I stopped by Claire’s place earlier today and read Part 1 of The Authentic Life I must admit to doing a good bit of eye-rolling while I read. Honestly, people who fret over being authentic, by their own admission shouldn’t be taken too seriously. As noted in my comment to her post, I do make exeptions for writers because by necessity, writers have to fret about all kinds of things just to do their job.
My father passed away suddenly yesterday. He would have been 87 next month and he lived a full and vigorous life right up until yesterday afternoon.
It has been real rough for us but I’m buoyed by knowing the last thing he wanted was a prolonged illness and creeping death. I give thanks that my brothers and sister and I all got to spend good time with him last week. My last words to him were “I love you Dad”.
He’s gone ahead and we are going to miss him terribly after this all sinks in. There are so many memories.
Like the time back in the 80’s when we were in Bakersfield eating breakfast at the Denny’s over by Buck Owens’ place. Our waitress was a real pretty young lady and Dad was always a shameless flirt.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat cringing in a booth while Dad chatted up shapely women half his age. But not this time, he was a perfect gentleman. Maybe it was because the waitress’s name was Becky… I mean how can you be rude to a nice young lady named Becky?
The reason I remember her name was Becky so vividly is because after she had poured our last cups of coffee and was out of earshot, Dad looks at me and simply says “and there were three of them” which of course was totally inappropriate and so out of left field but delivered in such a spot-on Kenny Rogers impression that I just burst out laughing. Uncontrollably laughing.
Now I was the one being an asshole but I couldn’t quit which of course made Dad start laughing and we both sat there stuck in a feedback loop laughing ourselves to tears.
God I miss him.
Funny the stuff that sticks with you. Our daughter Mischa has a blog now and we’ve been checking it out and talking about how proud we are of her. She’s really become a bit of a Punk/fashionista and I wondered how exactly that happened as I’d always thought of her as my little tomboy.
Not so long ago we were riding around the Sierras in my truck listening to Pantera and the next thing I know, she has a husband, three kids, a mortgage and… turquoise hair.
How the heck did this happen? Well through the wonders of YouTube, I’ve been able to go back to the exact moment when Mischa caught the “Wild Hair”. She was maybe six or seven and we were watching Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin sing a Lefty Frizzell song on TV. ‘Shelly starts commenting on Colvin’s sun dress and combat boots. Soon, over her mother’s protestations she was rocking the same look. Viola! Coolest kid in the first grade.
Oh well, mama tried.
I love this picture! At the time it was taken, it was actually illegal to carry this type of knife in Texas. Bowie knives illegal… in Texas. Let that sink in for a minute.
Now in the photo above, please note the gentleman on the right. Note the absolute glee on his face and today, maybe let’s celebrate people with enough balls to override their brains when the occasion calls for it. Maybe also ponder the role such people play in securing the lofty concepts of freedom and liberty.
And speaking of Texans with balls, have you seen Taylor Sheridan’s 2016 masterpiece Hell Or High Water? Well I couldn’t think of a better day to watch it.
While I won’t loose any sleep over Alex Jones and other nutters getting their content yanked by YouTube censors, it does raise concerns. You see nowadays, if an event, observation or occurance isn’t on YouTube… in the minds of many, it never happened/doesn’t exist.
Which brings me to InRange TV. Karl Kasarda along with his compadre Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons have also had some content pulled by YouTube recently and that is a shame because these are some thoughtful guys coming at things from different angles. They bring a healthy sense of humor along with a bit of soul as well.
I really admire how they have responded to the YouTube censorship issue. Resiliency and redundancy baby! I have their BitChute link on my Sepulveda Approved blogroll but haven’t figured out how to embed BitChute video into WordPress yet so for now, check them out on YouTube below.