It was twenty years ago today!

Time flies. I can’t believe it has been twenty years since I was in the midst of a three night concert run. I was seventeen years old and a senior in high school.
On Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 1987 I went to see the Jesus and Mary Chain at San Diego State University on the Darklands Tour.

Jesus and Mary Chain concert ticket from 1987

The following night on Dec. 4th, 1987, on a rainy Friday evening, I had fourth row seats on the floor to see Depeche Mode on the Music for The Masses Tour. This show happened six months before the same show was performed at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for the famous 101 Concert for the Masses.

Depeche Mode concert ticket from Music for the Masses tour

I purchased the fourth row seats from a ticket broker for $95 per ticket. My Dad obtained some free tickets in the Forum’s exclusive Senate section from Budweiser. He had been trying to score some backstage passes for me and was able to obtain these tickets. I still have the full ticket from one of the seats.

Depeche Mode full concert ticket from Music for the Masses tour

I have the newspaper advertisement announcing the show.

Depeche Mode Forum Concert Advert 1987

The third night on Dec. 5th, 1987, I attended the Love and Rockets concert on their Earth, Sun, and Moon Tour. The opening act was Jane’s Addiction. My friend and I ended up hanging out and partying at the dorms after the concert. Not too bad for a pair of high school kids.
Love and Rockets 1987 Concert Ticket Stub

1987 was a great time for music. These concerts were some of the best ever. Oh to be young again!

The good news that I heard today is that Depeche Mode will be recording in Feb/Mar of 2008 and an album and tour will follow.

Tesco Fresh and Easy

I have been highly anticipating the opening of the new Tesco Fresh and Easy stores. One is going to be opening near my house in Orange, California. I’ve been lucky enough to visit London on several occasions and I really loved the Tesco stores there. I was reading an article regarding a Tesco Fresh and Easy opening in Hemet on and found a link to a Tesco Fresh and Easy Blog. The author of the blog was describing the stores and this was one of his comments –

And, we will only be playing music from Depeche Mode, Radiohead and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers…..(that one’s a joke!)

I thought that was great but found an even better entry upon further reading. Here is the post from his site:

Sunday, October 7, 2007

fresh & easy, what are you?

“One of my favorite bands is Depeche Mode (in my view, the film of their Devotional tour by Anton Corbijn is a seminal work). I remember them being introduced on a UK show a few years ago – “there’s rock music, there’s R&B, there’s rap, there’s electronica, and there’s the music of Depeche Mode”.

Reading a lot of commentaries on us over the last few weeks, we seem to be described as a lot of different things – a gourmet store, a hispanic store, an eco store, an upscale convenience store, a small supermarket, a large convenience store, amongst others

In fact, we’re best described as fresh&easy neighborhood market.

We can’t be put into any particular category for the very reason we decided to set this business up here – people told us that none of the existing types of stores exactly fitted what they wanted from their ideal shopping trip.

When we showed people around our mock store (the one inside that non-descript warehouse), they tended to describe it by what it’s not, or by what it’s got bits of.

So we asked people what we should refer to it as, and that’s where fresh&easy neighborhood market came from.

Of course, the commentaries are picking up elements – we will be selling fresh, wholesome speciality market food, but at affordable prices; we want everyone to feel welcome at our stores, irrespective of ethnicity or level of income; we’ve tried to be thoughtful about the impact we have on the environment; and we aim to make all this conveniently available in the neighborhood, with a store that is easy to get round.

But for the moment, just like Depeche Mode, we’re in a category of our own.

Whether it’s the right category, as ever, will be up to our customers to decide…..and that’s how it should be…” – Simon Uwins

Below is a photo I took of a Tesco in Sunbury, England in 2003. The area rarely had snow, so it was a bit of a treat for me to be there when it did.

Tesco in Sunbury, Snow, 2003

Pennies From Heaven

Tonight I did some last minute Christmas shopping with the kids at Target. Shortly after we walked into the store, my son picked up a penny on the ground and said “Today is my lucky day”. After browsing around the store a bit, my daughter found a penny as well in a not so obvious location. Once she picked hers up I couldn’t help but think of my Grandpa. He used to collect pennies and my Dad often mentions how my Grandpa leaves pennies around for him. I guess tonight was his way of wishing the kids a Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas to all of you here and in Heaven…

Five Years Later

I can’t really believe that it has been five years since the September 11th attacks in 2001. I remember attending the Angels-Mariners game on Sept. 10th, 2001 in Anaheim and then being woken up in the morning to witness the atrocities on television. The world I woke up to was completely different than the world I knew when I went to sleep. I kept my daughter home from school but went I went to work. Luckily they let us leave work shortly after arriving at the office. There was no way I could concentrate on work with the events that were taking place. It was very eerie when the planes were all grounded and all that could be heard were millitary aircraft in the middle of the night. Looking at the images even now invokes that feeling of fear, shock, and horror.

I hope we can keep our country safe and that we never need to witness anything like this again. I will be flying my flag to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11. God bless America and all of the families of the victims of the terror attacks on 9/11.

Steve Irwin

Stunnings news out of Australia that Steve Irwin died from a stingray barb while filming a documentary. I first became aware of him during a holiday weekend marathon of his show “The Crocodile Hunter” some years back. I was pretty captivated with the show and sent him an e-mail. He and his wife sent me an autographed postcard and info on the Australia zoo. The postcard was also signed “Crocs Rule” by his wife. I have to dig it up but will scan it in at some point.

Even though he worked with deadly creatures all the time, it is still quite a shock to hear of his demise. I am saddened by the news of his death.

Happy Easter 2K6

It seems as though time just flies by. Easter 2006 has already passed. It was a nice day but we heard some bad news as well. My great uncle Tape passed away yesterday. He was my Dad’s father’s brother. He was a really great guy and will be missed.

We spent the day at home and also paid a visit to my sister. Below is a photo of the entire family. I really feel like a sitcom Dad when I setup the camera on the tripod and set the timer on the camera so we can all get in the pic. I love it though! See the pic below:

Easter 2K6