My buddy Lloyd on guitar
I got a lot done today, house-wise. I really am getting down to the nitty-gritty. The little town I live in has put out one of those huge construction dumpsters for spring cleanup. It's open to all residents, and believe me, I'm gonna put it to good use. I actually took one big load, today. I just have to keep reminding myself that all this downsizing, and getting ready to move out on the road, is a process. It took me 24 years to accumulate all this junk, and I think I'm doing a pretty good job whittling it down. I do have my mind made up, so it's just a matter of time until I get there. Then it will be time to put on my traveling shoes. Check this out...
By now, I think my loyal readers know that Billy Joe Shaver is one of my all-time heroes. He does his take on spirituality in this video. I got admit, it's pretty close to the way I believe. You wouldn't know it by looking at me, but there are four preachers in my family. Believe it or not, I was always a little different. In Sunday school I asked 'em questions that I wasn't given the answers to. Like....where did Mrs. Cane come from? I still have a lot of questions about the Bible. In my late 20s, I lived with the Crow Indians. It was almost like Jeremiah Johnson, come true. Those really were the good old days, but those Indians sure thought different from anyone I have ever met.
My first time on the reservation, I was taken over to the Chief's house for an introduction and lunch. I was a little apprehensive. My Indian partner cautioned me on Indian etiquette. He said when we're offered food, it would be impolite to not eat it all, "no matter what it is". Lunch turned out to be Navy beans, Wonder Bread, and red Kool-Aid. It wasn't bad at all. The Chief got real serious and asked me, "Who is stronger my son, the man or the woman." I knew it had to be a trick question, so I answered "The woman, of course". He said I was very wise to have learned that at such a young age. It's something I'm still learning. Here's Billy Joe with a heartfelt song.
One of the most beautiful
songs i have ever heard
While were on the subject of Billy Joe Shaver, and the Last Days, Please Listen to This One. You remember John Anderson, don't you? ('Just a Swangin"). He's the parishioner that gets up and testifies during Billy Joe's sermon. Sure do love old Billy Joe.
Well, if the world does and tonight and we go to different places, it sure has been good knowing you.
Oh yeah, I forgot...we need to laugh, so read this...and no, I didn't write it.
Cowboy at the Pearly Gates!