Merle Saunders passed away yesterday. R.I.P., big guy.
I once had an interesting run-in with Merle's family at his 65th birthday party/show at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
Unfortunately, I didn't have the energy to make it down to see my pal Matt's (aka Stinkbait, aka by co-conspirator in Holeworld) band open up for the Dandy Warhols at the Warfield on Saturday night, smack in the middle of Hardly Strictly weekend. A near miss. And then Datnoff (another friend from Hood River) passed through town the following week, but another near miss.
|Bailout Bill||$700 billion|
|Additional Pork||$150 billion|
|Dow (-484) in 3 hours||$600 billion|
|Total carnage to you, The Taxpayer||$1.45 trillion|
Don't you love it when congress gets together with George Bush? Patriot Act... Iraq War... and now Bailouts for Bankers. You think this was going to save your 401k? What are you, nuts!?!?!
This year's lineup is stellar as usual. Saturday is a barnburner and Sunday is ALSO a barnburner. Or should I say Barnes Burner because Mr. Danny Barnes has the potential to play w/ 5 or 6 acts.
FRIDAY NIGHT FRUMP
T Bone Burnett again brings a band, but this time w/ unknowns such as Robert Plant and a fiddler named Alison Krauss. Nothing to see here!
SPECIAL SATURDAY RECIPE
I'm just skipping the banjo stage altogether. I can hear Steve Earle rant some other time.
Today's congressional vote against George Bush's bailout plan for bankers was perhaps the most glorious thing to happen in grass roots politics since the 60's. Especially after the sudden crammage of the Patriot Act and that duct tape-induced madness leading up to the Iraq War, I was expecting dogs and ponies.
But instead, they in fact LISTENED to us!
Well I know the pigmen are persistent, so they'll be back with another plan soon.
Here we are riding our bikes around Yosemite. The waterfalls were dry but we had a blast cruising around.
A friend just asked me to suggest a song that ROCKS. Well, here ya go....
We just ticked September (Northern California heat wave!) and Henry is already sifting through his costumes. Last year, he went through 7 different configurations on Halloween night... scaring the BEJEEZUS out of trick-or-treaters on our haunted porch with his various accessories (fangs, masks, reversible cape, fog machine, microphone/amp rig, spiderman gloves, etc.)
We actually had to apologize to a girl from school the next day at school for scaring a bit too much.