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This plan goes to 11…

If you’re feeling absurdly adventurous, here’s a plan you could follow that actually goes… to ELEVEN…

1. 5PM – Happy Hour at Bananakeet for drinks and hear Reuben Chinnery

2. 7:15pm – Get on THE HIGHWAY TO (H)EL(L)M and see The Elmtones at The Elm Beach Bar – very possibly with Brian Johnson of AC/DC.

3. Walk, stumble or crawl to Quito’s Gazebo and catch Quito & The Edge live, starting tonight at 9:30pm

All three events are on the North shore – require you to travel one single road – the Highway to The Elm as it will be known after tonight…

and yes, that’s going to … ELEVEN.

For those of you needing an education on going to ELEVEN:

Up to eleven” or “these go to eleven” is an idiom from popular culture which has come to refer to anything being exploited to its utmost abilities, or apparently exceeding them, such as a sound volume control. Similarly, the expression “turning it up to eleven” may refer to the act of taking something to an extreme. In 2002 the phrase entered the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary with the definition “up to maximum volume.”

The phrase was coined in a scene from the 1984 mockumentary/rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap by the character Nigel Tufnel, played by Christopher Guest. In this scene Nigel gives the rockumentary’s director, Marty DiBergi, played by Rob Reiner, a tour of his stage equipment. While Nigel is showing Marty his Marshall guitar amplifiers, he points out one in particular whose control knobs all have the highest setting of eleven (unlike standard amplifiers, whose volume settings are typically numbered from zero to ten), believing that this numbering actually increases the volume of the amp (“It’s one louder”). When Marty asks why the ten setting is not simply set to be louder, Nigel pauses, clearly confused, before responding, “These go to eleven”.