Good Morning Mermaids and Mermen.
This is the last post I will make from GroovyLand South - here at the fabulous La Jolla Resort, located in exotic and beautiful Islomarada Florida. We hate to leave. It’s been a blast! We WILL be back.
This is indeed GroovyLand. Of course, I knew that the first time I saw some fotos Raven sent back of La Jolla. It’s exactly as the pictures says it is.
People always ask me what my favorite part of any particular trip I take was. I usually have to think for a bit...
This time - not so much thinking - There was all the fun stuff, the kayaking, the bike riding, easing into a different rhythm. There was all the meeting new people, good food, falling into a different rhythm. That’s the islands - the water - the space.
BUT my favorite part of this trip could have happened anywhere. It could have happened on my front porch. Or, so it seems. But, is there something special about THIS space - this water - these islands that would cause Donovan, kinda out of the blue say “This is a very special trip... I’m having a great time!... BEST retreat ever!!!?” I still don’t know exactly what he was referring to - I hope to ask him before i publish he’s asleep right now. But the feeling I got when he made that proclamation was glorious as well as powerful. The moment he said that was the best part of this “business” trip.
As regards to us forming a partnership music-wise I’m not putting any pressure on him - In a small way it’s just a business relationship and if It doesn’t work out - people walk away from business deals on good terms all the time. In this case, it does run a bit deeper than that - but ti’s still just business - show business. We love it!
The “gig” we played last night wasn’t really a gig it was more or less an equipment test and dry run thru - a dress rehearsal - at a great little ice-cream shop across the hi-way of awareness and down a block. Mrs G’s Ice Cream. Homemade ice cream, cakes and pies. The couple that run it are fantastic - I’ll tell you more about them and the Best(Worst) ice cream ever, at a later time.
We are still working on the show and everything is coming along as planned - we did notice last night - in an intimate setting we turn into a comedy duo - that’s another avenue we can explore. We are pretty funny.
THIS IS WHAT WE ARE TAKING BACK...
We have formed a partnership a band - the name, simply KING! - our last name. We are going to create two more spots, female vocalist and another musician of some undetermined flavor. We’ll have some “voices from the tower” recordings of live performances (before our goldfish) of KING! up soon for you to take a listen to.
WE VOW TO REHEARSE AS MUCH/OR AS LITTLE AS IT TAKES TO BECOME A WELL OILED MACHINE.
I think that covers it - I hope we have kept you apprised of our goin ons down here with out sacrificing the moment... It’s a fine line, for sometimes reporting back to you IS the moment
Katy Langella said that the Key’s were a hard place to leave - on the day I have to depart I am starting to realize why she said that. Now if I could only figure out a way of describing that realization to you...
The sun is coming out and I’m gonna take one more walk along the water.
Good Morning Yankees,
I look like I’m having fun, don’t I?... I was... I was having fun! This is the first time I had ridden an adult size bicycle in 5 years. It’s true what they say... blondes do have more fun! I had given up on the whole bike thing - thinking my balance too bad to ride. It was wrong to do that. After a year of being on sinemet - exersice - eating healthy - Tai Chi etc. and a positive attitude. Well, you can see.
reality√√√√√√√ NOT REAL PART...
There are four exams that each resident of GroovyLand must pass, annually every 5.5 years, in order to remain a member of good standing. This year it was my turn no take the GLMOGSST.
The four areas of examination are...
Looking cool by the pool comes in very handy in places like LA and South Beach, but not so much in NYC or Toronto. But still it counts for 75% of your grade so I’m happy I - PASS
After passing all four portions of my GLMOGSST I was treated to a Florida Lobster Tail Dinner -TOp Drawer!!! And dunked in the ceremonial vat of Conch Fritter Batter. It was a great end to a great day.
BACK TO REAL PART √√√√√√√√√√
What I really experienced today was my final test to see If I was up to the physical, mental, and spiritual demands of the road. I believe I passed with flying colors. We’ll know for sure after today’s full schedule of forced fun, followed by a four hour performance tonight at our favorite GroovyLand Ice-Cream Parlour. If I can pull that off... If I can do that - Without becoming addicted to Cake Batter Ice Cream - I can do anything.
More this afternoon
And now almost live and as live as one can be - Letters From Groovyland South Campus... were I’ve been writing to you everyday from the beautiful La Jolla Resort in Islamorada Florida.
Good Morning Boaters.
The only drawback found in this year’s location of GroovyLAnds annual two man symposium held every five years, is that we are no more that 100 feet from US1 - Trucks and Cars - Busses and Semis all day long. Loud - very loud. Still not as bad as the Train next to the Holland Hotel in Alpine Texas - when they issue earplugs to every guest - you know it’s a bad sign.
It is loud during the day and hard to frogger across - but quiets down during the evening - I’ts 11:00 (RUST 0’clock) right now - and there is barely any traffic.
Things Donovan need to accomplish today - Wednesday
Short time to be Here...
It’s hard to believe that it’s Wednesday already. Time has flown by. Our business trip to this backyard paradise is almost halfway through. We have accomplished a lot, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say “Mission Accomplished.” Not with the business end , at least.
But, a personal milestone has been reached or accomplished. Last December I thought I would never go camping again much less kayak in the open waters of Florida Bay. But here I am - that’s not one of those I have to look like i’m smiling now smiles - that’s the real ting.
I’m tired of repeating myself and I’m sure you have heard the story by now - if haven’t though, it’s on this website - andywardking.com under the "pd and ME” section.
I never get tired of repeating myself when it comes to talking about living and enjoying myself, or any facet of this wonderful existence called life we have been blessed with. I never tire of saying thank you. I never tire of giving thanks. I never tire of counting my blessings. I might get tired, but I never tire of it.
Thank you... Thank You God...
6:30 am (rose:rose) - Conch Time
Donovan is still sleeping as I write this - the light doesn’t bother him though. He has his travel sleep mask on! Before out NYC gig last November I presented Donovan and Chris Musker (my road crew) with a mask as a road gift. If you’ve never tried one - you should - They’re great while traveling when you have little control over the lighting situation. But also, they help me to relax by completely blocking out all the light - basically turning your eyes off. They help me to relax and fall asleep.
This morning we plan on hooking up with Raven around 8am and walking down the street to the local diner - Donovan will foto-document the occasion.
One more thing - this was the final test to see it I was up to it physically, up to working as as band, on the road. - Tonight we will run ourselves through a 2 hour set around 9 to see how I do. And Thursday evening we will most likely set up in front of the very popular Ice-cream parlor across the street, and play from 8- 10. If I can handle that schedule, along with an active day in the sun and on the water, I feel I can handle anything the road can throw my way.
We can honestly say ... (most of the) “Mission (has been) Accomplished."
Until later today my lobster’s - Rock Lobsters.
I hear the sound of rain on the roof - it’s delicious ...it’s perfect stay in side and rehearse weather - If i clears up later we’ll take a bike ride. Off to breakfast in the rain - warm rain - I’ll think of some funny stuff to write here - but until I do you will just have to settle for this - How many musicians does it take to screw in a light bulb - None - the stagehands union requires that one of their lighting technicians do it.
It’s Quiet...too quiet...
Do these guys look like the two men who are destined to change the face of Hypno - Twang music forever? Are they the next Rocky and Bullwinkle? The next Mr. and Mrs Howell? No one knows, but all will soon find out.
My son Donovan and I have been discussing the idea of creating a band together - He’s been working with me in my one man show as stage director and performer - he knows the drill. We are now upping his paygrade to the same as mine. We are now partners - 50/50 - embarking on a journey of mutual collaboration and mutual admiration - Forming the basis of a band that will be most likely be known as KING. We have set Friday morning, the day we leave GrooVyLand, as the deadline on deciding the name definitively - once we decide - no change - This is one of the many areas Donovan will be an asset in - he won’t let me change it. He doesn’t believe in breaking his own rules, like me. He’s the smart one. I’m the cute one.
May I have a receipt please.
Since this is a work related trip and this blog is part of the documentation, along with receipts and what have you, all expenses are deductible.This is the record that proves this was a necessary creative retreat needed to facilitate our decision making process. And since we stayed with friends and have kept our expenses to a minimum I don’t think the IRS will have a problem with it.
Here is what we have accomplished so far...
So as you can Mr. or Ms. IRS we are here on business trip - NOT A VACATION... And even if we can’t deduct a cent, so far it’s been well worth it.
Tomorrows agenda - Rehearse - Swim - Eat - Rehearse - Swim - Nap - Eat - Rehearse - Eat - Smoke Cigar - Rehearse - Sleep
From Beautiful Islamorada in the Florida Keys...
Have a wonderful night.
Good Morning Northerners...
There is always that picture - that ubiquitous picture that appears in every slideshow - photo album - web page of every wedding - vacation - event. Where the person being reffered to appears in their own parody. My Aunt Fran was always caught with her mouth open and a fork full of food headed towards her mouth, for example. There’s always the closed eyes - and look aways - too.
Mine seems to be being cought drinking coffee. That’s not too bad - I actually like it. Coffee and I go way back. Coffee is my friend. I don’t over do it - everything in moderation. 2- 3 cups a day tops usually. My neurologist says that’s fine. And, thank God I’ve been able to divorce my marriage of caffeine and nicotine. Coffee = Good | Cigarettes = Bad.
All is well down here in groovy land - Donovan and I fixing to go Kayaking courtesy of LaJolla!!! Leave you with video # 2
Until this afternoon - Sunshine!!
My son Donovan and I left Jacksonville around 12:30 this morning and after he drove all night - He’s usually up all night working so I figured he as might as well be driving. We pulled into La Jolla resort in Islamorada, Florida around 8:20 and were met by our corporate sponsor Raven. He was the one sitting next to the big fish at the entrance.
The drive was quite amusing with moment’s consisting of penguin, bobcat, and killer whale morsels of mirth as measured by the international animal ferocity standard scale of fun. The route we took - !95 until theTurnpike then turnpike all the way down to US1 then on to Islamorada, was light on traffic. But, there were a few showers and patches of fog - not bad.
Man In The Sand
This little video was very easy to produce and place on YouTubes so look for more of these during out week of awareness - acuity, actualization and alliteration - here at GroovyLand Blue Water Campus.
Keep on Livin!
Something like having father son trips like these are one of he many things that pwpd will stop doing after there condition advances to the point that travel becomes too difficult . FOOEY!! Life is Difficult!! I’m difficult - Donovan’s difficult... But here we are down in the Florida Key - Raven’s guest’s... It’s a wonderfully difficult life.
But, we are not here on vacation - we are here to work. Donovan and I have decided to seriously put together a musical project (band) - this is our week of awareness - this is the week that we decide if we are doing this together. And which path it should take. I can do it alone and I will. If I have to. But I would rather have my difficult son up there with along side his difficult Dad. It will make things a whole lot easier.
Once again this is the home of all things Groovy. My web person said that everything I have on the InterWebz should point to this domain - andywardking.com -That’s what I have done. If you had the other site bookmarked in your web browser then you will have to change it. Sorry If you were waiting for the email version or notification those features are down. - and if and when I can use them with this site is unknown. But, GOOD NEWS! if you go through FB or Twitter - Nothing will cage except for the look.
The front page of andywardking.com will change Daily- there will always be something to do. Thanks for being on the show
Went to a large parkinson’s related symposium on Sat - ran into an old bandmate and friend who was attending the retro video games show in an adjoining room. It was great talking to him for the short time we had. He showed me videos of the band he’s working with - he is also a recording engineer - producer - and owns an independent record label. I’ll go find that video for you. This is a parody...not a real band. A joke... a comedy bit if you must - They are available for Weedings - Bar and Bat mitzvas and New Tire Dealership Openings. Contact their management for booking info.
At this symposium - held on the beautiful campus of UNF - 40 years ago it was all woods, pine and live oak forests - spring fed borrow pits - panthers and bears and gators -oh my! I used to go camping there as a boy scout - there was nothing out that way nuthin’ - I need to go camping again soon, I’m way overdue. I guess this corporate sponsored trip Donovan leave on today will have to count for now, which is fine by me - Were gonna have a blast the weather will be nice - I heard that it was supposed to snow in Jacksonville. Daytime high of 80 lo 65 in Islamorada Key. Maybe we could find a place to camp a nght on the beach.
Back to the sympoium ... They also had two recumbent bicycles on display - they were nice, very well built and expensive - the didn’t have a very tight turning radius though - Our mentor and guardian Nancy-Lauren asked me to ride hew new bike home from , Zen Cog our local bike shop, it was a great little bike and I had no trouble keeping my balance and getting around safely. The key was that I could easily put my feet down when I stopped - I need a small bike - size does matter. Since the little bike suits my needs better (tooling around the neighborhood ) and cost around $300 and the recumbent is not really necessary right now and costs around $2500 - Duh.
Also recognized at the Davis Finney thing was out standing Local Person with parkinson’s of the year (Ii’m not making this up) Our friend Bill Wilson who, along with his wife, publish the quarterly parkinson’s newsletter for Jacksonville and the First Coast . Thanks Bill and Marylyn for all your hard work.
I’m going to go ahead and post this as a test. Monday’s letter will be from the road.
I’ll be adding more and more through out the day Sunday as test posts and I try to keep FB form telling you each time a put in a comma.
Thank you and God Bless.
just say yes!
meet Andy Ward King, a professional musician and artist until a diagnosis of parkinons dsease at age 49 forced him into an early retirement., he now uses his music, his art along with the whimsical world he has created in this blog as therapy to ( as he puts it ) outsmart his brain and make the daily battles with parkinson’s a little bit easier, to give him that all important reason to get up on the morning, to make his life worth living. Andy has learned how to say NO to gving up \ NO to depression and apathy \ NO to following willingly the road of decline that stretches before him. he learned that to say no to all of these things all one has to do is say yes. Andy has learned to just say YES to life/\\