Today marks 5 months since we launched the very first show with guest Nick Huffman and it’s been a roller coaster ride ever since with no signs of slowing down. We actually did 4 shows in less than 1 week a week ago. We now have 28 total shows to our credit.
I’ve spent all fucking day working on a press release for a worldwide media blitz. Now it’s done and I have sent to the UK and now for local and stateside media.
Thanks to Mark Williams, Cassie Balazic, Vas O Agnostos., Deb Ty Coon, Nick Huffman, Emily Sifrit, Maureen Huffman, Nick McCort, Martin Atkins, Samantha Marie, Rich X Emerson, Lisa L Lightning, Rich Love, Drew Blood, Danny Lee Hill, Dan Milligan, Matthew Clark, Reid Hyams, Lucy Dekay, Mary Rose Gonzales, Mark Groble, Jared Louche, Curse Mackey, Rona Rougeheart, Glenn Stefano, Kenny Ryback, Angela Denk, Billie Pulera, Leon Royal, Max Bravo, Dale Patrick Bennett, Michael X. Christian, Maladie Catharsis, Scott Davidson, Amanda Jeanne, Dawn Wattles, Miranda Wattles, Brad Wattles, Torianna Nichole Bodie, Damon Bernklau, Beverly Mac and to you Mrs. Calabash, whereever you are.
I don’t even know where to begin to explain how I managed to do 4 podcasts in just under 1 week. I’ll figure that out and get back here tomorrow after work. It does however explain why I took a nearly 3 day break from social media as well as my phone. My voice was shot and I was completely exhausted.
It all began the day after Mark left and I met Max to see the worst movie I’ve ever paid to see in a theater…..
Mark had only been gone 2 days when the guest room would once again become inhabited. The MYSTERY ACTIONS PodCast was still fresh in my mushy brain. We had 2 shows wrapped between Friday night and Sunday afternoon and I had 2 more to do the following Tuesday and Thursday which meant rearranging my work schedule and work is thankfully getting busy again. There is some raw talent in that room but it has nothing to do with rock n roll except for my corner which is mostly southwest and Batman.
Finding the time and energy to write this has been a challenge. I simply cannot force myself to write after a workday and its hard enough just to pump out news stories in the early morning or early evening. But where was I?????
Sunday afternoon Lucy and Mary Rose left right after the show and Cassie followed. I could tell she was mentally and emotionally exhausted. Ty hung out for about 2 hrs and we talked shop and some personal stuff. She is becoming a confidant of sorts and great for my self-esteem. I had a few drinks and went to bed and was pretty psyched when I went to work the next morning. Immediately after work I would be meeting Max Bravo for whom as a thank you for almost killing me earlier in the season by buying me drinks ON A SUNDAY, I bought a pair of tickets to see the first night of a special/limited 3 – night engagement of “3 From Hell” at $17.25 per ticket. I figured it was going to be a big deal since in the hot summer month I spent $18 to see “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in 70mm on an extra-large screen at the Music Box Theater. “3 From Hell” is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie. It is a follow-up to his 2003 film House of 1000 Corpses and its 2005 sequel The Devil’s Rejects. In a nutshell and if you’ve watched or listened to the MKULTRASOUND PodCast you already know this fact, but I basically spent 2 hours looking at my watch and too much money on tickets. It has the dubious distinction of being the worst movie I’ve ever paid to see in a theater. Drive In’s don’t count. Max and I took the train home and I set my alarm went to bed dissatisfied.
I would be off the next morning as Jared Louche (Chemlab, H3llb3nt, The Aliens, Peach of Immortality, Pigface, proGREX.iv, Prude and now Ether of Souls) who flew in from the UK the night before and then went right into rehearsal, got up rehearsed again and at 11AM Cassie picked him up in Humboldt Park and drove him over here for the first time since 2012. He had to do more rehearsal and then fly to NYC for a show and then back here for a show and then to Baltimore for another show and one more in Denver before coming back to Chicago and then flying back to the UK all within 7 days. So making time for me wouldn’t be easy. Reid Hyams also rearranged his schedule so he could be part of it and it is a very loose but intellectual show as far as those things go in the world the 3 of us orbit.
There used to be a time
When I’d do almost any single little thing for you
I see you now
And my stomach’s balled up in a knot.
I feel the cold knife blade of disgust
In my gut like a shot
You can fuck me and I hate you,
You can hate me and I fuck you,
Isn’t that what this is all about?
The future’s not all it’s cracked up to be,
Bloated in the daylight
Dead eyes seldom see
Your empire’s in flames and
Your kingdom’s out of power
The Emperor’s dead and
On his grave are crushed one dozen
Chemlab – Suicide Jag lyrics
I had the afternoon to chill before Curse and Rona would arrive that evening around 930PM. I stayed up with them till around midnight and then got up and biked into the office. Curse was here not only to perform at Cold Waves but to rehearse with PIGFACE which he’ll be touring with next month. I has Thursday off to interview them early. At last minute Cassie texted that she was too sick to make it so I called Max who I hope saved it by filming it with his phone. He is also very busy with work as well but we make sacrifices for art and he saved the day, I think. It hasn’t made YouTube yet. They left midafternoon to do the Cold Waves show and I chilled out and woke up in the middle of the night with a sore throat and could barely speak. I got up at 530AM showered and got ready for work but had no choice but to take the day off. My bosses were very understandable. Around 11AM I mustered up the energy to join Curse and Rona for brunch at El Palmar and then we walked over to Walgreens where Curse had a synth sent from Sweetwater Music and I introduced them to Michele who works there, she’s the pretty girl with nice hair I mentioned July 4 WeAkend. They had a flight the next morning and this would pretty much be goodbye till November. Curse gave me a bunch of swag as did Rona and it included 2 t shirts. KILLER!
It was Friday evening and I was alone and rang a few friends but felt I needed a short break from humans and technology. Late Friday night I woke up when Curse and Rona came in and I went to the porch and had a drink and shared a joint with them. I may have mentioned before I don’t handle marijuana well unless I want to sleep or fuck. It hit me hard but not before Curse stepped on a Super Snap Banger (This item is a firecracker without the fuse. Considered adult snaps. Loud bang when you throw it on a hard surface. Not for kids!) It sounded like a gun shot in the middle of a quiet Friday night on Chicago’s mostly peaceful north side. It was funny and I had to crash. By the time I woke Saturday morning they were gone but left a nice note on a drawing pad complete with a Bubbleman!
Saturday and Sunday I had limited if no contact with people or the internet. I avoided answering my phone. Like Cassie I was now mentally exhausted and I knew work would be busy the following week and needed to save what voice I have left. I’m pretty sure this is allergy connected.
All in all it was a nice 2 extended weekends with good old friends. We knocked out 4 podcasts in less than a week. No wonder I was exhausted.
Now comes ROCKtober!!!!
THANKS TO MY WONDERFUL POWER COUPLE FRIENDS CURSE and RONA!
3 days after the last show was posted we’ve had listens outside of the USA in Edinburgh United Kingdom, Mexico City Mexico, Saint Catharines Canada,
London United Kingdom, Thiescourt France, Saint Leonards United Kingdom, and Hamburg Germany. Sundays show was by far just about the funniest show we’ve ever done. You could even hear Cassie giggling in the background as she was filming.
Too Dark Mark will arrive at Casa Diablo this afternoon and we’re doing a sow tomorrow night which will feature one of his new songs that he recorded in his Baton Rouge studio last weekend with none other than the world renowned drummer and old friend of ours Martin Atkins.
So much more to come on this post. Right now I have a little time I need to go to the post from last week and add text.
AZ Martin and Too Dark Mark one summer day after a day at the beach out in front of my haus.
Mark had the VooDoo dolls of us made prior to his arrival.
And so it began exactly one week ago when Too Dark Mark arrived out in front of my home and I walked him up inside. He unpacked in the guest room and brought a new microphone and headset for the PodCast gear. We caught up as if we don’t already pretty much communicate in some form n a daily basis especially now that we’re officially working together for the first time of our friendship of 2 years.
Around 630 we took an Uber to Lincoln Square so he could record shop. We were there for about an hour and then went for dinner at El Palmar. Mark ordered 4 tacos and my burrito was HUGE. I had to get up for work the next morning and finished it for breakfast and then biked to and from the office. It was nice to bike that beast out of my system.
As my day was winding down I got a message from Ty reminding me that in addition to this evenings recording that Lucy Dekay was coming by for another show that Sunday, just two days later. Ironically I was just looking at Lucy’s pictures online when I got Ty’s message. Oh man I know that sounds so fucking weird.
By the time I got home Mark and Cassie were already here setting up for the evenings podcast. It would be a late show and an even later night. Ty arrived with beverages in tow. It was going to be one of those nights. Being I was up since 5AM I was already feeling tired but alcohol actually gives me a boost of energy. I was ready to knock out a show that would feature all four of us for the first time.
Some records we saw at Laurie’s Planet of Sound 4639 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
My big ass fucking burrito at El Palmar
Our show board for Friday Sept 6, 2019
So we knocked out an hour and six minute podcast that went all over the map with new music recorded by Mark and Martin Atkins the weekend before and old stories from mark and I and Cassie talking about her Maxim cover girl contest. It was great and then the booze and other things began to flow The next afternoon would be Hansa Clipper for a bit during the German American Oktoberfest. Since Mark doesn’t drink it would be a short lived affair. However Friday night we were all up till 3 AM. Cassie was staying in the living room, Mark in the guest room and me in the room that talks to itself at night.
AZ at 230isAM
Cassie and Mark taking Pony for a walk on the way to take the CTA to Lincoln Square.
IT MUST BE SATURDAY AT HANSA CLIPPER
MYSTERY ACTIONS IN ACTION
Polly, Lucy, Ty and AZ
Lucy Dekay and Ty Coon
I didn’t know what to expect. I had heard there music only briefly occasionally looked t Lucy’s pix since Ty and Danny have spoken so highly of her. I got a message from Lucy that she was on her way and would be picking up Mary aka Polly Pocket. Mark had left around 1130 AM and poor Cassie was exhausted from a night out with Mark prior and Pony wasn’t feeling himself and Cassie was really worrying. Ty arrived and we walked to Walgreen’s to pick up beverages and Cassie let the ladies in who arrived when I was outside. I came back to find some very friendly and fun and full of energy rock n roll women. We knocked out a killer and fucking funny show. We played 2 songs and all 3 women were on their game and I was outnumbered.
THANKS TO LUCY DEKAY AND POLLY POCKET FOR BEING SO FUCKING COOL, FUNNY AND TALENTED!
I’m finally updating this on Thursday morning 9/5/2019. The last week and a half have been very very busy. Between my day gig, the PodCast and pre production and post production doctors visits, errands and hosting my final big BBQ of the year even making time for rest has been more difficult than usual. But I am sleeping very very well and knock on wood!
So early last week I discovered Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard a military combat veteran serving as the U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Elected in 2012, she became the first Samoan American and the first Hindu member of the United States Congress. I found her by complete accident and it is a stroke a luck that I finally found a candidate I can put my support. I was wacting YouTube PodCasts and came across comedian Nick Di Paolo who I used to hear on the old Howard Stern show. He broke down the cat fight between Kamala Harris and Tulsi Gabbard and CNN’s second Democratic Debate. I immediately googled her and after much research signed up for her website updates and ordered a sign for my window and a bumper sticker. You can see video of Nick Di Paolo laughing about it at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpdjH5Nyf90
Her resume is a stack of firsts: She is the youngest person ever elected to Hawaii’s state legislature and the first Hindu in Congress, as well as one of its first two first female combat veterans. Gabbard is American-Samoan, an ardent surfer (who got engaged while surfing) and has stretched across the political spectrum — nominating Bernie Sanders for president in 2016, and later that year meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump.
If elected president in 2020, she would take office before turning 40 and become the youngest person ever in the job. Here is what Tulsi Gabbard believes on some key issues in the 2020 race.
Climate change: Mandate an end to the use of fossil fuels for electricity by 2050. Ban fracking.
One of the most aggressive pieces of climate change legislation in Congress, Gabbard’s “OFF Fuels for a Better Future Act” would mandate a dramatic move away from fossil fuels. The plan would require electric utilities to use 80 percent renewable resources by 2027 and 100 percent by 2035. In addition, it would set similar goals for car emissions, mandating zero emissions by 2050. Finally, it would end all subsidies and tax breaks for fossil fuels and it would ban fracking.
Education: Tuition-free community college for all and tuition-free public university for most families.
Gabbard backs Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposal to cut or eliminate higher education tuition for most Americans. She would make community college tuition-free for all Americans, and four-year public colleges tuition-free for students whose families make $125,000 or less per year. The plan would pay for that tuition by imposing a new tax on stock and bond trades.
Guns: Ban assault weapons and require universal background checks.
In Congress, Gabbard has co-sponsored bills that would ban assault weapons and require background checks for all gun purchases, including closing what is known as the “gun-show loophole.”
Health care: Create “Medicare for All,” a universal, government-sponsored health care system.
Gabbard co-sponsored a bill to create a government-run system to provide health care for all residents of the United States. That bill, “The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act,” would pay for health care by increasing taxes on the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans, create a progressive excise tax on payroll and self-employment, tax unearned income, and also tax stock and bond transactions (not just the gains from those transactions).
Social Issues: Protect abortion rights. Ban discrimination based on sexual preference, identity.
Gabbard believes that abortion should remain legal and accessible. She voted against a proposed ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. She supports the legal status of same-sex marriage, opposes attempts to bar transgender Americans from the military and supports laws to ban discrimination based on sexual preference.
In both of these areas, Gabbard has changed her position since she entered politics at age 21. She was initially anti-abortion, or opposed to increased abortion access. In 2004, she opposed a bill allowing civil unions for same-sex couples in Hawaii. Hawaii’s LGBT caucus withheld their endorsement from her in 2016. She has said that her time in Iraq sparked soul-searching and led to changes in her beliefs.
Military intervention: Withdraw from Afghanistan and Syria.
In general, Gabbard believes the U.S. should be less involved in foreign conflicts and have a smaller troop presence in many places around the world. She has specifically called on the U.S. military to pull out of Afghanistan, arguing that American troops completed their mission there andallow the country to chart its own course.
Gabbard also opposes U.S. military presence and action in Syria. In 2017, she sparked controversy after announcing that she had met with Syrian leader Bashar -al-Assad at his invitation. A few months later, she sharply questioned U.S. conclusions that a chemical attack in 2017 was directed by Assad’s regime. And recently she has criticized those who say U.S. troops should stay in the country. Gabbard believes the U.S. is in Syria primarily to force a regime change, something she argues is a mistake and being pushed by leaders who are “attached to war.”
The congresswoman believes U.S. action around the world often benefits extremists. She also has argued that Democrats and others should not back away from the term “Islamic extremists.”
Saudi Arabia: End U.S. support for Saudi-led conflict in Yemen.
Gabbard has said the U.S. is complicit in a humanitarian disaster by giving support to the Saudis, because they have cut off aid to large parts of the Yememi population while battling rebels there. She also sent a controversial tweet that was highly critical of Trump following news that the U.S. was standing by Saudi leadership despite intelligence implicating the kingdom’s crown prince in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
A nice ride both in and back home from work on my own Taco Tuesday. I woke “hump day” morning to see that our last show was not only listened to across the states but also in: Hamburg Germany, Mexico City Mexico, Itoigawa Japan, Tambov Russian Federation, Vladivostok Russian Federation, Saint Leonards United Kingdom, Edinburgh United Kingdom, Craigieburn Australia, Concord Australia and Sydney Australia.
I ate shrimp tacos and fajitas for 3 days and LOVED it. The weather was perfect and somehow by a stroke of luck it only rained while I was in the office and it rained pretty hard but magically stopped shortly before I had to bike home from work.
Today found this little piece I penned 3 years ago.
I have a scrapbook full of memories and pictures on a wall
I’ve got a guitar full of melodies and poems for them all
I have a notebook full of love-songs with you on every line
But sweetest are the memories forever in my mind
It seems all my life I’ve shied away the chance of true love affair
From the misty eyes of a lovers eyes, and some who may have cared
With you there was no question, loves validity was there
Sunny sandy walks and late night talks of feelings that we shared
Montrose Beach Wednesday mourning
Valerie Kenwell in TX was watching an old PodCast and sent me this screen shot. I love when people do that.
Alcala’s Western Wear 1733 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
After my doctor appointment with Oncologist May Hashimi, M.D. who is just wonderful I went to biked to the bank and then all the way over to Ukrainian Village on the west side to Alcalas https://www.alcalas.com/ which is 5.6 miles in traffic and no bike lanes. I got there and bought a nice new wool cowboy hat, scoped out my next one and browsed the gator boots.
I was feeling nostalgic and biked over to my first Chicago apartment from 1998 in Wicker Park on Hermitage where I lived for a year on teh second floor. It was the best apartment I had till I moved into this one in 2017 I was hoping the new Checkers would be open but it was not so I went to Choppers www.choppers-chicago.com and had a big wonderful burger. I hadn’t been there to eat in 20 years. It was so full of everything bad for me that I was harpy I was biking.
I spent Saturday marinating boneless ribs, chicken legs, and tenderloins and cooked up Carne Carnitas, pulled pork and pulled chicken as well as some pasta salad and salsa for the Post PodCast BBQ. After I was done interviewing and doing a very funny PodCast with Billie and Leon from Electric Revolution I began grilling Cassie was a big help in taking down the PoCast gear and putting it away with me.
Once in a while the stars align and a feel-good meme hits me in the repost bone. Even less often, I’m kid-free and off work for a couple days.
An old sister, a new sister, a fellow writer and lover of music who has offered me space in his world, and of course my cat, because he sat vigil with me the first half of this weekend while I slept off most of this 👎🏻👎🏻 cold.
I’ve been all over the last 24 hours, geographically and otherwise.
A VERY MOTLEY KREW
Know her since 2003, Kaylani Lei Pornographic actress who I used to name and I’ve told her she was the prettiest face in adult. Lei was born in Singapore and spent most of her childhood in Massachusetts, United States. She is of Chinese and Filipino descent but does not speak any Tagalog.
I’ve got the songs and stingers loaded for Sundays MKULTRASOUND PodCast with JOY THIEVES which may also feature some music by ACID CASUALTY.
Stay Tuned. Good things are happening in MK WORLD.
Show is ready to go, laundry is finished, so I have an entire day tomorrow to hit the beach!
The rip currents are insane and Montrose Beach has become gentrified. Lost all of it’s coolness and appeal.
6AM Sunday mourning 8/25/2019 from the back porch of Casa Diablo. A great episode is planned out and then some biking if all goes well. Rain and storms forecast for tomorrow so I hope to get some miles in.
So I’ve had 4 weeks in a row where I’ve actually been able to enjoy a little slice of life outside of being consumed by the PodCast when I’m outside of my actual job. Even somethings as simple as a few hours at the beach or hanging out with a friend makes the biggest difference.
On that topic a really good friend is coming to town in 10 days for work and for work on the PodCast. It’s an exciting time for both of us as well as the project. A true brother from another mother in every sense of the word. I’m looking forward to a week from Wednesday and coming home from work and finding him hopefully sitting out back. In an hour.
Cassie’s Tripod broke so she improvised. Those books, all in the family.
Matthew Clark, Dan Milligan, AZ and Max Bravo
As of Monday evening here are the worldwide listens to yesterdays show
I want to get those numbers back up like they were after Emily’s appearance.
Yesterday at work I got some news as far as expanding my duties at work and it’s really good. My role and duties are merging with another role and it’s only for the better. I’m excited to begin training next week.
I don’t do much “just for me” as far as allowing myself to have “me time”. When I’m not at the office I’m working on PodCast material, booking guests, updating 5 social media pages as well as mkultramagazine.com. My weekdays are paint by numbers and I try to get an hour of TV time before bed. Mostly its watching my favorite podcasts on YouTube. Lately I’ve given myself a little more time. August 1 I met a lady downtown for a drink and sandwich and two days later on Saturday August 3 gave myself an afternoon at the beach where I got burned. The following Friday evening I went back downtown with the aforementioned lady and the next day met her for an afternoon at Hot Dog Fest.
Last week from Wednesday till late Saturday afternoon I had house guests and we did a podcast and spent sometime up on Argyle and when they left I enjoyed the peaceful solitude of home. My only plan was to go to the Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival which I had invited the lady to but as things remain she is unavailable. The fest itself was boring and the crowd wasn’t anything like the inner city crowds who attend such events. Luckily Max Bravo was with me and turned that mood around when he insisted I join him at one of his hangouts the Bulldog Ale House on Loyola Campus at 6606 N. Sheridan Chicago. We got there just after 3 and mingled with the staff, a great staff I should add and I left for home around 9PM and was of anything but sound mind. 6 hours of double Jameson on the rocks I owe Max big time. It was a few hours before I felt it kick in but when it did it hit me HARD. I woke with one of those WTF happened feelings and got myself together for work. It was a much younger crowd than I’ve been around in a coons age but I felt at home in a strange way. That’s the Max factor.
It’s Thursday morning and I slept till 8AM since I’m off. I could have slept longer if my cat Annie hadn’t been perched on my foot board screaming at me. I do have things to do but there is no hurry. Perhaps I’ll indulge in some more “me time”.
We have 2 great shows lined up over the next two weekends. I’m excited and September should be smooth sailing I hope.
This Sunday’s show will feature Dan and Matt of JOY THIEVES
Plans have been set in motion for the post PodCast Labor Day WeAkend
Rock n Roll BBQ
The chick who is coming up to Chiraq do this to my hair
Stupid Girls singer Samantha (she sent me this pic as I am posting this)
Alex Skolnick of Testament and Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Michael and Jessica arrived Wednesday evening and we were up till around 2 AM and I had I had an appointment with an eye doctor and that story is amusing to say the least. Maybe I’ll touch on that as I already have on the show, so maybe not.
Later that afternoon we went to the Argyle Night Market where I got a honeydew bubble tea and then we all got ice cream before heading home to do the podcast. I made some kick ass sangria for all of us and the evening went very well and very late.
Friday I had a 9AM doctors appointment with Oncologist MAY M HASHIMI, MD who was a very nice Iranian lady to have some blood work done. It was the most blood ever taken with the exception of donating blood. Afterwards I biked out to buy us more groceries and picked up the Avengers Endgame Blu Ray as a treat for myself.
T’OUI MACARON & PATISSERIE 5018 N Broadway Ave Chicago
Max was kind enough to sit in as co host as Ty is on vacation
Friday after my eye appointment at Target I bought this DVD and I picked up more groceries and then as Michael and Jessica went out site seeing I watched the Avengers Endgame which took the entire afternoon. When they came home I made them dinner again.
THIS WAS BORING
THIS WAS NOT BORING AND BECAUSE OF MAX I WAS DRAGGING ASS ON MONDAY. More on the Bulldog Ale House later
A line of strong to severe storms was expected to move into the area at around 10:30 a.m. CST, NBC Storm Team 5 forecasts show, likely sparing the morning commute.
The storms could bring potentially damaging wind gusts reaching 50 to 60 mph, with a higher risk in the southernmost part of the region. It could also bring heavy rain and lightning as well as hail.
That line of storms was expected to continue to move east through the early afternoon.
After the storms pass, conditions are likely to remain partly cloudy, warm and humid with temperature highs in the mid to upper 80s.
This was Lake Michigan on my way into the office approx 715AM before the storms hit. It poured the entire time I was in the office.
The storms passed 4PM and this is approx 530PM along Lake Michigan on my bike ride home
I came across this large part of a tree blocking the bike trail. 6 of us got off of our bikes and dragged it to the side. It only took about 30 seconds. Strangers coming together with some great team work.
Buena Park is ideally situated on Chicago’s north side, bordered by Lake Michigan (east), Wrigleyville (south), Chicago’s Uptown growing entertainment district (north), and Graceland Cemetery (west).
Buena Park Is Good Living by the Lake. It is a small town, a resort town, nestled in a big town. It is a welcoming lakeside community that bustles with diverse residents who are active and dedicated to improving the quality of life for one another.
My early morning bike commute to Evanston begins
Foster Ave Beach
Cory McRae catching up on MKULTRASOUND while on the job in Memphis TN
Tuesday 8/13/2019 approx 830AM
Tuesday 8/13/2019 approx 630PM
Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park / North Shore Channel Trail
The Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park runs for two miles from Dempster Street on the north to Touhy Avenue on the south and displays more than 60 sculptures by artists of local, national and international reputation.
Got lost by following the signs to the North Shore Channel Trail and ended up in a less than desirable section of Evanston that I had only heard about via a friend but landed right in the heart of it on my bicycle. I put my destination into Google Maps and followed the voice instruction till I was at the tiptop of the trail at the Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park. From there I began my slow journey home stopping more than occasionally to capture some shots. Where the sculpture park ended there was a nice woodsy stretch till I came upon a detour where there was a new ped/bike bridge that put us on a busy portion of Lincoln and I had to take it to another busy street Kedzie and finally back onto the trail which was much too brief.
My trip took me through Evanston, Skokie, Lincolnwood, Lincoln Village and through Lincoln Square before heading east toward home on a very busy stretch of Lawrence through Uptown and finally to Buena Park. It took me 90 minutes total and was just above 17 miles. That’s with all of the stopping and getting off and back onto my bike.
I said “getting off”.
Legion Park Fountain 8/13/2019 on the North Shore Channel Trail
I took the long way to work and it set the mood for the rest of an amazing day
8/14/2019 Edgewater Beach Apartments
1926 Edgewater Beach Hotel
Today marks 3 years that we lost my good friend, a loyal friend, talented musician and a very funny man. I miss him every day.
Jeffrey K. Windisch Beloved husband of Melissa nee Kelley; Devoted father of Sophie; Loving son of the late Gerald and Katherine Windisch; Dear uncle of many; Jeffrey recently was reunited with his birth family, his father Richard West and predeceased by his mother Audrey West; Sisters Debbie Janc and Mimi Miller and his brother Jeffery West; Fond brother in law of Genevieve Kelley; Jeffrey was a friend and will be missed by many in the Music Industry.
My first of many camping trips with Jeff (2000) Jeff, Jason, Hungarian Alex and myself at Camp Sweet Minnihaha
Musician Jeff Windisch dies during Lynch Mob gigBy Stef Lach (Classic Rock) August 16, 2016 Classic Rock
Guitarist Jeff Windisch had heart attack while watching Lynch Mob just after his band Emperors And Elephants had opened the show
A member of a band who had opened for Lynch Mob later suffered a fatal heart attack while watching the headline act.
Guitarist Jeff Windisch has played a set with his band Emperors And Elephants at Neisen’s Sports Bar & Grill in Savage, Minnesota, on Saturday night before Lynch Mob took to the stage.
As he watched Lynch Mob’s set from the crowd, he suffered a heart attack and could not be resuscitated. Lynch Mob cut their performance short after learning Windisch was in trouble.
Lynch Mob bassist Sean McNabb says: “On behalf of Lynch Mob — George, Oni Logan, Jimmy D’Anda and myself — our prayers go out to Jeff Windisch’s family, friends and band Emperors And Elephants.
“Jeff died of cardiac arrest during our set. They opened the show for us and kicked ass. As soon as we were alerted to the situation, we stopped playing, as the crowd and band stood in disbelief as they tried to save him.
“We felt it was best to stop the show at that point. Please keep his family in your prayers.”
Lynch Mob drummer D’Anda adds: “The band didn’t feel it was appropriate to continue the show, so we stopped out of respect for Jeff. The band sends their thoughts and prayers to Jeff and his family and we kindly ask you do the same.”
Emperors And Elephants released their debut album Devil In The Lake in 2014.