Thursday, February 26, 2009


Dear Dan,

I saw "Milk" this evening. It's brilliant and Sean Penn certainly deserved the Oscar for his performance. The movie was as hard to watch as it was to live through. Funny, the ending didn't change either. There were sweet and funny bits but Harvey still won the seat but ultimately died for who he was.

Of course all I could think of was your love of San Francisco. That led me to think a lot about you. The suicide and the deaths in the film made me wonder all over again.

It's a very bad night.

I miss you.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Ventura Highway

Dear Dan,

I don't remember the year. Obviously after 1972; after Dan graduated from high school and possibly during his time working for Joe Ammerman. My best guess is sometime around 1977 - 1979. Dan went to California for some reason. I talked to him on the phone when he cam back. He rented a car, which turned out to be a Pontiac Ventura, and he drove down the Ventura Highway. America's "Ventura Highway" came on the radio. Dan laughed and told me he thought that was overkill but it gave him such a high. I think fondly of that moment so I put "Ventura Highway" on my Zen and Rhapsody playlists.