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09/21/18: Stephie and I needed to get away, so we decided to take a little trip. Our first thought was Wisconsin, but in the mood for something different, we decided on Michigan. Some friends spoke highly of Kalamazoo, so that was our first destination. We didn't have any plans, other than to go to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo, in hopes of getting some inspiration for my Barnstormers story. Mainly we just wanted to get away.
     The drive was nice, and the motel room was decent, after we had some initial quality problems (we'll never stay at a Red Roof Inn again!) the room was decent. We then went downtown to check out the area. It looked like there were some storm clouds moving in, but the day was nice and we enjoyed a little window shopping.
     Stephie spotted a small coffee shop, so we stopped in so she could get a tea. While she was talking to the guy behind the counter, I wandered back to a wall plastered with playbills, and spotted one for Morris Day and the Time, playing that night. I asked the guy where the theater was, and he said two blocks down. I left Stephie waiting for her tea and hurried down to the Kalamazoo State Theatre and scored tickets!
     The Kalamazoo State Theatre is a converted movie theater, first opened in 1927 and renovated in the mid-'80s. The place is beautiful, fairly well-preserved, and the show was great. The band was tight and Morris did all the usual shtick. We were amazed that they played the first half-dozen songs without a break, one song blending into the next. That's not unheard of, but these are fairly up-tempo numbers and that drummer kept up amazingly. He got quite the workout. I was kind of surprised by the frequent mentions of Prince, who had passed away two years ago. I suppose the Time owes a lot of it's success to him, so maybe the fealty was warranted, although it has been two years now. All in all, it was a great first day in Michigan.


09/10/18: This is my Gerber Shard. I keep it on my keyring. If I'm being honest, I bought it because it's cheap, it's an interesting gizmo, and it allows me to have a bottle opener with me wherever I go. I saw it on that Everyday Carry web site where they try to convince you that everyone should have a knife in their pocket at all times (which, come to think of it, is Gibbs' rule number nine on NCIS.)
     I've had it for a while now and have successfully opened many bottles of beer for my self and friends, but at work today I found myself in need of a Phillips screwdriver and couldn't find one. Then I remembered the Shard on my keychain. I checked and one end is shaped like a Phillips tip, so I tried it and it worked great. I don't think I would use it as my primary screwdriver, but in a pinch it worked great. And did I mention it was cheap and opens bottles?



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