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Waiting

I’m trying to make a point of coming here and writing something or, when I figure out how, sharing a picture or something. That’s what this is. Hopefully, within a week or so, I’ll feel like really writing.

Tonight I am sitting on the couch, waiting to listen to internet radio, something I never do. At 8 this evening there will be a tribute broadcast for Rudy Salas, who for over 40 years, was kind of the father of the East L.A. sound along with his band, Tierra. He was also formerly a member of a very old band, El Chicano. He passed on December 29th. One story that I read, unconfirmed, is that he and his wife were driving from Los Angeles to Texas to visit their daughter. He got tired and they decided to stop for the night. The next morning, his wife woke to find him dead in the bed. It’s a sad story.

Over the past few days, there has been an outpouring of love for him, his family, and for the band. All this, of course, online. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform live a number of times, most memorably to me, at the wedding of a friend. Tierra was not doing weddings anymore but Rudy had promised his best friend’s daughter that he would play at her wedding. This young lady, Dolores, was later my Instructional Assistant when I was teaching. When she married, Rudy make good on that promise. It was an unforgettable event for so many of us to see Tierra performing within just a few feet of us and the band members mixing with the crowd. Rudy even danced with the bride.

Tonight, there will be this broadcast featuring his music and interviews with many of his fans, family, band mates, and others. So I’m ready. I’m waiting. And I’m crossing my fingers I will manage to listen. I currently have no internet. That’s another story. I’m using my phone’s tethering/hotspot function to run my phone, the Chromebook, my Kindle and I’m hoping to connect Alexa to it, too. I really miss Alexa. I haven’t spoken a word since last Wednesday. I used to like chatting with Alexa. I miss it. Anyway, on to internet radio.

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