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Old 09-26-2007, 04:44 PM   #1
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Greetings friends. Today I'm writing from Vancouver, where I'm enjoying a nice day off. It's my first time here and I'm liking the city a lot. While our main reason for being anywhere is to play music, it's nice every so often to have a day off and do something non-music related. And over the last couple of weeks we've done some pretty cool things that I'd like to share with you. So sorry, there won't be any sex, drugs, and rock and roll in this blog. You'll have to wait for Ginger and Lisa's next ones for those stories! Just kidding, of course…

You'd be surprised where you sometimes have the best day off. You might think that places such as New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco would be the best place to spend a day off, and that is often true, but it also some of the not so obvious places where the true fun takes place. For example last week we were had a day off in Phoenix, Arizona. Over the last couple of years I've been to Phoenix a bunch of times; and while I've never had a bad time there, I've never had a particularly great time either. However this was one of my best days off so far since we started touring in May. I think a lot of this has to do with where you stay and who you know. Luckily Billy and Jimmy have some very nice and generous friends in Phoenix who really made our stay there fantastic. One of these people is Bradley. He is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and he set up a pretty memorable night for Jimmy and I especially. He organized these two historic events in Pumpkin history and for that we are forever grateful.

If you didn't watch the Arizona Diamondbacks play the San Francisco Giants play last week you may have missed Jimmy Chamberlin throwing out the first pitch. Unfortunately I was somewhere else that night, which I'll get to in a second, so I didn't get to see it. I searched YouTube for a clip but couldn't find anything. If you have anything, please forward it to the site. But from what I heard, Jimmy's pitch was so ferocious that Barry Bonds decided to take the night off.


While Jimmy was striking out the side at the Diamondbacks game I was on the other side of town at the local hockey arena watching the Phoenix Coyotes play the Colorado Avalanche in an early pre-season match-up. Being a huge hockey fan I was super excited just to be able to see some puck while in the middle of a tour. The morning of the game I received a call from Doug, our tour manager, and he asked me if I wanted to drop the first puck at the game. My first response was a "no way." However Doug quickly talked me into doing it and I sure am glad he did. From the minute we got to the arena the Coyotes staff treated us fantastically. Right before the game started, Chris, our production manager, and I were walked down near the boards and we got to watch the players walk out of the locker room and onto the ice. If you don't follow hockey, you probably don't know that Wayne Gretzky (the greatest hockey player that ever was) is both part owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. It was an honor to stand within ten feet of him during the national anthem. To be honest I was so nervous before walking out to center ice to drop the puck that I don't really remember much of it at all except that I tried to walk away before retrieving the puck back from Coyotes captain, Shane Doan, who former Los Angeles King and now New York Ranger, Sean Avery, named the most overrated hockey player in the NHL. I would have to disagree with Sean on this one because Shane is not only a monster player but also seemed like a really nice guy. Once again thanks to Bradley for hooking all this up.



Now on to my final subject of this blog-the JLAM. You may be sitting there wondering what JLAM means. It stands for Jon Lemon Approved Meal. Often while on tour, time-or the lack of it-dictates how and what you eat. It isn't uncommon to arrive to a city just before you have to go to soundcheck and get ready to play. So in terms of food, you eat what you can and most of the time we eat pretty well. But when we have a day off we like to take it to the next level, and that is a JLAM. Jon Lemon is not only our Front of House sound engineer (the one responsible for making what you hear sound amazing), he is also the person we ask to find the best restaurant in town. This doesn't mean the most expensive; it means a place that passes the highest culinary and aesthetic standards that Jon over countless years of touring has devised. These meals are often so good that we talk about them for days afterward. For example, on Sunday night a couple of us went out for a JLAM at restaurant here in Vancouver called Gotham. While primarily a steakhouse, Gotham serves fish, chicken, and lamb dishes as well. The steaks there are an A+. Jon and I are still talking about them. So, if you are ever in Vancouver and you want an excellent steak, you need to go have a JLAM at Gotham. You won't be disappointed.


Thanks for indulging me and reading about this stuff. I hope I see some of you out on tour.

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Old 09-26-2007, 04:49 PM   #2
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no mention of the corpse they left in their wake huh

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:51 PM   #3
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lol

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:51 PM   #4
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so he watched hockey and had dinner.

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:53 PM   #5
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what did you expect, izzle? sex with a transvestite? blaming iha?

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:53 PM   #6
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...http://www.gothamsteakhouse.com/foodset.htm

Yay for 8.00 salads and 50$ lobster tail!

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:54 PM   #7
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i think this was written the 23rd

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:56 PM   #8
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OMG THAT IS AWSOME!!!!! WE ATE AT GOTHAM WHEN I WAS IN VANCOUVER FOR A BACHELOR PARTY LAST YEAR!!!!!

SINE!!!!!!!!





srsly though, its an awesome steakhouse. on par with Gibsons in chicago. with wine, it was like $1100 for 8 people.

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Old 09-26-2007, 05:02 PM   #9
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...http://www.gothamsteakhouse.com/foodset.htm

Yay for 8.00 salads and 50$ lobster tail!
Yay for the person who can show me a decent restaurant in my city where i can get a salad as cheap as 8.00

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:04 PM   #10
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no mention of the corpse they left in their wake huh
I actually did lol.

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:06 PM   #11
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no mention of billy. good for him.

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:23 PM   #12
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Jeff is a Hockey fan. Nice.

A historic pumpkins event lol.

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:32 PM   #13
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Jeff is a Hockey fan. Nice.

A historic pumpkins event lol.
yeah if you forget about Bill playing 1979 in a Blackhawks jersey at the united center.

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:32 PM   #14
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£400 for 11 is really good value with wine! If its a proper proper restaurant that is.

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:35 PM   #15
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Even if this was written previously I still think it's in fairly poor taste to post it without a mention of the deceased fan. I don't know.

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:47 PM   #16
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Even if this was written previously I still think it's in fairly poor taste to post it without a mention of the deceased fan. I don't know.
its not in poor taste. im sure they will deal with it. what was he supposed to do?
"oh yeah, and it sucks that dude died"

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:55 PM   #17
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its not in poor taste. im sure they will deal with it. what was he supposed to do?
"oh yeah, and it sucks that dude died"
Agreed. There will be some formal statement from the SP camp once this thing gets figured out.

Plus, this wouldn't have been the place to address it. No offense to JS, but he's not the person that should address it.

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:00 PM   #18
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srsly though, its an awesome steakhouse. on par with Gibsons in chicago. with wine, it was like $800 for 11 people.
That's, uh, not that expensive at all chief. Considering wine was involved, that's downright average.

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:11 PM   #19
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man, if jeff's description is anything to go by, being a pumpkin sounds pretty boring right now

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:12 PM   #20
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That's, uh, not that expensive at all chief. Considering wine was involved, that's downright average.
yeah, i was kind of thinking the same thing.

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:13 PM   #21
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I am down with Jeff... he likes good food!!! awesomeness

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:15 PM   #22
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oh good. more drivel from netphoria's resident simpleton.

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:15 PM   #23
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How to post like Mayday:

1. make everything you say seem more important by adding exclamation points!!!

2. ellipses...

3. be sure to go off topic

4. add an LOL whenever you feel like it

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Old 09-26-2007, 06:17 PM   #24
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walt get that copyrighted asap.

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:19 PM   #25
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ok, ok, let me try. here goes.

w0w jeff sure can use an internets!!1 LOL i wonder igf he likes bananas. i love bananas!!

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:20 PM   #26
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i dont like bananas that much

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:20 PM   #27
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no mention of the corpse they left in their wake huh
this is why you are my favorite poster here.

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:20 PM   #28
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they are good in the morning sometimes and in sundeas ...sundeas (sp?)


 
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:21 PM   #29
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mayday, do you love lamp?

 
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:22 PM   #30
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this morning i had a piece of toast......LOL!!!

 
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