Old NFO told me that I need some down time. Despite the fact that he's an airdale, Old NFO is usually right. I told him that I planned on renting a Harley Davidson MC and driving around Lake Tahoe this Saturday (yes it will be cold). He seemed to think that may not be enough for me to re-boot my hard drive and so I thought on the subject.
I am not a musician.
I don't play a musician on TV.
I don't even watch much TV.
But thanks to Old NFO's prompting, I will be jamming with The Smoking Rats on Friday night to get into the mood for Saturday (yes it's Halloween, but who says that you can't play the blues on Halloween?) in Reno. Reno sort of calls for the blues in a white version of Louis Armstrong sense of the word.
Ah, The Smoking Rats, you'll say...never heard of 'em. Well, you put together a few guys who are somewhat past their prime and a pretty lady on keys that sings, and add some really well-known people who drop in and pick up with them in jams and you have the rats. The Smoking Rats don't have a gig for Halloween, so it's back to the roots of the old Juke Joint - where the music itself is both trick and treat.
Now you have to be "bad" (fake bad) to hang with the Smoking Rats and play percussion. But since I'm not a real Smoking Rat, only a jamming poser, I think that I might just fit in. I need to find a blues name for myself. Muddy Waters has been taken, and more's the pity, so I'm thinking "Swampy Water" or "Soapy Water" as a homage of sorts, while defining my general skill sets in the name.
Sometimes the Smoking Rats depart from their roots and into old Stones tunes. Honkey Tonk Woman and I Can't Get No Satisfaction are favorites because they fit comfortably into the motif of aging guys (who all identify with either Jagger or Richards) with a hot female lead singer who saves the audience from the slow dying that would come with the guys singing.
Yes, I always wanted to play drums for George Thorogood & The Destroyers...
But on Halloween, in Reno, The Smoking Rats will have to do,
and I'll try and put some 'terminator' into the action too, just because.
The Theme Song of the Saturday ride will be Fire Lake (Bob Seger). It might not even end up as a solo ride as there are a few people forming for the run, that will inevitably end up at Gar Woods Grill and Pier for supper. Gar Woods is not a cycle tramp joint, but they are famous for the "Wet Woody" and awesome fish tacos. Would Old NFO approve? I don't know. He's a man of discriminating tastes. Maybe I'll end up with both a life and a personality?
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Welcome to Virtual Mirage
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the cat. "We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad," asked Alice?
"You must be," said the cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."
Virtual Mirage - What's on the other side of the mirror? Ask Alice how deep the rabbit hole really goes.
This blog is an extension of MY JOURNEY because sometimes my journey needs more explanation, and sometimes there is more to be said than can be expressed on one ordinary blog.
Sometimes it's politics (very serious), sometimes I address the human condition with a dose of humor, and other times it may seem as if the track is headed in a unique direction. I can be a complicated guy at times.
There are a few things you'll find I consider:
* Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
* Sometimes the questions are complex but the answers are simple.
* Love is the only condition where the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
* Steers do not sign treaties with meat packers. (think on that)
* Taxes are NEVER levied for the benefit of the taxed.
* The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no victory possible in defense.
WHITE POWDER (Novel)
There is something intoxicating about a secret.
THE OLD WHORE (NOVEL)
In the peculiar culture of the Central Intelligence Agency, "old whores" are people who will do whatever it takes to get the job done, irrespective of the cost.
EXILES FROM EDEN (NOVEL)
Sparks fly as two star-crossed lovers meet. He runs toward trouble as she yearns for something missing. And it ends in a flight from and toward justice.
Today, I balance work and play as much as anyone can. All things remaining equal, play is more important. Life is short - it's important to make every day count for something, if only to yourself.
I'm a former tinker/tailor/soldier/sailor who has now decided that maybe it really wasn't all done for nothing.
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