I like the theatre. Haven’t been in over twenty years; but I liked it when I did go. I’ve seen Cats four times, Pump Boys and Dinette twice and several others. I have the CD to Cats. I play it sometimes when I am on a long drive. But I did something this weekend that has changed life as I have known it.
Back in the late sixties I saw this play and I really liked the music. I didn’t quiet understand the play, but I was knocked out by what I was hearing. Then in the late eighties the movie version came out and I finally understood the whole anti war thing.
So while I was shopping for Marni’s Michael Jackson DVD I saw this CD. HAIR! OMG. I bought it and have been playing it ever since. As I have stated before, I don’t listen to music radio much, preferring to listen to talk radio. And when I do listen to music, I prefer country or blue grass. But these last few days I have been riding around singing at the top of my voice, head bobbing and body gyrating like a teenage boy listening to new wave pop music, or what ever you call this shit being played on the radio these days. People are looking at me.
But that’s not the worst part. My voice will scare the crows out of the corn field. I will make a deaf man cover his ears. It’s bad. It used to be good. In high school I went to All State Chorus at the University of Georgia. I almost got expelled because I missed the concert because Leon W. and I got drunk with some of the football players for the Dawgs. I was 17 at the time. A couple of the players went to my school a year or two before and wanted to show us around Athens. Before you know it, it was after midnight and the bus was waiting on us and the teacher was not pleased. That is for another post.
Hair, Manchester England, L.B.J., Black Boys, White Boys, Let The Sunshine In. If you like to listen to BASS guitars, listen to Hair and Let The Sunshine In (Aquarius). That boy’s fingers are walking up and down that neck like the fingers where on a cross-county marathon. The music is so energizing, a cripple will stand up form his wheel chair and clap and wave the arms. It is just a fun CD.
The best first three or four minuets of any movie I have ever seen belong’s to Top Gun. The last four or five minuets of any movie I have ever seen is Hair. I am stoked.
After answering question number 11 in the previous post, I wanted to tell you about my experience at the neighborhood sports bar.
Sweet Tea is out of town for a couple of weeks and I went there to get a hamburger and beer before the start of the Super Bowl. Because it was so crowded it took a while to get a seat and get my order. So I was eating and watching the pre-game activities on the 35 televisions scattered around the joint when Billy Joel started singing The National Anthem.
As is my custom, I stopped eating and took off my cap (which is a blue Navy cap with a silhouette of my ship and the name and hull number embroidered on it) and place it over my heart. I didn’t stand, but I did “cover.” But I noticed something that made me very proud. Everyone in the place stopped talking and eating and, although they didn’t cover their heart, they did observe the silence and starred at the television screens. Even the young hard bodied young ladies running around and waiting on the tables stopped and stood still. As soon as it was over, the hubbub started again like nothing had happened. But for those three minuets, it was awsom.
I was so impressed that I tear’ed up and had a hard time swallowing my next bite of burger. Damn, we live in a great country.
I stole this ditty from Marni over at it’s a pugs life, and she stole it from Amy over at mish mash. So I thought I would give it a try, too.
1. Who was your best friend (in high school)? I didn’t have a best friend, just some guys that I hung out with. 2. What sports did you play? I was a bench warmer in football and baseball because my brothers made me. 3. What kind of car did you drive? My brother’s ’55 Chevy. 4. Its Friday night, where were you? Sock hop after the football games in the gym or home watching TV. 5. Were you a party animal? No! I just watched. 6. Were you in the “In Crowd”? No! The only crowd I was ever in was when I went to the snack bar at the drive-in. 7. Ever skip school? Sure! 8. Ever smoke? Not in high school or the service. I started when I was twenty-five. I quit over 15 years ago. 9. Were you a nerd? I wasn’t smart enough to be considered a nerd. I was more a jerk. 10. Did you get suspended or expelled? Oh, Yeah! 11. Can you sing the alma mater? Yes, but not on key. I do cover my heart, though. 12. Who was your favorite teacher? That is an oxymoron. My favorite teachers from high school now are the ones that are dead. 13. Favorite class? Study hall! Except for memorizing the dates, I really liked history. 14. What was your school’s full name? West Fulton High 15. School mascot? Owl! It should have been a beer bottle, but the establishment didn’t like the idea. 16. Did you go to Prom? Yes! For the life of me I cannot remember her name. She was a real cute redhead who was so nervous and scarred that she shook anytime we tried to dance. I say “tried” because I couldn’t dance. I took her home immediately after the dance and didn’t even kiss her goodnight. It wasn’t her. It was me. I was so shy and embarrassed that I had to put her out of her misery. I would love to see her again and apologize. I’m sure she is a better person now and not traumatized by my ineptness. 17. If you could go back and do it over, would you? Hell NO!!! 18. What do you remember most about graduation? Being hot in the robes and having to listen to all the speeches, and not really believing it until I got my diploma in my hands. I didn’t really think I would make it. 19. Favorite memory of your Senior Year? I don’t have a lot of good memories of high school. 20. Were you ever posted up on the senior wall? I don’t know what that is. The only wall I was ever posted on was a line-up. 21. Did you have a job your senior year? Yes! I worked at Dairy Queen/ Braizer and at the Georgia Tech football games hawking Cokes in the stands and selling hotdogs at the Atlanta Crackers baseball games. 22. Who did you date? I didn’t! I did hang with the kids at church and we went out as a group. I had a few crushes on a couple of girls, but I never told them. 23. Where did you go most often for lunch? Cafeteria! There was a place called the Teddy Bear Grill across the street from the school which was off-limits. I had a few lunches there. We call it the Bugger Bear Grill because of all the fights that occurred there. 24. Have you gained weight since then? God yes. Back then I was 6’4’ and 170 lbs. with a 28” waist. I had to jump around in a shower to get wet. I could stand under a clothes line in a rain storm and stay dry. I was skinny. 25. What did you do after graduation? Went to Florida and ended up in jail for doing 95 mph through a 15 mph school zone. I went home and joined the Navy.