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DOS GRINGOS ROCK THE HARD ROCK HOTEL AND CASINO – CHARITY CONCERT 30 JANUARY 2009

I’m still not up to 100% after last night’s concert – yes, it was that good :D

Just to remind everyone who and what this is all about, Dos Gringos is a band made up of two F-16 pilots – Trip and Snooze – who know how to write songs, sing, and play guitar just as awesomely as they fly fighters. Their website is www.dosgringosrocks.com. No, they ain’t church choirboys so don’t go there if you’re easily offended by rough language. If you aren’t offended, you’ll laugh you alpha off if you know a bit about military aviation :wink:

The concert was to benefit the Air Warrior Courage Foundation. Yeah, it’s a good cause. Their website can be found at www.airwarriorcourage.org/

To quote the Foundation’s website:

For over thirty years the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association (RRVA) has provided scholarship assistance to the surviving dependents of U.S. military personnel killed-in-action, missing-in-action, prisoner-of-war or killed while performing aircrew duties in a non-combat aircraft accident; and, more recently, families of association members. Nevertheless, it has become clear that other philanthropic, civic and patriotic programs are necessary in order to achieve the RRVA’s guiding principles of Pride of Patriotism and Defense of the Constitution.

Therefore, in 1998, the Air Warrior Courage Foundation (AWCF) was formed by the membership of the RRVA. This action was taken in recognition of problems being increasingly faced by active, retired and/former members of the U.S. military, their families and our nation at large. Areas of interest include:
* The need to expand “caring for our own” programs and activities to assist disabled, needy former members and their dependents of the U.S. Armed Services; widows and orphans of deceased veterans facing medical-incident related expenses beyond their ability to reasonably meet;
* To develop programs to perpetuate the memory of deceased veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and to comfort their survivors;
* To sponsor and/or participate in activities of a patriotic nature;
* To provide scholarship assistance, funding and/or programs for educational purposes, particularly those leading to military aviation careers;
* To encourage programs that develop in American youth those attributes that are basic characteristics of good citizenship and military service;
* To provide support for the education of those in fields related to aviation and space; and,
* To provide recognition of excellence in aviation and space disciplines or exploration.

I don’t care that times are tough for me – this is a good cause and I’d have given even if it weren’t for a Dos Gringos concert :)

Rather than spend God knows how long re-writing something I’ve already written, I’m going to re-post my contribution to the discussion thread on the F-16.net forum about this :)

From the pages of F-16.net:

Oh yeah, it ROCKED

Parking was a cast iron pain in the tailpipe as Dos Gringos wasn’t the only concert at the Hard Rock last night – NOFX was playing at The Joint and it took all my training gained in acquiring my Bachelor’s degree in Parking Technology that I earned at Palomar College along with my time in car sales and valet parking to find a slot. No Sierra, it’s a fairly small parking structure and it took me nearly 20 minutes!

I’m proud to say that i had the privilege of meeting Roscoe (one of the forum members on F-16.net) – a great guy all around 8) I just hope I didn’t make too much of a nuisance of myself! Funny stories? He’s got a million of ‘em. Just ask him about what rank the Snackos at the Pentagon are :P I just hope we get to hang out at Nellis some time so I can hear more of his stories as related to different jets :wink:

Alas, there was no Weed due to a few different factors, but a margarita and a (thanks to Roscoe) double shot (seemed like a double) of bourbon had the desired effect :)

Concert report:

Dos Gringos Ticket

Dos Gringos Ticket - Thanks go to Roscoe for scanning and uploading the image

The set started off with Goin’ in for Guns and included such favorites as HLTC (which does NOT stand for Heat Loves TC :wink: ), Sammy Small, Squiggly P0rn, I’m a Pilot, The Legend of Shaved Dog’s Ass, Jeremiah Weed, You’ve Got to be in The Guard, Last of the Breed, and The Hound War Song. There were several lyrics changes such as during I Wish I had a Gun where homage was paid to the British Harrier pilots with a verse about hovering and popping in and out of bush and another verse was added for the Germans with the Eurofighters with their awesome cockpit displays. Oh, and during Things I Like, several ladies took to the microphone for the verse neither guy would sing on the CD :lol: !

DOS GRINGOS

DOS GRINGOS

We cheered enough for an encore of sorts. No, this wasn’t your usual encore – it was Dos Gringos covering such songs as Neil Diamond’s Comin’ to America and concluded with an awesome rendition of Ozzy Ozbourne’s Crazy Train :twisted:

D@mn! Trip’s got some mad guitar skilz :!:

DOS GRINGOS

DOS GRINGOS

I also got to say hi to Snooze while out on intermission and got to shake both of their hands and thank them for the concert and all the fun 8)

I almost forgot to mention – there were a few new songs in the set and according to one of the guys who brought the T-Shirts and CDs, Dos Gringos will be going back into the studio for a THIRD ALBUM :twisted:

DOS GRINGOS

DOS GRINGOS

After the concert Roscoe had to head back to base, but I figured it was a good idea to burn off a bit of the alcohol before going home so it was off to Mr. Lucky’s 24/7 for some pizza and water before playing a slot machine and leaving with a few dollars more than I’d dropped into it :)

All told and everything considered, it was a Foxtrotting AWESOME night! Big thanks go out to Dos Gringos for putting on such a show, to the Hard Rock for everything they did to make it possible, and to Roscoe for the beverage 8)

Now if we can only make this an annual benefit concert…

[EDIT] I don’t know how I forgot this before, but I have to let everyone know that Snooze auctioned off his old acoustic guitar about halfway through the show with all the money going to the charity. It’s the guitar that most of our favorite songs were written on and everyone on stage autographed it Cool This act of kindness brought in an extra $822.69 for the cause 8)

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Picture A Day – 30 January 2009

OK, one picture from last night’s trip to the Hard Rock for this post. Dos Gringos deserve thier own post, so you’ll have to settle with a picture from the Hard Rock’s parking garage for the picture of the day :) I would have posted this last night, but I was just way too tired and went to bed. I want to say I got home at about 0230.

30 January 2009

30 January 2009

Click on the pic for full size :wink:

I love Las Vegas at night 8)

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DOS GRINGOS UPDATE!!!

THE CONCERT IS TONIGHT AT 2100 HOURS. IT WILL BE HELD AT THE HARD ROCK HOTEL AND CASINO’S FESTIVAL/CONVENTION CENTER. THIS IS LOCATED BETWEEN THE PARKING GARAGE ELEVATORS AND THE CASINO AND SHOULD BE ONE OF THE FIRST HALLWAYS ON YOUR RIGHT. DOORS OPEN AT 2100 HOURS. I DO NOT KNOW HOW MUCH COVER WILL BE YET. I WILL HAVE PICTURES (IF ALLOWED) POSTED FOR THE PICTURE A DAY FOR 30 JANUARY 2009.

BE THERE!!!

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Picture(s) A Day – 29 January 2009

Frequent commenter Kath and several others have asked about my living arrangement update situation and I finally have some news – I put a deposit on an apartment tonight :wink: It’s an upstairs apartment, 626 square feet, one bedroom, and it has both a full size washer and dryer as well as a wood burning fireplace 8)

Here’s the floorplan:

New Apartment Floorplan

New Apartment Floorplan

And now for the rest of the pictures :) These were taken in a model just a few doors down from the one I will move into in about a month.

Complex Entrance

Complex Entrance

Yep, the whole place is gated with only one entrance gate and two exit gates. Happily I’m not too close to any of them.

Balcony Left

Balcony Left

Balcony Right

Balcony Right

OK, my view might be a little different, but not too much. I’m alright with that as it means that I won’t hear the people at the pool as much. The grounds are very nice, though. Green grass, pathways, and HUGE aspen trees. There’s also a fitness center, two pools, and a couple of nice covered barbecues as well.

Kitchen

Kitchen

I think I like the kitchen :)

Wood Burning Fireplace

Wood Burning Fireplace

This will get some use in the winter 8)

Washer and Dryer

Washer and Dryer

No taking clothes to the laundromat :D !!!11!

Walk-in Closet

Walk-in Closet

The walk in closet is HUGE which is a really good thing :wink:

I think I’m going to like living here. It’s close to just about everything including a Cost Plus World Market, Wal-Mart, and work :) I’ll have enough space so that I don’t feel closed in, and it faces east so I won’t have the afternoon summer sun shining in the window and sliding glass door. I also like that it’s on the second floor which means it’s a bit more secure as there’s no easy access to the window or glass door.

I promise to post more pictures once I get moved in, cleaned up, and get some stuff up on the walls :wink:

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Picture A Day – 28 January 2009

Ammo!

28 January 2009

28 January 2009

OK, not too much to take pictures of today. So I figured I’d grab one of each round that was in easy reach from my seat at my computer :)

From left to right we have 8x56R, 7.62x54R, 7.5×55 Swiss, 7.62×39, and 9mm luger. The 8x56R goes with the Steyr M95 carbine, the 7.62x54R goes with the Mosin Nagant rifles, the 7.5×55 Swiss goes with the K31, the 7.62×39 is for the AK-47 and the 9mm is for my Hi-Point C9 8)

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Picture A Day – 27 January 2009

27 January 2009

27 January 2009

Technical difficulties once again prevented posting last night. They should be fixed for good now :)

I’ll edit this later to add more info on the picture :wink:

And now it’s time for the rest of the story 8) Continue reading Picture A Day – 27 January 2009

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Picture A Day – 26 January 2009

To answer the first question in your mind, it’s called a Smart “fortwo”. It’s actually made by Mercedes. Yes, it’s freeway legal and can get you a speeding ticket on the freeway.

26 January 2009

26 January 2009

I really, seriously considered getting one of these. Honestly. No, I’m not completely insane (yet). I like the easy to park size, the thrifty engine, and the uniqueness. On the downside, I don’t really want to see how realistic the crashworthiness testing was and I doubt I could fit my rifle collection in there, let alone my camera collection :shock:

I think I’ve got just what I need in my Chevy HHR 8)

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Picture A Day – 25 January 2009

I think we’ve all stopped noticing trash on the roadside for the most part. I know I don’t normally notice it or pay attention to it.

25 January 2009

25 January 2009 - Click for full size

I happened to notice this bunch of trash due partly to the fact that I was pulling out of a convenience store and it was directly across from me, but I think the months-old political sign helped :x One of the problems with this location is that it’s on the side of a road with no shoulder. Yes, the wind brought most of it here, but I’d like to know from where.

I try not to complain about something without either doing something about it myself first or proposing a solution. Since I value my life and don’t trust most Las Vegas drivers any farther than I could push their car uphill in a parking garage on a grease-slicked floor, I have a proposal for a solution. More community service for criminals and such and putting those who can’t pay fines to work for the public.

Here’s how the plan goes. Get caught spraying, painting, writing, or etching graffiti? Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman (a former mob lawyer) would chop your thumbs off, and while I agree with the mayor’s sentiment, I’m a bit more lenient. Continue reading Picture A Day – 25 January 2009

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Picture A Day – 24 January 2009

Even the mighty seem to fall from time to time.

24 January 2009

24 January 2009

I remember Circuit City being the place to go for any electronics and entertainment equipment you needed. Knowledgeable salespeople made the difference.

My how times change and fortunes with them.

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Picture A Day – 23 January 2009

My apologies to those who were kept waiting for this post. I had some severe technical difficulties with my computer yesterday and only now have managed to get it back to working in a proper manner.

23 January 2009

23 January 2009

I saw this scene on the way to work yesterday and I just had to use it because you really don’t see this very often in Las Vegas. I really do like the clouds in the mountain peaks like that :)

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