Posted by FretlessinTexas on Monday, October 20, 2008
In my last blog, I wrote about how it's cool and smart to seek out jam sessions in other cities by creatively using the internet.
I boasted about attending old-time music jams in Philadelphia, Dallas and Las Vegas, and even having local musicians come to my hotel and pick me up and carry me to these jams. In some instances, loaned banjos were there waiting for me.
I went on to brag that I would be attending a jam this week in Toronto. Yessiree, I was one to give the advice.
And now for the rest of the story.
My flight from Indianapolis to Toronto was scheduled for 7 a.m. Sunday morning. (Yesterday.)
I drove the 100 miles plus from Fort Wayne to the Indianapolis International Airport and arrived at the ticket counter at 5:30 a.m., plenty of time.
But I was never allowed to board the plane for Toronto. You see, Mr. Brilliant here let his passport expire. My failure to notice that fact meant no business trip as planned and no jam session Wednesday night.
What does this mean or prove? That blowhard, know-it-all banjo players are best to be avoided and at the very least ignored.
This is further confirmation that banjo players need and deserve their come-uppance. I recently was in a music store and saw a T-shirt touting a Banjo Mute. It was the picture of a hammer. Unfortunately, they were sold out in x-larges.
And so, this past Saturday, only hours before I was to begin my trip to Canada, I wore a name-tag on my shirt while playing in a string band for a contra dance. It said this:
"Hello, my name is Dean. I'm sorry, I play the banjo."
Monday, October 20, 2008 @1:59:20 PM
Two strikes against us--a banjo player AND a Hoosier!
Monday, October 20, 2008 @2:33:29 PM
You are correct, sir!
pete hobbie Says:
Monday, October 20, 2008 @5:24:15 PM
I recently had to get a passport for a business trip but I sure didnt let them know I'm a banjo player.
Monday, October 20, 2008 @6:07:45 PM
I do not know you Sir!
Monday, October 20, 2008 @7:26:27 PM
You mean that the passport has to be CURRENT? Persnickety, aren't they. Those of us into old time aren't into current.
Be sure to give us an update when you renew passport and finally get to go on the trip (um, I hope that you get to go, I mean, you have a set of tickets that for $100-$150 can be exchanged, so you just gotta go).
Monday, October 20, 2008 @8:34:40 PM
But my passport picture from 1984 is so good, and I look so young....
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 @3:44:21 AM
My recently expired passport from 1998 makes me look studly. Now I just look like some old guy who would yell at kids to get off his lawn.
I hate to say it for the possibility of bringing bad luck on myself, but I have been invited to play in a jam tonight in Minneapolis, with a banjo waiting for me. No passport required. Let's just hope things turn out.
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