Category Archives: That’s Life

What’s going on in my little world.

Val Mr Mustache Kleitz Taken by Cancer

I used to build and repair bicycles for Velocipede at 10th or 11th and Pine on Capital Hill many years ago and I worked with this crazy hoot of an enthusiast named Val.  Turns out he was struck down by cancer, but as you know when you get struck down it only makes you more powerful.

RIP: Val Kleitz helped us all stay “rubber side down”

Here are a couple of images of ol’ Val sporting his signature mustache and dressed as he fucking pleased (taken from the above linked article).

Val Kleitz
Val Kleitz
Val Kleitz
Val Kleitz

You can find more pictures of Val here.

One time this old dood brought us his bike for some minor service.  The bike was an old hulking steel monstrosity already destined to destroy your spine should you take a second floor walk-up.  But what really made it the talk of the shop was the fact that everything was connected to this frame using hose clamps.  Dozens of them.  Good times.

Rocket Pizza!  Ciao, Val.

JamesIsIn

Friends of the Jackson Reinhardt Urinary Traction Fund

The great Jackson Reinhardt, friend to many and beloved by all, has encountered some blockage in his urinary system.  It is unclear at this moment how serious this is, but the current projections place the expenses at around $2500.  This could rise if more complicated surgical procedures are required.

Action Jackson
Action Jackson

He is spending the day at a small veterinary surgical clinic here in Ballard.  This evening I will need to transport him to an overnight surgical facility in Shoreline where he will spend another half a day.  At that point we will know whether the expenses rise above that $2500 mark.

Pensive Jackson
Pensive Jackson

Jackson, as you have probably guessed, is not a rich cat.  He comes from humble beginnings and largely stays out of the limelight, with only brief forays across the lighted stage.  He wears a simple harness, and his leash retracts just like anybody else’s.

Alert Jackson
Alert Jackson

If you are able, please consider donating to the Friends of Jackson Reinhardt Urinary Traction Fund by sending money to that aloof baffoon who feeds Jackson.

PayPal donations accepted.
PayPal donations accepted.

Thank you for taking the time to read this plea.

(Please feel free to share this page.)

JamesIsIn

Johnny Sangster & Friends Sunday 11 Sept

https://www.facebook.com/events/1546701095633278/

Doors at two; music by three.

Johnny Sangster & Friends
with Rusty Willoughby & Friends (featuring Barb Hunter, Jennifer Sutherland & possibly Johnny Sangster)
PLUS –> The Demon Rind (Kwab Copeland, Bill Herzog, Carrie Robinson & Johnny Sangster)

Johnny will be playing an opening set followed by Rusty and then we’ll rock out with the Demon Rind.

What’s not to love about that?!

You know the drill: music, friends, potluck, sun. I’ll be maknig my famous pork loin. Let us know what you’ll be bringing in the comments. Questions in the comments or write to James directly.

This is going to be a good show. It’s going to be more rock and more roll and more louder than any previous show. Come see the changes in landscape; come see friends old and new; come see some terrific rock and roll in the shade of the cedar trees.

Looking forward to seeing you all for this summer-closing epic show!

What a season finale, eh? I’m exhausted! Thanks to everyone for coming. We had at least 65 humans present yesterday which is a new Peavine Alley record. The food was great, and the music was truly epic. Thanks again, especially to the musicians (and the bartender!). See you all again soon.

The pork is on the smoke…

Also, if you would like strawberry plants, I have probably 50-100 that can be removed (or they will end up buried next week). If you want some to plant at home, bring a plastic tub or bag and you can have as many as you’d like.

If you would like to grill, my gas grill will be available for the entire show. My chimenea will also be available for grilling but not until after the pork loin is done.

The pork loin is in its brine: buttermilk, chicken stock, salt, maple syrup, juice and zest from 16 limes, and tarragon.

I will have plenty of extra limes. No one needs to bring limes.

I’ve been quiet and quite busy. You old-timers will hardly recognize the yard. Even the pork is getting a new treatment. It’s going to be great!

Remember, everyone, it’s a potluck. You are not required to participate but it’s fun so you ought to. Tell us what you are bringing so we can all get excited!

Is it your famous but highly secret garlic and artichoke dip? Is it your great great grandmother’s potato salad? Inquiring minds want to know!

Regardless, this September weather is giving us a pleasant gap in which to have a dry show and even some decent sunshine. Go figure. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday.

 

JamesIsIn

Jim Page & Grant Dermody 20 August (Saturday)

https://www.facebook.com/events/955889537865549/

Who doesn’t love a legend? I mean… Robin Hood, Luke Skywalker, Jim Page; the folks who re-write the pages of history. Come see our favorite Seattle folk legend and have a potluck. Music, food, and friends (old and new).

You know the drill: music, friends, potluck, sun. I’ll be maknig my famous pork loin. Let us know what you’ll be bringing in the comments. Questions in the comments or write to James directly.

On the bill:

Tobias the Owl http://www.tobiastheowl.com/
Grant Dermody http://grantdermody.com/
Jim Page http://jimpage.net/

If you bring a kiddie pool or a bucket, I’ll fill it with water for your footsies.

See comments below for more infromation.

Thank you to everyone who came out to see these excellent musicians for an intimate afternoon. Special thanks to Harry Oesterreicher for bringing a kiddie pool. And of course thanks to Jim Page, Grant Dermody, and Tobias TheOwl for putting on such a fine show.

Kiddie pool is still wet if you have dry feet…

The Kiddie Pool has landed! And there is some music too…

My gas grill is… available. It’s a bit tricky due to construction. Let me know if you were hoping to use it. Should be no trouble.

Tea is in the sun; pork is in the smoke. Better get to cleaning…

Making garlic confit in my sous vide: 4 bulbs garlic, olive oil, a shallot sautéd in butter, smoked paprika, and salt. We’ll give it four hours at 190f.

Pork loin brine: 16 limes (juice and zest), 2 bulbs garlic, chicken stock, frozen apple juice concentrate, bay leaves, salt. Gonna chill that over night.

What are you bringing? My usual pie source is out of time this show…

If anyone is coming from or through Wallingford, our friend Alan Wolfson (and His Famous Broken Foot) could use a lift?

 

JamesIsIn

Fourth Again (BUT on sunny Sunday 3 July)

https://www.facebook.com/events/241587386221754/

Peavine Alley is proud to present the second Fourth on the third. Well, it’s not the second on the third; it’s the second Fourth and it happens to happen on the third. The third is a Sunday which is the seventh day but let’s not go there. So it’s the first Fourth on the third and the first on a Sunday, but it’s our second Fourth in a row.

So, come to Peavine Alley on Sunday the third of July and celebrate the Fourth with friends and music.

Patch up your picnic baskets, folks, because it is as per usual a potluck. Will James smoke a pork loin? It’s anybody’s guess. Will James sous vide some chicken thighs? Who can know such things?! Are you potlucking? We’d love to hear what you will be bringing.

Who is playing? This we can answer (mostly).

Emily Donohue
Animals of grace
Cooper stoulil
Parzival myr popof
Kristina Valencia
Bergman Broom
Tobias the Owl

There has also been a discussion about including a ten second scream for the dead.

What is scheduled? Probably something like this:

Kristina Valencia 3-3:45 PM
Parzival Myr Popof 3:45-4:30
Cooper Stoulil 4:30-5:15
Emily Donohue 5:15-6
Animals of Grace 6 PM
[mic opens after]

Old Bergman and Mr The Owl we will cleverly weave in as appropriate.

I have made it even easier to locate my house from the street by creating a system of hillocks to emulate mountains and valleys. The orange porch light is still burning.

Fortunately the music will be around back. There is plenty of room in my backyard (aka Peavine Alley) for your blankets and chairs and butts.

All donations go to the musicians (the house takes none).

Questions? Ask the thread or ask me.

Did everyone have a great time? I did! Met some terrific people. Ate some wonderful food. And of course enjoyed some fantastic music. Thanks to everyone who came and especially to the musicians who made this all possible. Remember to have your friends join Peavine Alley (or friend me) so they can find out about upcoming events.

Get yer potluck on! I have had the pork loin on smoke since maybe 8:30. The tea is in the sun. The chicken thighs are very thigh. Only about an hour and a half and humans will start arrive at Peavine Alley. See you all soon.

(My phone is on my About page if you need a quick response.)

I have just put the pork loin in its brine (chicken stock, 16 limes, 3 lbs ginger, pepper corns and cloves, apple juice concentrate, and salt), and I have sous vide cooked a whole mess of chicken thighs so they can be quickly grilled on demand.

I have a propane grill and a wood fired grill that will be available for your grilling pleasure (the wood fire will be available after the pork loin is finished).

Any questions?

Musicians: I have mics and cables and amps and a PA. I also have a cajon and a snare and some other random percussion. If there is anything you need, let me know. I’ll do what I am able.

Not going to be as hot as it was last year, so I probably won’t burn the bottoms of my feet from walking around in the sun all day. Only a few days to go.

 

JamesIsIn

Jeff Campbell with Mickelson — 10 June (Friday evening show)

https://www.facebook.com/events/577444395762759/

Jeff Campbell and (Scott) Mickelson are coming to play some fine music at our own Peavine Alley. It’s a Friday evening show so head on over after your work-week has weakened you, get revitalized with the musics!

I have made it even easier to locate my house from the street by creating a system of hillocks to emulate mountains and valleys. The orange porch light is still burning.

Fortunately the music will be around back. There is plenty of room in my backyard (aka Peavine Alley) for your blankets and chairs and butts.

Are you potlucking? We’d love to hear what you will be bringing. Unless there is any objection I will be making my usual pork loin.

All donations go to the musicians (the house takes none).

Questions? Ask the thread or ask me.

Check these cats out (and look for music in the thread):

Jeff https://www.facebook.com/JeffCampbellMusic/
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jeffcampbell16

Mickelson https://www.facebook.com/mickelsonmusic/

What an incredible night. Thank you all for coming (and there were about 30 of us in total!). Of course, special thanks to Jeffry Campbell and Scott Mickelson Good food, good music, and good times. And no inclement weather! Best show yet? Maybe. Sunday 3 July is our next adventure. Stay tuned to Peavine Alley for more details. Stay safe, have fun, and see you all soon.

Guess which pork loin is over the coals?

Mariners game tonight. If you are coming from the South, plan accordingly.

Pork loin brine: 16 limes (blender), 3 lbs fresh gingerroot (blender), bulb of garlic (blender) pepper corns and cloves (spice grinder), 1 pint apple juice concentrate, bunch o’ kosher salt, and tarragon.

Have I mentioned how much I live BlendTec?

So you may be saying to yourself (or anyone within earshot) “what the fuck is with this weather?”. Welcome to Seattle.

I have a couple of those portable gazebo things (labeled “canopy” like we stole them from a pickup) and I have arranged the basement so there is a place for food and stuff. Wear a jacket or brrr.

Feel sorry for me because I will be standing over my chimenea with an umbrella smoking the pork loin while y’all are at work (you know, during the lightning storm around noon?). But we are prepared (haha! thanks, Boy Scouts!) and we are determined to have a great time.

See you soon. Kisses!

(On the plus side the predicted accumulated rainfall for tomorrow is <1/10th inch. I’m hoping it gets it out of its system early.)

Only a day to go. So much cleaning remains… gotta get the pork loin… stuffs happening. Getting ready!

The path to the backyard is complete. Tired and sore and hands that look a bit like a butcher board… bring on the fun! Only a trio of days to go.

Full steam ahead toward Friday. I just have to finish this path so going from the sidewalk to the backyard isn’t a hazardous journey. And smoke a pork loin. And clean EVERYTHING. Should be good. Just a few days!

Hasn’t been a lot of food talk yet. Don’t let me hold you back! Any embarrassing tales of the musicians? We won’t repeat them…

 

JamesIsIn

Good-Night Movie Night Saturday Night

https://www.facebook.com/events/890202821068414/

Last (and only) movie night of the summer backyard this year. Sorry about the short notice but the weather has been sketchy. Saturday is going to be nice: sunny and nice during the day, so dry and temperate in the dark.

18:00 optional grilling hour
19:00 Find spot on grass and squint at invisible cartoons
20:00 Guardians of the Galaxy
22:00 (or so) World’s End
00:00 lots of hugs

I have popcorn on demand, hot dogs and sticks and fire, sangria, and iced tea. There are rumors of cake. There will be a nice table for shared nibbles.

Put your questions to me. See you near sunset.

Rain? Ok. Did not see that coming.

Thanks, everyone, for coming out and enjoying this double-feature under the black blanket of night. We sneaked this in like threading a needle, apparently.

Getting down to the wire. Starting to haul things into the yard. Better to call me at this point since I may or may not see Fb. Also, does anyone have charcoal for a hookah? I’m apparently out.

Iced tea is in the sun and the sangria is pretty much ready. See you in this evening.

Sangria is macerating: 4 bottles of decent cab s, 2 angelo pears, 1 gorgeous peach, and 2 gorgeous plums (seriously beautiful specimens).

JamesIsIn

Good-Night Movie Night Saturday Night

Last (and only) movie night of the summer backyard this year. Sorry about the short notice but the weather has been sketchy. Saturday is going to be nice: sunny and nice during the day, so dry and temperate in the dark.

18:00 optional grilling hour
19:00 Find spot on grass and squint at invisible cartoons
20:00 Guardians of the Galaxy
22:00 (or so) World’s End
00:00 lots of hugs

I have popcorn on demand, hot dogs and sticks and fire, sangria, and iced tea. There are rumors of cake. There will be a nice table for shared nibbles.

Put your questions to me. See you near sunset.

https://www.facebook.com/events/890202821068414/

JamesIsIn

The Return of the Return of Hamell On Trial – Sunday Matinée

NOTE: The location has changed! This show will be a very special “garden party” with Hamell On Trial at Peavine Alley (the backyward at James Cook‘s house in Ballard).

Hamell is: Fast. Furious. Funny. Unforgettable.
2:00PM Open House
3:00PM Earl Brooks
4:00PM Hamell On Trial
Admission by donation
http://hamellontrial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/hamellontrial

https://www.facebook.com/events/1475179559459342/

There is plenty of room in my backyard (aka Peavine Alley) for your blankets and chairs and butts. Usually we potluck. I’m frantically trying to finish a pergola so we’ll see if I am able to do that AND smoke a pork loin. Wish me luck. See you all Sunday.

Pork loin brine: 16 limes (blender), 3 lbs fresh gingerroot (blender), pepper corns and cloves (mortar and pestle), 1 pint apple juice concentrate, bunch o’ kosher salt.

JamesIsIn