After 13 hours on the road yesterday I finally got back home about 10 pm last night, concluding a 9-day southern "road tour", including 2 days visiting Savannah GA, 3 days in St. Pete for Chordiestock and another 3 days in Pensacola visiting my oldest daughter and grandkids. It was 38 degrees and snow covered when Jen and I left home, 80 degrees and sunny in Savannah, high 70's and overcast in St. Pete, rainy and chilly in Pensacola (38 degrees and sunny when we left yesterday morning). When we got back home the snow was gone but it was a balmy 16 degrees. (8 degrees this morning as I type this) By far, the warmest part of the trip was the camaraderie of the chordians and other musicians I met while in St. Pete.
Only Jeff and Scott knew I was coming to Chordiestock as I wanted to surprise my old friend Derek, and by the look on his face when I strolled into the Brown Boxer Friday evening with Jeff and Amy, I guess my surprise worked. It was the first time I had met Jeff but soon he felt like a long-lost friend. It was also the first time I met his friend Robert - friendly, witty, great story teller, excellent picker and singer - we hit it off instantly. After dinner we went back to Jeff's condo complex for some sippin' singin' and pickin' and were soon joined by Scott (also met for the first time). I had left Jennifer back at the motel so I excused myself about 11 pm while the rest of the group continued on.
Jen and I joined the group for about 6 hours on Saturday where I met Wayne - and was blown away by his talent. With several other local folks joining in there was quite a variety of tunes being played. Jeff was a great host and provided lots of good food to keep our energy up while playing in the circle. Derek, Robert and I were deeply concerned about the possibility of catching some weather-related illness so between us we shared a bottle of "bourbon/medicine" I had brought and when it was gone, tried a few of the other "cures" that seemed to be in abundance.
Sunday at the Pub was a hoot. My two favorite things was getting to meet and talk to Roscoe and being joined by Jen in singing a song we often do together on the back porch.
A few memories I'll have of the weekend:
Jeff's "turbo" song versions and good humor
Amy's pipes, as well as being an absolute sweetheart
Robert - what can I say? If we'd met years ago we'd probably both be in jail now. What a great guy and great musical talent
Derek- an old friend that like wine gets better with age
Thanks Jeff for hosting the affair. Jennifer and I had a great time.