You thought I was finished? 😎
Nope, I have some more to add, and it’s not like this is an afterthought post…not at all…if fact, just the opposite. These thoughts are important to me and need their own post.
First, I probably wouldn’t have gone to the Stones concert if Mike wasn’t here to take care of Blue Sky while I was away.
Mike, his dog Army, and Blue.
Due to not being able to drive home after the concert, I needed to spend the night in Palo Alto, so Blue needed a place to stay. I’m not likely to leave him in a kennel, just not an option, and Mike didn’t hesitate to take him for the night. Also he has been beyond helpful with Blue since the beginning, but even more so since the KNEE.
And then, about Stones friends.
When most people think of the Stones, they think of ‘drugs, sex, and rock n roll’, right? Wrong. I’m not that much of a party girl, but I’ve managed to make friends with some really wonderful people, from the first ones, high school friends, Marie and Diane in Michigan, to people in places like New York, Sweden, Canada, Brazil, Texas, and California, among others. Laura and Joel are pretty much like family. I met them 20 years ago, at a Stones related function in San Francisco.
The very early days. Bill, who left the band in about 90, Brian, who passed away in 69, Mick, and there is Charlie back there on the drums. Keith was there, just not in this picture.
How would one meet Stones friends from around the world? It has to do with an email ‘mailing list’, a way of connecting on the internet long before FB and Twitter.
When I first brought home a computer in about 96, I asked my son Brian to help me find ‘stuff about the Rolling Stones’. He found me a group called ‘Undercover’. ( There is a Stones album by the same name). Within the group, when you write an email, everyone on the list receives it. The list was started by a couple of pleasantly nerdy Stones fans, Steve in California and Tony in New York. It was a worldwide list (being on the ‘world wide web’), and still is to this day, though other modes of social media seem more convenient these days.
Anyway, the list put me in touch with Stones people worldwide. When the Stones toured, many of us traveled, and people on the list, say in London, or here in California, might arrange some get togethers, including meet up places, transportation to concerts, dinners, hotels we all could stay at, and just regular touristy activities. So we got to know each other and some people became friends. There is another group too, and often people and activities on the groups overlap, but the 2 groups have very different, oh I guess you would say, personalities.
Some of the friendships have become lifetime friendships, some people got married! But it’s all been rather life changing, I guess you would say! I don’t know that I would have ever traveled to London or Sweden or even New York City, had I not been an Out Of Control Stones fan.
Funny how things work out.