STEVIE RAY AND ALBERT…..it’s a damn shame

Good Morning PBS Fund raiser- Stevie Ray Vaughn and Albert King!!!

PBS, this left wing bastion of historical silly putty always airs the very best of our culture with some obscure documentary or footage of famous musicians when it’s fund raising time.  Watching these two masters exemplifies why I love the blues. In a true duet they swapped lead for rhythm continually grimacing soulfully with every bended note, straight, and fret.  Albert King has produced a body of work that is uniquely his and is to Blues as Pete Rose is to Baseball.  But Stevie Ray was beyond all of it!  All living Blues Masters paid homage to Stevie, and don’t forget he may have been the ugliest Guitarist in history.  

Recently exposed my memory has been at best, pathetic.  Give or take a year in 1982 while living in Arlington, TX I found myself alone Memorial Day weekend with no wife or children who had traveled to St. Louis to visit Grandma & Pop.  To put this in perspective, for two years I traveled to and from work and always passed a billboard that proudly announced blues acts at a local saloon called the ‘Blue Armadillo’ catering to Blues aficionados.  I never heard of Stevie Ray Vaughn, but hells bells I was never going to get a better opportunity. So without further dispatch I showed up around 6:00 PM on a Saturday evening.  Yes it was a bit early.

Five hours later:

Unlike the Bagwan I didn’t meet celebrities on every other flight given my place in steerage with the goats and chickens so I only have one “Brush with Greatness.” At the end of his second set I walked into the bathroom to give some beer back and pulled into a urinal.  Normally I look straight ahead at the wall when the urinal next to me is occupied but given Stevie’s pimp-like attire I knew him to be the guy knocking the socks off me and the patrons!  Having consumed enough beer for five I looked to my right and gave Stevie some advice.  I slurred “Your pretty good Stevie, maybe with a little more practice you’ll make it.” He was good natured and laughed telling me “I’ll work a little harder.”  It wasn’t long after that encounter I began to hear his music and noticed that he was playing in much larger venues obviously enjoying some success. 

The fact he leaped from this rock in 1990 in a helicopter crash just goes to show Margo and her elk there are no guardian angels!  He beat drugs & alcohol and finally hit his stride when he was taken from us.  THAT JUST SUCKED!

zuki

  • zuki

    My apologies for neglecting this our humble forum, but I’ve got a zillion “irons in the fire” and grateful to those of you keeping the conversation alive!  In a stroke of something I had a vision.  I will provide greater detail in a posting to be named later, but please circle December 6th 2011 on your calendar as it represents the ‘real’ Rapture and subsequent end of the world

  • Bagwan

    Well Ohlaff it is so nice to trade messages with a kind person such as yourself instead of that gaping sphincter, Just Jackwagon. First of all “Little Zuki” of course refers to Zuki’s oldest son — a prince of a man if you haven’t met him. 
    Next, 2nd or B — I think Zuki with his kiln and his urns has turned a corner. I fully expect that Denver’s next Mayor will name him whatever the pottery equivalent is of “Poet Laureate.”   

  • Only OHLAFF

    MY DEAREST BAGGED ONE:

    I have personally met Our Web Master… and, trust me, he is no “Little Zuki”… as a matter of fact, I feel it is an insult to the BOI WONDER to remind him of his past association with ZUKI.

    Yes, I am new to this Forum (it has turned out, thankfully to be a FAR BETTER site than Just JACKWAGON led me to believe!)… SOOOOOO… upon further revue, I hereby retract my smart-alec comments about NPHIPPEN’s well-meaning interest in self-helping MOI and his burgeoning technology sales career… BESIDES… I don’t want to lose MOI posting privileges!  

  • Bagwan

    Only Ohlaff is new to the diatribe. While he seems a bit dim and misguided, I am certain he is a kind and innocent soul. Given all that I am shocked at the treatment that he is receiving here at the hands of the ruling family. Ohlaff bemoans the misery and cynicism he senses here (haven’t we all) and Little Zuki attacks him with the sarcastic suggestion that he “buy a puppy.” Well Ohlaff is a very literal guy so he assumes that this is a sincere suggestion and he proceeds to share with us the heartwarming tale of his love for his dog Gizem. I personally cried when I read it but Big Zuki decided it was appropriate to mock Ohlaff and his now departed dog.
    Ohlaff the Zukis are a mean and cruel group — just ignore them and please feel free to share any other touching anecdotes you may have.

  • Anonymous

    My apologies to those of you that hate picking up dog shit, but for God’s sake can someone turn off the korn syrip?  Buying a puppy is not necessarily an admission of pathetic, but it goes a long way!

  • Only OHLAFF

    The “Dog” (“God” backwards) in question was named “GIZMO”… he did, indeed, show up one snowy day… his pads were torn and his Cocker-belly fur was matted with burrs and cattails.
     
    I gave him some milk, a bath, and called “The Mobile Small Animal Clinic” the Vet (PLUGOLA:  Dr. Ross Decker) that car storage and car sales lots used to treat their canine cops on site.  Dr. prounounced him OK, estimated him to be 1-2 years old, and speculated that he had jumped out of a vehicle and gotten lost.
     
    Amazing as well, was MOI naming ritual… MOI (MOI Dad’s, then) Company sells, among other things, Promotional Products (formerly, Advertising Specialties), being ALL MANNER of custom-imprinted items such as mugs, pens, calendars, shirts, etc, etc, etc.  Among the affectionate terms we use for this “schwag” is “Gizmos & Gadgets”… so naturally, I decided to call our newest Associate “Gizmo”…
     
    BUT, WAIT!… HERE’S THE KICKER:  It was obvious from his reaction to being called “Gizmo” THAT THIS WAS ACTUALLY HIS GIVEN NAME!!!… upon further reflection, I figured out that he had been previously named for the Hero of the 1st Gremlins movie, whose snout-in-the-milk-dish coloring had prompted some youngsters (presumably) to name their dog “Gizmo!”
     
    A couple more details on GIZMO’s demise:  Yes, he did die the night before this same Vet (Great Guy!) was due to put him down… but there is a law that dead pets can only be disposed of properly…. so this all happens during the St. Patrick’s day snow storm of 12 years ago or so… and the Vet’s van can’t make it down the deeply-rutted street to pick Gizmo up and take him to another Vet that DID DO pet cremations… so Gizmo got to stay peacefully in his own garage until Ross could get to us to pick him up.
     
    Thank you, Bagged ONE, for the memory-jog… thoughts, too, of Gizmo’s “Grandpa” Bill!
     
    ATTENTION, ATTENTION, BOIWONDER!… ARE YOU SERIOUS, SIR?… THEN… I’m going to have to ask you to put down your dogged-eared copy of “Psychobabble for Idiots” and get back to dusting your pa-f-ing-thetic wares in your “Sales Booth” at the Gemu Boi Expo!   
     

  • Only OHLAFF

    I am really, really, really trying my BEST to keep it positive… but the Diatribe’s overwhelming sense of misery and cynicism has started to take its toll on MOI… anybody got any suggestions on how NOT to get dragged down to ZUKI’s level???

    • Anonymous

      Might I suggest buying a puppy? 

      • Bagwan

        nphip — only ohlaff does not normally buy puppies. Having said that, one of his best friends was a dog who showed at his warehouse for no apparent reason and stayed there for years (and years) after. The dog (I am drunk and just can’t remember his name) became the mascot of the business.
        There came a point in time when the dog had nothing left and it was determined that he should be taken to the vet. This dog laid down to sleep that night and never woke up — does it get any better.

  • Only OHLAFF

    You MAY be correct about the t-shirt… but did you notice he had another shirt underneath his commemorative one… Maybe he was afraid of contracting the dread disease!
    MOI HIGH ROAD ALTERNATE MOTIVATION:  Our HOST was honoring the Mother of His Children, who is stricken with Lupus… You Go, Guy!
    But, alas & alack, I must report that the “Walk” was just too much for ZUKI to handle… and he has had to use his uber-valuable VACA time to recouperate!… He’ll be back to work Thurs & Fri… then a 3-day Memorial week end!… What do you want to bet?… HE’LL STILL BITCH UP A STORM!!! 

    • Bagwan

      Ohlaff, I like that you try to see the bright side of things unlike JJ. Since you are new to the ways of Zuki I would just caution you not to confuse a stated motive with an ulterior motive.
      The next time you see him at Blondie’s I guarantee he will be wearing the T-shirt. He thinks it will be a conversation starter for women looking for a compassionate guy. Ask Jj about the pink ribbons and the red ribbons — if breast cancer and AIDS didn’t work, I really don’t see how he thinks Lupus will. 

  • Bagwan

    Check out the video in “Zuki’s Apartment.” He is announcing that he is involved in a walk for charity. First off, there is no actual walking shown, just the announcement. Second, knowing that Zuki is the master of the ulterior motive I had to question what he was really doing there. I watched the video 3 times before the light went on — there it was right in front of my eyes — he did it for the free T-shirt. 

  • Anonymous

    Congrats everyone!  I haven’t yet looked outside, and I could be the only one left standing, but the moron’s hiding out with Rev Colon must feel really stupid this morning.  I suspect they’re used to it by now.  I don’t know about the rest of you but Bagwan’s list is pretty impressive!  If he could just manage to meet President Obama I’m sure he’d die a happy ‘Holy Fucker’ 

    • Bagwan

      No Zuki, Pres. Barry is not on the list. I did used to see Gary Hart downtown all the time wearing a T-shirt from the Monkey Business and mumbling something about being a contender. My initial list somehow omitted my greatest encounter of all — Mickey Rooney (or was it Andy?). 

  • Bagwan

     

    Zuki’s gratuitous comment about me meeting celebrities got
    me to thinking about how many of the famous, near famous and infamous I crossed
    paths with in some 35 years of travel. I never told the stories thinking they would
    impress anyone — why would they.  I
    told the stories the way old men tell any of their stories, just as a form of reminiscing.
    From Zuki’s tone I gather he thinks I am either a phony name dropper or maybe
    just a liar.

    Let me see how many I can
    remember on this last day of the earth (May 21, 2011):

    ·        
    Paul Newman and Gene Hackman at a car race

    ·        
    Robert Redford at Beaver Creek

    ·        
    Jack Nicholson on a plane

    ·        
    Sightings at bars and hotels around LA include George
    Burns, Milton Berle, Michael Caine, Morley Safer, Kenny Rodgers, Ricardo
    Montalban, Telly Savalas, Paul Henreid

    ·        
    Farrah Fawcett at the Houston airport

    ·        
    Former Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen on an airplane

    ·        
    One of the Country Hanks  — Thompson or Snow, I don’t remember which

    ·        
    Former NY Governors George Pataki in a restaurant
    and Mario Cuomo on the street

    ·        
     Dick Van
    Dyke in a swimming pool in Arizona

    ·        
    John Elway at a golf course, in bar, at another
    golf course, in another bar and so on

    ·        
    Elizabeth Taylor at PJ Clarke’s in NY and JFK
    Jr. in the same place

    ·        
    Rita Moreno on a plane

    ·        
    The Air Force Academy mascot , a real live
    falcon who sat right across the aisle from me on a 2 hour flight, perched on a
    cadet’s arm with a hood over her head

     

    I am sure there are more but
    these are all I could come up with under the time pressures given the coming
    events of today.  I hope you are all
    suitably impressed — I would like to go out with a BANG!!!

    • Bagwan

      Don’t know what happened on the spacing of prior post. That is not what it looked like when I typed it.  

  • zuki

     I ran into Only OHLAFF the other day at O’Shaunasee’s a local Irish bar in South Denver.  It’s known worldwide for its ‘Shepherds Pie’ but Only OHLAFF was stuffing his pie hole with Rakfisk; a Norwegian trout that is fermented for two or three weeks forming a gelatinous goo then eaten raw.    No wonder women turn their heads in horror every time he opens his gash!  jeez

  • zuki

     I ran into Only OHLAFF the other day at O’Shaunasee’s a local Irish bar in South Denver.  It’s known worldwide for its ‘Shepherds Pie’ but Only OHLAFF was stuffing his pie hole with Rakfisk; a Norwegian trout that is fermented for two or three weeks forming a gelatinous goo then eaten raw.    No wonder women turn their heads in horror every time he opens his gash!  jeez