Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter with Friends

I had Easter with Amanda and Jennifer.  We had and made Cornish hens, wild rise and veggies.  It was quite nice.  I also gave Jennifer and Amanda the OpÅ‚atek I got from Christmas and Jennifer gave me mine.

Happy Jesus Rising Day!
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Saturday, April 3, 2010

An Afternoon with Art

Got up and ate my free hotel breakfast.  A good spread with waffles, biscuits and Gravy, cereal, hard boiled eggs, muffins and of course OJ. 

Checked out of the hotel and want to the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  I of course went to the paintings 1st and got to see close up a Monet, a Warhol, and a Magritte.  I looked at the Magritte for at least 10 minutes.  It was amazing.  Enjoyed other art pieces.  Ate at the cafe there and had an artichoke pizza.  Really good. 

Then to the airport.  1st flight was uneventful.  On the 2nd flight, some dude put his seat back "in my face," then put his glasses on and put his sunglasses cord actually in my face by a few inches.  So I lightly played with it like it was sticking to the seat.  Not knowing it was me, he took it away and thought it was not comfortable to do it anymore.  I like screwing with people who deserve it.
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Friday, April 2, 2010

Checking Out the City

Got up and had the hotel free breakfast and then headed to the interview.  Did the questions and did the demonstration.  This time to conduct and rehearse with a choir made of a small group of students.  They just built a new fine arts building.  I would not mind working there.

I then went to see the St. Paul Cathedral in St. Paul.  A big and old cathedral with a large dome and large statues of St. Paul and St. Matthews.  There was a mass of good Friday going on so I sat in the back.  I heard the choir in the balcony singing a couple of Renaissance pieces.  The sound bounced around the cathedral and filled the room.  It was an incredible sound.

After mass I went to the Mall of America.  It is huge with an amusement park in the center.  It is 4 levels and 4 sides.  It was not easy trying to avoid eating meat today and for me specifically, chicken while trying to find something to eat at the mall.  I did finally find a Thai lace with a Thai spiced salmon.  So I got that with fried rice and mixed veggies and watched the roller coaster go by.  Oh, I did go to the dollar store in the mall and found . . . a white chocolate bunny.  Finally.  It is so hard to find them.

After enough walking, I called Jennifer to look on the internet for some fun place to go and the found the Artist Quarter.  It is a downstairs music club featuring great musicians.  Tonight was the Afro Jazz group.  I got a tequila sunrise and found a table.  It was a trio with guitar, bass and drums.  Each a very good musician and kept the long tunes interesting.  The drummer was very good adding tasteful fills.  An great evening of music.
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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Another Interview Trip

I wake up and Jennifer is still dead in bed from her adventure from yesterday.  Got dressed, ate and was off to the airport for another interview.  This was in Inver Hills which is a few minutes from St. Paul Minnesota.  The flights were uneventful with a slight delay on the 2nd flight because they needed to fix the captain's chair.  How did that get broken?  To the hotel and had Jimmy Johns for dinner.  Then sleep.
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