6/12/2017 545 AM
Beach Gear packed on back for after work
Great ride to work this morning. Ate a bunch of fruit for breakfast and for lunch had my first chopped salad from Subway, buffalo chicken, and I may never eat another sub from there again because the salad kicked my ass. My mouth is ON FIRE!
I’m not sure if it was dumb luck or the heat. I managed to get across the loop during rush hour easier than ever on a weekday. When I got to the Lake Front path I noticed that the 94 degree heat kept a lot of people from biking and running. Mostly it was just people going to the beaches and I got to Montrose Beach in no time flat. I parked my bike, grabbed my gear and made a bee-line to the water. As soon as I spread my blanket out my shirt came off and I was in the water. It was nothing less than exhilarating. Where else could I live to be so lucky to have the beach and the cool water so close to home and on my way from work. There’s nothing like it.
There is live music every night at the Dock on Montrose and as relaxing as it sounded it could not drown out the ignorant bullshit of a conversation I heard from some jerks offs behind me. I have no idea who they were trying to impress but their conversation was not just weak but full of holes. I noticed yesterday that when I go to the beach and I’m not drinking people tend to annoy me and get on my nerves much easier. I don’t block them out. Sobriety isn’t just overrated, it’s boring, at least it is to me. But right now health and getting into shape takes priority over everything except for my job.
When I got home I showered, put on the new Danzig CD which arrived in the mail. Tommy Victor who plays all of the guitar and bass on it asked me 2 weeks ago what I thought of it. I told him I hadn’t heard it yet because I didn’t have it. I usually get all of the Danzig releases in advance, but the industry has changed drastically. Seven years ago before Deth Red Sabaoth was released Tommy actually sat on my porch with the Yamaha acoustic and played and sang two of the numbers off of it for me. That was an interesting night because I still had an exhihitonist in the building across the yard who used to give me shows but never showed her face. Tommy sank low in his chair that evening and said, “Zander, this is great” in his thick New York accent. So far I like the feel of the record so far only four songs in. As it played I prepped my food for tomorrow. Fruit, celery, cucumbers, carrots and Tzatziki sauce. I’m also going to have another one of those chopped buffalo chicken salads at Subway. Then I’ll hit the beach again as I did today, unless it rains. Suddenly the forecast has thunderstorms over the next day or so. But I’m now pessimistic when it comes to meteorologists because they tend to lie.
Please don’t rain.
The weatherman lied. Not a drop of rain overnight or this morning and before I went to bed there were thunderstorm warnings. When the alarm went off at 430A I looked outside and waas a happy man. It was 70 degrees, going up to 93 today but I still shut off the AC and opened a few windows. (I have a lot of windowns in my flat)
6/13/2017 Diversey Harbor 540A
Preparing to cross LSD on my way to the office
Breakfast looks the same everyday
as does lunch
Calorie Counter for my Subway Buffalo Chicken Salad
FRUTA CON CHILE Y LIMON
FRUIT WITH CHILE POWDER AND LIME
TAJÍN is Fruit Seasoning with Chile Powder, lime and salt
To hell with the weather man. I lost 20 miles this week because yesterday late afternoon they called for strong thunderstorms and flights were beng delayd at Ohare. So not only did i not bike home, I rode the train with nothing to read so I looked like every other “Joe Average” and stared at my phone. At least there wasn’t a Cubs home game.
7P still no rain. Woke up 430A it didn’t rain at all but they are calling for rain for the balance of the week.
On Facebook a comment from a friend.
Adam Becvare: Fake News. Refuse to live in fear. Ride your bike !
and when I took his advice
The dunes at Montrose Pier
my first and only selfie
Strong storms moved through the Chicago area Wednesday afternoon and dropped heavy rains and strong winds.
Hail was reported in several areas and trees and power lines were downed throughout many suburbs.
6/15/2017 530A Diversey Harbor 3 miles into my 10 mile commute to work
6/15/2017 Between North Ave Beach and Oak St Beach
After braving a ride through that storm yesterday (more on that to come) I was relaxing at home and suddenly became bombarded with requests from publicists asking if I could cover their acts. It felt really good to know my work is still in the know out there and they thought enough to reach out to me. The industry has changed drastically and my phone isn’t ringing off the hook all day like it once did but these are acts I actually really enjoy, so expect some MK ULTRA coverage throughout the summer.
Heading home 130P 6/15/2017
Summers upon me and after EXXXOTICA it’s gonna’ get very busy. I’ll have my new gas grill this weekend and will break it in July 4 for a low key close friends only BBQ. July 6th I see LA Guns in St Charles with Newbomb Turk and we plan to do some grilling then. There’s an incredible butcher out his way that I’m hyper excited about visiting. The 9th is POPTONE which I was just invited to attend and am looking forward to seeing Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins playing live again, two of the musicians most influential to my career in the industry. Garbage and Blondie is the 22nd at Ravinia and I still don’t have a date for that one yet, not do I for Cheap Trick and Foreigner August 9. Late August Greg and I are doing another camping/canoeing trip to Wisconsin and Labor Day I’m travelling to Iowa to spend a weekend hiking and spending time with my HLM Dale and the lovely Dr. Anne Gard.
That brings me to Sept/Oct when I’ll be flying out to Hew Hampshire and visiting Boston and a lot of good friend’s I have there as I contemplate relocating. I also still want to go back to Florida again in December.
Now that I have the new Danzig CD I’m looking forward to new releases from Cheap Trick, Michael Monroe, Prong and a couple of reissues from the Cars second and third albums. It’ll be nice because I’ve been playing that last Society 1 CD to death. I should also get my paws on the latest Jesus and Mary Chain release.
It was 91 degrees by the time I arrived home at 2P. I had an entire afternoon to kill before Joe and his wife would arrive to take me to buy a new gas grill for the deck. I chilled out and watched an episode of Carnivale and then took to the deed of removing all of my action figures and Batmobiles from the shelves in my officer and washed them as well as the sheves, surfaces and floor of my office. It is not a quick or easy task by any means. That is the one room off limits to my maid. Only I know what and where to put back in its proper place.
That got me going and I washed the floor of my bathroom and kitchen with a bucket of water and giant sponge on my hands and knees. Lets just say I had to get the rest of the BILE left behind in my home washed away.
When that was finally finished it was 7P and I waited to hear from Joe. If I didn’t by 830 I’d order a grill online. I was hungry so made up a skillet of Carnitas Al Pastor, ate some and then Joe arrived. It only took us 20 minutes to drive to the store, pick up the grill and take it up my back stairs. I was officially exhaused, took a shower and went to bed. But not before getting a text from my dear friend Paige Little the cam model asking if I’d be at EXXXOTICA this year. I replied in the positive and told her I couldn’t wait to catch up. She’s not going to have a booth and I haven’t seen her in 2 years so it’ll be a nice reunion. Hoefully we can get brunch Saturday morning before hitting up the show.
I woke at 430A, listened to the weather forecast, cheked the Acu Weather radar and took a finally look out of my windows facing west. It was dark and ominous so I decided not to bike in. When I transfered at the Belmont station I saw the clouds coming in. By the time I arrived in the loop, it began to rain. Its going to be anothe rshort workday. I am going to a new salon to have my hair colored and cut for EXXXOTICA next weekend. Salon M on Argyle in the heart of Little Saigon where Greg will meet me after and we’ll eat before assembling the new grill.
A week from Sunday I’ll be interviewing Japanese import Marica Hase at EXXXOTICA for Mike Preston’s Psychobabble TV the same TV show that I interviewed Ron Jeremy for last year. From what I read Marica is still learning English so it should be fun.
After 6 years of going to Milio’s for my hair care needs I decided to try Salon M an Asian family owned salon in Little Saigon. I went for a color and cut and ended up with the best hair trim I’ve ever had. Since I tend to shop and eat there so often it makes sense especially since there’s nothing at the Belmont stop for me anymore except for maybe Blackwood BBQ.
TAA DAA! The new grill!
Shredded papaya w. shrimp, pork, onions, basil, cilantro, vietnamese coriander, lime juice, and roasted peanuts.
Pho Viet keeps impressing me. This is by far one of the tastiest dishes I’ve ever had
Oh well, add another concert to my calendar July 1 The Romantics with A Flock of Seagulls and the B-52′s
Ahhhh. Oy Vey! This is a rarity that I wake up and am not right on the door. The overcast sky isn’t exactly inspiring. Have you ever woken up and felt hungover even though you hadn’t had one drink the night before? Oddly that’s been me the past two weekends. This is my last open weekend for the next 3 mos. I have a BBQ, 4 concerts, the new Spiderman movie, and a Thai-American food fest in July alone. Two festivals and a camping trip in August and two vacation trips in Sept.
As I was doing laundry I treated myself to breakfast at El Palmar and for the first time ever had their Huevos En Salsa Verde O De Arbol and it was delicious.
A nice score from the Edgewater Farmer’s Market especially finding giant Ugly Tomatoes there. I’m going to have to make another trip. The horseradish pickles are a delight. The term “ugly tomato” can be used to describe a number of different tomato varieties, as well as some undesirable conditions affecting this fruit. Some ugly tomatoes develop their unattractive appearance due to cultural conditions. Others, including heirlooms suitable for cooler Mediterranean climates, are meant to be ugly. Ugly tomatoes may have an irregular shape, a growth deformity, unusual or inconsistent coloration, or any combination of these factors.
Finally a fest in my hood
Thai Food Festival Chicago July 15 @ 11:00 am – July 16 @ 9:00 pm
861 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago
The ASSMAN Grill has passed it’s test run
This was waiting for me when I returned home from the beach. I played it loudly 5x on my back deck.
Cheap Trick is way better than all right on “We’re All Alright!” – which may be their best in 35 years.
With the album title taken from the ending chant on their signature song “Surrender,” Cheap Trick makes a bold declaration that joyful, unrestrained, in-your-face (and burned into your brain) rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well. This band’s rejects are better than most bands’ A-material.
Robin Zander’s voice is an eighth world wonder, while Rick Nielsen rocks the lead guitar. When it comes to bass playing, it doesn’t get any better than the band’s very own Tom Petersson. They prove to be like fine wine, where they only get better with experience.
Tac Quick finally got their new menus in
With Saturday and my errands, shopping etc behind me, I got another invite to go see Metallica at Solider Field Sunday night. The first was from the opeing bands publicist, and this was more inviting as it was from the redhead Ruby from Kankakee. I expliand that as much as it’d be fun to hang out, the concert itself would annoy me and I wouldn’t be much fun. Most people thought I was crazy. A few friends feel the same about the band as I do. Metallica just never was a band I could relate to. Later I enjoyed a long phone conversation and after clsoing up the house went to bed around 11PM. I woke Sunday morning, had some coffee, watched the balance of the Carnivale episode I had begun the night before and made my way to the beach. It was a bright beautiful and breezy morning. As soon as I layed my blanket down one of my items was carried away by the wind and I chased it for about 100 ft till another sunbather caught it for me. I said thanks and that it was too early for this. I like it early before it gets too crowded which it became quite quickly this morning. The breeze had my blanket, gear and my person covered in sand. I had to go into the water twice to wash the sand off of me. It made a peaful morning less enjoyable. My left ear was full of sand as were my teeth. I did 2.5 hours and biked home. I had a meeting and photo shoot scheduled for later that afternoon so I went home and washed up. The new Cheap Trick CD was delievered while I was out and I was very happy.
Everything was covered in sand and I shook it all ooff on my deck the best I could. After my shower the Q-Tips were bblack from cleaning sand out of my ears. The worst ever. I blasted the new Cheap Trick CD as I stood out back gutting bell peppers and stuffing them with ground turkey, picate and wing sauce. The first half of the brand new Cheap Trick record is the most guitar heavy stuff they’ve laid down in years. I gave it another spin and messaged Max to see if we were still meeting. He had overslept and was hungry so we met at Tac Quick. Fang took our orders and at 4P KK came on duty, came out to see me and I gave her a hug. She looked great and was wearing shorts again. She queried why I wasn’t drinking (alcohol) and I explained. I think she was amused. As good as her English is I have a hard time understanding things with her accent. As I told Ittchi 2 days before, I invited her for my July 4 BBQ.
Max and I did some pix and discussed the new MK ULTRA laminates and the flier for the BBQ and when he left I went to detailing some of the crooks and crevices that needed cleaing in my flat that the maids all seem to miss. I went overboard. As I ripped out the old white Coaxial cable that was stapled down to my base boards and up around the doorways in the hall which were not only unsed, and hidious, but were filthy. I washed down the base board and noticed some black Coaxial cable on the opposite side that was stapled down to the carpet along the doorway to my big walk in closet, so I ripped it out. HUGE MISTAKE. That was my RCN internet cable. So I had to schedule and appointment for Monday 4-6. Enough was enough so I watched XMEN Days of Future Past and slept like a rock.
I had a bike ride into work the next day.