Total Waste of a Morning

I was scheduled to meet some people to go skiing this morning at 8 at a park about 20 miles from my house and I overslept. I was planning on leaving at 7:15 to get there a little early and ended up waking up at 7:38. Awsome start to the day. I ran out the door, hopped in my car, an got on the still somewhat snow covered freeway (because apparently the Twin Cities only have 1 snow plow for the entire metro area…thanks Gov. Pawlenty!). To add to the fun, I realized that I hadn’t transferred critical cell phone numbers into my contacts and couldn’t call anyone.

The journey was fairly uneventful aside from a few dumbass drivers going 30 MPH on the freeway. Really, people? It’s good to be a little cautious but a little bit of snow on the freeway that had been mostly plowed does not require you go below 35 MPH. *shakes fist* I made it to the park, but as I was driving up to the parking lot by the building, I ran into yet another snag. Got the car stuck in a snowdrift on the unplowed driveway going uphill to the lot. Strike 2. Or is that strike 3? Anyway…After a few minutes and with some help from two fellow skiers, we got the car unstuck and I was back in business. Or so I thought.

I got into the building and the workers told me the course was closed to the public for a race. When I asked if they had seen anyone with a jacket looking like mine, they said they didn’t see anyone.  We knew there was a race that morning at 10, but we were planning on getting in and out by 9:30, before they closed the course. The race directors had the course reserved from 8 – 11:30 am so that plan backfired and I left.

There are some other trails mostly on my way home and I stopped there to see if maybe my group went there, but no luck either. So last idea…why not get a ski in and then head home for a nap?  I got out of the car to check out the conditions and the groomers were working on the trails, packing down the fresh snow. I walked over to the side of the trail and it was clear that the trails hasn’t set up yet and there was maybe an inch and a half of snow, once packed. That’s not really enough to ski on with non-crappy skis and had I tried skiing, I probably would have A. messed up the trails and B. wrecked my skis. So yet another fail. I got back in my car and went home. I’m going to try and salvage the morning now that I’m done ranting by going back to sleep. That’s probably what I should have done at 7:38 AM.

Kilted Farmer Presents Street Team

In an effort to make sure the Twin Cities continue to bring in great music in the electronic/industrial/ebm/synthpop/etc. genres of music, I’ve joined the Kilted Farmer Presents street team. I go to a lot of concerts and it seemed like it was time to step up and help.

At present, there aren’t very many people in the Twin Cities promoting the industrialish types music and Trace, the Kilted Farmer himself, has done a fantastic job with the shows I’ve been to. He promoted the August Unter Null show at Ground Zero and since I purchased a VIP ticket for that show, I got to see a little of what goes on behind the scenes. He really seems to have his act together and treated the bands well.

No one promoting these types of bands is in it for the money – they’re in it for the love of music. Promoters take more than their fair share of losses and often just strive to break even. It sure would be a shame to see a guy like Trace retire when there are few willing to pick up the slack right now. And since I have neither the time nor the resources to book bands myself, here I am, doing what I can do to help.

Sor far, my contributions have been setting up and maintaining a website and Twitter account. I don’t really know what the web site is going to develop into, but if nothing else, I hope it gets the name Kilted Farmer out there and ultimately helps to bring bodies in the door at shows. Bodies in the door means the venue keeps doing live music, the bands get paid, the promoter keeps booking bands and the fans get to see some great music. Sounds like a winning combination to me and I look forward to working with the other street team members. So far, it seems like this is a pretty cool group of people who are passionate about music.

To make a long story short, please check out www.kiltedfarmer.com, follow @kiltedfarmer on Twitter, Like Kilted Farmer Presents on Facebook, and if you still use the once mighty MySpace, add Kilted Farmer as a friend and help support great live music.