It’s Thanksgiving, What Else Could I Post?, Oh, I Know….

For me, I can’t get through Thanksgiving without listening to Alice’s Restaurant at least three times. (Just ask my wife and daughters).

Yes, it is a harmless cult of sorts, but be that as it may….

Here is the “Kid”, Arlo, many years after he first starting singing a chorus of Alice’s Restaurant Masacree” Look at the picture on the album cover and compare it to Arlo playing…yup, many years.

The “embed feature” was turned off on the Utube page, so go to the link and you can watch.

Alice’s Restaurant Masacree

This post is dedicated to my late, best friend, Thomas Hartman, (5 June 1938 – 3 July 1995). It has been 15 years since he died and rarely does a day go by that I don’t think about him. It’s even harder to believe, if alive, he would be 72 years old!

Tom the photographer and his wife Nancy, sometime around 1972. Their son Ansel, is named after Ansel Adams, the iconic photograher.

I first met Tom when at the age of 18, I joined the Warren Twp. (NJ) Rescue Squad where Tom and his wife Nancy were EMTs. It was a long time ago, and I’m not sure how or why it clicked, but there has never been anyone in my life that I felt as comfortable with. We could sit for hours, hardly saying a word, but agreeing it was a great time.

I still have the 1967, Vinyl, LP version of “Alice’s” that I got from Tom tucked away in a very safe place. Tom lived and died as a free spirit…little phased him.

Tom was proud of his Scotch heritage and played drums in a pipe band. He also liked his Scotch.

In the beginning, I saw that as a character flaw. As time went on, I found myself mesmerized by his personality and knowledge of so many eclectic things. I regret that in the few years before he suddenly died, we didn’t spend as much time together… getting married, living hours away and working the crazy life of an undertaker surely didn’t help. I wish I tried harder to spend more time with him, but I am thankful that I had the opportunity to visit him in the hospital the day before he died.

Many people have come into my life at different times and left their mark. For all of them, I am thankful. Tom Hartman (and his wife Nancy) were two of those people. Fortunately, she is still alive, so I can’t dedicate it to her….but I will see her on Friday.

…and sometimes, we need to remind ourselves from time to time not to take life so seriously.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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  5. Wonderful post Ray.


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