October 7, 2004

Hiroshi the potter


Man oh man! So much has happened since the other day. Where do I start? First of all, I need to thank Dennis' dad Dennis Sr. He took in this wayward musician and welcomed me in to the town of Elkton Oregon. I wiil post more photos later. The pic above is of a famous potter in Elkton who has one of the world's largest kilns. He does a firing only twice a year and it goes for 7 days straight. This thing was 1,000's of degrees hot. There were about 8 artists that were invited from all over to put their pots in the kiln. They all stay up for hours and take shifts and camp out and drink beer. I have never seen anything like this in my life. Hiroshi gave me the bowl I am holding and it is now my favorite cereal bowl. I played guitar for the potters at about 1 in the morning.

Dennis' dad got me gig at a winery in Elkton, Oregon called Branborg Cellars. It was so much fun playing for the locals and sampling the vino. Order the Pinot Noir by the case. You won't regret it and you will become a better citizen of the planet earth. His father grows his own tomatoes (among other things) and everyone seems to give him farm fresh eggs. There is nothing like an organic omlette dude.

My friend Vinnie Cilurzo owns a brewery in Santa Rosa Ca. and last night upon my arrival after 11 grueling hours driving down from Oregon he had a pizza waiting for me at his new restaurant The russian River Brewing Co. He had both baseball games on and I was in heaven. His new beer is called Little White Lie named after a song me mum taught me. I taught Gregory Page this song when we were in The Rugburns and I will sing it with him next Friday at my show at Sycuan Casino. But back to the beer... Track it down. Russian River Brewing Co. Order your local tavern to carry it. Demand a change dammit!

I have many more pics to post!

See ya in San Francisco tonight.

Reno Poltz

Posted by steve at October 7, 2004 12:14 PM


excellente, this is the earliest I've ever had new year's plans. what should I be for halloween?

and stop calling me stinky.

Posted by: sean at October 7, 2004 1:00 PM

you should be weapons of mass destruction and just hide out at the party.

i will call you seanty pronounced scenty. you smeel nicey nice.

Posted by: steverino at October 7, 2004 1:16 PM


that's awesome vinnie's brewery is up and running. that place sure was dusty back in february. unfortunately, i only drink ovaltine these days so i probably will not be having his brew any time soon.

jeter is an idiot and if he does that fast one time hand clap after crossing home plate one more time, i may have him taken care of if you know what i mean. do you know what i mean? good.

go sox!

david garza is great. he sings that tune "say baby." brilliant!

see you at the belly up.

Posted by: mitch at October 7, 2004 2:33 PM

ovaltine? does it have sugar? i can ferment it if it does! i will make ovaltine beer. yay! ovaltine beer.

Posted by: vinnie at October 7, 2004 3:17 PM

"Yes mom, I'm really coming to SD to see YOU, it has nothing to do with Steve" See you on NYE and in January :).

Posted by: shay at October 7, 2004 4:10 PM

Can't wait to see the pics!
Oh, I wish I could go too ... but I live in Brazil so, it's impossible right now.
But I promisse that I will make it one day. Let me just save a little bit of money and I'm there.

Posted by: Anny at October 7, 2004 6:40 PM

If sean is weapons of mass destruction for halloween can I go as W and pretend to look for him all night?

That would be fun.

Posted by: carence at October 7, 2004 10:49 PM

Hey Steve-O

If you're taking the 101 southbound 'tween NorCal and SoCal, take a stop in between and I'll buy ya a taco.

I'll pm ya.

Reverently Yours,
Da Rev

Posted by: Reverend Spankalot at October 7, 2004 11:24 PM

I love the costume idea. that's what I'm going to be at every party I don't go to. but I want to be somewhere. they celebrate halloween in north korea?

Posted by: sean at October 8, 2004 7:57 AM

Hi Steve-

Saw your show at Art21 in Palo Alto Saturday (10/9)- absolutely loved it, I had no idea what to expect since my only exposure is the morning wood cd. It was truly special. I liked the 'should had a medical career' song.

Thanks very much.

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