Welcome to the November issue of The Friction Farmers’ Almanac. (yes, finally got around to it)
This month its all about mountains!
We spent a few days in October with 100 other musicians at the Serfa Conference in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. It was our first out there. Beautiful country, winding roads, fall collors, friendly people. And so much great music, sharing, commraderie. I always find it funny that we can drive 12 hours to meet folks from around the corner. We met new friends Julie and Todd from just up the road in North Carolina. Saw old friends Hannah’s Whirl from Tampa, Doug Spears from Orlando.
Since that was so much fun we are headed to the Catskills in November to participate in Nerfa. Another, much larger gathering of folk musicians and enthusiasts. Again we will see familiar Florida faces – Amy Carol Webb, Ellen Bukstel, Nick Annis. We’ll hang out with Aidan’s sister Siobhand Quinn and her husband Michael Bowers. We’ll reconnect with our NYC tribe. And we will wonder at our amazing good fortune that this is our life! Have we thanked you for that lately? Well, thanks because without your support we’d never be able to have this incredible life. Following Nerfa, we play three shows in NY, and one in Maryland on the way home. And I get to celebrate my birthday and thanksgiving with family!
We’re heading stage left now. You’ve been warned. Okay if you know me well, you know my socio-political views are pretty far left. But I’m rarely on a soapbox and I respect almost any informed view. The TV ads, both sides of the aisle and the new groups out there (some really out there) are so far, left, right, left acting right, right acting left and just plain old mean! They are also misleading and flat out incorrect. So I thought I’d share a little info on one topic. Economists from Princeton published a long, hard to understand, reallly boring study. It concludes that without the passage of TARP, more than 16 million jobs would have been lost, raising unemployment to more than 16%. It was supposed to cost $700 billion (to put that number in perspective, it is the Pentagon’s annual budget). It ended up costing $68 billion. The chief economist at Moody’s says the stimulus worked, The Recovery act created 2.7 million jobs and jump started a recovery. And that guy was an advisor to John McCain. Not telling you how to vote. Just sharing a little information and hoping you will vote on Tuesday.
Happy Halloween. Hope to see you on the road somewhere. And next month’s almanac will include adventures in winter gardening and cooking!
Christine (and Aidan)