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Notes from a Wet Stormy Monday

The California State Flag

1) Yesterday I paid the highest price for a gallon of gas in all my years of driving – $2.17 and 9/10ths. $2.18! Time to get a Hybrid car
2) Tomorrow is the California Primary, get out and vote!
3) Inquiring minds would like to know why California’s state animal is the grizzly bear and Michigan’s is the wolverine even though both animals are extinct or exceptionally rare in both states? Why not have a common animal as the State Mascot? Here in California we could have feral house cats, opposums, coyotes, stripper chicks with badly done brown lipliner, etc…

The Count Down to Punk Rock Bowling, 17 Days to Go

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ReyRey and Damian, PRB 2001

There are seventeen, yep seventeen, measly little days until we pack up the Momasaurus Ford Escape and drive north on the Interstate 15 to Lost Wages for Punk Rock Bowling!
The Barflies.net Bad News Bowlers and the One Pin Team have been diligently practicing every week for a couple of months now and we are EXCITED!
In the Countdown to Departure, I will be posting pictures from various years past as a “Best of Bowling” memories.

SXSW Here I Come, Part I

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Hector and Wanda after Daniel Lanios’ opening the SXSW 2003 Music conference.

I just redeemed frequent flyer miles for a round trip ticket from Los Angeles to Austin for SXSW 2004!
Now I just need to buy a badge. Therein lies the big monetary vs. worth debate.
From 1998 – 2000, I attended the Music conference and loved it. In 2001 & 2003, I got a Platinum badge to attend the Interactive and Music conferences. The badge is quite a bit more expensive and the extra nights in the hotel plus food make it a very pricey adventure. I am currently on a cash only – no credit world, and the Platinum is too steep.
The Interactive part of the conference really is worth the badge for the panels alone. But it is lonely, as I am a music person and even though I try to be friendly I have had a hard time meeting folks (must be the lack of afternoon parties and free beer & bbq starting at 2pm). While the Music panels have sucked for the last couple of years, I have a blast with tons of friends, colleagues, and newly met folk at the conference and the showcases.
I have been considering just buying the Interactive badge and then attending afternoon parties for the Music part and a few night showcases, thus saving the dough. But as Wanda and I just discussed, last year many of the showcases we wanted to see were only letting badges in and no paying customers or wristbands. Grrr…
Debate, debate, debate.
Good news is that Manic Hispanic will be at Emo’s on 3/19 for the BYO Records showcase!

Back in 2004…

Ok, after a week of holiday from blogging, I am back. A few notes before I get down to business:
1) Yeah! It is 2004, not 2003! Yeah! Already a better year. Yeah!
2) WallyMundo saved my bacon tonight. I hate their labor practices, their ugly clothes, domination and reshaping of the world shopping and buying habits, but I highly grateful that their photo dept. was able to print a large set of digital photo files on a short notice and do a great job so that I could make a deadline when all my fave photolabs are on holiday until Monday.
3) Tom Ridge needs to bug off. I promise not to use my postal box as a center of terrorism, if you promise to get out of my business and not be so snoopy. Enough said.

Happy 2004

Happy New Year one and all.
May 2004 be a year of learning, love, laughter, and a few good tears, but not too many.

Big Excitement in Orange or the Swat Team camped out in front of Julie’s house…

Dec. 2, 2003 - Anaheim Police
Police Blockade on West Sycamore St., Orange

At 4:30pm this afternoon, I turned off my computer, got in the bouncing middle aged Honda, and drove north up Glassell to go to Trader Joe’s for spinach dip and cheese for Book Club this evening. I was not a block away from my house when I saw 2 helicopoters in the sky just above me. They were just hovering, not searching, but hovering.
I live near the Orange Crush, the conjunction of the 5, 22, and 57 freeways, and as a result, at rush hour traffic times there can be a helicopter in the sky to the west over the freeways. These helicopters were directly over Chapman University. I told myself that maybe someone famous was at the University and thus the helicopters, but they were dark blue with no markings or logos.
On the way back from Trader Joe’s, they were still in the sky, and thrumming loudly. For the next hour, the sound of helicopters was loud. I did a google search to see what was up, to no avail.
At 6:42pm, I got in my car to go to Julie’s to pick her up to drive to Meg’s, when I flipped on KFWB for the news. Maybe they would tell me what was going on. And they did. Julie’s exit from the 57 was closed off and the announcer reported that her whole neighborhood was blockaded due to a murder investigation. The 24 person SWAT team had set up their command center at Eckhoff and Sycamore, where the suspects had ditched their cars.
Julie’s house is the corner house at Eckhoff & Sycamore. I called Julie on her cell and asked if she had been listening to the news, she had as she could not get off the freeway at her exit. She was unable to even get to her neighborhood and we met up at my house. Julie and I decided to proceed to Book Club, as there would be no going home for her for a number of hours.

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