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Live French Saints – Part Two



Author’s note : PART ONE of this gripping opus may be insightful/interesting/inspirational/revelatory…or not.

One of my great unhearlded talents is the ability to arrive just before the meal. (Be it lunch or dinner. As for breakfast – I’m already there.) Proof that this mojo is unconscious is the fact that after sufficiently drooling over my sunken-tub equipped palace – lunch arrived.

It was Chicken Jim. But not as we know it. An Asian  recipe. Spicy but nicey. The wine however, although from the east, was not mysterious. Cote de Bourg 1996.

As we chomped and slurped, even before they groked my cinematic mission, Bernard and Marie Andre made it clear that  their hospitality did not have a “best before” date attached.

After lunch Bernard toured me down his “Hall of Guitars.” Not, dear reader, a flowery figure of speech – but an existential reality. The Hall began at the junction of the living room and the kitchen, continued down past the laundry room, finally spilling out into the garage.

Both sides of the hall walls were festooned with every varitey of guitars – electric and acoustic -including a ’56 les Paul Special.  (Can you say: Rare ?) I once owned one of these, but “traded up” to something else. If I had it now and sold it, I would be living for a year or two  in a Moroccan Villa .(with servants) Oh well!

The program for that night was a music (not rock) concert a fair distance away. “Would I like to go?” was the (uneeded) question. My quandry was the obvious one. Cash!  I doubted even my emergency bike repair fund could help me here. And, of course, after all their hospitality , I wouldn’t expect them to pay my way.

So – what to do? Fortunately, Marie Andre to the rescue: “I’m not sure there are still places available.” Ok – I demured. Let’s see what happens.

You’re ahead of me again, aren’t you? What happened was: Tickets WERE available, one WAS purchased without consulting me. Marie Andre , not crazy about the long drive and arriving in the wee small hours, would be guarding  the fort.

At apero time, a gaggle of Bernard’s friends(a gaggle being more than four less than fourteen) arrived to imbibe and blah, blah. Then, to horse – and off to the fair!

The concert, in three words : Fab,Gear AND Groovy. We had good(‘tho not front row) seats, the sound was perfect. And – no riots!

Post concert we decamped to a nearby watering hole and got sufficiently watered down. Although, I hasten to add, well within the limits of responsible driving.

Arriving back at Villa Toussaint, weary but content, we were greeted by a “heat and eat” meal (pasta – what else?) Marie Andre had prepared.

That was the good news. The bad was that there appeared to be only a quarter bottle of wine left. Bernard went in search of reinforcements. Returning with half a bottle. Provisions assured. We chowed down. Then bedded down.

Not bad, wot? – my first 24 hours with this saintly duo?

Part Three – Next Time.


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29 Responses to “Live French Saints – Part Two”

  1. fenton denman says:

    hey BG..when/if you ever get tired of these type of adventures…
    i’m ready to jump in!

  2. dave winston says:

    hey fenton……take a number…….(did you think you were the only one?)

  3. sean mullins says:

    asian chicken and american guitars….sounds like a great combo to me!

  4. karen ingram says:

    i love your take on breafast…”i’m already there” ..fabulous!

  5. geri walters says:

    karen..surely you must know by now that DA BG is a man of many talents?

  6. tad westen says:

    geri/karen…especially when it comes to food and wine!

  7. carl permins says:

    as a guitarist my dream has alwas been to have a “hall of guitars”
    sounds like mr toussaint got a good golden handshake!

  8. bart wender says:

    hey walt….i’m also a picker…..and at 45..i’m way ready for that golden handshake!

  9. walt bayliss says:

    well bart…if your intention is to build up a “hall of guitars”..i’m sure the gods of music are thinking about you!

  10. hal davis says:

    BG – you’ve just given me a great idea for a little extra cash! buy old guitars; sell ’em……off to the sunshine!

  11. karen ingram says:

    hal…sounds like you’re a snoppy fan…..remember snoppy saying:
    “learn from the past. look to the future; Rest today?

  12. hal davis says:

    i surely do karen. and yes I am!

  13. marnie franz says:

    I’m tempted to say: “how do you find these people.” But – you’ve already told us! Thankfully.

  14. nick gilder says:

    reassuring to learn there are still people who joyfully welcome strangers.
    as others have commented – the world needs more toussaints!

  15. still drooling over the “hall of guitars!”

  16. Clive Davis says:

    in answer to your question – I’d say that’s a mighty fine 24 hours!

  17. Clive – you are totally on the money there.

  18. too bad about the morocaan villa with servants. But, hey you’d be missing all yourt next backroad adventures’. (not to mention French wine!)

  19. While all of your adventures are,to use that overused adjective – “interesting” – this one is also inspiring. A wonderful portrait of selfless humanity.

  20. phillip – i wanted to say: “you’ve taken the words right out of my mouth.”
    however,I don’t have your obvious command of the english language. So – I’ll just add thank you for expression my uncommunicable sentiments.

  21. Thanks a very, very big “10-4” harry!

  22. chad perkins says:

    your adventures..simply astounding! particularly this one!!!

  23. fran kimmelman says:

    part two definitely worth waiting for!…many thanks.

  24. hamilton burger says:

    so….does anything BAD every happen to you?

  25. ken morton says:

    mr burger…your comment indictes you’re not a long time reader of DA BG…otherwise you would remember that he has shared many..shall you say….”unpleasent experiences.”

  26. dan roberton says:

    thats a big “10-4” ken……especially the one about the drunk tahitian with a shotgun……

  27. parish langman says:

    dan..i remember that post…..life threatening! doesn’t get much more “unplesant” than that does it?

  28. vic cynters says:

    i feel your pain BG…i used to have the same guitar. and i also “traded up.”

  29. sandra huffman says:

    a concert with no riots. what a concept!

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