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Friday, March 3, 2017

Tammy & Maxim Email Update from Mulege

Don Chano's had another pig roast last night.   Karen, the world class flutist that stays here in Mulege during the winter played her flute along with the band, Nueva Luna that played at the pig races last week.  Excellent music.    I danced a song with Juan Ramon, the landscaping employee that lives here.  Back in December at another pig roast hosted here, Manual's extended family members were chanting for me to dance with Juan Ramon and they tried a bit last night to....   Juan Ramon didn't have his game on, so I was spared.   Good thing since I caught this horrible cold that is going around.  Most everyone that ate at Scotty's (El Candil) after the pig races last week got it.  I didn't eat at Scotty's that night, but I managed to get it too.

The park built a real nice concrete block pig roasting pit with metal bars built into it for the metal rack and covered it with mud.  Its right across from the Admin building.  The pig was big and so the pit is large enough to be used as a large hot tub.

Maxim is totally enjoying school!  They had a party yesterday afternoon at the town square basketball court and the whole school ended up at the lighthouse last night following their other party and on Fridayone school teacher is hosting a party at his house.   I cant imagine a school teacher in the States inviting an entire class to his house...... Maxim says he loves this school!

Hopefully this Don Chano update finds you well, unlike myself and several others!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I Am Not a Religious Man, But I Am a Thankful Man.

Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year for Rachel and I, we think getting together with the people you love and eating and drinking too much, and laughing until you pass out (Tryptophan or Alcohol induced), is the best time you can have with loved ones. Halloween was cool as a kid, I just can't my groove on for it as much anymore. New Year's is great too, you get a chance to start again, and none of us get those enough.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My Name Up in Lights...so to speak.

Big or small, bright or dim, it is always fun to see your name up on the marquis. This summer we had to chance to play with a ton of great musicians. On this night, we were in Playa de Tijuana and were happy when we arrived.  The funny part is that I am Sixx Pack, but the band is Wild Pack, and even funnier is we never got to play that show because JL Blues had a problem and postponed the show. We did however meet another great young musician Juan Navarro. Just a few weeks later we all had another chance to play together at the Blues Against Hunger in Valle de Guadalupe.

We look forward to playing back in Tijuana again. In January, we will be touring with Los Corsarios del Blues from Mexico City. The goal is to tour all of Baja from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas. Like most tours, it requires a minimum of participants to be able to do the tour. So, we are working on a secondary tour that does not require any minimums, touring northern Mexico; Rosarito, Ensenada, San Felipe, Puerto Penasco, Tijuana.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Angel of Perpetual Hops and Barley


I'm a believer! I have my very own "Angel of Perpetual Hops and Barley" and pictures to prove it, Never fails, just as my cravings start to get the best of me, my Angel pulls me up from the ashes with the tastiest brews.

Today started out as a regular Mexican Pilsner kind of day, and then I get a text message from my "Angel of Perpetual Hops and Barley" that says I have a surprise on the porch. Oh yah baby - three tasty ales and 2 bottles of Saki! As if the heavens opened and dropped them there.

And not unlike those other angels; you know, the ones that receive wings on the chime of a bell. Well, I can assured you that when I open my angelic gift....with the pop of a bottle cap this sinner is gonna indulge in a heavenly cervesa!!!!
 Muchas gracias!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Love Trixy and the Booty!

When Chet and Mary came to visit a few weeks ago, Mary gave us a amulet she'd made...this morning as Trixie was sunning herself, the amulet (called the "booty" - above the green crystal is a pirate's head) over her head cast sparking green reflections about the room. See the amulet above Trixie's head.
Thanks Mary.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fat and Happy and Fat and Happy

Mama Bears Pizza - Sunday Breakfast
Fat and Happy, fat and happy. You gotta understand, Sunday breakfast is like church to us. We almost never go out to restaurants, because the other six days of the week, we eat only veggie/fruit smoothies and either veggie salad, soup or pasta in the evening. Even on the 7th day, that same rule applies all meals but breakfast...SO...as you can imagine breakfast on that 7th day - ALL BETS ARE OFF.

Even when we're in San Felipe, every Sunday we go to Rachel's mom and dad's and I cook breakfast for the whole fam-damly. And mom and dad can eat like their daughter! It's what we do. Thus far, hands down the best breakfast we've had in Ensenada has been Mama Bears....Victor's in town was second, so far.

Our New Venture LOVE SEX GUITAR

I used to go to plays almost weekly when I published a pop arts magazine in Seattle during the 90's. And although I was heavily into the music scene of the day, I was never into musicals. However, I have to admit that all summer while sitting in Punta Banda, Baja California, Mexico we have begun writing a musical, a blues rock musical more specifically.

Last year, while spending the summer in the exact same location, we produced our first blues rock album and enjoyed the experience incredibly. This year we thought of doing the same thing, but instead began writing our first musical. The script is not yet complete, but the story is almost completely flushed out. I must say, and I'm sure Rachel would agree, the story would be one of the things I am most proud of, ever in my life; next to scoring Rachel. And although I'm not proud of everything I've done - not in a long shot, I am proud of many things I've accomplished in my crazy life.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Our Two Favorite Boys


Our two favorite boys...my (Sixx's) son Troy Pack, and our grandson Shaddon Pack! Love those boys! Miss em both mucho!

Knocking on La Salina Cantina's Door

THANKS LA SALINA CANTINA. It was a really fun jam last night. I t was our first time there and we like places with a chill feel. 

A good crowd and it very cool to have our friends Lou Pando all the way from Punta Banda play a set on drums, and Arthur Cardenas all the way from Tijuana sit in for all 3 sets on lead guitar, including singing "Knocking on Heavens Door" to close out the night - never played that tune before, it was a lot of fun. I do wish it was a bit warmer outside, looks like there is a really cool patio and stage outside. Maybe in the future we can do a show there during the summer. 

Always great to see our friends come out to new venues. Oh yah, and we will doing WILD PACK WEDNESDAYS there all this month from 6-9PM. Thanks Jeanne and Jesse. Come out and join us, comes with a free spaghetti bolognese dinner, garlic bread and even topped with Parmesan cheese...seriously, you buy a beer or any drink and it comes with a FREE dinner - that was really good. I guess we'll be eating spaghetti this month. In any case, it was a fun first date for us at La Salina, next Wednesday will be date #2...I'm going for at least first base...see you there! 

P.S. Thanks for the pic Oscar, now I see what the rest of the band is doing while I'm playing...you're taking pictures and Rachel is making faces for you.

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Copper Canyon Trip 2016

Sixx (John) says - I am so excited, our first tour of the season. We are finally going to Copper Canyon for a couple of weeks next month. It's taken two years for Rachel to put this tour together for Baja Good Life Club. We have a big group of folks from Baja taking the ABC bus to Los Mochis, where we'll meet up with our guide for a trip through Copper Canyon on the amazing train. Check that off the bucket list.

Remember Follow Your Heart

REMEMBER - Our good late friend Steven Forman (RIP) said to us once...

"No matter what is said about you, no matter how many times it's said, no matter where it's said, and no matter who says it. You must stand up in the face of it, remember who you are, and follow your heart!"

We did not always agree but this we did agree 100%! We always follow our hearts!

Miss you Steven!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Thank You Mommy!

Today is my Mommy's Birthday! My Mother Joyce Reid Lawrence is the best mom ever. She is the always there for me in good and bad times.


THANK YOU!

Your birthday is the day I remember
all the wonderful things you do.
Time will fly; each day goes by,
and I've forgotten to say, "Thank you."

Thank you for teaching me strength,
to have confidence while I grow,
for helping me through my biggest challenges,
and for teaching me what I know.

Although our paths may be distant,
and we spend so much time apart,
remember you are the one
who made the essence of my heart.

I will love you until my last breath, 
this I know for sure, 
as you have always made me loved
and so I will love you forever - Thank You!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

I Freakin' LOVE MEXICO

When I was in my 20's I was run over by a car and crushed. Broke most bones in my body, was even declared dead. Now 30 years later, I am in constant pain, everyday all day. I have never taken anything for pain. My incredible wife Rachel uses a small wooden device to rub out the knots, usually twice a day. I have been in pain so long, I am somewhat acclimated to it. I've also never taken pain meds, because I'm also scared of dying due to doctor incompetence, or getting yet another addiction.
In any case, the reason I freakin' LOVE MEXICO is because this last week the pain in my shoulder has become almost unbearable, and difficult to raise my arm. It was time to give in and see a doctor.
After breakfast, Rachel and I stopped by the doctors office. He gave me a quick exam of the usuals, then examined my shoulder. He prescribed me 2 different pain killers and 1 supplemental, non-painkiller that is used to support one of the others. Blah, blah, something to that effect. Then he escorted me to the pharmacy.
Less than 20 minutes total in time and only $150 pesos for the checkup ($8 US dollars), and the 3 medications were $235 pesos ($12.65 US dollars). I Freakin' Love Mexico! I still hate french fries for my breakfast potatoes, and I still hate when sausage is replaced by hotdogs. But other than that.

Friday, July 15, 2016

I'm Just Saying...The Tuba


Okay, maybe not go. Not completely anyways. I know there is a time and a place, and an application that works. We have dear friends Pancho and Sal of the RioSamaya Band and Sal makes her accordion speak beautiful melodies over Pancho's warm Spanish guitar tones. It works and it's beautiful. But sometimes, they do not go together well...in long durations. Rachel and I have lived in Baja for more than a decade now, and during that time we have been involved in music, seeked it out in many cases. We even attended the Mariachi Festival in Rosarito and became big fans, and even produced our own Latino Music Fest and love almost all of it. We even started understanding some of the differences and styles.

We have also learned in that time, that Mexicans know how to party. Oh yah, and they do it naturally; a couple of family members or friends get together, add some food and cervesa and the party is started. Grandparents to kids and everyone in between, and the parties can go until 6AM. I wish my family did that when I was a kid. I must say finally after all this time...there is one I really don't like. Makes me picture evil clowns and nerds and without pointing fingers or ears, it sounds like Barnum Bailey and contains tuba and accordion. I really don't know the exact style, because some styles I do like also contain these instruments. That's just me. My musical tastes have always been left of center anyways. So what do I know, I also dislike rap, edm, and any heavy metal band with a singer that sounds like they are expelling a hairball, or any song without a guitar solo. Although, those dudes on the accordions can shred. I'm just saying.

Friends

From John (Sixx) - After living 20% of my life in Baja, I have only had a handful of friends make their way south of the border. Most have been either scared by the media in the US or their bound by the societal grind of the US, in any case few have ventured. My lifelong and dear late friend David Cybulski and wife Karin, their family and friends, Glen Rhoades and his son Kyle, Shannon Smith and now friends from my troubled teens times Johnny Sarena and Tracy Griffin. Of course we'll be throwing a party!

Walk - Run!

Everyday Rachel and I go for a walk. Last week a bee keeper moved onto the hill just off the road of where we walk. Today we were attacked and a bunch of bees chased us a distance. I was stung 3 times, twice on the forehead and once on the calf, and Rachel was stung inside the nostal. Her nose is red and my forehead throbbing, but we actually increased our workout by running, so it wasn't all bad. 
At Campo 7 in Punta banda Baja - July, 15 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Flexitarian

For the most part, Rachel and I are vegetarians, 90% of the time. But on occasion, we become what some say is a flexitarian. Usually, when there is a sushi bar or some really good seafood, or possible at Thanksgiving, we might share turkey with the family, but other than that..vegheads all the way. 

However today we flexed big time and had some incredible, yellowtail tuna machaca made with carrots, green olives, onions, peppers and spices, and topped with cabbage, cilantro, tomatoes.

Friday, April 29, 2016

John (Sixx) and Rachel Pack - The Dynamic Duo



About Sixx (John) and Rachel Pack


Combined with over 55 years of experience in Design, Printing, Marketing, and Event Promotion; between J. Sixx and Rachel Pack have worked with a host of different individuals, brands and organizations. Combining their event production expertise, they have promoted over 150 concerts, along with countless sporting, fundraising and entertainment events. This is an addition their design and print, radio, video and internet media. Awarded with a number of prestigious accolades, J. Sixx and Rachel are a dynamic duo.

Now as The Wild Pack is as the name implies, WILD. It is a blues rock band made up of a forever changing cast of musicians, with Johnny and Rachel Pack as founding members and the only two consistent members. Johnny on guitars and vocals and Rachel on bass and vocals.

The band was formed in 2013 after spending almost a lifetime backstage, producing events and most recently blues festivals; John and Rachel Pack decided to form a band to allow them to travel and play music with musicians far and wide, out there in the WILD!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Baja Walk 2012



The Baja Walk 2012
On May 12 of 2012, John and Rachel Pack embarked on the journey of their lives. The Baja Walk 2012 was a great adventure that you never would expected. The rugged terrain, the harsh weather, the unexpected hardships – they contributed to an outcome neither of them could have ever anticipated. The most astonishing occurrence was related to John’s health. Even though he had always been an avid hiker, he was caught by surprise when the injuries made by the car accident he had in his 20s came back to him. This was caused by his heavy 80 lbs. backpack which was later on replaced with a cart.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Rock the Walk - No More Holiday Sickies!

Finally coming back from a holiday sicknesses. Today we both were feeling good and went for a great six mile walk, we even took the girls with us and we still kept a 17 minute mile. We still have another 6 weeks before we will walk 100 miles. I think we'll be ready. 

It helps to have a good soundtrack when walking, as a matter of fact, I find it difficult to walk without music. Usually of the heavier or rocking variety. Today's soundtrack was awesome and I kept having to give it to Rachel, so she can listen to whatever got me pumped up at that moment. Today it was Rainbow with two of my favorites Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio, love that classical sound. plus some Social Distortion and Michael Schenker Group

Monday, October 19, 2015

San Felipe Here We Come.....via Mexicali

John and Rachel Pack
On the road again. We've pulled up anchor today, or in this case lifted the levels and we are back on the road. And like most of our trips, we always start by going the wrong way. So, today we are heading north to Mexicali and with any luck we'll be pointed south by no later than Wednesday. We are so looking forward to getting home to San Felipe.

We have lots of fun planned and want to start working on our halloween party.

Last year Rachel and I discussed taking a couple years off from Baja. We even have the most awesome team to run the club while we were away (we'd of course, just be an internet click away). But this summer while relaxing and enjoying Pacific Baja; Punta Banda, Rosarito and Ensenada we had the time to sit and think and formulate a new plan. Our new plan includes traveling each summer, or in the case of music, we plan to tour every summer, then come back home to San Felipe to a season of huge parties, tours and adventures around Baja with our club members. We now have almost 700 members in just San Felipe, and think that is 700 reasons to come home each winter for fun. Afterall, it is a beautiful place to spend winter.

Our first event of the season is our HAUNTED CIRCUS HALLOWEEN PARTY at Margarita House on Halloween. We are going to make this a new annual party. That way we can make it bigger and wilder each year. Hope to see you there, we are learning some new scary songs (even scarier than our originals) and Oscar Quiñones Nogueira, who has been our drummer on the Pacific side all summer is coming to San Felipe to perform with us. It's going to be a fun party, lots of games, food, costume contests, circus acts and more. 

In any case, we're both excited to get home and see many of you again.

Monday, October 12, 2015

We've Recorded an Album - Aqui En El Siete

Rachel and I spent the summer in Punta Banda, north west of Ensenada, across the bay. It was very slow, very relaxing, and time enough for us to record an album with many local musicians.

Aqui En Siete is a very special place in Baja. This is the title track on the debut album by Wild Pack, entitled "Aqui En El Siete", which translate to "Here at 7".

All tracks were recorded in a palapa at Campo #7 in La Bufadora, Punta Banda, Baja California, México. Each track features different musicians living in the area. Performing on this track is John Pack on guitars and vocals, Rachel Pack on bass and vocals, Oscar Quiñones Nogueira on drums, Noema Ferreyra Cruz on keyboards.

  https://soundcloud.com/wildpackband/aqui-en-el-siete-by-wild-pack

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Aqui en el Siete - Thank you

Rachel and I make it a point of living life to the fullest, we try and make every moment an adventure. However, this summer was more about fun than adventure and I must say it has been absolutely incredible and we have got to know the Pacific Baja better than ever before. We've been very knowledgeable about the area, but that is not knowing the area, not until you get to know the people.

This summer we got to know some really wonderful people, and got reacquainted with many others. We need to thank George at the Lighthouse Restaurant in La Mision, thanks for the great times at your place. You know how to party. We need to thank Joanie and Tina, and Kim, Chris, Court, Pris, and John at Mama Bear's Pizza, Jan and Alex at La Bufadora, Judy at La Marina, Jeanne at Paradise Cove. Thank you all so much for giving us the opportunity to perform in your business for your customers. You introduced us to lots of wonderful people.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AQUI EN LA SIETE CD

We are really excited, tomorrow - Sept. 2, 2015 we will start recording our first CD entitled "AQUI EN LA SIETE" (Here at Seven), which is also the title of one of the songs on the CD. Our current drummer Oscar Quiñones will be recording with us. We are planning for the CD to have 11-12 songs. We'll see how it goes, we will be recording every day this week. All originals and one blues/jazz song from 1923 called Saint James Infirmary.

"Crossroads" Guitar by Strung Junk

Our friend Steve Kinney, the guitar maker from Strung Junk drove all the way to Punta Banda on Friday to watch us perform at La Marina and was cool enough to bring his original "Crossroads" guitar, with the Highway 61 and 49 signs on either side. Very cool sounding guitar with a single, single coil vintage Harmony pickup. Played it an entire set and really enjoyed the feel. Thanks amigo. Looking forward to your building my guitar - MORE PHOTOS - wink emoticon

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Saltine Tostadas

What do you do when get everything ready to make tostadas and find out you don't have any tostada tortillas left? You put it on a saltine cracker of course!

Rehearsal

Rehearsal time again, here is Rachel posing with our gear during a rehearsal break at our summer retreat.
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I Love My...

Our girls napping like a couple of bookends...or Bobbsey twins. Love my girls!

Zombie or Grandson

Oooh scary zombie kid!
This is Shaddon our grandson trying to be scary...he still looks cute to us. xoxoxoxoxo

Two PA's and a Taillight

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23rd - Last night at La Marina turned out to be one of our best shows to date, although we started slow, we got cooking! We had our mojo working and our grove on! It was only the 4 of us; Oscar on drums, Rachel on bass, Phillip on sax and me on guitar and vocals. Although we did have a couple of hick ups, it couldn't stop the music.
The first problem came when one of the cables in our Bose PA started shorting and causing all the sound to cut out. Fortunately, it was just during sound check, so I had time to run back home to get our other Peavey PA. It's a much larger system used primarily for outdoors, but we had to have it. So I lined up the monster speakers next to the car and one was leaning because of a rock, a wind gust blew and the damn thing fell over and onto our car and busted our taillight. After a few quick choice words, I was loaded and back at the venue.
During our second break, as we walked around saying hello to people in the audience, a man said "I love you guys, and dig your sound, but there is just a little too much bass in your voice". So,

Friday, August 21, 2015

Terrific Lineup

We had a wonderful time jamming last night (Aug 20, 2015) at The Lighthouse in La Mision. It was a terrific lineup of musicians from left to right: Oscar Quiñones on drums, Fred Soto on harmonica, Phillip Singletary on saxophone, John B Packon vocals, rhythm and lead guitar, Rachel Pack on vocals and bass, Ferreyra Cruz Noema on keyboard, and Juan Carlos on lead guitar.

Keep Getting Better


Thanks to Maureen Minehan and her trusty phone, she captured a couple short vids of us jamming last night. Here we are playing a Wild Pack original called "Keep Getting Better". It is always fun to jam jam and let the other musicians kick butt all around! So much fun...and great bunch of musicians. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hand Picked Mushrooms

At every gig, Rachel and I start with a good meal. Last night was no exception,The Lighthouse Sports Bar and Restaurant had a really nice portobello mushroom burgers, and some new battered french fries, which they didn't have the last time we played. The burger was great, which is why we ordered it, since we had had it before. The owner George wanted us to know he picked the mushroom himself, and yes from the store shelf not from the ground. He was also proud of his new fries, and rightly so, they were very good. Needless to say we started our first set, fat and happy (I'm sure Rachel would prefer I said "full and happy", but I don't think that is the phrase).

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sushi Wednesdays!

Anyone that knows me, knows I LOVE SUSHI! I would go so far as to give up all others foods if only I had an endless supply of sushi. Last night I had a wonderful SURPRIZE! Paradise Cove Tiki Bar & Grill where we played have ahi tuna sushi rolls that are out of this world. They were amazing, the fish was delicious and the flavors were addictive. Rachel and I had one each, and one more each for the ride home....and a side order of french fries - maybe not the greatest combo platter, but damn they were good...the fries were battered and season to perfection. In any case, Rachel and I are very excited about Wild Pack Wednesdays at Paradise Cove, because for us it's going to be Sushi (and french fries) Day Wednesday!

Day Off at Short Notice

Last night - Aug 14, 2015 we got the day off in short notice, so got to go out for dinner and watch a cool band perform. It wasn't exactly what our day was supposed to be, but it worked out for the best. Plus we got to have dinner with Paul and Linda, a fun couple from the area that are literally at ever function in the area, and they always love to dance. Dinner was great, we had coconut shrimp,Rachel had mashed potatoes and I had fries. Very good, and Judy the manager said she was "saving us Ahi tuna for tomorrow night when we perform." She's great.
Last week she asked which day of the week we wanted to play. We thought about it, and thought

Three Years Ago 2012 Baja Walk

Three years ago on Aug 16, 2012. Rachel and I made camp under a mesquite tree to get out of the heat while walking to Cabo.


The Baja Walk 2012
On May 12 of 2012, John and Rachel Pack embarked on the journey of their lives. The Baja Walk in 2012 was a great adventure that you never would expected. The rugged terrain, the harsh weather, the unexpected hardships – they all contributed to an outcome neither of them could have ever anticipated. The most astonishing occurrence was related to John’s health. Even though he had always been an avid hiker, he was caught by surprise when the injuries made by the car accident he had in his 20s came back to him. This was caused by his heavy 80 lbs. backpack which was later on replaced with a cart. Read More...

Saturday, August 15, 2015

256/142/85/74

Saturday Aug 15 (256/142/85/74) - Woke up to a cool foggy morning, which is a nice change from the heat we're been having each afternoon. Not that I am complaining, because I know it's hotter elsewhere. Rachel's mom and dad and many friends are in San Felipe right now, and boy oh boy I am sure it is hot. Love and miss you all, but we wish you were here. Since the weather was so pleasant, Rachel and I and the girls went for a nice cool foggy morning walk, then sat and watched the fog roll up the hill. Great way to start the day. Make your day great.

Friday, August 14, 2015

To Be Lazy or Not To Be Lazy

John - I am often asked "why am I always sitting when we perform?", well it's not because I am lazy, although I am, but it is not the reason. The reason, as my wife Rachel likes to say "you're broken". When I was in my mid 20's I was the victim of a hit and run. I was run over by a car, and actually declared dead at the scene and had my body covered. Fortunately, while being put in "the wagon" vital signs were found. I had both my legs and ankles broken, my pelvis crushed, a busted sternum, and my right clavicle was virtually turn to dust from being crushed. As a doctor told me later, "my right side is held together only by tissue, not bone.

Friday, Aug 14. (260/141/85/76)

Friday, Aug 14. (260/141/85/76) - Just came back from a nice walk and did some thinking. On Wednesday my back went out bad and when I was laying on my back in the bed, Rachel had to lift my head to give me water with a straw, so I could take a pill. I thought, "this can't be what I look forward to", my beautiful wife taking care of me - hell no. I am now 51 and want so much more. Things are going to change.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

First Gig in Paradise

John and Rachel Pack

Last night was our first show at Paradise Cove Tiki Bar & Grill and we had a wonderful time, started slow and built up, just like we like it. Thanks Jeanne Pepler for having us. It was great to meet Franny for the first time. Its cool to meet someone for the first time and they know all about you from Facebook. Franny said I was a "great Facebooker". Sorry Franny we didn't get to meet your friend, however I did see her bobbing her head at the bar wink emoticon. It was also terrific to see our musicians friends Eloy Miron and Ed Torriente, thanks for the compliments guys, always good to be appreciated by other musicians. Hope to see you Saturday. Dennis and Maureen

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Lost of Ibuprofen

John - While sitting perfectly still playing my guitar my back went out - completely debilitating! Not sure I ever felt that much pain, not ever. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, because of the nerve damage in my back, we had some medicated pain patches, a lot of ibuprofen and a lot of moaning a groaning later, I was able to move. Our concern was last night was our first night at Paradise Cove Tiki Bar & Grill in Rosarito. It's almost a 2 hour drive, then 3 hours of playing and two hours home (1.5 actually because no traffic at night). We waited until noon to decided whether we were going to contact our friend Jeanne the manager, or just go for it. Which we have never done. Fortunately, we still have a perfect record. Other than Rachel and Oscar doing most of the lifting the night went on without a hitch. The show must go on.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Mama Bears We Love You!

Mama Bears was great. We just love this place, the customers are very nice, and always incredible tippers...truly amazing, more than any other place we have ever played. Plus the owners Tina and Joanie are way cool and the staff are too. Next week is their last week and the new owners will be taking over...and they too seem very cool. I know one of them Cort is already cooking all the pizza and he is really a nice guy, very laid back bunch. When we were done, Tina got so excited she even picked up Rachel wink emoticon Our good friend Phillip Singletary joined us on his sax, plus other San Felipe friends Marilyn, JC and NickiNomi and local friends too. Oh and of course, the food is amazing...we even have our own pizza, now called the "veggie cracker", veggie pizza with red sauce, and no cheese and added garlic. Ate two of them last night yum!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New RV Spot

Today we moved the RV to a new location in the park. Our new spot that has an awesome view of the La Bufadora Cove and big beautiful palapa in the other side. We will have fun using it for our rehearsal/practice space. - MORE PHOTOS - 

Before we moved John thought that one of the RV's tires where going flat, certainly appeared low. Turned out it was fine, but Richardo, the manager and all around guy here came to the rescue. He had a hose hooked up under the hood, with a push button switch on a long wire attached to his battery. So he can pump up a tire with his jeep and use the button to stop and start the pump. Oh and all his wrenches were stuck inside the engine compartment with a giant magnet. I love Mexican ingenuity!  - MORE PHOTOS -

Difference - Ordeal - Adventure

"The only difference between an ordeal and an adventure is your attitude!" and we just had a great adventure. We drove through downtown Ensenada without any brakes! Yep, none at all. It was a pure adrenaline rush - I loved it!! Rachel not so much. I just used the transmission and emergency brake to slow and stop. From the way people in Ensenada traffic drive, I think a good number of them where driving the same way.

I LOVE BAJA!! I always think it, but sometimes I want to say it outloud. Just got back from a trip the get the brakes fixed. Rachel and I thought it a good idea to go to a dealer and not just any mechanico on the side of the road. So with the help of our good buddy Oscar, he recommended the Michelin dealer in front of the Ensenada Costco. They had the car on the rack for about an hour, had all 4 tires removed and the TOTAL BILL was $176 PESOS. That is about $15 dollars for my Americana amigos. We now have perfect brakes and all is great in our universe...however the drive home was boring compared to the drive there. July 6, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Eating In or Out?

We really only eat out on Sundays for breakfast, or when we eat at a gig. It's usually included when we perform. Even then, because of our diet, the menu items are limited. So, for that reason we do most of our cooking at home. Tonight we made a really tasty stir fry. We used whole wheat spaghetti pasta boiled then fried up in sesame oil. We got it so some were crispy, and some noodles still soft. Then we added a whole head of garlic, sweet yellow peppers, carrots, and then oyster sauce, spinach and tomatoes just before plating. It was really, really good. Try it, you'll like it.- MORE PHOTOS -

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Where Is My Damn Lemonade?

Sometimes life doesn't play fair. Before the summer began we needed to replace our refrigerator in our RV, once it arrived the shippers had dropped and bent it, so we had it repaired and paid to have it installed...with all that had to be done, it wasn't until the day before we left that it finally got installed. Of course, the refrigerator didn't work. So all summer we have a extra pantry and we have to live out of an ice chest. No problem.
We also thought it was a good idea to get new brakes before we left, again no problem. They even went out of their way and installed porcelain brakes (which we didn't ask for), we figured fine, its an upgrade. Although it cost 75% more than any brakes we had previously purchased, but again no problem they will last longer - WRONG. Day before yesterday our brakes went out completely.

Great Last Night

July 31, 2015 - Last night at La Marina in Punta Banda, really great crowd all night; every table taken, every barstool taken, and the outside patio full too. fun blues lovin' group. Rachel, Oscar and I had lots of fun. 

Oh yah, and before we played the La Marina Restaurant served us a very nice blackened yellow-tail tuna with the best organic green salad I have ever been served in Mexico. Great night all the way around. Thank you to everyone that attended and Teresa Martinez for giving us the pictures.


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I LOVE THE BLUES

John Pack - I LOVE THE BLUES. I have been a promoter my entire life, promoted my first festival at 19 and never stopped, more than 30 years later and literally hundreds of concerts later, none of the music or concerts I produced changed my life, other than to put food on the table. Until 10 years ago, when my wife Rachel and I were asked to help promote a blues festival, then 6 years later we were asked to help start another blues festival. It was 8 years we were involved in promoting blues. Then 2 years ago, on the suggestion of two wonderful musician friends of ours, Pancho and Sal Pace, we started performing blues ourselves. I never would have thought a music that was in its prime before I was born, would alter my life and my own future in such a profound way. Thank you to all the musicians and especially the blues musicians that we have come to know and love, you have brought much passion and joy into our lives and have changed our lives forever.

Beach Time

Beach Time - We took the girls (our dogs) to the beach so they could frolic in the waves. They had a great time on a beautiful day. The beach is on the end of "The Spit" as they call it around here in Punta Banda, Baja California. It's just down from La Marina Rest. Bar where we having been playing. Beautiful weather sunny and warm and the sand was that fine silky texture great to laying out a picnic and relaxing. - MORE PHOTOS - 

Monday, July 27, 2015

3 Mile Hike

Yesterday we went for a nice foggy, cool (at least started that way) 3 mile walk from our place to Los-gordos Bar at La Bufadora for breakfast with friends and all our dogs. I learned 3 very important things during the walk: #1 ZZ Top is good walking music, #2 cold Pacifico is best served with breakfast, #3 exercise is painful...I woke up this morning and I am so sore!- MORE PHOTOS -