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    My Office Saturday Night

    The Donohoe & Grimes Project (the acoustic/electric classic rock band I'm in) played a corporate party tonight at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. We've done this gig before, and it's always fun. There's good (free) catered food and beverages, and not only a good crowd within the confines of the corporate tent and yard, but a few thousand others just on the other side of the fence. We set up outside of one of the tents, looking out onto the balloon field. There was an balloon glow event scheduled for tonight, but since the breeze was a little unpredictable, only a few crews even attempted to inflate their balloons. Instead of hundred of balloons, we only had a couple dozen or so. Once it was good and dark, the fireworks show started. I didn't get any pics because we were playing. (It's a lot of fun to play while watching fireworks.)

    Here are a few pics, some taken by me and some by my wife...

    This is a small section of "Corporate Row", where companies rent a space for hospitality events and such. Ours was sponsored by Abba Technologies, who had two adjacent tents.



    My "desk" for the night. The two acoustic guitars are Mike's. My three electrics are in the rack in front of Tommy the drummer and photobomber. To save space, I was traveling light with only three guitars instead of my usual five. I would have had four tonight but I forgot the power supply for the guitar synthesizer at home.



    Here's an action shot my wife took. As usual I'm navel-gazing. Either that or trying to figure out which button to push on the pedalboard...



    Here's a panorama shot from where I was standing before the field started to fill with balloon crews and spectators...



    This was a bit later in the evening, as a few balloons were trying to inflate in the breeze...



    Some actually did get inflated enough to stand up. This is one of my wife's shots...



    And another nice one she got...



    I wish I'd gotten some shots of the fireworks. They always put on a great display at the Balloon Fiesta.

    All in all, it was a great way to spend a Saturday evening. Hanging out with good friends, having fun, and watching cool stuff happening as we played.
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    Love the show. It is a great way to spend a weekend, and very colorful. Anywhere in the city is a great view.
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    That has got to be one of your more fun gigs. The balloon fest is on my bucket list, although it would be disappointing to get there and have it weathered out.

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    Very cool. I need to go to the balloon race in reno again one of these years.
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    Man thats got to be the best office there is. Free food, great scenery , loads of fresh air, no computers unless they being used for making music and fun playing music.
    Hope the pay is reasonable.

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    The Albuquerque Balloon Festival is on my bucket list, for sure! I'd also like to visit the area to see Taos and Santa Fe again.
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    Y'all are welcome to come out here for the balloons anytime. Just a tip: When here, don't call it the Balloon Festival. It's the Balloon Fiesta, and the locals are sure to correct you.

    Here's a time lapse from the Sunday morning Mass Ascension taken by a friend of mine. It was overcast today and he was shooting towards the shaded sides of the balloons, so the colors are a bit drab. Still, it gives an idea what it's like to see 500+ balloons flying in the same place. (There's simply no way pictures or video can really capture the feel of being on the balloon field during a mass ascension, though. You just have to experience it in person.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psnQ2...ature=youtu.be
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    Something you're only likely to hear in Albuquerque:

    Sorry I'm late...I got caught in a balloon jam.

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    So.

    A Family Gathering in Albuquerque next October that includes the Balloon Fiesta?

    I'm in.
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