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December 13, 2018

 

 

Mark Smith band member goes out on a "date" after the gig and misses 6am bus call.
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Mark Smith Roady advances himself so far into perdium he has to work half the tour for free.
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Mark Smith Band goes to radio interview set up by promoter and radio station does not have the record
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Mark Smith Police stop bus in midle of the night to look for weed
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Ralph Alfonso Tour bus driver was late; we drove off without him.
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Mark Smith Lead singer of the headlining band stays in your bus, because he hates his band
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Mark Smith OH, new guy is told that to pee on highway they best stand with their faces to the wind.. always my favourite
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Shawn Lackie This IS Funny
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Shawn Lackie And easy to pick on the drummer
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Greg Sweet No " band member has a heart attack "
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Ted Brennan I was never a tour manager, but I remember some of this stuff!!
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Shauna Kennedy That’s gonna be a really short game, you know. Zero challenge, you might as well just give every potential player a stuffie and free beer ticket!
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Chris Macfarlane Drummer decides to take afternoon nap under his drum riser...band cannot find him...drummer wakes up to guitars and other familiar noises... rolls out from under riser and climbs on kit and rocks the house...true story of me.
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John Mcvicar Security knocks out the arena manager's son (who was trying to breach the barricade at a thrash show-because he'd left his brief case under the stage front in the afternoon and decided mid show was the time to jump in there and go get it.)
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Paula Danylevich Love it . Stealing
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Dave Chesney The CAN I GET A COMP WITH PLUS 6 is my favourite!
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Ruth Blakely Contract rider for vegetarian sandwiches is believed to be met by serving hamburgers
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Keith Shewbridge I have two more for you:
1. Tour bus is de-stuffed by “random” border check.
2. Everyone but you has food poisoning from the last truck stop.
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Darrell Hebert drummer found in back yard..has moved fridge into snow with a mattress...and is ah...tanning..!
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Darrell Hebert lead singer shows up late..flight to LA..with 2 young blonds..wearing jeans a jean jacket and no shoes...and no id...
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Richard Flohil Oh, what an hilarious thread! More please...

 

 

 

 

November 28, 2018

 

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Dear Friends of Barrio Blanco;

I am in Barrio Blanco, Dominican Republic building two homes. In the past I have sent updates on building progress on Sundays after taking pictures in the morning. Truth is, we've been off to an obstacle filled start, but, mid-day today we've cleared the obstacles needed and are ready to zoom. I plan to send a full update on Tuesday or Wednesday that will show the progress I had hoped to show today. And more..... EVERYTHING else is going really well. We truly Are seeing the fruit of all our efforts and generosity.Meanwhile, Christmas is coming, and it arrives earlier in Dominican Republic than back home. We plan to have Christmas Dinner for Barrio Blanco on December 8th, and Santa Claus coming the next day. His sack is empty, and it would be wonderful to fill it with presents for 120 children.

Rather than choose different words to say the same thing, I would like to send you what happened 3 years ago. Christmas, Barrio Blanco style. You will see how Big and Important this celebration and Santa's visit is to all in the barrio.

I would like to ask if you all, who have been so very generous could help just a bit more so we can bring a real Christmas (from the North) to the community and Children of Barrio Blanco.

The children ask..... "Will Santa ever come back?" . The answer is up to us. In reality we need $2,200 for the dinner, $400 total for decorations, and near $5,000 for gifts for each of 120 children.

(read the full story)

Ron Zauner

Providing Opportunity
85017 Willamette St.
Eugene, Or 97405
U.S.A.

541-844-9745 Tax Ded. 501(c)3

Email -providingopportunity@gmail.com

Ron Zauner

BACKGROUND - I was introduced to the wonders of Bario Blanco through White Rock resident ANTHONY INTAS. ANTHONY a number of years ago went for two weeks to volounteer at Blanco. Upon his return he talked a couple of local ladies to accompany him the next year.

Following that I was involved with the group to organize a fund raiser here in White Rock to aid the work being done in Bario Blanco. We had a Caribbean night at the Star of the Sea and raised a couple thousand dollars. What impressed me was for $2500.00 they could build a home for a resident in the barrio. Organizer RON ZAUNER takes a picture of the shack the family currently lives in, you donate, and he sends you back a picture of the house you built. No money goes missing, and I like that. NO overhead, no high paid salaries and no question where your money is going.

 

Dear Donors,

What is a Miracle ?

I often put myself in the shoes of our cared about barrio residents, and think about how they perceive our efforts.

Before writing this to you I looked up the definition of "miracle". There appear to be three. First, divine intervention. Second, a highly improbable event that brings beneficial consequences, and third, something wondrous, like an incredible invention.

From the perspective of various barrio residents, what we do falls somewhere between types one and two.

Here is why:

--If you have lived in a flooded shack for your life, and we build a new home for your family....might you have prayed for this?
--If you were about to have your leg amputated and we paid for the needed operations to save your leg and return you to whole....might you have prayed for this?
--If you knew nothing but abject poverty, and had children....might you have prayed for an education for them to have a better life than you?

All unanticipated and improbable.

From MY perspective, I've seen several things that I can only view as miracles. Big and small.

--One day during Project 2 I was stumped while laying out building plans. I had no room to open a front door because of a nasty shack blocking the front. I was lost in thought for a solution, and looking down at the ground. When I looked up, 3 people were entering the barrio from the next door condos. Fifteen minutes later, these good people chipped in together and funded the New Robinson home replacing the nasty shack and creating "Gene's Garden" too.
--A different day nearing the end of a building project I was (again) kicking stones lost in (depressing) thought. I was short $7,000 to complete the project. Gene came to me and saw the concern on my face and asked "What's up?" I told him I was short, and stumped. Gene told me "Ron, you're not alone with this".... and then offered, and we did, split the shortfall between us.
--Three weeks ago Robenyena told me she was desperate. Her eyes are bad and she couldn't see the blackboard at school at all. I told her I didn't have the money needed ($300). The Next Day, a young lady came to me with money she had collected from friends as a surprise (but she didn't know of Robenyena). It was $300. I was able to tell Robenyena to go to the optometrist that afternoon.
--Two years ago I was short money. Several individuals in the barrio had various emergencies that I couldn't say no to helping with. I was stressing 24/ 7 about money and couldn't see my way forward (truly stressed). Then a wonderful donation "came from the sky"..... $10,000 .... with a note telling me to use it where it was most needed. I felt the weight of the world lift.

MANY similar things have happened. Many. Almost spooky....but in a good way.

Miracles big and small. Judged so by perspective; theirs and mine.

We are in the midst of one combo-grand miracle right now. In two weeks I'm heading to Barrio Blanco to build One More Family Home....for Leonela and Alfredo. These are two Very Good People, and the only couple I've ever seen have a church wedding in Barrio Blanco. They have a little boy of 3 years.

Alfredo has a low-pay job. Leonela has a Scholarship to UTESA University and I expect her to graduate next November as a Teacher !

These are our parts of their miracle, but they have one their own making. I'm very happy to announce the birth of their new baby boy (no name yet). October 30th, 10 pounds and healthy, this boy will be raised in a Real House with a Professional Teacher as his mother. Without Providing Opportunity donors, his destiny was different. Our structural changes will affect future generations. It is already starting.

 

There is one more miracle of a different nature that we are very much a part of: The Rise of Barrio Blanco.

I cannot tell you just how looked down upon this community of poor squatters was when we started. Not only from outside, but, inside the village everyone accepted that they were Losers. It even had it's own expression within the barrio that was accompanied by a shrug of the shoulders. There was No Hope. No Work. Little food. Lots of flooding. Lots of people sick. Little self-respect and no community pride.

Today the community feels that a miracle has happened to them. Hope abounds. Inch by inch and yard by yard we have been making progress against the handicaps these people were born with. It is not "a moment" that lifts a community, but a process. One we are well into. We see the homes, and note the education, but the Spirit of this village has gone from a 0 to a 7, and every success brings more inertia toward a whole new future for 350 real people. As real as you and I.

Because You Cared ..... You have created a MIRACLE. Without you...there was none of this. It is true. We are not a Big charity. In fact, there are probably less than 50 of us as active donors, so you can see... your donations don't go into a big pile, and each of you are meaningful. We aren't bigger because we don't advertise or pay staff.

Last note: When I began this work, it never occurred to me that I would personally feel a benefit. I am sure for you it is likewise. You and I each just wanted to help some poor people with a hand up. BUT.... seeing our results and how meaningful they are to the impacted families, it makes me feel pretty good inside. I didn't realize just how good inside I would feel. That is because I hadn't experienced in person just how deeply what we are doing is affecting the recipients. It really strikes home when a woman with babies in her arms is hugging you and shaking and sobbing with emotion. If I could bottle these emotions of gratitude I'd sprinkle them in every receipt I send.

You too deserve all this good feeling. Your compassion to help others should not remain a one way street. There is a gift for you in this, and to me, it is a huge gift; not needed, but welcome. I hope for you too. YOU are part of this miracle to the People of Barrio Blanco. YOU have made this possible. Please allow your heart to swell as mine has in the knowledge that you are making the world a better place. That is a form of richness that doesn't add to your bank account, but adds to your heart.

To all of you in our time of Thanksgiving, please accept my thanks for allowing me to be a part.

Now, off to kiss a baby and build a home.

With friendship,
Ron

 

November 15, 2018

A coolection of 1940's hand painted Stanlye Park postcards.

Stanley Park is a 405-hectare (1,001-acre) public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver in British ColumbiaCanada and is almost entirely surrounded by waters of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay.

The park has a long history and was one of the first areas to be explored in the city. The land was originally used by Indigenous peoples for thousands of years before British Columbia was colonized by the British during the 1858 Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. For many years after colonization, the future park with its abundant resources would also be home to Non-Indigenous settlers. The land was later turned into Vancouver's first park when the city incorporated in 1886. It was named after Lord Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, a British politician who had recently been appointed Governor General.

Unlike other large urban parks, Stanley Park is not the creation of a landscape architect, but rather the evolution of a forest and urban space over many years.[2] Most of the manmade structures present in the park were built between 1911 and 1937 under the influence of then superintendent W.S. Rawlings. Additional attractions, such as a polar bear exhibit, aquarium, and miniature train, were added in the post-war period.

Much of the park remains as densely forested as it was in the late 1800s, with about a half million trees, some of which stand as tall as 76 metres (249 ft) and are up to hundreds of years old.[3][4] Thousands of trees were lost (and many replanted) after three major windstorms that took place in the past 100 years, the last in 2006.

Significant effort was put into constructing the near-century-old Vancouver Seawall, which can draw thousands of residents and visitors to the park every day.[5] The park also features forest trails, beaches, lakes, children's play areas, and the Vancouver Aquarium, among many other attractions.

On June 18, 2014, Stanley Park was named "top park in the entire world" by TripAdvisor, based on reviews submitted.[6]

 

 

 

 

 

July 17, 2018

Rock N Roll Never Forgets

SRV/CFOX's Liz McKinnery/Yours Truly

David Chesney

JJ's 365

Jim Johnston

President, CEO, JJ Media/Management, Media Talent/Content Coaching, Executive Coach
Company NameJJIMS Inc. JJ international Media and Management Solutions
Dates EmployedJul 2013 – Present Employment Duration5 yrs 1 mo
JJIMS was launched July 1st of 2013 and has several high profile customers at home and abroad.

Jim JJ Johnston, The President, CEO and head Talent Coach, is a deeply experienced and successful Media/Management leader. JJ has coached/mentored many of Canada's Top Broadcasters and Executives and now coaches in many different fields.

 

Welcome to JJ-365 Salutes. Over 2018, we pay tribute daily to one of “The Good Ones”.

Today we are shining the light on "The Ches", Dave Chesney.
This fellow is a master story teller. I remember him elucidating me with the legend of Jerry Lee Lewis playing at 86 Street and how Jerry was docile for most of the show but then out of nowhere got up, kicked the stool away, pounded the piano for hours and brought the house down. The way Ches says it really makes you want to have been there.
Dave was one of the first guys I met when I arrived at Richards and Nelson at the helm of CFOX. Dave will always have an affinity for the FOX and was of the fabric of the station. He continues today to be a part of the glue that keeps the west coast music and radio scene together. He welcomed me with open arms with his genuine and friendly smile and I still count on him as one of the most positive dudes I know.


He says it all began at a young age for him. He comes by his love of the media and music industry honestly. His father, “Uncle Joe” Chesney held down a number of positions at The Top Dog CKNW radio, that was until the station got wind he was looking to apply for a radio station license in Surrey. After being shown the door “Uncle Joe” ended up pioneering country music on the west coast with an afternoon drive show on talk show giant CJOR. Along with Vic Waters his father played both kinds of music, country & western. In around 1961 Joe successfully landed a license to operate a radio station in Langley British Columbia. CJJC The Voice of the Valley became British Columbia’s first 24-hour country music radio station.


Dave was afforded the golden opportunity growing up to be around radio stations and broadcasters: “CJJC was a real life WKRP. Being the boss’s kid and working in a creative environment, I had two choices. 1. Just be the boss’s kid or …2. Ploughing my row deeper and truer than everyone else. I chose #2 and as result earned the respect of my fellow workers and later my staff.”


But alas as much as he loved the gig, he loved rock n roll more. One of the promotion men who used to make the long journey out to the Valley to service CJJC with country product was Frank Gigliotti. Frank inadvertently informed Dave that CKLG-FM was about to go through a metamorphosis under the leadership of The Real Roy Hennessy, former morning boss jock on CKLG. Dave jumped ship and became the music and promotion director for FM/99. Dave says his stay at CFOX was short and sweet: “One of my main duties as a music director was to deal with record company reps vying to get their music on the radio. CBS Records in the late 70’s was looking to expand their market share by adding additional reps in the major markets across Canada. I applied for a position of the Epic/Portrait/Associated labels position in the Vancouver branch and was successful in attaining the position."


The next 14 years was a blur he says: “The 60’s certainly was a heady time in the music business, but let me tell you this, the 80’s was the period of excess. With the introduction of MTV and MUCHMUSIC the sales of pre-recorded music exploded. The CBS Records wrecking crew in my humble opinion owned the streets. First under the leadership of Brad Weir and then 365’er Kim Zayac. I attained ‘record heights.’ I cannot thank or say enough about those two gentlemen. I proudly still call them friends. I went on to win the Top Promotion Man award 6 consecutive years. Then it all came to a screeching halt.”


SONY MUSIC bought CBS records and everything changed. Dave distinctly remembers sitting in his office one day and realized they had 6 or 7 of the Top 10 records and he didn’t want to listen to any of them. He thought to himself, well I have a pretty extensive radio background and now I fully understand how a major label works. He left CBS records and threw in with Larry Wanagas who at the time had rung the proverbial brass bell with K.D. Lang from a little office on the edge of Vancouver’s Granville island. Ches joined BUMSTEAD PRODUCTIONS as the national marketing director and eventually that job morphed into a co-management with Wanagas for The Blue Shadows (Billy Cowsill). By this time Larry relocated to New York but Dave stayed on the westcoast to be there for his aging mom, a decision he will never regret. She was always there for him especially at a lot of crucial times in his life.


When The Blue Shadows disbanded Dave ended up producing music videos, did contract work for a number of artists and quite synchronistically ended up as an instructor at a private music college called the Pacific Audio Visual Institute. He enjoyed his years working with young students who were looking for a career in the music and radio industry and called that time very rewarding.


Around this time Dave and his late and great wife Laurie (total sweetie) moved back to his roots, White Rock BC. Upon his return he quickly realized: “My White Rock was going through some major changes, many of which I did not agree with. My father at a young age pounded into my head 'Dave put up or shut up! If you aren’t prepared to roll up your sleeves and attack a problem we really don’t want to hear what you have to say.”
Well when it came to White Rock he couldn’t shut up (Interesting the way he says “White Rock”. He makes sure that the “T” is pronounced and he makes sure it is said as two distinct words).


He says two things happened: “I knew from my media experience that technology had an immensely negative impact on the music industry and I knew what was happening with newspapers. They were next. Yet I also knew people had a voracious appetite for LOCAL news. Now as everyone reading this knows in order to start a radio or television station you need millions of dollars and government approval. Yet on-line newspapers did not need any government approval. Before I knew it I had started Canada’s First independent online newspaper, The White Rock Sun www.whiterocksun.com. That was thirteen years ago this past June.


The second thing that I did was roll up my sleeves and run for White Rock city council. It took a couple shots but four years ago I secured a seat on White Rock council. We are coming to the end of our mandate and I have every intention of seeking another term. In addition to holding a seat on council and publishing the White Rock Sun I handle media for local independent promoter Rob Warwick/Rockitboy Entertainment.”


As he looks back he describes it as one hell of a ride: “I enjoy reading your posts Jim. Many I know, some I don’t know personally but usually know by name. I don’t know if lasting friendships are as prevelant as the radio and music industry have afforded so many of us. I can go years between seeing or talking to so many colleagues and when we do meet, it seems like yesterday. I sometimes think people who went to war together probably have the same kind of a bond.


Highlights of my career could fill a book, which no one wants to read (wrong Ches, we all want to know). Well at least not anyone that would be willing to pay for it (wrong again). With that said though, milestones include presenting Stevie Ray Vaughn with his first gold record, working with country greats like George Jones (the first time I was a stammering fool), being instrumental in CBS RECORDS signing Barney Bentall & The Legendary Hearts and working with THE CLASH on their first North American show at the Commodore Ballroom. Damn I thought I saw the future of rock n roll that night.”
I just love this guy and have been wanting to write about him for some time. He was one of the first guys on my 365 list. During the tumultuous rock and roll times, Dave was always a gent. He handled any situation being, well, “The Ches.” He is a humble and graceful cat who has had a big stake in the shaping of the west coast media and music scene. Not sure you will find a much better person and pal than Dave. Salt of the earth. Please do write that book Ches, you have so many stories to tell and I know hundreds who will line up to buy it and read it. Atta be brother!


Thank you, Dave Chesney, for being on of the “The Good Ones”. Feel free to like and share Dave’s positive story. Who is the subject of tomorrow’s JJ-365 Salutes? As they say, stay tuned.


Jim JJ Johnston is the CEO, President and Chief Talent Coach for JJIMS INC. and works with talent in many different industries worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 










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