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Old May 28th, 2014, 07:46 AM   #401
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Hello, old friend, it's been another year.

Although it's been raining for a few hours it has been relatively peaceful–until that single flash of lightning and accompanying clap of thunder some 20 minutes ago. Little reminder that today is your day? Thought it had your touch to it. Message received, loud & clear.

Everyone else in the house is still asleep so I won't play a tune for a couple hours. It's also a wee bit early for a dram of anything, that'll also have to wait.

The place has been emptier but much quieter for the last few months. Quite pleasant, actually. Maybe a bit tame for a rabble rouser like yourself...

Haven't ridden much yet this year, only a few hunnert miles so far. Have a few trips planned over the next couple of months or so. Nothing major, the usual rides to a couple rallys along with visits to a half dozen new craft breweries in Montana. There'll be nearly 50 down there by year end, in a state with a population of approx. a million people. Just amazing. Great time to be a beer drinker.

I'll be back in a couple of hours, let you know what liquid was for breakfast & what's playing. Thx for the wake-up call.
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Old May 28th, 2014, 08:17 AM   #402
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Still only that single thunderclap at 5 this morning. It was you, you bugger, wasn't it...

Well, my friend, it's still raining so can't set on the doorstep. Out in the garage doing some cleanup & plugged the iPhone into a cheap set of speakers. The mood is kind of blue so I reach for the blues tracks & up pops this little number by JD Simo called City Limits. Wonderful slide guitar player, you'd like him. He recorded these albums when he was about 16 or 17. Amazing depth from someone so young. Turned shuffle off & here I am in the middle of about an hour of his music.

Popped open the tourpack on the Hawg and lo & behold, right on top is my pewter flask filled with a little anti-freeze: pear cognac! So, here I am, garage door open, sipping on some schnapps, blues washing down the driveway like the tears on my face.

I miss you, mi amigo. Take care. Until next year...
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Old May 28th, 2014, 03:37 PM   #403
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It's scary how the years whip by for those of us still bound by time.
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Just to let you know Ger, and you too FeXL, I had a double Scotch in yer honour. One was for me and 'tother was for our wimpy friend down south who tosses a great drink over his shoulder.

And thanks for the tip on JD Simo. I'm all over that one.
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...'tother was for our wimpy friend down south who tosses a great drink over his shoulder.
I'll take that. And thx for the thought.

Hey, the reasoning is twofold: First, where I grew up, it was considered proper behaviour to toss one over your shoulder for a departed friend. Second, after Johnny Red kicked my butt all over southern Alberta back in November '77, absolutely anything that smells even remotely peat-y gets the butterflies going. You don't want to witness the end result of me trying to down Scotch of any vintage.

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And thanks for the tip on JD Simo. I'm all over that one.
I forget how I was introduced to his music, it was a couple years back. Online radio station, perhaps? Heard City Limits (I could listen to that all day), immediately tracked down & ordered two of his CD's from an online used music store (Burnin' Live & One Night Stand). Amazing blues musician.

He's hung a shingle up in Nashville, from the sounds of it. Apparently he just came out with a new album.
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Old May 28th, 2015, 10:31 AM   #406
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Hello, old friend. How are things?

Have a bottle of Xante Poire au Cognac on the counter in your honour this morning. I carry a flask of it in the Hawg at all times (like I noted last year), for medicinal purposes only, of course.

Speaking of which, it's been a good spring for riding, have over 3000 miles on already. Changed the rear tire last week & did an oil change. She needs a good detailing but why bother when you can ride, no?

It's been a quiet week work-wise for the most part, gives me a chance to catch up. Photographed a gal 2 weeks ago who has dreams of becoming a Playboy model. Images have been submitted, we'll see. It would be cool to be able to say, "I photographed her before..."

Creedence Run Through The Jungle on the tunage right now.

Ran through the whole thread last week, it brought tears afresh. This morning I'm dry eyed (so far), we'll see what happens after I sit on the step for a while. It was cathartic to go through all the posts & relive the memories.

I miss you, mi amigo. Take care. Until next year...

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Ha! Looking out the front window, there's a Jack Rabbit near the big old blue spruce, mowing the lawn for me. Haven't seen him since winter. Another harbinger? You always manage that, don't you?

Thx...
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And me just having eye surgery again, I wuz sulkin' and plain forgot what day it was. Sorry about that Gerry. Still got a few bottles of yer water kickin' about. A toast with that will have to do till the pills are gone tomorrow, but look out Sunday. Showin' the 49 at a car show and the scotch will be in the trunk with a crystal glass and a wee bit a water to remember the good times.
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Really good stuff FeXL.
Thx, g.

I still haven't figgered out why the passing of a man I never met in person has affected me so much. All I know is that it has &, as long as I am able, I will continue to remember & pay tribute.

I went for a ride on Tuesday on a fairly straight stretch of 2 lane blacktop, oriented north/south, 'bout a hunnert miles round trip. I was on the southbound leg & looming on the southeast horizon is a geological formation called the Sweetgrass Hills, an igneous intrusion exposed by glaciation, just inside the Montana border. With the prairie being pretty flat you can see them for miles around, at least 60 miles away. I've been to the top, it's a helluva view. They're a landmark for anyone in the area.

As they came into sight & for no reason I could discern, I immediately thought of Gerry. My thoughts drifted away now & then but every time I'd look back at the hills, I was reminded again of him. I stopped in a small town hotel at the far end of the journey, had a couple of cold beers & returned home.

It was a perfect ride.
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