Thursday, October 31, 2013

Beats Antique Concert

On October 6th, I had the pleasure of witnessing the best concert of all time... BEATS ANTIQUE! They came to a local venue in the city where I live and preformed an incredible show. The band consists of three people and they're all extremely talented. The visuals for the show were mind-blowing and intense. The opening act featured a background of eerie houses with lights in the windows and a large tree house in the middle, also with lit windows. I've posted a few photos below of the opening act taken by my friend and hair stylist, Tootsie von Comare... 

Dancer, Zoe Jakes, was everything I was hoping for her to be... and more!
I have been a fan of Zoe since 2010 when I first became a little more serious about the art of belly dance. I've watched several of her videos and have hoped to see her preform in person. She was awesome, to say the least. 
An even cooler thing was that she nearly picked me to go onstage with her! During her "game show" segment, she needed a volunteer to help with a prop that was part of the act. She made eye-contact with me as she headed my way after opening the gate at the side of the stage. Another girl jumped in front of me and Zoe chose her instead (likely because she was pressed for time and needed to get back onstage). Oh, well!
I've been told before that I look like Zoe and it's definitely a compliment I never get tired of hearing!
Here are some more of the photos my friend Tootsie captured during the show. My camera wouldn't cooperate well, otherwise I would have taken some photos myself!

This is the poster for the Beats Antique show. They preformed at Track 29 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Loretta the Deer

A few weeks ago, I had the joy of making a new friend named "Loretta". 
She's no typical friend, however... she's a deer friend!

Loretta is the pet of an elderly man named Perry Sullivan who I met with my family while driving home from an apple orchard on Dayton Mountain in Tennessee. 
"Wooden's Apple Orchard", to be exact. The orchard is owned and operated by some of my distant family members. They have the best apple pies, fritters, slushies and cider! I love that place. I make a point to visit the orchard every year during the fall.

I saw Loretta crossing the road in front of the car while driving down the road and noticed that she was wearing a pink collar. The deer crossed the road and walked into Perry's yard, coming to a standstill beside him. She then began eating a watermelon that had been cut up and put on the ground.

Perry noticed our car on the road and saw my dad leaning out the window to take a photo with his Canon camera (which he makes sure to take everywhere he goes). That's when Mr. Sullivan invited us to come over and pet the deer he had raised from a very young age.

Loretta was a baby who had been abandoned by the side of the road after her mother had been injured and possibly killed by the traffic. The mother was nowhere to be found when Perry's family found Loretta. Perry's family let him know about the fawn and he soon decided to bring her into his home.

Perry raised Loretta on a bottle and she soon became healthy and strong, growing faster with each day. 
Mr. Sullivan even said that Loretta will watch television with him and eat cornbread! Amazing, in my opinion. Loretta thinks she's a dog! haha

Perry doesn't always have Loretta in his house though. In fact, she's always outside unless she wants to come in. She even has two babies of her own now! Perry has seen them from a distance, but Loretta hasn't brought them close just yet. She's a very protective mother, I suppose.

Here are a few photos my boyfriend and father took of the experience with Loretta...