What a Long Strange Trip it's Been

Last Update: November 06, 2020

I don't mean Wealth Affiliate it's only been 8 months. And it's not strange. i have learned a lot and met a lot of good people from all over the world who I would have never known if it wasn't for WA.

A lot of people say they have favorite quotes. I've never been big on quotes. Oh, I know few Mostly stuff that coaches say like "It's not the size of the dog in the fight. It's the size of the fight in the dog." Oh, I frequently quote song lyrics when I write these blogs.

So I'm going to go with, "What a long strange trip it's been" by Robert Hunter. Hunter was the main songwriter for Grateful Dead for a long period. The line is from the song Truckin'. Listen to the song and you might understand.

Sometimes I write songs. I start a lot more of them than I finish. Somehow a catchy first chorus will just come to me and them when I think about what I want to write to make it a whole song it sounds contrived like I just wrote something to make it a whole song,

Like this:

"How are you today, I;m glad you asked

I'm sick and tired of this goddam mask

The whole world knows what it's like to be in my shoes

I'm sick and I'm tired of the 2020 blues,

Something, something blah blah blah

yada yada yada

But does it even matter anymore? I used to play acoustic guitar at a couple of singer-songwriter open mike nights where they frown on people playing covers of songs. I think it's because they are too cheap to pay the ASCAP fee. So I would go ahead and work on a song until I was satisfied and practice until I could play and sing it without screwing up. Now those place don't have open mike nights anymore with the social distancing and all.

What I really wanted to do was play at one of the couple of places where they had regular blues jams. Some of the regulars are really really good and finally I'm good enough to where I could hang with those guys and even crank out a killer lead on the old Stratocaster. That's another 2020 victim.

So I put my TV on YouTube and a good backing track or some famous guy band and play with the sound cranked up during the day while my close neighbors are at work.

Ain't but one way out babe,

but I just can't go out that door.

'Cause there's a man down there

Might have that virus I don't know

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arlowa Premium
It will pass eventually, and we will be ok at the end. It has been so strange, though. A few days back, I woke up from a "nightmare": I dreamed that I met with a group of people and shook each of their hands, and my head said NOOO, don´t shake their hands!!! It literally woke me up. Then I realized I hadn´t shaken anyone´s hand since February. How weird is that?
zydegeaux Premium
About 3 months ago at the height of the pandemic panic I was pumping gas and I saw a guy I hadn't seen in a few years at the next pump. Instinctively we shook hands and then I thought, "What have I done, I could die from this.

This isn't normal. You can take the new normal and cram it you know where, I have eaten at a real sit down restaurant once since this all started. I can't even go to a local bar and chit chat with the regulars. Unlike Cheers nobody would no my name. That's because I would be alone. Just me and my old pal Jack Daniels and his podnah Jimmy Beam. And maybe my good buddy Weiser and my dear Old Granddad.
Palatia Premium Plus
* Clap * *cheer* for your open mic night. :)

I know it's changed how we do things a lot. A lot of us are missing our 'normalcy'. But this too shall pass... eventually.