Working at Busch Gardens was something else. I could work as many hours as I wanted, there was plenty of interesting stuff to fill my visual field, there were regular breaks, and there were special events. Special events were great because there were a bunch of us there, but only so much work to do. That meant plenty of time to BS. The only one I ever got to work was a concert by the Everly Brothers and after I helped move the soundboard, the blabber began to flow.
Most of the guys there were college students. I had just finished my third year at the park was feeling the oats of my senior summer. I knew this was my last season working there and college was just a few weeks away. One guy, whose name I can’t remember, was lead at the Le Mans cars. Sadly, the ride is no longer at the park, but back then, the cars were an oil smelling attraction for every kid who dreamed of driving a car. The lead guy was a college kid and he thought he knew everything.
On that day at the Three Musketeers Theater, he was preaching how Elvis Costello was the greatest thing since the Sex Pistols. All of the other college kids were slurping up his pop culture acumen. Then they asked me who I liked. I went with Asia and 38-Special. Oh my goodness, the “hating” that ensued. I felt like Bernie Sanders trying to get a word in edgewise. I had no chance. Later that day I got pulled off the Everly Brothers crew and sent to the Germany Skyride, which was deadly on a Saturday night. Maybe I was a victim of the old-college-boy network, but the way I stood by my musical interests without backing down to the “man’s” pressure or the lemming like “group think mentality wanna be followers” would be a hallmark of my life (for better and more often than I would like to admit, worse).
So here are a few “likes” that I have. They shouldn’t bother you, they’re my likes…
Instant Grits (cooked with milk) + Shrimp + a tiny bit of turkey gravy (scrumptious), Hush Puppies from Pierce’s BBQ,, Cheesesteaks from Station 52 (it’s about the bread), Hot Hollies from Paul’s Deli (best at about 1am), My wife’s crab soup (big chunks of crab, made with love)
Justin Townes Earle, Steve Earle, Justin Townes, Jackie Greene, Neko Case, Emmylou Harris, Bruce (Hornsby & Springsteen), NWA, Public Enemy, Earth-Wind-and Fire, The Commodores, Al Green, Memphis Minnie, James Brown, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, Santana, Dire Straits, U2, Charlie Hunter, Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs, Talking Heads (That just scratches the surface.)
The Wire (GREATEST OF ALL TIME), Penny Dreadful, Oz, Homeland, Ray Donovan, Tiny House Nation, Family Feud… Game of Thrones people, I’ve seen them all. It’s pretty good, but I can’t remember all the names.
Dallas Cowboys (Jerry Jones is making it hard to like them…), 76ers, Phillies, Flyers (The Philly influence is strong, yo, like the Force. I guess that makes the Eagles the dark side.)
I don’t know what happened to the guy from Busch Gardens. I do know that the songs Elvis Costello did on the New Basement Tapes project are not as strong as the ones done by the other artists. Elvis did marry well, though. His wife is awesome. As for Asia, maybe I got caught up in the heat of the moment.
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