Monday, June 15, 2009

The Last Road Trip - Part 2

"The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends."
- Cicero

Photograph by Kilroy_60

I snapped this photograph of the moon last night.

The Master Baiter and I were sitting outside the rig drinking Johnnie Walker Blue Label and smoking Cohiba Esplendidos.

Over a span of about 25 years I went to John Prine concerts with my buddy Al three times.

Needless to say, when I went CD shopping for music to serve as a soundtrack for my final road trip with Al I made a point of including his music.

I went with Great Year, The John Prine Anthology. It was one of the CDs I'd given him when we were last together.

Please Don't Bury Me was a song we both enjoyed a lot.

Listening to this song reminded me of a discussion we'd had after seeing John Prine for the second time.

We were drinking Rolling Rock beer, smoking BC Bud and laughing about Please Don't Bury Me. It was then that we first discussed our shared desire for being cremated and having a memorial service.

Amazing how that thought didn't strike me prior to last night, when I was visiting with Al's wife. I still don't recollect any discussion about my spreading his ashes or him mine, but that's neither here nor there.

I was checking out the bookmarks on Al's laptop this morning and found he had The Gonzo Papers tagged as a favorite. That made me feel good.

When I logged in to Site Meter after seeing that I was amazed to find the number of visits (since 6 March, 2007) was 55,555.

55,555, can you believe it? I can't imagine being able to hit a number like that on the counter purposefully if I was looking for it!!


Tracy said...

I love seeing numbers like that. I know the odds are the same for any number, but nice round or meaningful ones make me feel lucky.

Love your photo of the moon.

Chris Stonecipher said...

I enjoyed your reflection about your friend. I remember this artist (musician). My father was a big fan.