Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Like father, like son?
There were plenty of reasons I went to see The Wallflowers last Friday. I mean, just get a copy of “Bringing Down the Horse,” and turn it up. For me, that one’s worth the price of admission right there. It’s a great album, and since I recently tracked down 3 or 4 more CDs, it was time for me to go check these guys out.
I guess it was serendipitous that this show fell close to Father’s Day – and what a cool way to acknowledge the fact that the lead singer of The Wallflowers has an unbelievably big name in the music business for a father.
One really cool thing that I kept noticing throughout the show was that before some of the songs started, he would step back, turn around and tune his guitar. I kept looking at that shadowy outline, and it just seemed like I was looking at something inherently familiar.
And then he’d step up to the mic, a brown fedora hat tilted on his head, and he’d close his eyes to sing – the resemblance was unmistakable.
It was just like looking at his dad, and for the life of me, I couldn’t get that image of out of my mind.
[Opening band – The Picture (from Brooklyn, NY)]
If You Never Got Sick
How Good it can Get
Some Flowers Bloom Dead
Closer to You
God Says Nothing Back
Up From Under
God Don’t Make Lonely Girls
Back to California
I’ve Been Delivered
How Far You’ve Come
(unknown to me – but it sounded like a 50’s style rocker)
Days of Wonder
Angel on My Bike
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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