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  • Nov 08, 2009
    Gopher it, Minneapolis.

    Greetings from the bus, everyone.  We pulled into Minneapolis' Fox 9 news station dark and early today to sing on their morning news, which was a good time, albeit slightly groggy.  One particular highlight was Charlie getting the OK from the anchors to slowly make his way into their shot from off-screen with a very confused look on his face.  Since our TV appearances last year, it's been a dream of his (and ours) to see this come to fruition, which it did today much to our half-awake collective delight.  We'll see if we can get video of it up somehow (I think Walt shot it with his FlipCam).  The coffee mug he held and perfect slack-jaw appearance were classic Charlie.

     

    We're spread across the city right now; some of the guys are taking (much needed) naps back at the hotel, some on the bus in the cozy cave-like darkness of our bunks, and others taking it easy on the bus (like myself) outside of the venue.  Big football day today (fantasy and real alike).  I have Brett Favre on my team and am slightly disappointed that the Vikings are on a bye week the one time we're rolling through the Gopher State this tour.  Hey, at least the Colts are about to be on TV soon!  I'll take a slice of home anytime I can get it.

     

    Last night's show in Milwaukee at the Potowatomi (paht-uh-WAH-tuh-mee) Casino (kuh-SEE-no) was a good time.  We've never sung in Wisconsin before and the stage crew & casino staff were very friendly and made us feel at home (not to mention the five-star array of cheeses, fruit, Twizzlers, and peanut M & M's...all five major food groups).  Note to future self: when given a Wisconsinite casino meal voucher that permits one to order an appetizer, soup or salad, entree, and dessert, only order an entree.  I was physically distressed halfway through our dinner last night.  As Charlie, Randy, and Randy's parents can attest, The Smoke Pit restaurant at the Potowatomi Casino has some seriously good food, but I think our eyes were bigger than our stomachs.  Fantastic corn and shrimp chowder, for the record.  Even better after the show.  This blog is making me hungry.  Onto other important topics of conversation...

     

    It's funny - to me, at least - that both Minnesota and Wisconsin's state nicknames have to do with furry, oft-grumpy, woodland critters.  (Badgers and gophers and dairy, oh my)  After this recent run of shows in the northern Midwest, I'm waiting for Michigan or one of the Dakotas to follow Wisconsin and Minnesota's leads and change its official nickname to The Varmint State.  That's a state quarter that I'd hold onto for sure.  I hope the picture below would be engraved on the back.

     

    Seriously, if someone brings a live gopher to tonight's show (preferably on a leash or wearing a University of Minnesota sweater), I will buy them a copy of Christmas Cheers and an SNC hoodie.

     

    http://www.funis2cool.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/fighting-gopher-01.jpg

     

    They look a lot like prairie dogs to me.  Could a Minnesotan out there please chime in for clarification?

     

    Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN, 55401, 8 PM tonight.  See you there.

     

    Ryan

     

     

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on 8 November 2009 - 12:47pm

Greetings from the bus, everyone.  We pulled into Minneapolis' Fox 9 news station dark and early today to sing on their morning news, which was a good time, albeit slightly groggy.  One particular highlight was Charlie getting the OK from the anchors to slowly make his way into their shot from off-screen with a very confused look on his face.  Since our TV appearances last year, it's been a dream of his (and ours) to see this come to fruition, which it did today much to our half-awake collective delight.  We'll see if we can get video of it up somehow (I think Walt shot it with his FlipCam).  The coffee mug he held and perfect slack-jaw appearance were classic Charlie.

 

We're spread across the city right now; some of the guys are taking (much needed) naps back at the hotel, some on the bus in the cozy cave-like darkness of our bunks, and others taking it easy on the bus (like myself) outside of the venue.  Big football day today (fantasy and real alike).  I have Brett Favre on my team and am slightly disappointed that the Vikings are on a bye week the one time we're rolling through the Gopher State this tour.  Hey, at least the Colts are about to be on TV soon!  I'll take a slice of home anytime I can get it.

 

Last night's show in Milwaukee at the Potowatomi (paht-uh-WAH-tuh-mee) Casino (kuh-SEE-no) was a good time.  We've never sung in Wisconsin before and the stage crew & casino staff were very friendly and made us feel at home (not to mention the five-star array of cheeses, fruit, Twizzlers, and peanut M & M's...all five major food groups).  Note to future self: when given a Wisconsinite casino meal voucher that permits one to order an appetizer, soup or salad, entree, and dessert, only order an entree.  I was physically distressed halfway through our dinner last night.  As Charlie, Randy, and Randy's parents can attest, The Smoke Pit restaurant at the Potowatomi Casino has some seriously good food, but I think our eyes were bigger than our stomachs.  Fantastic corn and shrimp chowder, for the record.  Even better after the show.  This blog is making me hungry.  Onto other important topics of conversation...

 

It's funny - to me, at least - that both Minnesota and Wisconsin's state nicknames have to do with furry, oft-grumpy, woodland critters.  (Badgers and gophers and dairy, oh my)  After this recent run of shows in the northern Midwest, I'm waiting for Michigan or one of the Dakotas to follow Wisconsin and Minnesota's leads and change its official nickname to The Varmint State.  That's a state quarter that I'd hold onto for sure.  I hope the picture below would be engraved on the back.

 

Seriously, if someone brings a live gopher to tonight's show (preferably on a leash or wearing a University of Minnesota sweater), I will buy them a copy of Christmas Cheers and an SNC hoodie.

 

http://www.funis2cool.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/fighting-gopher-01.jpg

 

They look a lot like prairie dogs to me.  Could a Minnesotan out there please chime in for clarification?

 

Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN, 55401, 8 PM tonight.  See you there.

 

Ryan

 

 

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carold's picture

Great picture, very cute. This be a great photo to add to instagram and put a tag of your blog attached to it. Fun post to read and am looking forward to the next one.http://socialjuicepros.com
Kathy Smith's picture

Hey, Ryan, when you guys come to Indy on December 5, try to stop by Ransburg Auditorium sometime Saturday afternoon. Capital City Chorus will be rehearsing for their Holiday Show. You performed with us quite a few years ago. This year, our guests will be Kentucky Vocal Union. My husband and I will be at your show Saturday night, as well fellow chorus member, Jackie. Hope we'll get a chance to say hello. Kathy
S. Brandon's picture

I agree with Dave - no wishing for sn*w for at least a month!
Jan Mitchell's picture

Ah, Ryan. Your post made me laugh out loud. Laughing is a good thing. Looking forward to seeing you guys again in Indy.
Cindy_19's picture

Ryan I hope you're saving some room for the cookies! Have a great trip north and I'll see you guys in Schenectady! Penny- I'll trade you a gopher for some ugly bugs; this nice weather is letting them stay here longer than usual. Is it bad to say I hope for snow?
Penny Brannon's picture

Ryan, you crack me up. Love your casino pronunciation. Okay Ryan, if you want to see a gopher, I am sure I can wrangle one up from my backyard. I am more than happy to flush one out. My backyard (and me) would love to rid these pesky little rodents from the mounds of dirt they leave all over my yard!! I am anxiously waiting for the Dec 5, performance!! All these concert posts are making me wish it was already here!! And, I agree - please bring back the private contact requests!!!
Brian_11's picture

Had a blast in Milwaukee on Saturday night. Have been waiting to see you guys again since your welcome home performance last year at IU. Ryan, we will tell Megan/KP and the crew at 505 you said Hello. Take care fellas keep up the Great Work you'all sounded awesome.
S. Brandon's picture

Thanks, Susan. Darn it, I wanted them to show Jerome doing his raised fist thing. I love that.
Shaina's picture

Hey Ryan; did you get that gopher?
Susan_29's picture

Hey guys, the video from this morning is on the following site: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/entertainment/music/straight-no-chaser-november-8-2009, I didn't see the part with charlie but they did show the interview and 12 days. Even at 7:00 am you guys were great. Can't wait to see you live.
Crystal_5's picture

We tried to eat at the The Smoke Pit, but it was too long of a wait. Hmm..now I know why..cuz YOU guys were eating all the darn food and taking up all the tables! LOL j/k We ended up just eating at the Buffet...now THAT was a ton of food! Ok...class time! Gopher: The gopher is a small squirrel-like rodent which lives in burrows underground. Gophers are small animals, usually around 15cm in length and a quarter of a kilogram in weight. The tail is short, sparsely haired, and usually well supplied with nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. This is a gopher http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3289/2903796456_6c8122e601.jpg In other words, the gopher looks like a big ol rat. LOL Whereas, Prairie Dogs are cuter! =) Prairie Dog: Prairie Dogs are the most social members of the Squirrel Family and are closely related to ground squirrels, chipmunks and marmots. Prairie Dogs weigh 1 1/2 to 3 lbs. The head and body are 11 to 13 inches long. Their tails are generally short and bushy, but vary considerably in length and color between species. They are yellowish in color, with darker ears and a pale buff to whitish belly. Prairie Dogs have whitish or buffy patches on the sides of their nose, their upper lips and around their eyes in the form of a ring. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8d/Kissing_Prairie_dog.JPG And, end class! =)
HC's picture

Ha, yes us Milwaukee people know how to eat, love our cheese and more importantly our beer. Hopefully you got to hit a few of the brewery tours! I was at your show in Milwaukee last night and have gotten copies of the CD for my ENTIRE family along with planning a trip of about 20 of us to come to your Chicago show! You were all amazing...thanks for a great show!
S. Brandon's picture

They look like squirrels to me. Is your offer good for an Indiana squirrel on a leash at your Dec. 5 show? Now, if we still had a way to contact you guys *privately* on here, I could have asked that of you alone and hoped for the best. But if you say yes now, in front of God and everybody, I hate to think what the concert at the Murat would turn into. Sigh....
Shaina's picture

Oh, and if you ask me, those gophers look a lot like the squirrels I see running around my front yard. And backyard. And around my school campus, when they're not trying to steal food out from the trash can.
Shaina's picture

Sounds like you guys have been having a great time! I hope all of us non-Minnesotans get to see that video of Charlie!! Aaaand... speaking of food... Do you have a favorite cookie? ;-)
Kathy Mendoza's picture

ROFL on the Varmint state and your pronunciation reference for casino. Hope you get some footage of Charlie. Sounds hilarious.