Here's a crazy story for you. At the event they have bands that play during the day. One of the bands was the Gopher Broke Band. You may remember reading about Bobby Don Bloodworth in THIS post sometime back. It's kind of one of those "small world" type stories.
We were sitting in the coffee shop and the bass player for the band walks in and I have this instant face recognition thing. You know when you see someone and you KNOW that you know them somehow and you just can't place them? Well, that's how I felt about this guy. I told Wayne about it and he said - well, just go up and talk to him. Of course I didn't.
But, it kept on bugging me. He was SO familiar it was weird. Finally, I told Wayne I was going to walk around Blue Ridge and find him and talk to him. So I did. The conversation went like this:
Me: Hey! Do you happen to know a guy named Barry Richman?
Familiar Guy: Yeah I do. You look really familiar to me.
Me: Yeah! You look familiar to me too so I was wondering if you had ever played bass for Barry Richman at Fuzzy's in Atlanta.
Familiar Guy: Yeah I have.
Me: Hmmm.......that must be why you look so familiar to me (but I'm thinking that I KNOW that isn't right and why would he know ME from that).
Me: (Wild Stab) Do you know a guy named John Bogino (my dad) by any chance?
Familiar Guy: Ummm - yeah. YEAH! Hemmingways!!!
Me: HOLY COW - YES!!!!!
Hemmingways is a bar my dad owned in Atlanta a LONG freaking time ago. This guy was the cook there for a couple of years. So, it turns out that's how I knew him. I used to go in there with my dad and hang out in the kitchen with this guy for hours just goofing off since I couldn't really sit at the bar - I was like 10 or 12 or something. So, I hadn't seen this guy for about 25 years! Weird.
So that gives Wayne and I two six degrees of separation connections with this band. Small world. Here he is.
Anyway - I'll have more pictures of Light up Blue Ridge for you next week - including the lit up tree!