October 2004

October 28, 2004



I am so glad in my life I finally got to see the GMC ad. It has been since 1918 since we were allowed to see the commercial. What a curse I have had to deal with. They kept showing this stupid baseball game of two teams hogging the spotlight from GMC. This crap could have never happened without the sponsorship of a wonderful car company. I hate it that baseball gets in the way. Curse schmruse. My friends Westy and Dr. Leach kept interrupting my car commercials with their gin sotted phone calls of baseball lore.

I hope Bush wins the election so I can have something to complain about. I still haven't received my absentee ballot from San Diego. I think Arnold is trying to keep this musician from voting. I mean, I applied for the absentee ballot 4 weeks ago. Now they tell me I have to have it back at the registrars office by 8 pm on Tuesday. It is costing me 50 bucks to vote via Fed Ex.

Congrats Boston Red Sox!!!!!!

Steverino Conspiract Theorist Poltz

Posted by steve at 12:27 AM | Comments (29)
October 21, 2004

goodbye dirty red suitcase


This here suitcase did me well but the zipper finally broke, so I threw the baby out with the ocean water before I left to the east coast. I feel it is only appropriate to rid myself of this container of clothes and merch. I loved this suitcase but they usually only last a year. I am crying over the loss but I will get over it. I have a new black one that I bought at Marshall's for only 50 buckaroos.

Maybe when I tossed out the old case I was also tossin' out the curse of The Bambino for the Sox as well. Last night was truly amazing to watch. I don't think we will ever see something like this again in our lifetime. No baseball team had ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series and to do it against the mighty Yanks was awesome. Hats off to Westy and Dr. Leach et al. How can the World Series top this? Lets just wait and see. Remember that the curse won't be lifted until the Red Sox actually win the whole damn thing.

Goodbye red suitcase and perhaps...goodbye curse.

Steven Who's my daddy? Poltz

Posted by steve at 10:27 AM | Comments (7)
October 19, 2004

was i dreaming last night?


I think that was the greatest baseball game I've seen in years. I had to turn on ESPN this morning just to see if it was true. I was pacing the floor in my apartment and jumping up and down and screaming at the television. That game was almost 6 hours long man! I couldn't even go grab a bite to eat. I kept calling friends in Boston and screaming with them. 14 innings later The Sox won the game by a score of 5 to 4. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. The Yankees are cranky and we get to see another game tonight. They keep saying that no team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series. Well has anyone ever come back from a 3-2 deficit? Oh they have? Well then I say anything can happen.

Oh yeah... The Astros kicked a little booty too. I kept switching back between both games to see the Astros win it in the ninth on a walk off homer by Jeff Kent. I am so happy for my musician pal Beaver Nelson. He is from Houston and now lives in Austin. Buy his new record. Go to and check him out. I am sure he was in some smoky bar yelling his brains out last night. You will love his music as well his down home styleeee.

Thanks to the 500 plus folks who came out the Sycuan Theatre show on Friday night. It was sold-out thanks to you and I had a blast playing alongside the fabulous Stinky. This show would have never happened if weren't for the efforts of Scott Bernstein at Sycuan. Thanks Scott. Thanks to Wangs as well for hosting over 105 people in their house for a living room show. I have never seen so many people crammed in to a living room since high school when my parents went out of town and I had a party.

Mas beisbol tonight!

Steven the baseball dreamer

Posted by steve at 8:39 AM | Comments (23)
October 14, 2004

Dennis Borlek Sr.


This is Dennis' dad. For those of you who don't know Dennis, then this is a starter course. This is the man with the evil seed that gave little Denny his jump start in to this great big world. He housed me while I was in Oregon and he is a fancy gardener. Personally I think he is wanted in several states. He is way cooler than his son "Evil Dennis." Perhaps one day after several years of intense training little Denny will learn to be as cool as his pop.. Until then we can only pray.

I am excited for my show on Friday at Sycuan Casino here in El Cajon. Stinky and I spent the whole day in some rat hole rehearsal studio working out some cool versions of songs. He has decided to join me on stage and we both have agreed to play the show naked. I hope you can make it out to the new Sycuan nudist colony. I hear that Milan flew out from Melbourne Australia especially for this show, so it should be a hoot.

I talked to Dennis Jr. today and we just added a C.L.A. tribute show on Dec. 29 so all of you peeps that are flying out for the New Years bash should come out early to the Casbah for this shindig.

See you at the blackjack tables. I'm your huckleberry.


Posted by steve at 9:54 PM | Comments (5)
October 12, 2004

baseball, weiner dogs, yoga and utah


Back home and it sure feels good. I forgot to post this pic of beautiful southern Utah. If you find yourself in Las Vegas I recommend renting a car and driving your ass a couple hours north to St. George, Utah. Go to Snow Canyon and then cruise up to Zion. It will blow a hole in your mind and all your worries will be carried off in a puff of cloudy caramel salt water sharkskin boots floating off and fluttering away like a losing lottery ticket in a windstorm.

You see; my friends own a venue there called the Electric Theatre. The weather is beautiful and they own a couple of weiner dogs who like to watch freaks pretend to do yoga while secretly drinking beer. The dogs will bark and the hawks will circle overhead and you will yell like Tarzan. Next thing you know you will feel welcome and relaxed and your clothes will smell like Tide and you will want to litter some fast food cartons out of the window of your vehicle.

The baseball playoffs are set. This is great. I have friends in New York and Boston that now hate each other once again. Hate is in the air. I can feel it everywhere! Sounds like a new song.

How come I don't see the Padres in the championship series? What happened? Was there a mistake? Why weren't we invited to the dance? Houston and St. Louis? C'mon man.

Ken Caminiti rest in peace. You were one of my all time favorite Pads. You will be missed. I remember shaking your hand in Wisconsin with my pal Joe Daly. You made our day and I will never forget you. You were a true gamer. God rest your soul my friend.

See you around,

Red Dirt Steve

Posted by steve at 4:14 PM | Comments (9)
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 12:14 PM | Comments (10)
October 3, 2004



I played a cool show in Oregon at this wonderful venue called Mississippi Studios. It is a combo recording studio and live music establishment owned by this sweet guy named Jim. He used to be in a band named Box Set. I remember playing a Rugburns gig with them years ago at Slims in San Francisco.

The picture above is of David Garza on the left and Steve Forbert in the middle. I shared the bill with David Garza (pronounced Dahveed) and we had a hoot of a time gosh doggit. It was my first time to really hang out with him and I love his music. I hope you guys get a chance to see him. His songs are brilliant and so is his personality. I am so glad I got to bond with him and tell stories. We even played a couple songs together at the end of the night.

Steve Forbert played the night before and left his sunglasses so he came back to pick them up. I freaked out because I had his early albums on vinyl when I first went away to college. He was labeled as the new Dylan back in the early
80's. He is a songwriter's songwriter. Listen to Romeo's Tune and it will strike a familiar chord.

By the way... Last night's show was recorded by Jim (the owner of the venue) so if you would like to purchase a copy then go to his his website and contact him. He will ship it to you for 15 bucks. It is a double cd.

The website is

The Padres are officially out. The Cubbies did a nose dive worthy of Greg Louganis and The Dodgers held on by the skin of their teeth to beat out The Giants on a walk off grand slam by Steve Finley. My dad is so freakin' happy. He called me and left the funniest message. I think he was dancing around the house in his undies banging pots and pans.

Don't forget to vote. November will be here before we know it.


One Happy Camper

Posted by steve at 1:43 PM | Comments (14)
October 1, 2004

view from da vw van


Well folks, it looks like the padres are down to their final prayer. This is what it looked like from my window as I was driving from Boise through Oregon to Seattle. This is a beautiful country. I was listening to 4 different sports talk stations on XM Satellite Radio. All of the pundits are saying The Pads don't stand a chance. Screw the stupid pundits. I am no longer living in the land of reality. As far as I am concerned we are in the playoffs and World Series bound.

The other night I palyed in Salt lake City and this guy gave me 100 bucks to play Monkeys Comin' Outta Yer Ass. Of course I obliged. I had just come back from The Pixies concert at The University of Utah and so had he. After my show he said he wanted to buy everyone in the bar a copy of my c.d. Chinese Vacation. There were 81 people and so he gave me 810 smackaroos! I was so happy I had a hard time going to sleep. Everytime I think I've seen it all something like this happens. You people amaze me. You complete me. Idiots.

Thankyou Utah
Thankyou Padres
Thankyou Jesus
Thankyou Television
Thankyou Ringling Brothers' Carnys
Thankyou Mexico
Thankyou Mom and Dad
Thankyou Russian River Brewing Co.
Thankyou Crystal Meth
Thankyou Almonds
Thankyou Insane Asylum

Stevey Nixxxon

Posted by steve at 10:54 AM | Comments (15)

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