|As has been my habit in recent months my writing has been tardy and this issue is weeks tardy rather than months. |
Again my absences from the writing table, is not the matter for discussion and is not likely to be one at least not presently.
This issue pertains to the Happy Hour Crew and my adventures with them. Those of you not familiar with the way back days of invisible don king of the bastards wonít know who the Happy Hour Crew is or itís function. The function is simple we drank during happy hour Öthe name really does tell you all you need to know and we started drinking when the drinks were less expensive as we didnít have the money for full priced drinks and largely we still donít Öanother matter.
The second is who are the members of the Happy Hour Crew? Well of course there is yours truly and then several others. Former Smoking Buddy who still smokes but as I do not she is the former there was really no need to change her from Smoking buddy to something new that is just confusing. Then there is Brand A and Head Nod, they are a couple Brand A is more the free spirit of the two and Head Nod is willing to play but when itís time to go Öyouíve guessed it, the head nod comes out and then leave. Everyone knows what the head nod means but he still does it. HK which Iím not sure Iíve ever defined HK to anyone or in the blog, Iím not going to research it and if I have you know and if I havenít well then you donít know. HK has had a series of relationships during the Happy Hour Crew days and generally they donít get written about not that we donít care about who HK dates or that they arenít around a long time they areÖ they just havenít been part of the blog. The last two members of the original HHC were Jonzo and Braff. They are completely separate people no connection to each other, other than the HHC. Braffís sister and I worked together years after the HHC formed and she is a friend of Brand A and Head Nod. Jonzo is a former co worker who I see now and again and we always threaten to have drinks again but life gets in the way of these things.
There have been lots of add ons and people who show up here and there over the years but 50ís pin up girl has been the only one to really be a late joiner who fell into the crew and stayed with the crew for the long haul. 50ís pin up girl is looks like a girl from the 50ís and works Öwell a rather interesting job more on that later.
We used to gather every other Thursday for Happy Hour at public places then that evolved to house parties largely at Former Smoking Buddies. The house parties phase has evolved to holidays and special occasions gatherings.
The last bit of people in the HHC have really been there since the beginning but werenít really part of the HHC because they were busy which was a guitar player from a band and his wife. Theyíve never had nick names in the blog mainly because I will usually link the band the guitar player is in and that gives away his true identity.
OK were up to speed I think, regardless weíre moving forward
The reason for the recent calling to order of the HHC was a birthday and concert not exactly on the same day but close-ish. The Rev. Horton Heat was playing her in the Star City a few weeks ago and as our luck would have the guitar guyís band The Woody Nelsons is playing as one of two opening bands for the Rev.
How awesome is that? Well, the style of music guitar guy has always played is Rock a Billy in flavor, which if you are not aware is what the Rev. Horton plays too. Well in a style.
We love it all of the HHC love this music we are groupies of a sort with guitar guy and 50ís Pin up girl and Former Smoking Buddy are real groupies of the Rev. Horton Heat. I mean that in the best possible way, hell guitar guy is as well for that matter.
They will drive far and sometime wide to see this man play which if you know the music you know it is worth the drive.
The other band playing that night is Continental , Rick Barton and his sonís band. Which if you donít know Rick was a founding member of the Drop Kick Murphyís.
So the bill is set and the HHC decide to have a VIP day/night of it dinner then the show. Which in true HHC fashion was a party at someoneís house. Now they are generally at Brand A and Head Nodís house, which is true again. Jonzo and Braff didnít make it for this go around but they were both invited.
Well the cook out part of it is grand guitar guy and his wife are there with there newly born child congrats on that by the way. Then he had to go for sound checks at the club.
Everyone is getting rather excited now and we are swapping stories about the other shows weíve been to and hope this one is as fun and having a good time.
Thing is the HHC will go a while without being together and everyone falls right back into place like not a day has gone by Öwhich of course it has and that only allows for stories of the in between times. Brand A and Head Nod have a child now too and the Little James Dean is tearing it up on his motorized bike in the back yard.
Head Nod has juiced up the bike because he is a vehicle guy. Loves motors and things that are made to move by motors and Little James Dean is reaping the benefit of his dadís love of make it go faster and better.
Time to go to the concert the baby sitter for Little James Dean show up and she promises not to chloroform the kid. You know how it goes you show up as the baby sitter and you have the rag with chloroform on it and you say, Hey kid does this smell like Chloroform as you hold the rag to the kids face. They fall asleep and you get to relax until the parents come home. That is not really a good baby sitting practice Ö well at least no in polite society.
Off to the show we go. We are early but not really early. As in we are there in advance of when the show starts but only by about 15 or 20 minutes. Which in bar scene band show that is not really early enough to get great seating so there are a few seats left up near the stage along the wall and there is a bar there but it is beside a wall and not really at the bar. Which means part of the time some of us will be standing, which is usually the case with Former Smoking Buddy and 50ís pin up girl because they get up front by the stage and listen from beside the speakers or at the feet of who ever we are there to see. My job usually revolves around watching drinks and things from a location not right by the stage. This is fine by me Iím a people watcher now and my mosh pit days are behind me.
Which there was one there that evening and there were people in the pit that had no business being in the pit. When I see this forming I turn to Head Nod and say there was a day when I would be out there but that day isnít today. Soon after that a person very close to my age is on the floor after being bashed about like a pin ball. That is just not smart. You donít swim in a tank of sharks if you arenít a shark or in armor and he was neither a shark or armored.
At some point between the bands I have to go to the rest room. I know drinking and peeing you must be kidding those two things never happen together. Well I go in and do my business and no most places put adds up over urinals to sell you stuff while you pee or at least to expose you to things while you are exposed. Iím looking at the ads, and see the place 50ís pin up girl and Former smoking buddy work Ö which is a sex toys shop. I think huh Ill tell her them. So I do you know after I finish and wash my hands.
So I say hey there is an ad for your place of business over the urinal. 50ís and Former say really go in and take a picture. I turn phone in hand walking toward the menís roomÖ then I think this probably seems a bit odd me. Standing at the door of the menís room camera at the ready Ö to take a picture of an ad for a sex shop over a urinal
Well as I walk in there is some one at said urinal so I leave because I donít need to go and to wait there with my camera ready is going to seem even more odd if I walk up and take a photo of the ad over the urinal of where someone just peed while they are washing their hands.
So I just waited outside until he left and then went in and did just that and showed it to 50ís and Pin up girlÖ perhaps you had to be there. Another pint pleaseÖOn with the show Ö.
Rick Barton was walking around before his show and if you donít know a person is going to blow your socks off when you meet them well then you havenít met Rick Barton.
He walks and all you can think is this guy knows something you need to know.
Well if a sound check is getting in your car, starting it up and driving for the freeway once Continental gets in the merge lane you are full speed from then on. During the show Barton delivers great music and good entertainment from the stage. At one point he is telling how there are good girls and bad girls who go to this type of show. Good girls isnít the compliment in this scenario and he is making a tour around the women near the stage to which he is saying good girl about all of them and when he gets to Former Smoking Buddy and 50ís pin up girl he tags 50ís pin up girl as a good girl and then he sees Former Smoking Buddy and says without pause Bad Girl. Well Former Smoking Buddy could not have been happier.
Just as the Woody Nelsons got the energy level up for Continental, Barton brought the energy level up to a level for the Rev.
The Rev. took the stage and played all good songs, my favorite was not among them but hey what are you going to do. This band looks like they are right from the 1950ís but feel like they are from a time we havenít lived in yet.
Unfortunately we all had to work the next day and were out way past reasonable bed times or there may have been more to the story
Happy Birthday if itís your birthday and a very merry un birthday if it isnít your birthday
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