December 20, 2020
Had a pretty sweet day yesterday, thanks to these beautiful women.
I had a specific request for my birthday and it was fulfilled.
Yes, the chicken fried steak was fantastic and so is the babe who made it. We did a Zoom call at five to connect with the kids from around the world to talk about the new Calexico Christmas album and to open a bottle of wine to share. Deena concluded that the wine had a "fruit forward" tang to it and we all agreed so did the Calexico tunes.
That's Deena Bean in Issaquah, Washington, The Gooses in Cave Creek and Fenton, Tommy, Amy and Harper in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Everybody on this crazy Zoom call gives me joy.
What else gives me joy? Zany birthday greetings from my closest friends, incuding these zingers:
"May you live to be so old that your driving terrifies people."
—Rasmus Lagerqvist Holmberg, one of my Swedish Cowboy Cousins
"Pick up a box of condoms at the pharmacy and go to the counter and ask where the fitting room is."
"In the memo field of all your checks, write, "For Marijuana."
—Lynn Dodd Augherton
"Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea, joy to you and me."