Friday November 10, 2006

Trip Start Nov 10, 2006
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Trip End Nov 12, 2006


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Friday, November 10, 2006

I woke up early like any Friday and started loading up the truck. This time would be different as I had taken delivery of a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab pickup truck the afternoon before. My old 1966 Chevrolet had begun running roughly on my last out of town trip. Further investigation reveled less than 100 psi compression in the number three cylinder. My options didn't look too good. I could spend $1000 rebuilding the motor and still have loose steering, bad paint, dented fender and door, broken springs in the seat, worn tires, poor gas mileage, and so on.

I had been thinking of going modern for a couple of years now and it didn't take too much to convince myself to start looking for a newer truck. I could be getting much better gas mileage and have more comfort, safety and towing capacity. It turned out that I found a truck that met my requirements just around the corner from my home.

Since it was still early when I left the house I went to have breakfast at Café Candela so I wouldn't hit San Antonio during rush hour. They were not open yet and wouldn't start serving until seven so I hit US 59 towards I35 and found Obregon's open for business. Inside, I sat down near their big television and watched the morning news out of San Antonio and learned of the passing of Ed Bradley the night before. He will certainly be missed. After enjoying a couple of good tacos of machacado con huevo, I said good bye and pointed the truck north.

It was already daylight now as the time had changed back to normal, though the sun was not seen as it was overcast all morning. I found out as soon as I left the house that the CD player in the radio would not function. Hopefully I'll figure that out later. That left me with the radio. As soon as I could, I tuned into KKYX, "Great Country Sixty-Eight", out of old San Antone. They played a bunch of my old favorites from the sixties and seventies and it was over an hour before they played a song I couldn't sing along with. I guess I spent a lot of time in the seventies listening ton AM radios in pickup trucks!

I hit San Antonio at just about the right hour this time and breezed right through. Traffic was fairly light and pretty soon I was in Austin. I pulled off on the Airport Blvd. Exit at ten thirty five and wheeled into Greg and Shelley's driveway a few minutes later.

After I got my gear unloaded, we went to the Tamalaria Oaxaca for lunch and had the Friday special, pescado al mojo de ajo. Next we went to get Greg's 1976 BMW 2002 inspected which took some time as Austin voted to require mandatory emissions testing for all cars less than 25 years old.

Once that was done, we went back to the house and tried to free up the windshield wiper linkage from an old Mercedes Benz convertible whose shaft had rusted in place. Later we picked up five gallons of C12 race fuel from TJ's Cycles on North Lamar and had a spare key made for the pickup truck.

After checking the listings in the Chronicle, we found out that the great Red Volkhaert would be playing at Jovita's on South First in South Austin. We decided that we would meet Shelley at Mariscos and have dinner there. The food and service at Jovita's leaves a lot to be desired and the fish tacos at Mariscos are excellent.

At Jovita's we found a table that gave a fair view of the stage and hoped that we could move up if someone left, but that never happened. While we were waiting for the show to begin, a friend of Greg's and his girlfriend walked in and we asked them to join us. About that time, we noticed that Bill Kirchen was setting up his guitar on the right side of the stage. I had first seen Bill play thirty-four years ago when he was a member of Commander Cody's Lost Planet Airmen. Tonight we would have two of the nation's leading practitioners of Telecaster twang, although these cats are not at all limited to that genre.

Red and his friends began by playing the old Willie Nelson tune that Faron Young made famous, "Hello Walls." In my opinion, Red was playing a bit more subdued that other times I have seen him play. I believe that he was holding back and letting his friend Bill Kirchen take the spotlight. On a couple of occasions, Red asked the audience to be generous with the tip bucket so that Bill could get a plane ticket out of town. Bill played "Looking at the World Through a Windshield" from his Commander Cody days complete with a guitar lick that sounded like a diesel rig's air horn.

One of the highlights for me was during the second set when they started out playing Chuck Berry's "Maybelline" and went into a psychedelic jam that turned into Bill Doggett's "Honky Tonk" and then into Freddy King's Texas guitar classic, "Hideaway" and then back into the last verse of "Maybelline". Red announced that they were going to play one more and then, "go crash someone else's party", Probably Ray Wylie Hubbard's 60th birthday party just down the street. Then they played a powerhouse rendition of Waylon Jennings's signature song, "The Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line". What a show! I needed to get up early the next morning so we called it a night.

Incomplete and not in order setlist:

Hello Walls
Heartaches By The Number
All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers
Home in San Antone
That's the Way Love Goes
Streets of Baltimore
Lookin' at the World Through a Windshield
Truck Drivin' Man
Rocket in My Pocket
Maybelline-
Honky Tonk-
Hideaway-
Maybelline
Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line
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