Monday, December 21, 2009

Straight No Chaser

Today the federal government was closed due to the snow storm that rolled through over the weekend. Closing the Government only happens once about every 20 years or so so it's an event when it happens. Having traveled out today, I can see why they did. Even some of the more major roads were in less then great condition. Like they had been plowed once and then forgotten. Forget the side roads. People wouldn't have been able to get out of their neighborhoods. It really didn't matter all that much to me as I had already arranged to have the day off before the storm. One of the reasons I did was to attend a performance of Straight No Chaser at the Birchmere. SNC came to fame a few years back as the a cappello group from Indiana University with their You Tube rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas. It's embarrassing to admit I've lived in this area on and off (mostly on) since the 60s and its my first trip to the Birchmere. It's a very well known local venue and a number of well known stars have come through there on their way to the top. It's open seating and you are seated in the order you show up. First come first served. Its nice you can enjoy a drink from their bar as you wait until they open the seating area. After you are seated you have about an hour and a half to eat before the show starts. Ann and I both had the prime rib, which was surprisingly good. I also had the bread pudding with bourbon sauce for desert. Very tasty indeed. The show was highly entertaining. The guys put on a good show. They combined their well known holiday favorites with tunes like "Stand By Me". They rocked the crowd and gave two encores. They stayed and signed autographs afterward although we passed on that aspect. I do have to go into work tomorrow after all.

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