[Current music: Steely Dan - A Decade of Steely Dan]

"Nothing but booze and Elvis ..."

I'm off to Las Vegas tomorrow morning for a few days. I'm looking forward to the craps table and checking out the new hotels (The Venetian, Paris, etc.) I'm not looking forward to the smoke though.

What have I been up to?

I'll start with seeing Kodo at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. I've always wanted to see them, and I finally got my wish. Quite amazing. I'm not sure people understand what it takes to play drums like that for that long, especially the O-daiko. This massive drum (shown below) weighs over 800 pounds. My stomach rumbled when it is first struck, and I heard many gasps in the audience. I smiled and waited anxiously for the onslaught.

At the end of the show when the group was taking their well deserved bows, a woman ran up with a huge heart shaped box of chocolates (I assume - this was before Valentine's Day). The receiver was the O-daiko drummer, and he looked greatly perplexed by this gift. After a moment he smiled and placed the box over the center of his chest, evoking great laughter from the audience.

The next weekend we went to see Cirque Du Soleil's "Dralion" in San Francisco. I had bought the tickets in October of 1999, so we had waited this show for some time. It was my Valentine's Day present to my love. I've seen Quidam and Mystére, but I enjoyed Dralion the most. We had front row seats, which surprised my love. The day was spoiled a bit when I discovered we had the tickets to the early show, and not the late show. At times I am quite the lolohead.

"... then you find you're back in Vegas
with a handle in your hand
your black cards can make you money
so you hide them when you're able
in the land of milk and honey
you must put them on the table