How ya’ll doing out there on this May the 4th, 2020. It is hot as well, time to remind Coachella Valley that yes, you probably did forget to put deodorant on so go back in the house, NOW, and apply some. Don’t forget the under-boob ladies…These are things I wish someone would have told me when I moved here five years ago. Then again, we are under this stay at home business so I guess the people you live with don’t really care if you smell. Oh yeah, here is another tip for you desert dwellers, always, always, check the bat cave before leaving the house and getting out of the car or leaving the your desk or restroom. Bats (boogers) creep up in the desert that quickly, if you have allergies, we are not just talking about that Coronavirus thingy. It must be a growing old thing like bird watching and stealing clippings of the neighbors plants. I never thought I would ever do those things, ever, then 2020 was EVER.
This morning, I do what I usually do, I check the morning news, you know the IG stories. I only check once a day, around the same time. This way, the only ones that I am interested in have filtered into the the first 7 to 15 spots and then I can easily scroll through or watch them. Depends, some people will have 100 stories in a 24 hour period and if my 10 minute limit that I allow myself timer goes off, then I am done for the day. (unless I see my son’s stories cause they make me cringe…but in a good way, he really is like his Dad.) This way I limit the amount of time I am spending on that platform. One time at band camp…I mean one time I spent hours looking at stories, music, oh my gosh, don’t get me started on the cats and dogs. So, I had to stop following many animals. Anyhow, this morning, I ’emojied’ a pedal steel player from Italy that I follow. As a matter of fact, I follow four pedal steel players, do follow these guys (any pedal steel player or most), they are some of the most interesting people, seriously. One dude in Hawaii does these videos with his dog that are so cool and he played with the Pistol Annies!! One dude does this side projects (he works with a major Country group) and those are cool. One dude plays with a bunch of bands, but scares me because he videos while he drives, (Grama Kush says be careful!!!) but he get these very cool shots and he listens to cool music. They all are excellent musicians to boot, when they post themselves playing! Anyhow, this dude from Italy travels quite extensively as well and takes some fabulous photos. I am one that is generous with the “likes”. So, he posted one of those challenge thingies, where you post different songs each day and why you like them or something like that. He posted a couple of Tesla songs and I sent an F yeah or something like that and then we chatted a bit and mentioned that I thought he was cool cause he played steel and he said “pedal steel is for insane people.” I happily replied “Right, My kind of people.” Really, though, that sound is just soooo, how can I put this, just listen, here I am going to go to youtube and pull a random pedal steel video.
This one here I have never heard or seen before and I know that when I press play I am going to hear that familiar whine, so press play and go on this journey. Where are they going? Hey, it sounds like we are going down the railway folks, or perhaps we are heading down the highway in an old jalopy with the top down next to that long train, maybe an Amtrak? There goes that whistle again. Can’t you see it? Can’t you hear it? The sun is out. There are fluffy white clouds in the sky. Birds and trees in the landscapes that are whizzing by. Road trip music that is what I am hearing. Pedal steel is not road trip music, it is like a punctuation, it gets the song composers thoughts and story out so the listener can feel and see what is the story of the music. Anyhow, I know I got sidetracked, that medication stuff but since I opened Pandora’s Box and started opening up more it feels kind of good. Weird, but good. I know I am going to get some people that think I am still weird and such, but F them. I’m going to be me no matter what, that onion and layers thing. Now, doesn’t that player just look happy playing, right? So, if they are going to be restructuring education, be sure to include generously for the arts and music because kids need it.
We had a nice weekend. Even though things are not anywhere or even what I imagined when I was 13 years old and on a volleyball team in Duarte, Califonia in 1983, things are good. Back then, that 6.7 square miles of land in the San Gabriel Valley was all I knew. It was my whole world. I didn’t know about Palm Springs. Exotic was getting Chinese takeout from a restaurant in El Monte that we had to drive through TWO cities to get. The photo brought back so many memories. Those were my one pair of prized Levi’s. I would only get one pair at the beginning of the year so I had to make them last. I remember lying and saying I had a “few pairs” because I was embarrassed. My Mom bought us other clothes that she liked. I never wore those.
Oh yeah before I go, here is a shot of my new hair do’
Thank you for stopping by. Hope you create some happy memories or at least some good stories today. Hugs.