Hey there! THANK YOU if you were one of the wonderful samaritans who showed up for the bone marrow registry event on Thursday! We had the Boys & Girls Cub of Scranton on the air with us that morning to pump it up - we're trying to find a bone marrow match for Mari, a Scranton native who has Leukemia. No one in her family is a match, but hopefully of the 100+ potential donors who came to the event on Thursday - we'll find one! By the time I showed up 4:30pm on Thursday, the line was out the door! Well done, Northeast PA!
You can always go to bethematch.org to register if you missed it! THANK YOU AGAIN!
Boys & Girls Club in the studio - from left: Me, Larayne, Tricia, Etta (in the chair), Rocky.
Friday I checked out Blues Traveler on the Sherman Theater Summer Stage. Outside under the stars, gorgeous night! Went with one of my best friends, Nicole - we're both big music geeks and were BOTH blown away by their performance! I knew they were good, but I didn't know they were amazing! John Popper's vocals are sick! He gave me chills in 90 degree weather.
Much like my wicked camera skills....which are obviously awesome. Sigh. WHY IS THIS CROOKED?! I wasn't even drinking. Cool stage though.
Me & Coley :)
Saturday I helped out with the benefit for the Deutsch Institute, to help local people with disabilities and mental illness. It was an outside concert, behind Mulligans. Lots of great food, killer music, cool vibe. And my girls were even able to join me!
Desiree, Me, Holly
Graces Downfall playing in front of a beautiful Scranton background....
Again, THANK YOU to everybody who came to either of these events! Whenever I can use even a tiny portion of my weekend to help people, I'd say that's time well spent. Especially considering my alternative = dancing around in the lawn sprinkler to "I Got The Power" by Snap.... and I promised my neighbors I wouldn't do that anymore. As much.
Went with Amber & Desiree to Philly on Saturday to see NKOTB/Boys 2 Men/98 Degrees - SOOOOOO much fun! It might interest you (and by "you" I mean YOU, Mom, cuz you're the only one) to know I STILL remember all the choreography from their videos back in the day. In fact, Amber and Desiree did too. We may or may not have stage an impromptu reenactment of those dance routines in the parking lot pre-show. (There also may have been some Backstreet Boys and Tiffany in there- I DARE YOU to crank "I Think We're Alone Now" and NOT dance.... can't be done).
One thing is for certain - good music is wonderful, but it's made a million times sweeter when you can enjoy it with great friends :) LOVE these girls....
Getting ready at the hotel...
BEAUTIFUL DAY in Philly!!
about to go inside..... I have no idea what's wrong with our faces....
As we approach Fathers Day, I have a message for my Dad back in Michigan: HOW DARE YOU?! How DARE you be so cool and fun and funny that you make it virtually impossible for me to date because any dude I go out with seems less fun by comparison. Haha!
You've raised me to be too picky! For instance, I've saved every birthday card you've ever given me. Most of them including poems like this one:
You always took us to cool places on day trips....
You didn't laugh when we put on a "circus" in the front yard...
You always made sure we did things as a family, even if mom wouldn't get in the picture... haha
You let me wear my flower girl dress to kindergarten graduation. I actually wish I could still fit into this...
You didn't laugh when your children thought they were Jedi knights....
You always came to our Christmas plays! (pssssst - I'm a cat. Cuz everyone loves a Christmas.........cat.)
You've always been an amazing hubby/best friend to my Mommy :) You have no idea how much your kids appreciate that!
And you & Mom constantly make time to come visit me in Pennsylvania whenever possible - I LOVE THAT! You guys are awesome parents but you're also incredible FRIENDS!! I'd hang out with you even if you weren't my folks....
So HOW DARE YOU, Dad?! How dare you be such an outstanding father that you make me miss you every hour of every day and wanna be like you in every way! I love you so much! Happy Fathers Day! Sorry if any of these pictures embarrassed you. But I'm in a cat costume, dammit. So suck it up.
Wow, what a crazy weekend! Started out with Media Day at Pocono Raceway on Friday, and even though it was a rainy mudfest, I was out there with my friends from Tom Hesser Chevrolet and we had a BLAST. I wish my Dad could've been there!
Nothing but cars, auto parts, and trucks in mud allllllll day. Dad would've been in heaven...
Then on Saturday I went out with my friends to the new Deck Bar at Ash - LOVED it! We danced (horribly) to their killer DJ and posed for some very stupid pics...evidence... don't judge. We do this crap sober.
Danielle, Me, & Jenis
Me & Danielle
Holly & I
Me & Shaun "Sweet Peppas" Coe - he'll be on the air with us Friday to talk about the bar!
Danielle & I are special.
grainy, but this way you can tell what we'd look like as zombies!.... (from left) Desiree, Vivianne, Danielle, Me, Jenis, Holly
On Sunday we had a FABULOUS turnout for the Concert in Memory of RJ Minichello - three different venues, dozens of bands, all the proceed going to RJ's wife & kids. If you didn't know RJ, he was a very talented fixture in the Scranton music scene. Unbelievable drummer. Played with almost every band that played yesterday - ha! Thanks to V-Spot, Twentyfiveeight Studios, and Thirst T's for providing accomodations for such a killer day of music!
Me and Amber rocking out to Destination West at V-Spot....
Now it's Monday and I'm exhausted. Would anybody noticed if I nodded off in the sound booth? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........
Am I the only one skeeved out by the fact that there's a DATING SITE in Pennsylvania using a picture that looks exactly like my Dad back in Michigan? Haha - tell me you don't think this guy is his twin!! This sidebar pops up whenever I'm on Facebook. Scares the hell outta me.
...for some reason I think my Mom will find this funniest of all.
THANK YOU everybody who came to my gig last night at Brews Brothers, opening up for John Corabi & Tom Keifer from Cinderella. What a great night! I really appreciate when people come to shows, especially on a Sunday - I know (believe me) how difficult that is! John Corabi said I had a great set, told me I had an awesome "set of pipes". Translation: Lissa can die a happy person now.
Nicole, Amber, Kacie, Ralphie, Cami, Andrew, Kim, Chris, Paula, Patrick, Samantha, Jen, Jeff = you are ALL amazing friends! Thanks again for coming out! Especially Ralph (he's my co-host on my NYC radio show) because he drove like three hours to see me play. Wow. I gotta say, I know we're only three days in, but so far I'M LOVIN' JUNE!
My beautiful friend AMBER! She came to a Sunday night show even though she had to get up almost as early as ME this morning! Now that's a friend ;)