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October 1, 2014

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October 1, 2014 17 Across from McDonald's • Quartzsite NEED CASH? Jim Buys STERLING SILVER! All Silver Coins, .999 Bars, Sterling Silverware, etc. 1240 W. Main Street In Memoriam DENTURES $350 Full Set (replacement) • US Military trained w/ 30 plus years experience • Implant Dentures Available • Partials starting at $175 QUARTZSITE SNOWBIRD SPECIAL: Same Day Dentures and 1 Hour Reline/Repairs!! Dental Laboratory Service Call: 623-444-4013 • Goodyear, AZ Mexico Prices...USA Made!! Traveling with Gypsy Jane by Jane Finley writer * artist * teacher (stretching, exercise, relaxation, meditation) THE BAD BOY OF MUSIC - Al Foul I don't really know if Al Foul is a "bad boy," but he sure looks the part, kind of a biker look, if you know what I mean. One music reviewer captures his es- sence: "[Al Foul could] really sing, belt- ing out jittery rockabilly with a South- ern infl ection. He had a kind of feral charisma. He was fun to watch, sporting a greasy pompadour and a dusty under- shirt, performing his heart out." The night I saw him, he wore a navy blue, short sleeve, buttons-down-the-front shirt and brown (polyester?) pants. It all started for me when I was in Flagstaff, Arizona this summer. I'd been to a party, and I planned to go hear Al Foul at Mia's afterward. The local list- ing of music said it started at 9:00 p.m. I should have known better. Is the time EVER correct and if so, does the music EVER start on time? NOT! So I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when I arrived at 9:45, and Al Foul, advertised as a rockabilly musician, was doing a sound check by repeating "check" about a thousand times. I asked him if he knew any other lyrics. I don't remem- ber him laughing.... I told him the paper said the music started at 9:00 p.m., and it was now 9:45 p.m. He said, "No, I always start at 10:00 p.m." I returned to my table, and pretty soon he came over. He apologized for the misinformation and returned to the stage. Being an eternal optimist, there was no doubt in my mind that he would start playing since it was almost 10:00 p.m. by this time. Not at chance. He grabbed his cigarettes and a drink and headed for the back patio. I was not pleased. I left. There was another band playing a block away; so I went there. I was the only one on the dance fl oor. After chatting with the band, the leader offered me their playlist and said to choose all the ones I wanted them to play. My kind of band! I was the only one on the dance fl oor. I just love to have my own private band. At the break, I headed back to my car which was parked near Mia's. I was still miffed by the Al Foul experience but de- cided, out of curiosity, to just poke my head inside the door to check him out. I listened at the door for a few minutes; then moved inside the room; then moved to the tables by the dance fl oor; then sat down; then danced, and Danced, and DANCED. This guy was not only terrifi c; he was unique - a true original -- one of a kind. I not only stayed for that set but until closing time, which is unusual for me. I usually stay for the fi rst two sets, then go home to watch a video. At the fi rst break, I walked to the stage; the guy in front of me was talk- ing with Al and buying two of his CDs. When it was my turn, I said laughing, "Al, I hate to admit it, but YOU are a terrifi c performer." I ask myself what makes Al so special. He's a good singer, but what makes him unique is his pro- nunciation, phrasing, and accent -- hard to describe. And his original songs are terrifi c; I especially like "Dudleyville," and request it often. (The frosting on the cake was when the guy who bought the two CDs walked over to my table and gave me one.) I play it often. Long story, short, as I left, I asked Al when he would be back in Flagstaff. "The second Saturday of every month," he replied. Of course I'll be there -- staying in Flagstaff an extra month just to hear him. "Always remember that you are abso- lutely unique. Just like everyone else." ~ Margaret Mead with gay A-Bandon! Jane's book is WANDERINGS: Living the Ordinary Extraordinarily (Stories from the Road). This column consists of stories from the book. (email: janefi nley@yahoo. com, website: janefi Remembering Grampa Sonny Brunet As most of know , my grandfather, Sonny Brunet, left us this June. If you knew him, you loved him. If you loved him come celebrate the man and his life with us. This celebration will be Saturday, October 25th starting around noon until ? at our place, 35 N. Washington, Quartzsite. Please RSVP be October 15th, approximately how many you will be bringing, for food purposes. We are providing the main dish and would love potluck help. Contact info; Shane Anderson on Facebook or or by phone 928-304-1629 Be ready to share a Grampa story:-) FRED Ezikiel Frederick Hoadley age 67 left us on 11 Sept 2014. Fred was an avid CB'er. His favorite hobby was his CB, his handle was Coffee Cup. Fred was known around Quartzsite as a helping hand. Over the last year his health went downhill and he didn't get out much. Fred will be missed. Alvin Gale McAlister, 77, of Cheyenne died May 19 in Cheyenne. He was born Sept. 26, 1936, in Oakwood, Okla., to Henry Clay McAlister Sr. and Helen Womack McAlister. He attended schools in Watonga, Okla., and Sharon Springs, Kan. In Sharon Springs, he began his career with the Union Pacifi c Railroad. After 38 years, he re- tired as a locomotive engineer in Cheyenne on his 62nd birthday. He is survived by his wife, V. Ruth McAlister, whom he married July 10, 1979; brother, Robert James McAli- ster of Fort Worth, Texas; children, Stacy A. McAlister (LaDonna) of Brighton, Colo., Micki L. Schumm of Cheyenne, Alan Scott McAlister of Montgomery, Texas, John M. Booker (Lyn) of Scottsbluff, Neb., Randy S. Booker (Jackie) of Highland, Calif., Dianna R. (Stephen) McIntosh of Lander, Wayne A. Booker (Jerri) of Kootenai, Idaho, and Cherie L. Martinez (Rick) of League City, Texas; grandchildren, Brad- ley, Amanda and Miranda McAlister, Cory J. and Dillon L. Schumm, Amanda Sorenson, Melissa Conn, Jeff Muth, Edgar and Lonnie Hardin, Jason Booker, Adrianna Contreras and Amber Peckham-Jones, Derek R. Booker, Sarah E. Howell, Jenny Folden, Stephanie Kerley, Michael Raya, Rachel Raya and Ricky Martinez; several great- and great-great-grand- children; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and caring friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; identical twin brother, Calvin Dale McAlister; brother, Henry Clay McAlister Jr.; daughter, Je'Naye Noel Booker; and grandson, Jacob J. Booker. Services were held at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel with Pastor Max Janzen offi ciating.

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