It is really hard to beat Trolley Tour Friday. Mikey always hosts a front porch party and the gang gets together.
It is a laid back atmosphere. Laid back parties are always the best in my opinion. The discussions will run the gamut as always. People watching and the corn hole game will entertain.
Drinks and food will flow freely.
My contribution this evening?
Crab/Shrimp Gazpacho, Crab dip in a sourdough bread bowl, and Tiramisu.
Because I cook to relax, I enjoy watching people try something they've never had realizing they've just had something they want again. Food making prople happy makes me happy. With all the shit that goes along with living life, a happy moment makes it all worthwhile.
Yesterday I had a couple of happy moments. First off my friend Rachel needed some help. This woman is amazing. She has spent many years helping others. When we first met, she had just returned from Africa having worked with the Peace Corps for a little over two years. I was visiting a friend working at a restaurant when she came in. She had me from, "Hello". She's a beautiful woman and then I found out she has an even more beautiful soul. Rare for me, I probably only said 20 words. Her stories were mesmerizing. We became immediate friends. Cut to the day before yesterday, she calls me. Like so many other good people she got laid off from her job. She toughed it out as long as she could. She needed some financial assistance. It was well within my capability to do so. Two days ago she was stressed to the hilt. By yesterday afternoon all was right in her world.
Beautiful people who do beautiful and selfless things rate high in my book. I was glad to help her. I'll be seeing her next month after I return from tearing down the barn. If she's still unemployed its going to be a Mike and Rachel roadtrip. Gotta love a girl who travels well.
The other happy moment was me doing something for me. I've played guitar for over thirty years. Am I great? Nah. I've played in many bands, sat in with some really great guitar players, and written and recorded original material. Yet I buy equipment sparingly. I'm not a thing person. I was out running errands. I saw Consignment Music store coming up ahead and thought, "What the Hell. Let's stop in and see what they have.". Besides their own inventory they do consignment sales. There's always something interesting in the store. I walk in and spy an old Fender amp. I had it pegged as a mid 70's model. I was right. I ask to borrow a guitar and fire up the old tube amp.
It fucking ROCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In the movie "Spinal Tap" when Nigel says, "This one goes to 11.", this one goes to 13. It is the hottest Fender Twin Reverb I've ever played on. The guy who owns the store put in all new, really bad ass tubes. Its like dropping a jet engine in a Ferrari.
Yeah, tubes. Tube amps are the only way to go.
Its as heavy as a mother fucker, but its all mine. Thank God its on wheels.
My apologies to the neighbors.
I've suffered for my music, now its your turn.
In the meantime, Trolley Tour Friday, food, fun, and friends.
Air Traffic Mike, ret.
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