Hey uh....what happened to this? lol
This still happening....ever? >_>;;
Great news. Our hotel deal has been totally sweetened. My manager got on the phone with the manager where we are staying, and they worked out a deal. He was able to give us 2 rooms: both with 2 double beds, and both for $30 a night (each)!!! That's nothing considering there's quite a few of us going.
The rooms are officially reserved, and I am very excited.
Here is where we are staying: Baymont Inn: Downtown Memphis.
Just to keep everyone updated - I've made reservations at a Baymont Inn. I opted for this hotel based on it's downtown location. It's about 20 minutes from the zoo, but closer to things like Beale Street and Mud Island.
We are booked for 2 "Ovation King" rooms, which has a King sized bed, and a pull-out sofa bed. I wasn't able to get 2 double rooms (with 2 double beds), because they were booked already. We've chosen to travel in prime vacation season.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have internet access, which is lame - because my hotel does - and it's in stinky Mississippi. But, they do have complimentary breakfast, which isn't that bad.
I haven't gotten rates yet because my manager has to talk to the manager there. I should be able to get at least 1 room on an employee discount.
He's going to call tomorrow, and I'll let you know as soon as I know.
Can someone help me with this freaking mood theme? I have it hosted, I just can't seem to get it up.
I do not want this trip to be emotionally draining. Let's think of ways to take the focus on Jeff's passing and put it on his music and the joy it has brought to our lives.
I'm sure, like Hayley said, that the trip to the zoo will be uplifting. Does anyone else have ideas? Is anyone else concerned about the same issue?
Hello everyone. I'm a little late with this but whatever cos i'm very lazy. So i'll start my little introduction.....my name is PJ short for Paul John (noone ever calls me that, not even my parents). I'm 20 years old. I live here Auburn, Alabama...the black hole of the world.....well as far as i'm concerned. I'm a student here at AU, i'm a computer science major, but that's totally not what i wanna do...so that's kinda in limbo right now. Oh yea...and i have very bad grammar skills as you can now see. But that's all i'll say about me, if you wanna know more just IM me or something.....
As far as Jeff goes, i dont know exactly the first time i heard him....but i remember hearing "Last Goodbye" on the radio one time a loooonnnnggg time ago. But back then i had really awful taste in music....safe to say that we won't go there on those years lol. I didn't hear him again till i was a sophomore in high school. I heard "Mojo Pin" on the college radio station here. Around that time i was in a transitional phase in terms of what music i listened to....which mostly consisted of lots of electronica (which i still love) and crap my friends told me to listen to (which was really bad...HELLO i live in the heart of southern rock). So yea, heard the song and proceeded to buy Grace
and i remember the clerk at the music store (who i'm still friends with now...) told me this which i wont forget describing the album. He told me "Every man should own this album". After listening to the album in it's entirety, i just couldn't agree with him more. So yea, i said too much....all i'll say is that his music is very special to me, no more no less.
As far as this trip....honestly as some of u might know, i've been pretty nervous about it. I apologize to everyone if it sounds negative, but that's not my intent. I'm just very shy, and i dont respond well to being around people i dont know well, or fuck it...just people in general. But once you get to know me i'm a totally different person...heh. I think it's safe for me to say i know a few of u pretty well. But i would love to get to know the rest of you....it would help to get rid of my paranoia over all of this. I'm excited though, i hope to get to know you all and make some new friends.
So yea....add me to ur journal/buddy lists, and let's get started! hah....holy shit i typed too much, looks like i just typed my whole life story or something....
Hi. I'm Charles. I currently live in Greenville, Mississippi, about 2 and 1/2 hours south of Memphis. I am 22 years old, and as far as college goes...I have an Associates Business Degree in Computer Information Systems, but my current job isn't anything related to my degree, unfortunately. (Which is quite dumb of me I must admit.)
I am currently a technical director and camera operator at WXVT, CBS here in Greenville. We are a small market affiliate of CBS, New York. We have a really cheesy website at http://www.wxvt.com
if you want to check it out. I am warning you that it's kind of a waste of time, though.
I first heard Jeff Buckley through a friend back around the time that he died, and to be perfectly honest, at the time, I was a dumb, naive kid with a horrid musical taste, so I didn't really understand his message, and more importantly I didn't find his music appealing. Now having said that...it's now nearing year number 7 since we lost him, and I now know
that he is my favorite artist hands down. He is my major musical influence (I've been playing guitar for 9 years) and I find that his music has this quality to it unlike any other. To me, it's pure beauty; It almost makes me feel like I knew him personally, just by listening to the songs, because you can relate to them so easily.
When I talked with Hayley about this trip, I got excited, because I need something in my life more than what Greenville's daily routine can offer. I look forward to seeing you all, and meeting those that I don't already know.
Hi. My name is Lindsey, and I live in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I'm 23, and an art student at a local college. I specialize in ceramic arts, and hope to become an art teacher sometime soon. (Feel free to add me to your friends list.)
I work at a hotel, part-time, and will be getting (trying at least) us a couple of hotel rooms for that weekend. From what I understand, I can get them for 1/2 off, though I've never tried. There are 2 locations in Memphis - Baymont Inn
As for Jeff...I didn't come to know his music until 1996, when I was traveling in someone's car. I bought Grace, but not too much later, he was gone. Lover, You Should've Come Over was my first favorite song, but since, I've gained several.
I've always wanted to make this trip, and have discussed doing so with my friends on several occasions. This way, I'll be with friends - and be making some new ones. I'm so excited to meet you all.
I honestly can't wait.
Hello. My real name is Kara. I'm 24. I graduated from college two years ago and now I have a full-time office job. I live in Ann Arbor, MI, and I like this town a lot.
I first became a fan when I was 15 and "Last Goodbye" got a bit of radio airplay. So, it will be nine years next month that I was officially hooked. When I bought Grace in May of 1995, I had never heard anything like it. It truly changed how I felt about and listened to music. It's still very important to me.
- Plan on July for the trip.
Let's rule out anything around the 4th. Not only would that be a busy weekend in Memphis, but some of us might have traditional sort of events we like to do that weekend.
What weekend in July? All dates Friday through Monday
July 30 - August 2
- This is the tentative driving route I forsee:
The Northern Leg of the Tour
Kara drives from Ann Arbor to my house in Chesterton. If he is still coming, Jim drives to Chesterton and meets up with us.
Then, the three [or two] of us drive to Muncie, IN where we meet up with Cristella, and Brittany, who has droven to Muncie from Ohio.
The five [?] of us then drive to Memphis.
The Southern Leg of the Tour
PJ drives to Mississippi and meets up with Charles and Lindsey. The three of them meet us in Memphis.
People on the Southern leg could probably squeeze in someone's car.
The Northern Leg people may require a rental vehicle. Cristella has mentioned that she would be willing to rent a van for us, since she is of age. I think this would be a good idea... 4 girls + 4 girls luggage + 1 car = haha, yeah right.
Northern people will be splitting the cost of a rental car. So the four [five?] of us need to keep that in mind.
I am going to ask my friend if her offer of letting us crash at her family's summer home in Memphis is still good. If not, we'll all be splitting two hotel rooms for at least one night.
Is the admission to the zoo free? If not, count on that.
Oh, and food too. heh.
So, kiddos... from now on, be frugal with your dough, to err on the side of being "better safe than sorry."
- Anything Else?
Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
If you've got suggestions or conflicts, speaketh now!
HERE'S A PREVIEW OF WHAT I HAVE TO SAY LATER ON:
May is OUT
, because Brittany will still be in France.
I am leaning towards late June or early July.
Talk amongst yourselves, I'll give you a topic:
WHAT WEEKENDS IN JUNE OR JULY DO YOU WANT?