But First- Let Me Take A Selfie.... - 05/05/14

Hello all!

How was your weekend? I had a wonderful time Friday night. I've been here in Nashville two years, but Friday was my first time catching a show at the Ryman. It is such an incredible and intimate venue. Lana Del Rey gave an amazing performance- she is one of my favorite singers and her performance exceeded my expectations.

I was seated in the front row of the balcony section, so I had a really good view of the stage and the fans in the front- which brings me to the point of this blog post. When I looked down I saw a sea of cell phones in the air with young fans eager to record their favorite performance moments. Also, so many times throughout the night I'd glance away from the stage to see fans with their backs turned to take a 'selfie' with the performance behind them....

I can't say I didn't snap a photo of the stage between songs- but do you think this age of total documentation we've entered takes away from experiencing the actual moment? Does it annoy you when you're at a concert or event and you observe the 'selfie' culture? Inquiring minds want to know- please share your opinion! @ErinSteerClear

 

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GRANDMOTHER-GETAWAY DRIVER

ROCKAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- It's not exactly quality time with grandma. Police in northern New Jersey report busting a grandmother they say was the getaway driver for her grandson and his friends. According to authorities, a tip after a home rip-off led them to stop the car driven by 78-year-old Vera Buniak. She's been charged with possession of stolen property. Her grandson, 18-year-old Timothy Buniak, faces burglary and other charges. Police tell the Daily Record she may not have known a crime was being committed, but she was part of the process.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-PRICES

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Medicinal marijuana users in Minnesota are in for some sticker shock. One of the state's legal pot producers is raising prices after less than a month in business. Dr. Kyle Kingsley of Minnesota Medical Solutions tells the AP prices on pills, vapors and liquids are up by as much as 20 percent. The company is also reducing the discount for low-income users. Kingsley says low demand is one factor in driving up their pot prices.

TAXIDERMY RIVALRY

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- It's Michigan State versus the University of Michigan -- as played by stuffed chipmunks. Lansing-based taxidermist Nick Saade has created a football display with 22 stuffed chipmunks wearing little Spartan or Wolverine helmets. The chipmunks are in passing, throwing, catching and tackling positions. Saade tells the Lansing State Journal the chipmunk Spartans are about to score the winning touchdown. He adds, "everybody knows MSU is better -- even the chipmunks."

HOT WORK

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Think you're hot? Don't trade places with Robert Carpenter. He's the pit master at The Grille, a Memphis restaurant. His day starts at 6 when it's relatively cool. But he can't stop grilling as the day heats up. Every time he opens the outdoor barbecue pit, the temperature spikes. Carpenter says a wet towel and an industrial fan help a bit. But he tells the Commercial Appeal newspaper, the real key is, "Water, water and more water."

 
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