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Subject: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: olddude
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 12:08 AM

How about some sharing some stories with us. You guys always make us laugh and right now we all could use a good laugh so how about some of the old time stories for your friends here?


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: olddude
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 07:38 AM

come on guys how about a story ... I know ya got a million of em
Please


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 09:51 AM

Hey, Dan:

I don't have any, "I remember the time that me and Woody was hitching a ride through Waco" stories. I was just another guy sitting at a table, listening. I have plenty of stories to tell, though. It's just that I tell them on the sitting around the kitchen table thread. I've lifted this one from that thread, for those who never stop by the table.

Libby Cotton

My memory is fading on this one. Maybe some details will come back as I'm typing it. The heart of the story is still fresh in my mind, though.

Elizabeth Cotton was performing at the Pickin' Parlor in New Haven. And now I remember that the guy who ran the club's first name was Harry. His wife had a Doctorate in Russian Literature from what I remember, and they were both musicians. Harry Looked a little bit like Tom Selleck and wore a cowboy hat, as did his wife, often.

It was a slow night at the Pickin' Parlor. The few times I went there, it was slow except for an open mike night where I sang once. Barry Sandler of Green Beret fame was there with his manager and his manager approached me after I'd done my couple of songs, handed me his business card and said he'd like to get some of my songs. I never followed through on it. Maybe Barry could have recorded one.

But back to Elizabeth. The Pickin' Parlor was a dark, funky looking place with a small stage on one side of the room. Elizbeth was sitting up there on the stage, hunched over her guitar. She was in her early nineties then, I seem to remember, and was at the end of the line as a performer. She had a very modest, off-handed way of speaking and there was an intimacy that night because the crowd was small. Not much more than a handful of us gathered around the stage sitting in old folding chairs. Certainly, the crowd was no measure of what a national treasure she was.

As Elizabeth was softly introducing her songs, she told a story about when she was a little girl. Her older brother had a banjo, and she couldn't resist trying to play it. She had no idea what to do with the banjo but she loved to hold it and she'd keep tuning the strings up until one of them would break from the tension. She knew she was in trouble when that happened, so she'd put the banjo back where her brother kept it hidden from her but when he came, he'd check the banjo and when he found a string was broken again, he knew who'd done it. And she caught Hell. She wasn't explicit about the terms of that Hell, but whatever it was, it didn't stop her from finding where her brother'd hid the banjo. When he'd go out, she'd go find the banjo, try to tune it up and break a string once again. She told the story with a wistfulness in her voice and said softly that she'd always wanted to have a banjo, but never had one. She was near the end of her life, and the crowd was small. I don't know how far she traveled to be there, but it must have been sad to see that so few people seemed to remember her. She probably felt a little forgotten already.

As we were sitting there, transfixed by the story, Harry got up and walked over to the wall next to the stage. There were instruments hung up on the walls, all around the room that he had for sale. Without hesitation, he reached up and carefully lifted down a banjo that was hanging there. He quietly walked over to Elizabeth and handed her the banjo, saying, "Now you've got a banjo of your own."

I don't remember what the banjo looked like, or Harry's last name or his wife's name. I don't remember exactly what Elizabeth said, or Harry either, for that matter. But I remember the love in that room at that moment. The words aren't important. It was the reverence and love that Harry, his wife and every one of us had for Elizabeth that remains.

(Harry's wife's name was Ruth, and Dave Howard reminded me that his last name is Guffy.)


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: olddude
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 10:29 AM

Jerry
That is a wonderful story, thank you my friend ... that is just wonderful

Dan


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Amos
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 10:41 AM

That was a stellar moment--small and perfect. Thanks, Jerry!!


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 11:11 AM

Very good story, Jerry, and well told! I never seem to have the time unfortunately to navigate through those behemoth threads to find the gems, and it would be great if you would cut and paste some more here.


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 11:50 AM

Thanks, Dan, Amos and Lonesome. Most of the stories I post on the kitchen table thread are not about folk music, so it wouldn't make sense to post them here. They're about folks, allright, but not about music. If I spot another one in there, I'll post it here.

Thanks again.


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: SINSULL
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 12:51 PM

All right - I'll be the one to ask. Did she then tighten a string until it broke?

Great story, Jerry.


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 01:04 PM

Now, if I was Art, I'd say that she missheard the song Ring, Ring the banjo. She thought it said Wring, Wring the banjo.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: kendall
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 01:05 PM

I don't know very many true stories.

Well, here's one:

It was in the Summer of '05. Utah Phillips did a show in Bath Maine at the Chocolate Church.We went out to dinner and were treated to his having fun with the waitress. He told her that he was from Utah, and they are not allowed to say br....bre..."I'll have the chicken BOSOM."
Next day, and Jacqui and I took him and Joanna around to some interesting places such as the Pemaquid point light house.
That evening the folks he was staying with invited Jacqui and me to a lobster feed, and after Utah and I finished off the Lobsters we started swapping yarns.
When we were finished he said, "I'm doing a performance in Grass Valley California in April next year and I want you to come out and do it with me."
I couldn't think of one good reason to not go, so I did. I finally got to share the stage with one of my few heroes, and I'm so glad I did because it will never happen again.
We have DVDs of that show, but it's not the same. Man, how I miss that guy.


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: olddude
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 01:23 PM

That is a great story Kendall a great story about a great man. Thank you for sharing.

I told this one before but it is worth repeating. I use to play in some of the seediest places you can imagine. I needed the money and they paid well due to the combat zone I was in. One time I was in the wretched bar. I was playing some James Taylor song and in front of me was this couple sitting at the table. His wife or girlfriend was a beautiful blond and she was wearing a skimpy halter top. This drunk walks by, leans over to the girl and says "You have the biggest set of ___ I ever seen". Well her husband/boyfriend whatever was as big as a line backer in the NFL. He gets up, grabs this guy and throws him through the table blasting beer on everyone around them. The people next to them took offense and in turn got up to respond and the whole place turned into the blues brothers movie with fists flying and beer flying. In the meantime, me like the trooper I was, kept right on playing. Every time someone would slide my way I would just take my foot and shove them back into the fight and never missed a chord on the guitar. After the bouncers threw them all out and my time was over, I took my combat pay and when home ... Ahhh the days, for some reason I never went back however. LOL


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: frogprince
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 02:01 PM

Dan, maybe you should copy that to the "What is the American Way of Life" thread. : )
                     Dean


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: olddude
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 03:09 PM

good idea Dean LOL


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Art Thieme
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 04:46 PM

One of 'em landed in Lincoln Park in Chicago when I was walking my dog---about 162 or so. A door slid open and there was just a head floating in mid air. It floated out toward me and asked for a drink. I told it I think I could use one too!!

Once, walking our dog in Chicago's Lincoln Park, a flying saucer landed. When the door slid open I could only see a disembodied head floating in mid air. He made signs to me that told me he was really parched from the long trip. So, we headed (no pun intended) to my favorite bar. I walked and it floated. I held the door open for the head and he floated in and hovered above a bar stool. The bartender brought him a shot of Jack Daniels and I held it to the heads lips. He took a sip and a torso popped out. Another sip and a trunk of his body and a leg popped out. One more sip and the other leg and an arm popped out. He said, "One more sip and I'll be whole!" Well, he took another sip and one-by-one everything pulled back in until the head, with a noise like a stomped on beer cup, just disappeared altogether. The bartender walked over and said, "Damn, he shoulda quit while he was a head!"

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Art Thieme
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 04:50 PM

The damn computer scrambled my post, but maybe you can get the jist of it.

Right now, though, I have to go to the proverbial head.


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 04:54 PM

groan...

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: kendall
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 05:26 PM

Well. It didn't take long to hit the skids, did it?
Thanks Art, now we can get to the good stuff!


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: olddude
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 07:56 PM

Art
love it LOL

Dan


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Stringsinger
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 08:27 PM

I'll try to get one together.


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: kendall
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 06:29 AM

This recession has put many businesses out of business. Such was the fate of that big wollen mill in Germany. They just couldn't compete, so they sold the whole complex to a world famous dog breeder. Some sort of fancy pedigeeed mutt that costs a fortune to purchase. He offered training and bording for the price of the purchase and he became very successful right off the bat.
In fact, he was so successful, it hit the newspapers all over Germany and the headlines said...


scroll down









wait for it...









THE MILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE HOUNDS OF MUNICH


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: olddude
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 08:50 AM

LOL that was awful captain ... LOL
ok can't stop laughing ... awful ... LOL


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 09:35 AM

And so we find, fella readers, that this thread is curtailed...

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Art Thieme
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 02:41 PM

...and if I do quit while I'm a-head, this'll be my last post to this thread.

Why does it feel like a strange kind of selective trolling to me?

Art


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: kendall
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 03:32 PM

Shirley you jest.


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Art Thieme
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 05:44 PM

yes, I guess. Jerry and Frank, and you, Kendall, are some of my favorite people -- and it's great to be grouped with you all in this thread of Dan's. All the years I've hung out at Mudcat I've been writing my "BOOK" -- and it's made up of nothing but hundreds of stories that came out when I had something to say that attended to a specific bit of info another Mudcatter might've been looking for. That said, I'm glad that Dan likes what I did in my other lifetime, but over-the-top is a bit uncomfortable. That's just how it looks to me today. If I'm off on this, feel free to say that.

Art


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Art Thieme
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 06:05 PM

I think I mean that if you click on my name, all the stories I've told here will be there to Peruse. That's fitting, since we live in Peru
(Illinois)

Art


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: olddude
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 06:46 PM

You folks have the most experience performing than anyone here. Lately mudcat has been inundated with too many people bickering, fighing and mean spirits. I could name a have dozen and I won't that have moved on. I started this thread thinking there were some funny stories to make people laugh for once. For with the exception of Spaw there has been very few of that. It was not to single you
Art out nor anyone else ... I did it because of a combined 150 years of experience. My apologies if I put anyone on the spot, not my intention it was only to make people laugh .. hence my story of the bar that I posted. That being said I will refrain from further posts and submit my apologies to everyone and will bid everyone a good night.


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: gnu
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 08:20 PM

But, good idea.

Dan, you should check out the filter and just filter stuff, even if at random. There are so many threads of great stories on all sorts of subjects. I found two threads today for a buddy that was a while back after she asked me about black bears. She loved it.

And, you can also click on a name and search back for their stories. Tedious, but truly entertaining.


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: kendall
Date: 07 Jun 09 - 08:57 AM

Dan. if you want to dredge up an old story thread I'll contribute.


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Stringsinger
Date: 07 Jun 09 - 09:02 AM

Pete Seeger gave a memorable concert on Ventura Boulevard in the North Hollywood area at a local movie house. He opened the curtain for a backdrop which disclosed an old harp,
stage props and remnants of the vaudeville era. The concert was typical Seeger, songs and participation but at that time he was enamored of the steel drum. He brought it out for a final number and was suddenly possessed with playing it. Finally, the concert was formally over but not for Pete. As the audience filed out, he kept on playing and marched out of the theater, walking down Ventura Boulevard playing the steel pan oblivious to the curious traffic onlookers and well-wishers from the previous concert. (I suspect he went back later to collect his banjo, my memory is hazy on this part).

There is a moral here. Get into music or something you love and someone will follow.
But don't do it because you want to get something out of it. Do it for itself.

Frank


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: frogprince
Date: 07 Jun 09 - 09:11 PM

Wonderful image, and point, Frank.


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: kendall
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 11:58 AM

Many people ask me where I get these stories. I always tell them that everyone hears them, but not everyone remembers or are able to repeat them years later.

Ok, another true one.
Some years ago I attended the wedding of an old friend who is also a humorist. I was standing outside the church listening to people talk, and there was a man of small stature standing there with a drink in this hand. Suddenly, his wife came to him and said, "You know, that the state of Maine just lowered the limit of blood/alcohol from .10 to .08 and that one drink will put you over the limit."

A look of feigned horror crossed his face and he said to me, "I have to go and put on some weight."

Absolutely true story.


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Art Thieme
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 05:37 PM

Mine come from the simple fact that quite often I remember things that never happened.

Art


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Stringsinger
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 05:54 PM

Art, I think this is normal. Sometimes our memory plays tricks on us. Sometimes it's
just wishful thinking. But if you remember things that have never happened, you could be
a novelist. Just keep "remembering" and writing.

Frank


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Subject: RE: Art, Jerry, Frank, Kendall so how about
From: Stringsinger
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 06:25 PM

O.K. Dan. Here's one. (I am not disremembering this though it may have been a repeat performance.) Will and Herta Geer had a pickup truck to take the three of us in a front seat with Woody sleeping in the truck bed. (I think he could sleep any where). We were doing
a program for the Lady's Auxiliary somewhere in North Hollywood. The ladies had heard of Woody Guthrie through the grapevine though had never met or saw him perform. We sat at a banquet guest table awaiting Woody's introduction by the hostess. When it came time,
Woody was introduced as I recall in a manner befitting a classical musician. Something like "the eminent Mr. Guthrie will grace us with his folk song repertoire." Upon cue, Woody
scraped his chair backward, grabbed his guitar from behind his back, let out a distinctive
belch, and sang the following:

"Oh the Lady's Auxiliary is a fine Auxiliary.
It's the best Auxiliary that you ever did see.
If you want an Auxiliary, get the Lady's Auxiliary,
The finest Auxiliary for you and me."

Now this might have been a repeat performance for Woody but somehow I don't think so.
It occurred some time around the early 1950's.

Frank


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