I'm trying to distract myself from this endless rain. Yes, the Northeast is flooding, but we're fine. We live on a big hill away from major streams and the ocean, so we've been safe so far. It's actually affecting places north of town. I haven't been watching the news so I'm just seeing the pictures now, and some of the damage is really awful.
We did get stuck in traffic for a few hours coming back from Maine yesterday, due to flooding on the highway in a few spots. We spent the weekend in Portland because Matt had a sales event in town. We've been going there so much (okay, half a dozen times) over the past two years that we actually have a favorite place to eat. It's just a nice hang, even when it's pouring so hard you have to eat dinner with soaking wet jeans on. I think we've unofficially adopted Portland as our small city away from the big city. Maybe Portsmouth, New Hampshire, too. They're both on our official tour list, if time and weather permit.
Matt's definitely the music person in our relationship, but I wanted to plug a few bands. Rock star moments are very few and far between with his job, but during the last couple months, two of his drummer friends passed through town. They invited us to their shows and backstage. (This is me trying to make us look cool while we passed the time. Not sure I succeeded.)
They are actually friends from Kalamazoo and Chicago. It's cool to see them on tour and succeeding as working musicians. It also makes me very grateful that Matt didn't decide to join a band that tours. God help me. They live a crazy life.
But they are super super nice guys and great musicians. Matt's friend Nate is the drummer for Mustard Plug, a band that hails from Grand Rapids. They're a ska band and are pretty peppy and fun. The second friend, Kris, is the drummer for Umphrey's McGee, and they are a rock jam band. Umphrey's will be on Jimmy Kimmel on the 18th. Check it out. We've totally been on their tour bus twice. haha! Sorry, that was shameless bragging, but it was pretty fun. There were actually obsessed high school dudes waiting behind the bus for autographs from Kris. Both were all ages shows so we were feeling quite old amongst the teenagers. Lots of kids in the crowd knew the words to both bands' songs. It was pretty impressive for Midwestern bands playing in Boston. Midwesterners rock!
While these bands are very cool, my tastes in music are pretty much along the folk vein. I never ever buy CD's. Matt said, "I bet the last time you bought a CD was a few years ago when a new Indigo Girls CD came out." Probably true. But I bought a CD last week and I love it! Check out The Weepies if you want to hear music that is like a soundtrack to my brain. Kind of grey and cloudy, but with a nice upbeat groove. Perfect for the rain and sleepless nights. And you can listen to 3 whole songs on their website over and over again. I love that. Totally sold me.