The Simple Pleasures of Life; having your morning Coffee, watching a Ballgame, delving into a great Book, relaxing, riding a Bike, watching a couple Rolling Stones Videos. What? Yes a Rolling Stones Video, other Classic Rock Bands like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix The Beatles. Or maybe some Great Old R&B of Motown or some fantastic stuff by Philadelphia Sound spin-masters Gamble and Huff.
Well I was at the cafe the other day having my daily morning coffee, a simple pleasure in itself. My morning Coffee is typically an hour-and-a-half long. It’s not just to drink Coffee but to relax in the pleasant cafe atmosphere, see my cafe-friends, bang out stuff on my Laptop, read some News, and just have an all around pleasant time. The Coffee itself, I just can’t wait to sink my teeth into my first cup of coffee each and every morning. It’s like a good ol friend waiting for me over at the cafe each and every day, and I just love it and don’t know what I’d do without. “I think you know what I mean?” Yes we do Love our morning Coffee each and every day, hundreds and hundreds of millions of us, in America and the World over, Coffee and our morning coffee.
In the recent happening of Hurricane Sandy that hit New York and New Jersey pretty hard. Living downtown Manhattan nothing disastrous happened to us. We didn’t have any major damage to our homes or possessions but we did all lose Electricity for 5 days. The first morning after the Hurricane Hit and we were without electricity, I got up, took a sponge bath (No Hot Water), got dressed and went out looking for friends, food, and the beloved Coffee. I walked around the neighborhood (Greenwich Village), saw a few friends, then headed up to Midtown in search of electricity (to Charge the Cel-Phone and laptop), food and Coffee. They had electricity above 39th Street, so I headed up there, walking of course. I looked all over for a Starbucks and didn’t find a dam one open. They had Electricity but they weren’t open. “Those Bastards at Starbucks let us down when we needed them most. No Starbucks and no coffee. Bummer.” I’m not an advocate of Starbucks, but here and there they do come in handy, not that day, “When New York Needed Starback The Most” they let us done. Do you know how people would have been to get a nice cup of coffee when Sandy hit, we didn’t have electricity no lights, no power to make coffee? Well that’s Starbucks. Well, I walked 140 city blocks that day, In-Search of Electricity, Food, Shelter and Coffee. I found Coffee at a McDonalds that was open on 46th Street. And yes food there too. Had a nice Black Angus Burger. It was pretty dam good. I found shelter there and shelter and electricity to charge my cel-phone and laptop when I popped into the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The Waldorf was a God-Send. I went there for 4 days straight after and during Sandy, got Coffee, electricity and nice shelter in a deluxe hotel lobby at The Waldorf. They were great!
Dam I really got off the track there. Let’s get back to what we started here, The Rolling Stones and what a simple pleasure it can be to watch one of their videos.
Yes I was at the cafe talking to my friend Chris. We were talking music, commenting on what was playing on the Cafe Stereo. They were playing a lot of 80’s Hits and now I can’t remember which ones, but they were all good. And again we got into a conversation about how apallingly “Terrible The Music, Bands, and Musicians Are These Days.” “They Suck” !!! There is almost “No Good Music” these days, at this time in 2013, and for the past 15 years or so. It’s just not made anymore, not like in the 60s, 70s and even 1980s. The Music these days Sucks! There are a “Very Few” good artist these days, like: Alicia Keyes who is fantastic, Cee Lo Green, Cold Play, Maroon 5 and maybe a few others, but not many, not like in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Anyway the Stones came on and we starting talking Rolling Stones, Mick, Keith, Woody and such. Some how conversation came to the opening Guitar Riff of Start Me Up and Chris thought it was Ron Wood playing the Riff. I said no it was Keith (Keith Richards) and Chris asked if I was sure? Yes! So he told me to Google it. I did. I was right, it is Keith Richards playing the opening Riff. Well then I watched a couple of great Start Me Up videos on Youtube along with my favorite Stones Video, their 1978 Performance Live in Texas of “Beast of Burden.” It’s friggin Awesome; the sound quality, The Stones themselves, the song, the way the Stones played it that night, Mick great singing and dancing around was awesome, Charlie on drums, Wyman on Bass, and of course the great Keith Richards and Ron Wood on dueling Gibson Les Paul Guitars. Fucking Great! I loved it, sitting there watching those two great Rolling Stones performances on Youtube, drinking my coffee in the nice cafe, and carrying on conversation with my buddy Chris. I loved those two videos so much and was enjoying them immensely that day, you just can’t imagine. A lot.
Yes, and so “The Simple Pleasures of Life.” Had my Coffee at my nice quiet cafe for just $3.00. It always feels good being there. Chit Chatted with my friend Chris and watched those great Rolling Stones videos “Beast of Burden” and “Start Me Up” for Free on Youtube. I was happier than a Bug in a Rug, The Stones, Coffee, the Cafe, Friends, and Youtube “The Simple Pleasures of Life.”
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
The $3 PBR
The SIMPLE PLEASURES of LIFE !!!
Hours Before HURRICANE SANDY HIT