Yesterday The Migs Cast went on a road trip to visit one of Washington's recreational pot shop… Rainier On Pine in Tacoma.
This was basically like parents (Rev and I) taking a son (Nick) to the greatest toy store in the world. Nick was like a kid in a candy shop. Thanks to Donnie for inviting us by after we interviewed him on a recent episode of The Migs Cast!
Huge thanks to the rest of the crew at Rainier On Pine: Liz, Jeff, John, and Brian – your passion for the product was a blast to be around…it was fun to learn about the different ways people use marijuana…from smoking it…to drops…to edibles…to lotions to help with ailments, it was beyond informative. Plus my favorite nugget of info…when it comes to the affect of Indica weed as opposed to Sativa… Indica = In-Da-Couch!
Welcome back, Rock-A-Holics! Before we begin, I'd like to remind you all that we value your sincere and honest feelings in Group Therapy, so don't hold back...because we certainly don't!
By the way, I don't like that shirt on you. Sorry.
Today's patient-in-need is Kenny, who is all set to be the best man at his cousin's wedding. Kenny and his cousin have always been the best of friends, but there's just one problem…Kenny seriously HATES his cousin's fiance! He just doesn't like this woman, and the fact that this marriage is following a mere 8 months of dating is adding fuel to the fire.
The cousin doesn't know about Kenny's feelings toward the bride-to-be, which makes this next bit even more awkward: during a recent conversation, the cousin asked if Kenny dislikes his fiance. Kenny lied and gave her the stamp of approval, but then the cousin said that he was asking because he values Kenny's opinion, and wanted to make sure that he didn't have any reservations about the woman he's planning to marry.
Now, Kenny's feeling conflicted, and his wife says he should step up and share his feelings before it's too late. Kenny's friends, who ALSO hate this woman, have advised him to stay out of it.
I don't know the ages of the happy couple – and I don't know the woman, of course -- but I think eight months of dating seems like a pretty short road to marriage. What's the hurry? Honestly, I think you could use the idea of "too soon" as a way to lead your cousin in a more thoughtful direction about his life choices. Plus, it might open the door toward some more direct conversation about your feelings toward the bride.
That's just my opinion. Maybe you agree, or maybe you think I'm crazy…so let's hear what you have to say on the subject, gang! How soon is too soon? And more importantly, how should Kenny tackle this sensitive subject with his cousin?
It's Group Therapy, where Rock-A-Holics help their own kind with a situation that's too big for one person to tackle alone!
Christy is a Bothell native who now lives in L.A., and she's stayed loyal to our little radio show. For that, we must show our immense appreciation! Christy has been dating a new guy for about three weeks. He's a TV writer, which seems like unnecessary information, but it actually has some bearing on the situation, as you'll learn shortly. Things are going so well, she's moving slow…and hasn't slept with him yet. It's not that she doesn't want to, but she likes him so much that she's taking a different approach from her usual relationship M.O.
(I don't understand a woman taking things slow sexually when she's trying to keep her new guy, but let's keep going....)
Here's the thing: the boyfriend's TV show is going on hiatus for the summer, so he is taking a month off to go on tour with a friend's band. Christy is wondering if she should seal the deal before he leaves.
Let's hear it from you, good people! I'd love to get some opinions on this conundrum, especially from the ladies…but as always, we're open to thoughts from anyone!
Yesterday I shared my experience at the Motley Crue show. I don't think anyone's experience could top my bud Jean-Marcus and everyone else that was fortunate enough to sit on the mini stage that Motley Crue had set up by the sound board for their encore. Check out this sweet video my bud posted…it's an incredible perspective!
MÖTLEY CRÜE encore of "Home Sweet Home" that I filmed from the elevated platform "Crües Nest" stage. 7.24.15. Once in a lifetime memory right there.
This week on The MegaCast, we learn how to "Whip" and "Nae Nae"...as we plan on busting these dance moves out while in attendance at Monday Night Raw. Thanks to Tanch from HOT 103.7 for being our "teacher".
Check out this week's episode of The MegaCast here:
While listening to this week's episode, we play audio from this cop with a crazy warning message to a crook. Here is the video so that you can play along!
Ever since I was a kid, a Leavenworth trip is always a highlight for me, and I don't think a year has passed that I haven't visited that Bavarian treasure. Whether you go during Oktoberfest in the, for a winter or spring skiing trip, or for summertime recreation, there's always a hundred things to do - maybe two hundred. And a lot of beer and wine to drink! We made the decision to get away for Saturday night, so we woke up early and hit Highway 2. Of course on the way over Steven's Pass, I made Brad pull off so I could hit Mt. Index Brewery & Distillery before lunchtime. God, I'm a lush. This is a family-run business, with one side dedicated to beer and the other side dedicated to spirits. On the brewery side, there's EVERY 6-pack carrier you've ever heard of on the wall - even the obscure ones! On the spirits side, do yourself a favor and buy the coffee liqueur. That stuff is PURE MAGIC.
When we got to Leavenworth, the first stop was Munchen Haus Bavarian Grill & Beer Garden - obviously! It's a Leavenworth tradition. It's pet-friendly, by the way, so bring the doggies! They have a MASSIVE selection of mustards, plus their apple-cider kraut is simply the best. Icicle Brewing Company keeps the beer garden well-lubricated. I opt for the Bootjack IPA (duh). I ran into a big group of Rockaholics celebrating Tess's Dirty 30, too, so you know DAMN WELL that's the place to be!
From there, we had to hit some of my favorite stops. I always stop into Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for sea salt caramels. That place is dangerous. A Matter Of Taste has the BEST selection of hot sauces, mustards and dips. I love the Apricot Ginger Mustard on big-ol' filet of salmon! It's customary to visit The Hat Shop for the quirkiest lids and shades. Best photo ops EVER. Dog people, you MUST go to A Paw Above to spoil your beasts. They have a monster selection of doggy Hawks gear, too, for those 12th Dogs! I did a little lot of wine tasting at Kestrel Vitners as well, and after that it was time to go check into our accomodations for the evening.
We made a last-minute reservation for the Fox Den Bed & Breakfast, which we found online. Lori and Dan were our hosts, and their property was STUNNING. Less than 5 minutes from town off the Chumstick Highway, their gorgeous home was tucked up in the hills with stunning mountain views and wildlife everywhere. Within the first 3 minutes of being there, we learned that Dan was a HUGE Rush fan, and we knew that we would be in great hands. :) We took a drunken nap in a hammock under the trees, played cribbage on a board made of driftwood, and drank more wine!
After some relaxing at the Fox Den, we headed back into town for dinner at South. GET A BASIL MARGARITA. Or two. I only had one, because I was already a bit tipsy upon arrival. Woops! They have a salsa bar that satisfies any palate, so get down on some spice.
The great thing about Leavenworth nightlife is there's no shortage of live music. It's everywhere, in ever bar, every restaurant, outside, iniside, EVERYWHERE. We opted for Icicle Brewing Company and made friends outside on picnic benches while listening to an awesome 3-piece band. Oh, they also have this awesome keg bike. We call it Peddling Pints. HA! Get it?? Oh boy...
After a beer, it was time to retire to the Fox Den! The bed was AMAZING. King-size posturpedic mattress, the most comfy sheets, and pillows you melt into. I got a full 10 hours of sleep NO PROBLEM and slept off the booze... We woke up to a DELICIOUS fruit tart, bacon and bell pepper strata, and breakfast potatoes from Lori & Dan with other guests from Couer d'Alene, Shoreline, and Seattle. We said our goodbyes, signed the guest book, and gave their dogs Nala and Shadow a scratch before hitting the road.
It was a SWEET overnight trip - I do wish we had more time! There are some incredible hikes in that area that we just didn't have time to hit - so next time we'll make it a 2 or 3 night stay and tackle more stuff! Any recommendations for the next trip over? Email me your hot spots to firstname.lastname@example.org! Happy adventuring!
Today's blogs come from one of my mentors, Dan Sanders:
This blog turned into almost 2,000 words, and I said to myself, "That's not a blog, it's a short story." The last thing I wanted to do was whittle it down from the magnitude of verbiage it once was, so I decided to present it in three parts, one each week for three weeks and no part connected to any other part. If you miss a part or lose interest in a part, stop reading and feel free to sing "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes.
Many years ago at the end of the Vietnam War, a friend told me she hoped I would say our work is finished, and believe me I wanted to say that more than anyone. My entire adult life had revolved around that war. But instead I said there was still so much more to do. Look at hunger, homelessness, and nuclear proliferation, to name but three battles to wage. I think that annoyed her mostly because she knew I was right.
Perhaps you wish I would lighten up and talk about the good ol' days of broadcasting when vinyl delivered the music, weighed 10 pounds, and was played on a thing called a turntable. Sometimes I do that and more. Just get me started on Ted Nugent and the Brave Arrow tune (you remember Brave Arrow, one of my spirit guides, who wrote "I'd like to stick my arrows in your nuggets, Nugent.")
All life needs protecting, and we are indeed our brothers' and sisters' keepers. Since we two-legged animals have the resources to protect the rest of life, WE are the guardians, whether those lives live next door or across the ocean, in the mountains or under the sea.
This belief is not based on deep religious convictions but simply on what is right and wrong, what is good and what is not. There are so many things on our little planet that need to be changed, it can be overwhelming, and "What difference can I make?" is a fair question to ask. This reminds me of the story "The Star Thrower" by Loren Eiseley, which tells of a little man walking on the beach, picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean. An old man who was watching asked him why he was bothering. "You cannot possibly make a difference to them all," he said. To that the little man replied, "You're right, I can't, but I am certainly making a difference to this one."
In the podcast, among other things, there are thoughts on Deflategate and new rules (or not) for NFL umpires, songwriter Wayne Carson, and the Beatles' "Sexy Sadie," an alternate title to one of their songs. Do you know the original title? Join me for the podcast on the shores of Rambling Harbor.
I love this clip! It's a great moment when a news anchor decides to share some info that was probably best left for when the cameras were OFF!
A news team from Reno was reporting on Amazon beating Walmart in sales, and one anchor claimed the reason was Amazon sells love toys . . . and Walmart doesn't. It got awkward, especially for his co-host. Check it out.
Would anyone be shocked if the guy was reporting the news with no pants on? I do have to say that is a rather interesting nugget of info. His buddy is probably right!
What was up with the weather yestersay? Hail? What the hell! Here is what was happening outside of our house…in slomo, because well… everything is cooler in slowmo!
Over the weekend I went to the Motley Crue show. This is their final tour, so I figured that I should see them one last time (hell they were my very first concerst back when I was a teen), and man am I glad I went! They were awesome. Last time I saw them was a few years ago, and it was pretty bad… Vince's voice was bad, the band was great…so I was nervous about this show. I have to say, that he sounded great. Yes, he can't hit the notes he used to be abale to hit…but he sounded pretty good, and the entire show was a blast!
Let's face it, the world of arena rock is starting to die off. Motley Crue is hanging it up soon on this final tour and with it I expect many others from the same time period of the record industry glory days to follow. Kiss, Aerosmith, Scorpions, Rush, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Rolling Stones, U2 etc. You get the picture. Arena filling rock bands are grandpas now and what's to replace these great live arena filling bands? Nothing! So if you're not getting out and seeing these spectacular over the top concerts I'm afraid within the next 5-10 years they will things of the past cause there's no format for younger bands to develop into stardom with a record industry dying out like these bands.
Motley Crue took a page right out of Kiss' book and added steroids with a stage show of over the top explosions, fire, fire and more fire. Not only did they debut a new stage prop of extended elevators over the crowd this night, but 'The Crüecifly' drum solo was UNREAL! Tommy Lee's drum solo on a slow rotating roller coaster that will NEVER be duplicated by any band ever! The thought of how much money it cost to put together is mind boggling. Watch my video in amazement! Watch full screen and turn it up!
CLICK HERE to see what it looked like from the "Crües Nest" on "Home Sweet Home" filmed by my buddy Jean-Marcus Strole. See me, buddy Neil and Alice Cooper guitarists Nita Strauss and Tommy Henriksen standing at 5:50-5:51 in the spotlight. That's were I filmed the video ya see above at front of house.
Everyone was barking about Vince Neil's voice being shot, true but it wasn't as bad as watching David Lee Roth with Van Halen trying to make it through a show and from the sounds of it there might of been some backtracks going on to cover it cause I know those background vocals by the rest of the band were way too clean and processed sounding. A shell of a band from the past covering up the aging parts with theatrics and trickery in the name of entertainment still worth the price of admission. Getting to shoot only 1 song and from the soundboard wasn't the best entertainment for photos so don't expect much. Great setlist: Girls, Girls, Girls - Wild Side - Primal Scream - Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.) - Looks That Kill - Louder Than Hell - Smokin' in the Boys' Room - Mutherfucker of the Year - Anarchy in the U.K. - T.N.T. (Terror 'n Tinseltown) - Dr. Feelgood - In the Beginning - Shout at the Devil - Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) - O Fortuna - Tommy Lee Drum Solo - Mick Mars Guitar Solo - Live Wire - Saints of Los Angeles - Too Young to Fall in Love - Kickstart My Heart - Encore: Home Sweet Home.
Alice Cooper opened the show and clearly showing no signs of slowing down. Alice still has it vocally and entertainment wise. His band is top notch and really outplayed the Crue in all aspects of talent. Plus he let us shoot 4 songs and from the pit which for you fans is better viewing than what the Crue gave us. Get out and see this tour! Alice Cooper setlist: Hello Hooray - No More Mr. Nice Guy - Under My Wheels - I'm Eighteen - Billion Dollar Babies - Poison - Dirty Diamonds - Welcome to My Nightmare - Feed My Frankenstein - Ballad of Dwight Fry - Killer - I Love the Dead - School's Out
I have titled this blog Arena Football because tomorrow everyone on The Men's Room and our boy Veggie Dog are headed to Spokane to watch the Shock play. I have been to a lot of sporting events but never arena football. I am excited to watch the game and have some beers but can't lie I am really pumped to meet the mascot Shox the Fox. Shox because famous, well I should say even more famous in just the last month as he had a off moment and got involved in a play in the end zone. Now some have been quick to criticize Shox, but you have to remember he can't see so well in there and mistakes happen. I believe that Shox is a fine maybe even world class mascot and a smart mascot knows to turn this negative into a positive. While it was embarrassing at the time I trust that Shox has turn this into a learning opportunity. Shox will not be making this mistake again and he will better for having this have happened. As for the football on the field I am fired up to see the Shock beat up on Portland. See no matter what the sport is I am always excited to see a Portland team lose.
I'd like to thank everyone for joining us on this special occasion…wait, what are we doing? Oh, right! It's a Group Therapy session!
(Sorry, I have trouble keeping my events organized sometimes.)
Apparently, I'm not the only one who can't keep his events organized: a Rock-A-Holic named Jared is torn between two occasions, and he wants some advice. You see, Jared's buddy is getting married soon, and the bachelor party is coming up very soon. Unfortunately, Jared's girlfriend's grandfather recently passed away, and his funeral has been scheduled for the same night as the party.
Unsurprisingly, the girlfriend has asked Jared if he would go with her to the funeral, knowing full well that he'd have to sacrifice the bachelor party. Jared says he didn't know the man very well at all, and they had no relationship, so he's feeling like he doesn't have any real obligation to escort his girlfriend to the ceremony. He wants to know if going to the bachelor party would make him a bad boyfriend.
This is one of those Group Therapy situations that looks like a no-win scenario. I'm dying (whoops) to hear what the Rock-A-Holics have to say…and I'm especially looking forward to seeing how the answers are different between the sexes. Sound off, gang!