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Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 9:53 pm
by draglist
Man, I need you to manage the product orders we get here! I can't compete with that level of service!!! bp

Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 10:51 pm
by WildcatOne
Shucks, there wasn't anything to it...I had a pretty productive my guitar re-strung and packaged and mailed 3 DVDs...the Post Office has a self-service deal that is the time I was on the second one I was zipping right through it...and it only cost a buck apiece...heck, if I'd have gone over there at lunch, I'd be standing in line to get waited on for 25 minutes, ya know. I can cruise over there in George in the evening and casual-like weigh the stuff, pay for it with my ATM card and it only takes a few minutes...I sent 'em all First Class, they should arrive by Saturday at the latest...I finally watched all of the DVD. Up until tonight I'd only watched the show, but Debby filmed a lot of the whole deal. She's not in it except for her voice, but I make a couple of Cameos in it, taking the banner down after they finish, hanging out in the parking lot with a guy I don't know (but he knew me) while Kyle and the band loaded Ludwig up, etc. It reminded me of what a fun day that was. The show was included, but all around it was all good. Those are great kids. Cheers, WC1

Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:43 pm
by WildcatOne
I just said goodbye to the Zech brothers, Roland and Micah, Blastula's guitar players. They are now enroute with their family to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where they will live. There is much tear-shedding around here right now. Ever get the feeling that your heart just got ripped right out of you? :(

Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:24 pm
by jim sanders
:( tough deal for sure... but the DVD will last forever 8)

Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 2:04 pm
by WildcatOne
Last night on the way to Beaumont for the gig, I passed the Zechs, enroute to Florida. Pulled up next to them, honked, and we all cheered, gave a thumbs-up, waved, and we zipped on ahead to the gig. It hurts to lose Roland and Micah, not to mention the wonderful people who are their parents and sister. The silence in our house is deafening. I always felt numb after hearing Blastula play, but this kind of numbness is painful. We'll move on, things will change, but this was a massive hit. Ouch doesn't cover it, but for now it will have to do.

Thursday night we played at another Houston landmark, the Rice Hotel, downtown. We played in the Empire Room. It was a small room for an 8-piece band to set up and play in, they kept opening the door to the outside veranda next to us, and all the air conditioning blew outside...replaced with a virtual steam bath...but the whole place danced to every song we did...this gig was for a political fundraiser that the guy who is running doesn't have much of a chance to win...he's up against an invincible opponent...nice fellow, but he's running headlong into a opinion, anything can happen. We were paid handsomely for the 2-set deal, and I went all around the building, which is gorgeous (1913), hung out with Clem, our sax player, who knows the history of the place, and took the tour...the Grand Ballroom is breathtaking...they had the 1928 Democratic National Convention there...Herbert Hoover ended up winning that year...the stage and dance floor still have the original wood on the floors. Laminated Texas limestone, marble and granite floors in the lobby...Victorian decor, highly figured art noveau appointments...I'd love to have one of those nude wall statues here in the Cat House...JFK and LBJ stayed there the night before they went to's all been restored and updated with all modern outfittings. Here are some images:
We played on the second floor next to a veranda on the Main Street side.

The Beaumont Civic Center sits on the West side of the Texas/Louisiana border, next to the Sabine river. It's a huge arena, they had us on a big stage. High-dollar fundraiser for the American Red Cross, honoring some citizens of Beaumont who have donated their time, energy and money to help restore the town in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita. There is still a lot of damage there, and the city has dwindled population-wise after that back here at 2AM, not bad considering the distance. They let us pull our cars up inside the place right next to the stage. They also had an excellent air conditioning system in there that kept everybody's HOT and HUMID down here, folks. Big Time. This old guy came up to the stage at the end of our first set, signaled Pee Wee, who went over to him...he yelled "You have a great voice, but you're too (Bleeping) LOUD!" and he walked off...Pee Wee (and the rest of us) were taken aback by that...Pee Wee said something that put the whole place (well over a thousand people) on HIS side...he said "Sir, I appreciate your taking the step to compliment us, but please, don't curse me. That is not something I will return to you. We'll try to play something for everybody." Next thing you know, we got people all over us, telling us to TURN IT UP. Run that old guy outta here, let's party! Ended up being just that. Pee Wee has a knack for saying and doing exactly the right thing at exactly the right time, our audiences end up loving us even after one of them jumps up in our faces with a hateful statement like that old guy did (probably made his day to do that)...because from then on, the fun started...Pee Wee told us later, we got 6 gigs coming up out of those 2 is the URL to the Beaumont Civic Center:

Tonight it's the Lone Star in Pasadena, the supermarket-turned-nightclub...we get to get loose and, the band's following will be out in force...the Phantom Kruizers'll be there...and our regular dancing time! Life is good. On we go...Cheers, WC1

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 11:40 am
by WildcatOne
Great Big Party Time at the Lone Star last night. There were more people there than I've ever seen, and they filled the dance floor on every song. The band was rolling...this was our 3rd night in a row. Nothing out of the ordinary happened to really go into any detail over, it was a solid gig from a band that's been cranking it out for a while. Pee Wee sang his heart out and we played loose and cool, we were back home again. What was nice was our group of loyal fans were all there...I saw Pee Wee Bowen Band t-shirts all over the whole place. Most times, the fans have their section of the club and they pretty much stay there, but this time the shirts were gives you a good feeling to see that, ya know. I went over and talked to some folks who'd been there dancing all night and putting money in the tip jar, and it turned out my cousin Robert trained the guy at Monsanto back when they both worked there. We told stories back and forth to find the connection, and it turns out he and I both grew up in pretty much the same circle of people but we never met until right then. My instructions are to tell Robert next time I see him that James Platt says hello. It's a small world, after all! Life is good. Cheers, WC1

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:18 pm
by pro70z28
You're a busy guy WC. 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 9:46 pm
by jim sanders
8) great reading !! Front page stuff! :wink:

Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:00 pm
by jim sanders
8) got my copy today WC.... MAY fire up the grill tonight and watch the guys out here in the 1-man shop