Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Bumper Stickers Continued

DUKES FANS:       

"This car climbed Mt. Airy ;Bumper sticker seen on many cars in Mt Airy.   

More on Bumper Stickers: 

My last newsletter looked at several bumper stickers that have caught my eye over the years. Mt. Airy is a great place to live if you like reading stickers because it is full of politically involved people of different ages and musicians, artists, and thinkers who have always been known to speak and show their minds and/or their humor. I quoted from some of them and asked you to send me your favorite stickers that you have seen or used over the years. A number of you did just that, and I thank you. 

 Some of the ones sent in came from males who remembered their younger days as drivers. One of the respondents talked about their first car-an old Rambler (remember them?) It was somewhat multi-colored and had a stick shift. And it bore a sticker which read; “Don’t laugh-your daughter could be in this car.” In a similar vein, another male sent in a sticker he had used in his 20’s that said, “This is the car I use until I know if I like my date enough to use my good car.”  

There were also items sent in that contained some philosophical thoughts. “Love is the hardest lesson, is a quote attributed to William Penn, I find that to be a true statement in my own life; I have to regularly re-learn that lesson. Another one reads, “Our duty and job is to act as if we believe that what we do can radically change the world.” That resonates with me as well. A friend, who is both a chaplain and a student of Jewish tradition, relates that she heard that bumper stickers with opposing ideas were like a Talmudic discussion in which rabbis compared and debated different interpretations of scripture and ideals." Both sides,” she said, "need to be heard and seen.” 

Of course, there were also humorous ones: “I have nothing worth saying on this sticker.” And,“Did you ever stop to think and forget to start again?” Also," My thoughts are far too important to be reduced to some silly bumper sticker.” Great thoughts, indeed.  

Thanks to all of you who sent things in. If you want to follow this from last week’s newsletter, you can find the start of this discussion in the “John's Blog” tab on the Dukes’ website. Know that I am still looking at bumper stickers, and I will let you know of any interesting ones I continue to come across. 

DUKES GIGS: www.dukesofdestiny.com    

Saturday November 18; John’s 73rd B’day at The Mermaid Inn; everyone gets a slice of Night Kitchen cake; Germantown Ave and Mermaid Ln; 8-11PM $20 www.themermaidinn.net     

This has been a tradition for several decades now; John celebrates the week of his birthday with a Saturday gig at The Maid. This is our home away from home; great vibes, dancing folks, good brews, and fun, fun, fun. Covid vaccination is strongly suggested but not mandated If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, by all means do. Come on out and wish the old man a Happy Birthday, enjoy great cake, and dance the night away.  (It would be super-great if we could get a couple of people to help slice the cakes and give them out. If you are interested, please get back to me) 


Johnny Never-John Colgan-Davis: acoustic blues duo: Winners of the IBC Central DE Competition: https://johnnynever.com/schedule       

Friday, November 17; Spirits 1675 Distillery:2685 Bristol Pike, Eddington, PA:6-9PM  (215) 645-1445           

We are back at 1675 for another night of great blues in a friendly spot with oak barrels for some tables and a great variety of whiskey, wine and ales, Food trucks regularly appear providing some delicious fare.    

The Sunday Blues Jam; Jamey’s House of Music;  32 S. Lansdowne Ave; Lansdowne, PA:215-477-9895; House band from 12-1PM-open jam from 1-3:00 pm. No cover-$5 minimum food and/or drink    

  Blues lovers and players have made Jamey's Sunday Blues Jam the place for great blues jamming, really good and inexpensive eats, ales on tap, fresh ground coffee and espresso, and friendly people who love the bluesEach Sunday features an hour long set by a house band, and then an open jam until 3PM. Most Sundays the Philly Blues Kings, featuring guitar and keyboard ace Dave Reiter, do the 1-hour set, followed by a 2 hour jam. Once a month The Roger Girke-John Colgan-Davis does the house band set.  Got an instrument? Sing? Just want to listen to some exciting blues while enjoying some good food and good brews? Come on out and experience this great blues jam with Asian-inspired food and wonderful brews.


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