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  •  I don't like to talk about it, but (13+ / 0-)

    I've built a few average sand castles, nothing special, I mean, no one ever took a picture or anything. Why do they say "building sand castles in the air" when even the ones on the sand are just fragile and temporary anyway? Huh?

    Lots and lots of brushes with fame… vacationed with Ed McMahon for two weeks (three families rented two houses on the Jersey shore, our best friends' parents were best friends with the McMahons, 1963), I told you I met John and Yoko, I kissed Joni Mitchell one year and the next year watched her concert onstage right nextto dulcimer, gave her a present, then when my brother met her at her hotel in a crush of people, he saw my bottle of German wine in her arms and he reminded Joni that I had kissed her the year before, and the lovely superstar replied, "I'm still burning up from that one." Joni Mitchell on our special kiss!!!
    Okay, I was a page and a janitor and a mailman at NBC, my college summer job, so I saw lots more famous people including Muhammed Ali, Jack Lemmon, Steve Allen. Also, JFK in his limo, shook hands with Jimmy Carter. Joe Scheidler is my fellow parishioner. L*ra Fl*nn B*yle's dad is my friend and neighbor. Met Rahm Emmanuel, does he count?

    I would like the minimum wage raised, and the tipping to continue. Tipping is sometimes fair, and many times it is either greater or lesser than the value of the service provided. I always wish I was tipping more.

    Have never done the hula hoop well. Never had the rhythm. But my daughter wins contests by never stopping until the contest is just called off.

    When I watched tv at night, I would wake up at 7 or so to be somewhere by 8 or so. I don't like tv anymore and now I get up before dawn. Sleeping in late would be 8AM. I also rarely take naps now, maybe a short one at like 6PM. I feel healthy and strong and confident all day, that was not always so.

    Honesty is not a policy. It's a character trait.

    by Says Who on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 07:32:10 AM PDT

    •  Now, tell me you made this up: (4+ / 0-)
      I kissed Joni Mitchell one year and the next year watched her concert onstage right nextto dulcimer, gave her a present, then when my brother met her at her hotel in a crush of people, he saw my bottle of German wine in her arms and he reminded Joni that I had kissed her the year before, and the lovely superstar replied, "I'm still burning up from that one." Joni Mitchell on our special kiss!!!
      ...or I shall be exceedingly jealous!
      •  All true. (2+ / 0-)
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        Floja Roja, Monsieur Georges

        I have witnesses. I can remember every second. Even know the date and time and hotel. We had followed her tour bus from Auditorium Theater to Astor House. Her bodyguard stood in front of me to let her by, but she moved him over and walked right into my arms. My brother kissed her, too. The next year was just good fortune, my radio music partner has well-connected at Ravinia, she had performed there, and so we just scurried backstage from an exterior door. The dulcimer was a church dulcimer, very large and dark brown, I thought of stealing it. I had brought the wine, Liebframilch, as in her song at the time, Just Like This Train.
        Now I see on her fan page that she wants us to post our memories of her concerts. I'm going for it! (I need a date to my daughter's wedding anyway.) Except Joni is turning 70 in November and has a lot going for her, especially Canadian Theater.
        I think she still smokes.
        I am the greatest Joni Mitchell fan there is, and I just found out that she performed at the Rathskellar at my campus, University of Detroit, in 1968 before I got there. I performed there in 1972. Kismet.
        Thanks for asking, I cherish the memories.
        Also I built three dulcimers and I play a lot of her music.
        She does not like being singled out as the best female singer, or guitarist, or jazz player, or anything. And seriously, there are few better creators of music either gender, and far less as prolific. She has had something like 50 different tunings for her guitars in the studio, it stifled her live acts until her friend invented a guitar tuner to adjust each guitar for each song. Tuning is too strenuous a task in a live setting, she overcame polio and has a number of health issues.
        Now I'm putting on her music, you got me. Ever hear "In France They Kiss on Main Street" or "Don't Interrupt the Sorrow"? There is a long beautiful string on YouTube for the taking. My favorite song of all time is "Cactus Tree," it defines her need to love and to be free, over and over, the theme of her life.
        Yup, I'm a fool for Joni.

        Honesty is not a policy. It's a character trait.

        by Says Who on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 02:04:03 PM PDT

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        •  "Cactus Tree" was the song that (2+ / 0-)
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          Floja Roja, Says Who

          made me a fan, and I never quit listening.  Never saw her live until the Mingus tour.  That show may be the single best concert I've ever seen.

          I single her out as the best of our generation.  Hope that's OK with her.

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