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I attended a benefit concert featuring my friends The Bachelor and the Bad Actress at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, Maryland. It was a fundraiser to help pay off the medical bills of the Bachelor’s sister. (Even though she has health insurance, the hospital bills were still very expensive.) Here’s a photo of the duo on stage.

Here’s a short video I shot of the couple.

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Last year at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival there was an actual wedding of a couple who perform together under the name of The Bachelor and the Bad Actress. There was no wedding this year but the same duo was back celebrating their first wedding anniversary on stage. While they were performing this little girl was dancing in front of the stage swinging this stuffed lion over her head.

Crazy Quilt Music Festival, Greenbelt, Maryland, June 4, 2016

Crazy Quilt Music Festival, Greenbelt, Maryland, June 4, 2016

Crazy Quilt Music Festival, Greenbelt, Maryland, June 4, 2016

Crazy Quilt Music Festival, Greenbelt, Maryland, June 4, 2016

Crazy Quilt Music Festival, Greenbelt, Maryland, June 4, 2016

Crazy Quilt Music Festival, Greenbelt, Maryland, June 4, 2016

The CooLots followed The Bachelor and the Bad Actress and that stuffed lion-swinging girl was joined by a few other dancing girls.

Crazy Quilt Music Festival, Greenbelt, Maryland, June 4, 2016

I shot some video of these dancing girls that you can check out here.

After The CooLots left the stage I went home for a few hours. I later returned to the festival where I saw this contra line dancing complete with a caller who was saying things like “Do-Si-Do.”

Crazy Quilt Music Festival, Greenbelt, Maryland, June 4, 2016

Crazy Quilt Music Festival, Greenbelt, Maryland, June 4, 2016

Crazy Quilt Music Festival, Greenbelt, Maryland, June 4, 2016

Crazy Quilt Music Festival, Greenbelt, Maryland, June 4, 2016

I have a couple of friends of mine who perform together as a duo known as The Bachelor and the Bad Actress. They’ve been performing together for quite a while and they have an interesting repertoire that you can listen to right here.

A few weeks ago they posted on Facebook that they were shooting a music video for their latest song at the New Deal Cafe and they wanted as many people to come out and be a part of it as possible. The song is called “Be a Believer” and it’s a tune that’s encouraging people to vote for Bernie Sanders. (I know that many states have already have their primary elections. I live in a state that has its primary scheduled for April 26 this year.) So they shot the music video and they recently released it online.

Not long after its release Mashable.com featured that video along with a few other pro-Bernie Sanders music videos in this article. Then Fox News featured that same video in the first two minutes of this eight-minute video that someone posted on YouTube. The female host, Kennedy, is hysterical as she goes out of her way to paint everyone in this video as being crazy, naive, and delusional who are backing a totally lost cause. I remember Kennedy back in the day when she was a mediocre VJ on MTV (back when that channel actually used to play music videos instead of the really godawful reality shows that it now features) who used to brag about still being a virgin in her 20’s. Seeing Kennedy openly snark on a video that I appeared briefly in is definitely the most surreal blast from the past that I’ve ever had in my life.

It’s pretty cool to be in a music video that is starting to gain traction online. I had a blast making the video. I even took a few behind the scenes photos during the shooting of that video.

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The next two photos show what it was like to be on stage with bright lights shining in all of our eyes.

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Here’s a rare selfie of me wearing a flying pig hat. We were told to dress festively so I looked through my drawers where I found this hat, which I purchased when I was a vendor for the Pigtown Festival in Baltimore way back in 2010. (The table next to mine were selling flying pig hats for $10 and I ended up buying one on impulse.) Basically you pull on the strings dangling from the pig hat in order to flap the pig’s wings.

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Anyway here’s the video for “Be a Believer” by The Bachelor and The Bad Actress. You can see me wearing the flying pig hat and a blue sweatshirt on the far right hand side of the stage at the 7 second, 46 second, and 56 second marks.

(There was more footage shot of me with a couple of other people as we danced on stage and I flapped the flying pig hat’s wings but it was left on the cutting room floor. I’m still happy with the result nonetheless.)

Once more, here’s the link to the Mashable article that features this video along with other similar ones.

Here’s the video of Kennedy openly snarking on “Be a Believer” that is totally over the top. (Her looney rant kicks off the first two minutes of this eight-minute video.) One warning: You may not want to have anything in your mouth while watching this because there’s a chance that you’ll laugh so hard at Kennedy’s crazy rant that your computer/mobile screen will be covered in food and/or drink.

The only consolation about that above clip is that I doubt many people have actually watched the show that Kennedy’s rant appeared on. I know I didn’t. The only reason why I knew about its existence is because someone on Facebook saw it and started to post about it. That’s because, like the other cable news outlets, Fox News’ core audiences have shrunk despite increasing profits due to ad revenue. Basically Kennedy is blathering into a void where people aren’t even caring enough to tune into Fox News so her career continues from being a mediocre MTV VJ with a lot of viewers between 12-34 to being a mediocre Fox News commentator with fewer viewers (and the majority of them are over 60). If it weren’t for the fact that MTV prefers airing awful reality shows to actually playing music videos these days, I would tell Kennedy that she should stick with being a VJ.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 was a pretty exciting day. There was the annual music festival known as The Crazy Quilt Music Festival. (The reason for the name is because of the eclectic nature of the musical acts. There might be a folk act followed by a hip hop performer followed by a rock band specializing in progressive rock followed by a country band and, well, you get the idea.) One of the organizers of that festival also performs with his girlfriend turned fiancee as The Bachelor and The Bad Actress. That duo were not only performing at the festival but they decided to get married at the beginning of their set then follow the wedding ceremony with a live performance.

As far as I knew, nothing like this has ever happened in Greenbelt, Maryland (where the festival was held). In fact, I haven’t heard of anything like this anywhere, with maybe the possible exception of Sly Stone’s 1974 wedding at Madison Square Garden in New York City in front of 21,000 fans. The Crazy Quilt Music Festival drew at least 300 people, which was a far cry from Stone’s wedding. (The festival venue, Roosevelt Center, can’t really accommodate Madison Square Garden-sized crowds too well.)

I had a busy day myself. I arrived at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival and took some initial shots while listening to one of the earlier acts. The STEM center, Makerspace 125, is also located at Roosevelt Center and it was running a workshop on making fairy gardens that was being held at the same time as Crazy Quilt. So I went inside and worked a bit on my fairy garden until just a few minutes before the wedding’s scheduled 4 p.m. slot when I grabbed my portable folding chair (which I had with me at the time) and set up a suitable spot for myself. I observed the wedding and the concert performance which immediately followed. Then I returned to Makerspace 125 to finish up my fairy garden until it was time for the center to close. By that point the clouds outside became more ominous (there were thunderstorms predicted on that day—luckily the rain held off until after the wedding ended) so I went home.

This wedding was covered in the local media like The Gazette. Apparently this was the first time that a wedding was ever held in Roosevelt Center in recent memory.

I uploaded all of the photos I took that day on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. A day or so after my uploads, a blogger with Greenbelt Live, Susan Harris, asked if she could use some of my photos in her blog and I gave her permission. You can see which photos she chose here. In this post I’m uploading all of my pictures as well as a short video I made so you can get a clear picture of what went on.

So much happened on that day that I’m going to put the Makerspace 125 fairy garden workshop in a different post and just focus on the wedding itself here, starting with the original promo flyer for both the festival and the wedding.

The Schedule For the Crazy Quilt Music Festival (Including Wedding Time)

And here’s an announcement that the festival was stiving to be a Zero Waste Event.

A Notice Announcing the Crazy Quilt Festival as a Zero Waste Event

One of the festival’s earlier acts perform on stage a few hours before the wedding. The banner is a reference to one of The Bachelor and The Bad Actress’ songs called The Church of You and Me.

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All of the musicians who performed at that festival essentially performed without pay so they relied on whatever tips the audience provided.

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There were some hula hoops provided for festival attendees to borrow if they felt like doing some hula hooping to the music.

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I took a few more pre-wedding photos before I headed to the fairy gardens workshop at Makerspace 125.

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Some of the food for the reception following the wedding were kept at Makerspace 125, which agreed to keep the food in exchange for a donation from the wedding couple.

Creating a Fairy Garden Workshop, Makerspace 125, May 16, 2015

There was a community art project that would be delivered to the wedding couple. The idea was that people would paint images signifying their wishes for the couple. I saw that this hands-on project was really popular with the kids, which was why I never got a chance to add my own artistic touches to the painting.

Before the Wedding

Before the Wedding

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

So I went to Makerspace 125 where I started my fairy garden project. I interrupted my work on that project when it was almost time for the wedding to begin and I stepped outside and started taking pictures once again, such as this next photo of a woman cosplaying as a fairy.

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

Here’s Joe the Groom (a.k.a. “The Bachelor” in The Bachelor and the Bad Actress).

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The wedding participants took to the stage just before the ceremony began.

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

I shot a video of the wedding. Unfortunately I didn’t shoot a lot of footage because my smartphone camera’s video feature kept on shutting off after a minute or so. At the time I had forgotten to download some previous photos on my MacBook so I think it was due to the fact that the hard disk inside my camera was almost full. (I’ve since downloaded everything on my MacBook and deleted the files from my smartphone so I have disk space once again.) But it showed the beginning when the wedding participants sang the 1950’s pop song “Going to the Chapel” as Hillary the Bride (a.k.a. “The Bad Actress”) took to the stage wearing a lovely white wedding dress.

I quickly grew frustrated with my smartphone rebelling against shooting video so I stuck to taking still photos for the rest of the day. (The camera part worked fine.)

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The woman in the center of the stage dressed in a long sleeved pink blouse and yellow skirt is my friend Amethyst. She had recently gotten certification with the State of Maryland as a wedding officiant affiliated with the Universal Life Church so she performed her first wedding, which was pretty cool.

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

And here’s the moment when the couple were officially proclaimed as husband and wife.

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

After that first kiss as husband and wife, the couple began to put on a concert performance. There are times when I wonder if they will still be known as The Bachelor and the Bad Actress. While Hillary can keep her Bad Actress title (I don’t think she has any plans to take serious acting lessons so her acting won’t be dubbed as “bad”), technically Joe is no longer The Bachelor since he’s now married.

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

I really enjoyed myself at the wedding as I socialized with a few people and took pictures. At one point I even saw my ex-husband and that friend of ours he left me for and quickly married. The great news was that they basically hung around the peripheral of the large crowd that were gathered for the wedding so I could only see them at a far distance. I tried aiming my camera so I wouldn’t pick up any images of them. I was sort of successful. They were in a few of the crowd scenes but they were so far in the back that the only way I can even see them is if I do a very big enlargement of the background in the image editing program of my choice. But I’m okay with that. At least there weren’t any closeup shots of The Backstabbing Couple From Hell. (I guess I’m still a bit bitter but I have a good reason to feel this way.) After hanging around the wedding for a while, someone from Makerspace 125 found me and informed me that the fairy garden workshop leader was going to pack her supplies soon (apparently she had another event that she was going to and she needed to wrap everything up so she could arrive to the next event on time). So I went back to the STEM center so I could finish my fairy garden.

After I finished my fairy garden, I stepped back outside. The wedding guests had moved to one of the back tents for the reception and one of the later acts on the Crazy Quilt Music Festival roster had taken to the stage.

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

But then I discovered that my timing was perfect. At the moment I had finished taking the above three photographs, the newlywed couple suddenly stepped out to the front of the stage and started their first dance as husband and wife.

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

If you looked closely at the sky in some of the above photographs, you’d notice that it looked ominous. The weather had threatened rain for most of the day and the air was very humid. Fortunately the rain held off until after the couple finished with their first dance, when it began to drizzle. (There were some heavier storms that took place after dark.)

As part of the wedding festivities the couple had rented a moon bounce house for people of all ages to bounce around in for free. By that point it was starting to drizzle so I didn’t feel like going through the hassle of taking off my shoes before going inside to bounce around in. But a couple of kids didn’t mind the rain so they took off their shoes, went inside, and bounced around while I took these last photographs.

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

The Wedding Reception at the Crazy Quilt Music Festival

Last weekend I happened to attend this wedding that took place on public property (namely Roosevelt Center located in Greenbelt, Maryland) of two friends of mine who perform together under the name The Bachelor and the Bad Actress. (Now that they are married, I wonder if that name will be altered in any way. <LOL!>) This wedding took place in the middle of the annual Crazy Quilt Music Festival and they exchanged their vows then performed on stage immediately afterwards. I took a few photos of that event using my smartphone and I uploaded them on my various social media accounts (namely Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). Susan Harris, who runs the Greenbelt Live blog, asked if she could use some my photos and I gave her permission.

I’ll eventually get around with writing my own post in this blog on what it was like to attend such an event like that (while taking part in a Creating Your Own Fairy Gardens workshop at the nearby Makerspace 125 just before the wedding ceremony then returning after the ceremony ended to finish that project). In the meantime you can view my photos online along photos taken by other photographers and Susan Harris’ article right here.

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Last Friday and Saturday I attended the local Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival. I went on the first night, where there was the Community Carve-Off where people of all ages carved a bunch of pumpkins into jack o’lanterns while local musicians provided the music. Everyone there had a great time as my photos show.

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

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Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

At one point two of my friends who perform as The Bachelor and The Bad Actress took to the stage where they played the closing set for the Community Carve-Off.

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival

I even shot a short video of all of the newly-carved jack o’lanterns with the music provided by The Bachelor and The Bad Actress.

The following evening was the Greenbelt Pumpkin Walk itself. The path went through a wooded area and people were encouraged to bring flashlights with them. The jack o’lanterns that were carved at the previous night’s Community Carve-Off provided the illumination along the path that people had to follow.

Greenbelt Pumpkin Walk, October 25, 2014

Greenbelt Pumpkin Walk, October 25, 2014

Greenbelt Pumpkin Walk, October 25, 2014

Greenbelt Pumpkin Walk, October 25, 2014

Greenbelt Pumpkin Walk, October 25, 2014

Greenbelt Pumpkin Walk, October 25, 2014

Greenbelt Pumpkin Walk, October 25, 2014

Greenbelt Pumpkin Walk, October 25, 2014

At one point the legendary Goatman appeared on the path.

Greenbelt Pumpkin Walk, October 25, 2014

Greenbelt Pumpkin Walk, October 25, 2014

Greenbelt Pumpkin Walk, October 25, 2014

Greenbelt Pumpkin Walk, October 25, 2014It was a pretty nice night walk on a very clear night.

 

Last Friday I decided to check out a concert performance by two of my friends who are in a band known as The Bachelor and The Bad Actress. They have recently announced their engagement via Facebook so it’s the first time I’ve seen them in concert since that momentous event. (The soon-to-be-married couple have basically told me that they will still keep the current band name even though the male half of the couple will no longer be technically a bachelor.) The New Deal Cafe was filled like it usually was on Friday nights so I ended up sitting by the bar. I met up with friends and acquaintances who were also there to see the band in concert. I ordered a Corona beer and I was having a good time chatting with people.

When The Bachelor and The Bad Actress took to the stage, I took a photo with my smartphone but I was seated a bit of a distance from the stage.

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So I used the zoom feature and I managed to get a better shot of the band even if it was a bit on the grainy side.

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So I was sitting back and enjoying the performance. I even shot a few videos but I didn’t film the entire concert because I had to hold the camera in my hands and I needed to rest my hands every now and then.

The Bachelor and The Bad Actress was the opening act for another band known as Gramophonic. They did this switch where both acts were on stage together for performing the song “Funeral”. Once the song ended, The Bachelor and The Bad Actress left the stage and Gramophonic played its set.

Things were mostly fine with me until about halfway through The Bachelor and The Bad Actress’ set when a couple walked in to the back of the New Deal Cafe. They were none other than my ex-husband and my ex-friend whom he married last year just two months after our divorce was final. They looked for seats and my ex-husband looked in my direction. The Corona beer that I was drinking had put a partial damper on my emotions so I didn’t freak out or scream but I still was annoyed and pissed that they showed up while my mind began to remember The Fucking Drama From Hell that my husband put me through when he bolted from home just three months after my surgery (and three days after Christmas) with zero notice that he was unhappy while blaming my purchase of a doll for our separation. And then there’s my ex-friend, whom I’ve always tried to be cordial and friendly towards while I felt very sorry for her serious mental health issues and she rewarded me by hooking up with my husband while going along with marrying him while our divorce was still brand-new.

But then something cool happened. That Backstabbing Couple From Hell couldn’t find seats while my ex-husband looked in my direction and they left the back room. Hooray for me! I could continue to enjoy the concert while I didn’t have to see them.

Towards the end of The Bachelor and The Bad Actress’ set, they announced that The Bachelor’s sister was in the audience and it was also her birthday that night. Someone had brought out a birthday cake with lit candles.

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The birthday girl dished out slices of her cake and I was fortunate enough to get a slice. It was a vanilla cake with vanilla frosting and it had a raspberry filling in the middle. It was excellent.

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I stuck around for the first song of Gramophonic’s set but I was feeling drained by the evening so I left. I went through the front of the cafe and I found my ex-husband and his second wife sitting at one of the front tables. Their backs were turned to me so I was able to walk out without either one of them noticing me. Ironically one of them could’ve taken my former seat at the bar but they didn’t know that I had left. Ha! Ha! Ha! Serves those assholes right! 🙂

I spent last Saturday attending three different events in one day. It’s a good thing that it was sunny with low humidity because I was outdoors most of the day. First my Unitarian Universalist congregation held an early afternoon picnic in celebration of Loving Day. The picnic got a relatively small turnout as the first photo below shows but I still enjoyed myself anyway.

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There were only two kids at the picnic so they got the lion’s share of both blowing and chasing bubbles.

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The picnic broke up after a couple of hours, which left me plenty of time to take a brief rest at home before I headed out again. I went to the local Crazy Quilt Festival because a friend of mine was performing as part of a duo known as The Bachelor and The Bad Actress. I took a few photos of the group and the audience during their set. By the way, if you happened to recognize the male singer, there’s a reason for that. He was the main focus of a recent Throwback Thursday post where I took part in a community art project known as “Color Me Joe.”

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The guy petting the dog in the next picture is my friend Dorian, whom I’ve known since my undergraduate days at the University of Maryland at College Park.

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The Bachelor and The Bad Actress was one of the many acts that played at the Crazy Quilt Festival all day. Unfortunately my friend’s group was the only act I was able to catch live in person because I attended the Loving Day picnic earlier. I have to leave the festival after the group ended their set because I had to be at the third event of the day.

My support group for people who are separated or divorced were having a baseball outing where we would attend the minor league Bowie Baysox baseball team. We knew that the game was being held the night before Father’s Day but we didn’t know that it was also Star Wars night until after we arrived and we saw so many people dressed as various Star Wars characters.

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The front of Prince George’s Stadium had this Star Wars-themed car parked outside the front gates.

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The gift shop had light sabers on sale for $10 each. I saw plenty of kids brandishing them during the game.

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There were vintage Star Wars toys, Star Wars related tables, and many people who cosplayed as their favorite Star Wars characters.

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Despite all the Star Wars stuff everywhere, there was still a baseball game going on. The next photo is my first view of the baseball diamond.

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I eventually found where my friends from the support group were seated. I paid only $15 for a ticket that had this close view of third base. Getting similar seats at a Major League Baseball stadium would be way more expensive.

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The Bowie Baysox played the Harrisburg Senators. Between innings there were all kinds of fun stuff. There was a multi-part Star Wars light saber battles between the forces of good and evil. The first part of this battle took place near our area where the good guy lost the battle and was taken away by the bad guys working for the Empire.

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The other parts took place in other areas of the ballpark and they were way too far for me to get a decent shot. All I remember is that the last part, which took place towards the end of the game, involved a bunch of kids and Louie the Bowie Baysox’s mascot and they defeated the evil people.

There was also a mock horse race near my seat between three kids who bounced on these horse-shaped bouncing balls.

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During bathroom breaks I would look at the Star Wars tables. I got this postcard with a Star Wars comic on the back.

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I got some free temporary tattoos as well.

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Since it was first trip to a ballgame since I got my new Droid Ultra smartphone last November, I decided to try taking a few action shots. I have to admit that the newer Droid phone performed better at action shots than my last Droid phone. But I still didn’t take too many shots because home plate was a bit far from my seat. I was seated closer to third base but I didn’t get too many chances to take photos of the action there because the Baysox didn’t do too well that night. (The Baysox remained scoreless until the very last inning where they suddenly got four runs.)

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Louie the mascot did his best to cheer the team on but he spent the bulk of the time on the other side of the stadium. He briefly made an appearance in our section only once before moving on.

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I took a few more action shots towards the end of the game with my smartphone.

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Despite the Baysox’s sudden improvement in getting four runs in the 9th and last inning, the Harrisburg Senators won with an 8-4 score.

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If Star Wars wasn’t enough, there was even a short fireworks show after the game. I’ve taken pictures of fireworks before but I decided to take more using my new smartphone to see how it performs. Actually the results were pretty nice and impressive, as you can see in the photos below.

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The end of the fireworks signaled the end of the event and everyone started to file out. I saw these National Bohemian tables that looked pretty nice, even though I hate that beer. (My late father used to drink National Bohemian when I was a child and I took sips where I thought the beer tasted pretty rank. It wasn’t until after I was an adult and I tried Budweiser and I found that Bud was a step up from National Bohemian.)

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Louie the mascot walked near me, which was pretty cool.

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I saw the same Star Wars car as I walked out the gates and I saw that parts of the car was lit up.

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I was totally tired by the time I got home. I had toyed with going to the Hon Festival in Baltimore (which was also held this weekend) on the following day but I woke up feeling so tired and sore that I decided against it. I was glad I did. Besides, I went to the Hon Festival last year so it was no big deal for me to miss it this year.

Here’s a blast from the past. This is something I worked on about 5, 6, 7, or even 8 years ago (I don’t remember the exact date).

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Here’s some background. A friend of mine named Joe decided to do this community art project that would hang on the walls of the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, Maryland. He took some photos of himself, did some image manipulation to outline the images in the photographs with thick black lines and removed all color. This resulted in something that looked like it was a page torn from a coloring book. Thus a new project, called “Color Me Joe”, was born.

The idea was that each person would take one of these pages and color or decorate it in any way he/she wanted. Then the resulting pictures would hang on the walls of the New Deal Cafe. Color Me Joe ran for at least a month and new colored pages were added to the walls until the end of the show. The above graphic was my contribution.

As someone who used to play the guitar on a regular basis (and still has a guitar at home while I keep on telling myself to pick it up again and stop procrastinating), I was drawn to the page of Joe holding a guitar while wearing only shorts. I took the page home and colored it in with colored pencil. Since Joe was pictured as a shirtless guitarist, I decided to add a poster of a shirtless rock star guitarist to the wall. (For the record, the shirtless guitarist in the poster is David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. I took a screenshot of a scene from the movie Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii then reduced it in size in order to fit the picture. Then I printed it out, cutted it out, and glued it on the art.)

I finished it by going to a local arts and crafts store, where I bought a small pack of glitter music notes stickers that I found in one of the scrapbooking aisles, then I stuck the stickers all over the page.

When I handed the results to Joe to hang it on the walls of the New Deal Cafe, he totally burst out laughing. He really loved it. My piece was hung alongside other people’s contributions.

The Color Me Joe show ended and I moved on to other things. A few months ago I ran into Joe at the gym and he said that he changed his Facebook Profile Picture to my contribution to the Color Me Joe show. I was pretty flattered that he used something I did a few years ago.

He later changed his Facebook Profile Picture but today I found that he used my piece on his Facebook page to publicize his band’s upcoming gig at The Argonaut in Washington, DC tomorrow night. (He plays with a group called The Bachelor and The Bad Actress, which also have their music posted on bandcamp.com.) That graphic got a lot of responses from his friends and I even had one of them contact me through Facebook Message and we had a nice talk on Facebook Chat.

It’s kind of cool that something I did years ago can still resonate with people. 🙂

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