“If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.” ― Charles Bukowski, Factotum
DEATH RIDE IS COMPLETE. Picked up my bike again from the shop this time to have a rack installed on the back. Not sure how much biking I can get in this week with working 10 hour days and the wedding coming up this weekend and Dawn is coming back from Indy to be my date.
When it was announced last week that the MISFITS would be returning to headline RIOT FEST again I immediately posted it to Tori’s wall only to discover that she passed away late 2021. I’m devastated. We were rock roll friends for over a decade and a half. Meeting initially on My Space due to her video of DANZIG’s grocery list on YouTube , we wouldn’t meet in person till 2016 although we shared many emails and phone calls. Her butt dialed me often since my name starts with the letter A. I never in life met a more rock n roll woman than Tori.
I posted the meme above on social media FB, Twitter and Instagram Wednesday night. When I woke up I received a message as a comment on the meme above from an extraordinary beautiful Irish lass in Hawaii.
Shannon Brady wrote 5/11/2022
I read some of your blogs about “our days” for the first time. I was touched. Your writing and recollection and pictures are superb. It brought me back to a time I only partially remember, and you brought back the fondest and filled in great blanks.
Your observations and ability to summarize a mish mash of crazy moments into a consumable story is epically talented.
Maybe I should write this to you in a personal message, but I feel compelled to tell you publicly that I see you. Perhaps the way you saw me back then and I never knew.
Blessings, my damned man. ❤️
She is, till this day the only woman that ever sat with me and listened to Neil Diamond which was in her caron a very hot day.
A Nearly New Shop · 4075 N Broadway St. Chicago, IL 60613 where I’ve been taking my bikes for 20 yrs ask for Ron he’s awesome and affordable.Going back Friday to have a rack installed on my newbie.
5/12/2022 The SYNister Sycle on its first ride along the lake.
Paul aka PJ Baio is a Los Angeles based Standup Comedian. He was born and raised in Chicago, IL where he studied and performed Improv at the Second City Conservatory and Improv Olympic. He was a founding member and Managing Director of The Cenacle Theater Company, as well as a member of Chemically Imbalanced Comedy. He migrated to Los Angeles in 2005 where he started working various production jobs while cultivating his own independent projects.
Max Bravo joins in with great music from DEVO, Adam Ant, Blondie, The Ramones, The Dead Kennedys, Ministry, Stabbing Westward and Scarlet.
Dear Metra, what a brilliant idea for those of us that love to bike trails.
SYNister Sycle after her maiden voyage on the Fox River trail
Of course Bob and I had to go to Asadoras in Ottawa for burgers. They know us now. I cannot rave enough about the quality of their beef and generous portions. And after buying locks for my new ride who I hadn’t met in person yet we’d make a few adjustments and I’d take her home along the Fox River. It was the first 80 degree day of the year and I felt it.
Lots of updates as far as text and I may or may not get to it while I’m away. Work has had me extremely busy. I’ll of course be updating pix on my trip.
This is not a political post. I am posting as a service to those too young to recall such times. This is a picture of President Kennedy, a Democrat, and former President Eisenhower, a Republican, discussing foreign policy in 1961. It hasn’t always been, “I won and you lost.” We used to understand that we are all better together than we are when grouped in opposing camps. Competition is fine, as long as you understand who you are competing against. It’s not productive to burn something down, just so you can stand on the smoldering ashes.
A few weeks ago Dale and I searched every local WalMart for the mountain bike I’ve wanted. All sold out and no store would take delivery locally. Bob Hoeksema suggested I have it shipped to him and he’d assemble it. Last week I got a notice that it had been delivered and Bob sent me pix and told me it was the wrong bike. A little girls bike at that. I was PISSED.
A few hours later he sent me a shot of the real bike. It was a prank as payback for a prank I played on him 20 yrs ago.
He removed the stickers from it and here it is: He christened it the SINister Sycle. Once the weekend weather breaks I’ll pick it up in Montgomery and bike the Fox River Trail to the Aurora Metra station and bring it downtown and bike the lakefront Trail home.
When I mentioned on Facebook that there were pretty bartenders in New Glarus but not as pretty as those at the Looney Bin in Bradley he sent this shot of us with the caption “We Dint Do Nuffin.”
New Glarus WI Easter Weekend, my home away from home.
TALK ABOUT DUMB LUCK! This is the second time in a year that we wanted to eat at Baumgartner’s Cheese Store & Tavern and it was closed. Last summer it was closed on Monday. This year the power was out. So as we did last summer we returned to Suisse Haus Food and Spirits. I’m from Chicago so I don’t get here often and I know kinda’ know what I want. Like last year I wanted a braunschweiger sandwich. We had burgers outside then.My friends who are local like Limburger Cheese Sandwiches and not only did they have that, they also served Liver Sausage Sandwich with Cheese, which is braunschweiger. This fantastic place which has an amazing history to Swiss immigrants also served our sandwiches on marble rye. When our wonderful and attentive (and easy on the eyes) waitress Elle, who was also very busy but we couldn’t tell, brought our food you should have seen our eyes. the cheese was cut THICK as was my braunschweiger. I also had fried pickles which I was unable to finish because the sandwich was so damned huge and at $5.75 was an unreal deal. I’ll be back again and again and…well you get it. My new go to in Green County WI. Thank you cooks and thank you Elle. Hope to see you all during Cheese Days.
Dawn came to visit for her birthday this year. We did a PodCast with Sin Quirin along w/ max Bravo and then I took them both to Lucy’s Uptown for the very best chicken sandwiches. On the way back Dawn and I stopped into Wrigleyville North and the Bearded Lady before heading back to Casa Diablo. Somehow I got her to sit still and watch movies. We saw Tombstone followed by Blazing Saddles.
After stopping into El Palmar Saturday morning we took a bus and train to Lincoln Square where she made friends with Christine the bartender of Hansa Clipper and then after shopping we went to Garcia’s before heading home.
Sunday we made pulled pork and veggies and did a podcast and watched Iron man and then 1883.
I’ve been a weddings groomsman, a best man, a wedding DJ and now my first as an ordained Minister. Its an honor to join Matthew Lee Clark. And Bria Toulemonde in unholy matrimony.
If your gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough When you get knocked down you gotta get back up, I ain’t the sharpest knife in the drawer but I know enough, to know, If your gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough
I lit my brain with rot gut whisky Til my pain was chicken fried And I’ve had dudes with badges frisk me, Teach me how to swallow pride
I took advice no fool would take I got some habits, I can’t shake I ain’t the sharpest knife in the drawer but I know enough, to know, If your gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough
If your gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough! When you get knocked down you gotta get back up. Thats the way it is in life and love If your gonna be dumb you gotta be tough.
I’ve been up and down and down and out, I’ve been left and right and wrong, Well I walked the walk and I runned my mouth, Been on that short end for too long, But if they gave medals for honky-tonk wars, Hell I’d keep mine in my chester drawers, With my IRS bills and divorce papers and all that stuff, If you’re gonna be dumb, you’ve gotta be tough!
If your gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough When you get knocked down you gotta get back up, I ain’t the sharpest knife in the drawer but I know enough, to know, If your gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough! If your gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough!
MKULTRASOUND PodCast Format 4/1/2022 5 PM CST
Intro 60 seconds Introductions, Sin, Max and Dawn Talk about Oscars *(play tongue throat clip) Talk to Sin about Grammys Intro to Siglos *Siglos Song: Por Loos Siglos Talk: Ministry, RevCo, 3 Headed Snake, Society 1, Lords of Acid
Three Headed Snake – Wisdom
Sponsor Martin Atkins Coffee/MK ULTRA spot
KISS TRIVIA (Sin, Max, Dawn VS AZ) Talk Close w/ Sin
Three Headed Snake Tyrants Topics: Moon Knight, X, TheBatman, Brand New Cherry Flavor, Warhol Doc
RevCo – I’m Not Gay Concerts: I YA TOYAH, Angel, Gary Numan