Saturday, July 23, 2011

Two weeks of blessings and heat

But now I'm back in Detroit! under the "heat dome". Kind of like the Thunder Dome but without the fun sports angle.

Before I left and Aislinn arrived and the tree fell over a friend from SF who's traveling around the US on a secret project dropped in and we shared some beers, BBQ and a Giants game! He saw them in Chicago (almost going to Zeros rehab start - he doesn't like him to put it mildly) and then came here and we saw them play a crazy game against the Tigers. Both are leading their divisions so that could be a very interesting World series, at least for me ;~)

OK you non baseball fans can wake up again.

So it's not all head and depression. About 5 min away in Grosse Pointe there is a concert in the square every Thur. evening.

This was a jazz orchestra that was in the area for a festival so they booked them for the night.

Eastern Market today

Carrots and Tomatoes $1 a basket

Plums (the over flow from the other bag), Cherry peppers (YES they are back - I already have them pickling) and limes. $3 for the peppers and the limes - the plums come later.

Blackberries, they pushed them on me $1 a basket.

Romaine lettuce and celery, I think $1 each?

OK this is a bit of a ringer. Aislinn wanted Ricotta and none of the cheese vendors had any so I went to R. Hirt Jr. Co.
They are part of the Eastern Market just not part of the Farmers market.

More peppers, Bell and Poblano, some Roma tomatoes and a few Peaches.

And Plums. The guy was selling them for $2 a flat. The flats were about 2 feet by one foot by three or four plums deep. A Jamaican guy and I were looking knowing we couldn't use that many so we decided to split the flat. So all the plums here and above were $1.

Going back in time a bit.


It was scorching outside and freezing in the venue. We were in the Verizon Center and it was close enough to walk from the house, which I did quite a bit.

First day there, carpet is going in and the stage is still under construction.

The Front Of House guys. Mixer on the left and lighting on the right.

The control room for video and projections (JumboTron etc.)
In the back left next to the mixing board is where the streaming was being done. The public talks and teachings were streamed live in English, Russian, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Some portions were also uploaded to YouTube.

If you were at the event you could get headsets and have your choice of nine different translations.

What they are looking at. A bunch of cameras and a computer feed for display announcements, schedules etc.

My little corner, actually a room off the control room. Depending on what was going on I'm recording up to 12 tracks including the three streamed translations.

People liked the shoes ;~)

One of the more difficult parts of the adventure was that His holiness is an early riser and no mater what time the schedule says he starts when he wants and ends when he's done. So it's all very flexible. Most of the time our call was 6am but then he started coming earlier. One day the mixers came really early so they could tune some things and when they arrived at 5am HHDL and a bunch of monks were already in place chanting!

But all worked out and it was nice working with consummate professionals. Sometimes you show up and the guys you have to interface with are doing it because they got the short straw and while they are often nice they really don't know anything about sound. These guys were pros who were very good and VERY easy to work with. I only really deal with sound but from what I heard every one was very impressed with the skills of the crew.

Flying back to Detroit. Wow I live in the midwest!? But hey we are eastern time so maybe that is mideast.

I have a video clip of the house with the audience in, packed to the rafters. If I can figure out how to link it up I will.

Later dayz...


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