I think it might have been about a year ago, in the deepest part of the summer, when I figured out that I should always leave Texas for the month of August. I’ve actually already spent a lot of Augusts away, seems like usually overseas somewhere. I only remember this because my birthday is in August, and I hardly ever seem to be home for that.
I was home for it last year though, and the year before that too, and I thought enough is enough. So about 6 months ago I asked my dear agent Gigi to start looking for something in the mountains, or by the sea. Right along in there I heard from my old friend Captain Bob Tasse, skipper of the Timberwind Schooner, which I sailed on last year out of Rockport Maine. It was something I’ll never forget. A 90-something foot 2 masted schooner immaculately restored, Captain Bob charters about 15 people at a time and stays out for about 4 days and nights. He was inviting me to come back up. Bob I said, how about August. Perfect he said.
Next I called my old friend Steve Stone, honkin his horn about finding me a house concert in his little town of Brooklin Maine, where I’d hung about a bit also. He said to come up anytime. Steve, I said, how about August? Fine, he said.
So, that took care of the second half of the month. Gigi went to work and put a few shows together over here in Colorado. I called my other friend named Steve (Heglund) who, along with his wife Priscilla, owns The Lodge at Red River. August? August. I’m even in my old room, the only one I’ve ever stayed in here I think.
Current temperature in Austin Texas: 104
Current temperature in Red River New Mexico: 75
I’m just gonna go ahead and publish this, and keep writing….