by Mike Enders
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I stopped in to Sui GENERIS on Upper Market Street today and played dress up with Miguel Lopez( owner). Within 5 minutes Miguel had me in a dashing blazer that fit well and was perfect for my hair and skin coloring. Being a ginger I tend to always be a tad pink. Miguel knew just how to deal with it. He transferred me from street rat to dapper in o time. In Miguel, I trust.
Miguels tips for looking sharp on New Years Eve :
Traditionally the dinner jacket has been the mainstay of black tie attire, setting the tone for an almost always formal event. Almost inseparably matched with tuxedo trousers, a formal white shirt, black cummerbund and bow tie, the dinner jacket’s role in men’s formal wear has newly evolved and grown to encompass a less rigidly defined set of circumstances for wear.
Wearing a dinner jacket to an event that doesn’t necessarily require one provides the wearer some fashion freedom, lifting them from the rules and regulations that normally accompany such a garment. Since the dinner jacket establishes a certain level of poise the wearer is now able dress in matching or complimentary colors. It’s important to note that a dinner jacket doesn’t always have to be black. Vary the color and material to match the current season and climate. Here are some of our favorites in store now.
Expand your notion of the dinner jacket. A staple that will always anchor black tie attire has now expanded its repertoire. Next time you’re searching for what to wear to an upcoming cocktail or dinner party, turn to a Sui GENERIS dinner jacket.
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I skipped my way to Martunis on Dec 19th to lock eyes on singer song writer Jeb Havens http://www.jebhavens.com who was performing with two others Derek Schmidt and Tawnee Kendall http://www.tawneekendall.com. I have praised the ground Jeb walks on, but was unaware of the talent firestorm that was to be unleashed on me. When Derek hit the spotlight my judging book by its cover instinct said, ” What a cutie. I want to rub his beard!” Then back in the real world Derek warmed up the crowd with a warm sense of humor and an inviting shyness that pulled me in even more.
Derek belted out a song that reminded me of a year I spent in New Orleans. I envisioned him playing on the front steps of a shot gun house in the French Quarter, no audience , just playing for the love of playing. We fortunately had front row seats in Martunis cozy back piano room.
Derek is a member of several different bands. Im not surprised to find out that his talents are in high demand. He does a lot of the song writing for the indie acoustic band All Pretty Ones http://www.allmyprettyones.net . Derek claims ,” I like playing solo because it really pushes me to really hone my songwriting and my performance a lot, but I love to play in bands and collaborate and see how my songs change with every different person.” Derek is also part of Adonisaurus which I’ve caught wind of them performing in the past = FUN!!!!
On stage Derek played effortlessly several instruments. “I play piano (&keyboards), guitar, and ukulele, mainly. I butcher a harmonica sometimes, I like to whistle, and a little dulcimer, just so I could learn some Joni Mitchell songs.” When asked if , “Have you always been open about being gay in your songs?” Derek expressed, “ I think I’ve never really had a song that was explicitly about being gay, but it’s informed all of my songwriting. I’ve never really hidden it, I guess, but I’m more drawn toward writing songs that don’t always have the same speaker so it could go a lot of ways. Maybe that’s more queer, to be more aware of performance and personas, and I think I approach a lot of my songwriting that way.”
All My Pretty Ones on Feb. 6th at Viracocha in the Mission. Derek will also be playing once a month at Martuni’s with Jeb and Tawnee.
Some of the “best” movie memories I have are road trip movies : Vacation, Easy Rider, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Thelma and Louise and Smokey and the Bandit. I am embarking on a southern road trip tomorrow morning , San Francisco —> Santa Barbara —-> Los Angeles —> Palm Springs and I am coming up of a list of things NOT to do, miss or forget.
We now have Jetson like devices iphones and GPS systems so it should be impossible to get lost, right? Road trips excite me, tap into my still teenager encased soul wrapped in my fuzzy exterior. The open road, the unknown. Of course in this 38 year old body I have more restraints than my teenager at heart- care free -throw caution into the window soul.
Road tripping over the Holidays adds another layer of pre-caution. Do you run into the truck stop on highway whatever to take an emergency number 2 without covering up and securing presents piled up in back seat from lurking eyes? Desperate times, desperate measures, BE WARNED. You hear stories about junkies crashing a car window for a cigarette butt they see in car ash tray ( I made that up). Thankfully I will not be contending with snow storms so I can remove car tires chains, sleeping bag like coats, leg warmers ( just kidding..maybe) off the ” to bring list”.
Be safe, be as smart as you can, be wary of hitchhikers and only pick up if they are drop dead gorgeous and you are horny ( just kidding… maybe). Don’t fight with the driver , avoid fast foods that will loosen your stools ( for real), put down all you electronic vices and stare out the window, soak it all in and have fun because soon you’ll be back in morning traffic on a conference call heading to work.
1. Don’t advertise your travels. Avoid leaving road maps in plain sight inside your parked car; instead, try to look like a local, even if your license plate isn’t. If your vehicle is laden with luggage, and especially if you have gear stowed on the roof, park where you can see it from a restaurant or store. At night, take everything that is in plain view with you into your motel room.
2. Look like you know where you’re going. When sightseeing, avoid standing on street corners wearing a befuddled expression while staring at a guidebook or map. Get a few bearings before you venture out of the car.
3. Get an upstairs room. At roadside motels, consider getting a room on the second floor so you can scan the parking lot before heading down to your car. (Personally, I prefer first-floor rooms, so I don’t have to lug my gear up the stairs.)
4. Consider the refund policy. If you stop at an inexpensive mom and pop motel, and there is a sign at the check-in counter that says, “No Refunds for Early Check-Out,” consider moving on. I speak from experience when I say that is likely that the establishment has some unsavory condition that you won’t detect until you’re covered with bug bites or awakened in the night by noises too loud to ignore. At the very least, ask to see the room before you pay.
5. Use the truck stops. Travel and truck centers are some of the safest places to stop and rest. They have 24-hour security and professional drivers who are used to staying aware and protective of their vehicles. The only drawback is that they aren’t very quiet. You’ll have to get used to the “big-rig lullaby,” because most drivers leave their engines running even when parked for the night.
6. Chat up the locals. Get local information whenever you can. Coffee shops, hair salons and taverns are all good places to chat casually with residents. Also pick up a local paper or watch the local television news. Being aware of local current events will not only help you have more fun, it can also keep you safe. Participate in the Great American RoadTrip Forum before you leave town to gain a local’s perspective about the places you will be driving through.
Road trips are meant to be adventurous and fun. Channel the energy you’re spending on that worst-case scenario into some sensible precautions, and you will have a safe, sane and enjoyable trip. http://www.studenttraveler.com