Sunday, March 10, 2013

Synchronicity And The Renting of Pigs

March 10, 2013
As I look at my most recent post in my room at La Paloma Resort in Tucson I see there have been 66 views. How ironic and symbolic (66 views as I write notes on my memories of growing up on Route 66 and I turned 66 last December). I'm not sure it amounts to anything but I do take note of these things.

  Had another synchronicity moment last night when I presented a True Westerner award to Larry McMurtry and Dianna Ossana in the Cottonwood Room here at the resort.  Before the ceremony I asked Diana how she and McMurtry met and she told me she met him at the Catfish House out on Ruthrauff Road. This resonated with me because I used to play in a honkytonk band in the same building when it was called The Hayloft. In fact it was in this very establishment when I was on a break I sketched a local honkytonker who would become Donna Jean in my comic strip Honkytonk Sue which ran in National Lampoon in 1977 and which McMurtry and Leslie Marmon Silko wrote three drafts of a script for Goldie Hawn some four years later. That same year—'77—Diana had just arrived in Tucson seven months pregnant and lived in her van for a year. Her eventual partnership with McMurtry led to an Oscar for "Brokeback Mountain" and numerous movies and mini series. How's that for three degrees of Lonesome Dove?

"A man that ain't willin' to cheat for a poke don't want it bad enough."
—Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove