Just how deep do you believe? Will you bite the hand that feeds? Will you chew until it bleeds? Can you get up off your knees? Are you brave enough to see? Do you wanna change it?

Our world has been utterly rocked today. We just received the news that our brother & Joy Thief extraordinaire, Howie Beno, has passed away.

To be perfectly honest, we’re all at a total loss. And so tears are being shed, phone calls are being made, and we’re doing our best to process what little information we have.

To say the music world lost a legend feels like an understatement. And to say that we lost a good friend seems trite. So, for now we’ll just say he will be truly missed.

-The Joy Thieves Tuesday 8/11/2020

The death count for people in my circle including family keeps going up. A previous post from a couple of weeks back it was my good friend Rick Linus. This week Howie Beno who I met at the first Cold Waves and maybe before in a crowded room. He played with Chemlab that night, he also has been working with Joy Thieves, and as far back as Ministry in 1990. He produced and played on the PRUDE album which liner notes gave me a really intense THANK YOU.He was a sweet, talented and fun guy. He’ll be missed by many.

After the podcast with guest Matt Zane (A REALLY GOOD 90 – min show) I took Emily Sifrit (of eKay Collection) who sat in as guest co-host again to Tac Quick. We had learned just a few days before she got a mention in the UK GQ with Sir Paul McCartney on the cover. It was a very pleasant dinner.

Matt “The Lord” Zane (born Matthew Zicari; October 7) is an American singer, musician, suspension artist, and author. After graduating from Musicians Institute of Technology for Guitar Performance, he attended Los Angeles Valley College for music.

Zane was briefly the lead singer of short-lived industrial rock project Lotus Rising with cellist Tina Guo and is currently the creative force behind Society 1.

Since 2008, Zane has held the record for longest body suspension, surpassing the previous holder Criss Angel.

I knew having my old friend Matt Zane on the show was going to be good but had no idea how GREAT it would be and our longest show to date. As of this morning Friday 8/14/2020 the video version of the MKULTRASOUND PodCast is still being up loaded to YouTube. There are 4 videos on this episode total. Due to the pandemic much of the progress is pretty much at a snails pace.

Thanks Matt.

A loyal listener in Sterling Heights , MI: Jason Kenski

It always feels good when someone supports the cause. Jason Kenski has been a loyal listener since we met at EXXXOTICA in 2019. He always has feedback and he’s now the proud owner of two MKUP shirts.

The view of the Chicago skyline from Northwestern University Campus in Evanston

Last Saturday I got on my bike early and biked further north than I had the previous week. I explored the trail along Evanston’s beach front and loved it. I’ve been back since. My ride took me 4 hrs and I was beat by the time I arrived home. I only stopped for 15 minutes to eat at Jimmy Johns in Lincoln Square. I saw many people, students and the Northwestern football team practicing.

Executive Education – Kellogg School of Management
James L Allen Center
The historic Grosse Point Lighthouse located in Evanston, Illinois

I got a little kid thrill when I biked upon the Grosse Point Lighthouse. I parked my bike and walked around the back. Tomorrow I will explore its beach and the trails leading to it. It seems very secluded there.

The Baháʼí House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois

Not 10 minutes later I approached the mornings coup de gras.

The Baháʼí House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois (or Chicago Baháʼí Temple) is a Baháʼí temple in Wilmette, Illinois. It is the second Baháʼí House of Worship ever constructed, the oldest surviving, and one of eight continental temples, constructed to represent all of North America.

Baháʼí Houses of Worship are intended to include several social, humanitarian, and educational institutions clustered around the temple, although none have been built to such an extent. The temples are not intended as a local meeting place, but are instead open to the public and used as a devotional space for people of any faith.

Their philosophy reminds me much of what I learned 23 years ago at the New Vrindaban (Hare Krishna) Palace of Gold in West Virginia.

After a wonderful weekend, dinner after a 3 hr bike ride Friday evening at Tac Quick, an eye opening 4 hrs bike ride Saturday where I kicked my own ass a successful podcast with Matt and Emily on Sunday little did I know that as I went to sleep that the downtown shopping district was hit with a pre planned widespread night of looting by thousands. This is the second time this has happened since May. I woke up in time to watch the Mayors press conference. It was disheartening.

I went to Walgreens and noon and was informed the neighborhood was shutting down at 6 PM since there were hits that like last time we’d get hit again. But then came the ‘derecho’ storm. I had to log off from work at 330 PM and the winds at the front of my house through the windows blew items from the living room all the way to the back of my flat to the kitchen, all the way in the back. I’d learn a day later that my in my guest room framed poster part was blown off the walls shattering the glass frames and many heavier items were blown from the shelves.

The storm saved my neighborhood from any plans of more looting and vandalism.

A derecho (/dəˈreɪtʃoʊ/, from Spanish: derecho [deˈɾetʃo], “straight” as in direction) is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm that is associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms known as a mesoscale convective system and potentially rivaling hurricanic and tornadic forces.

A car on Buena St. in my neighborhood crushed by a tree.

A line of severe storms slammed through downtown Chicago and surrounding areas Monday, downing trees and power lines, which sparked fires in the city, officials said.


The storms produced winds of more than 100 mph in some cases as they moved through Iowa and Illinois.


“Numerous fires from power lines that have come down and remain energized,” the Chicago Fire Department tweeted Monday afternoon.
“Much of northern Illinois has pockets of damage with downed trees, debris, and powerlines blocking roadways,” the National Weather Service in Chicago tweeted.


7 tornadoes touched down in Chicagoland area during Monday’s ‘derecho’ storm, NWS confirmed.


As of writing this morning thousands of area residents are still without power 4 days later.

One of many trees that fell on the Lake Shore Bike Path. This is just west of Montrose Beach and east of Foster Beach
On Magnolia in Uptown
The northwest wall at Graceland Cemetery on Montrose in Bueana Park/Uptown
On my street in Buena Park
At the rate 2020 is going we’re headed here a lot sooner than later
Mayor Beetlejuices border fence at a flooded and vacant Montrose Beach
It’s called Shannaritas!

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