From The Fixx Show at Santa Cruz

Sound, and Pictures (Moving and Still): Here’s a great five-camera preview cut of Stand or Fall from The Fixx’s show on the beach in Santa Cruz last month: And Robocoaster caught this video of Fatal Shore from the same night: I’m happy to see these because I was busy at the back and edges of the stage all evening taking photos. You can see those on my photo site.

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What WOULD Danica Think?

Go Green: I’m not quite sure what Ms. Patrick would think. But I do know that proceeds from the sale of the cheery green “WWDT” wristbands available over at pressdog’s place go to support a great cause. If you take a peek right here, you can even see yours truly and the very funny Gayla sporting our own silicone. (Green bands, you naughty-minded people!)ย  We’d love to see you in yours, so place your order today!

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Let’s Help Carrie Rock Kilimanjaro!

Love, Hope, Strength..and Dollars: Kilimanjaro Rocks is benefit climb featuring musicians Mike Peters of The Alarm, Cy Curnin of The Fixx, Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats, Robin Wilson of The Gin Blossoms and Nick Harper. They’ll be joined by cancer survivors, trekkers and supporters to raise money and awareness to provide treatment and screening equipment to a cancer center in Nairobi, Kenya. My friend Carrie is planning to participate in Kili Rocks. She has...

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Evil Ball of Pain

Looks Are Deceiving: A cute little sunny frog face has me in a world of hurt! This is my massage therapy ball. Nothing special about the ball – I bought it at a toy store. I’m using it to break up the adhesions in my abdomen by placing it under my tummy and slowly rolling over it. When I hit a sore spot, I stop and stay there and just breathe through the pain. I’m supposed to do this for 15 minutes a day until there’s no more pain, then five minutes a day after that for...

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Stuck in My Head

Some days are dry, some days are leaky Some days come clean, other days are sneaky Some days take less, but most days take more Some slip through your fingers and onto the floor Some days you’re quick, but most days you’re speedy Some days you use more force than is necessary Some days just drop in on us Some days are better than others Some days it all adds up And what you got is not enough Some days are better than others Some days are slippy, other days sloppy Some days you...

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“Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home”

Tony Talks: Well, sorta. It’s a press release, but Tony George has finally spoken about his removal as CEO of IMS and Hulman & Co. and his decision to chuck his CEO of the IRL role for the trifecta. Our universal translator, Jeff at MyNameIsIRL.com (pr: “My Name Is EARL”), reads between the lines. Don’t miss this one, kids!

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Chillax Therapy

Break Time: I’m one of those people that others come to to vent about their concerns or find a friendly ear or get some advice. And it makes me feel good to think that I can help in some way by lending an ear and my time. I wouldn’t want people to stop relying on me in that way, but sometimesย  I spend too much time analyzing what folks might do to make their situation better. I don’t tell them about my “solutions” unless they ask, and I don’t meddle –...

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New Ongoing Thread: U2 Theme Songs for IndyCar Drivers

A Little Fun: As I’m currently immersed in U2’s catalog (better late than never to become a fan, right?), I will occasionally see, hear or read something IndyCar-related and be reminded of a U2 song. I’m starting a running list to collect them before I forget them all… ๐Ÿ™‚ Marco Andretti – “Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car” Mario Moraes – “Walk On” Tony Kanaan – “The Unforgettable Fire” Danica Patrick...

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Burger Bash Photos on Curtcavin.com

Slideshow: So far, Mark Lynch’s site for Curt Cavin has linked to my Picassa album of Burger Bash photos. I had a look at the site again this evening in both Firefox and Internet Exporer, and my Picassa album still appears. But in loading the site in Safari on my iPhone, the photos were displayed in a nice slideshow with a different URL. If you want to see the slideshow in your Firefox or IE browser, try this link.

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The Kingdom Has a Name

Thank You, Mr. Friday: Gavin shared a video on his site about his responsibilities as consultant on the 360 Tour. In it, he spun his usual yarn about being anything and everything to the band, but he also revealed the name of that tantalizing unreleased U2 track that ushers the band onstage: The Kingdom. Thanks, Gav! Nice to not have to call it “that mesmerizing, mysterious mystery music from Morocco” anymore. More shits and giggles here:

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Idjits

Booze and Bombs Don’t Mix: A friend in Indiana told me her neighbors were a drunken mob on the 4th and spent the night trying to light off illegal fireworks. Hope none of them ended up with the infamous Fireworks Mullet: Gone in the front, singed in the back. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Good Day / Bad Day

The Good: Well, great, actually. Not usually one to spend much time on the phone, I got a call from The Fixx’s Rupert Greenall today, thanking me again for organizing the gathering after the band’s show at Santa Cruz. Rupe’s a scream – not much you can do to get a word in edgewise, so you just listen and laugh! Then I got a call from The International Superstar himself, Shane Rogers, sharing details about his visit with IMS historian Donald Davidson among other things...

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From the Red Zone

Nice View:! If I’ve read the map correctly, I should have a similar view of the U2 concert at the Rose Bowl in October. This video was shot from Red Zone 2 at the second show in Barcelona last week.

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Cool Dude for Hire

Don’t Let This One Get Away: I wrote a Twitter-based recommendation for my Australian racing friend Shane Rogers, and he posted a composite of it on his blog. While you’re reading there, check out his other posts and pop out to his main site to see photos, etc. Then hire the guy! He’s about to leave the country and we need to make sure he comes back soon.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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Watkins Glen

I’m No Insider: Watkins Glen offered a meager points haul for this Downforce member. Thank goodness I already have enough points to score a pit pass for Sonoma, but it was a laughable week from team results standpoint – my picks finished a bit back from the podium. Was great to see Justin Wilson get Dale Coyne’s first win – two nice guys who are completely deserving. Speaking of J-Dub: The blogging world’s very own Meesh got her photo of Justin in Victory Lane in...

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Electrical Storm

Fitting the Mood: This track managed to slip past us here in the US but was a hit in many other countries. It just fits my mood and the June gloom that’s overstaying its welcome here in SF. It features Larry Mullen, Jr., doing something he was born to do – smolder. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Road Bump

Complications: I’ve hit a bump in my road to recovery – things in my abdomen don’t feel quite right and I’ve been super-tired this week. Ended up catching a flu bug, too. I missed half of the four-day work week and am glad for a long weekend to rest up.

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U2’s Nod to Michael Jackson

Angel of Indiana: U2 dedicated their performance of “Angel of Harlem” to the “Angel of Indiana,” Michael Jackson, during last night’s tour opener at Barcelona, with Bono singing a bit of “Man in the Mirror” and “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” at the end. Here’s the performance:

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IndyCar Series News and Views

A Rare Racing Post: As you may have read, Tony George stepped down today as CEO of all the Hulman-George businesses (ever hear of Clabber Girl Baking Powder?), including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. George will shift his focus to his IndyCar team, Vision Racing. Taking over his responsibilities is the team of Curt Brighton and Jeffrey Belskus. For starters, this now means we’ll have have to ask “Which Curt?” now that Flirty Curty Cavin (nod to pressdog for the nickname)...

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Colossal!

First U2 Gig!: The stage (“The Claw”) is amazing! Apparently, things rotate/move, and the conical screen above the stage actually expands and can change shape. Geeeeeking out over this thing! Check it out! At night, with show lights and amazing screen… During the show, they had an actual satellite hookup with the International Space Station to talk with the astronauts – only U2 could pull that off… ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s The Claw in its various states: That rainbow...

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