September 30, 2006

The post office at Camp Polk was moved to the present site of Sisters in 1888, and the name was changed to Sisters after the Three Sisters mountains that dominate its western skyline.

A reader writes concerning my upcoming appearance at Paulina Springs Bookstore in Sisters, OR:

I attended Sisters High School from 1996 to 2000 and can attest that it would be a highly ironic place for a King Dork book signing to take place at least for my band of friends and I (The Pickups). I'm not sure what it's like now, but ten years ago, Sisters was a tourist town solely obsessed with its 3A state championship football team.

In order to escape the military-like recruiting tactics of the high school football coach, my friends and I would hitch rides with older kids from the neighboring city Redmond (Population 7000) to Portland in order to see MTX, The Queers, and The Parasites.

Needless to say, we got a lot of shit from the jocks until late Junior year. When The Pickups became popular for playing gigs at Ranch Records in neighboring Bend, OR (Population 50,000), the jocks started listening to Lookout, and soon enough we were booking acts like The Automatics and Tales From The Birdbath to play in the Sisters High School cafeteria. Hell, our class song at graduation was Sicko's "Indy Rock Daydream."

As far as miniature western villages go, Sisters probably has the best poppunk spirit of any of them. The amount of Chuck Taylors and Horn Rimmed glasses that can be seen at the annual rodeo can be downright unsettling.

Posted by Dr. Frank at September 30, 2006 06:48 PM | TrackBack

that's gotta be my friend Adam. I love that I'm referred to as an older kid from the neighboring city. Even though Redmond's population at the time was about 15,000.

Adam and I (and a couple other members of The Pickups) had a one off band that played one show called Tons Of Fun. I think we did an MTX cover... Adam probably remembers.

Oh, to be the only pop-punkers in Central Oregon...

Posted by: Nate at September 30, 2006 10:10 PM

Hey, I didn't even know there were other Central Oregonians reading Dr. Frank's blog. The world keeps shrinking. Guess you don't have to worry about drawing a crowd.

Posted by: Dave at October 2, 2006 07:24 PM

A note to Nate: As much as Tons of Fun wanted to do Love American Style, I believe we settled on New Girlfriend for reasons of musical prowess...or lack there of.

See you in the C.O. Frank.

Posted by: Adam at October 3, 2006 07:33 AM

Proving once again the libraries don't have to be stuffy!

I have posters promoting Frank's visit to CO. If anyone would like to spend some time volunteering for the library, let me know! We want to introduce as many Central Oregonians to Frank as possible!

Posted by: Liz at October 4, 2006 05:42 PM