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July 23, 2005
10:35 AM

Perhaps I should still be sleeping, but my bedroom is situated right under the stairwell of the upstairs apartment. It's not so pleasant. Every step sounds like big foot is traversing his way through the wilderness.

Yesterday was a long friggin day. Starting with my early morning bike ride at 7 AM, work, and then a brief workout at the gym from 1:30pm-2:30pm and then leaving for San Francisco to beat traffic. Unfortunately as we got into the city, the normal hustle and bustle was inevitable and therefore I sat there grinding my teeth, watching time fly by as I sat there motionless.

But alas, we made it to the Warfield, where I paid $20 to park. But at that point I just wanted out of the vehicle and would have paid $100 to get out of my car. I had brought my guitar and merchandise. I'm playing shows with the Alkaline Trio next week and I thought why not drop off my gear on the Rock N' Roll bus while they are in town and then i don't have to bring any luggage on my flight out. Ahhhhhh..... Good thinking on my part eh?

After dropping my stuff off Monica, myself, and Mark(Mailorder guy for asian man) walked to NAAN and CURRY. It's the most affordable INDIAN food in the world. For $1 you get a huge piece of naan and $3.99 will get you chaana masala.
YUMMMM YUMMMMM
But I've noticed that I get a bit gassy every time I eat there. But it's so cheap and tasty. What to do??

The weather was more than perfect in the city. Walking through the tenderloin we watched a guy smoking crack right in front of us and at least 2 drug transactions casually pass through on our venture through the neighborhood. That's always interesting. But for some reason it doesn't scare me. San Francisco is home to me and I feel safe. If you don't bother them, they won't bother you. I guess that's the way it is everywhere.

We met up with Monica's old roomate Tiffany. She hadn't eaten so Monica and her went to get some food and I headed back to the Warfield with Mark to see Death By Stereo. It had been so long since I was graced with their metal onslaught. The Warfield is a friggin huge place. Over 2,000 people and it was competely sold out!! It's like WOW!! This is the place where all the big bands of my youth played and now the friggin Alkaline Trio are selling it out.... The Alkaline Trio, the same band that played my living room 6 years ago. The same band that played the record store down the street. The same band that would sleep on my floor is now selling out the WARFIELD?? That's insane!! Good for them. I was proud like a father.

Death By Stereo is more metal than ever. Ephregm can scream like the metal gods of yesteryear. The crowd seemed to dig it, which was a suprise considering the poppiness of the trio. Anyways, next up was a band called RISE AGAINST. I'd never heard of them, but the crowd definitely knew them as a huge roar came from their guts as they came on to stage.

After a few songs, the singer said "HEY SAN FRANCISCO!! It's good to be back. We were just here a few months ago at BFD!!!" and a cheer went out from the crowd. Let me explain. BFD is one of those big radio shows where there's 20 bands and it's held at one of those 20,000 seat venues. Anyways, I hate those shows. I hate commercial radio. And now I'm sounding like a jaded old man who is angry. But I'm not. I'm so nice, look at me smile.

OK!! Back to the story. Then the singer said "It's nice to play in a more intimate atmosphere. This is more PUNK ROCK!!".. ????????? Are you kidding me?? This is more punk rock?? A 2,000 seat theater in San Francisco where the tickets were $25 after service charge?? That's more punk rock????? I thought it was funny.

The trio rocked. It was like no other show I've seen by them. I kept thinking to myself, what the heck is going on. It was like seeing a big rock band play, but these were the same guys I knew since they were 15. Full light show, rock and roll outfits, and more thousands of people singing along. WOW!!

Back stage after the show I felt like a groupie. I honestly felt uncomfortable. I didn't want to bother the band. After an hour, we finally left for home and the 1.5 hour drive back to Santa Cruz. FUN FUN FUN

At 3 AM, I made a late night snack and somewhere between 3:30 AM and 4 AM I fell asleep. ZZZZZZZZZZZ
Peace to you,
Mike Park

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