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Last Train to Clarksville

I was getting my hair cut on February 21st, 2019, when all of a sudden my phone started pinging like crazy– messages out the wazoo!

“The last time this happened, Davy Jones died,” I presciently thought. Once I was out of the hair salon, I glanced down… yep… The Tork… dead.

Almost 33 years to the day (February 23, 1986), MTV debuted a full weekend marathon of Monkees’ episodes. That was the day I first learned about the Monkees and I fell in love with them. Betamax tape after Betamax tape FILLED with Monkees episodes, watched over and over again. Concerts, finger puppets, books, t-shirts, and other memorabilia purchased over the years.

On January 26, 2004, my sister and I went to see Peter Tork perform at the Tin Angel. I wish I could say Peter was charismatic and sweet and goofy but he wasn’t. It doesn’t matter anymore. He’s gone. Davy’s gone.

Last weekend, I went to see the Micky and Mike Show in Atlantic City, NJ. The lads are in their 70’s. They said very little — but they saluted both Davy and Peter. Regardless of age and seeming a bit slower, they sounded wonderful. The show lasted an hour and twenty — it ended abruptly. No encore. Whatever. I finally saw Mike. Bucket list item accomplished!

It is strange to watch childhood loves grow old, fade, and die. It happens to everything.

Charmed Life

I really do feel like I live a charmed life. All day today I visualized myself at the free Micky Dolenz concert, front and center! I just knew I would find a spot, somehow. As it were, I left a bit late and found myself in a mob scene. I could clearly see where I should have been standing but I couldn’t reach it. I kept creeping closer and closer but my height makes it difficult to truly squeeze in. Just as I was thinking to myself, “I wonder what happened, I visualized this situation so perfectly!” my first client and friend, Chris, peeked his head out from right in front of the stage! He waved at me, cut through the crowd, whispered to the security guard who then motioned for me to come over and as I approached, the security guard said, “Sure your sister can join you, HAVE FUN!” Next thing I know, I am right where I was supposed to be, shaking my butt to MICKY DOLENZ, front and center!!!

I had so much fun! The only thing that would have made it better is if Lisa was there with me!