Well, I wanted a different sort of weekend and different is what I got! I was off to an early start Friday and my first destination was a place called La Carreta. I have been there many times and performed once or twice as well, but that wasn't the reason I went there.
Have you ever "jonesed" for anything? Well, I had a desire for Cuban coffee. So, I headed off to La Carreta for some Cuban coffee and then went into the lounge where I ran into an old family friend who I haven't seen for some time. We chatted for about an hour, catching up on family matters and I was ready to leave when my old friend Manolo came in.
Manolo is the vocalist and keyboard player who performs there and I've performed with his band several times. He invited me to sing and I intended to do so when my cell phone rang. It was a lady friend who wanted to meet me for a drink. Frankly, my plan A was to wing it solo for the evening and when I told her where I was, she didn't want to drive that far south. So, I suggested that we get together next week and she agreed.....until five minutes later.
She called again asking why we couldn't meet at the same place we had met in the past. Once again, I came up with what I thought was a good reason why I couldn't do that and once again, she agreed.....until five minutes later.
Perhaps you can see where this is going. After several more phone calls, I just gave up and agreed to meet her later. I apologized to Manolo and promised I'd see him another day and while finishing my drink, the cell phone rang again. At this point in time, I seriously considered just turning off the phone, but when I looked at my caller ID, it was a different lady.
I answered the call and she too wanted to know where I was, When I told her, she asked me to meet her at our normal meeting place. It just so happens that I did want to see her, but my plan A was to fly solo Friday and hook up with her Saturday. So much for plan A and alternate plan B, as well.
I went to meet lady #1 at Lakes Cafe and Pub, and we had a couple of cocktails. A little later, her son called her and she had to leave to pick him up, as his friend's car wouldn't start. The timing was less than perfect because by that time, lady #2 had already called and said she also had to go home.
So, what do you do at 1:30 a.m. when both of you lady friends are not available (don't go there)? You go to a poker game. I ended the rest of the evening playing poker and yes, there was no need to use my headlights on the way home. It was an invigorating evening and at the end of nine endings, two hits, no runs, one error and one left on base.
The Pictures: Sister Jeanne sent me some neat pictures of cute little animals, so I thought I'd share them with you. As per my wont, there's a couple of ringers thrown in (and yes, Jackie, I think I'm going to show the new Woody for while ((pun intended)).
This Date In History: 1773; Pope Clement XIV dissolves the Jesuit order of priests. The ban remains in effect until 1814, when the Jesuits are revived by Pope Pius V11. 1861; Confederate general Thomas Jackson acquires his nickname "Stonewall" in the first Battle of Bull Run.
1925; A Tennessee jury finds high school teacher Johns Scopes guilty of teaching evolution, and he is fined $100. 1970; Egypt completes the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River, a major Soviet-funded project that creates Lake Nasssar and provides much of the country's electrical power.
Birthdays: Ernest Hemingway, writer (1899), Hart Crane, poet (1899), Janet Reno, U.S. attorney general (1938), Gary Trudeau, cartoonist (1948), Robin Williams, actor and comedian (1952).
The Hits Just Keep On Coming:
A blonde goes into work one morning crying her eyes out. Her boss, concerned about his employee's well being, asks, "What's the matter?" The blonde says. "My mom called me and said that she and my dad are getting a divorce."
The boss says, "I'm sorry to hear that. Why don't you go home for the day and relax?" The blonde replies, "No, I'll be ok. I'm better off here and working. It helps me keep it off my mind." The boss says, "Ok, just let me know if you need anything."
A few hours pass and the boss decides to check on the blonde. He looks into her office and sees the blonde crying hysterically. He rushes over to her and asks, "Are you okay? Is there anything I can do?" The blonde says, "I'll be alright. It's just that my sister just called me and said that her parents are getting a divorce, too."
John was talking to a little girl who was the daughter of some friends and she said she wanted to be president one day. Both of her parents were liberal Democrats and were standing beside her, both abeam with delight.
John said, "If you were president, what would be the first thing you would do?" The little girl said, "I would give money to the people on welfare so that they can buy food."
John said, "That's a worthy goal and you don't have to wait to be president. You can start now by coming over to my house and cleaning all the dog poop in my front yard. I will pay you ten dollars and then we can go over to the grocery store where the guy on welfare hangs out and you can give him the ten dollars to use for food.
The little girl thought for a moment and said, "Why doesn't the guy on welfare just come over and clean the dog poop and you can pay him the ten dollars?"
John said, "Ah, welcome to the Republican party."
That's it for today my little deviled legs. More tomorrow.
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