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Tabasco Fiasco and Friends


My weekend was excellent. Saturday I drove back to MA to see my dad’s band, Tabasco Fiasco, play at a bar in Andover Ma. They were stunning. Foolishly, I left my camera behind. But I assure you, it was a sight to see. Two saxes, a bass, drummer, and guitarist, Tabasco Fiasco played for a solid 3 hours to a full dance floor and extremely enthused bar patrons. My dad is the newest member of the band, but it was clear that he added a lot of energy to the group. He switched between tenor and baritone sax and rocked hard. They played a lot of classic hits: stevie wonder, sugarloaf, nat king cole. very classy.

I will likely be going to see them again in the coming weeks, if you’re interested in joining me fire me an e-mail.

Other weekend highlights included:
Decimating Rick Richter in Foosball
Trying Tom & Mykal’s Mulled Cider and Pickled Carrots (ridiculicious!)
Spending some time with Jill

If all my weekends could be that fun, I’d be thrilled.
Don’t Forget! MSPaint entries are due by thursday at midnight. Topic: That which you would least expect to find at the end of a rainbow.


Jill visited this weekend. We went to the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. It was a really enjoyable museum. We also made some dinner, hit up a sushi place, and watched Hotel Rwanda. It was an excellent movie. Alicia, if you get a chance, watch and review this one.

I’ve started downloading a huge selection of Disco favorites. This downloading frenzy was ignighted by this:


(curtosy of joe)


I’m back from my trip to England! it was a good time, but the entire trip was shrouded in a veil of exhaustion. 14 hours of flight, 10 hours of driving, and 18 hours of meetings over four days is a lot. But I ate very well and the meetings were productive. I’m finally feeling refreshed after some serious rest this weekend. Our flight’s feature film was Herbie, Fully Loaded. What a Ride!

I snapped a few photos of the hotel and such but have yet to take them off my camera.

This is a triumphant week in Mike D history, as I will be starting classes for my masters in Mech Eng. I am not very excited, but I do hope that it will go smoothly. To compensate for the dreary life that will accompany the return of Homework, I am bumping up my physical activity a notch in hopes that I will reach new levels of fitness.

In other news, Jill, Ruth, and Old Man Schenk visited this weekend. We hit IKEA and made lots of delicious food for consumption. It was fun. Usually I don’t like vegetarians, but Ruth and Old Man seem pretty cool. I think they might be carnivores at heart. I will continue to use peer pressure to convince them that bacon, is in fact, Rediculicious.


Jill and I went to Tanglewood last night. Josh Groban was there.

oh Josh!

he was pretty deece. Good voice, though I must admit, I wasn’t screaming his name like 90% of the 15000 women in attendance were.

Really though, we couldn’t have asked for a better night at Tanglewood. The weather was perfect, and it was Hollywood night. So, John Williams was conducting all sorts of hollywood hits. Including none other than the Star Trek theme, which, when you hear it performed live as you stare into the starry sky, is quite a phenomenon.

pictures of the rock wall pending

Jesse and I are in line at Shaws and there happens to be a cute girl standing in line in front of us. She has only one arm and as she is loading up the conveyer she drops an item.

Jesse informed me afterwards that he almost leaned over and helpfully asked: “need a hand?”

Also, the sizz turned 23. Jill, the sizz, and I watched “A very long engagement” (amazing movie!), and I rode on my first rollercoaster since 1988.

It was a good weekend indeed.

Weekend of Disco.

Coming Soon: An exciting one time addition to giving all sorts of juicy weekend details. This thrilling piece will be entitled: “how to change the struts on a ’91 plymouth acclaim”

Sadly, it will likely have to wait until later tonight. So until then, enjoy the brand new Alicia’s Movie Review and the brand new McQuaid Answers!

Turkey anyone?

This morning has not started off superbly. After mistakenly staining my dress shirt with a spray of turkey grease and realizing all too late that my undershirt was backwards, in two seperate incidents I was greeted with the wrong name by my co-workers.

“good morning Dave… I mean mike”


“good morning Steve… uh… mike.”

But all is well, because this past weekend brought me to Hampton Beach in NH. Jill and I went up there for a day trip on Saturday. It was great. Jill packed the foodstuffs, of which we ate a plenty, and we enjoyed a day in the sun and water. Tragically, just before we were going to go swimming Jill’s swimsuit snapped. Her fast thinking resulted in her Not flashing the beach, and we quickly got her under a towel. I quickly switched from mild mannered mike d. to Mechanical Engineering Man and set to fixing the suit.

The mechanism was such:

the faulty mechanics

I’ve drawn a faux crack at the point of failure. this would not be an easy fix.

Jill and I took inventory:

1: a book bag with some magazines
2: a cooler filled with food
3: a bottle opener keychain
4: my camera
5: towels and other beach standards
6: my bathing suit

The keychain was the obvious first solution. That metal circular clasp things on all keys might prove useful. So, I slipped that into the left side of the broken suit. Then I realized that my swim suit had a useless weird tag thing. It was plastic and looked like a saw. Here’s a picture. also in the picture is the broken clasp. jill’s pointing to the broken clasp.


after cutting of the piece of string that was being used to hold on that weird saw tag thing, I was able to tie through the metal keychain and the previous clasp. The result was a fully working swim suit with a slightly oversized tie:


Once again, Mechanical Engineering Man has come to the rescue.

This weekend Sander Jesse and I also made an 18 lb turkey with delicious gravy. So if you’re hungry, feel free to stop by the House of Rock this week. We’ll feed you.

Please note, there is also a movie review up by alicia. Enjoy!