Monthly Archives: February 2014

February 28

St. Elsewhere…

Just a little wrap up about a few other places i’ve been lately… So there’s this little island that Royal Caribbean owns…apparently not only oil sheiks can claim their own islands. This one is in the bahamas and is actually quite lovely. Having been to Labadee, in Haiti, the other Royal Caribbean Island I would […]

February 27

St Maarten…the patron saint of days off!

People always ask me which port is my favorite and it’s always pretty tough to decide between Sidney, Copenhagen, Aruba, and many other killer places. St. Maarten always promises great times. I don’t know much about Catholicism or saints in general but i’m pretty sure that St Maarten is the patron saint of days off! […]

February 13

Sharks, Strange Headlines, and Rock Night

There is a lot of weird stuff in the Bahamas. The last night of dry dock, a large group from the ship went to a restaurant called Pier 1. This place is right on the water and has a large balcony with outdoor seating. There are a lot of sharks in the water and every […]

February 12

Sign on madness!

I suppose I’ve never been the kind of guy to show up to work early. That all changed a few days ago. I was supposed to sign on the Celebrity Century for a 6-month orchestra contract February 10th but got an early start.   I arrived in Freeport, Bahamas February 9th on a tiny plane […]

February 07

Gong Orchestra

Tonight I had the pleasure of seeing the incredible percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and his gong orchestra at MOMA in Cleveland. Tatsuya is a Japanese-born percussionist and improvising innovator. The first set was a tremendous solo percussion set. This type of playing is what Tatsuya is best known for. The gong plays a large role in […]

February 05

Improvised snowboards!

So today my buddy David and I made a little ski jump and improvised some snowboards. It almost always ended in crashing! Lot’s of engineering went into all of these activities. Here are some of the highlights. I have a really awesome old school toboggan that is great for tobogganing, but even better for making […]

February 02

Chinese New Year

Yesterday I celebrated the Chinese New Year with dim sum and a lion dance show at Li Wah restaurant in Cleveland’s Chinatown. That’s right, Cleveland has a Chinatown. Actually, it’s technically called Asiatown but everything in the Asia plaza, where I was, seems to be Chinese. I was surprised to find that there were so […]