31 March 2008

Grinning Ear to Ear.

Every once in a while I experience 24 hours that are seemimgly perfect. The 24 hours between 11pm on Saturday 3.29.08 and 10:59 Sunday 3.30.08 were this for me.

I finished with work just before 11pm - a nice treat for a Saturday night. The Minneapolis band, Valet was playing their last show for quite a while and they were due onstage at midnight. Perfect. I had enough time to go home, change and drive over to St. Paul's Turf Club and see their set.

At the show I ran into lots of people I knew and astoundingly, most of them I hadn't seen since probably the last Turf Club Valet show I went to, which was around 2004. I almost felt like I was in a time warp. I danced, I had a beer, I took some photos, and caught up with old friends. I headed home around 1:30 grinning ear to ear.

I went to sleep with Handsome Randy's voice in my ear & awoke to his phone call this morning. We got to tell each other about the events behind us and those on the horizon with lots of laughter. How nice, almost like he's home.

My day was productive. Errands, mostly. But good ones.

Then, this evening, my good friend, Jessie & I got together and played a little music. There is something to be said about playing music with a good friend, especially when you are well tuned into to one another. It's magical. When we were through we sat in her livingroom drinking tea listening to Iron & Wine, telling stories and making each other laugh. I left around 10:30 grinning ear to ear, once again.

The drive home gave me time to listen to Mazzy Star and have a car concert*. I arrived home and sat in our driveway for a while just listening to the music and singing along. I walked in the door of our house, shortly before 11pm feeling so good and still grinning ear to ear.


*A Car Concert is when one turns up their car stereo quite loud and sings along as though they themselves are the artist they are listening to. And in those moments, they truly are.


  1. I can't believe it has been so long since I posted here. I miss you, and was grinning ear to ear by the time I finished reading this. Thanks for that! hliv

  2. I completely agree with you on all levels. Car concerts are the best, and when I catch another driver in one, it makes me grin from ear to ear.

    Thank you for the smiles!

    And when you come to L.A. I'll take you to El Chavo, Gingergrass, or a new place that we can discover together. Whatever your "fancy feasts". :)

  3. Heather: Thanks! It is a great feeling to have such a satisying 24 hours, I'm glad my grins were contagious to you!

    Camille: Car concerts are indeed the best - glad you are an avid car concerter as well!