Monday, June 25, 2012

Another flight...

Since we did not make it in the air on Ben's birthday (New Year's Eve) I had not been back up with him for a year and a half.  It was a beautiful day for a flight, but a little bumpy which I am not used to in small planes.  Though compared to the Cessna 152, the 172 seemed huge!  This one has 4 seats, as opposed to two, and we were not totally shoulder to shoulder.  I had a nice bit of leg room as well so I did not have to worry about hitting the pedals with my feet this time.

My handsome pilot
Captain Safety doing his pre flight checks

Hayward Airport

I love my east bay!

My least favorite part...landing

Got to see one of my favorites there...the DC-3!

Went to a friend's birthday fiesta after and there were 
fake mustaches involved...

Stay thirsty my friends

Monday, June 18, 2012

Hollywood Trip

Every year we like to take a trip down to Hollywood for the weekend.  Mainly to get our fix of Tiki Ti.  Uga booga!  We start out with driving down 101 and stopping in Pismo so Ben can do some surfing and I can watch him while I drink coffee I bought from the man who runs the gift shop/bait shop/snack shack on the pier.  Unfortunately, the surf was no good in Pismo that day so we stopped but Ben did not get to surf.  After Pismo, we head to Santa Barbara to hit up the Brewhouse and have lunch with some ales.  One year I had the best brown ale of my life there.  Sadly, it had never again been on tap on our return trips.  Still managed to have some very tasty brews though!

After Brewhouse, we stopped at Rincon to see if the surf was any good.  Fortunately there were some waves so Ben headed out a caught a few.  After getting his surf fix, we continued on to our destination…Hollywood!  We always stay at the same motel within walking distance of Tiki Ti.  From there we can also walk to another favorite destination, The Dresden.  Marty and Elayne have been so entertaining each time we go there!

I had not been to the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage in more than 10 years and Ben had never been so that is how we started Saturday.  We both really enjoyed it and there were hardly any people there so we had many parts to ourselves.  My favorite part is the movie memorabilia but there was also a wonderful art exhibition this time, Howard Terpning. 

After Gene Autry, it was on to Hollywood Boulevard to check out a brewery which ended up not opening until 5:00.   Instead, we ate lunch at the Pig and Whistle then had a cocktail at Musso and Franks.  Thankfully our favorite bartender, Manny, was working as usual so we had a lovely Manhattan and a Gimlet.  He was working the very first time I took Ben there (when Quentin Tarantino was also sitting at the corner booth!).  He has been bar tending in Hollywood since, I think, the 50s.  He definitely has some stories to tell I'm sure!

The rest of Saturday involved many more cocktails...Akbar, Tiki Ti again, The Good Luck bar, dinner at El Chavo...Needless to say, we were worn out for the drive home Sunday!  Had a fantastic time as always.
Ben surfing Rincon!

Behold our destination...Tiki Ti!

And next door...El Chavo!

Me and Gene Autry

Just like being in the desert.  Push a button on the saddle and you get 
to be part of your very own western!

Ok, so this is probably geared towards kids but no 
one was around so I could not help myself.

Watch out Ben!

They're comin' for me!

Check out the creepy kid, lower right...

In search of Philip Marlowe...

At Musso and Franks

Tiki Ti, round two!

Soak up that rum from the Ti!

The Polecats & This Charming Band - A fabulous show!

Back on June 7th we went to an incredible show at the Uptown...the Polecats!  Still cannot believe we got to see them in that size of a venue when just before that we were seeing Boz play the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton with Morrissey.  I took way too many pictures as I also drank way too much vodka.  Just could not get over the fact that Boz was playing right in front of me!

An added treat was getting to see This Charming Band open up.  How perfect to see a great Morrissey/Smiths tribute band open for Boz and the Polecats!  And as if it couldn't get any better, Boz came on stage and played a couple with the band!  They even played Jack the Ripper together.  I was so excited and just went crazy.

I could go on forever about this show but instead, I will post some photos instead.  And for those in the area, this Saturday night, 6/23, Swell Bar in Alameda will be having their first Morrissey/Smiths tribute night, Hang the DJ, with DJs Boomer and Hawk.  Have not been to a tribute night in a while so I am very much looking forward to it!

This Charming Band

The Polecats!


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Marti Brom at the Verdi Club

This past Friday night I headed out with a couple of girlfriends to the Verdi Club in San Francisco.  It was the first time I had been there and I really liked the venue.  Not too difficult to get to and easy parking, both of which are not very common in the city.  We were there to see Marti Brom.  I honestly cannot remember the last time I saw her perform.  Must have been years ago at Viva.  Anyhow, she was incredible!  Opening acts consisted of Slim Jenkins as well as Golden West Trio with Miss Kay Marie from Reno.  This is the second time I have caught Golden West Trio and love them!  Sadly, I did not get any photos since I was standing too far back while they were playing.  Miss Kay Marie has quite a voice on her. Marti Brom definitely noticed and sang her praises while on stage.  Wonderful to see two ladies perform in one night with such powerful voices!  Keep it up ladies!
Ready for a night out with the ladies...

Marti Brom!

Loved that fringe!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Morrissey Gig - Stockton

May 26th, four days after his 53rd birthday, Morrissey played the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton.  He canceled the last gig that was supposed to happen in Oakland so I was thrilled when it was announced he would play, even if it was over an hour away in Stockton.  Well worth it.  It was an amazing show and the theatre was quite nice.  I was a nervous wreck, as usual, all the way up until he took the stage.  I always feel sick and anxious the day of a Morrissey gig, made even worse from the last time when he canceled 4 hours prior to showtime.  All was relieved when he took the stage and proceeded to put on an amazing show.

The set list, which I have snagged off of, was as follows:

Shoplifters Of The World Unite / You Have Killed Me / You're The One For Me, Fatty / Alma Matters / When Last I Spoke To Carol / Maladjusted / Everyday Is Like Sunday / I Will See You In Far Off Places / People Are The Same Everywhere / Black Cloud / Let Me Kiss You / To Give (The Reason I Live) / Ouija Board, Ouija Board / I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris / How Soon Is Now? / Action Is My Middle Name / Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want / I Know It's Over / Speedway // Panic

I fell apart with the rendition he did that night of "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want."  I would love to say that was the only time I broke down that night.  Ever since the first time I saw him perform 20 years ago, I have let my emotions get the best of me every time.  

We are loving the few new songs we heard live for the first time (though we did hear him perform "People Are the Same Everywhere" on television).

Boz was in drag sporting a lovely sequined dress.  I am guessing he will not be wearing that when we see him with the Polecats at the Uptown this week.  Feel so lucky to have the chance to see Boz play twice in the span of a couple weeks!

Fingers crossed we do not have to go too long before Morrissey comes back.  I will eat a veggie shepherd's pie at the Cat and Fiddle in Hollywood this weekend in his honor!

Heading to Stockton we drove through an insane storm.

Came out of the storm to beautiful blue skies as we neared Stockton.

The Bob Hope Theatre, restored and reopened in 2004.