Saturday, August 23, 2008

Concerts, Arcades, and other things

We took Anna to see Eddie from Ohio play at Wolftrap last night, as mentioned earlier. It was a great time for all of us. The concert started with another band I enjoy a lot, Great Big Sea.

We actually saw GBS warm up for EFO a few years back at the same stadium, but GBS must have grown in popularity, because they were sharing equal billing. Plus, GBS is a Canadian band, from Newfoundland actually, and their part of the concert felt like some kind of Celtic Canadian pride rally. There was a very prim looking fortysomething year old lady two rows behind us who started waving the Newfoundland flag and shreaking "Eeeeeeeeeeeyaaaeaaahhhhhh" in an ear splitting high voice (Anna was actually putting her fingers in her ears because of this lady). So the first part of the show was a great show made more interesting by an eclectic mix of enthusiastic northern fans.

On to EFO. Eddie From Ohio is this bluegrass-pop kind of band that Kathleen and I and some friends of ours have been going to see for some fifteen years now. They used to play at this joint in Arlington called 'Bad Habits' every Wednesday night, and it was that crowded smelly beer-soaked place that you probably remember as being more fun than it actually was. But so now, fifteen years later, they are playing at an ampitheater and we are bringing our children to see them. Life marches on I guess. It was a great time.

On Saturday I got a chance to meet someone who is way more into video games than I am. This gentleman, by the name of Peter Hirschberg who has taken his hobby of collecting arcade games to high art. He built an outbuilding outside his house to house his collection and turned it into an actual 80's style arcade. Not only that, but instead of selfishly keeping his treasures to himself, he occasionaly opens the arcade to the public. I spoke to a collector who came down from Boston, these people are serious about there games. Peter has about 60 games and houses , them in the "Luna City Arcade". But these aren't just games, these are classics, and in mint condition. The arcade is bathed in black like and retro stuff and its all beautiful. I felt like I was skipping school in 1981 and playing Missile Command down at the mall. Anna , PJ and Sam all came with me and behaved miraculously well, which worked out well because I was terrified of not being invited back.

Peter was having a fundraiser at this open house for Shawn Haines, a 21 year old who has Hodgkins disease and is having trouble meeting his medical expenses. You can read more about Shawn and how to help him here. We had a fantastic time, and I got a chance get my retro-gaming fix.

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