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Steve Hashimoto's Journey Journal – News From the Trenches – 06-08-2003:
 
This is a test. I'm testing the objectionable-content filters that some of
you have on your mailboxes. Last week's bulletin was blocked (and in at least
one case reported to AOL) because of the use of one objectionable word (and at
that not even an obscenity, and certainly, taken in context, used as social
criticism, not pandering in any way). So let's see if the same filters find the
following words objectionable or acceptable: starvation, war, armies,
execution, relocation, ethnic cleansing, concentration camp, biological warfare,
nuclear weapons, Auschwitz, Hiroshima, Khmer Rouge, Stalin, Idi Amin, lynching.

If you receive this e-mail and you didn't get last week's, your e-mail
filters are working, but in my opinion they're a little skewed. But hey, George
Bush's God's on your side, so everything's ok.

A little plug: I have an article in the current issue of The Heartland
Journal. If you want to see what I looked like as a teenage mutant ninja trumpet
player, try and find a copy.

Does anybody out there know anything about something called the Royal Order
of Jesters? I played their annual ball tonight, and Lord what a bizarre
concept! I think the youngest member was in his 60's (although several of them had
young trophy wives), I don't believe I saw any Black, Latino or Asian members
(and I'd be willing to bet there were no Jews either), all of the women in
attendance seemed to be wives (the past Lodge Chairmen were introduced from the
podium and most were presented as "Fred Muckamuck and his lady"), and for a crew
with a name denoting mirth and merriment they were a pretty uptight bunch. It
was Lodge #84, so I'm assuming there are at least 83 other bunches of these
characters out there in the world. Do they have a secret handshake? What's the
initiation rite? Do you think we could infiltrate Hunter S. Thompson into the
Las Vegas Lodge?

Public apologies: first, to all of you who wound up on Peter Oprisko's spam
list. He evidently culled mine, and although in principle I don't really object
to that practice (how do you think I got some of you guys' names?), I don't
think his posts to you are as entertaining as mine. Second, to Mike Levin, whom
I may have micro-managed a bit (read yelled at on stage) at the Sueños gig
Friday night. I blame-a myself...

This week Steven Hashimoto will try to maintain his savoir-faire at:

MON. 6/9: at KOPI CAFÉ, 5317 N. Clark, 8-10pm, with guitarist Steve Ramsdell
(who won last week's cheap-gig lottery drawing).

THURS. 6/12: an afternoon gig with The Midway Ramblers Cajun Band (thanks to
Dave Nuccio), and then later on at THE GATEWAY BAR & GRILL, 7545 N. Clark,
7:30-10:30pm, with guitarist Pat Fleming.

FRI. 6/13: a jobbing date with Steve Magnone (thanks, Steve), and then, as
always, later on at THE GREEN MILL, 4802 N. Broadway, 1:30-3:45am, with The
Green Mill Quartet (Barely Winograd, bari sax; Bob Long, piano; Rick Shandling,
drums), for The After-Hours Jam Session.

SAT. 6/14: at THE ANDERSONVILLE MIDSUMMER FEST, the Balmoral Stage, 1:30pm,
with Al Rose & The Transcendos (Al, guitar & vocals; Laura Blye, vocals; Steve
Doyle, guitar and dobro; Sarah Allen, drums). I'm open in the evening, hint,
hint! Call me at 708-222-6520.

SUN. 6/15: at THE IRVING PARK RIBFEST, 2pm, (I think), with Rio Jam (Nicolau
Santos, guitar & vocals; Carrie Ingrisano-Santos, vocals & percussion; Heitor
Garcia, percussion). There will be no Simon's gig this month due to Summerfest.