Life's a funny thing. I try to take the time to keep this blog up to date and the day's just get away. So every once and a while, I have to dump a bunch of information out there to all at once. If anybody knows of a magical way to organize my life, just drop me a line. It's been 57 years and haven't figured it out yet.
On the life front, Pat and I are doing well. My back is acting up a bit, but it's a stress thing. I know it and I have to get back into my yoga and stretching. It works and I know it so it is. We're getting ready for the MN Renaissance Festival that starts next weekend. It's my 19th or 20th year out there. It will be good to pop a few shows and play with all the crazy people that go the the festival. I've got three stage shows and the rest of the time, I'm knocking off street shows. 37 years of doing magic and I'm back to my roots again. Hittin' the streets. Check out www.BrotherPaulMagic.com
Pat's garlic booth will be set up and ready to go. The Garlic Shop. She's been at the festival for 11 years and going strong. All her MN garlic gummers are excited to see her every year. For that we are thankful. Lot's of garlic from Garlic Festival Foods, so check it out. She's also on the web at: www.PatTheGarlicLady.com
Now to catch you up on Brother Dan. He's my old partner. Well not old, only 47. We played as a duo for 3 to 4 years, traveling, working smoky bars and casinos in the western part of the US. Vegas, Tahoe, Phoenix, So. California etc. We had a ball and he's one heck of a sailor. We've sailed the Gulf together. A great time of my life and we put out some music.
He was diagnosed with Hep C about 3 and and half years ago. Got it under control and in April, it came back and bit him hard. He's been battling it aggressively since then and within the last couple of weeks, things have gotten worse for him. I talked with him a few days ago and he had a pretty good day. As of yesterday, he is back in the hospital, in ICU. Yesterday afternoon they put him on life support. Today's a new day and I haven't heard anything yet this morning. I have a horrible feeling that I'm going to loose him here on this plane. I'm doing what I can to stay centered, but that's debatable.
Keep Bro. Dan in your thoughts and prayers. His music is available at www.myspace.com/brotherdan2
there's some samples up there. Or you can go to iTunes
and search Brother Dan Palmer.
And if you are up to it, you can drop a donation off at any Bank of America nationwide. It's the Brother Dan Medical Fund. He's an entertainer and sailor which equals no insurance. Do what you can. Thanks. We all have to take care of our own.
I'll put up information here as I get it in from the family.
As for sailing, I'm jonesing… On Tuesday night, I have a talk at the Northern Lights Sailing Club here in MN. I'm looking forward to talking and hanging with a bunch of sailors. It'll be fun. Just like ol' times. A potluck and coldies. Stories and lies. Can't wait. You can read the news letter at: http://www.nlsc.org/newsletters/2009-08newsletter.pdf. Hope to see some of you there. Say hi.
Capt. Ron is a busy guy, so Star of Orion is not going out until September 1st. I'd be happy to take reservations for anytime after that. Sorry for the inconvenience, but it's summer and projects abound, storms are rolling and it's, well, tropical…
Speaking of storms… This morning as I checked NOAA (Check NHC), Anna and Bill are moving across the Atlantic and the cone is sending them to the Gulf of Mexico at the moment. There's also Tropical Depression #4 off the coast of Tampa moving north. Things are beginning to pop. Hurricane season has been way to quite up to this point, so since August and September is the hight of hurricane season then we were due. Time to strip Star down, double the lines and make sure the insurance is up to date.
Capt. Ron likes hurricane season. He says, "After a good hurricane, you can pick up good deals on boats." He's nuts and loves fixin' stuff. I'm thankful and grateful he's in my life.
Well that's about it for now. I have to pull the day together. Keep an eye on the website, I've got some new stuff coming up soon that you may want to sign up for. The best deal will be the monthly "Maintenance Re-Positioning Cruise." I'm pretty excited about this one. More later.
Be well my friends and enjoy every precious moment.