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Totally not Ben Folds related, but his fans are good people, so here goes:

A few years ago, I joined Be The Match, a bone marrow donor registry that finds matches for people who need bone marrow donations. I just swabbed my cheek and mailed the sample back to them, and that was it.

About 6 weeks ago, I was identified as a potential match for a patient who needs a bone marrow transplant. I'll be flying from KC to Denver twice in the next few weeks (all expenses paid) as part of the donation process, and will probably donate on October 18th. The donation process isn't hard - just a little uncomfortable. I'm blogging about it at (under the category Bone Marrow Donation) and am trying to be as open and honest about the process as possible.

Anyway, I would like to encourage all of you who can to please consider joining the Be The Match bone marrow registry. You might be a match for someone and could save a life.

Here's a cool fact - when I donate, the patient will get all of my allergies (hope she likes hayfever), will get my blood type, and will even get my gender markers (if she was a guy, which she isn't). Maybe some of my Ben Folds love will get into her system, too? ;)

If you have any questions about bone marrow donation, please ask!

Friday, September 24th. 6pm CST. Be there for...

Lynn vs. Ben - The Video Chatstraveganza!

I'll be asking him about trying to eat healthy on the road, if he kisses his mother with that filthy mouth, and if he or his lovely wife have any recipes to share involving fall root vegetables. I'm shooting for a Barbara Walters moment where I make him cry, in a good way.

Tour Board / Asheville, NC - 2/23
« on: March 02, 2009, 07:41:46 AM »
What? No thread for Asheville? Well then, here you go.

Frank and I headed out from Knoxville to Asheville and let me just say that the drive between those two places is bee-you-tee-full. I highly recommended it to anyone with a soul.

The Asheville venue was The Orange Peel. Apparently this is some big-deal place, or so the fine people of Asheville seem to think. When Frank and I arrived, there was no one in line, so we walked down the way to a Mexican place called Mamacitas. Some of the best enchilladas ever. Seriously. Eat there. When we were finished, we headed back to the venue and found that there were about seven people in line. It was another cold day. The Orange Peel has a covered area by the doors that can comfortably hold about 20 people. The group at the front of the line had brought blankets and what-not for the long haul, and were spread out like a slumber party by the doors. As more and more people showed up and tried to huddle under the covered area, that group didn't accommodate one bit. Eventually, there was the slumber party, and behind them about 30 people huddled in a space designed for about 10. It was not a comfortable situation. At one point, a kid in a suit (he was about 17, so I can call him a kid) and his buddy came and stood by Frank and I. There were probably 50 people behind us, and these guys kept scooting closer and closer to us, trying to nonchalantly get in front of us. Yeah, we're professionals, kid. I said to him, "Hey, I know what you're trying to cut in line in front of all of these people, which I don't really care about, but you are not getting in front of us. You understand?" He backed off and probably called me a few choice names, but I don't tolerate that shit.

After what seemed like an eternity, the doors were opened and we headed into the venue, just to the left of center. We spent much of the time before the show talking to a couple from Charlotte who drove up to see the show. They were'nt really Ben fans, just concert fans. They were really nice and bought us drinks, and told us not to go to the Biltmore mansion because it costs $50 a person (glad we found out before we tried to go) and which espresso maker we should get, since we were all coffee fans.

The Miniature Tigers came out and did another fabulous set. After them, Ben came out and introduced the acapella group who would be first on the album. The all-male group sang a great version of Not The Same, then did two other songs that were also really good.

Then Ben and co. came out and played the following:

Fake Bitch Went Nuts
Real Brainwashed
Annie Waits
Alice Childress
Way to Normal
You Don't Know Me
Battle of Who Could Care Less
Lovesick Diagnostician
Dr. Yang

Here he broke in and told a story about being carjacked while wearing lederhosen when he was a teenager. It was really quite elaborate and detailed, so I'm guessing it's true.

Free Coffee
Still Fighting It
Losing Lisa

Solo Set-
Fred Jones
Last Polka

Zak and Sara
Rockin' the Suburbs

Not The Same
One Angry Dwarf

We left the show happy. Next stop... Durham.

News / Ben on NPR Morning Edition Today
« on: November 17, 2008, 09:31:02 AM »
A friend told me Ben was interviewed on Morning Edition this morning. The link is here:

I haven't listened yet - I was too excited to let you all know :)

Okay - I bit the bullet this morning (thank you, payday) and bought tickets to the Louisville show. We're in grand tier box A left, seats 1-3. Yes, three seats - this means that we have an extra ticket (it's a long story).

If anyone is interested in sitting in a box on the piano side in Louisville, we've got an extra ticket. Our cost was 60 bucks (that includes all service fees and whatnot), so that's what we'd like to recoup.

If anyone is interested, let me know.

Here's a seating chart so you can see where you'd be:

Tour Board / Vienna, VA - 5/28/2008
« on: April 26, 2008, 11:19:26 AM »
Okay - we just bought tickets for this one, and will be getting tickets for the Cary, NC show when they go on sale next week. At first, we thought a 12-hour drive there and back was a little excessive. Then we listened to a bunch of Ben stuff on the way to dinner last night, and that kind of made up our mind. Is there a support group or something we should consider joining, or is this it?

Tour Board / Duluth
« on: April 15, 2008, 12:31:36 PM »
Anyone know the address to the Romano Gymnasium in Duluth? I can't find one online anywhere, and I want plug the address into my GPS before I take off for the Great White North this weekend. I suppose I could ask someone at the hotel in Duluth, but where's the fun in that?

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