I’ve started many a posting with the words, “technology is a wonderful thing!” until it doesn’t archive something you’ve been working on or the system crashes! Not unlike scribbles on a piece of paper that get crumpled and thrown in the trash – thoughts are lost forever! So, onward and upward we go.
Holidays officially begin! There’s no doubt we all need to take that time to refresh and regain focus on our tasks. Already thinking about returning on the air in August, not empty handed either. I have a plan that you might find fun. That’s taking some of my treasures and posting them here, Gloria’s Flea Market. Seems to me a few things I have can go on the block – like Harley-Davidson gear, in-line skates, maybe some art work. Let’s be truthful, I have stuff and it will be for sale!
Have you spent your summer doing home renovations, refreshes or just enjoying yard work (YES, you can enjoy working in the flower beds and creating your own oasis!). I will be spending time on the road travelling but coming home to make some major changes. Pack it up and get it outta my life! Its time!
A road trip is good for the soul. Whether it costs you very little or it runs up a bit of a tab, seeing new country, meeting new people and sharing stories is exciting. This time, I will head to Montana. When I first got into radio, I would take a late summer road trip through the state. Kids were back in school, roads were pretty quiet. I haven’t been to Billings for a long time. I remember one trip, it happened to be August 1990. TWENTY-EIGHT years ago, can you believe this – probably the last time I was there. I’m sure the city has changed.
You know, I recall how the trip started out, why it came to be and the things that happened along the way. The music and the memories are vivid.
Realizing my favorite band, KISS would be playing in Billings, I darted out of Plentywood for the drive south to buy a ticket. It was a couple of days til the concert so I carried on to Bozeman. There, I ended up staying with people I didn’t know! I went into a western store and just struck up a conversation with one of the staff. After awhile and asking about the KOA situation, they suggested I could use a trailer parked at their acreage. Now, if you know me, I can be very thrifty in my travels. I had packed a tent and a hatchet, but not much else. So, having a place to stay in late August at a higher elevation was a pretty great idea. (Years later, I am not making this up, someone I knew was in this shop and when they said they were from Regina, the same people brought up my name that I had stayed with them!!)
Upon my return trip into Billings, I heard the news that Stevie Ray Vaughan had been killed in a helicopter accident. It was shattering news, as I had met him at Kelly’s record store in Regina, June of 1984. Colin Munn opened .. that would be Colin James! Chris Layton was Stevie’s drummer. I had the opportunity to re-connect with Chris a few years ago when he was touring with Gordie Johnson’s Grady. Chris had a great story about the album artwork – I think it was “Couldn’t Stand the Weather” ( I still have this autographed release). The photographer sent each guy into a dark room, took the picture and boom – one shot – its a take!
Memories, memories. I did get back to Billings, the concert was pretty amazing – Hot in the Shade Tour (H.I.T.S) with Slaughter and Winger being the opening acts. This would be the last tour that Eric Carr would be apart of – he died 24th November, 1991.
(When that news broke I was driving to Grey Cup in Winnipeg. That road trip was marred not just with Eric’s passing but also the death of Freddie Mercury of Queen.)
I still have the concert t-shirt, I remember where I stood at the show, where I watched the opening acts. I called the Billings radio station when Gene and Paul were on, now I know it was probably taped!!! Even though I was working at 620 CKCK at the time, I figured they would be LIVE – come on!!
This trip is a little ahead of schedule; on August 27, it will be 28 years since I was in Montana. I was 28 years old. Those were the good old days! Now is the time to go out and make some new memories.