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#2 -- Tuesday, February 3, 2004
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Did you know San Diego will have a new tourist attraction as of June called the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum, and that it will be housed aboard a historic U.S. Navy carrier? The USS Midway (below) arrived in our beautiful harbor on January 5 and now is berthed permanently at Navy Pier, about a block south of Broadway. Launched in 1945 at Newport News, Virginia, Midway was the largest warship in the world for the first decade of her service, and saw many firsts, including the dawn of naval missile warfare in 1947, when a captured German V-2 rocket was test fired from her flight deck. Midway served three combat tours in Vietnam and launched warplanes over Iraq in 1991, before finally being decommissioned in 1992, as the longest-serving carrier in U.S. Navy history! She was at an inactive ship facility in Bremerton, Washington, until being towed to San Diego.
My father spent 20 years in the Navy and I often was around ships and Navy bases during my youth, so last week I naturally headed down to the harbor to see Midway. The ship is so huge I had trouble getting far enough back to show all of her in my camera's wide-angle lens! To see a cool satellite photo (shot from about 400 miles above San Diego!) that shows three tugboats nudging Midway into her new berth, where she towers over the pier and everything else around her, click here.
Meanwhile, at ShyCloud.com our new phpBB2-based Message Forums already have 20 registered members, including many of my relatives and some old friends! There were 56 messages posted in our first nine days, and only 68% of them were written by yours truly, so it isn't just me posting! Please register for our new message boards soon, and post away! You can use the links below to go right to our forums:
And speaking of upcoming events, on Friday night, February 6, I hope to head east to Viejas Casino to see those long-time San Diego favorites The Heroes (below) perform for the casino's Top 40 Friday, starting at 9 p.m. in the DreamCatcher Lounge. I first met The Heroes in 2000 when I was Publicity Director for a new musical play called "La Jolla DNA" and they were our house band. Back then I instantly became old and dear friends with one of The Heroes, Di'Zsa Wilde (right below), but I consider all of them to be good friends. The other tremendously talented singers and musicians in the band are sultry songstress Mattie Mills (left below with Di'Zsa), drummer Tom Boyd, bassman Laymon Davis, lead guitarist Hank Easton, saxman Chris Lea, and keyboardist Mark Moorhead.
The night before that, on Thursday, February 5, I will be attending a 6 p.m. Multiclub Networking Party hosted by Nadine Butler (left below with Michele Hausman and Bernie) and her East Coast Transplants club at Aubergine Restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter. Among the other organizations expected to participate are JoAnn Marini's More Than Amour relationship coaching, Marc Menkin's Where You Want to Be Tours, Pacific Sports & Social Club, Vavi Sports, Family Kayak, Dynamic Events, Cannon Training & Development, and Jer's Homemade Chocolates. The event is free. For more information call 619-248-9700 or e-mail email@example.com.
Tonight, Tuesday, February 3, I will be at my trusty iMac from 8-10 p.m. to watch a worldwide webcast from Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood (highspeed connections are recommended!) called "Song Diego: The Best From a Border Town." An All San Diego Songwriter Night presented by Joe Rathburn (below), the show will feature Joe, as well as Dave Howard, Dave Beldock, Dan Connor, John Katchur and Peggy Watson. "You can view this concert live via the Internet from the comfort of your home," Joe said. "You can e-mail the performers in real time and your e-mail will appear to them on a monitor in front of the stage! So, watch and let us know you're out there!"
This Saturday, February 7, I expect to see a few of my St. Augustine High School classmates (shown below at our 35th reunion in 2002) when the school holds its 10th annual Larry Lehrke Memorial Bocce Tournament at Sunset Park (across W. Mission Bay Drive from the Hyatt Islandia). A year ahead of us in the Class of '66, Staff Sgt. Stanley Lawrence "Larry" Lehrke (right below) was aboard an Air Force gunship that was shot down in 1972 during the Vietnam War. While I never knew Larry very well, he was from my neighborhood, and his sister Marcie and my sister Diane were grade school classmates at St. Therese. You can see some pictures of Larry in uniform here, along with a poem Marcie wrote about her brother in 1972.
Sign-ups are at 9 a.m. and the $25 entry fee includes breakfast, lunch, sodas, beer, wine and mimosa. Mixed doubles teams will be formed by a blind draw, and no experience is necessary. There will be an opportunity drawing for many gift items, restaurant certificates, etc., and all proceeds of the day will go to provide scholarships for Saintsmen. This years event will take the total raised in Larry's name above the $100,000 mark! For more information, contact Ross Provenzano at 858-488-2734 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
That same day, Saturday, February 7, Desi 'n' Friends in Point Loma will hold their 2nd anniversary party. It'll be an all-day event, full of music, laughs, cheeseburgers, fresh-cut fries and good company, and there's no cover charge! The tentative entertainment schedule includes: my Saints '67 classmate Jerry Gontang (below with Desiree Langdon) starting at 2 p.m.; members of The Classics at 4; Steve Langdon and Mark Miller at 6; comedy from Limelight Productions at 8; and Split Decision at 9. By the way, Jerry plays at Desi's on the first and third Wednesday evenings of every month, so he also will be there tomorrow, February 4, and two weeks from tomorrow, on Wednesday, February 18.
Next week, Show Must Go On Productions once again will present Bettina "Pixie" Warren (center below with SMGO's Sher Krieger and Sher's mom Shirlee), as she performs her cabaret act called "Life of the Party" for a romantic Valentine's Eve show at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, February 13, in the Del Mar Hilton's Derby Room. The show will feature special guest recording artist Scott Dreier (formerly of "Forever Plaid"), who will perform songs from his newly released CD and share the stage with Bettina for some romantic favorites! Jim Guerin will start off the night at 7:30 p.m. with an hour of jazz piano. Tickets are $18 at the door, or $15 with advance reservations. A $99 three-course dinner package for two at the Hilton's new Silks restaurant (includes 1/2 bottle of wine and two tickets for the show) also is available. Call 858-794-9044 for reservations or more information.
Lastly, The Cubes, the '80s band my friend Di'Zsa also is in, have launched a new web site and it features some photos taken by me after a show, including the one below of them with their namesake. You can catch The Cubes in person on Thursday, February 26, at Jimmy Love's in the Gaslamp Quarter.
Well, that's all for this time! I hope to see many of you at some of the events I just mentioned, as well as posting away in our ShyCloud.com Message Forums!
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