Thursday, February 24, 2005

My Ari (three self-timer pics)

Three self pics with Ari. Having two sons has not prepared me for what it's like emotionally to have a daughter. I am proud of all of my children, but it seems that this one is already holding me to a higher standard than the ones before her. I am both blessed and slightly overwhelmed.
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Fernandina Beach

I have a plethora of in-laws here, so I imagine it's just a matter of time before I call this home. It must be nice to always have a beach just minutes from wherever you are. Posted by Hello

Bobby Thompson

Bobby Thompson. Banjo player extraordinaire. My step-father. Posted by Hello

Sunday, February 13, 2005

May I Get Your Bags?

I am a bellman at a hotel. The following is one of the cuter anecdotes from my nights of subservience, I mean, servitude. Enjoy.

The other night, I help a family check in. At their van, two of the youngsters are chatting me up as I load their luggage. The girl is maybe 6 or 7 and the boy is maybe 5. They each have stuffed animals and the little girl almost drops hers on the wet ground but catches it before it hits. She says that she is not allowed to get it wet or it will not be as soft. She offers it to me to feel how soft it is and I say that it is indeed very soft and hand it back to her. The little boy hands his to me and says that his is not as soft as his sister's. I feel it and agree that it is not as soft. He looks up at me and says, "yeah, I threw up on it." I smile and hand it back immediately.

A bellman's life. Chapter 6.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Rockin' the suburbs

Another blog got me to thinking of my rock 'n' roll days (that would be the 90's), and I started remembering all of the great shows I saw back then. The soundtrack to my life would be Van Halen's "Big Bad Bill Is Sweet William Now." Happily married with three kids, the only rock shows I see now are live webcasts. The pic, for those of you not in the Nashville area (or just those of you who are a bit younger than me) is the Ace of Clubs. God, I wish I had kept a list of the bands I saw over the years. Just some at the Ace would be: Human Radio, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Shelby Lynne, Charlie Musselwhite, The Mavericks (a large number of times), Peter Himmelman (to this day - a decade later - my fave show ever), Joe Ely, Rev. Horton Heat, Don Henry, Buckwheat Zydeco, etc. Posted by Hello

I guess the harder rock shows were at places like 328 Performance Hall and Exit/In; but the Ace was my fave place to go and hang out. Bob ran the place and always let me in free in exchange for the posters I would hang in my record store window. I never made a lot of money in those days but the perks were out of sight. Free CDs, free shows, free food and drink at music showcases...that's the stuff I would have spent my money on anyway back then. Good times, good times.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

If there is ever a movie version of Calvin & Hobbes, I submit that my son would be the perfect casting decision. Now where did that dang tiger go? Posted by Hello

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Moppet One and Moppet Two

These guys make my life wonderful. When I am giving my time to these two crumb-snatchers, I am at my most content and joyous. Rock on, you two!

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What I'm listening to...

The trés cool Serge Gainsbourg has found his way to my ears, and I am feeling quite French. I really should be romancing my beautiful lady as I listen to Serge. Instead, it's 2am and she's upstairs sleeping well with two well behaved cherubs, exhausted from growing so fast. This Nighthawk at the Diner just doesn't keep those hours. Wide awake and looking for new music. Not sure when I'll grow up and less certain if I care to.