Posts Tagged ‘crowd

14
Feb
11

fire in the sky

Over the road


I’d called an end to the workday and had started a fire to fend off the coming chill this evening and was sipping a beer as the fire got rolling. Then I heard sort of a growl and thought I’d check the stove, as it can make noises when it’s drawing well.

After hopping the fence

I got up and then I heard a different sound, the clear burn of open propane flame and I knew a ballooner was right above the cabin. Down low on the creek it was a quickly cooling evening even though it had been 60+ just an hour or so ago. I stepped out on the back deck to scan the sky and it was apparent that my neighbor Allen Lawson was landing in the road as he was making tender pulses of burn to land rather than larger ones to make it ‘over’ the hill into Stanton, Salee or Pardo’s bottom fields.

I grabbed the camera and took the shot above then went out to see if this was going to be a ‘quality’ set down or a mess since the road is about as wide as a balloon and there is new barbed wire fencing there which cannot be good against the light fabric. He is a good flier, and the wind is dead, so when I get to the road I watch him drop on the wrong side of the fence and with the help if his ground crew, he burns & hops over the fence like a deer and drops the whole kit smack on the safe side of the road.

Packing Up - Sis & Steve

Course by then, even as sparse as people are out in the middle of the Mark Twain forest are, we got a block party going. Sis has ventured out from down the road, her husband arrives home from work, and Mike and his wife have also arrived. We all help bag the chute and Allen books a demo at the high school next week, then we all go home dinner.

Now, with a crowd there Allen cannot help but mentioning the “incident” last year where I had to ride bitch on his KTM ’cause I had poured ancient gas in the Beemer for a test ride and it had crapped out down at the bridge. Thanks Allen 🙂 no need to let a good story die a quiet death.

That’s how we roll down here. It was a good and adventurous day, and a very lovely and talented lady got recognized by very few by winning a Grammy for the best new artist. Ms. Esperanza Spalding

Allen, wife and daughter 🙂

13
Dec
10

garbonzo bean band

Garbonzo Bean Band Event Poster

My sister sent me a link to a video she’d found on YouTube which brought back some old memories of gigs I’d done and bands I’d played with.

Everybody in town knew these guys and I ended up sitting in with them outside of Lindberg’s at the St. Patrick Day parade. Almost every musician in town played with them at one time or another, but especially drummers. John and Chris were the core members and quite often played “walk around” gigs, so drummers were ‘optional’.

I played with them for a year or so and loved every minute of it. The ideal of the band was basically .. “If you’re gonna play for folks, then by gawd, it outa be fun” 🙂

These guys made it fun, and outlandish dress was part of the gig. It wasn’t just music, it was seldom serious, and costumes were required. **

My favorite was was a lime green, pleated, Empire waist pinafore with spaghetti straps.

Most gigs were a bit like performance art and they were all very unique. We played once in the back bedroom at a private New Years party (so we wouldn’t be too loud) and couldn’t see the audience. We quit at 12:30 and visited with them and they said “You guys were great!”.

I’m glad I got to gig with them and have lots of good memories. I’ve got to say that I do not remember recording this video below, but that is me at the set of drums provided for the video.

** I wore pantyhose one evening, and I now know why DRUMMERS DO NOT WEAR PANTYHOSE !!!

05
Aug
10

htrbbq3: prelude to cat herding

After dinner at the first BBQ

The 3rd annual BBQ at the Redneck Ranch is only about a week away. I made the first one two years ago, a small intimate group of about 6 folk, good food and conversation, my kind of get together. HTR said that lots of people showed up last year (say 30 to 40?) and locals get an invite, not just riders, so that keeps the conversation on the diverse side and plenty of folks to play redneck golf or washers.

There may be even more attendees this year as the main dish is comprised of 12 god damned roasting hens! So there will be some serious fire tending on Saturday morning.

Wanting some sort of task to do (or to avoid the crowd) I volunteered to offer services as sous chef. I have the time to arrive early, I enjoy cooking, and I used to hold dinners for 4 couples back when I sold Saladmaster cookware.

To complicate the weekend, HTR has invited an additional group to arrive on Friday for an extra day before the regular crowd arrives, so that ups the potential count of people over a growing length of time. So we may be looking two evening meals and Sat. & Sun. breakfast. Since none of these folk are arriving in a tour bus, but dribbling in one by two starting a midnight Thursday night (from both coasts no less!) thru Saturday afternoon, the event has no formal start time which makes meal planning a farce. At least we have a set dinner time for Saturdays big feed, but that’s it.

So I got an email last night that started the planning and I offered some suggestions. I couldn’t offer up any advice, per se, but I’ve always got a suggestion up my sleeve. I’m planning on chaos, but if we can sprinkle that with some advanced planning we can pull it off. I hope, maybe .. 🙂

By arriving early I get my pick of yard space for the tent. From the size of the event, I suspect the Redneck Ranch is gonna take on a Haitian feel when all the campers roll in and get set up.

18
Jul
10

on audience

Pastor Hagee working the crowd

We are all members of an audience on occasion. During those occasions we all know how we should act for each audience situation, be it a concert, play, golf match or church service or funeral. We know when and how to make the proper noises (at the proper times) to make the proper responses back to the speaker-performer.

So an audience has ‘rules’ for each situation in their response, and those rules seemed to have changed. I wonder why?, or maybe it’s more important to ask ‘who’ decided things had to change and how in hell did we all agree to it?

I have no interest in several TV shows because today’s audience seems to insist on screaming like little childern. Screaming has replaced the good old clap. I find this as annoying as fingernails scrapped on a blackboard which is damned annoying. So is listening to dogs bark.

I’m not sure you can call a tele-evangalist program a church service, but those audiences now applaud instead of the old fashioned ‘amen’ or ‘hallelujah’ shout. What’s up with that? Do all churches now do this, or is this just the ones on TV?




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