Tuesday, October 04, 2005


I was extremely relieved last month when Gov. Bill Richardson announced the date of the special session and it wasn't on Oct. 4. This is the night of the Green Day show in Albuquerque and months ago I took this day off because my son Anton was not going to miss this concert.

Anton's in junior high now and this will be the first concert that he really wanted to see. The fact that his old man saw Green Day 11 years ago on a drunken trip to Phoenix with his Uncle Boo Boo doesn't even detract from his anticipation -- though he is praying to God that I'm only joking when I tell him I've been practicing all the latest dance steps so I can "groove out" to the music. (He has nothing to fear. I couldn't get ahold of Beatle Bob to give me some lessons.)

Of course I've taken Anton to several music shows that I wanted to see. He got rightly scared a few years ago at a strange experimental music show with J.A. Deanne and Al Faaet where a dancer acted like she was going to impale me with a hat rack. Anton actually liked Junior Brown and The Last Mile Ramblers when we saw them in Cerrillos a few years back. And someday he'll realize how cool it was that I took his picture in the lap of T-Model Ford at the 1999 Thirsty Ear Festival.

Something tells me Green Day will be more fun than the special session. And I bet I know one legislator who agrees. Rep. Dan Foley, R-Roswell might be one of the most conservative members of the House, but he loves his rock 'n' roll. He told me a few days ago that he's going. And he's not even taking his kid -- he just likes Green Day. (I have sources that say Dan does a mean karaoke version of Metallica's "Enter Sand Man" too.)

Speaking of music and the special session, I figured the session will go late Friday, so Laurell Reynolds will be substituting for me on The Santa Fe Opry Friday. (Give to the KSFR fund raiser!!!!)

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