October 31, 2005

Halloweenie 2

My arrival back at Litco means many things. Perhaps one of the most important, though, is the constant holiday cheer I insist upon everyone.

Year after year, coworkers mock my loyalty to the holidays. Year after year, I try my best to get people involved and excited. Year after year, I fail.

This year was no different, as I was clearly the most excited person in Torrington, CT. But, it didn't stop me, and I still went to work and pushed my happiness on everyone. My costume was simple, but the pride remained the same.

Let it be known, though, that at 4:30 pm, I convinced a coworker to dress in a costume. Indeed, the tables are starting to turn. My work over the years is starting to pay off.... very slowly.

Now, without further adieu, here is this years costume.

For the record, this costume received a gleeful laugh and picture session by our local Japanese family. Hooray for our former kin-folk!

Happy Halloween!

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October 12, 2005

21st Century

Last night I finally had the chance to see a live show (Foo Fighters and Weezer), something I hadn't done since we left for Japan. I was reminded how much I love listening to live music (regardless of how loud it can get) and it's something I've really missed while being away.

Aside from all the fun and deafness though, I noticed some drastic changes last night... strange occurences that might very well indicate the future of live shows.

Now, I always thought it crazy that people would even consider bringing a cell phone into a concert, especially one that involves so much yelling and loudness. However, phones these days do a lot more than just call people...

"Really Jed, like what?"

Well my friends, let me explain. Phones are slowly transforming into an all-in-one media power house, with the capability to play music, take pictures, and most importanly... record video. Video recording is strictly prohibited, and the very thought of smuggling a camera into a venue is ridiculous, as beefy teeange security guards will refuse entry if you so much as whisper the phrase "I will record this concert with the video camera I am smuggling in". Refusal to carry a cell phone, however, is a right that no one would even consider taking away, as the teeny bopper youth of today would choose a phone over a concert without even giving it a second thought.

I have a point, just stick with me here.

So there we were, listening to some music, having a good time. People were recording the show, bits and pieces that they could later watch... on their phone... and remember for years to come. But then it happened...

**IMPORTANT FACT REGARDING THIS STORY**
Now, as an avid concert goer, I'm well aware that no matter who the artist, when the slow, emotional ballad starts, lighters go up in the air (as it began with Melanie Safka, walking through the rain as she nervously walked on stage... thanks google) to show the audience is there, reminding the performer just how much they rock.
**END FACT**

Now, I'm not sure if it's the new no smoking rule, or the unwillingness to part with technology, but last night, rather than lift a lighter, the crowds of people on the floor raised their cell phone to represent the sacred glow of the slow-song-lighter-tribute. It looked kinda neat and all, but how can you replace such a sacred ritual like the raising of the lighter, with a raising of the cell phone? That's not rock and roll, people, that's just plain old silly.

Ah yes, times they are a changin', and I guess that's my only point. But I can promise one thing... no matter how things change, no matter what traditions are manipulated, I will always enjoy live music... especially when it's as good as Weezer was last night.

Godspeed!

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October 10, 2005

Octoberthday

October is filled to the brim with birthdays (both of my sisters, Karen's brother, a friend of mine at work, Lauren... just to name a few). But, it's with great pleasure that we add one more name to that list.

On Friday night (October 7th), at 8:04 p.m., Meghan gave birth to a very healthy, happy baby girl. Emma Claire Cryan weighs in at 8 lbs., 11 ounces. She measures 21 1/4 inches long, and the whole (new) Cryan family is doing just fine.

For further details, keep an eye on Meghan's Baby Blog. I'm sure she'll be a bit busy for awhile, but hopefully we'll get some updates as to how things are going (hint hint).

Congratulations Marc and Meghan, can't wait to meet her!

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October 02, 2005

Wow-ee Maui

For some reason, it's taken me an unexplainable amount of time to share pictures from one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

Maybe it was the transition to life back in America... maybe it was saddness that we were no longer there... or maybe, just maybe.. I'm very, very lazy.

Whatever the reason, I've finally gotten around to sorting through the many pictures I took during our stay in Maui, Hawaii. Thanks to Karen's Mom and Aunt Donata, we stayed in a beautiful place and had an amazing experience in paradise. Pictures and words will never do it justice, but that won't stop me from sharing them anyway. Enjoy!

Maui, Hawaii: Japan what? Japan who? I was in where for what amount of time? Well whatever, now I'm in Hawaii!

Snorkel Trip: This is an untouched, no comment gallery taken by a photographer aboard our snorkel trip to Molokini Island. These photo's are just a sample of what we saw that day, but were not taken by me.

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