“Summer love. They called it summer love. But some how it’s real. Could see by that look in your eyes that you were a lonely girl. And I was a lonely boy. And when the evening was done Summer love made us one.” – Neil Diamond

Throwback Thursday 2012 (10 yrs ago) with Shannon Brady late night at Carol’s Pub.

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 car on a very hot day.

I ended up having a very very good day yesterday.

I can feel their eyes are watching, in case I lose myself again. Sometimes I think I’m happy here, sometimes, yet I still pretend. I can’t remember how this got started, but I can tell you exactly how it will end.

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.

May 2016 when Tracii Guns signed Jay Panicks guitar

The podcast format for my old friend Paul Baio

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.

At Bearded Lady Lounge w/ Max Bravo and Paul Baio

Of course LUCY’s Uptown. I’ll be taking Jeff Brown there in 2 wks when he visits for Mai Fest

Feel the fire, feel my love inside you it’s so right. There’s the sound and the smell of love in my mind. I’m a toy, come and play with me, say the word now. Wrap your legs around mine and ride me tonight.

Lots of details to catch up on. Been busy w/ working since coming home from the show.

We would learn that this years EXXXOTICA was the most lame ever. In fact there hasn’t been any real star power there since maybe 2016.

EL PALMAR ENERGY

Enchilada Platillo y queso y verde

Seka who I first met in 1999 for an interview in the MK ULTRA Safe Sex issue was the only person I really wanted to see other than Kristy Rose. I used to visit Seka often back in teh early 2000’s when she tended bar at Hobo’s in Old Town. I’d even been to her condo to pick up some imaged before she moved to Kansas City

We got home Sunday and after eating before the podcast I saw this guy and had to get a picture with him. Too funny.

Train, train, Lord, take me on out of this town. Well, that woman I’m in love with, Lord, she’s Memphis bound.

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.

Burger bros

MINE! Mushroom and Swiss

This lil Latina is ALWAYS a fun hang!

4/24/2022 On this date in 1979 I saw my first concert, CHEAP TRICK at the Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling WV.

Chinese girls make me happy, Its enough if I tell ’em I’m not from the U.S.A., and they believe every word I say. Hanoi rocks every morning, At night I’ll fall asleep to the smell of romance, as I see my geisha girl dance!

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.

The wedding meeting at Live Wire Lounge for Matthew Lee Clark and Bria Toulemonde for a May 22nd wedding
Dietrich Thrall, Sin Quirin, some guy and AZ at MINISTRY
AZ and old fiend Doug at MINISTRY

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.”

Gifts for Bob Hoeksema

New Glarus WI Easter Weekend, my home away from home.

Suisse Haus Food and Spirits

4/15/2022

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.

Sitting here on the edge on my head. Whiskey sweating in my hand. See the tar stains on my finger, as I take another drag. And I wonder where you are tonight. The Sun’s coming up and I’m still drinking. And no one left to pay my tab. And I know I’m good for one thing. Even though you said I’m good for none. You remember how we felt tonight. And I know that we will be alright .

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.

Centered ’round long time ago, on your ability to torment. Then you took your tongs of love, and stripped away my garment. I looked for silver linings, but you’re rotten to the core. I’ve had just about all I can take. You know I can’t take it no more.

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.

The Chicago Loop, it’s a love/hate relationship!
VERY CLASSY OF THE CUBS. Foo Fighters have played there a lot. Once with CHEAP TRICK and NAKED RAYGUN.
Almost time to see some old friends.
My summer show 2 nights in a row!
“Clouds in my coffee.” Those little bastards are never going to bloom I fear.

WALGREENS

ALDI

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
  • Killer Beards
    Pam and Tommy
  • Tush Cush from Cake
  • PRUDE – PLU5ism
  • Outro Lonley Man voice over

“I spent my whole life not knowing what I want out of it, just chasing my tail. Now for the first time I know exactly what I want and who… that’s the damnable misery of it.” – Wyatt Earp from the movie TOMBSTONE

Take my hand
You’ll never find another quite like it


And if you did
You’ll see that I’m a lonely one
I lost my soul
Deep inside
And it’s so black and cold

Deep inside

The sun don’t shine
The wind won’t blow when you go hide
Without your love
I’m lonely deep inside

Finally finished and sent my itemized expense to my CPA and then finished the ANDY WARHOL DIARIES series on NetFlix. It was very well put together and I really hope they make a movie about the 60’s silver factory years which is my favorite Andy era.

For the first Friday in weeks it’ll be a low key evening after work. I may take laundry out if its not raining. The last two weekends have been very inspiring and its so nice to be back in my element after two years.

After the movie tomorrow I’m heading over to Wicker Park as I’ve found a company that makes the boots I want. Straight To Hell is the name of the brand and there’s a store in WP that the founder tells me they carry them.

Its looking like April will be my busy month of the new year. So much on my calendar. This weekend I’m going to enjoy a little slower pace, just work and get rested. TBC

Some of the sickest contact I’ve ever watched and I LOVE it! Will finish the season tonight.

This would be my first visit to the BULLDOG of 2022 and the prices are ridiculous. $18 for a martini and $18 for Fish and Chips. Burger specials have gone from $3 on Mondays to $6. Not special. So as much as I love this place I cannot justify the steep price increase. At least I have LUCY’s! And it’s closer to home.

Martini w/ Max at BULLDOG ALE HOUSE
Fish and Chips w/ Max at BULLDOG ALE HOUSE
I AM SO HAPPY I DIDN’T WAIT AND SAW THIS IN A THEATER

The very first time in my life I’ve used a Senior Citizen Discount. If 55 and over a movie ticket for a first run movie is only $6, so I’m going back today to see the BATMAN.

I really liked THE BATMAN more than I thought I would but could have gone without the quote about “white male privilege”.

Give me back my broken night. My mirrored room, my secret life. It’s lonely here, there’s no one left to torture. Give me absolute control, over every living soul. And lie beside me, baby That’s an order.

Tonight I’ll finish the Warhol docuseries on Netflix. Very in depth unlike any other expose of his personal life. I’m happy that it was made.

Finally wrote up the ANGEL show and now I need to write up my review of the GARY NUMAN show from Monday. This live music has re sparked my writing and its just what I needed.

Spent hours itemizing my 2021 expenses for my taxes. Now all that I need to do the math and send to my CPA. Holy Hell what a year. The pandemic has been costly. Also fixed my toilet tank and installed 100 watt lighting in the bathroom and guest room. 100 Watt lights are very hard to find in Chicago, Dale had to travel to the westside WalMart on Diversey which is not the most desirable part of the city. I went there once and was in and out within minutes. As soon as this typical Chicago messy spring weather passes time to hire a maid service to do a deep clean and get Casa Diablo ready for summer.

My brother got his birthday box this week and it was packed full of nostalgia. I also filled his birthday card full of hundreds of tiny black bat confetti and taped it up so he’d have to rip it open. His comments follow:

The most irritating birthday card in the history of birthday cards. Haha . Thanks, Brudda. A lot to mull over in that box. – Varney the Vampire

Aaron Bluefoot McCort Those bats in that envelope though… fuck what a pain in the ass. Ha.

For my ride to New Glarus 455 pages

(R)evolution: The Autobiography:

Gary Numan is one of Britain’s most important and respected musical artists. He has been lauded by everyone from Prince (‘His album Replicas never left my turntable . . . There are people still trying to work out what a genius he was’) through the Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails to Lady Gaga (‘[He] proves music has always been really inventive for the masses’). 

(R)evolution is Numan’s long-awaited memoir; one that charts his two lives. The first: from growing up in west London, where he was expelled from school and beaten up daily for looking different, before discovering his first synthesiser and conquering the music world in rapid time; to the extravagance, the undiagnosed Asperger’s and the slow decline of a career that faded into near obscurity. The second: a twenty-plus year renaissance, catalysed by the date with a super-fan, which has allowed Gary to rediscover his creativity, produce some of his best music and become the true Godfather of electro-pop. 

This will be the story of one man, several dozen synthesisers, multiple issues and two desperately different lives.

On the next new MKULTRASOUND PodCast my old friend and two-time Grammy nominated guitarist, Sin Quirin will talk about his new band SIGLOS!

Saturday afternoon I’m heading to the Music Box Theater to see “X” which has seen really good critical response. Not a fan of slasher films but this one looks like it has a “1970’s grindhouse” feel to it.

Sunday I’ll head over to the Davis Theater to see the new “woke” movie “The Batman”, which I hear nothing but good things about. A stop by Gene’s Sausage Shoppe is in the cards.

Next week the movie “Morbius” based on one of my favorite MARVEL antiheroes. Dawn will be in town for her birthday weekend and it’ll be interesting to see if she can sit still for the running time. She’ll have little choice since she’ll be inside of a darkened theater. I have the following Monday off so it’s poised to be a really long weekend which will include a drive to Michigan. Oh and I’m insisting she try Lucy’s chicken which she’s gonna love. And we’re making carnitas next weekend. We’ll also start my porch garden of peppers and tomatoes and she’s bringing back my hanging plants from Indianapolis where she’s been tending to them indoors for the winter. That back porch/deck is the “place to be” in the summers.

3 Waxed Amaryllis bulbs One is blooming and the little bulbs are struggling. Can I get a refund I wonder?

Bonjour, Monsour, Buenos Días, Muchas Frías, Bongiorno, Montichorno, Gutten Morgen, Blakich Morgen, Good Morning to you!

New Glarus I will see you soon!