Thursday, 2009.08.20, 11:38 AM CST.
Faith afterthoughts, a trip to Kansas City, John Hughes, and Uncle Zeb.
honestly hadn't realized so much time had passed since my last update.
Sorry about the delay... Things have been hectic and tiring, but
I'm doing okay. I still have a lot of stuff I'm "working
on." More will be revealed soon.
Before anything else, I want to thank everyone who came to the "True
Faith" event I co-DJed on July 31st.
my lengthy experience in various parts of the industry, I couldn't help
being nervous about my first major club appearance, and luckily things
went well, for the most part. Technically, I think I did well,
though the bass was causing feedback in my turntables - an issue I had
not experienced since my much earlier days before I got a proper (heavy)
pair of Technics SL-1200s. Still, I soldiered through it and performed.
I already have a solution in the works for the next time I DJ
in such excessively bass-heavy conditions.
far as my music choices were concerned, I was quite pleased. My
sets featured some really rare mixes that I had never played at any
gigs ever before, and offered a decent mixture of well-known
classic club tracks and a few more obscure tracks (like Moev's "Crucify
Me"). And, of course, I mixed in a significant amount of
New Order and Cure tracks, as per the theme.
HERE FOR THE TRACKLISTS OF MY THREE "TRUE FAITH" SETS!
those who did show up, I want to offer an apology for not being able
to "mingle" more than expected. Since there were three
DJs performing with 45-minute shifts, I had thought we were each playing
for 45 minutes at a time. Instead, one of my co-DJs decided to
skip his first shift because he wanted to "socialize."
Then, following my second set, he only played
two songs before passing the reins back to me, stating that the bass
was interfering with the software he was using. So, I was actually
on stage a lot longer than I expected. For those who were hoping
to chat with me a bit more during the event, I'm sorry.
True Faith, I have no plans to DJ for at least a couple of months.
Stay tuned, though... and keep your calendars clear for the 14th of
November. I'll have HUGE news coming very, very soon.
July was a busy month. For her birthday, my wife wanted to go
see Tori Amos perform live in Kansas City. So, we headed up on
July 23rd. It was a decent show (I used to love Tori
Amos in the early-to-mid 1990s, but now I just tend to find her somewhat
entertaining), and there were some nice highlights, including great
new versions of classics like "Precious Things" and "Icicle."
we were in Kansas City, specifically in the Overland Park area, we stopped
at a nice little Indian place called Korma Sutra. Yes, the place
was actually called Korma Sutra ("Sensuous Cuisine of India").
We tried the lunch buffet there, and Lanna said that it was some of
the best Indian food she'd ever had. Personally, I thought it
was good, though when it comes to Indian food, I still prefer Kolam
in Tulsa. Nevertheless, I ended up eating so much that I quite
literally made myself sick, just in time for the long drive home.
case anyone doesn't believe that anyone out there would name a restaurant
"Korma Sutra," here's the menu:
trip was not without its perils, though. On the way up to Kansas
City, my car's right rear tire went flat. So, I popped on the
donut and continued the journey.
when we got to the Motel 6 (where, per my misguided encouragement, Lanna
had reserved a room for us), we found that it was in an absolutely horrid,
squalid ghetto section of town in which we both agreed we ran a severe
risk of getting shot and/or shanked.
on the way to the venue three miles away, I took a wrong turn and ended
up driving down a street on which (I'm pretty sure) we saw genuine drug
dealers running back and forth to their customers' cars. That
was festive and culturally enlightening! On second thought, it
was just scary.
the concert, we never went back to the Motel 6. All of our stuff
was still in the car, so I sprang for a different hotel - the Red Roof
Inn in Overland Park. Much, much better. (The next day,
we discovered Overland Park's Korma Sutra, as noted above.)
on the way back to Oklahoma, while we were in the proverbial middle
of nowhere, the donut replacing the right rear tire started going flat.
We managed to hobble the car into a tiny backwoods town, at which a
lady at a combination convenience/liquor store helped me find the local
gentleman named James Akes - an absolute prince among men as far as
I'm concerned - helped us with the tire situation quickly, courteously,
and at a reasonable price. Even though Lanna and I were obviously
"city slickers" far our of our element, James made us feel
extremely comfortable and welcome. Awesome guy. If you are
ever in eastern Kansas (specifically, near the township of Greeley)
and need service on your car, go see James at Eastern Kansas Equipment
LONG, JOHN HUGHES.
The reaper continues to keep himself busy.
weeks ago today, on August 6th, we lost a great American filmwriter
and director, John Hughes. Among the movies he wrote and/or directed
were such classics as Ferris Beuller's Day Off (my third favourite
film of all time), The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink,
Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Planes, Trains
+ Automobiles, Some Kind of Wonderful, National Lampoon's
Vacation, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, Career Opportunities,
and the quite-underrated Dutch. (He also wrote the Beethoven
films, but I'll forgive him for that.)
films served as the cinematic voice of a generation. The corresponding
soundtracks served to present some of the most memorable pop and new
wave classics of the 1980s. (After all, who among those of us
who grew up in the 80s can hear Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget
About Me)" or OMD's "If You Leave" and not think of The
Breakfast Club or Pretty in Pink, respectively?)
to what I've heard, Hughes died of a heart attack while taking a morning
stroll around Manhattan. Following the losses of Michael Jackson
and Ed McMahon (see my
previous Journal Entry), this hits really hard. Another chunk
of my youth, gone away. At least his films will still be around
for future generations to enjoy; I look forward to showing a number
of them to X when he is old enough.
On an even more personal and local note, two days ago, we lost a Tulsa-area
television legend. Carl Bartholomew, known to countless Oklahomans
as "Uncle Zeb," passed away two days ago, August 18th.
those who were not familiar, "Uncle Zeb's Cartoon Camp" was
a local children's show; I remember it from its original run on KTUL
(Tulsa's VHF channel 8) from 1969-1979. (For the record, I wasn't
even born when it started - I'm not quite that old!).
was a character Bartholomew portrayed as a grizzled and gruff old prospector.
He would have a group of boys and girls on the show each weekday, show
some old cartoons, pick some childrens to play some games and win some
prizes, and then let each kid get in front of the camera at the end
and say hello to all the people they loved "back home."
remember looking forward to seeing it every day, and occasionally seeing
kids I knew from my school on there. I personally never got to
go on the show, but I did get to meet Bartholomew at the Tulsa State
Fair when I was 8 or 9 or so. He seemed nice (well, that was his
job), and autographed a picture for me. I still have that picture
didn't realize until recently that "Uncle Zeb" also had a
long lifespan on Tulsa Cable. The newer series ran from 1990-1997.
Apparently, my wife's brother attended one of those episodes.
I had no idea the show had gone on that long. There will never
be anything that fully captures the spirit and goofy, low-tech fun that
children enjoyed on "Uncle Zeb's Cartoon Camp."
in peace, Uncle Zeb. Rest in peace.
up... Journal Entry 100! Stay tuned. It's coming soon.