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December 23rd, 2004

Romey ski lodge for dogs now open for business @ 10:41 am

Current Mood: amused amused

Come one, come all, bring your dogs. The Romey Ski Lodge is now open for business. For a small fee, you too can bring your dogs here and they can enjoy the 3 inches of powder pack white stuff while it lasts. YES its true, our ski lodge is open to any and all dogs. We'll even Feed them!!! Maybe. We pay someone lots of mone so your dogs will feel at home, even if they want to come in and out twenty, thirty, yes even forty times a day. There's plenty of snow for them to eat and pee in, so come one come all, bring 'em now, while the fun lasts.


Still pretty cold here, but we're managing. The three dogs are absolutely driving me crazy as they seem to want to go outside all the time and wait to come in so you freeze your feet off waiting for their sorinesses to get in. They don't understand that we humans don't have fur. If only we did.

Speaking of cold, and aptly timed. My mom and I were watching The Discovery Channel, yeah I know, dorky, and they had this special on The Ice Hotel, the first and biggest one, located in the far north reaches of Sweden, 120 km away from teh north pole. They talked about how its built (they have to build it every year you see), and what it might be like to stay there. They have several weddings there every year. Can you imagine a wedding night in a ice building? It's pretty neat though; they have individualized suites that artists design ice sculptures to put in. The temperatures are around 20 degrees while its still standing, which is usually warmer than it is outside. My Mom and I decided it would be neat to go there as a vacation sometime next winter/spring. Yeah its expensive, but how many people can say they're going close to the north pole to have fun? They even have an ice bar and you get glasses made of ice. I'm game!!! Hey, you do get complimentary warm clothes and thermal sleeping bags. Works for me.

We're not doing anything today. It really feels like Saturday today even though its Thursday. Everyone is home, and my Dad's started the daily tradition of coming in to play Spades. N problem, I've now got a blanket out on our leather couch, and so have a place to escape for a while. The only thing I HAVE to do is practice a piece I've promised to play for church on Sunday. Apparently, they're having a college day where people who are in college participate. Should be fun if I can come up with an arrangement that I like. I don't play by sight of course, but compose arrangements when I feel inspired. I don't necessarily feel inspired yet, but maybe after drinking some hot chocolate and listening to some Christmas music I'll get that way.

That's about all. This is ner, your guide for today , signing off.
That's about all. This is ner, your guide for today , signing off.
 
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From:unsilenceddream
Date:December 23rd, 2004 05:35 pm (UTC)
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If you think it's bad as far as dogs go now, just wait till Monday ;). My dog's already driving me crazy here as it is, and we don't even have snow. Ah well, that's dogs for ya.
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From:djner
Date:December 24th, 2004 04:30 pm (UTC)
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I think I can handle it :). It'll be een more fun to nstigate some wild dog soon.
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From:unsilenceddream
Date:December 25th, 2004 02:56 am (UTC)
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You really think you can handle it? Hmm, I guess we'll find out soon enough.
My dog isn't wild, she's just weird :).
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From:rangoon
Date:December 23rd, 2004 10:13 pm (UTC)

Speaking of Composing Arrangements

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You've got to hear the new PMG album that comes out on Jan. 25! Click here to listen to a sample.
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From:djner
Date:December 24th, 2004 04:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Speaking of Composing Arrangements

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I haven't listened to too much PMG, and they're good, but I sometimes don't like the smoothe jazz sound that they do. I like the unpredictability of Fleck. Of course, I can't say much as I haven't heard much of PMG but that's my first impression.
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From:rangoon
Date:January 5th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Speaking of Composing Arrangements

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I didn't like their smooth jazz sound at first either, which is why I'm always ashamed to admit I like them. But they're more than just a guilty pleasure, because they're respected by mainstream jazz critics and educators as well (try sight-reading a PMG chart, which is rated at at least a Grade 4!). If you can get past the "smooth jazz" vineer, you'll find complex, interesting, textured music that is more unpredictable than you might think (how many other musicians, including Fleck, do you know who are writing 68-minute compositions?). I think they are much more daring than most smooth jazz artists musically, rhythmically and sonically. And all of their members are high-caliber musicians who have rather impressive feats in the jazz world behind them. So what I've finally settled on is that I appreciate craftsmanship in any form, especially when that craftsmanship is able to elevate a genre I wouldn't normally listen to into something I can enjoy.

As far as you not liking the "smooth jazz" sound, I don't know what to say to that other than that you listen to artists that sound much more "smooth jazz" than the PMG, like George Winston. That's a guy who's craftsmanship is much harder for me to appreciate, because it's much simpler than the PMG's.
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From:djner
Date:January 6th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC)

Re: Speaking of Composing Arrangements

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I understand that. I don't analyze the music that I either play or listen to. If it sounds good (to me) then I like it. Doesn't mean I don't like PMG, I'll continue to have a listen to some of their tracks, but that was my first impression. Winston is simple for a reason, New age is made to be simple. It sounds good to me, puts me at ease if yo will, and that's why I like his stuff. I guess you could say that my playing style is Winston-esque, but it not only sounds good to me, but helps me to work out stress and problems musically. Everyone is different; that makes the world interesting.rent

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