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From The Vault: Lene Lovich (1983)   2 comments

Back in the day, Six Flags Magic Mountain was booking acts that were rather, uh, non-traditional for theme parks. We booked 30+ contemporary music acts for our teen audience in 1983.

Which brings us to Lene Lovich. If you know anything about ’80s music, you know Lene Lovich has virtually nothing in common with The Flirts … who played on Saturday, with Lene Lovich following on Sunday, 4/17/83.

We went from Hollywood manufactured disco to English New Wave with a Punk twist.

Our security team had NO IDEA what to think.

It was wild, and I still had my job booking talent on Monday morning. It was the ’80s. The music fit the times.

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LeneLovich.net

Wikipedia: Lene Lovich

Posted July 21, 2015 by henrymowry in Photography

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Dalton Highway   Leave a comment

The Dalton Highway starts north of Fairbanks, Alaska, and extends more than 400 miles north to the Prudhoe Bay. The highway is very much a working road, although tourist visits are still very high. The highway crosses through incredible scenery, including Mount Sukakpak, located 30 miles north of Coldfoot Camp. BLMer Bob Wick says of the Mount Sukakpak, “It is an iconic peak along the corridor and one of the most spectacular mountains I have ever photographed.”

The BLM manages much of the Dalton Highway corridor and has a number of popular wayside exhibits, an interagency visitor center and campgrounds.Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/7/15.

Posted July 20, 2015 by henrymowry in Photography

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From The Vault: Sparks (1983)   3 comments

In 1983, Sparks was HOT in Los Angeles. They were a great, theatrical pop act that was very popular with Magic Mountain’s teen audience. I think they played the park 4 times in 18 months, and were very successful at each appearance. Hot, hot, hot.

Sparks had some hits internationally, and certainly had regional hits on KROQ, but never had the breakthrough chart success in the whole country that they had in Southern California.

And just in case you don’t remember the ’80s – if you don’t remember MTV playing music – then watch the video below. These are UCLA graduates, making art. In the ’80s.

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Sparks’ website: AllSparks.com

Wikipedia: Sparks

Cult of Jef: The Story Behind “Cool Places” by Sparks & Jane Wiedlin

Posted July 19, 2015 by henrymowry in Photography

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Bugged   Leave a comment

Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/7/15.

Posted July 18, 2015 by henrymowry in Photography

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From The Vault: The Flirts (1983)   4 comments

The Flirts appeared in concert at Six Flags Magic Mountain on 4/16/83, which is when these pictures were taken by yours truly. I was the talent booker at the time, so I had nothing better to do during concerts than take pictures.

The Flirts don’t really qualify as one hit wonders. From Wikipedia:

The Flirts, a trio created and masterminded by Hi-NRG mogul Bobby “O” Orlando, are composed of one blonde, one brunette, and one redhead. They are best known for Hi-NRG songs such as “Passion”, “Danger”, “Helpless” and “Jukebox (Don’t Put Another Dime)”.

Orlando conceived the idea for The Flirts, wrote the songs, played the instruments, and produced the tracks. He then auditioned girls to be the faces of the group. Orlando often called in the services of professional session singers to sing the vocals for the tracks because most of the performers were trained as dancers, models or actresses. The Flirts went through numerous lineup changes and with every album release and tour, some girls left while others stayed. The Flirts released six studio albums from 1982–1992 and numerous singles. They made several international tours, often in the club circuit, and usually lip-synced alongside the recordings.

Debut single “Jukebox” received significant airplay on MTV in the early 1980s. The song rose to number 28 on the Billboard US Dance Chart. The follow-up single “Passion” peaked the same year at number 21, and became a huge success in Europe, reaching number 22 in the Netherlands and number 4 in Germany..

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Posted July 17, 2015 by henrymowry in Photography

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Twinkling   Leave a comment

The Milky Way over Crater Lake National Park is just mesmerizing. Tiffany Nguyen took this amazing photo a few weeks ago while visiting the park. Of the experience, she says, “I must’ve gotten over a dozen mosquito bites and hardly any sleep, but it’s nights like this I’ll never forget.” Photo by Tiffany Nguyen. Posted on Tumblr on 7/2/15 by the US Department of the Interior.

The Milky Way over Crater Lake National Park is just mesmerizing. Tiffany Nguyen took this amazing photo a few weeks ago while visiting the park. Of the experience, she says, “I must’ve gotten over a dozen mosquito bites and hardly any sleep, but it’s nights like this I’ll never forget.” Photo by Tiffany Nguyen. Posted on Tumblr on 7/2/15 by the US Department of the Interior.

Posted July 16, 2015 by henrymowry in National Parks

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Last Light   1 comment

Lake Michigan Overlook In Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, near Empire, MI. Picture by Steve Perry. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/6/15.

Lake Michigan Overlook In Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, near Empire, MI. Picture by Steve Perry. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/6/15.

First Light   Leave a comment

When George Lucas filmed Star Wars, he used the California Redwoods as the home of the Ewoks. The Redwoods National & State Parks (they are intertwined) are truly a magical place, seen here at first light. Photo by Scotty Perkins. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/3/15.

When George Lucas filmed Star Wars, he used the California Redwoods as the home of the Ewoks. The Redwoods National & State Parks (they are intertwined) are truly a magical place, seen here at first light. Photo by Scotty Perkins. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/3/15.

The Board Chronicles: L.A. SummerFEST At Rivendale, Americana Music Festival   2 comments

The Board Chronicles is an ongoing series of articles about the adventures of Mrs M’s Handmade as a vendor at community festivals & craft fairs. Mrs M’s subsidiary, Mr M’s Woodshop, has been approved to create this chronicle for the good of vendorkind.

LA SummerFEST at RivendaleI love local events, but didn’t want to do this one. It’s a 4-night free summer concert series in an off the beaten path county park.

It would be hot, so lotion was out. I needed shop time, so we would pass.

And then Velda got motivated.

doTerra essential oils is her latest obsession, and she’s a Wellness Advocate that would love to talk to you about how she uses oils to improve our lives. When doTerra offered to give her free stuff if she would only sign up new members, she got inspired. She got motivated. She got excited.

So she wanted to do the LA SummerFEST at Rivendale to promote her doTerra business. The events were inexpensive, and she could do them with her doTerra buddies. She would do it, and I only had to help her set up.

I am the hired labor, after all.

Oh, and build her a display unit.

doTerra Display

She did the day one event, which was a Latin Music Festival. Unfortunately, her posse wasn’t available to help on day 2, so I got drafted to take her place at the Americana Music Festival.

New Ideas

  • First time we’ve used the area rug to cover the “floor” in some time. It made the booth so much more inviting than the natural wood chip carpet Mr M’s Woodshop was provided with.
  • First time we’ve used our lights in several months, too. They are bulky, but other vendors love our lights when they see how they light our booth!
  • Set up was relatively easy, as I had set up the shade structure, rug and one table the day before. I only had to bring two more tables and the boards to set up for this 3pm Sunday event.
  • Since I was prepared, my electrical cables provided power to the booths in our area. It’s good to be prepared.

Observations

  • Few events have open bars, but Velda decided we needed to support this one – probably because this was a Mr M’s Woodshop event and she had nothing to do. In any event, she went to the bar and came back asking if it was OK, since the only “bourbon” that the “bartender” had was Jameson’s. I responded that Jameson’s was certainly not bourbon, but that I would consent to drink Irish Whiskey since it was all the “bartender” had. When I know more about booze than a trained experienced designated professional bartender liquor server, then there’s an imbalance in the universe.
  • Two booths didn’t have shade structures in the blazing summer sun. Quoth Velda, the seasoned vendor pro after 18 months in the business, “Amateurs!”
  • The next time a financial services vendor walks into my booth, acts interested in my boards and then pitches me on his service, I’m going to be less kind. My booth is mine. Do not pitch me in my space.
  • Giant Flying Horned Beetles are not fun to share space with, and when our new 3″ long pet entered into a state of euphoria buzzing between all of our lights under the shade structure, it got dicey for a few moments. The Mighty Velda began to channel her inner Casey, picked up a big container lid, and swung for the fences. The count was 0 and 2 when she ignored the stop sign and struck the G.F.H.B. straight into my chest. Perhaps that was her intention. In any event, I took the lid from her and sent her back to the bench.
  • The music was very, very good. Americana is part roots, part singer/songwriter, and part eclectic, and that’s very much what I enjoy. Our neighbor was one of the featured performers, so I got to experience him in concert … just as I do in the back yard almost every night!
  • I broke rules being a vendor at this event:
    • Never do first time events.
    • Never do Sunday night events.
    • Never do music events.
    • Never do events you don’t want to do.
  • Driving home, breezing up I-5, I was surprised to see my right rear view mirror nearly blocked by the rug that I had tied to the roof. I hate that rug, but it held on until I could pull over and add another rope.
  • I hate that rug.

The Food

Sunday Snack: Jameson’s Irish Whiskey, which is not a Kentucky Bourbon

Sunday Dinner: Two sliders from the food truck and (non-garlic) Parmesan fries. Dinner was fine, but Velda didn’t like it. Her two sliders weren’t great, so she sampled mine. Luckily, I finished with my customer and was able to eat my dinner before her sampling got out of hand.

The Facts

  • Total miles driven: 41
  • Booth cost: $35
  • # of people we met during the event from the producer: 2
  • Total sales: $80
  • # containers of product taken: 7
  • # boards available: 59
  • Sunday alarm: none
  • # transactions: 2
  • # soap & lotion vendors: 1
  • # woodworking vendors: just me
  • Edge grain vs. end grain: 2:0 … another end grain shut out

Boards sold: 2

Small Surfboard: 1

Small Sous Chef Board: 1

LA SummerFEST at Rivendale booth

The Light Of Day   Leave a comment

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