March 1, 2007

It's balmy in Bozeman


Today I was at the top of the mountain near Big Sky and and I asked the ski lift operator how warm it was. He said, "it's zero degrees."
I said, "excuse me, did you say zero?"
He replied,"yes sir I did." (alarming fact-people are starting to call me sir)
I said, "How can that be? Doesn't there have to be some degrees?"
Then he said,"you're right! I just checked the temp and it's minus 10."
I said, "thanks. I feel much better now." Then I realized I was sweating like a whore in church.
I hope to see some Montana folks at the show here. It should be a hoot.
My Pa loved all the feedback he got on his latest poem. He says to tell you thanks. So thanks from Joe.
Coach Renfro replied to my wresstling blog below and it made my day. I had lost touch with him.
The yoga and songwriting retreat is filling up. See info in earlier blog entry below. There are still a few spaces left.
Baseball season is starting spring training. I hope to get out there for a game or two. Bruce Bochy is now managing The Giants and Tim Flannery is his 3rd base coach. It's going to be strange when The Padres play The Giants. Very strange.
My south by southwest showcase is Friday March 16th in Austin at The Molotov Lounge at 10 pm. Anyone going to SXSW?
My Canadian music week showcase is next week in Toronto at The Rivoli. It should be balmy there too.
I rented 2 great documentary films last week.
The Fog Of War and Why We Fight. Has anyone else seen them? The footage of Robert Mcnamara in The Fog of War is amazing. Great interviews and old tapes of phone conversations with JFK LBJ and Mr. Mcnamara discussing The Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam.
Why We Fight starts with Dwight Eisenhower giving one final speech on his last day in office as U.S. President. He warns for Americans to be wary of the U.S. military industrial complex. I had frogotten about this speech and it is riveting and prescient. Especially coming from such a well respected man.
I hope to see you soon.
Steven JJ P

Posted by steve at March 1, 2007 10:37 PM


snow!? what's that? looks purty.
here's an idea...toronto to tucson for padres double-hitter! :)

11 mar padres v. diamondacks
12 mar padres v. white sox

btw, coach renfro's 'figure 4' comment was hilarious! very cool to re-connect. just goes

Posted by: ~d. at March 1, 2007 11:16 PM

Hey! I don't know much about the movies your talking about, but I do know that Bob Seger was awesome tonight at the Forum. Even Kid Rocko was there.

night night. :)

Posted by: dolfinldy at March 2, 2007 12:31 AM

good idea. it would be nice to catch the pads in tuxon.
bob seger? isn't he in the song forbidden fruit?
night move. did he play night move?

Posted by: steverino at March 2, 2007 6:22 AM

zero degrees makes for some damn fine powder runs! quit yer bitchin' and take another run. i hope you don't get stuck on a lift, brrrr!

Posted by: ash at March 2, 2007 8:01 AM

forgot 13 mar padres v. rockies

weather will be fab, unless of course, games fall on one of six days/yr that the sun doesn't shine. :)

good ideas...i'm full of 'em.
most times you don't even need to ask.

perhaps i could rouse a member of 'boston faithful' to join us...that will undoubtedly result in an emotionally charged discourse between myself and said member. have been told such occasions are entertaining. it's like clockwork.

break a leg!...or whatever they say on the slopes.

Posted by: ~d. at March 2, 2007 8:17 AM

Steve -- Glad you are having a blasty blast in the freezing weather. I can't wait to see you in Tejas, it's gonna be swell...

This is a little late, but I've been kinda busy.

I just watched the video for "Ken Follet stole my Wallet". I think you should make a video for each track on Answering Machine and release a DVD. I think it could save the world.

What do you think?

Posted by: Carence at March 2, 2007 8:56 AM

This made me think of a Rugburns track that I thought must have been a random b-side... until I listened more closely, woke up and apologized.
The Dismemberment Plan - The Ice of Boston
Czech it on The Hype Machine.

Posted by: Dan Siego at March 2, 2007 1:18 PM

carence! what a FANTABULOUS idea! :)


Posted by: coop at March 5, 2007 11:51 AM

my first sxsw and poltz is really playing!! woo hoo! i saw fog of war - took notes in the movie theatre subsequently lost the notes and now back in a fog!!

Posted by: cotontop at March 6, 2007 4:45 PM

"The Fog of War" is almost haunting from McNamara's side of the situtation. How close we once were to a sort of "Global Nuclear War". I had seen and heard of McNamara before, but until I saw this documentary I never realized what an inportant role he played. I think hes one of the greats of the late 20th century government officals.

Come see some Spring Training Baseball. You know you want to.


Posted by: brad at March 6, 2007 7:35 PM

Two Things:
1.Polz- I live near Austin now- wanna hang?
2.That Eisenhower IS moving and awesome and it was actualluy written by his speechwriter, Malcom Moos- who later became president at the University of MN. I worked at a biochem lab with Moos' son (also named Malcom) and I picked up this bit of Trivia. His dad coined the oft-used term "military-industrial complex." Was a cool guy- I'll tell you more later.
PS your tunes of the day are awesome.

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