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Super Bowl post mortum

Posted by keithosaunders on February 9, 2016

I didn’t care for this game that much.  Sure Denver’s D is one for the ages and they were awe-inspiring, but the game had no flow.  Peyton Manning was underwhelming and well past his prime.  I could have quarterbacked the Broncos to a victory with that defense.

The game was played in Santa Clara and as I was driving over the Bay Bridge on my way to my gig in San Francisco I could see the blimp way in the distance to the south.  I was driving during halftime and San Fran was like a ghost town.  Least traffic ever.

Cam Newton is taking a beating for walking out of his post game press conference.  There had been a huge to-do the week before the game in the press and on social media about Newton’s flashy persona and how it was unprofessional.  (Full disclosure, I had to google dabbing)  This was an overreaction and had the whiff of racism.  There have been plenty of white quarterbacks who celebrate touchdowns, and in the end, who cares?

But with the press conference, I believe Cam had to step up and endure the 10-15 minutes of inane questions.  If you’re going to be a gloating-gloater when you succeed then you have to be graceful in defeat as well.

And with that we enter the dark days of sports.  For the next two months there is nothing but excruciatingly dull mid-season basketball and hockey.  I can’t get excited about pitchers and catchers and spring training.  It does nothing for me.  I’ll see you all on Sunday, April 3rd.

P.S.  OK, I know about the NCAAs but I DON’T CARE.

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Night at the Museum

Posted by keithosaunders on December 6, 2015

A great musician, Phil Woods, once said, “They don’t pay us to play, they pay us to show up.” He’s right.  The easiest part of what we do is to play the gig.  Often times, as in tonight, the most difficult part is to show up.

Tonight’s gig was at an affair at a museum in downtown San Francisco.  Getting into town over the Bay Bridge from the East Bay where I live is never easy, particularly on a Saturday late afternoon, but throw in holiday traffic and you’ve got a recipe for aggravation.

I always say give me a gig with parking and a piano and I’m a happy camper.  Tonight I had neither, which meant loading my keyboard and amp into the car, driving to an inconvenient loading dock, unloading, and to top it off, a 30 minute trip driving around the block to a parking lot in bumper to bumper traffic.  There was even traffic inside of the parking lot where I slogged my way up 7 stories to the last available spot on the roof.

I walked back to the gig only to discover that I had to walk around to the back of the museum to check in with security.  I ended up in line behind a group of caterers which led to a 15 minute wait while the attendant methodically copied down info from everyone’s drivers license.  Finally I was allowed into the building where I set up and waited an hour before the start of the gig.

After that, however, everything went smoothly.  The client was extremely nice offering us drinks and food, and the musicians were good.  All in all it was a tiring day, but not a bad one. All the same, I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s gig – also in San Fran –  which is walking distance from a BART station and contains an upright piano.

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Believe it or not

Posted by keithosaunders on April 16, 2011

Last week my wife and older boy went in Boston on business, and to look at colleges, respectively, leaving  my two younger children and I to fend for ourselves.  The kids had the week off from school for the Easter break and I racked my brain to come up with something fun to do with them.  Finally, after hours of thought, I decided to take them to the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum in Fisherman’s Wharf.  Believe it or not, it didn’t suck.  It got us out of the house, and we actually had a few laughs.  Admittedly the museum is a bit of a tourist trap, but it actually does give you something — like a life-sized model of a Hummer built with 38,000 $1.00 lottery tickets — the cost of a real Hummer!  I also got a kick out of the statue of the tallest man ever — 9′ 8″.  It is remarkable to see something like that to scale and not just in a book.
At the end of the museum there is a mirror maze, which, of course, you have to pay extra to enter.  We were rewarded with another 15 minutes of unbound fun.  The effect really isn’t bad, considering the entire maze is contained in an area the size of my living room. 
Now here’s why you live on the west coast:  We went to one of the most touristy areas of San Francisco.  We had driven into town rather than having rode BART, since it is impossible to park at the train station unless you have arrived by 7 AM.  After twenty minutes of driving, we parked at a meter located directly in front of the museum.  Cost?  $3.00.  We drove home over the Bay Bridge at 3:30PM.  You’d think we would be going right into the teeth of rush hour.  Nope, no traffic.  And get this…the Bay Bridge has 5 lane.  Fa-fucking-ive!!  I love this place!

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