On Christmas, we went to my son's house. Chuck will always be Chuckie to me. Husker wore his green pullover that I made for him last spring, and Chuckie liked it. He asked me to make one for him, so I have another project coming down. We will be getting together for measurements and selecting yarn.
Chuckie recently called me to recount his interesting visit to the dentist. The hygienist was a New York transplant -- met a Texas fella -- and now lives here. So he asked her if she had learned to like country music. She was strongly in the affirmative, so he asked her if she had ever heard of the Eli Young Band. She was very vocal about the band being her favorite, so Chuckie told her the family connection. She was very excited about that, then said that her husband's favorite band was Deryl Dodd. Chuckie followed up to tell her, "You won't believe this, but my cousin is the bass player for Deryl Dodd." Lots of excitement ensued, so he is now her favorite patient, I am sure.
Chuckie is one of those people who never met a stranger. He can meet someone and become best friends in minutes. He is such a warm and loving person. I am blessed to have him as my son.
Chuckie has another talent, but this one he learned. He discovered his love of scuba diving a few years ago, and now he has so many certifications that I have lost count. He dives to wrecks, into caves, and other places that I would never go. I guess this passion of his is a result of my insistence that he learn to swim at an early age. In scouting, he earned the one-mile-swim badge, and then repeated it the next year just to be sure he could still swim that far. Overachiever!
Don't know about yours, but our New Year's Eve was tops. We started off going to Grace, the restaurant owned by Husker's son, Adam, for a glass of wine and to wish Adam and his beautiful wife, Caroline, a Happy New Year. This was to be a short stop only because we were spending the midnight hour at Billy Bob's, World's Biggest Honky Tonk. Husker's baby boy, Jon, is the bass guitarist for the Eli Young Band, the entertainment for the evening at Billy Bob's.
Adam was happy to inform us that he was sold out for New Year's Eve, and that son, Jon, and fiancé, Sarah, were in the dining room. So we had a chance to visit with both of Husker's sons and their beautiful ladies before going on to Billy Bob's to see Jon and the boys play.
Upon arriving at Billy Bob's, we picked up our complimentary tickets and backstage passes, and learned that they were likewise sold out (that means 6,000 tickets). For a bar/honky tonk, that is a lot of people. The green room walls are lined with the logos and signatures of lots of big names. It is humbling and amazing for Husker to see the band's logo on the wall alongside Willie, Loretta, LeAnn, and so so many others. Husker thinks it is a very nice payback for all those music lessons, violins and guitars. We also have another tie to a logo on the green room wall at Billy Bob's. My nephew, Kerry, is the bass player for the Deryl Dodd Band.
The crowd was amazing. They knew the words to all their songs and sang along. Mike Eli, the lead singer, always acknowledges to the audience their contribution to the band's success. I think recognizing the audience's ownership of Eli Young is part of the key to their loyal following. Some pretty good songs don't hurt either! Check out Jet Black and Jealous, their last CD. The next CD is imminent, and they sang the number that they expect to be their next hit, Crazy Girl. Stay tuned.
Jon and Sarah's mothers were there, too. Sarah is the aunt of Zach, for whom I knitted the Wonderful Wallaby. Sarah's mom, Sue, said the sweater fit, he liked it, and pix would be forthcoming. Until then, I am attaching a shot of the finished product. You didn't think that I would NOT have something knit-wise in this, did you! Happy New Year and many beautiful projects.