Photos (and a video) of readers

Today we hear from reader Paul Monne, who also sent a video of his band; his captions are indented:

I’ll play.  I think my most notable contribution to your blog is that I took $10.00 from you on the results of the last presidential election.  [JAC: Assuming that Clinton would win, I made “sucker bets,” betting readers that she would, knowing that some people would be so appalled at the thought of Trump winning that they’d be glad to give me $10. Sadly, Trump won and I had to pay several readers, so I took a double loss.]

I’m not a Trump supporter by any means, (I voted NDP in the advance poll for the current federal election in Canada), but I do like to win a safe bet.   I’m watching U.S. news about Turkey/Syria/The Kurds as I type this, and I (sadly) still have confidence in the Democrats ability to #@$! it up again.  How about double or nothing?

My two things are cycling, (on track for 8,000 km this year, 5,000 miles for my south of the border friends), and music. The picture is from the summer at a 100 km Gran Fondo event I rode with my 89 year old father.

The video is of my band.  I’m the guitar player.

Not bad, eh? Now I’m having a fantasy about a band made up of readers. . .

29 Comments

  1. Blue
    Posted October 15, 2019 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    I did, too, Mr Monne: “I do like to win a
    safe bet.” And did, as well.

    And m’particular village actually has within
    it a pool hall which I love named … …
    the Corner Pocket !

    Lovely contributions !

    Blue

    • Paul Monne
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

      Thank you!

  2. GBJames
    Posted October 15, 2019 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    I’m quite enjoying this series!

  3. BobTerrace
    Posted October 15, 2019 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea. A band of readers.

    60,000+ people playing and singing together.

    I will guess it will be loud.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

      I’ll play kazoo in that band.

      • BJ
        Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

        Thank goodness. I thought you might take slide whistle from me.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted October 15, 2019 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

          Ha ha. This band is going to sound….ah….great. Yeah, great!

          • BJ
            Posted October 15, 2019 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

            And the very next day, WEIT had no more commenters. Everyone was too embarrassed to show up

    • Blue
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

      And, Mr Terrace / Ms MacPherson, I ‘ll have first chair
      in the triangle section. As of thus:

      You bet !

      Blue

    • Liz
      Posted October 17, 2019 at 7:41 am | Permalink

      It does sound like a good idea.

  4. Posted October 15, 2019 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Great music! Thanks for this vid. Do you do more numbers that were in The Blues Brothers? 🙂

    Impressive mileage too! I did 600 miles this summer (exclusively after work, evenings, no weekend miles) and felt pretty good about it!

    • Paul Monne
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

      The band does a wide range of horn friendly music from 30’s standards to current pop/R&B. The Blues Brothers is why I started to learn guitar and join a band in the first place. In time I discovered Downchild Blues Band.

      60’s Motown is the music that moves me most. I disagree with our host on some music topics. Joni Mitchell is not the finest songwriter of the pop/rock era. Smokey is.

      I ride 90 minutes most mornings before work. In the worst of weather I ride indoors on a smart trainer, using Zwift. I keep track of it all on Strava.

  5. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 15, 2019 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Nice photo/video. But who you going to bet in the republican party?

    • Paul Monne
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

      I wouldn’t bet *on* a Republican, but sometimes it is really easy to bet against a Democrat. From my side of the border I like mayor Pete.

  6. rickflick
    Posted October 15, 2019 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    What a rich and fun-filled life!
    As for the reader band, I do play the tambourine.

    • Paul Monne
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

      That is just about the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me. I often reflect that I haven’t earned the life I enjoy.

      Thank you so much!

  7. BJ
    Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    I can play an OK guitar, but I’m sure there are many readers better than me. Perhaps I could play slide whistle? Or, if I want to be really ambitious, tambourine? No shame in playing anything Jon Anderson played.

    • BJ
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

      I think we should all get together and play John Cage’s 4’33”.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

      Cow bell.

      • Blue
        Posted October 15, 2019 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

        ‘nd I ‘ll supply it, Ms MacPherson.

        I have a darling emerald green – one ! with
        the LOVELIEST – ever Christopher Walken – sound to it !

        ” M O R E Cowbell ! ”

        Blue

  8. Charles Sawicki
    Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Corner Pocket is a pretty good band!

    • Paul Monne
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

      Thank you!

  9. Mark R.
    Posted October 15, 2019 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    I love bands with a horn section, very cool. I used to play guitar, but decided I wasn’t ever going to be as good as I wanted to be and moved on. Is that a Telecaster? It’s pretty.

    89 and 100km? Very good for your pops.

    • Paul Monne
      Posted October 15, 2019 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

      It’s a G&L ASAT classic thinline. So a Leo Fender guitar, but not a *Fender* per se. It’s got f-holes, as all electric guitars should, IMNSHO.

      My dad is a two time world champion masters swimmer. 5 or 6 hours on wheels is a relaxing ride. He pedals a recumbent trike, but 60 miles is the same distance no matter how many wheels your bike has. It took until my 50’s and his 80’s until we could really ho out and ride together.

      • Paul Monne
        Posted October 15, 2019 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

        *go* out and ride together.

  10. Posted October 15, 2019 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Awesome song. I play a ton of guitar, but would freak out of if I had to play in front of people. PRS is my axe.

    Love the bike too. I bike everyday to work on a cheap but nice Fuji carbon. Would like to upgrade after 15 years of commuting…I’ve earned it.

  11. Barbara Radcliffe
    Posted October 16, 2019 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Good to see that others carry on playing in varying types of ‘bands, I play bass clarinet in a concert band, and any sort of clarinet required in a community symphony orchestra. I hope to continue to do so for a long time — despite my age!

  12. Roger
    Posted October 16, 2019 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    Tail feathers? A song about Archaeopteryx?

  13. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 17, 2019 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Blue-eyed soul at its best!


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