I love visiting with family, as we were able to do at C&C’s wedding. Meeting new people is always fun, and Catherine’s family was as wonderful and easy to talk to as she is. But the one thing I was hoping for and was a bit disappointed in at the wedding was the lack of "old" friends – the ones from RR. Why would I think that there would be lots of old friends from RR? The wedding was actually for family and close friends – a small party to celebrate C&C’s union. It was a perfect celebration. My expectations are what let me down. I did enjoy seeing John and Susie Whatley and getting to visit (in person rather than my blog) with them. Whatley has always been sentimental and a sucker for a reunion. He is great to take time from his busy life and see old friends – it is what I love about him. It was also good to see Mike Hearne and Carmen Acciaioli, one of his long time band members. Mike was a bit sentimental as he dedicated his songs to old friends. I did think he was hitting on Jesse, but who wouldn’t hit on her? Bill Hearne was suppose to be at the wedding and sing a few songs, but he got waylaid by the weather. Bill’s wife, Bonnie, was there, and she played the piano and sang with the band. I was disappointed that she did not do any solos – she has always been one of my favorites. When I am feeling a bit nostalgic, I put on one of her CD’s and listen to songs like "Wild Geese." Bear and Anny did not make it to the wedding as we had planned, but I will see them sometime soon. Nope, that was about it for RR folk. I guess it was quite a ways to expect people to travel. I did get to see family members that I had not seen in years and that was great. I got to meet Catherine’s family, and they were wonderful. I can foresee many enjoyable times with them.
On Sunday morning before we left Austin, we went by Threadgill’s for brunch. It was a much quieter atmosphere than some of the meeting places that we attended during the wedding weekend. We were able to do some serious getting-to-know-each-other with C&C’s friends and family. It was there that Bill Hearne showed up. It was so good to see him. He seemed glad to see Toby and me too – lots of hugs! The real surprise was that it was Kent Black who brought Bill to the brunch. I had not seen Kent in about 30 years (back in the days we went to SWTSU). It has been even longer than that since he was a jeep driver in RR. I remember having a bit of a crush on Kent – he was tall, blonde, and handsome back then. He was also very quiet and well mannered for a jeep driver. He was one of the young men mentioned here. He has now retired as a lawyer in Austin and has gone back to running the family business – Black’s Barbecue in Lockhart, TX - a very famous eating establishment. It was great seeing Kent.
Some day there needs to be a jeep driver reunion – maybe a kidnap breakfast. Hmm, have I never blogged about the famous Kidnap Breakfasts in RR?