An Autumn Day: Fall Phily 2011
Gone are the tan lines and tailgates of Summer. The outdoor concerts and carefree lounging by sparkling blue waters have now given way to the vibrant colors of Fall. Rich reds, bright yellows, robust oranges and mahogany browns adorn the trees. Nature's way of change, Nature's way of letting us know. She's letting us know Old Man Winter is stirring about. The seasons represent time and time represents the stages of our lives. I pondered this greatly and was about to go head first into the rabbit hole when my thought process was interrupted. "All right people. You wanted the best, you got the best. The hottest band in the world, Kiss". I looked to my left and immediately saw that my business partner was less "reflective". As Ace Frehley struck the opening staccato chords in Deuce, I suddenly realized that all was right with the world. I looked at Ray as he air- guitar'd the solo on cue, complete with the rock-n-roll face and all. He didn't miss a note: a unison bend or pinch harmonic. With the sound track of our youth as the backdrop, that moment made sense. We looked at each other as only two guys can that grew up during that mystical era could do: with wide- eyed optimism. As if by listening to this album, we somehow transcended time and were transported to that "perfect" time. The time when you were excited, when you had fire in your belly and when you could (dare I say) rule the world. Before your views where skewed, your innocence lost and you were a cog in "the machine". That was indeed a time when you could dream and it was at that moment that it dawned on me- my short business partner's views on life were right on par. He'll tell you in a minute, "Don't worry 'bout shit, till shit happens." Laid back like a baby blue Cadillac he is and he never over thinks the process. He just flows. I'll be over here pondering the meaning of life and he's over there playing the drum solo to "Strutter". Yin and Yang we are and I'm guessing that's what makes us the Dynamic Duo.
Photo 1: Exasperated, Gary told Ray and I of his latest archaeological expedition in Cairo. Heck, we just thought Gary's only love were those Pre-war, shaded top beauties from that little known company in Nazareth, Pa. and of course, Bonnie. When asked, Gary went on to explain himself. "Ancient Egyptian history is a long and complex one with more than 3,000 years of details and Boys, I'm into details." Not satisfied with this explanation, Ray went straight to the top or, dare I say the CEO, the Boss, the Big Enchilada. Bonnie got straight to the point (as she normally does) and there's no beating around the bush with this gal. Bonnie said that Gary loves the "Indiana Jones" movies and as you may recall in our earlier story about Gary, his former job was that of a Hollywood stunt double. You see, back in the Summer of 1980, Gary was eating a fried catfish and pickles sandwich on the back lot of 20th Century Fox when Steven Spielberg spotted the roughly handsome and aspiring actor. The two soon hit it off and as a result of that meeting, Gary garnered himself an exclusive casting call for the title role of Indiana Jones. Gary knew that this would be a lucrative deal with sequels, public appearances, Halloween customs and video game endorsements. The role of a lifetime, if you will and maybe even an Academy Award winner. So, in an exclusive interview with the boys at Grinningelk, Bonnie recalled the days on the set. "Gary was in rare form on that day: very animated and alive. He spent months perfecting his craft and even went as far as going on location to Egypt to get the feel of the role. It was part curiosity and some method acting. Fully immersed in the role, I can't tell you how many nights he went to bed wearing that tattered hat and clutching that now famous bullwhip". But fate is for those too weak to determine their own destiny and Gary, strong in faith and constitution took the news in stride with grace and nobility. When the decision was made, Spielberg told Gary personally, "Harrison Ford is our man- he just personifies Indiana Jones". But, as a consolation to Gary, he was commissioned to be Harrison's stunt double. True fans of Gary already know this, so when you see "Raiders of the Lost Arc", stop the film at marker 1:12. Yes, that's right. The guy jumping off that armored personnel carrier is none other than our boy Gary. When asked if he was disappointed about not getting that coveted role as Indiana Jones, Gary replied, "God, if I can't have what I want, let me want what I have" and friends, that is why he went on to greater success. You see, there is nobility in humility and that is why Gary is in a class all to himself.