Wherever the Road Leads

Crunchy Granola Suite


Back in the sixties and early seventies, I thought Neil Diamond was the greatest. Solitary Man, Cherry Cherry, You Got to Me, Thank the Lord for the Night Time, Kentucky Woman, Shiloh, Sweet Caroline, Cracklin’ Rosie.

In 1972, after bumming around Europe for three months, I returned to “Hot August Night”, a live performance recorded at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Man, that was a great album. The following year, he came out with “Johnathan Livingston Seagull” and it was downhill from there, eventually doing “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” with Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond was toast.

I could relate to the early Neil Diamond. “Shiloh” and “Solitary Man” were about loners, “Cherry Cherry”, “Thank the Lord for the Night Time” and “You Got to Me” were about the pursuit of young love. Between “Kentucky Woman” and the Everly Brothers’ “Bowling Green”, I went… to Bowling Green, Kentucky. Great town for college kids.

In retrospect, Neil Diamond’s music matured. I didn’t. My friends and all my cousins got boring as they all settled down and had children. Decades later, they have grand children, nd I’m still on the move. If I had it to do over again, I’d have done things with more confidence but something tells me I wouldn’t be sitting far from where I am today.

Here’s a great performance of Neil Diamond doing the lead-in tune from the album “Hot August Night”.


Well, yesterday, it was tars. Today, it was brakes. At the tire place, when the truck was up on the hoist with the wheels off, the guy told me that my front rotors were rurnt and took me out back to show me. Now, I was a little miffed at the Ford dealer where I have had all my work done, as, not that many miles ago I took it in to them as at the previous oil change, the dealer had told me my brakes would need work. Now, apparently, my rotors were too tore up to be turned, they had to be replaced.

Loaded for bear, I went to the Ford dealer today. The sky wasn’t falling after all, but it still cost me $300 for new front brakes. With pulling this camper home on Saturday and having to traverse the Andes to do it, there was no hesitation about spending American Express’ money. Granted, I got them for half price, but $500 yesterday and then $300 today… for another $40,000 I could have got a whole new pickup.


Won’t need bright lights, no, no we won’t..

Gonna make our own lightin’…


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