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    Notes From "Mr. Pathetic"

    Hi All;

    Well, like in your worse nightmares I'm back. I was very surprised by some of the guys that offered support after my last ill-advised post. Mucho appreciated.
    I will likely be banned and deleted after this one if I'm not drawn and quartered first.

    Interesting nite.
    We had a band meeting at a local pub and it looks like were going on "hiatus" for a while. I'm 63, by far the oldest in the band, but interestingly the only one that still has his own hair ... and it grows, right now about half way down my back with no signs of white or gray.
    Anyway, we're all old guys and the "hiatus" has nothing to do with personality conflicts or any such ********. All the other guys are experiencing the trials and tribulations of getting older ... one guy had a heart attack, one is getting separated after a million years, one has a couple of teens that are going down the wrong path ... yada, yada, yada. We are all friends and support each other as best we can, unfortunately a "hiatus" generally means that it is done. So, I'm at loose ends.

    I would love to be able to start a band that plays some country, some country rock like the Eagles, Burrito Bros., Emmylou, Clarence White, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Commander Cody, New Riders of The Purple Sage and of course some Bluegrass. Ain't going to happen ... first of all, there isn't any viable market for it, second no-one can play such a wide variety of stuff well ... it's much more difficult than it appears. I would relate a story but it would be arrogant and self-serving.

    So, after the band meeting, I went to my favourite country dive ... actually the only one. As usual, all the 20 something guys were looking for an excuse to hassle and harass me. Couple of minor incidents but nothing that a well placed hold couldn't solve. I've lived a hard life and have played in every kind of dive bar that you can think of ... a lot before any of you were born. You literally had to learn some defensive and offensive defence skills or die. I'm actually very patient, I remember what it's like to be young and full of piss and vinegar. On the other hand, as a man, there is a line that no-one crosses with me without a response.

    But, I think I've cracked the code. My Mom passed away at 93, but everyone said she looked no older than 60 even after the dementia and strokes. I've inherited some of that. Every time I go into a pub/bar, people want to guess my age. They know I'm old but can't figure it out. The oldest guess I got tonite was 36. I think the problems arise when the young women that these guys are chasing are more interested in me than them. Oooh, the burdens I bear (lol). I won't go into what happened tonite, it wouln't be appropriate for this forum, but it was pretty good. As Merle Haggard would say ... "It Ain't Love, But It Ain't Bad". I'm never going to let anyone run me out of a pub that I enjoy.

    Enough BS. Time to hit the sack.
    I tried to respond in my last post to Rango, but I don't think it came thru. Apologize man for being a dick. Learned a good lesson from that and I try to make sure it doesn't happen again.

    Not trying to be a jerk.
    I'm not American, but I remember Daniel Monyihan? (wrong spelling, I know) at one time opined that " everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts". Smart guy was he.

    Cheers All!!!
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    Sorry about the hiatus...but it doesn't always mean the end. Never say never is pretty damn true, especially when it comes to musicians(such a wishy-washy bunch). The other thing I've learned in my relatively short musical existence is that it's almost impossible to have EVERYTHING you want in one band. I'm sure you could find some guys to jam with, that would be fun, even if it only covers a portion of what you WANT to do. With the range of music I like, I'd never be able to do it all. So I've realized that the group of guys I write with, I'm pretty "blessed" to be on the same wave length, even if it only covers a portion of my interests.

    Take every situation for what it is and enjoy what it has to offer. - That pretty goes for anything in life.

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    are you Chuck Norris??

    Amazing that he's 73, right?? Dude stopped aging like 25-30 years ago. It's weird.

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    Amazing that he's 73, right?? Dude stopped aging like 25-30 years ago. It's weird.
    Because he sleeps in a coffin during the day.
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    Commander Cody... and the Lost Planet Airmen? Damn... you are old. Just kidding. SERIOUSLY! "Hot Rod Lincoln" was the first lead i tried to play. Sadly my fingers have never recovered. It was on a 45 I had as a kid. You yungins can ask your parents what a 45 is. (no, it is not a gun).

    Sorry to hear about the "hiatus". I joined a band 6 months, for the first time... at the age of 48 (and I am second youngest in the band). I LOVE IT! It would kill me if it broke up. We play for the joy of playing... with dreams of playing out. I just like playing. Ain't that what its all about? Keep playing! Keep posting... when the mood strikes you.
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    If you are 63 and twenty-something knuckleheads are still willing to try and give you a beat down? I'd take that as a compliment!

    Only the most depraved person would knowingly beat up an "almost senior", so perhaps they look at you as one of their peers. If that's the case, why not take advantage of that and start looking for some younger guys to start a band with? I'm getting close to being 40 and still jam with guys in their 20's, now I'm looked at like an elder statesman with experience. Miles Davis did the same thing you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon van derlim View Post
    are you Chuck Norris??

    Naw, I'm Dorian Gray

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    Quote Originally Posted by WishICouldPlay View Post
    Naw, I'm Dorian Gray

    NICE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    If you are 63 and twenty-something knuckleheads are still willing to try and give you a beat down? I'd take that as a compliment!

    Only the most depraved person would knowingly beat up an "almost senior", so perhaps they look at you as one of their peers. If that's the case, why not take advantage of that and start looking for some younger guys to start a band with? I'm getting close to being 40 and still jam with guys in their 20's, now I'm looked at like an elder statesman with experience. Miles Davis did the same thing you know.
    I think you're right. This physical stuff never happens anywhere else, just there. In context, this is a small, narrow, dark, dingy bar with no windows, kinda feels what I imagine solitary would be like. Also, the amount of alcohol served is mind boggling so they are all well litup by midnite and it doesn't close until two. They all seem to think I'm a contemporary of theirs or something. I don't believe any of them think I'm in my twenties, or even thirties, but they must think I'm young enough to be "fair game". I'm sure if any of them met me the next morning in the unforgiving sunlight, they would have a very different opinion about my age.

    I go there because I like country music and it's the only bar in town where anything interesting happens. It's not so respectable, particularly early in the week. Reminds me of my wayward and misspent yut. Pub where we had our band meeting is quite large and we were the only people in it. The room across the hall had no-one. This placed was packed on a Monday nite.

    One Dog Nite ...

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    3 ain't so bad though .
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    Quote Originally Posted by auriemma View Post
    Commander Cody... and the Lost Planet Airmen? Damn... you are old. Just kidding. SERIOUSLY! "Hot Rod Lincoln" was the first lead i tried to play. Sadly my fingers have never recovered. It was on a 45 I had as a kid. You yungins can ask your parents what a 45 is. (no, it is not a gun).

    Sorry to hear about the "hiatus". I joined a band 6 months, for the first time... at the age of 48 (and I am second youngest in the band). I LOVE IT! It would kill me if it broke up. We play for the joy of playing... with dreams of playing out. I just like playing. Ain't that what its all about? Keep playing! Keep posting... when the mood strikes you.
    Of interest, or maybe not ... Bill Kirtchen taught me that personally one afternoon at the Horseshoe Tavern many, many moons ago.

    Still play it. I can be a bit of a sh1t disturber but at my age I just don't give a "rats ass" anymore, so when I get an opportunity to sit in with a band, particularly when their gigging, I make them play it. Way too many of them muck around endlessly between songs (and it's always the lead guitarist and singer) so I just step up to the mic and start ... "my pappy said son, your gonna drive me to drinkin', if you don't stop driving that HOT!, ROD!!, LINCOLN!!!". Hit the riff and away we go. What are they going to do? they have all these people on the dance floor waiting for them to stop feeding their egos and I'm not stoppin' ... other than that I try to behave. Audience always loves it ... SERIOUSLY, who could not love "Hot, Rod Lincoln".

    I'm not the biggest fan of the Who but this line from "Substitute" is pretty descriptive, besides has the word "tit" in it .

    "I look pretty young, but I'm just back-dated"
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    So glad you stuck around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    So glad you stuck around.
    Thx man. Appreciate it, just tryin' to have a bit of fun.

    Last nite at the country bar, I was talking to a guy, he looked at me ... and I quote said ...
    "I didn't know a rectum could talk".

    Man, I thought I pissed myself laughing, in the middle of it this guy let go one of the loudest, most obnoxious beer farts I've ever heard. We went into spasms laughing, I honestly thought I was going to suffocate and then I started getting the dry heaves.
    The people around us who heard the whole thing were doubled up also. Everyone else thought we were nuts. Haven't had a good belly laugh like that in a long time ... laughter, the best medicine.
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