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Thread: What a great day!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Lafayette, Indiana

    What a great day!

    I've been asked by the organizers of my local city to bring and play my street organ at a downtown Christmas themed event they have every year. It's called a "Dickens of a Christmas". I think I have done this event three or four times now. They post a schedule of the "performers" on the cities website and have always listed me and where I'll be with the organ. Today was the event.
    I have always set up in front of a downtown theater each year. Today I was running a few minutes late, then the area I always park in was blocked off as they were using this area as a loading zone for the horse and carriage rides this year. So I ended up having to park about 4 blocks away. the time I got to the theater it was about 5 minutes after 10. As I turned the corner with my music cart I hear this lady say...."here he is". He's here! Ummm...what??? I was shocked to see about 7-8 people waiting on me to get there to see and hear the organ. The lady tells me that she had read that I was to be there at 10 am and was disappointed when they got there with their kids and I was not there. However she was so happy that I was indeed there now and was getting ready to play the organ. It took a couple minutes to get the monkeys set up and a roll of music loaded then I started cranking away. The smiles on everyone's faces was such a great start to what turned out to be a very blessed day.

    I work everyday in an environment where I'm talked down to and well....not treated very well. It makes life seem very bleak when your treated like this day in and day out. So to suddenly have people show appreciation and admiration towards me is quite a change from what I encounter everyday. I'm not one to seek attention however the organ does draw a crowd.

    The downtown streets were full of people today and I had the best time. People waving and singing along and the kids had a great time watching the monkeys dance around as the music played. I handed out candy canes as they all stopped by. Adults smiling and wishing me a good day. Many of them stopped and asked questions about the organ and were fascinated with its operation. People stopped to take photos of me and with me. One lady went across the street to a small diner and brought me back a cup of hot chocolate. She got this for you! What??? I had no idea who she was.

    I was very humbled today. We live in a great country. There are good people in this world. Having built this organ and being able to play it for the community allows me to share in the joy.

    It's not what you achieve in life...It's what you overcome!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    "There are good people in this world."....and you're one of them! Glad your fans didn't have to wait too long. A cup of hot chocolate and some happy faces. Ya gotta love it.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    That sounds like a great day and a great place to live.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    May you enjoy many more days like this. You deserve each and every one.

  5. #5
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Quote Originally Posted by David Johnson View Post
    May you enjoy many more days like this. You deserve each and every one.
    My thoughts exactly. Great to see that you had a wonderful day, Tom. I know firsthand that seeing the appreciation and joy on people's faces (and getting a few kudos from the crowd) during and after a performance makes all the work to do it worthwhile.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Way to go Tom!!!!!!!!! Sorry to hear about your day job problems, but so glad you shared today with us!! A smile and kind word, may never know how it changes a person's day or outlook on life. God bless those kind people that are your fans. Don't know if you remember or knew, many were sorry you hadn't brought the organ to the Family Gathering this summer. Your craftsmanship and character are greatly appreciated and glad you are more aware of it now my friend!!!! Have you ever considered going into a nursing home on an afternoon with your organ and monkeys? Bet you would see ear to ear grins there also.

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!


  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
    Great contribution to the season, Tom. But you have to get a monkey in a bellhop's suit, holding out a cup!

    I've had jobs that I hated too, always because of the rectums I had to work with. I remember having fantasies about bringing a thermonuclear device into the office one day, then leaving early. Damn things are hard to get though. I hope you can find something better. Having met you, I can't imagine anyone talking down to you, or unkindly. Try to imagine the bastards in a clown suit when they talk to you. It helped me.

    The other member of Mensa, but not the NRA

    Everyone is a self-made person.

    "The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their veracity" -Abraham Lincoln

  8. #8
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Calver View Post
    "There are good people in this world."....and you're one of them! Glad your fans didn't have to wait too long. A cup of hot chocolate and some happy faces. Ya gotta love it.

    What Ted said
    Faith, Hope & Charity

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    Apr 2009
    Outside the beltway
    Jim, you are loved. It's awesome when the Lord shines upon us dirring times we don't expect it.
    I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
    ::: Andrew Wyeth :::

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    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

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