Monthly Archives October 2006

Parkside Lounge, Saturday, October 28

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Des Moines, June 23

Friday, June 23
Des Moines, IA
House of Bricks

Clear Lake, IA

fort custer Fort Custer Maze
I was lucky on the drives as I was coupled with Tyler Fyre, the show’s mc and sword swallower. His van is bad ass. It has flame-tricked pedals and xm radio and good times waiting in each town. He can stay up all night having those good times and still be good to drive and still put on a good show when we arrive.
We started those good times when we passed by the Fort Custer Maze and then turned around to go do it. It took us well over an hour.
If I had money to burn, I would have one of those mazes built, have it changed daily and would toddle through it quickly between the hours of 6 and 7 am...

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Minneapolis, June 22

Upon walking into this venue, there was a man named Cadillac Andy playing a baby grand in the style of boogie woogie along with a drummer.  He was very good.  Rockabilly piano isn’t played enough from where I’m listening.  I felt awkward loading in and setting up while he played on the floor, although he didn’t seem to mind and we had to do it.
There were plenty of dressing rooms for everyone.  I went to the basement, which was reminiscent of hanging out in your neighbor’s basement- musty smell, a dartboard, an old couch, and more dudes than girls. 
The theater is excellent and the sound guy was great.  The seating arrangement, however, made it a bit rough to play to the audience.  There were a few seated near the front but most were sitting on the sides far, far away...

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Chicago, June 21

Midwest Tour with The Pontani Sisters
Wednesday, June 21
Chicago, IL
Martyrs
Drove from Paducah, KY to Chicago.  Traffic in Chicago is amazing!  I truly toddled.  Things learned:  Don’t take sureties over the phone with Expedia and keep close watch on your parking meter.  And get the pizza at Martyrs.  It’s good.
The girl that hit on me was real pretty.  And then a myspace friend bought me the pint of Guinness that she’d promised me on my myspace.  I drank the pint with her and another myspace friend and a fellow that I didn’t know from myspace or anywhere else.  That girl that hit on me was pretty drunk yet still really pretty.
I returned my car rental to the airport around 1am and there was a really long line waiting for me.  Everyone was peeved in the line...

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Subway Reading

started reading a new book.  wish i could download text onto my contact lenses.  only way you could tell i’m reading is by me pretending to hear you talk.  and you ask me what did you just say.

it’s reading like a girl book so far.  but it’s written well.  i wish i could keep reading it.  i bet tv lenses come before text lenses.  by that time, season five of Lost will be the most downloaded.  and i’ll have finished the girl book by then.

my friend recommended the book.  sort of.  so, it’s not like i saw it on the shelf and said, I’d like to read a romance novel.

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Go See this show

Funeral
tuesdays 10,17, and 31st.
ars nova
511 w54th (and 10th)
8pm

$10 instead of $15 if you enter a discount code at www.smarttix.com – code : “LOUIS” 
 www.smarttix.com

Louis Schwadron produces his own funeral.  It’s real good.  His impersonation of his old rabbi is impeccable.  And his impersonation of himself in the Polyphonic Spree is spot on.  And he plays french horn like a Julliard grad.

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Old FFA report I found. I thought I’d lost it. I got an F because I never turned it in due to unseen foresight.

He put blankets on the crops around 4 today to make sure that the frost didn’t kill them. There were about 25 electric blankets lying on a bed of tobacco plants waiting to be turned on.  He wanted to get a head start on his dark plants, creating a longer growing period, thus making the plants more mature and perhaps more flavorful.  He’d argued at the pizza palace the day before about chickens (the older they are the more tasty/nooo, the older they are the more tough and oldey).

Later: 

The frost came and (wouldn’t you know it?) one of the electric blankets went out and, as a result, the others went out much like Christmas lights.

Later:

The leaves froze and by sheer habit, he broke off a piece and put it in his mouth as he did the turnip greens in August...

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