Friday, February 18, 2011
Well, I just got off the phone with the management of the Portage Grill in The Dalles, and I confirmed that comedy legend Gallagher (the guy who smashes watermelons) has indeed sold out his show at that venue, for Monday, Feb. 28.
Over 260 tickets were scooped up by fans, so it promises to be a great show. I’m sure the first 10 rows will need to be covered with plastic sheeting. If you didn’t get a ticket (like me), the next best thing is to visit his official website and check out the video where he’s on stage with his “one big prop,” a giant trampoline couch. It’s a hoot!
I’m glad to see comedy shows like this coming to our area, and here’s hoping I get tickets for next year.
When I was a kid, everything I found out about Rock and Roll came from one source.
I mean, it had too, really, because we just didn’t have any rock records in the house. No Beatles, no Stones, no Dylan, no Neil Diamond.
Actually, we did have Neil, but he was on 8-Track. And we played those 8-Tracks on a “Quadra-phonic” system.
Get this — this stereo had a dial on it that looked like a small air-traffic controller screen, with a green dot in the middle. You operated a small joystick to move the green dot around, and that “moved” the sound from speaker to speaker. Mostly, we just left it in the center, though.
So, where was I — oh yeah, the Radio. Growing up, it was the NYC stations with “Don Imus In The Morning.” I’m pretty sure we were on the AM frequency on the kitchen counter radio.
Then I moved over to FM, and discovered WPLJ and WNEW, competing classic rock stations. I listened to rock DJ icons Scott Muni and Carol Miller, Tony Pig, and Jim Kerr. And then, this really crazy guy came on the air and started something that became the Howard Stern Show.
I miss the old radio days, and I guess I’ve always secretly pined for my own show.
And then it hit me. What if I actually could have my own Radio Show? I mean, what if Hood River actually had its own local community radio station, that could, I don’t know, accommodate someone every other week for an hour or so, to play local bands and bands that have visited the Gorge throughout the years.
That would be a great way to play a bunch of those 8-Tracks I have laying around.
Tune in! Listen to Jim’s local music show on Hood River’s Radio Tierra, 95.1 FM, every other Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. starting March 3. Eventually, we hope to have shows archived on the web for podcast download. Note to Radio Tierra: we need a grant for a new 8-Track Player.
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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge