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Father’s Day, Part 2. THE QUEERS

Chloë took me to see The Queers at the Baltimore Soundstage, which was extra nice since she had to work on Father’s Day. I missed the first band, but saw the Jasons, Dwarves and The Queers.

True story – in the 1990’s when I was touring with Bazooka Joe, we actually stayed at Joe King Queer’s house in New England. He was cool.

The Dwarves were incredibly loud. They played the “The Dwarves Are Young and Good Looking” album in its entirety. I saw singer Paul Cafaro after the set (he asked what restaurants were open) and he actually hugged me!

It was a super fun night! Thanks, Chloë!

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Father’s Day 2022, Part 1

I’m posting a few pics of a special day with my girls, part one. Chloë had to work. She made me this fantastic ring! Lily took me out for Sushi, thrift stores and a nice NCR trail hike. And we played drums at Guitar Center. FUN DAY!

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Three years

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Day Trip to NYC

For Christmas, my darling bought me the experience (and shoes) of custom made sandals. COVID-19 was in full roar, so we had to postpone our trips to Jutta Neuman’s shop in NYC.

Jim and Beverly in Alphabet City, NYC

We went up for an initial consultation, and they traced my feet. We made a weekend of it, and had a wonderful time. We both found some great books and other treasure, and the food was delicious.

The second trip involved two visits to the shop. In the morning, they fitted the straps to my feet, and glued them in place.

We went out a delightful lunch that began with some fried anchovies, to give them time to assemble the sandals and allow the glue to set.

Beverly gazing uncertainly at fried anchovies

We we returned to the shop, I walked in the sandals, and they traced my feet in them to cut them down. After we left, they added a Birkenstock type tread and put them in the mail.

I love sandals, and I’ve always wanted to learn how to make them. I tell a story about in 1993, I was in NYC for the CMJ festival, and happened upon a leather shop that made belts, bags and sandals. I was enthralled with the place, and while I never had the chance to have sandals made for myself, I did strike up a correspondence with the proprietor the resulted in the offer of an apprenticeship. I had just bought my first house in Baltimore, and couldn’t make it work. I figured someday I’ll do this. Meaning both learning to make sandals, and also have a bespoke pair for myself. I can happily cross one of this off my todo list.

These feel amazing – they fit perfectly, and I never want to take them off. I love them – what a wonderful experience and gift. So very thoughtful!

While we were in NYC, we visited the garment district, which was a lot of fun. I found some neon PVC which I’m going to make some repeated things with – more on that soon.

Happy Spring!

P.S. My nail polish is OPI Blue my mind. It matches the drums I use in Coastguard, and is my favorite color.

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The Rascal Belt Bag

Inspired by my pal’s recent travel blog tips, I thought I’d share something here, too. I’ve rediscovered the fanny pack.

I love bags, luggage, backpacks, etc. How I stopped using a fanny pack in the mid-1990’s escapes me, but I’m making up for lost time. That’s right – the fanny pack is back!

I didn’t want to carry a backpack or messenger bag everywhere, and while I love those long shorts with all the extra storage pockets, I wanted to travel lighter.

I decided to get a Timbuk2 fanny pack. It’s not the cheapest, and maybe not the most feature rich, but I’m a Timbuk2 fan, and figured I’d start here. Also, it’s called “THE RASCAL BELT BAG” so I guessed that was a good sign. I was correct.

The bag has two compartments. The bigger compartment has an inside zipper pocket for credit cards/money. The smaller front compartment has a key fob, and a divider.
Here are the items I carried. My phone is missing, because I used it to take this photo. I also picked up an RFID blocking “front pocket” slip wallet, which worked perfectly on this trip, and easily fit inside the zippered money compartment.
I hung the pack from the beach umbrella to keep it from getting sandy and too sunny.
Sometimes, I wore it the front.
Sometimes, I wore it over my shoulder, which was very comfortable.
Sometimes, it was invisible, even though it was there.

Here is a true story.

On the last evening in Old San Juan, I decided to not bring the rascal belt bag. As a result of this, both my keys and glasses slipped out of my shorts pocket in the back of an Uber. I heard the keys and picked them up, but missed the glasses. After a very panicky 15 minutes in our room, we realized what happened and had to ask the driver to come back, which she did, thankfully.

Travel Bonus Tip: I recommend these Luna sandals. All day, water friendly comfort, and you can even run in them, if you like. I’ve had these for years, and I love them.