My theme is Musical Memories: The Memories that music brings rushing back.
ZZ Top is a well known band who originated from Houston, TX. Houston is slightly NW of a large petrochemical area and the town of Pasadena, TX. Pasadena is the town John Travolta's character traveled to for work from Spurger, TX. In that movie, Mickey Gilley's famous honky-tonk, Gilley's was featured in that movie. At that time it was touted to be the largest honky-tonk in the world.
Every time I hear a Mickey Gilley tune, I recall my one trip to that establishment back in 1983.
(Now, that my friends is how you bend the letter to suit your needs!)
This was BP, before Pete, when I was still dating Rocky - the boyfriend from my X post. One weekend, he wanted to take off and go to Gilley's for the evening. It was huge! Cavernous and mostly empty. But was early in the evening and the rodeo they had there was going on. So we went out to watch that. One Houston boy after another was getting thrown from the bulls before they could get any where near the eight second trip they needed. I found it rather boring and was, laughing and joking and saying how they needed someone from our area if anyone was going to stay on a bull. Finally, the announcer said the fellow mounting the bull was from a little town near my hometown and I loudly declared that he'd make it the whole eight and get a good score from the judges. He didn't disappoint me, but rather, made me proud and somewhat of a prophet.
We finally wandered back in. Took a few turns on the dance floor. Then wandered on down to a bar. Rocky was ordering our drinks and I was standing behind his left shoulder. A fellow next to him on the right, slid his hand over and squeezed Rocky's butt cheek!! Rocky, glanced back at me with an expression like "cut it out!" I gave him my innocent look, which probably convinced him I was guilty, and Rocky turned back to the barkeep. The fellow who had done the squeezing, was turning away from the bar with his order and I stared daggers through him.
I've always wondered if he was just a cowboy cutting up and trying to start at little something between me and my date, or if he was gay and looking to steal my date for the evening. We'll never know. And I never told Rocky it wasn't me.