Thank you for being honest, and admitting to all your lies-Don’t think I wanna get even, let the Universe decide…...
Half Smile by the Hank Dogs
I tried to insert this song. I don't know how. If you feel so inclined, download it to your iTunes while you read this blog. It's bloody good and so apros pos to so much of what we talk about here. Also, there was an Axis I (as in the Triple Axis of Evis) episode since we last spoke that I wish I could write about, but posting this song will have to do. It was amazing, validating, affirming. Trust your gut, friends. If you're friends with your gut, that is.
The Universe slapping you upside the head can either be amazingly beautiful or brutally painful and destructive. And ugly.
Which one do you want first? Let’s do ugly first. Okay….since I last wrote, the sewer problem was finally resolved. What I mean is: The problem was FINALLY discovered. Some yahoo plumber from a couple years ago left 200 feet, yes, let me say it again, 200 feet of cable in my sewer!! Apparently this amount of cable is worth about $1200. Build up of crap and shit (literally) and another thing for tree roots to grab on to equals a clogged sewer and over $15,000 in repair. My insurance company will pay for about $6,000 of it. I have a $1,000 deductible. OUCH! I’m not doing the math. I’m going to dissociate, thank you. What’s not resolved is that Holly needs to figure out WHO the plumbers from couple years ago were and sue their plumber tushies. Cracks and all. Bloody hell. Like I have the time, energy, or inclination!!
Meanwhile, damage to van equals over $1600. $500 deductible. Bloody hell.
To top it off, my internet, home phone, and replacement blackberry from the blackberry phone dropping in the toilet in December (on significant day) die. Dead. All of them. Creepy. NONE of it was tied to the work done around my house or to each other. Bitch slap upside the head by the universe. “Stay home. Solitude is where it’s at. Quit trying to fill up by reaching out. Lean on yourself. It’s all there. You know this sista, why you no listen?” Bloody hell, Universe. Fine. Not only will I stay home, but I’ll be home with NO NONE NO NONE connection to the outside world.
Damn it. It’s a friend’s birthday. No. Must not go out. Universe says NO! Other friend comes over. YES, you must go. UGH. No! don’twannadontmakemegouniversesaysstayhomemuststayhomeokayfinei’llgoihavereallycooljeansiwannawearanyway. So, yup. I left the house. And, the Universe had lovely things to say. Including, those are cool fn jeans! Are those your underwear? No, just lace fashionably piped at the top…..
Enter HAPPY UNIVERSE story!! Remember Happy Party Extravaganza (HPE) 2011 from last blog? Well, Ms. Universe really wants this to happen. Two weeks ago I told you that there were soooo many serendipitous things that were happening that it would take too many pages. Well, now that seems like the Universe was whispering. Now she’s shouting and punching me (love punches this time). The things I’m about to tell you pretty much have fallen in my lap. No joke. Firstly, I’m hooked up with the Man & Woman of the Year Campaign through the Luekemia/Lymphoma Society (LLS). I’m not running for Woman of the Year, but am on the committee for a colleague of mine, Theresa, who is running. It’s a time limited fundraising campaign. Built in is a lot of publicity and resources through LLS. Theresa is going with my happy live music idea as are several other people that are working on this campaign. There are marketing opportunities including web, audio, and tv being handing to us. Because of the time limit on this fundraising campaign, HPE needs to be earlier than I would’ve wanted, but could possibly result in an appearance by a BIG name-a man who has aged amazingly well……dreaming….oh, I digress. But, before we get to that, let me tell you that even if we don’t get him, we are going to have an AMAZING line up!! Rewind to the fun cool jeans evening….after a lovely dinner, friends and I saunter in to Star Bar. Who’s playing? Chris Ranallo and his beautiful band members. Chris Ranallo has a very successful local band called the Decoys and he happens to be the ex-husband of the mother of my new born niece! Who happens to be the mother of Austin, 14 year old Luekemia survivor, who happens to be wrapping up his 2-years worth of treatments this May!! Of course they’ll play the show!
|Yours truly, Iowa Jam, Des Moines, IA 5/19/1987. |
How much do you want JBJ to come to Happy Party?? Thiiiissss Much!!!!
COFFEE Mates, the story could end here and I would be thrilled. But no, it does not. While I was schmoozing and connecting during the kickoff event of the LLS M&W of the year, my partner in crime, Theresa, was doing the same. At the end of the night, we got together again…both of us all atwitter, I spill my news, and she says, well, the Nadas are in! SHUT THE F*(K UP! The NADAS? You mean one of the most famous
bands currently playing? You mean the NADAS who opened for Bon Jovi in 2005 at Wells Fargo Arena???? You mean Bon Jovi? The band I saw in 1987 at the Iowa Jam…..what was that song they did for one of their encore songs???? Ummmmm…..let me see….I think it was DRIFT AWAY!! The reason I fell in love with that song! (I put Dobie Gray’s version in last time’s blog because it’s 4 minutes shorter than Bon Jovi’s from 1987 (which you CAN find on YouTube)). Do you mean Bon Jovi who I saw in 2005 and 2007 with my fellow class of 1987 sistas and COMPLETELY rekindled those friendships- invaluable angels that were there for me when fighting Lymphoma. That Bon Jovi??? Waaaaaiiiiiiitttttt a gosh darn minute!!! Isn’t Bon Jovi going to be here in May sometime?? Hold on, let me check….. Iowa OMG! They’re here on Thursday, May 12 and not performing again until Saturday, May 14 in . That decides it. HPE 2011 will be on Friday the 13th (think of the beautiful juxtaposition and possible marketing strategies!) and Jon Bon Jovi is going to come and sing Drift Away. To me. Atlanta
|Jon, Show us how much you want to come to Des Moines for HPE 2011!! THIIIIISSSS MUCH!!|
|Pick us! Look how HAPPY we are!!!!|
|Jon!-How sexy do you think Holly is? Ok! And, how much do you want to sing Drift Away at her HPE 2011???|
|I really have great lips and have aged gracefully. I really want to be part of HPE 2011.|
|There aren't many things happier than maracas, right???|