July 2, 2010
During a recent night out in historic Old Towne Petersburg, Virginia–20 minutes south of Richmond on I-95–I had dinner at Andrade’s. Later, I wandered over to the Wabi-Sabi where I heard a local band was playing. They are the self-proclaimed “hot-spot of Old Towne…” and I agree with their assessment.
As I approached the spot, along the storefronts of Bollingbrook Street, I could see a few happy patrons leaving. A few other were entering. I took a few pics along the way.
Pennyshaker performs at Wabi-Sabi
Wabi-Sabi serves sushi and other food. I don’t eat sushi, however, I know a few sushi eaters who swear by the exceptional fare served at Wabi-Sabi. I’ll take them at their word.
The Richmond-based band Pennyshaker was playing in the basement. Their lead singer, Ticia Carter, belted out notes that were a cross between Jill Scott–Maiysha–Jocelyn Brown. I’m not a music critic but the goosebumps on my arm confirmed that this woman could sang (sic)! A multi-cultural, adult crowd tapped feet and bobbed heads throughout the evening’s performance. Sometimes singing along; always applauding. Pennyshaker’s last set included soul stirring renditions of “Kiss” by Prince and “Roses” (Caroline) by OutKast. Folks flooded the dance floor and begged for an encore. Good times, good times. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the drummer–dude is true showman.
Pennyshaker moves the crowd
I plan on editing and posting my own video later. For now see clips of Pennyshaker here and here. Check them out again at Wabi-Sabi on July 30,2010.
I guess Ticia Carter is doing double-duty with an American Reggae band. Congrats!
August 25, 2009
Well, I don’t have much to say tonight. I hope to get on a better schedule so I keep this blog a bit more active. So what would you like to see me write about? Anything?
April 10, 2009
Preparations for deployment continue. This week I was issued two car trunks full of Army gear. I’m impressed by the efficiency of the Fort Bliss Central Issue Facility (CIF–clothing warehouse). In & out in less than one hour.
Later in the week I participated in the Rapid Fielding Initiative and received the latest individual equipment and clothing for the upcoming deployment. Of note is the Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) this replaces the IBAS that I wore in Iraq a few years ago. Just trying it on I feel far more confident in this system. It’s a bit more comfortable and offers more protection (52 sq. inches to be exact) particularly around the ribcage. Read an article about the IOTV here. Unofficial Video of a Soldier demonstrating the IOTV to his German Shepard. You will see the quick release about the 1:30 mark.
Another item was the Army Combat Shirt. This flame-resistant, lightweight breathable shirt is designed to be worn under the IOTV in lieu of the ACU coat & t-shirt. Brilliant! Soldiers in my brigade were issued two each. I wish I had four. Oh well. The last time I was in Iraq I was only issued two sets of Desert Camoflague Uniforms (DCUs). The green BDUs worked just was well in the desert. Rest assured you won’t see me sporting the ACS with jeans in airports and shopping malls. (Note to self: Find that link) Nice wikipedia entry about the ACS here.
April 2, 2009
After a harrowing landing in 40mph winds at the El Paso Int’l Airport, I’m here. Fort Bliss. Kudos to the crew of American Airlines Flight #555.
Lovely location. Nestled in the shadow of North Franklin Peak, the weather is lovely in the spring.
North Franklin Peak viewed from Ft. Bliss lodging
Real Estate here is dirt cheap. A dollar goes a long way. Gas, today, was $1.96 for regular.
El Paso is a long way from Washington, D.C. (1,965 miles according to Google maps). But I find it interesting that many of the streets that run East-West are named after presidents.
Here is a handy reference list for newcomers to Fort Bliss. The post’s wikipedia entry is here.
I’m staying in the post’s hotel. Free Internet, swimming pool, and continental breakfast until 9:30am. It’s conveniently located withing walking distance of the MWR ticket office and Hertz rental car. The base PX and Commissary are nearby too.
In-processing for officers is efficient. You will need a car or someone to drive you around. But many of the functions are in/around Building 505. Be sure to have addresses of family to update SGLI and registration info to register a POV or personal weapon.
No worries…I won’t be making any forays into Juarez, Mexico. Hope they’re safe from drug gangs South of the Border.