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    Working Days and Sleeping Nights

    In the mid-70s, I worked for a peritoneal kidney dialysis company. It was a much needed break from the Weiner King (although I did return.) I traveled throughout Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey delivering care packages to patients. While away, I stayed in motels; just simple motels in any old honky-tonk town I descended upon. Late one afternoon, I wheeled into one in Maryland, location unknown, and got a bed for the night. When I parked and got out of my vehicle, I noticed a large man standing outside his room, door wide open. Big, black hair and matching mustache. I knew immediately who it was even though his name was painted on the van parked right in front of him. FREDDY FENDER! He was smoking a cigarette. I nodded. He nodded back. That was it, but it was a very good experience. No fancy hotel. No entourage. Just him. A regular guy taking a break from where life was sending him.

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    How cool, Dave!

    August 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary Jo

    Yes it was, Mary Jo. Thanks. It's funny how some things stay with you all your life.

    August 21, 2016 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    I love Freddie Fender!!! I loved the time that he was one the radio and juke boxes. It was a time when my husband and I went out every Saturday night and danced the night away and we loved when they would play Freddie Fender songs. It was a very different time from the present. We had a great time. I sure do miss those days. And I miss my husband. Lost him this past Fathers day. Thank you for posting this about Freddie!!!

    August 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCarole Pearson

    I'm really, really glad this brought you some great memories, Carole, and thank you. It most certainly was a different time from today. I just can't picture Freddy singing a duet with Kanye West.

    I'm very sorry about your husband. 2016 has been a very difficult year.

    August 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDave Knechel

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