it’s not Friday, but I wanted to share some content with you. Been traveling over the weekend.
What plans did you have for this summer?
To survive. Am ready for cool weather, and no visitors for a bit. Heck, i am ready for cold weather. Wifey and I made it here 21 years in Denver with no A/C. After this June that set all kinds of records, and being someone who is aware of climate change… we finally broke down and bought a portable AC unit. Excellent investment.
It was a very very busy summer, musically speaking. A LOT of concerts. See, our families finally figured out we live an hour away from Red Rocks, the greatest rock venue in America. So, our out of state relatives check the calendar and pick a show to see and come visit us. Which… we LOVE. This meant that in one month this summer, we saw Umphreys McGhee, the Eagles, Jimmy Buffet, Avett Brothers, Dead and Company. And when that stopped, we flew to Seattle to see the big Pearl Jam ‘Home Show’ spectacular. That one was fun. Not just because we have wonderful and dear friends in Seattle… but the Pearl Jam shows felt like a movement. This may sound dorky, or old… but rock and roll (and certainly my heroes) were on the fringes. This is why watching Pearl Jam get into the rock hall of fame was so moving. So many bands there I loved and followed weren’t really my generation. Sure, I saw the Allman Brothers over 20 times… but their true time was an era before me. By the time I got on board in the 90s, they were already touring on nothing but 20 year old hits. Pearl Jam, though… I watched them come up from day 1. I felt that when we landed in Seattle and I saw those banners in the airport. Those banners said “you were right, Lono. They are awesome. Sorry we doubted you.” Of course, there is another side to that which is a little more sad…. so we will stick with the romantic perspective.
In flying out of Denver the day before the show, the SouthWest crew noticed how many people had Pearl Jam gear on. The pilot called us all out on the flight… in Denver, mind you. He said everyone on the plane who was going to see Pearl Jam should turn on their call buttons. The whole plane lit up, like lighters on an encore. It was as if we were on a chartered jet to see Pearl Jam.
When we got to the airport, we were greeted with this
Have you accomplished them or is it still a work in progress?
Have I accomplished all the summer stuff? Well, we certainly jammed in a ton of visits and little trips and tons of concerts. It was not an ambitious summer. Mostly, like everyone… we just worked. It is just work and sleep and rinse and repeat. This summer was shitty hot, so I am just glad it’s over. Here is a cool pic of me from this weekend. In the evenings, when camping, I am usually the entertainment. We sit around a fire and drink and I play guitar and tell stories for hours. I an easily play for 4 or 5 hours at the fire. Just keep feeding me beer and ciggies, and sing along when you can.
What would make this summer much better for you?
For it to be over, and it is. It was just HOT. ALWAYS. Every day in June was some kind of record because it was over 95. This is why I left Phoenix. Granted, these are first world problems. I am SO fucking blessed in my life. I have a big beautiful ranch and house and wife who loves me and an amazing family on both sides… and I am bitching about how hot my living room is? Hey… you asked. I didn’t bring it up. I am just answering the questions. WAIT… can I add this? Kudos to all of you who do all this and have kids. We have no kids, and we are very happy that way. I can’t imagine doing all the stuff we do, and all the work we do, and also raising kids. Well, actually, if we had kids we wouldn’t have the time or the money to do any of these things.
When did you go back to school from summer break when you were a kid?
It was very clean… the break. Memorial day to Labor day. Same from kindergarten to high school. We had no variables in days… because we didn’t have snow days.
Is anyone else as shocked as I am that it’s Labor Day Weekend and most of the summer is nearly over?
No. It now being a few days past, I feel Fall very much. Not in the days, but the evenings cool down a lot, and quickly. We jammed so much stuff in, I am ready to just not do much but watch some football. Here is another example of what we jammed in… I drove 1500 miles this last weekend. Again, no regrets… but I am tired, mister. Also, I look at things this way… every day that passes is a day less we have with President Trump. My lord what a piece of shit that guy is. Remember how Fonz couldn’t say the word ‘wrong’? I know I already did that rant… but what does a guy have to do to get impeached these days? The Russia stuff is very clear and very dark. He is a horrible narcissist and the world will be better when he is gone. Sooner, rather than later, would be preferable.
Ok, time for bed. I love you, and you are doing great!