So a couple of weeks ago Mrs CBT asks me if I wanted to go on a float trip with some of her high school buddies. I didn't have anything on the books so I said sure why not. Now Mrs CBT is not from around these parts as she lived in Sikeston, MO and was in the high school band. Being that my parents wanted to ensure my place in hell they sent me to an all boys high school and back in the day either you took physical education or band so I was not privy to sheet music or playing with my instrument. Anyway another all boys high school alum and I always make snide comments about band camp to Mrs CBT and his wife as well so I was looking forward to this trip and meeting her fellow band geeks. Well it was that we were on the way up to Band Country that I found out that I was going to be the only male as it was a girls trip and other than Mrs CBT's younger brother this trip was resembling Father Goose and his band geeks. Anyway on the trip up to the hotel one of our car mates had a bladder the size of a kidney bean and needed to pee. We pull up to a Purty gas/liquor/BBQ shop near Dexter and as the girls were peeing I was perusing the liquor selection as I may need additional booze to dull the pain. They had a shelf that read "All bottles on this shelf $2.00" and it had about 7 bottles of good white wine. I inquired if there was something wrong with the wine and a Joe Dirt hairstyle clerk informed me that they just wanted to get rid of it. After I asked her (or was it a he?) for a box I said I would take it off their hands and away we went. We arrived at the hotel and had a good time, the Current River is a great relaxed float and a lot of families go so there isn't so much of a "Hey Man Play Freebird" factor. The band geeks were fun and it was a good weekend.
The store that pretty much had it all except for live bait
My sweet arse steal
You maybe able to take the carnie out of the carnival..
That's how I roll!
Oh and ABD notice that I didn't take any pics of food or something Gay like that!!!
Here is Kathy (she is matching I might add)
The Horns section of Sikeston HS Band
Girls you get my shit ready as I will be right down!
Hurry up to wait
Here we have first and second chair for the cowbell
Pipe down you weren't even born yet when these girls were marching
Here is the Drum majorette in all her glory
Looks like we are about to start marching (or drinking)
Sorry but when I was in the 3rd grade my band teacher told me to 'fake play' during our recital! Yep that bad!
If she took PE rather than band then she would know how to swim.
My kind of floating (beer in one hand, camera in the other and a cigar in my mouth)
Here the first Tuba player is telling me that I should be careful that I don't drop my camera in the lake and then.........
All in all it was a good time and yes Father Goose will be back next year and I am going to bring me some bongos too!
So I got called out today by the fine folks at Main_Street_Journal for taking my sweet arse time posting BBQ pics, first of all thanks for the links but stop yelling at me! Actually Blogger.com was being a big ole Carbunkle and after some cursing I was able to upload the rest of my Memphis in May pics as a Pronto Pup worker. After a couple days of rest we were heading into the final peg of Memphis in May being the Sunset Symphony. Sadly the Symphony does not get the same Pronto Pup sales as Music Fest but it gives us a chance to take a couple breaths and enjoy the river, the musical acts and even when they blow shit up too! I have enjoyed the past 45 days as a chief wienie pricker for my buddies at Pronto Pup Inc and wish them well as they head to the next carnie event!
We were working on a new pronto pup cooking tool. Sadly it didn't work all that well.
Some of my Carnie friends acting a fool (or wait are they acting????)
See what I mean by acting a fool? BTW- No one claimed that Wheel Chair from BBQ.
Big arse Barge
Oh dear, it would appear that the grease has gotten into my skin and I am now praising the pretty bridge!
If I had a 9 iron I could have hit them when they went by
Whew, got the stand set up and we are ready to go. Ok now off to explore...
That is a big arse stage you know!
Ever wondered what a tower of speakers looked like from the bottom?
Oh and when you play 'Puff the Magic Dragon' for a sound check, the people in Harbor Town lose their shit!
Check 1, Check 2, Check 3, Check 4
Ok we get the picture CBT!
Sorry but I have to say it!
Look KC sure does have a big ole shiny purty Ball!
KC is talking to someone about some additional equipment that he will need for Saturday's show.
Anyone ever see that Saturday Night Live episode with Christopher Walken?
"Psst, hey dude you are on the wrong page, I sing 'Shake your Booty' not 'Bootie Time' get it right dude."
After I delivered KC and the band some Pronto Pups before the show, it was P-A-R-T-Y time!
Hey look it is me taking a picture of people taking pictures of the fireworks!
After a little late night chair throw, it is over my friends, May is over!
Now get the hell out of my park!
Parting is such sweet sorrow!
They even tried to pack us up and send us to the next show but thankfully we escaped!
Ok, I will let you know a Pronto pup secret;
Soak your pronto pup stick in some 'water' so they don't burn.
See that happy face? That is when the Gold Bond finally kicks in!
Closing the books on a great Memphis in May! See ya next year!