June 2005 Photos
THE COFFEE CUP

There are several ways to intimidate one’s opponent in chess. The most benign ones involve a good luck talisman of some kind, Many chess players wear a special checkered or plaid shirt for good luck. After someone showed up one night at the club with pawns and rooks and knights on his coffee cup, Steve had to get a chess cup too. Bella Roma found this one for him, which, together with an awesome tie, he figures will seriously unnerve even the most cool-headed of chess masters. Here he is, trying out the cup before the game

THE YARD SALE

Next to music parties, Steve loves yard sales.This Saturday the WOMEN'S LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM had four truckloads of donated goodies spread out on our lawn to sell, and Steve made out like a bandit!

After finishing the lesson with his guitar student, he went outside and in the space of about one half hour ended up with a little radio, a chess board and men (complete set), an electronic chess game called Ex Caliber, a portable boom box with a broken handle, a copy of "Stranger in a Strange Land," and, incredibly, a functioning 20 inch screen color TV set. It looked like Christmas morning in here on the sofa. I wonder what's in that paper bag? Something chocolate?

READING THE INSTRUCTIONS

This must the the set of instructions that came with the Ex Caliber electronic chess set. Steve has never had many toys to play with since we have known him, so this was really a special day for him.

Chrisrmas in June!

ELIJAH WALD at BELLA ROMA

Elijah Wald, author of several great books about blues musicians, and a fine guitar player himself, (see www.Elijahwald.com) emailed Steve from Stefan wirz' web site. We went to hear him give a talk about blues at the San Francisco Public Library . Over pizza afterwards, Elijah agreed to come visit Steve the next time he was in Berkeley, up from Los Angeles.

REMINISCING

The lunch went fine, and then the guys got out their guitars and chatted for awhile about blues musicians and records and styles and "who do you know?" Steve remembers more people than most folks have ever met.

LET'S PLAY A LITTLE

Then they started srumming a little. Steve always watches your hands and tells you to "go ahead."That means play a solo. It occurred to us to set a microphone out on the table.

GETTING DOWN, KEEPING UP

Elijah says after hearing Steve play most people just throw their guitars out the window and go get a day job. But the stuggle is fun, while it lasts.