Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Happy Birthday, Michelle


In the past 8 years I've only celebrated maybe 2 birthdays with MIchelle. I've been on the road for all of the others. This was a great day.
We had brunch with her parents at The Flying Biscuit. We then went to Intown Bicycles to pickup her present: a hybrid bike. She didn't what the rest of the day held though. We tied up our bikes on the back of her car & went to Stone Mountain. We rode those bikes around the park. We wore ourselves out on those things. We also got a room at the Stone Mountain Inn.
For dinner, she didn't want to go to the nice restaurant so we went to Snellville & picked her Mom up for some Mexican.
We went back to the room & watched back episodes (available on their onDemand system) of Californication, Heroes, & Dexter.
What a day!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Brian Wiltsey (day eleven)


Michelle & I ran some errands early today. We also made our way to Snellville today. I had a check up with my doctor today. I guess you could say I had a good check up. I used to be on Lipitor a few years ago. I have a sneaky suspicion that he'll put me back on it soon. We'll see hat my blood says in a couple of days.
We dropped the boys off with Michelle's Mom also. It was weird to open the door at home & have no Schnauzers. It doesn't happen often. We left them in Snellville because Michelle's birthday is tomorrow & we're going to be away from home.
After dinner I met Emily Kate Boyd at the studio. I made a copy of the raw audio tracks from one of her album tracks. She's going to experiment with it on a remix.
Brian Wiltsey showed up shortly after Emily left. Brian & I worked on finishing his record. He sang lead vocals on the remainder of the record. He also sang background vocals on at least 5 songs.
Not much else to report outside of that.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Chattanooga, TN


It was an early gig. After a 2am sleep time, I was up at 9am. 7 hours was enough. I had a wonderful time today.
We warmed up the crowd for the 5th annual Krystal® eating world championship. Kobayashi, the little Japanese guy, was here. However, he got 3rd. The winner was Joey Chestnut. He set the record last year: 103 Krystals® in 8 minutes. Actually, watching the event kinda made me sick at my stomach.
I had my own Krystal® eating contest. Since they were free & everywhere all day, I had 17 throughout the day. I'm sure that I'll pay for it tomorrow.
I was home by 4:30pm. MIchelle & I had our average Sunday. Last night she got sick from Bangladesh food. She was a little off today. It was a good evening to relax.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Denver, NC (postponed)


On to Chattanooga. Denver was postponed due to rain. We'll hit it up next week.
Up at 5:30am. Airport at 6am. Landed in Charlotte (via Houston) by 2pm EST. Then we went to Spartanburg for an hour. I watched college football all day. It could've been much worse. We all had The Beacon for dinner... then we started off for Chattanooga via Atlanta.
My boys (The Georgia Bulldogs) put in a miserable first half against Alabama. They never recovered. The Tide rolled 41-30. The best part about the SEC is that if you only lose one & win the SEC championship game - you can still go to the BCS Championship game. However, our schedule is SO difficult... I'm fearful of the outcome.
I'm staying in a really nice room in downtown Chattanooga. Things could be worse.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tulsa, OK


Okay, OK! It was an early on this morn. I was up by 3am & in the van en route to the Ontario airport by 3:30am. With a layover in Denver, we landed in Tulsa by noon. I was in my 'new' bed by 2pm. I got about 4 hours of sleep. I just couldn't keep going. I did a little internet work & got ready for a great evening.
It was another Georgia Satellites/Atlanta Rhythm Section/Marshall Tucker Band line up. We've been on the state fair circuit. The audience was fantastic. They were very into it. The playing was reciprocal. It was a short set but good.
I have an early one yet again tomorrow. Not really early but not comfortable.
PS: Paul Newman dead at 83

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Palm Desert, CA


I woke up dry as a bone in the desert. I tried to hydrate the best I could to no avail. I spent most of the day trying to rest. We have a very early call tomorrow morning. I made a ton of phone calls today. Then my Dad picked me up for dinner.
The show was great. I had a blast. We played an overgrown gazebo in the middle of a park. It was great. It was hard to hear everything going on stage but we've learned to adapt.
It was also great to see some of my family from Palm Springs. I don't get to spend very much time with them. Most of the time it's just a "hello" & a hug after the gig.
On a positive-negative note, USC was handed a loss tonight at the hands of Oregon State. If Georgia wins this weekend, that would mean that we move up at least a spot to #2 by Monday. One day at a time though.
Well, it's off to bed. My wake up call is set for 3am. See you then.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Back to Life, Back to Reality


We met my Mom for a late breakfast at The Flying Biscuit in Candler Park. I love that place. Michelle & I spent the midday together. I packed & strung a couple of guitars. We also watched the new episode of 'House, M.D.' on Amazon.com.
Then we had lunch at Little Azio's in Ormewood. She then dropped me off at the Atlanta airport. I caught a US Air flight to Phoenix with Marcus, Chris Hicks, & BB (& 100 of my closest friends).
In Phoenix we caught another US Air flight to Ontario, CA. Then an hour & a half drive to Palm Desert. I wore my iPod out on this trip. Nothing else to report. I did a shit ton of listening & preproduction on the next three albums (for other folks).
WORD.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

How Is It Possible?


Michelle & I left the house with only 2 real goals: to vote & to eat lunch with her parents. Our day went like this: vote, bank, lunch, walk dogs, Georgia Aquarium, The World of Coke, I traded a guitar at Midtown Music, we took the dogs out again, dinner, she cleaned the studio, I picked up the master from yesterday's mix, we bought her a pair of jeans, & we went grocery shopping. I'm not kidding. We had no plans today & we got all of this done. What a day.
I traded my Firebird III for a National Vintage Tricone resonator guitar. There were 3 things that I didn't like about the Firebird: 1. the inlays were dots & I wanted trapezoids (like on the Firebird V) 2. It had a tremolo that I didn't like on it (so much so that I disabled it after a month) 3. It was just too big. I couldn't fly it & it didn't fit in any of our tall guitar cases - we put 3-4 guitar cases, vertical, in one big case on the truck. It's case was bigger than a bass. It was just too big. That equity was better suited for a guitar that was different than anything that I have. I've had resonator guitars before but never one this good. I plan to use it on records more than anything. It's just another timbre in my bag of tricks now.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Against My Will


I couldn't go to sleep last night. I had a 4 hour block of time that everyone else in the band used to sleep. I just sat there in the bed. I watched TV. I didn't watch TV. I listened to music. I tried everything. Nothing worked. No reason.
We left the hotel at 4:15am. Our plane took off at 6am. It was the quickest flight that I've been a part of in years; a shade over an hour.
We landed. I picked up my guitar at oversized luggage & was on my way to the studio. It doesn't happen often, but I was the first to hit the door. I spent the morning mixing this tune that I recorded last week for Doug, my Uncle. My cousin, his daughter, sang it. My deadline for mastering was today at 1pm. I made that with flying colors. I'm pretty happy with the mix. I don't do too much modern country music but I think I hit the nail right on the head. It's pretty punchy, bright, & shallow (referring to the depth of the soundscape spectrum). Oh yeah, & the vocal is much louder than I like, but that's the style.
I was originally slated to drive to Nashville tonight for a session tomorrow morning. I called & canceled. I feel that I put too much on my plate. It's been weeks since I had some time to relax. I really feel like it has been taking a toll on me. Sometimes you just gotta take care of yourself.
I went home & crashed - like I've never crashed before. I slept sooo hard for 4-5 hours. I woke myself up to make sure that I wouldn't wake up in the middle of the night & throw "my clock" off. I commonly refer to it as 'strategic sleep.'
I got up in time to eat & take the boys out to play time in the green space in our community. It was a delirious type of day - but I still stand behind my decision to cancel. Even if I did make the trip to Nashville - I'm convinced that my work up there would've been effected negatively.
Oh well. I try the best that I can.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Memphis, TN


An early one again today. We made our way back to Boston/Logan Airport. Due to a multitude of circumstances, they booked my ticket separately from everyone else. The funny thing was that they booked it for yesterday. That happens from time to time. Our road manager had to plop down the $150 to change the date on my flight. I also had to fly stand by from Charlotte to Memphis. No probs though - I made it.
After lunch I laid down for 3-4 hours. No really good sleep, but I'll take it.
We played the Mid-South Fair tonight with The Georgia Satellites & The Atlanta Rhythm Section. All three bands turned in great performances. Thumbs up. We played a nice, short set. It really worked. Hopefully Doug took note.
We've got an early flight in the morning. I'd better try to get the 3 hours of sleep that are available to me.
Embedded is a picture of Mr. & Mrs. Carrot from the Mid South Fair. It looks like Mr. Carrot is doing alright for himself.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Dedham, MA


After a restless 3 hour nap, I hit the shower around 3:30am. I'm lucky that I live relatively close to the airport. If we still lived in Snellville I would've had time to take my gear home & take a shower - that's it.
We connected through Dulles on our way to Boston/Logan. We (the Atlanta Rat Pack) made our way to the Delta terminal where we waited for an hour for The Spartanburg Crew.
Dedham was around 30 minutes away from the airport. I was in my bed by 2pm. Crash city.
I got up 30 minutes before we left the hotel. I was pretty groggy. The cold air & a Coca-Cola Classic took care of that.
We played a private party for some dude's birthday. It was pretty cool. Easily the best crowd that we've played for at a private party. Private parties can be weird.
Anyway, the set was good (maybe only one song too long).
I got back to the room in time to see the final 5 minutes of the Georgia-Arizona State football game. Go Dawgs! It wasn't über-impressive, but I'll take the W!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Atlanta, GA


I got up this morning & rushed to the studio. I was up pretty late trying to repair that song with its new key - rather successfully.
I met my cousin, Gabrielle, at the studio. She sang her lead vocal on the track in about an hour. Not bad for a 11am start. Usually singers need more time this early in the day.
After lunch I started to finish & mix the tune. I'm pretty happy with it. I'll let it simmer for the weekend & make changes on Monday.
I loaded in Smith's at 5pm. There's not much to say about the evening. The crowd was awesome. The room was packed. Sonia Leigh & Beggar's Guild rocked the house. However, I turned in, thanks to Y-O-U with special guest Kevin Leahy on drums, the best set that I've ever played when playing my own music. Those guys knocked it out of the park. I thought I did pretty well too.
Leslie Fram & Lanny West put together a great line up. I didn't stay for the end, but I'm sure t was great.
I have to get up really early tomorrow morning - so I'm going to turn in. Success!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Run Around Sue


I hit the Saturn dealership for some preventative maintenance this morning. Shortly after that I made my way to Atlanta Pro Audio to be moral support for Nick Niespodziani as he bought his first MBox. I also saw Mike Levine &, even more oddly, Paul Hornsby there. Paul was the engineer, producer, & keyboardist on the first 8 Marshall Tucker records back in the day. It was good to see him. I also found time to eat lunch with Nick & pick up my Atlantis credentials.
I found out that all of the work that I did on Friday (recording a song to be sung this Friday) was in the wrong key - bad communication by the singer. So, I spent most of the evening retracking guitars, Hammond, & piano. By guitars I mean acoustic, acoustic 12 string, mandolin, electric guitar, & 2 electric 12 string parts. How fun!
I hate when that happens!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Brian Wiltsey (day... aw, who cares?)


Michelle prompted me out of our Athens hotel bed by 10am. We were on the road shortly after. We picked up our dogs in Snellville & made our way home. We spent a quiet afternoon together.
I met Mark Cobb at the studio to record percussion for Brian Wiltsey's record. It's been a while since I worked on this record so it was good to QC (quality control) my work. I'm still good with this record. Only a few things to change & still waiting on Tim Smith's bass parts. He'll probably start recording them on his own this week.
They had the Atlantis kickoff party tonight at Opera. We worked well into the night. So we missed the party. No big deal. I usually meet a gaggle of folks at that event but most of the time is spent making fun of the people primping & posing themselves to be something that they're not. Hilarity. I just didn't have time tonight. There were tambourines to be shook.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Athens, GA


Michelle & I took our time in traveling to Athens today. I left her at the hotel & I made my way to meet Bruce Burch at the Arches.
I ended up speaking at his class about the music business. It was a good lecture I think. I answered most of the questions that his students had. Bruce is really doing a great thing there t the UGA business school. I got a real intense excitement for the class. It's almost like he's helping channel their want to be a part of the industry.
Y-O-U backed me up at Tasty World tonight. Even though they drove an hour & a half, loaded in up a flight of stairs, waited around to play the show, played the show, loaded out, & drove back to Atlanta - they still played great & did it all with a smile on their face.
It's late. It's been a fulfilling day. I'm going to sleep.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Getting All That I Can


To say that I slept in is an understatement. I destroyed the bed this morning. I guess you could say that I'm preparing for the week ahead.
Michelle & I spent the day together. It was a good day - a lot of good conversation.
I met Gareth Asher at the studio tonight to talk about his upcoming record. It was a good night. I must say, this day was good all around.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Birmingham, AL


I spent all day with Michelle. She accompanied me to the studio & pressed a couple of buttons while I played Hammond & piano for the song that I started a couple of days ago.
We went to see "Burn After Reading." It was great. It was a funny story about the follies of government intelligence (or lack there of).
I met the bus in Douglasville, GA around 5pm. It was easier to meet there than the airport. We rode through the Talladega Forrest. It was a wonderful ride.
We played some guy's birthday party. These type of gigs are always pretty weird. The playing was good. They treated us very well too.
After the show, I found my bunk & crashed. BB woke me up around 2:15am. I jumped in the car & drove home.
It's been a long day. Time to sleep - again.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Go Dawgs (3-0)


I must admit, there were some scary times in today's game. The outcome was uncertain until the final 20 seconds. BUT, the Dawgs prevailed. I'll take the W - I don't care how ugly it was.
We had a little party tonight with a few of our neighbors. We had Cantina La Casita for take out. We watched the Ohio State/Southern Cal game played the Wii. It was fun.
I love most of the actors on SNL. It's not mainstream but it's brilliant.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Modern Country Tune


Was out the door by 10am. I was bound for Dacula, GA. Due to the traffic at the studio, I must go elsewhere to cut drums. & it's just easier sometimes to go with Gerry Hansen. Gerry's Creekside Station Recording is ready to go - not mention that Gerry is the perfect drummer for this type of tune.
My Uncle Doug came across this tune & has asked me to throw it together for his Daughter, Gabrielle, to sing. SO... here I am.
After the drum session I came home for a couple of hours. Michelle & I went to The Small Room around 4pm. I did a little work & we had dinner & walked the boys.
Then we returned around 7:30pm & settled in for the night. I cut a multitude of instruments for this tune. We just left around midnight. Still a little more to do. I'll have to wait though.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

9/11


I was up at 4:15am. This may not have been the best day to fly. Everyone had a weird vibe about them. I flew Frontier Airlines today. I really dig them; more leg room, DirecTV, & good food. Sure, you pay for the latter two, but it's worth it on a cross country flight... even with the wacky vibe today.
Anyway, I got home safe & sound. I went straight from the airport to the studio. I had to make a scratch track for tomorrow's sessions.
Michelle made some great pasta/italian sausage thing. I'm feeling a good sleep time coming up.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Salt Lake City, UT

I got a full 3 hours of sleep last night. I was up by 4:30am to make my early flight to SLC.
Not much to report. I saw the inside of an airplane & a hotel room today.
The Georgia Satellites & The Atlanta Rhythm Section opened up for us tonight. THey both had a really great set. We, however, did not. A rare miss. We just couldn't get it together. No one had a good night tonight. My amp was going in & out. We ended up changing it midway through the set. It was rental gear. 1 times out of 20 you get a funky amp. Those odd aren't really that bad - but it sucks when it happens. It's like batting .950 & striking out hard when the game is on the line (everytime) that 20th at bat comes up.
Oh well. Maybe next time.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Atlanta, GA

It completely perplexes me. I don't put a lot of weight into it but it's an equation that I can't seem to solve. I call it an equation because to me it's not really a problem. I can't seem to sell tickets. In the past three Tuesdays I have held shows in my home town of Atlanta. They've been at three different locations, three different line ups, & three completely different types of shows all together. However, they all had one thing in common: they were all poorly attended. After ten years in this music scene I'm finally ready to admit that I don't get it. It's not like I've not tried to learn.
I feel like even in biggest successes, I didn't know what I was doing. When John Mayer & I used to play together it seemed that we couldn't draws flies until toward the end of our tenure together. It is to be noted that back then the Decatur music scene was much more exciting & flush with audiences at Eddie's even on a Thursday night. I've heard longtime Eddie's alums refer to the late '90's as "the good ol' days." I tend to agree with them.
I think it's just a bad time to be in the music industry. At least a bad time to be on the bottom rungs. People these days seem to have more of a disconnect with music than the generations before. When I was young, it was common to read interviews with grunge gods of the time regaling about the first time they ever heard Hendrix or The Who. Then I dug deeper to read that Keith Richards freaked when he heard Chuck Berry for the first time. Chuck was influenced by Muddy Waters & T-Bone Walker. It seems that most of the 'artists' today are more influenced by Madonna, video games, & the internet... or nothing at all. It's evolution. I was born 20 years too late.
I was originally very excited about these past three shows. I had meetings with people to brainstorm & make sure that all three, not just one, were a success on all levels. It was a very fanciful. However, in hindsight (here's the best part) I realized that I did everything that really matters to me. All three shows' content were second to none. The people who did come agreed (as far as I know)... & really appreciate everyone who did turn out.
It's not a very smart way of doing business & trying to further a career, but I'm somewhat glad that I've had this realization. It's helps me focus on what really matters. I was getting caught up in pre-sale numbers, head counts, & how many units I moved. I'm lucky enough nowadays to have two full time jobs (touring & making records, be it for other people) to soften the financial blow of a lackluster run of shows.
All I know is that Y-O-U played their hearts out tonight behind me & I tried my best to follow suit. I can't thank those guys enough. No amount of money is equal to what they make me feel like on stage... & this is the first time (but luckily not the last) that I've played with them backing me up. I'm now infinitely more excited about next Tuesday's Athens show.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Rehearsal


I got a couple of hours of sleep on the truck ride from Green Bay, WI to Chicago's O'Hare airport. I got there at 3am. The ticket counter opened up at 4:30am. My flight left at 6am. THere was never enough time to let my guard down & catch a wink.
Adding fuel to the fire was the babies doing a duet in the row in front of me. I got NO sleep on the two hour flight.
Michelle picked me up & I was out by 11am. I dragged around the house all day until late in the 5 o'clock hour.
I had rehearsal with Y-O-U for tomorrow night's show at Smith's Olde Bar. The set will be very cool. It doesn't sound exactly like the record but it does sound good. I'm really excited. NOW SLEEP!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Fish Creek, WI


Fish Creek proper - but really the Green Bay area. We stayed in Egg Harbor. I rolled out of the bunk into my room around 5:30am. I only had a handful of hours of sleep to my name. I landed on the couch of my room & crashed again... this time until noon.
Marcus Henderson (woodwinds & keys) & I had lunch together in town (1.5 mile walk). It was a nice day.
Our set was rather great. Good song selection & great playing. I can't complain.
I'm going to ride the equipment truck to the Chicago airport tonight. I have to fly home in the morning. I'm sure you'll read all about it in tomorrow's edition. Peace out!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Wabash, IN


We're about an hour & a half north of Indianapolis today. We played Brandt's Harley Davidson dealership's 59th Anniversary today. We tried to play their 58th last year but got rained out. We ended up signing autographs in their store for about an hour. This year was different.
We played around 5pm & the set was blistering. However, we may have played 3 songs too many. Always leave them wanting more. That's what they say... I don't know who 'they' are but Doug should listen to them sometimes.
Anyway, after showers & dinner back at the hotel, we were on our way to Wisconsin by 9pm.
I've been riding in the front with Jimmy for the past few hours. We just passed through Chicago - where traffic was terrible in the middle of the night.
The Dawgs won today (in high fashion). Moreno added another 3 touchdowns to this year's tally. He should at least get All-SEC this year or he might luck up & win the big H. I really don't care - all I care about is the big W.
I'm tired & it's time to go to bed. I think it's 2am.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Martin, TN


You know 800 miles is far when you go to sleep 2 hours into the trip & wake up before you get there - well rested. It as an uneventful trip. That's the way I like it.
The weather was amazing today. Overcast & 65 was welcome after a summer of hot & humid. To tell the truth, I really hate the summer. I'm more of a moderate & cold weather type of dude. I guess it's rather humorous that I live in Atlanta. I should just go ahead & move to Ohio or some where like that.
The show tonight was at The Soybean Festival. UT-Martin is here. There's also, literally, nothing to do in Martin on a Friday night. So we had a HUGE college crowd in downtown Martin tonight.
It was a great show. Maybe a little long, but what's new?
We were on the road by midnight. The guys put on "Amos & Andy" on the DVD. I don't really like the show but watching the guys crack up is worth sitting through it.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Richmond, VA


I woke up in the parking lot of the hotel in Richmond, VA. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Central Richmond. Do your self a favor: don't ever stay here. Let's run it down shall we...
1. When I entered my room it must have been 90ºF. (fixiable)
2. No wireless internet signal in my room. (No problem, I'll just check everything & do business in the lobby)
3. As I left the room to eat lunch I turned on the AC to cool down the room. I came back 45 minutes later & the temp hadn't changed at all. I walked over to the unit & it was blowing out cool air but not filling the room. So I decided to wait it out. 3 hours later the AC unit made a noise like it shifted gears or something. I walked over & it was blowing hot air. At this point it was easily 100ºF in my room. (can't work with that)
4. So I had them change my room. The room they gave me was 80ºF but the AC worked much better. I took my shower, got dressed & spent the remaining 2 hours in the lobby working out scheduling stuff with the studio (which I much rather would've done in the privacy of my own room).
Wheew! We headed to the newly renovated National in downtown Richmond, VA. John Boy & Billy, relatively famous syndicated drivetime radio hosts opened the show. They're in town for the race this weekend in Richmond. John Boy got fucked up as a football bat.
The show was slammin'! It was great to play with Stuart last week but I'm glad to have Chris Hicks back. That's all I have to say about that. 2 hours of "IN SYNC" (note: not N'SYNC).
It's now officially sleepy time!
PS Vandy whipped the Gamecocks tonight. Two years in a row - don't it hurt. I shouldn't speak so soon. If South Carolina beats us again this year, that will be two in a row for us.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Grindstone


Michelle & I ran a ton of errands today. Some how, in my infinite forgetfulness, we visited the studio twice while we were out. Michelle's birthday is at the end of the month so I took her shopping today - for a bicycle. She picked out a hybrid bike at Intown Bicycles. My friend Rob Evans helped her with her decision.
So we put that on layaway & will pick it up on her birthday. She seems pretty excited with all of the changes that she's been making - going green, eating better, & just living better in general. I think this purchase means as much to her environmentally as it does with fitness.
Anyway, we had a Woody's Philly cheesesteak (a block down the street) for the first time today. It was pretty darn good.
I don't have much else to report. The bus is set to pick me up at the airport at 1:30am bound for Richmond via Spartanburg. I'll let you know how that goes tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Decatur, GA (Oakhurst)


Week two of "Tuesdays with Clay" went like this. I loaded in at Kavarna (assisted by my friend Wade Keaton). Mark Cobb showed up & did the same.
I played a couple. Nick Niespodziani played a few. Aslyn played a few. Oliver Wood played a few. Mark Cobb played cocktail kit while I played the bass guitar for the evening. Aslyn & Nick backed me up on a couple of my tunes as well. It was a wonderful evening. Hope to see you out at Smith's next week for the Atlanta finale of "Tuesdays with Clay."

Monday, September 1, 2008

I Travel for a Living


I feel asleep for a full night's rest 2 hours into our trip last night. I woke up, refreshed & ready to go, but with 6+ hours left on the trip. You pretty much have 5 options on a bus trip:
A. Watch TV
B. Read
C. Listen to music
D. Go back to sleep
E. Do nothing
I did a little bit of all 5 on the way home.
Michelle picked me up from the airport around 4pm. I showered, she cooked me a great dinner, & we had a lovely evening basking in each others company.
PS> UCLA looked really good in the 2nd half tonight against Tennessee.