Several years ago, my father's band played a gig pretty far from home. Lake Tansi, you ask? Nope. Farther, but they have played there. Eufaula, Alabama, you inquire? Wrong again, but they have played there, too. The answer is the United States Embassy in China. Not a bad gig at all. Too bad his son/lightman/roadie wasn't invited, but that's beside the point.
I told you that, to tell you this. Daredevil skateboarder Danny Way successfully jumped the Great Wall of China this weekend. How cool is that? There was a great photo in the New York Times with a Communist guard standing his post in the foreground and young, free, American Danny soaring high in the air in the background. Awesome!
Now could this have happened now, had my pop not been there many years earlier playing Louie, Louie and Woolie Bullie, paving the way? Maybe, but I have my doubts.