Showing posts from July, 2009

London Calling

Do I really need to regale you with three more days of My Life in London???? Yesh?? NO??? LOL Fine -here's the blitzkrieg (bad pun) of July 25 to 28.

Easy Jet smells like toast. Yes, fresh breakfast toast with butter and jam. At least the Easy Jet flight from Copenhagen to Stansted smells like toast. It was the most pleasant flight I've ever been on!

Bacardi Apple and Sprite tastes very delicious. Thank you airport lady selling mass quantities of alcohol in the Copenhagen airport!

I am so rocking having only 9.3 kg of checked baggage. This, of course, will end as soon as I do my obligatory shopping at Stamford Bridge and Molton Brown. Not to mention all the pressies my adopted family gives me!

Richmond (last stop on the district line) is a cool place for a pub crawl. Do it early enough in the day and you miss the meat market. It's quite fun and inexpensive. The Thames is the back drop. Just be careful - it will (the river that is) sneak up and flood the area then giggle at yo…

Still In Copenhagen: Metallica 3 - 46 Princess

Don't know why, but this was the best set list of the year for me.

That Was Just Your Life
The End Of The Line
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Wherever I May Roam
Broken, Beat And Scarred
No Remorse
Sad But True
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
My Apocalypse
The Day That Never Comes
Master Of Puppets
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman
- - - - - - - -
Hit The Lights
Seek and Destroy

Not like anything new or unusual was played. It's been a coon's age since Helpless was played, yes. But it just kicked my royal behind. The build up was a bit odd. Went in early - maybe that threw me off. By 1745 hours, we were on our spot at the balcony rail. Just waiting..... The first band took the stage and were yawn inducing. Even they seemed to be bored to tears. It was just dreadfully dull. The crowd seemed primed for the second band. It's like the second band brought all of their fans to the gig that night. They played 45 minutes as opposed to 35 they got the first night. I liked that. I reall…

Metallica Show 45

What happens when you mix caffeine, rabid fans, good music, rum, damn swedes, and no sleep?

ended up staying awake for 24 hours
got the balcony for tonite's show.
took some ace pictures and even fired off a video for Damage, Inc
met up with the "Good Swedes" after the gig
would like to change J's name to Olaf. He looks like an Olaf. Like he's be right at home with a large ax and the skin of a dead animal as a cape.
Carbon is 6 and Oxygen is 8 !! I WAS right! The noble gasses are in the last column: 2, 10, 18, 36, 54.
Electrical attraction between water molecules due to its dipole pulls individual molecules closer together, making it more difficult to separate the molecules - ergo, water is a stable molecule.
Creeping Death, Holier Than Thou, Four Horsemen, Sad But True, Judas Kiss, Damage Inc, Stone Cold Crazy, Trapped Under Ice
D and D are inseperable and hi-larious and shall now be my mates for life!
Fell in love with a brummie - got shot down by a brumm…

Things to Do in Copenhagen when you are ALIVE!! Tell me how it feels to be alive!!!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 2340 hours Copenhagen

Another beautiful day in the neighbourhood. Didn't roll out of bed until 1305 hours. I thought it was a mistake,but sure enough - got a "late" start to the day. No worries! Still ended up with a nice full day crammed with fun and interesting stuff.

Went to the 7-11 at the Raadhuspladtz for lunch. 23.50 DKK for two mini's and a coke. Minis are pigs in a blanket. Hot dogs are king in Kobenhavn. Ate int eh pladtz. Just sat there letting the wind tussle my hair. WAtched little kids chase after pigeons. They had the look of sheer glee on their faces. The sun played hide and seek with the clouds. It darted in and out and behind making the day lighten and darken on the changing wind.

After an hour or so, we pushed off to find the DFDS harbour cruise. I love Copenhagen! Everything is within walking distance. It was a five minute walk from the Raadhouspladtz. We had a discount card from the Cabinn, 20% off the cruise. It came to 9…

Three out of Five Metallica shows can't be wrong...

Show Number 1

OMG!!! The show was aces! The forum is really tiny. Ten thousand people tiny. Doors were at 1730 and we went in at 1840 hours. Show starts at 1900 hours. We were no where near the rail. I was obsessed about being in front of Rob's bass cabinets. LOL It's "my spot"!!! Mastadon were ok. Like 70s power metal sludge. At the break, we shimmied forward. I told my mate as soon as Lamb of God come on, a pit will break out. We can ride the pit to the rail. So as soon as LoG came on, a pit broke out, and I pogoed and crab walked my way to about the third or fourth row from the rail. From there, we just rode the pit jetty. Eventually we made it to the second people from the rail. Not exactly in front of Rob's bass cabinets. But close enough for government work.

They opened with Life and Line. No surprise there. Pretty standard set: Cyanide, Master, All Nightmare Long - did get Die Die My Darling and Motorbreath for the encore. I was jazzed to hear Fight Fire Wi…
July 19th, 2009 0600 Stansted Airport

Caught the 3am Easy Bus with no problems. Actually spent from 0100 to 0300 on the steps by Stop 8 (behind Victoria on the Plaza). Had plenty of company. London never seems to sleep. About six Germans were sleeping on the steps by Stop 8. Felt a little bad as our antics kept waking them up. Something about having someone singing show tunes and dancing on the steps makes it a bit hard to nap. LOL There were many people catching buses or getting off buses and shuttles. It was quite a busy morning and very entertaining!

Flew Easy Jet to Copenhagen. No problems at check in. The flight was uneventful. Arriving at Copenhagen was .... easy! LOL Gotta love that Danish efficiency! The queues may have seemed long, but they moved quite steadily. Got a 3 zone card for the train into town. Took the M2 to Forum stop. It's traveling a total of 3 zones from the airport to the Forum stop. Cost = 31DKK. It took about 20 minutes and the tube let us off right outs…

Things to do in Londontown when you are Dead

July 18, 2009 2325 hours

Life always seems better in London. Don't know why. Maybe it's the air. or the weather. or the underground. or the general attitude. But things were looking up. Took the Easy Bus into the city. Bless the Easy Bus. £18 for two people from Stansted to Victoria. A nice leisurely van ride into the city. I got to see parts of London I never would. Why bother. Everything I need is in Surray Quays. I've no call to go any where else. But the bus ride even had me going ooooohhhhhh and aaaaahhhhhh LOL

My partner in crime hadn't been to London since she was a small lass. I had until 0300 to show her a good time. What to do in London when you've only got 14 hours to do it?

We dropped our bags off at the Excess Baggage department in Victoria. These are awesome places - they've replaced the lockers you used to see in airports, train and bus depos. London has them in Victoria, Kings Cross, Euston, Lilverpool Street, Paddington, Waterloo and both Gatwic…

Fly Me to the Moon

July 18th, 2009 1740 hours London time

Talk about long trips. It's my personal Amazing Race. There is no million dollar prize at the end, just the priceless memories of mates and good times and laughter. This is something no one can put a price tag on. I woke up with time to spare. Not heading to Hamilton Train Station in New Jersey until about 9am. Very uneventful. Catch train. Walk from Penn Station to Port Authority. Catch shuttle bus to JFK. Why go all the way to Queens to catch a plane? Money! LOL Or the amount of money I saved booking passage on Aer Lingus from New York City to Dublin instead of from Philadelphia to Copenhagen! A few extra stops along the way, but a savings of a couple hundred dollars. Arrived at JFK with no problems. Worth the $15 to go this route. Comfy seats with the luggage under the coach and not jammed between my legs as I sway and bounce to the beat of the A train. Check in = no problems. Security = no problems. Flight = no problems.

Arrive in Dublin at…

And Jersey For All BBQ

Another great AJFA event! They always are, but of course, each one is special. This year Harold hosted the BBQ. This was not an ordinary BBQ. When I walked in Nick, Taran, and Jay were taking the shells off of shrimp. They had about three pounds of shrimp. I"m like, how are you going to put that on a BBQ??? Not to worry. Harold smiled and held up the bacon! I knew I was in for a treat! I watched in awe as Harold picked out the larger shrimp and wrapped the bacon around it. My mouth just watered! OMG!!! Such a master. He told me he used to work in the kitchens back in Puerto Rico. A chef!! AJFA has a resident chef!! And to prove his metal, he took the remaining shrimp, put it in a wok. Walked out the back door to his garden and returned with ... A FRESH ONION!!! He meticulously chopped the onion. Then he grabbed a clove of fresh garlic. All of this went into the wok... with the shrimp... OMG!!! I'm so in love with Harold! If I could hit him over the head with a large club and…