1. July 2014

    What a month!

    As it comes to a close, I feel a great weight lifted off my shoulders. The whole month really started for me on June 28th when Nevele played Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. Great show, really fun, got to open for Moon Taxi (super tight).

    The next week, right after the 4th of July, was Aaron’s birthday (July 5th) so we played a show at Stanley’s Pub opening up for Tropidelic and partied into the early morning hours. Less than a week later, we packed our bags and left for Paradise Music & Arts Festival in Hustonville, KY (July 10-12).

    Are enjoying Thursday and Friday we performed our set early in the afternoon there (which was a huge headache of a time) and then had to immediately pack up all our gear and head back to Cincinnati (no rest for the wicked). Upon arrival, we headed to play our friends Kelly and Kelsey’s birthday party (July 12) and then ran sound for the band after us. We returned the next day to pack up all the extra sound gear we had brought and carted in back home (July 13).

    That Monday and Tuesday became a whirlwind of money management as we prepared for Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival in Terra Alta, WV. After much struggle, we had a trailer hitch installed on the old blue van and we were ready. Wednesday (July 15) we gathered our crew: the band + Carolyn, Grace, and Mary all packed like sardines into the 7-passenger minivan, and a trailer laden down with all of our band and camping equipment. Seven hours later, we were at beautiful Sunshine Daydream Park in West Virginia…at 12:30 in the morning.

    We enjoyed Thursday and then performed our set at 1:15pm Friday (July 18) on the Main Stage, making it two years in a row that we’ve been the first band to perform on one of Rootwire’s main stages and coincidentally, we were followed up directly by our friends Tropidelic!

    The artist hospitality was top notch: beer, food, gasoline, etc. We enjoyed all the music and live art on Saturday and then Sunday morning we packed our soggy camp into the van and trailer and headed back to Cincinnati.

    Monday I got to relax, do some laundry, and decompress, but it didn’t last long. Tuesday (July 22) I started working at the Christian Moerlein brewery thanks to my Brother-in-Law that works as one of the brewers there. 

    I’d never worked an assembly line job before, but it was a good time. There is something almost therapeutic about being a cog in the machine. Not much thought has to go into the work but it is physically taxing at the same time. By the end of the day I was good and sweaty with some sore feet.

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    This Friday and Saturday I returned to show business as The Heffron Brothers at Henke Winery (July 25) and The Public House (July 26), finally making some real money and not having to spend it instantly on festival related purchases.

    Speaking of festivals, Friday marked the one year anniversary of Star Gaze music festival. It’s been a full year already. It’s a bit of a shame we couldn’t get Star Gaze together this year but we will be back at it in 2015 for sure!

    Tonight and tomorrow I’ll get to relax and then it’s back to work at the brewery until the end of July. What a month it’s been. 2014 is kicking my ass but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…and I’m trying to get buff.

    August, here I come.

  3. Horoscope of Prince Iskandar, grandson of Tamerlane, the Turkman Mongol conqueror, by Imad al-Din Mahmud al-Kashi, from The Book of the Birth of Iskandar (ca. 1384) – Source: Wellcome Library, London. 

    (Source: mediumaevum, via teavibes)

  4. theosoldout:

    The Kaaba

    (Source: The Huffington Post)

  5. hollyjgreenup:

    Cross-eyed cat inside Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, Turkey.

    (Source: pinterest.com)


  8. Garden Update - 7.8.2014

    My young plants are getting bigger! As a result, I had to make sure they had supports to grab onto as they grow up and up toward the sky. I bought two metal tomato cages from Home Depot at a cost of about $11, but I’ve been short on funds lately so I had to come up with a different solution for my four other plants.

    Introducing my stick and string plant cages! I gathering some long sticks (about 4 feet each) and some smaller sticks (about 1.5 feet each), and bought some twine. With a little boy scout ingenuity, I lashed the wood together to make a two-tiered structure.

    My plants are already pushing themselves up into their new homes and starting to show some little flower buds. One step closer to harvest season!

    My container experiment has inspired my friend Evan to try his hand at some potted veggies. He now has a cabbage plant, a Marconi pepper plant, and a patio tomato variety (which is doing really well!).

    Once the Summer festival season comes to end, hopefully we will begin construction on our backyard green house while enjoying some delicious ‘maters and peppers!

  9. littlelimpstiff14u2:

    Some of the Great street Art of Argentinian Martin Ron (Murales)

    Martin is now world famous but also concentrates on Art to renovate his local area

    I paint a lot in Buenos Aires and have painted more than 80 murals in the county of Tres de Febrero. Together with the district council, we work together to renovate and paint walls that are covered with vandalism or propaganda and get artists and residents together for painting projects. The program is called the Urban Embellishment Programme (Programa de Embellecimiento Urbano) and what the project is really about is the artists’ own expression and we have the freedom to paint what we like and the council supports us and provides us with all the materials. The residents like it because they have colourful and artistic new murals on their doorstep that brighten up the neighbourhood.

    I haven’t laid out a plan or specific objectives. My philosophy is to paint. I love painting and being able to visit new and exciting places like London and also meeting different people along the way. As long as I have the fortune to be able to do this I’ll carry on.


    (via littlelimpstiff14u2)