Bakersfield comes up from time to time. There’s something called the Bakersfield sound. I think Bernie likes it and we listen sometimes when we’re in the Porsche. This isn’t one of those shiny new Porsches, in case I haven’t mentioned that already. The bumper sticker on the back is from Max’s Memphis Ribs, a joint I haven’t been to in way too long. But the point is the Bakersfield sound. There’s Buck Owens, for example – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1Ygm9bvjUE&feature=related. And Merle Haggard, one of Bernie’s all-time favorites – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffHcGlF0xDw. But what never gets talked about, and I only know because late that night when Bernie and Colonel Bob were talking and drinking a glass or two – or maybe more, but two is my limit for numbers – of bourbon, Bernie mentioned his dad. That never happens! But I was so sleepy. Something about how his dad went off to Bakersfield in the early days, played rhythm guitar in a band at the Blackboard with Bill Woods on piano and Buck Owens on lead. Then it all went bad. Was it because of … ? Nope. Can’t quite remember, although it’s very close, feels like it’s just around the corner. Does that ever happen to you?
Bernie’s 2010 World Series Picks: Tampa vs. Phillies.
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