July 26, 2007

Trading in the city


I'm up early this morning still on some other time zone. I am leaving the city for the great outdoors. I'm with my friend Tim Blum from The Mother Hips and we're heading up in to the Ansel Adams back country in Yosemite for an extraordinary camping trip where we teach a songwriting workshop. I'll be out of range hiding from bears and other wild animals. Swimming in beautiful lakes and eating berries and dancing in the rain and running from bears. Screaming in horror as wild hungry bears chase me up trees and into dark caves where hissing snakes await me with venom dripping from their fangs. I'll either run towards angry wildcats in one direction or wild dogs in the other direction. I fear there will also be those guys from Deliverance out there as well. Crazy backwoods inbred campers lurking in the shadows waiting for for me to twist my ankle and stray from the other hikers. I may be kept hostage for days squealing like a pig in a tree fort while pissed off hawks dive at my head and try to pick out my eyeballs. When I finally escape I'll hardly be able to run on my bad ankle and an escaped arsonist could be hiding behind a bush running after me with a can of gasoline and a look of insanity in his eyes. Yesiree! There aren't any 7/11's where I am going. Just me and my shiny knife in my teeth and my will to live.

Oh yeah- if I make it back I'll be playing a show I just added at The Belly Up Tavern In Solana Beach California on August 8th. It's an anniversary show for The Belly Up so they are keeping ticket price lower than normal so I hope to see you there. My good friend Cindy Lee Berryhill is also on the bill and we haven't palyed show together in years so I am really looking forward to it.

Australia?? Are you there? I'll be heading over for a tour at the end of December. Be on the lookout for dates.

Signing off for only a few days (I Hope)
Steverino Poltz

Posted by steve at July 26, 2007 6:20 AM


weee! You made it world traveler! Take care in the wilds and don't be poking no bears with your gitter.

Posted by: dana at July 26, 2007 7:03 AM

I really wanted to attend the song writing workshop. Really. It's just that my life can't bring me to the middle of the woods...yet!
Remember, tie your food up in the trees or else the food will be eaten for sure and maybe even YOU!
(bear sounds)
sending love!
Safe travels!

Posted by: mindy hertzon at July 26, 2007 7:27 AM

Brooke and I are disappointed that you didn't give the bats of the forest their fair shake. They are sure to attack when you least expect it.

Have fun out there!!

Posted by: Ryan at July 26, 2007 8:26 AM

grrrrrr!!!! that is bear talk for "bad musician." i'll be in virginny - why must you play all of your local shows when it's not convenient for me? i demand a redo!

Posted by: ash at July 26, 2007 8:31 AM

I'm never speaking to Australia again.

Hope you enjoy the woods, though.

Posted by: Frag at July 26, 2007 8:44 AM

Quit referring to Fred Van Vactor as a hungry bear, or was it a wild hog, or a venomous snake, or an inbred camper? Enjoy! :)

Posted by: Shay at July 26, 2007 9:04 AM

dear captain underpants,

remember to leave only footprints.
OH, and realize rattlesnakes are MUCH more afraid of you than you are of them. i mean, think about it...they don't want to dump venom on a singy skinny guy they couldn't possibly swallow. come on.

if something DOES happen (heaven forbid), you've got my number.

p.s., welcome back kotter! :)

Posted by: ~resident herpetologist at July 26, 2007 9:05 AM

Did you just admit to the world that you have herpes?

Posted by: Frag at July 26, 2007 9:56 AM

[Greek herpeton, reptile (from herpein, to creep)]

herpetologist (n.) : one with interest/knowledge of amphibians and reptiles.

Posted by: takethatmistersassypants at July 26, 2007 10:13 AM

Duh. I just enjoy harassing you. :-p

Posted by: Frag at July 26, 2007 10:55 AM

i can be a dorky literalist. i wish i could "delete post" 36.2% of the time. (although captain underpants stays...)

and if i *DID* have herpes...what's it to YOU!?

Posted by: herptelogist at July 26, 2007 11:25 AM

a) I think you might want to shoot for a higher percentage. ;-)

2)It's just one more thing for me to poke at you about. 0:-)

Posted by: Frag at July 26, 2007 12:21 PM

can NOT wait for december.
do you know if radelaide will get a gig?
if not, i guess we'll have to trek to melbs...
anyhoo, have an awesome time getting mauled by bears and twisting ankles.
speak soon!

Posted by: jaanie at July 26, 2007 5:47 PM

"I fear there will also be those guys from Deliverance out there as well. Crazy backwoods inbred campers lurking in the shadows"


why don't you just bring dennis? he'd keep 'em occupied for you...hell, he's probably dated a couple of 'em.

Posted by: sean at July 27, 2007 9:38 AM

i just returned from a backpacking trip into the ansel adams wilderness and i am happy to report that i heard NO PIG NOISES at all!!

it is a great area....check out the bug hostel over by yosemite if you get a chance....gourmet grub in the wilderness!!

i am a new fan....just heard your show on xm radio and i've just got one thing to say....


best regards and keep up the good work!!

Posted by gonzo at July 27, 2007 11:09 AM

Posted by: gonzo at July 27, 2007 11:12 AM

Be on the lookout for those mountain lions! I had a personal encounter with one of those creatures and I don't wish that on anyone.

Posted by: lkay at July 29, 2007 5:39 AM

HYPERVENTILATING!!! It's been TOO long since we last saw you down our way Steveeeeeeee!

You just made my day heaps betterer. :)

Posted by: Meg at July 29, 2007 7:13 PM

Steve, when you traded in the city, did you get a Chevrolet?

Posted by: rain at July 30, 2007 4:21 AM

It has been a long time my friend and I hope you survived the California Outback. I am now living in Northern California about 25 minutes from San Francisco. I hope to see you soon up here. Take care amigo.

Tony S.

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