Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Fragments

more razzle, less dazzle

♠ Our weekend at Brightwood Farm last weekend was a ton of fun. It's a working organic farm, and also has a wooden cottage nestled on a cliff over two merging creeks. We sampled a bunch of farm wines (including a few made from elderberries), and enjoyed the company of sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, donkeys, guinea hens, three giant guard dogs, and a herding dog that knew how to chase chickens back into the coop without eating any. We will definitely return!

♠ While driving out into the countryside, we learned that the Nissan Pavilion is now named the Jiffy Lube Live Pavilion (and has been for at least a year). I'm not saying that the old name was any better for an outdoor concert venue, but "Jiffy Lube Live" really doesn't get me any more excited to sit in the parking lot with my engine idling for 6 hours to see a 2 hour concert. Unless Jiffy Lube is bringing their 20 minute oil change concept to their parking attendants, this was probably a waste of sponsorship on their part. "Lube Live" would probably draw a bigger crowd, but for all of the wrong reasons.

♠ I found this logo in a Jiffy Lube press release about the sponsorship. Apparently, they do their graphic design in 20 minutes or less as well. I suppose that the edgy typesetting of the word "live" appears dangerous and makes it seem like anything could happen in this venue, and the failed justification of "a Live Nation venue" implies that something is "not quite right" here. Were I in charge of the art department, I would just use the Jiffy Lube logo followed by "live", and make jokes about olives.

♠ Blogging is far easier when there is something to mock. And there's always something to mock!

♠ Plans for the weekend include a dinner with friends, some finalization of our slow-moving kitchen planning, and the selection of a beach house for our summer vacation. Tomorrow is 12 of 12 as well, so perhaps I'll take 12 pictures of me inside of Costco.

♠ Have a great weekend!

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