Monthly Archives: May 2010

Step 1-the “just looking phase”

Today was the first day of our ‘just looking’ phase of house hunting and of the seven we saw, I really liked two of them. In fact, I was myself living in  one of them BUT that’s not the point of our ‘just looking’ phase. I was nervous on the way there and kept reminding myself that this move isn’t a major one into another city far away and even if it isn’t in SLO, the county is small enough so that I don’t have to alter my life that much. It went well over all. We are doing it again on Thursday.

That being said, while we were in this amazing house with stone floors in the living area and granite counters, textured walls and shiny new appliances in the kitchen and bedrooms with vaulted ceilings, I had a moment of memory of the year after Candy and I graduated high school (1986) and Glendale (CA) was in the process of putting in mansions on the pristine hills that were open spaces. The houses were a shocking $250,000. People were disgusted and drawn to them. Years later when development was just out of control, these houses were the “small” ones on the hill.

Being out of school and not wanting to go to college or work, we were bored and had way too much time on our hands. So we would go house hunting with Realtors who would show us these houses with the pretenses that we were buying. I mean really? Did we seriously think we looked like we were shopping for a house? I think we did! And did these women really think we would buy a home? I think they did!

I remembered that while sitting on the floor of the master bedroom of the house we were in today. It made me see how much fun this can be and even though it’s a major large step that could potentially paralyze me, knowing that I used to do this in pretend just to see what the inside of houses looked like at 18 years old, I know I can do it now for real at 41.

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Posted by on May 26, 2010 in First house


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The history (of the shirts)

I asked Paul to write up a bit about each of the shirts so that there would be history that I could connect to the shirts. Being the Paul that he is, he took it to be facts of what, where, when, and a slight smidge of what it smelled, felt, sounded like. That’s more me-no facts here just senses. I was going to write post it on my terms and just use as much as artistic license to make it more than it was but then I realized this is his and his words need to be respected. So here it is… The SHIRTS…

Love and Rockets ’85-86 I saw them at the Palladium in Hollywood in early 1986. They were just starting to get big. My date got nervous and we had to leave before the show ended.

The Cure-Beach Party Tour ’86 I went to this concert in ’86 with Debbie. Before The Cure went on, a guy on the floor level of the Forum pulled out a knife and started stabbing himself. He was throwing the knife in the air and brandishing it at people close to him. LAPD came in and whacked his knees, then the show started. The first song was 100 years. The 2nd was Piggy in the Mirror. During that Robert Smith pulled off his wig and reveal he’d shaved his head, which shocked the audience.

Sex Pistols Filthy Lucre ’96 I was delivering for Fatte’s in SLO and really busy with work and school. Uncle Craig called me and asked if I wanted to come down for a show. I said I couldn’t get time off unless it was one of the BIG punk legends I’d never got to see, like Black Flag, Sex Pistols or Dead Kennedys. He said it was Sex Pistols. Obviously, I got the time off.

Sloppy Seconds “You’ve Got a Great Body…” Great band. This shirt is from the only time I got to see them. I was in San Francisco with a bunch of other bands.

Vandals “Hitler Bad, Vandals Good” I’ve seen Vandals at least 10 times. Don’t know which time this shirt was from. But the first punk concert I ever went to in 1984 was Fear, Vandals and Uniform Choice, at Fenders Ballroom in Long Beach. At that show, I got punched by a skin head. I had hair in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Dickies “There’s Something about Jeff” This shirt was not actually purchased in Europe. It was a wrestling show in Pasadena that the Dickies headlined. I went with Craig and my mom.

TSOL “Social Chaos Tour” 7/25/99 From the same SF show I saw Sloppy Seconds and Misfits. Jack w/ TSOL is always funny as hell.  “Casey, the cops only bother you if you break laws”.

DI Lead singer for DI is Casey Royer. Craig became friends with him. We used to wonder (and be slightly horrified) if he would ask to crash on our couch after a show.

NIN @ SLO in ’06.  They were okay.

ADZ Transmissions from Planet Speedball Cool eye on shirt. Formerly The Adolescents. ADZ are good but Adolescents were better.

KROQ Inland Invasion 2 Sept 14, 2002 This was one of the best shows I’ve been to. About 17 punk bands playing all day and night in San Bernadino; there are a hell of a lot of Nazi skin heads in San Bernadino. I went with Craig, Terry and Kenny. Got pepper sprayed by riot police. Kenny did too. Good times.

Bad Religion @ House of Blues Hollywood I took my niece Jamie to her first show. Good times had by all.

Texas Terri and the Stiff Ones “Eat Shit” From one of the last times I saw Texas Terri. 2nd album good but not great.

RHPS with Lips “Masters Affair” 1990 I was kinda dating Ellen Plotkin at the time and she got us tickets. The entire movie cast was there–I got to meet Barry Bostwick and Tim Curry. I had a great time even though I was mostly over Rocky by then.


Well there you go folks. That’s the history of the shirts I’ve been cutting and sewing back together again.

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Posted by on May 25, 2010 in ongoing project


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I Have A New Idea!

Okay so it’s been a few weeks and I’ve put the quilt aside because… I don’t have a real excuse so you can go ahead and use one of the many we all do.  Truth be told, I got overwhelmed and stopped. HOWEVER, I am thinking about how to add a bit of personality to it without “ruining” the shirts. I was told of a site that takes images you send them and prints it onto fabric. YEA, I know, if you can think of it, it’s on the internet-even a blog about a quilt that’s getting nowhere near done.

Since Paul keeps just about everything he has ever owned, experienced, seen, thought about, etc… it occurred to me that he MUST have his concert tickets and YES!  It’s true folks!  The man has most , if not all,  of the concert tickets from all the shows he’s been to. I guess it’s to match the t-shirts? I’m sure this is more common than I can imagine but remember that I throw away my movie ticket even before I walk into the theater so you can see how this is confusing to me.  So anyway back to what I was thinking about the quilt. My thought is that I scan the tickets and find the site to have time print the images onto fabric. Then I can cut them out and accent the finished product with the tickets to give it more of what I visualized. But then I need to put the thing together, which realistically, can be done in one afternoon if I just pull it out and work on it.

Oh btw, I asked Paul to give me a brief history/memory of each of the shirts I’m putting on the quilt. I gave him the project to do a week ago. I need to ask him if he has that for me. I’m not sure what I’ll use it for but I’m sure it fits in all of this somewhere.

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Posted by on May 22, 2010 in ongoing project


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