Critters (Orpheus and Sparkle made an appearance)
A Song About Fog
Sleep No More
Snow White Red Road
Village By The Sea
Corvus

It's good to be back.

Next week Nevada (Iowa)!

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August 14th, 2014
11:50 am

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PIZZA !!! (finally)
I posted what will probably be my last entries on my pizza blog. Two old school places were at the top. Next, local ice cream!

http://questforpizza.blogspot.com/

And for those of you who don't want to go to the blogspot page, the entries!

And my final comments - At least until I find some other places to go.
It's been awhile since I did an update. I have a couple more places I visited, but none of them made the top of the list. So a couple quick comments and then my the place I consider the best in town.

We went to Belluci Pizza House in Boone IA awhile ago. Not the sort of pizza I am looking for. It is still excellent pizza. We went on the railroad and then had pizza after and it's a great way to end your day if you find yourself out that way. Our highest recommendation for non-thin crust pizza. The sausage had this wonderful garlic tang to it. The crust was thicker than I am looking for, but still had this nice crispness to it. Great, great pizza.

I went back to Scornovacca's for lunch and had a terribly mediocre pizza. Too much cheese, not enough ingredients. I was very disappointed. They slip down from my original estimation.

Lizzie and I went back to Bordenaro's and had one of the best pizzas we have ever had. It was a combo with one of the best balances of ingredients ever. Oh my it was good. But …

Then last week Lizzie and I made a return to Chuck's and had what was probably the best thin crust pizza I have ever had in my life. Once again a combo. Everything that we loved about the pizza the first time was amplified this time.

I have to say, Chuck's has the best thin crust pizza in town with Bordenaro's a very, very close second.

Bianchi Brothers - April 6, 2014
As we do if possible, we started with the fried ravioli. The ravioli was a little bland but had a nice flavor with the marinari. It had ground beef rather than sausage. We weren't impressed.

The pizzas were quite good. The sausage was a little on the mild side, but had a nice flavor to it. The pepperoni had a nice bite to it. It had a thin, cracker sort of crust and the ingredients tended to pull away from the crust. I think that this will be much better pizza when the oven gets a chance to age a bit, it's a very new place.

Eric's Rating
Rightness: 6
Tastiness: 8

Orlandos - June 16, 2013
I had not been to Orlando's in a few years and it was as good as I remembered. Still not quite what I am looking for. The crust is thicker and cheesier than what I am looking for, bit is still excellent. The sauce is some of the best that we have had. Very meaty, very strong without being overpowering. The sausage is also some of the best we have had and is made in-house. The cheese comes close to being too much, but ends up balancing things nicely. The pepperoni is tasty without being too spicy. The ingredients bind to the crust nicely. All in all a great pizza, if not quite what I am looking for.

I did speak to the owner as we were leaving and was informed that we could get a thinner crust if we asked. We will go back.

Eric's Rating
Rightness: 6
Tastiness: 10
Lizzie
Rightness: 7
Tastiness: 9.5

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August 12th, 2014
12:14 pm

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What is the plural of Pegasus?
I have had to hold on to this since Muse ... and then all morning since I wrote this. Yeah. I am SO patient.

One of the things that is most important to me is putting on a good show. Whether I was performing solo, with Toyboat, or now with Cheshire Moon, I have always wanted to make it entertaining. To make sure that the audience walked away feeling like it was time well spent.

Lizzie and I have spent a lot of time working out our show. And not just the songs, but the banter and the whole attitude of our show.

When I was performing solo, I would occasionally get someone who asked me how I improvised so well, how I always seemed to have something to say to anything. My answer, I practiced all of it. I worked on the stories until I knew them so well, I could play around with them, go different places with them.

Lizzie and I do the same thing. If a bit of improv works, it usually ends up in the next show. We talk a lot about who we are onstage, how we deal with each other and the audience. We work on frameworks of the ideas, so we can relax when we are up there and let it happen. It's just like practicing your instrument.

The fact that we have been given this amazing compliment from the community we love so much, the fact that we are up there with these amazing performers, oh, and Toyboat … (ok, I had to say that. Teresa would never have forgiven me if I hadn't) is the greatest compliment I think we can be given.

Well, maybe, then there is this whole "best song" thing. And this group of songs that have also been nominated. Wow, we are considered to be in this crowd?

And I love that there are so many new faces this year. Piers Cawley (told you!), Copy Red Leader, Debs and Errol, Cathy McManamon … us. So many first timers.

We can't make it to OVFF this year. Our dear friend Lyndsey is getting married that Saturday and we are playing at the reception. She asked me how much it would cost to get us to play at her wedding. My response … IT'S YOUR WEDDING !!! WE'RE THERE !!! Silly person.

We will be looking at our phones all evening. Lizzie will probably be a wreck. If we're playing the same time as the awards, I am likely to have my phone plugged into the sound system.

Steve has seen the video of me telling Lizzie, he asked me to record it since she was on a panel when he called … no one else gets to see that video, so don't ask. He saw what it meant to us. I can only give a bit of that feeling. I am amazed, humbled and proud.

Thank you everyone, for this amazing compliment. And congratulations to all the nominees. It is a pleasure to be in your company.

p.s. Oddly enough, this may be my easiest year for voting. Every category has a big favorite. And no, I am not voting for Cheshire Moon in either category we are nominated in, I don't think you should vote for yourself, but I'm like that.

p.p.s. In regards to my snark at my former band … I'm voting for them. Third time, they deserve the win dammit!

p.p.p.s. When you see me, remind me to tell you what Steve, evil person that he is, did to me when he called.

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August 9th, 2014
08:27 pm

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Today in Cedar Rapids
A nice day. Special thanks to my son Jared for being roadie and sound guy today. Two sets, got some smiles here and there.

Set 1
Disenchanted
Witch In Your Story
Companion
If I Were The Rain
Lighthouse
Calvin's Girl
Hot McGonnical
Wanderers
Single White Monster
Out Of The Light

Set 2
She Moved Through The Faire
Widows Garden
Stream of Consciousness
Catnyp
Critters (Fauna and Sparkle made an appearance)
A Song About Fog
Sleep No More
Snow White Red Road
Village By The Sea

Next week Chocolaterie Stam in Des Moines!

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August 7th, 2014
11:43 am

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Shows!
We have shows through the end of October. We're taking November off. We're working on a local show in December. Taking January off. Capricon in February. Looking for shows in March and April. Two cons in May, nothing the rest of the year.

Any ideas of where we can play from June on? We'll probably do a couple of local shows in the summer, but too far out for those venues to book.

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August 6th, 2014
08:00 am

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Oh, this weekend and beyond
This weekend two songs we haven't done in awhile and a brand new song sneak into the set list. Companion is back after a long absence, Single White Monster, the best Craiglist ad ever, has returned. And a brand new song, Hot McGonagall will make it's second appearance. These will all be featured in the shows between now and the end of the year, so come on out and see us!

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07:48 am

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VIDEO !!!
Our thanks to Tom Jeffers for getting this video. It's just the songs (and is missing a bit of the first song). It was a good show, we had a blast. FKO was so much fun this year. We're so sorry we're going to miss OVFF this year. Yeah, no more cons until Capricon. Anyway, here is what we played.

Widows Garden
Disenchanted
Witch In Your Story
Stream Of Consciousness
Critters
Snow White, Red Road
Masters Of Library Science



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August 2nd, 2014
12:39 pm

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Four years ago I was here at Musecon, sharing a room with Jared, Xap, and this lovely young woman who I had recently started performing with. I had a considerable crush on the young woman, but me being me, I figured there would be no way she would ever be interested in me.

I may have been mistaken about that last bit.

Saturday night of the con, I had acquired food and wanted to retreat to the room for a bit of downtime. She asked if she could come up and hang out, if I wouldn't mind. I am not foolish enough to refuse the company of a lovely woman, no matter how disinterested in me me she may be.

She: You don't get it do you?
Me: Get what?

Yeah, that was my response. We had a long conversation and Sunday, as I was packing the car I said to her "you've given me a lot to think about".

A month later we met at Strowlers and this began in earnest.

Three years ago, here at Musecon, we stood up in front of a lot of our family, with a lot of our family standing with us, and had the most wonderful wedding we could have had.

Four years after that conversation on a Saturday night we woke up in the same hotel, with a lot of the same family around us. This time it is both Jared and Reilly with us in the room.

Even after the terrible year we have had, we are more in love and happier every day.

I love you my glorious Lizzie Crowe. You have made my life a better thing, and me a better person. Here is to many, many more years!

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July 28th, 2014
11:18 am

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Shows!
We have shows coming up! Some around home, a couple that are out of town. Come on out and see us!

August 16
Chocolaterie Stam
Des Moines, Iowa
2814 Ingersoll Avenue, 50312
stamchocolate.com
facebook.com/stamchocolatedesmoines

August 23
Mid-Iowa Computers 5th Anniversary Celebration
Nevada, Iowa
We will be performing at 7pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1510369975861483/

Sept. 14th, 2014
Greater Chicagoland Pagan Pride!
Oak Park, IL
Getting back to our roots! We're honored to be playing at Greater Chicagoland Pagan Pride. We get to share space with some of our favorite and most admired songwriters, energy workers, and healers. Come spend a day in a place of positive energy and celebrate the spirit at play!
chicagopaganpride.org
facebook.com/greaterchicagoland.paganpride

Sept 27 & 28
St Louis Pagan Pride
More information as we get it!
stlouispaganpride.org
facebook.com/pages/St-Louis-Pagan-Pride/232966973424336

Ames Annual Psychic and Paranormal Expo
October 18
Ames, IA
facebook.com/events/396465863827667
facebook.com/groups/116151375191815

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