MANIBLOG: I AM RIGHT..and other assorted ramblings

OK. OK. EVERYBODY’S CHIMING IN WITH THEIR LOU STUFF, SO HERE GOES MINE’S:

EARLIEST MEMORY:

GOING OVER TO SCOTT KEMPNER’S HOUSE IN THE BRONX, ASKING IF HIS PARENTS WERE HOME. AFTER GETING A NO FOR AN ANSWER, PROCEEDED TO SCOTT’S ROOM. PUT ON A RED LIGHT BULB, AND PROCEEDED TO MAKE A HASH PIPE OUT OF A METAL KAZOO. ALUMINUM FOIL WITH HOLES PUNCHED ON TOP. HASH PLACED ON TOP OF FOIL. HOLD THE END, AND SUCK IN.

ALL THE WHILE GROVIN’ TO THE FIRST VELVETS RECORD, WHICH I IMMEDIATELY FELL IN LOVE WITH.

2ND MEMORY:

BUYING A BLUE SUEDE “DUNGAREE JACKET”(I KNOW, “DUNGAREE” IS ANTIQUATED!) AT PAUL SARGENT’S IN THE WEST VILLAGE. WITH PURCHASE OF $50.00 (OR SO) OR MORE, YOU GOT TO PICK AN LP. AS I RIFELED THROUG T HE ALBUMS, I RECOGNIZED FEW. SCOTT “TOPTEN” KEMPNER WAS WITH ME AND GUIDED ME TO PICK, “WHITE LIGHT, WHITE HEAT”, BY THE VELVET UNDERGROUND. A GREAT CHOICE.


3RD MEMORY:

RUNNING INTO LOU AT NATHAN’S ON 42ND ST. AND BROADWAY AT 2 AM. ALL OF THE DICTATORS FAWNED OVER HIM. WE LOVED LOU, IN SPITE OF OUR WISEASS PUNK ROCK LINE, “I THINK LOU REED IS A CREEP”, IN THE SONG, “TWO TUB MAN”

IN A LATER INTERVIEW, LOU WAS ASKED ABOUT ABOVE “CREEP” LINE
HIS RESPONSE?(PARAPHRASING)
"OH, I RAN INTO THOSE GUYS AT NATHAN’S AND THEY WERE FAWNING ALL OVER ME!"
ES VERDAD!!!!!!!!

4TH MEMORY(FINAL)

ABOUT 2 WEEKS AGO, LOU, MICK ROCK, AND JOHN VARVATOS WERE HAVING A PANEL AT JOHN’S STORE, CELEBRATING MICK’S BOOK ON LOU.

TWICE, LOU CURMUDGEONLY TOLD THE AUDIENCE TO STOP TALKING OR GET THE FUCK OUT. PUNK ROCK?…YOU TELL ME!

I FELT LIKE I WAS IN A LIBRARY. LOU WAS ESPOUSING THE VIRTUES OF ROCK AND ROLL, ALL THE WHILE SHUSHING EVERYBODY.

I WAS THERE HANGING WITH DANNY FIELDS, AND STANDING NEXT TO BOB GRUEN. WE KEPT WHISPERING IN EACH OTHER’S EARS, TO THE CHAGRIN OF AN ALTER COCKER STANDING CLOSE ENOUGH TO US.

"SHUT UP" SHE TOLD ME. "GO FUCK YOURSELF" I ANSWERED.

THEN, MY CELL PHONE RINGER WENT OFF. I USUALLY AM HYPER SENSITIVE TO PUTTING ON MY PHONE ON VIBRATE AT THESE OCCASIONS. I FORGOT.

MY RINGER IS THE GODFATHER THEME. LOU HEARD IT AND PROCLAIMED, “THAT’S THE WORST CELL PHONE RING I HAVE EVER HEARD”

"LOU", I DARED! ANSWER BACK, "THE GODFATHER THEME IS THE WORST CELL PHONE RING YOU EVER HEARD", I SAID INCREDULOUSLY, LOOKING DIRECTLY INTO LOU’S EYES, AND HE LOOKING BACK AT ME

A BIG SECURITY GUARD PUT HIS HAND ON MY SHOULDER FOR DARING TO CROSS TALK. I SHRUGGED IT OFF.

I LAUGHED ABOUT THE WHOLE THING WITH BOB GRUEN, AGAIN, TOO LOUD FOR THE NEARBY ALTER COCKER.

"BE QUIET OR LEAVE," SHE TOLD ME AGAIN.
AGAIN I REITERATED, “FUCK YOU”…

AT THAT MOMENT I REALIZED, I WANT TO GET OUT OF HERE.

ON MY WAY OUT, MY HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENING HAPPENED. A TALL DROPDEAD GORGEOUS MODEL STOPPED ME. SAID, “I LOVE YOUR NECKLACE”..

"WHICH ONE", I ASKED. I WEAR 3. AN AA SYMBOL, A STAR OF DAVID, AND NY YANKEE BLINGY THING.

"THE YANKEE ONE", THE MODEL ANSWERED. I AM NOT JUST A FAN, I LOVE LOVE LOVE AND ADORE THE NY YANKEES.

I THANKED HER FOR HER GREAT TASTE, AND INVITED HER TO MANITOBA’S.

THE NIGHT ENDED ON A HIGH NOTE!

LOU, THANK YOU FOR BEING AN IMPORTANT PART OF MY CULTURE, MY MUSICAL LIFE.

REST IN PEACE, MR. REED

CASTELLON, SPAIN
CASTELLON, SPAIN

PLEASE!!!!!!BEFORE YOU BOOK YOUR CONCERT IN CASTELLON SPAIN OR VALENCIA PLEASE,PLEASE TALK TO ME…THE EXPERICENCE WAS A TOTAL RIP OFF DISASTER>

WE GOT PAID, BUT, MUCH LESS THEN WE DESERVED AFTER THEY ARBITRARILY CHANGED THE VENUE, SOLD TWICE AS MANY TICKETS AND CUT US IN FOR VERY VERY LITTLE OF THEIR NEW DOUBLED PROFITS. SHORT TERM THINKING. THEY HAVE THEIR TEMPORARY, TODAY MONEY, AND HAVE LOST EVER MAKING A PENNY OFF US AGAIN..FOREVER.

NAMES OF PROMOTERS AND ORGANIZATION UPON REQUEST

Thank you

HDM

THE GOOD NEWS, 350 PEOPLE ADORED US. AND WILL COME BACK NEXT YEAR AND THESE SCUMBAG RIPOFF PROMOTORS WILL MAKE NOT A PENNY OFF UF US.


NAMES OF PROMOTERS UPON REQUEST

YOURS TRULY,

HANDSOME DICK AMNITOBA 


THE GOOD NEWS, 350 PEOPLE ADORED US. AND WILL COME BACK NEXT YEAR AND THESE SCUMBAG RIPOFF PROMOTORS WILL MAKE NOT A PENNY OFF UF US.


NAMES OF PROMOTERS UPON REQUEST

YOURS TRULY,

HDMDSOME DICK AMNITOBA 

CASTELLON, SPAIN

BEFORE YOU BOOK YOUR CONCERT IN CASTELLON SPAIN OR VALENCIA PLEASE,PLEASE TALK TO ME…THE EXPERICENCE WAS A TOTAL RIP OFF DISASTER>

WE GOT PAID, BUT, MUCH LESS THEN WE DESERVED AFTER THEY ARBITRARILY CHANGED THE VENUE, SOLD TWICE AS MANY TICKETS AND CUT US IN FOR VERY VERY LITTLE OF THEIR NEW DOUBLED PROFITS. SHORT TERM THINKING. THEY HAVE THEIR TEMPORARY, TODAY MONEY, AND HAVE LOST EVER MAKING A PENNY OFF US AGAIN..FOREVER.

NAMES OF PROMOTERS AND ORGANIZATION UPON REQUEST

Hank you

HDM


















THE GOOD NEWS, 590 PEOPLE ADORED US. AND WILL COME BACK NEXT YEAR AND THESE SCUMBAG RIPOFF PROMOTORS WILL MAKE NOT A PEENNY OFF UF US.

NAMES OF PROMOTERS UPON REQUEST

YOURS TRULY,

HDMDSOME DICK AMNITOBA 

http://modernleathergoods.com/
This is a story about luggage.
Let’s face it folks, If I put a LUGGAGE photo up, who would LOOK?

I called Altman Luggage on the L E S..They quoted me between $50.00 and $90.00 to fix my broken Samsonite luggage  handle.So I went to the BAG STORE on Broadway (11th St, 12th St?)in the East Village, and they suggested MODERN LEATHER GOODS @  2 W. 32nd Street

Zoe and I go up there. We sit for 15 minutes and while we wait, we notice, how nice, pleasant, and professional the man behind the counter is, in treating his customers. This business is  family  run  and  handed down for generations.After our wait , I ask the guy “How much for the NEW HANDLE they put in?”..I must mention that I had no receipt for the luggage."NOTHING" was the man’s answer…."NOTHING?!?!?", I asked incredulously. "Not that I’m complaining, but how can that be?"…."Even with out a receipt, SAMSONITE will fix you bag for free FOR LIFE!"..The bag is 15 years old and was in great shape except for the broken handle.

SO FOLKS


LIFETIME FIX IT GUARANTEE»>BUY SAMSONITE


MODERN LEATHER GOODS, 2 WEST 32ST

GO THERE FOR ALL YOUR LEATHER FIX IT PROBLEMS..CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE ABOVE

YAY!..A HAPPY JEW GETTING SOMETHING FOR FREE!!!

SIDE NOTE..Zoe and I tipped the worker, $20.SIDE SIDE NOTE..Ms. LIMA LOOK GOOD, DON’T SHE?

http://modernleathergoods.com/

This is a story about luggage.

Let’s face it folks, If I put a LUGGAGE photo up, who would LOOK?

I called Altman Luggage on the L E S..They quoted me between $50.00 and $90.00 to fix my broken Samsonite luggage  handle.


So I went to the BAG STORE on Broadway (11th St, 12th St?)in the East Village, and they suggested MODERN LEATHER GOODS @  2 W. 32nd Street

Zoe and I go up there. We sit for 15 minutes and while we wait, we notice, how nice, pleasant, and professional the man behind the counter is, in treating his customers. This business is  family  run  and  handed down for generations.

After our wait , I ask the guy “How much for the NEW HANDLE they put in?”..I must mention that I had no receipt for the luggage.

"NOTHING" was the man’s answer…."NOTHING?!?!?", I asked incredulously. "Not that I’m complaining, but how can that be?"…."Even with out a receipt, SAMSONITE will fix you bag for free FOR LIFE!"..The bag is 15 years old and was in great shape except for the broken handle.

SO FOLKS

LIFETIME FIX IT GUARANTEE»>BUY SAMSONITE

MODERN LEATHER GOODS, 2 WEST 32ST

GO THERE FOR ALL YOUR LEATHER FIX IT PROBLEMS..CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE ABOVE

YAY!..A HAPPY JEW GETTING SOMETHING FOR FREE!!!

SIDE NOTE..Zoe and I tipped the worker, $20.

SIDE SIDE NOTE..Ms. LIMA LOOK GOOD, DON’T SHE?

THE BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED, AND SEXY JENNIFER TILLY hangin’ out at MANITOBA’S WORLD FAMOUS ROCK AND ROLL TAVERN!

THE BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED, AND SEXY JENNIFER TILLY hangin’ out at MANITOBA’S WORLD FAMOUS ROCK AND ROLL TAVERN!

EAST SIDE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL Pt. II

WhenI first told people about the school Jake would be attending, 2 parents responded ” Ooh, I hear bad things . It’s very rough there.”

Well schools are buildings, with walls, books, computers, etc . and PEOPLE. PEOPLE make the school. I am so very impressed with the principal, his staff, all the teachers, parents and entire community that this school offers . We are thrilled . It’s a city school that’s like a private school, with small classes great education, and tons of assistance and programs.but much cooler than a pvt. school bc it’s a nice cultural EV mix and I am so happy we didn’t choose the other ” safer” school which impressed me ZERO.

I WILL BE READING CHUCK (THREE DOG NIGHT) NEGRON, and DICK CLARK, TONIGHT!!!!..COME ON DOWN!

EAST SIDE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

Zoe and I chose ESCHS for Jake’s middle school/HS?

Other genius parents responses were that it is a “tough school”..”lots of problems”(Instead of “Congrats, I hope you’re happy”)
After week one, and NOTHING in the world makes me happier than THIS:

Jake has an “advisor”..Each advisor has 10 children…The advisor is the home room teacher..They meet about ANY AND ALL PROBLEMS, at the beginning and end of each day>

Every teacher we met is young, full of energy and excitement, and great..The Principal, Mark, is by far the most intense, loving, passionate devoted educator I ever met. We have home and cell numbers of everybody at the school. I have never experienced anything like this…

The home room has 14 kids..The average class, 18

The support system in wonderful..HW help, & any problem with any subject at anytime gets tended to immediately

WE ARE A VERY HAPPY FAMILY WITH OUR DECISION..THIS IS A CITY SCHOOL!!!!….AMAZING!!!!

JAKE LOVES IT< and 4 GIRLS ASKED HIM TO THE FIRST FALL DANCE, already
OY VEY

HAPPY YOM KIPPUR EVERYONE!

THE PHANTOMS win the CHAMPIONSHIP!

The year started like SHIT. Absolute SHIT!.
We were in a league, for the 4th consecutive year.
We were put on a team with an assistant coach from last year coaching.

There was virtually no coaching help, no teaching, no learning, no growth.

After 6 total years in LL competition, this is NOT what I paid for. 

The bad luck draw of a mediocre team?, OK by me. But THIS was NOT THAT!

This was a league filling up a spot, by fielding any old team.

A team that by ANY parents standards, should not have been. 


At the 3rd game of the season, one kid was STILL WEARING SHORTS, and no one told him to wear long pants.


I sent pleas to the league via email. My pleas went unanswered.

I called the LL honchos on the East Coast.

Of course it was my fault for expecting, “Joe Torre” to manage, the genius in charge of dealing with parents told me.


I asked for half my money back, for the league having fielded a team that should not have been.

I expect, at minimum, a coach, and assistants, with some MINIMAL LEVEL of coaching and teaching. 
I was told by Peter Ramos, of the Peter Stuyvesant LL, “no money refunded”.

So, we quit.

People told me I quit because I was on a bad team.

"No," I responded, "A few years back we were 0-10, and nary a peep was heard outta my mouth". Because Jake was taught. He learned and grew as a player. There was leadership. There was a semblance of A TEAM.

My communications went unanswered, until I QUIT!.Then I was told by our coach, “That one of the commissioners wanted to speak with me. Not CALL ME, I should call him!

So I left this league, which has obviously left a bad taste in my mouth, and I would recommend all  to avoid.

This in spite of some very caring, hard working wonderful folks I DID meet, who run things there.

Even at the end of last season, when we came in 2nd place, a nutjob mother of one of the kids SCREAMED and YELLED at me for “daring to give a pep talk to the kids”, without me “being a coach”…”Who did I think I was?”, the asshole mom wanted to know!

So we joined the FELIX MILLAN LL.
Is it the most coordinated, together well run organization I have ever seen?…NO.


But what it is, is mothers and fathers and coaches who love the game of baseball,  and love to teach and  bring kids along from the mildly skilled to very skilled, onto a team and teach and watch them grow as a team. It’s about FUN and hard work. 

We have team picnics on the East River . It is FAMILY. It is team. It is learning and growing. THAT is what I pay for .That is what I hoped for. THAT is WHAT I GOT, HERE.

Today, the team coach Rich Morales started with, the team that was a bit rag tag at the beginning, grew, and grew, and grew, into a CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM.


Today the LOWER EAST SIDE PHANTOMS won the 9 & 10 year old best of 3, CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

Hard work. Lots of practice, and believing in ourselves, brought us our trophy.

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO RICH MORALES, HUGO, JAVI, TONY, OSCAR, and the WHOLE COACHING STAFF and all our LOVABLE & CHEERING parents for their time, energy, love, and TEACHING.

HERE’S TO US!
HERE’S TO OUR KIDS!!!!….It’s ALL ABOUT THEM, ain’t it?????

ENJOY THE WIN.
MORE MORE MORE, NEXT YEAR

BEST,

HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA

NYC, AUGUST 2013

!!! HANDSOME DICK WELCOMES ALICE COOPER TO HIS PROGRAM ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 9TH&#160;!!!
“This coming Friday (August 9th) Alice Cooper drops in on “Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom”&#160;!!!! He’ll spend an hour or so with Handsome Dick and he’ll regale you with stories that go back to a time when he was just starting out. How he came to be signed by Frank Zappa. And…how he developed the character that became Alice Cooper. He’ll bring it up to present times and discuss what he feels is the state of Rock ‘n’ Roll today. And they’ll cover everything in between. DON’T MISS IT&#160;!!! Alice Cooper….Friday Night in “Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom at 11 PM ET. Exclusively in Little Steven’s Underground Garage SIRIUS XM 21&#160;!!!!!”
A VERY SPECIAL INTERVIEW.

!!! HANDSOME DICK WELCOMES ALICE COOPER TO HIS PROGRAM ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 9TH !!!


“This coming Friday (August 9th) Alice Cooper drops in on “Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom” !!!! He’ll spend an hour or so with Handsome Dick and he’ll regale you with stories that go back to a time when he was just starting out. How he came to be signed by Frank Zappa. And…how he developed the character that became Alice Cooper. He’ll bring it up to present times and discuss what he feels is the state of Rock ‘n’ Roll today. And they’ll cover everything in between. DON’T MISS IT !!! Alice Cooper….Friday Night in “Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom at 11 PM ET. Exclusively in Little Steven’s 
Underground Garage SIRIUS XM 21 !!!!!”

A VERY SPECIAL INTERVIEW.