Last night I had the good fortune of seeing my great friend Jim before he debarked on his journey back to Washington D.C. to NASA... where he runs the whole damn thing...
We gathered, briefly at C.S. Perry's abode and discussed 20 year old topics as if they had happened just yesterday. As my great friend Clay Perry has pointed out... it only takes a few moments, with our group, to settle back into that mindset... reliving and absorbing the past through each other. I think it's fair to say that we, as a group, agree that the connection we all have is unique. All of us can pick up a phone, send an email or just meet... and whether it has been 6 days or 6 years... time melts instantly and our conversation resumes as if there is no gap at all. How fortunate are we to have that?
Although Jim had to be in town for a personal family issue, his time here with us was golden. I think it allowed us to regain another part of our history and put that piece of the puzzle in place as we build the bridge to our ultimate goal... of world domination (naturally).
I can honestly say, that having been married for 14 years (entangled for 16), I truly missed my friends.. for that matter, myself. Over the past year as I've rediscovered my life and my true personality, I realize how far off of the path I had ventured. This past weekend was the first time that my closest and dearest friends from my youth had been gathered in one place... and to be a part of it, at least for me, was magical.. hell, it was therapeutic. I didn't worry about offending anyone.. I wasn't expected to be "done soon"... I could let my hair down (figuratively of course, dammit). I was me again. I haven't laughed so hard, remembered so much or been happier.
I was very fortunate to have my girlfriend with me. She loved every moment and by all accounts everyone was happy to see me happy. Because of who we all are (the group)... musicians with histories and past girlfriends... the obvious jokes about Yoko-Ono abounded... but, I would have expected nothing less!!!!
Life has a way of throwing things at us that we don't expect... yes, it's cliche'... but having been served with divorce papers ( a year ago today, mind you), I'm a believer... it was tragic... but, realizing after a year that you were married to your vows... and didn't know the person on the other side of the bed... has a way of forcing you to take stock of your life and actions...
Looking back.. I remember so many people casually, respectfully but, emphatically telling me to take a look at my marriage..... hmmm.... Percy Sledge had it right..."Loving eyes can never see..." I never claimed to be perfect..... but now... I'm closer than I've ever been.
More to come.... as I dust off the memory box... I will be adding much more..
I'm still hungry.... headed out to eat some more life........
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