Woke up about 10AM - coffee - I skipped a shower. Went to "See Your Food" for breakfast. Reminds me of "Troy's" in West Philly. Back to Cole's. Wait for Dave B's friend Shelia - she's late. We leave about 2PM for West Lafayette, IN. Arrive at 5:30.
I can't believe I skipped a shower. How unkind! "See Your Food" is a classic place. The "Troy's" I mention was a greasy deli restaurant near the Penn campus in West Philly where we lived. We'd go for "Eggels" - delicious eggs and cheese on a toasted bagel, or late at night you might be able to convince them to sell you an ice cold 40 ouncer' past the legal time. (They had a rare 'deli' license that allowed them to sell beer - Pennsylvania liquor laws are really restrictive and weird...). Sadly they closed up long ago... We were heading to Stuart's trailer park. Stuart was a friend of Dave Blood's from his days of attending Purdue University in West Lafayette for an Economics degree. While Rodney was eventually inspired to write the words for our song 'Stuart', I can assure you that the real deal is nothing like the character in the song. In fact a few years later, we took the real Stuart along on tour as our roadie.
Picnic underway - stage is set up - PA is not good. It's a public address system - no mixer - just a power amp and some horns. Play for about an hour - no vocals - distorted if any. Had fun anyway. Drank a lot - ate a lot. Went to see fireworks in W. Lafayette. Real American stuff. It was a great July 4th. Left party about 12:30AM. Stayed with a friend of Stuart's. She had a cat named 'Black' - Everywhere we've stayed has had at least one cat. To bed at 2AM.
Stuart had invited us to play the trailer park picnic for the 4th of July. We appreciated his effort, but his knowledge of public address systems was limited - so we had to make due with something that looked like it belonged on top of a pole next to the football field. I remember going into town to watch the fireworks on top of a parking garage. There was an elevator that took up up maybe 3 or 4 floors and out onto the roof of the garage. There was a family on the elevator with us and I swear we heard the young boy with them exclaim it was the highest building he'd been up in.