Well folks, I am turning the big 4-0 this year.
1-5-11 (part 2)
This milestone has pretty much snuck up on me. At times I still feel like that long-haired, 17-year-old kid who just graduated from high school and had his whole life ahead of him.
Other times, I really feel my ageÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦
I am a different person now than I was at seventeen regardless of what I try and tell myself -- I am the person who has realized that he has pretty much fallen into the position he will remain in this life. And now, at nearly 40, making a pauperÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s wage - just barely able to support my family - I sometimes feel my life is unfulfilled. Sometimes I feel there is just something about me that God doesn't like, because he just keeps messing with me every chance he gets.
Fortunately, at times like this, I put on music that brings me back to my glory days and I remind myself that I'm only as old as I act (feel) and only as limited as I allow myself to be. Part of the rotation is my own playlist of SammyÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s "Greatest Hits.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Music of his I have loved and blown out many a speaker with over the years. Some is from the Montrose days, some from the solo days, and a big chunk from the Van Halen, Waborita, and Chickenfoot days. (Sexy Little Thing is my favorite song right now!)
So anyways, back to my mid-life crisisÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦for the past 10 years I have been trying to get down to Cabo to see the birthday shows. My birthday is in August, in the waning days of summer (well in the Pacific Northwest anyway). When summer turns to fall in the Pacific Northwest it usually comes in like a lion, so to dream of a sunny place in October where the food is plenty and the drinks flow freely makes the transition a bit more palatable. This year, come h*ll or high water I will be there. What better way to celebrate a mid-life crisis than to go to Cabo and party with one of my favorite rockers and his crazy fans (I canÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t afford a muscle car or child support if I leave my familial responsibility, lol)!
I have been a fan of Sammy pretty much all my life (well, over half anyways!). Sammy is one guy who has always stayed consistent in his approach to rock and rollÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦I appreciate that more than anyone could understand. Raunchy guitar riffs, wailing vocals and flowing melodies make my heart soar! They give me the push I need on those days where I just feel overwhelmed. If thereÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s one thing that stands true in my world, is that whenever things seem to be going sideways I will always have rock and roll, and no one can take that away from me!