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#4 -- Tuesday, March 2, 2004
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Happy Birthday next Tuesday, March 9, to one of my dearest friends, the ever-entertaining Nadine Butler! Originally from Columbia, Maryland, Nadine and I met back around 1996 when we both were active in the local Parrot Head club. The picture below shows the two of us returning by boat from Catalina Island in 2001, on the third trip I took to that beautiful place with Nadine and her East Coast Transplants club. Yes, yes, I am a born and raised California lad through and through, but I did live from ages 2-6 in Norfolk, Virginia, where I became a little Southern boy who technically WAS transplanted to San Diego from the East Coast way back when! I've never really been an official ECT member, however, as I mostly just attend their events as Nadine's friend and personal photographer. Back in 1998 I also helped Nadine create ECT's very first web site (which still exists here!). I was co-webmaster for another version of the site in 2001-02, and I may start assisting Nadine yet again with their current site!

DMG and Nadine

Another friend who originally came to San Diego from the East Coast, my longtime Allied Gardens neighbor and fellow Apple Computers enthusiast Mike Rosenthal (left below with me), will be having a going-away party at 3 p.m. this Sunday, March 7, at his place. After about 18 years in San Diego, Mike is moving back to New Jersey later this month to be near his family, who relocated back to Tom's River last year. For more information about the party, e-mail Mike at

Mike and DMG

My former Journalism student Rich Campbell (left below with his son Lucas, at the first San Diego Catholic School Alums Padres Game in 2001) recently bought us tickets for the March 11 opening night game of the Aztec Invitational Baseball Tournament, which will be the first-ever event to be played in Petco Park, the beautiful new East Village home of the San Diego Padres! The game will pit my alma mater, San Diego State University's Aztecs (coached by former Aztecs and Padres star Tony Gwynn!), against the University of Houston's Cougars. The eight-team tournament will feature 10 games played over four days, March 11-14, and Rich and I, along with another friend of ours and former student of mine, Chris Putnam (right below in a highly traitorous cap!), plan to see several games. We're also trying to organize a mini-reunion of former staff members of The Oracle during that weekend, so if you qualify and you're interested, shoot me an e-mail at!

Rich and LucasChris Putnam

I'm going to Viejas Casino this Friday night, March 5, to see my pals The Heroes (below) perform for the DreamCatcher Lounge's Top 40 Friday, starting at 9 p.m. One of San Diego's favorite bands for over two decades, The Heroes ROCK and the DreamCatcher Lounge has a huge dance floor, so don't leave home without your dancing shoes! I personally don't dance, thank you, but you usually will find me somewhere near the stage shooting photos or video, especially with bands that include gorgeous Di'Zsa Wilde (right below)!

The HeroesDi'Zsa Wilde

When I went to see Di'Zsa with her other band The Cubes this past Thursday at Jimmy Love's in the Gaslamp Quarter, my favorite waitress there, Jennifer Gentile (below), told me that last Saturday would be her final night, as she was quitting her job and moving to Los Angeles to join a band called Super Funk Fantasy! Luckily, it just so happens that very band will be at Jimmy Love's this Saturday night, March 6, and again the following weekend on both Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13. I hope to make it to Jimmy's on one of those latter two nights to find out if Jennifer is as good a singer as she was a waitress! You can see a couple pictures of Jennifer with the other members of Super Funk Fantasy here and here.


Four singers I know from my San Diego Parrot Head Club days all have gigs this month. Gary Seiler (far left below) will appear at a house concert in La Mesa on Saturday, March 13, opening the show at 1 p.m. for a CD release party for Rob Mehl. Cost to get in is $15, and CDs also will be $15. Reservations are filling up fast, according to Gary! For more information, e-mail him at Mike Broward (second below) is a member of Stars On The Water, and they will play from 6-10 p.m. this Saturday, March 6, at The Galley at the Marina in Chula Vista. From March 19-21, Stars On The Water will be in Bloomington, Minnesota, for the Minneapolis Parrothead Club's 9th Annual Party. Joe Rathburn (third below) is another regular performer at The Galley, and he will be there solo from 6:30 to 9:30 tomorrow night, Wednesday, March 3, and again this Sunday, March 7, as part of the band What. Their special guest will be John Katchur. What starts at 5 p.m. and John's guest set will be at 7:45. Taylor Harvey (far right below) can be found Saturday nights from 7-10 p.m. at the Branded Oak Saloon in Lakeside, or Sunday afternoons from 2-6 p.m. at Ye Olde Plank Inn in Imperial Beach.

Gary and MikeJoe RathburnTaylor Harvey

Eve Selis (below) will perform at 7:40 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Hooleyfest, an annual St. Patrick's Music Festival held in front of Hooley's Irish Pub in Rancho San Diego. Eve, an ex-member of The Heroes, won a 2003 San Diego Music Award for Best Americana Artist, and if you haven't yet seen the wonderful video for her song, "Do You Know Me," please do yourself a favor and catch it today at! Other bands scheduled to appear at this year's Hooleyfest are The Dublin 4 at 6 p.m., Rockola at 9:15 and Buck-O-Nine at 10:50. Gates for the festival will open at 5 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15 and may be purchased at the pub or online.

Eve Selis

John L. Nunes, one of my fellow SDSU Daily Aztec staffmates from the early '70s, has written a first novel that sounds like a winner! While I haven't yet read "DreamCatcher Games," the story has a lot of great ideas in it! A former San Diego daily newspaper reporter for the Evening Tribune and North County Times, John currently is San Diego Mesa College's public relations director. He sent me this description of "DreamCatcher Games":

Part American Indian, partly spineless, former newsman Jake Silva has one shot to realize his dreams and save his son -- both caught in the midst of a deadly conspiracy to destroy the nation's first-ever stadium/casino.

In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court takes away 160 acres of a sprawling coastal Marine Corps base and gives back the land to Southern California Indian tribes. Risking everything, the Indians promptly construct a lavish casino and baseball stadium, known as DreamCatcher Stadium/Casino.

The adult fantasyland represents a major threat to powerful, murderous Nevada and Mexico gaming chieftains who are refused a piece of the DreamCatcher action. With billions of dollars at stake, the conspirators resort to murder at DreamCatcher and sabotage through the California election process.

Jake is the reluctant public relations director of DreamCatcher. When a dignitary is killed at the DreamCatcher ballpark, Jake and sports columnist Chet Carnation suspect foul play. Chet and Jake had worked closely as cub reporters some 20 years earlier, but their friendship ended when Chet ran off with Jake’s wife. Now, they are forced to once again work together and find themselves once again competing for the same woman.

Meanwhile, tribes across America are closely watching the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision. Many tribal nations are eager to take advantage of the ruling to try and take back millions of acres located in the hearts of metropolitan areas and on prime beachfront land. And if the DreamCatcher experiment flourishes, many intend to establish gambling palaces.

San Diego County is home to nine Native American casinos with five more on the drawing boards, according to John. If you'd like to purchase a copy of "DreamCatcher Games," here's a link to it at

My old Covenant Ark Theatre friends Vickie Jenkins (second from right in front row below) and Dan Ratelle (far left below) are members of the vocal ensemble Pacific Camerata, which will present "Lost Love and Redemption," a program of Baroque and Renaissance vocal works, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, in St. Andrew's-by-the Sea Episcopal Church in Pacific Beach. Part of the Foundation for Early Music Performance and one of San Diego's premier choral ensembles, Pacific Camerata has been performing a wide variety of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music in churches and halls throughout San Diego since 1994. Admission will be $10 for general and $5 for students, seniors and Early Music Society members. For more information, call Pacific Camerata at 619-527-4457.

I know dozens of people and groups who have web pages, so I've created a page at that lists the URLs of my friends. It also has a very large collection of sites about my hometown, San Diego, California. As of today, there are 90 links to my friends, including:

Anne Heller & Sandi Schena ( -- Dr. Anne Lorkowski ( -- Anthony Cutri ( -- Austin "Ozzie" Gontang ( -- Bob Doyle ( -- Bob Mutch ( -- Bob Segel ( -- Buffed Out ( -- Carol Abney ( -- Celeste Dolan Mookherjee ( -- Chrissy Burns ( -- Christopher Putnam ( -- Coronado Playhouse ( -- The Cubes ( -- Dan Mazer ( -- Dana Williams ( -- Daniel Valko ( -- Darlynne Reyes ( -- Dave Howard ( -- David Rivera ( -- Deborah Gibson ( -- Desiree & Steve Langdon ( -- Di'Zsa Wilde ( -- Douglas Foxworthy ( -- Emerald River ( -- Eric Seiden ( -- Erin Cronican ( -- Eve Selis ( -- Gary Hyde ( -- Gary Seiler ( -- George Ye ( -- Golden [not over the] Hill Players ( -- Gregory Nava ( -- Harriet Schock ( -- The Heroes ( -- Ian Gilman ( -- Jacqueline LaMerand ( -- Jean Isaacs ( -- Jeff Gitchel ( -- Jeff Jungblut ( -- Jeff Lippold ( -- Jeffrye Glenn Tveraas ( -- Jennifer @ Jimmy Love's ( -- Jennifer Lively ( -- Jerome Dawson ( -- Jerome Navarra ( -- Jerry Gontang ( -- Jerry Stratton ( -- Jim Guerin ( -- JoAnn Marini ( -- Fr. Joe Carroll ( -- Joe Rathburn ( -- John Castellanos ( -- Dr. Jonathan Licht ( -- Judy Taylor ( -- "La Jolla DNA" ( -- Larry Freeland ( -- Lee Dronick ( -- Leigh Scarritt ( -- Leo Hamel ( -- Lory Perfect ( -- Marc Menkin ( -- Margita Thompson ( -- Mark Augustin ( -- Mark de Jong ( -- Mark & Kathryn Miller ( -- Mark Munz ( -- Mike Broward ( -- Millicent "Midi" Cox ( -- Morgan Davis ( -- Nadine Butler ( -- Oh! Ridge ( -- Pacific Camerata ( -- Patrick Sonnek ( -- Patti Zlaket ( -- Paul Greer ( -- Paul Mirowski ( -- Rebecca Van Ness ( -- San Diego Catholic School Alums ( -- San Diego Parrot Head Club ( -- The Skeletones ( -- Skyler Dennon ( -- Smart Drunk ( -- Stacey & Daniel Canfield ( -- Stars On The Water ( -- Steve Langdon ( -- Steve Ybarra ( -- Taylor Harvey ( -- Tiffiny Lilley ( -- Tui Munday ('s new Message Forums now have 24 registered users, including: Carlyn Ames, Paula Bard, Claudia Bissler, Rich Campbell, Ken Christopher, Theresa Derchan, Tom Dohrer, Ozzie Gontang, David Matt Green, Paul Greer, Taylor Harvey, Nayo Jaime, JoAnn Marini, Tammie O'Dell, Judi Putnam, Mike Rosenthal, Amy Rummelhart, Tom Rummelhart, Marlene Savage, Guy Sawyer, Harriet Schock, Chris Staal, Thomas Stockman and Dan Valko.

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So long for this time, folks! I hope to see many of you at some of the events I mentioned above, as well as posting up a storm in our Message Forums!

Love ya all!

David :>

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