Tuesday, April 29, 2008
She was quite a remarkable woman and stayed there through the change from Ranch of the Ten Elders to Bandelier National Monument. If you listen to my little talk at the beginning of the song it explains a bit of the story. To learn more about Bandelier (which is really a fantastic place to visit) check out http://www.nps.gov/band/
Monday, April 28, 2008
There was a time back in the 80's when I decided to go back to school. I had a bachelors degree in geography from the University of Northern Colorado but never did anything with it. I started playing music for money while in school and that turned into my career. Playing music had always treated me well but I wondered if it would last. I figured something different to fall back on might be a good idea.
I decided to learn how to be a sign painter and enrolled in an art school in Denver. It was only 15 months and I could still play music on weekends. There were probably 12 people in the class and one of them was the one and only Toni H. I'll keep her last name anonymous, not to protect her, but rather you innocent readers of this blog.
The 'Tonester' and I still keep in touch and she visits us as often as possible here in the mountains she loves so much. Toni and Jeanine have become great friends and the two of them help with the Race for the Cure every October and try to figure out a way for her to visit more often. Toni stayed in the sign business and always helps me out when I need advice on one of the few signs I still make. We look forward to her visits and hope she and her son can make it out this summer for some hiking, tipi parties and whatever.
I know she reads this blog now and then so, yes, this is a hint!! Thanks for being such a great friend over the years Toni and we'll see ya soon.
Watch out MJ, your turns coming but I might not be so nice!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Well needless to say, whenever we go out, my humpbacked date always gets lots of attention. I've heard that camels can go a long time without a drink of water but watch out for the bars! Everybody insists on buying her cocktails, especially when she's accompanied by her rubber chicken. The two of them make quite a show and as their designated driver it's all I can do to get them home safe and sound. I wonder what they do when I'm out of town?
Next time you're at your local watering hole, keep an eye out for my dromedary companion and her vulcanized friend. This ship of the desert might just sail into your heart!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
There's still time to get in one last get-a-way before the summer season begins. Our friends Ken & Marty Lund along with Peggy Mann and her husband Ken are going on their semi-annual trip to Cabo San Lucas so we decided we could take a few days to join them in sunny Mexico. Bog King and Mandy are already there and hopefully Bob's neighbors and good friends Jennifer and Rob Gill will be there too! Captain Rob has taken me fishing on his boat (The Double Take) a few times and I've been lucky enough to catch Tuna, a Marlin and the Dorado you see me holding up here on the blog.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
As I watch the 72nd Masters, I can't help but think of some of the legendary players of the game. Yes, of course I'm talking about the 'Golfing Elvises'! The annual Lariat Golf Tournament was an event that Barky Lew, Aron Rhone, Tom (The Tuna) Gustin and I looked forward to every year. We were possibly the worst foursome to ever swing a club, but no one came close to having as much fun as we did.
Knowing we never had a chance to win, we decided to make the best of it and enjoy ourselves to the best of our abilities. Each fall we would think of something new to add to our growing status and the enquiring minds who wondered.. " what are they gonna do this year?" I believe our Elvis costumes were the best. Cindy Stewart made them for us with great detail all the way down to the sequins, gold lamae and bell bottoms. Keith Avila gave us a ride up to the course in his limousine and we piled out to accept the reception of a cheering crowd. OK, maybe a couple people laughed and applauded, but we were definitely the hit of the day.
We proceeded to play our usual stellar game and with the help of the beverage cart and the kegs of beer placed strategically throughout the course, we managed another last place finish. That didn't bother us one bit and just enhanced our already growing legend. Those old Lariat Golf Tournaments were the things dreams are made of, or nightmares in our case. I miss those days and all the fun everybody enjoyed. Some people played serious golf but most were just happy to be there with all their friends (some of whom, you only saw that one time a year). Rain, snow or sunshine, those were some of the best times ever and no matter what has happened since, the 'good old days of Grand Lake' were still the best!!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I'm sure many of you have had the pleasure of listening to the music of Peggy Mann. I believe I first heard her with her ex-husband, Craig Mann at the Grand Lake Lodge. Well, needless to say, they just blew me away. I would always make a point to go and listen to them whenever they were in town.
Luckily for me and everyone else, Peggy and her wonderful husband Ken fell in love with Grand Lake and bought a little piece of property here.They came up a lot on weekends from Denver and I soon got to know them as friends. Peggy would sometimes sit in for a song or two at the Lariat or Pancho & Lefty's and pretty soon all of Grand Lake fell in love with her music and great spirit. Many of us have ventured over the hill to the "Big Smoke' of Denver to see her CD release concerts at the Soiled Dove.
Her generosity in using her talent to help out whenever possible is inspiring. I asked her if she would join me for a concert in the community house to help raise money for a scholarship fund for Middle Park High School students with medical aspirations in Dorothy "Nursie" Young's name. Of course she said yes and we were able to raise enough money to get the scholarship off the ground.
Now, she and Ken have built a house here and moved to Grand Lake permanently. She's still using her incredible talent to help our little community with events such as Fallfest, the Old Fashioned Christmas concert and the Race for the Cure. Peggy is singing the lead vocal on my song Ribbons of Hope, which was inspired by the 'Race' and might even be used by the Susan G, Komen foundation (with any luck).
You can see and hear her on Grand County Dave's site (which you can click on to here on the sidebar) buy one or more of her CD's at Pancho's or the Lariat, or see her in person this summer at the Gateway, Waconda or a concert or two. So thanks again to my friend Peggy Mann, the 'Queen of Grand Lake'!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I, for one, am ready for Summer. I know I've got a long wait ahead of me but isn't there such a thing as a 'False Spring'? I always liked John Henry Rhone's description... "We have two seasons here in Grand Lake, this Winter and next Winter". Why did he have to be right all the time?
Guess I'll just have to go out and shovel some more snow or better yet, huddle up by the fireplace and go to a beach in my mind. Now I know why bears hibernate!