Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Weekend Wind-Down #167

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A week ago, MARGARET CHO performed FOUR BACK-TO-BACK SHOWS over the course of two nights at the WORLD FAMOUS here in downtown Athens, Georgia. Missy and I were lucky enough to get tickets to the last of those shows…I say lucky because The World Famous is a cozy little venue, and there was only room enough for about 60 people at each performance. The last time I got to see Margaret Cho perform was with my sister, Cynthia – we saw her at this huge auditorium in Koreatown in L.A., the summer before I moved here to Georgia. So it was pretty special to see her in such an intimate setting. Her friend, a hilarious Australian comedian named Jim Shore, opened the show. He set us up and then Margaret came and knocked us down with a set that seemed to be especially crafted for the local Athens crowd. There were many references to local landmarks, living in small college towns, Athens’ hipsters, and our very own storied music scene. She worked the crowd, brilliantly poking fun at the audience. We even got to see her destroy a drunk heckler…

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Then, the following night, our friend Leslie put out the word on Facebook that someone had left a perfectly good METAL FILING CABINET behind the dumpster at her apartment complex. Missy and I couldn’t help but jump on the opportunity and rushed out fetch the cabinet. Luckily, it just barely fit in the back of Missy’s compact and mighty Yaris…

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FAVORITE MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Getting my new website done!
RAOUL – Seeing Margaret Cho at The World Famous.

WORST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Having to get up early on Friday.
RAOUL – 6AM meeting on Friday.

FUNNIEST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Margaret Cho!
RAOUL – Margaret Cho!

WORD OR PHRASE OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – “Fred Schnieder Store”
RAOUL – “Dick Hater”

FAVORITE MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Chocolate pudding!
RAOUL – Baja Burrito at Taco Stand.

WORST MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – I didn’t like these granola bars…
RAOUL – Left-over pasta with watery sauce.

THREE THINGS ON YOUR TO-DO LIST FOR THIS WEEK?
MISSY – Make list, sew Tofu Baby dolls, clean up.
RAOUL – Laundry, jury duty, tidy up the house.

PERSONAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Alpine, Laura Marling, Kate Bush.
RAOUL – The Smiths, Morrissey, Beat Happening, Ultra Vivid Scene, MARRS, Grimes.

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