The observations of a 50 something with lots of experience in politics, government, life and learning.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Music from Big Pink

You know, this blogging stuff is just frankly egomaniacal, but what the heck. I'm trying to get over the fact that all of America is not posting to this site...on the other hand, since I am telling the truth, I probably want to limit the audience to people who can "handle the truth" rather than people who will use it to my detriment.

But I digress.....

I hope you all are jealous that I spent the weekend in the environs of Woodstock, NY (the town, not the eponymous concert venue fifty miles away.) I was with my dear friend Kay who, back in the olden days, was a "groupie" with The Band. We listened to the Levon Helm Band in Kingston NY at "Armed Forces Appreciation Day" an event that we PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE ATTENDED in 1969....

It was the only sunny day all weekend, and we "danced like no one was watching" and listened to Levon and Amy and Little Sammy Davis on harmonica and generally had a grand old time. And then the next day we looked around Woodstock, went to Maria's for lunch and saw the "Big Pink" house in Saugerties and discussed Bob Dylan's prediliction or lack thereof for the truth. Also nuclear power and nanotechnology...and I'm NOT MAKING THAT UP.

They say old friends are the best friends, and this weekend certainly proved that. We are old, hitting 55 and over, but 30+ year friendships mean you can cut through the b.s. and get down to basics. A real joy and gift. The other goal of the weekend was to take care of ME, since I had been spending so much time taking care of others. It was a good idea and I commend it to you all.

So, with fond memories of succulent crab imperial and good times all around, I return to my daytime existence, grateful for the time away and looking forward to future opportunities to carve out three days of R & R in an increasingly hectic world.

2 comments:

cookie said...

What a beauuuutiful testimonial to the balm of friendship.

Speaking of balm....How about the 14 US Senators (Ds and Rs) who came together in the national interest and averted a filibuster showdown. deToqueville is spinning in his grave!

Margeware said...

I think the compromise showed real leadership. I did read on dailykos that some purists wanted the D's to go down in flames no matter what .... NO COMPROMISE....but I think most cooler heads realized that the fate of the Republic was held in the balance.

More important than campaign finance reform is eliminating the practice of politicians drawing electoral lines. that is why so few House seats are contested...they're already drawn with a winner in mind rather than being "let the chips fall where they may." And so when House members become Senators, they're used to a polarized environment and don't realize that they've just joined a deliberative body....