May 30, 2003

re-bar and hijackers

How come as I surf the net for news I am not hearing anything about this Australian hijacker. it is all over the papers down here in Sydney. Yet I look on and i see no mention. I could have been on that plane. I fly Qantas and I was in Melbourne around that time. That filght attendant deserves a medal of honor.

The baggage handlers however do not deserve anything. They broke my beloved guitar's neck yesterday. Poor flowerpot has had her neck broken 5 times by the airlines. I am so sad about this. I can't even look at her.

Inter music in Bondi saved the day. They have loaned me a beautiful Taylor guitar for the rest of my Aussie tour. Thanks Brent! Please send nice emails to Brent at [email protected]

I wish flowerpot's neck was made of re-bar. then nothing could ever hurt her. I think we should think about re-bar for a minute. Here are my thoughts:

rebar is used in construction. it is a steel pole used to strengthen concrete. it was originally used in crete when a greek man's crate broke after a hard night of ouzo deliveries. some freaking greek trade put the plans in a bottle and they washed up on the shores of cyprus into the hand of a fisherman, who in true cypriotic fashion said, "duh". when his grandmother's inbred cousin found out, she whooped for joy like granny in the beverly hillbillies, and next thing ya know, old jed's a millionare, the cypriot miss jane said move away from there.

they took the freakin' plans to rome, and with their cell phones on roam, phoned in the coliseum gig. thats why the cats all live there today they know the rebar will keep them safe and sound, even when it's raining cats and dogs. the core challanges that face the platform of the loading docks today seem to be mainly of the roll down variety. ya see, prior to wheels, ramps weren't a hassle because girls still wore tassles with bells that would announce their arrival to the scene. in other words they were heard before they were seen. because the tassles had bells in them! so they could herd them in and not be seen, yet they could make the scene and still be able to go clubbing till dawn with some mobster named don or ron amici. this was before drugs rotted the infastructure and seemed to ruin everything. but through it all rebar was the hero. not until oreos came along was there a true challenge to a product. other than turkish coffee of course. ha ha ha but we all know what that entails. don't we, dear? anyways- next time you see rebar i want you to think of me and the little greek people and how they've been taken advantage of and looked over over the years. maybe then you'll know what it feels like to cry.

love stevieopolis ( i think i blew a fuse in my brain)

Posted by steve at May 30, 2003 6:25 AM


sorry to hear the news Steve. poor flowerpot. bloody baggage handlers! have they no respect for the finer things in life? cant they read the 'fragile' stickers on the case? ah, im too frustrated. thank God for Brent.

Posted by: jaan at May 30, 2003 6:56 AM

Oh No! Poor Flowerpot! Any chance of her making a recovery? Thank goodness that kind man Brent has lent you a guitar so you can finish your tour!! Good luck for tonight at the Basement and for Newcastle tomorrow.

Posted by: Marie at May 30, 2003 8:34 AM

Airlines absolutely suck when it comes to guitars. I think tho, that you should get up the courage to look at flowerpot...she might feel as if she has done something wrong- and that is why you cant look at her. Tell her it will be ok! haha...

Posted by: Kristen at May 30, 2003 10:06 PM

Tears must be shed,

Posted by: Max at May 31, 2003 2:57 AM

Do you think it could have been a plot instrumented by your two other taylors at home. You said yourself that they felt left out. Maybe it is just me. But i think that flowerpots demise is more than by chance. But she is strong. She will live to tell the story of chinese checkers again.
LONG LIVE FLOWERPOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
From James the fat naked guy at the rob roy

Posted by: james at May 31, 2003 7:50 AM

rebar!!! yes!!! in my pants... awesome plan...

Posted by: Gawaine at June 1, 2003 8:40 AM

I think Taylor should make a "Black Box" guitar, made entirely out of the materials used to create the impregnable tracking device of the very same name. If some crappy Australian, all hepped up on VB and shrimp, successfully took down a plane, they could at least salvage the guitar, and perhaps if the right person played it (Stephen Stills), it would tell the story of what happened.

Just a thought.

Posted by: Westy at June 1, 2003 2:28 PM

It was awfully nice of Brent to loan you a replacement. I'll be on the lookout for a Taylor guitar on ebay, "Once played by the world-reknowned Steve Poltz." Maybe Brent can make some serious bank on the deal!

Posted by: FeatherRob at June 1, 2003 5:52 PM

Alas, poor Flowerpot :( I would have lent you my Taylor if I had known.

Steve-o, you should check out my bil's cool guitars at
I'm sure he could figure out that re-bar inlay for you.

I know, I know- shameless plug for a relative, but hey he is a San Diegan (and he worked for Taylor for years)!

Posted by: Jodie D at June 2, 2003 12:26 PM

Thank you for playing at the Jade Monkey, Thank you for playing the Chair song,
Thank you for making my cheeks hurt (from so much smiling),
And Thank you for telling me that Bert Newtons hair is fake ( I had suspected..)
See you at Womadelaide..
Viva la silla!!!

Posted by: lils at June 3, 2003 5:34 AM

I just broke the news to my own Taylor, and as my guitar gently weaps, for the pain of your own. We wish you both lots of harmonics for a speedy neck transplant. You should have had a Luthiering Career!
-Loved the Jade Monkey Gig.

Posted by: Jaed at June 3, 2003 6:35 AM

I don't fly. The alcohol required to load me is much more flammable than the avgas. I have lots of rusty rebar. If its rusty will it last. It feels peloponesian. Nobody ever checked to see if the pilot was a vampire Steve. Would you fly then? Nice sounds stay safe

Posted by: mistashatna at June 20, 2003 2:35 PM

love. i love love love this thing. i'm new, a friend, rob, let me hear one of your songs, and now i love and am here. i'm sorry about your dear flowerpot. i am, however, delighted, to find that you are not the only one who names things. i named my alarm clock jesus.

Posted by: insley at June 24, 2003 3:19 AM

How is Flowerpot now? Has she made a full recovery?

We need an update! :)

Posted by: ms pertatoussin at June 30, 2003 6:19 PM

ps. I woke up this morning with a single phrase repeating over and over in my head.

"The Hargrove Situation, The Hargrove Situation"

Help me.

Posted by: ms pertussin at June 30, 2003 6:21 PM

I read this news after a delay (damn 56k modem ... Is there no god???) and I'm speechless. Oh the humanity!!!
And such a beautiful girl.
Tears will be shed but the legacy will forever be ...
Lest we forget

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