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Fun With Dick And Jane

Posted by BenSpark on December 31, 2005

Today Allison and I went with Jen to see Fun With Dick And Jane. It was really good overall. And at the end the movie is dedicated to some very special people. that was hilarious. Just a good entertaining movie. One to rent when it comes out on DVD or one to see at a matinee.

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Our Night at Passim….

Posted by BenSpark on December 31, 2005

Last night Allison and I along with Tara and Chris went to see Ellis Paul, Don Conoscenti, Christopher Williams and Special guest Vance Gilbert at the Annual New Year’s Eve shows at Club Passim. Tara got her usual spot which is front row table, she has had that table for 5 years. We have been lucky enough to get to go for 3 or 4 of those years. We determined on the way in that Tara has been following Ellis Paul’s music for 14 years now. Since she was in High School. Tara introduced me to Ellis’ music in 1994 at a small show in Woods Hole at a chapel overlooking a harbor. I don’t think I can remember how many times I have seen Ellis in the past 12 years. But I do know that each show has been great. Allison was introduced to Ellis when we began dating. So she has been a fan for 5 years at least. We were also very excited to see that Christopher Williams would be playing with Ellis and so would Don Conoscenti. When the three guys get together it is an energized and funny evening of great music. We also got the added treat of Vance Gilbert popping in to lend his voice (and some lyrics) to a couple of songs.

The guys even made it into the crowd for a couple of songs. They were thrown scarves and hats and stuff from the people in the audience. It all started with a rather flamboyent woman seated near us. Do they sit anywhere else, nope, they do not. This lady had this flashy shawl on and when Ellis saw it said something like, I feel underdressed and she immediately took it off so he could wear it. And from there other people gave things to Christopher and Don. I got pictures.

I took a few pictures of the show and have uploaded them to buzznet. Here is a thumbnail of one of the images. Just click to go to the buzznet gallery.

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The whole evening was awesome. I did not keep a running list of the songs that were played like the concert back on October 1, 2005 at Tupelo’s. I had no writing material and typing on my treo all evening would have been very distracting. So I enjoyed the show and just let being there be just what I needed. Ellis did play my favorite song which is 3000 Miles and I am also partial to Martyr’s Lounge. And Alice’s Champagne Palace was also played and he even played the Christmas song with the up side down armadillo in it. You can get it at Itunes.

After the show we caught up with Erik and went to John Harvard’s. And one of these times someone is gonna let me pick up the check.

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Photo-A-Day #266 12/30/05

Posted by BenSpark on December 31, 2005

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Tonight we went to the Ellis Paul show at Club Passim. It is an annual event that we go to. Tara and Erik got us tickets (front row). It was q great time. More pictures and a better recap tomorrow

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:::: ERAGON 2006 ::::

Posted by BenSpark on December 30, 2005

Just found out about this movie. :::: ERAGON 2006 :::: Supposedly this will be in December 2006. I know it is a year away but I am very excited. When I listed to Eragon on CD it was awesome and now I have Eldest on CD (Thanks to my wonderful wife) and can’t wait to see how the Trilogy progresses.

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Photo-A-Day #265 12/29/05

Posted by BenSpark on December 30, 2005

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Writers are told to write what they know. So I figure that the same is true for photographers, shoot what you know. Well, I know sandwiches and I know our cats. And every time I make sandwiches I get Oliver and or Duncan harassing me for something. I don’t know why because I never give them anything except when I make tuna sandwiches, then they get the tuna juice. I would think that they could tell the difference between tuna and turkey and when they get a snack and when they don’t. But that is probably asking too much.

Tonight Allison and I went with my cousin Carissa to the Route One Cinema Pub to see Walk The Line. Very good movie. I would like to see that again when it comes out on video.

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Seaquest DSV….

Posted by BenSpark on December 29, 2005

Does anyone remember this show from 1993? When it began it was closely tied with Dr. Robert Ballard, the man who lead the expidition to discover the Titanic in 1985. I remember watching the first episodes and being fascinated. Steven Spielberg was one of the executive producers. Roy Scheider of Jaws fame was Captian Nathan Bridger, a great captain. Jonathan Brandis was Lucas, a boy genius.

I loved that show and today I was flipping channels and found it playing on the Sci-Fi Channel. You see the show started more with science and the ocean, but starting with the second season the science fiction began to surpass the science and season three was just science fiction with a 10 year jump to the future for everyone but the seaquest crew. It was a great show and it is too bad it was cancelled. But three days ago the Seaquest DVD set for season one came out. Can’t wait to get myself a copy.

I just saw that Sci-Fi has had Seaquest playing from 8-5 every single day this week. Man I hate it when I miss out on something like this. The VCR would have been smoking all week. But apparently they only played 50 out of the 59 episodes.

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Photo-A-Day #264 12/28/05

Posted by BenSpark on December 28, 2005

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This photo was taken in August. (I’m taking a one day break from a daily photo for a special and sad reason.)

A farewell to Daisy. Daisy was Tara and Erik’s dog. Daisy is no longer with us. Daisy was a high spirited and energetic dog, she was tireless, she could be very sweet and fun, but she was also unpredictable and aggressive, as we would come to find out. Tara and Erik did everything possible to rehabilitate Daisy. More than could have been expected of any person. I’m not going to get into the details here but all avenues were explored, all roads taken and all options exhausted.

This week has been very tough for us all here, especially Tara and Erik. I can only imagine the difficulty and heartbreak that they are going through today. I’m tearing up just writing this. Dad is heartbroken too. He spent alot of time with the both dogs and had a special place in his heart for Daisy. Allison and I made our goodbyes last night and I said a final goodbye today when I got home. My eyes have been watering ever since.

Daisy will have many friends to play with in pet heaven, there are some new arrivals this year, including Moxie, Fraiser, and Lola. And some pet heaven veterans Kip, Sophie, Rikki, Patchy, and Dosh.

Hug your pet.

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Photo-A-Day #263 12/27/05

Posted by BenSpark on December 28, 2005

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Today Allison and I took the day off, just another day was needed after the holiday to relax and decompress. So we hung out took care of the Christmas Cards and sending out the Wedding Announcements. So we hung around played with the cats and had Taylor in for a while. We watched Elf and it was actually fairly funny. There were come great parts and some typical Ferrell humor (Which I am not the biggest fan). But it was good overall. Tonight we went to Target and I picked up Smallville seasons 3 and 4 because they were on a half off sale. And apparently I can get a $30 rebate by mail because I bought all four seasons in the past year. It is a pretty sweet deal.

Allison is pictured holding Oliver. She is wearing her new Drive Back Roads shirt that I got her for Christmas. We are going to see Christopher on Friday with Tara at Club Passim.

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CBS COMEDY BOWL

Posted by BenSpark on December 27, 2005

If you have yet to see a full episode of 2 1/2 Men or How I met your mother, now is your chance. CBS COMEDY BOWL is airing 2 episodes of each of these comedies streaming online through Yahoo complete without comercials. Some pretty funny shows here. You might want to check them out.

BTW – This is the 1000th post of the BenSpark. Not epic by any means but here we are at 1000 posts.

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Photo-A-Day #262 12/26/05

Posted by BenSpark on December 27, 2005

It is official, Ken and Alicia are engaged. They came over to Marcia and Dan’s this afternoon and hung out with us till 5:00pm. They referred to themselves as “Late Stayers” No problem guys, it was great to catch up with what you guys are up to and a huge congratulations goes out to the two of you.

Ken staged this photo because he wanted one that looked like a High School Prom Picture. Alicia, do you know what you are getting into. 🙂

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