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Living Proud – I Still Love ’80s Music  0

Posted on February 15th, 2006. About Entertainment.

Yesterday, the attending physician on our neurology team took us out to lunch, quite a generous gesture on a day with a light work load. During lunch, one of my fellow interns (Shay) and I got to chatting about concerts we have attended, and the table realized quickly that old ’80s groups seemed to dominate both of our lists. Our attending informed our medical student that we have “terrible taste in music” and that we “shouldn’t admit this to anyone.” Shay immediately informed our colleagues that she is proud of her preference for bands of the 1980s and that I should be as well. I completely agreed.

So I have decided to archive here a list of concerts I have attended, and will continue to add groups as I see them.

  • 1995 – The Rolling Stones “Voodoo Lounge” Tour, my first concert! My brother, Tim, was with me for this one. Blind Melon as the opening act didn’t hurt either. My mother sacrificed her ticket (there were only two total) so that we both could attend – and waited for us in the parking lot. A true act of love.
  • 1997 – Jimmy Buffett – my second concert was just as awesome as the first was (yes, Evan, I know – you may substitute “awesome” for your own snide adjective). Jamus got a group together to see Buffett in Atlanta (Lakewood Amphitheatre) and it was a most excellent time! Jamus even presented me with an autographed picture of Jimmy when I arrived in Spartanburg, SC for the ride to Atlanta – my knee was still in a brace status-post ACL surgery, and when James informed Jimmy by mail of my condition, Jimmy graciously responded. 😀
  • 1997 – Jump, Little Children – a local group from Charleston, SC, whom I saw in Columbia, SC my first month of college. I always expected them to go big.
  • 1997 – Elton John – a musician I had admired since birth (my parents were big fans); seeing him in person was a real treat. He did not disappoint. Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road is still one of my top five favorite songs ever.
  • 1998 – Aerosmith – another concert with Tim. It was impressive, except they didn’t play Amazing, and my ears rang for three solid days after the event. I remember I had a calculus test the following morning at 8AM and could not hear anything the proctor said.
  • 1998 – Survivor – a free concert at Finlay Park in Columbia, SC. I just loved it! “The search is over…you were with me all the while…”
  • 1998 – The Indigo Girls – They were to give a free concert at Irmo High School as an award for drug-free pledges among the students, but then the principal and school board cancelled it because of a few parent phone calls about Amy and Emily’s lesbian status. Graciously, they gave a concert at a local venue, free for IHS students and cheap for anyone else. This was also my first concert with Evan. (Awww)
  • 1998 – Boy George and The Culture Club, Howard Jones, and The Human League – all in one concert! *This* was a memory. Still one of my best concert-going experiences.
  • 1999 – Low Fidelity All Stars, The Crystal Method, and Orbital – again, three great groups all wrapped in a single concert. This one was at The Tabernacle in Atlanta – which was to become one of my favorite venues.
  • 1999 – The Pet Shop Boys – Absolutely awesome!!! This is one of my top three concert-goings. Again, at The Tabernacle in Atlanta. Evan and I celebrated our two-year anniversary of dating with this weekend trip.
  • 2000 – Elton John – I took my mother to see Elton John for her birthday that year. It was such an interesting concert – it was a classical sort of concert – just Elton and the piano.
  • 2000 – Depeche Mode – It was a dream of Evan’s to see Depeche Mode live. I was not too familiar with the group until I met Evan, and soon enough I was dying to see them. It was fabulous show – they didn’t play People are People or Blasphemous Rumors, but I was satisfied to hear Enjoy the Silence, Your Own Personal Jesus, and their newest hit at the time, Dream On.
  • 2001 – Betty Buckley – The Tony Award-winning performer from Cats I had also seen as Norma in Sunset Boulevard during a theatre trip to NY in 1996. She breezed through Columbia while I was in college.
  • 2001 – Three Dog Night – the 1970s band performed with the Charlotte Symphony in what turned out to be a wonderful concert. “The ink is black, the page is white, together we learn to read and write…”

Since 2001, I have seen numerous theatre and symphonic performances, but no formal concerts that come to mind. I may be forgetting one. If I have I will amend the list.

Groups I would still absolutely love to see include (but are not limited to) Simon and Garfunkel, Journey, Van Halen, Pink Floyd/Roger Waters/whoever is left by the time I see them/him, ABBA, Duran Duran, and Tears for Fears. Maybe someday…

Ramblings on jobs  2

Posted on February 15th, 2006. About Money.

First of all, congratulations to those who were insightful enough to major in engineering as college students! You engineers have done it again – for the umpteenth consecutive year, engineers are the highest paid employees when graduating from college and accepting their first full-time jobs.

According to this article and several others I located to confirm this point, chemical engineers are in the lead for the highest straight-out-of-college salaries, followed by electrical/computer engineers, while mechanical engineers hold the #3 spot. Unfortunately, their salaries have not been increasing tremendously, but their professions are still considered quite lucrative. Salaries aside, engineers are intelligent and loveable people, and I’m very happy to be married to one. 😀

Now…as for what I believe to be the *worst* job ever – it has to be Scott McClellan’s position. Who could possibly want to be the press secretary for this administration? Having to face the media day after day, justifying the actions of the president and his cabinet? Wow – no thanks. Evan and I were watching McClellan explain why the White House waited 24 hours before releasing the story about Dick Cheney’s accidental shooting of his fellow hunter over the weekend, and I thought – this poor bastard. He has to answer for every mistake made. Surely they don’t pay him enough for this.

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