took my grandmother to the bank to tend to some business. After waiting
maybe 1/2 hour to see a banker we're told they can't do anything for
us. On the way out she says she needs to use the restroom. The bank
doesn't have one of course. So we walk to the the nearby Wal-Mart. Men's
room is closed for cleaning (she's in a wheelchair and can't go in by
herself). So we go nearby to the McDonald's. The stall in the men's room
is locked. So we're waiting outside watching people come and go, but
nobody comes out of the stall. After a while a young man, maybe about
10, comes out and motions to the ladies' room door. "Do you need someone
to open that?" I explained that, no, I was waiting for the guy to come
out of the stall. The young gentleman went back into the men's room,
then came out and said "there's nobody in there" and held the door for
us. I tried the door again and it was
still locked. He said, "yeah, it's locked, but there's nobody in there. I
checked." Bless his heart, the boy gets down on the floor of the
McDonald's bathroom and crawls under the door to unlock it for us. As we were on our way out he was there emptying his tray with an older man (dad,
brother, doesn't matter) and I said, "you're my hero, thanks again." He
smiled and held the door for us to get out of the restaurant.
Somebody's raising their kid right. So thank you, young man, for putting
a little shine on what was shaping up to be a crappy day, and thank you
this kid's parents for understanding the importance of raising children
with the ability and class to restore decency to our sad, selfish
society. My hat is off to you.
12 October 2016
The Echo (Los Angeles)
Poster Children / State to State / Batwings Catwings
Instrumentation used: two guitars, bass, drums (supplemented with drum machine) and vocals.
The first band, Batwings Catwings played simple 4/4 and 6/8 rhythms with a lot of barre chords and power. The guitars both played lead, sometimes taking turns doing solos, sometimes playing dual leads a la the Allman Brothers Band. Guitarists Ray Santillan III and Jeffrey Byron play Rickenbacker and Fender guitars with a distorted rock sound. Bassist Cindy Sukrattanawong played a Precision Bass, and she had a solid, clean sound. Drummer Clay Johnson, who formed the band in 2009, plays a standard acoustic kit of probably 7 pieces. The music was high-energy and precise. The vocals of lead singer Dana Poblete were less precise, but she sounded good for the music.
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