Setting: Downtown Charlotte, NC
Date: Eve of the Charlotte 600, May, 1997
Sam and I walked downtown to attend a free concert the night before the NASCAR race. There was a large crowd already listening to great music.
After a couple of outstanding songs (that I didn’t recognize) I said:
WOW! This band is really good! I wonder why they never made it.
Sam: You’re kidding, right?
Paula: No! Don’t you think they’re good?
Sam: <laughing hysterically> Paula, this is the Doobie Brothers!
Paula: <laughing > Well the only one I would recognize is Michael McDonald, and he’s not up there.
And then they played “Long Train Running”, the first song of theirs that I knew. If I had waited for one more song, this conversation would never have happened and we wouldn’t have had some great laughs over it for the past 20 years.
Fast forward: February 4, 2017:
Setting: Sam’s basement office in the midst of massive rearranging. On the stairs is a pile of framed and unframed photographs.
Paula: <bending over to go through the photos finds a 5 x 7 concert photo, holds it up to show Sam> What is this a photograph of? It looks like a band, but I don’t know who it is.
Sam: <laughing hysterically> AGAIN SHE ASKS ME.
Paula: <confused> This is the first I’ve seen of this photo.
Sam: IT’S THE DOOBIE BROTHERS. <continues laughing>
Paula: <laughing> Well you know that I don’t know what they look like.
Sam: <still laughing> Or sound like, apparently.