Daily Archives: 05/16/2004

Night Out

I guess it’s time to post a few photos from recent outings. A coworker is leaving island this month, which was the impetus for series of happy hour get togethers with the office buddies. Here’s a few photos from those evenings

Sam Choy’s
First off, here’s a few photos from a couple weeks ago at Sam Choy’s in Tumon. We ended up with a pretty big crowd, even though it was a Tuesday night.

Jesika & Rich
Here’s Jesika, the woman of the hour, with her husband Rich.

The crowd at Sam Choy's
A group photo, but most people are in darkness at the rear.

Darryl & Liz
Here’s Darryl, who took most of these photos, and Liz.

Chris makes a point
That’s Christine making some point or other, with Bob smiling behind her.

Cheers! That’s my Heineken just left of center.

Christine laughs
Christine’s laughing pretty hard because I just grabbed her tongue a moment before.

Well that’s all the photos I’ll post from Sam Choy’s. It was a fun night, but it broke up early. Probably best for a work night.

Quiz Nite
Last Thursday was Quiz Nite, a fundraiser for Habitat For Humanity. My company bought tickets for two teams and I got asked to join one team. Quiz Nite was held at the Marriott. I brought my camera and took some photos.

Pacificare Polymaths
Here’s some of my team, the Pacificare Polymaths. Mary Kleschen, G’nette Datu and Jesika Zellner.

Another shot of my team
Another photo of our team, but with me tossed into the mix.

Gus takes drink orders
Marketing manager Gus Sablan gets our drink orders.

Team 6
And here’s our other company team. Patrick, Joe, Maricon, Flom, Joan, & Clarence.

The Polymaths plus Al
My team again, with the late arriving Al Almira.

Our prize
We ended up in fourth place, and we each took home a bottle of wine. Not bad.

Well that’s enough navel-gazing for now. I got some more pictures, including a surprise dinner I ate tonight, but I’ll keep that for tomorrow. Till then, goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.

For The Love Of Sweet Meat

KSHE bumper stickerI’ve been meaning to talk about this story I read over on Kuro5hin a couple weekends ago, the Birth of a label-sanctioned pirate radio station. I skimmed over the introductory paragraph at first, and then I realized the author was talking about KSHE 95!

I guess you had to grow up in St. Louis to understand the power of KSHE. It was the quintessential rock radio station, regularly playing rock that the other stations in St. Louis wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pool. Aphrodite’s Child, Brownsville Station, Foghat, Ozzy Osbourne, the list goes on and on. KSHE wasn’t afraid of playing the long songs either, like In-a-gadda-da-vida or Careful with that axe, Eugene. Every Sunday night KSHE played the Seventh Day, an entire album uncut and without commercials. It was heaven.

I feel a close connection to KSHE. I grew within spitting distance of KSHE’s studios, a crappy little house in Crestwood butted up next to the Route 66 Drive-In on Watson Road. This was about a mile from my house and I passed it almost everyday. To me the sitcom WKRP In Cincinnati was inspired by the story of KSHE, a small station turning from an easy listening format to progressive rock overnight, with a crazy collection of DJ’s and loonies running the place. That was KSHE.

The Sweet Meat I rememberThe new Sweet Meat at KSHEKSHE’s mascot was a pig wearing shades and dangling a smoke from his lips. Sweet Meat showed up on everything, bumperstickers, frisbees, hats, t-shirts. KSHE still sells Sweet Meat stuff, but somewhere along the line he lost the cigarette.

I don’t listen to KSHE anymore. For a while they streamed audio over the internet, but that stopped several years ago. They moved from Crestwood ages ago too. Now they are located in Union Station in downtown St. Louis, and the Route 66 Drive-In is a Best Buy store with a mammoth parking lot. I’m not sure what they play these days, but I hope to God it’s still Real Rock Radio.

Somewhere in the late 80’s, the brand of rock that KSHE played became “Classic Rock.” Perhaps it was a sign of the times, or maybe just the maturation of the format, I don’t know. At the time it seemed like KSHE was relegated to playing nothing but Doobie Brothers and Creedence. My musical tastes were broadening, and I branched out to KDHX and the wild wooly world of community radio.

We got a rock station out here in Guam, eponymously called The Rock. It’s not bad, but it plays a too much new stuff instead of the rock I grew up listening too (a classic sign I am getting too old). Instead I spend most of my time listening to KPRG, Guam’s only public radio outlet, which plays a steady stream of jazz, folk, classical and alternative indie rock, along with a couple jammin’ shows that remind me of KSHE in its heyday.

Still, I occasionally find myself pining for the radio of my youth, KSHE 95 Real Rock Radio and the memories it evokes. The music was good and even back then I realized how special that radio station was. The only comparable connection I have to the music of my youth is to Streetside Records, which was the epitome of a record store to me and my generation. But that great store over by Webster University, less than a mile from my house and chock full of great music, closed down over a decade ago and moved to a generic strip mall store out in Crestwood. But I’ll save that for another day I guess.

Local News Roundup

Let’s take a quick tour through headlines on Guam

XML Database Articles

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately on XML databases. These links are for me really, so I have them at hand for future reference.