27 August 2005

Thanks to JJ and Thanks to Grace


JJ’s beautiful daughters recently picked me as joint winner of a little guessing game on her blog and I was promised a prize in the mail all the way from Massachusetts. I am not sure I was an entirely worthy winner but JJ is a woman of her word and a parcel duly arrived a mere five days after posting and here is a picture. A Book of Answers, two CDs and an amazing Machine which plays a range of relaxing natural sounds. Thanks for some great prizes JJ.

When I learned that Grace was visiting a friend in a seaside town not too far from where I live we thought, wouldn’t it be fun to meet! You know, put a full character to the name. A few e-mails soon sorted out the arrangements and some text messages on the day ensured we converged on the same spot. Un-seasonal rain failed to dampen conversation over pizza and the obligatory Diet Coke. Thanks for a great afternoon Grace.

24 comments:

finnegan said...

I find the combination of Hendrix, the amazing Machine and A Book of Answers to be an interesting one.

I doubt even Hendrix ever envisioned this sort of convergence.

superflywebpimp said...

Actualy, I think he did Finnegan. On his little known "country duets" bootleg cd, "live from tootsies purple orchid lounge." In the third chorus, Jimi softly sings over an off-keyed banjo in the distance, "future baby, yea yea future my baby...future gonna be an amazing sound machine of trickling water and white noise, angel gonna give me the book of answers, you'll hear me sing'n perfect virgo baby..two times from a sugar woman."

Grace said...

Yeah Superfly, I remember that one!

And come on PV, "not too far"?, you ommited to tell that I completely mistook where you were in the land and you had to drive for ages! Sorry, geography is not my best subject, but thanks so much, it was great to meet you! You are just the gent I expected you to be, as real in life as you are in blogosphere :-)

Perfect Virgo said...

Finn - words, sound and music. An intoxicating combination and the only kind I am allowed. And wouldn't you just guess Superfly would know the details of every rock musician's performance ever! Awesome.

Superfly - I visited the legendary "Tootsies Purple Orchid Lounge" in N'ville earlier this year and noticed some faded photos on the wall depicting that very performance. As I stared at those sepia prints I swear I heard an off-key banjo way back there somewhere.

Grace - a mere 60 miles! Just a hop and a skip (down this way!) Thank you for your very kind comments and it was great to meet you too. I can confirm that you are indeed the classy and gracious lady we have all come to know in this little blogging circle.

finnegan said...

"Tootsies Purple Orchid Lounge"
Superflywebpimp knoweth what he speaketh.

After having read Superflywebpimp's learned take on Hendrix's bootleg performance, I slowly drifted off into an opiated slumber.

In the dream I encountered the shaded figure of a man, seated off-stage in a sharkskin suit. The light was dim but the silhouette was real. It was the unmistakeable shape of a rare, Fender Stratocaster double-neck banjo.

DELIVERANCE!

Perfect Virgo said...

Finn - Superfly is of course a regular at "Tootsies" blues bar and (if truth be told) probably a performer too, so many are his talents.

finnegan said...

I called up Tootsie herself, and she claims Superflywebpimp is the world's first bouncer/table dancer/graphic artist/deep cover operative. Talented, what?

Funnily enough, his site just blinked on my control panel. I'd better go see what's up with our operative.

Over and out.

NMAMFQLMSH said...

I'm glad you liked the gifts PV. It was only the 3,000 miles of ocean between us that stopped me from joining you and Grace.
Peace,
JJ

Perfect Virgo said...

Finn - a man of many parts!

JJ - thank you they are great! You would have needed waterproofs, wellingtons and an umbrella as most of the ocean was falling from the sky!! When I finish work maybe those miles will be bridgeable...

doughgirl said...

You know this may be the best post yet...starting with gifts from 3,000 miles away, to meeting a blog firned, to verses from Hendrix all while superfly is dancing, drawing and singing...does it get any better :)

Perfect Virgo said...

DG - certainly a post of variety! Finn suggested earlier we should organise a bloggers' picnic, now that would be something! Maybe Superfly would table-dance for us!

Grace said...

A bloggers picnic would be great wouldnt it? Of course somewhere other than the South coast of England if my luck with the weather has any impact!

gulnaz said...

i will be meeting up a blogger freind next month so i can imagine how nice it must have been to meet grace. somedays back i talked with another and it did not feel awkward at all.

Perfect Virgo said...

Grace - we would have to choose somewhere equidistant between the eastern and western-most bloggers. By my calculation that points to somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!

Where shall we have the hampers delivered, The Azores or Bermuda?

Gulnaz - hope you have a great time. It won't be difficult because I'm sure you already feel you know them and have plenty in common.

sirreene said...

very nice indeed!

Pat said...

Oh I am jealous. I would absolutley love to meet both of you! Grace is such a sweetie!!!

Perfect Virgo said...

Sirreene - yep, how lucky!

Pat - Come on over. it's ony a short swim!

Patry Francis said...

It sounds as if those of you in the U.K. are having all the fun.

RuKsaK said...

Me wants such pressies too and some diet coke.

Perfect Virgo said...

Patry - we may be a bit staid at times and shy and retiring folk but we know how to have a good time. Diet Coke, woo-hoo!

Ruk - welcome home abroad! Pressies are for competition winners and Diet Coke requires a leap aboard "The Wagon!" Never mind, no harm in asking!! :)

sasfdasfdljkfksdjkfjsd said...

hello, been awhile since I dropped by but I never forgot your blog, it looks like you've been busy-exploring new things, meeting new people, awesome!

In fact I didn't recognize your blog at all, your profile didn't load right away so I was scrolling down the entries and I didn't immediately recognize it, maybe the nudity threw me off.. :P

WARNING: Diet Coke should not be ingested by biological organisms.

NMAMFQLMSH said...

I really should put some thought into having a blog picnic for real.
Wouldn't that be great!
Peace,
JJ

doughgirl said...

JJ that would be wonderful....No Perfect..Im ready for the next post...sorry for the impatience.. I am a Libra you know :)

Perfect Virgo said...

ray ray - thanks for returning. Don't let the nudity put you off we're having a bit of fun here! Yes meetings, present-giving, picnics - we're up for it!

I do have a couple of recurring themes although I try not to harp on with them. I try to vary my writing as much for the practice as anything else.

Diet Coke is boring but has to be the drink of choice for me and most of my cohorts because of our former association with the sauce bottle :)

JJ - now how can we organise that? My guess is we would be a slimmed-down group but it could just work...

One day, eh? Never say never.

DG - you pesky impatient Libra you! :) I'm a patient, tolerant Virgo, but I'm also scared of upsetting people so the next post will be up this evening!

Have you spotted this yet DG? It's a few clues about the Virgo charcter. They are not from a book they are from my head. Trouble is they tick all the boxes in the book!