Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The JFF Band Bluemobile

A couple of weeks ago Jan was creaking to the Oldies.

It all started when her friend -- we'll call her P -- phoned and asked if Jan would like to go to a concert. Her neighbors had purchased 2 nonrefundable tickets but the wife was sick and they couldn't go. Well, Jan didn't think twice. She dumped us!

This is their evening, the way Jan tells it.

They left at 6 and arrived at 7:15, after watching the turns and road signs carefully, because they were directed via back roads and neither of them had been that way before. The concert started about 8:15. They were way up from the stage, but they had no problem hearing the music.

These are photos of the Beach Boys in concert. That's Mike Love, one of the founding members, in the long-sleeved striped shirt. He owns the rights to the Beach Boys name now. And long time -- real long time -- member Bruce Johnson is on the keyboard.

Sorry, the pix are so small.

Okay, we know you can't see them very well in these little pictures and many of you undoubtedly never saw them before. But the old folks -- oops, we mean the older kids know who they are. The seats were filled with older kids and younger kids who knew the words to the songs. And they'd all stand up and tap their toes or sway to the music. Jan spent so much time tapping her toes -- wait, Jan's backwards, she taps her heel -- to the music, she has had trouble standing or walking on that ankle ever since. But she had a great time.

As the concert ended, Jan and P took off at a fast trot for the parking lot -- way out in the parking lot. Jan did the math and knew they would be home by midnight. (Jan was correct, but there is always the unexpected.)

They made it out of the parking lot pretty quickly, then went straight through the light instead of turning left. They had to pull into a parking lot so P could review the directions and then they reversed direction and turned right. There was little traffic and they made good time. In fact, such good time that Jan was surprised when P suddenly turned right, explaining she almost missed the sign for some tiny little town she remembered from the trip to the concert.

Miles later they suddenly entered the little town. Only they hadn't come through it earlier, they had gone around it. The town was dark and deserted. Worse, there were no signs to tell them how to find the highway. The main road turned left and turned right and finally they reached a stop sign. But they couldn't figure out where they were, so they turned around and went back through the deserted town, turned around again and finally spied other humans. A young man and two young women.

P stopped and called out, Do you know how to get to .....?

One of the girls asked, Do you want the Interstate or the old route?

The Interstate, P said confidently. Jan couldn't remember being on the Interstate. In fact, if memory served her, it was on the other side of the city. But she wasn't driving, hadn't read the map....

A girl started giving directions. Go (back to the stop sign where they'd turned around) and turn right. Keep going for 10, 15, maybe 20 miles. It's a long way. The guy said to P, Don't worry, mama, you'll get there. As they drove away, P heard one of them ask, What are they doing out?

Back to the stop sign. P turned right. Jan suggested they go left since that was the general direction they were originally headed. After a little way, P turned around and headed back to the stop sign. A spit and a holler past the stop sign, they found their turnoff. The rest of the way would be a piece of cake.

Many, many miles later there was a huge car dealership. I don't remember seeing this before, Jan said. And sure enough, they'd missed their turn -- way back there somewhere. They wandered from here to there, pulled over to read the map, and turned around a couple or few times. There was virtually no traffic, not even a patrolling deputy they could stop, and not a single gas station.

They were relieved when they finally recognized the name of their town on a sign. Jan got out of P's car and wobbled across the lawn at 1:10 AM.

She had been gone for 7 hours and 10 minutes. This set us to thinking. Jan says things are not going well financially and we should find a job so we don't have to go to the shelter where -- well, we won't even think about that! But since humans are willing to go to that much trouble to spend time and money on entertainment, perhaps we should start giving concerts of our own. We're much younger and better looking than the Beach Boys!

We don't know how to play any instruments, but isn't that what canned music is for? Jan can stock up on cans, Buddy can howl, Merci can sing soprano, Sam can throw in his woofs and squeaks, and the JFF felines can sing harmony and backup.

Oh, and we have a picture of just the car to tour in. Can't you just see us rolling down the Interstate in the JFF Bluemobile, Buddy's ears flapping in the breeze!

We can't wait. Watch for us. We might be coming to your town. Not soon, though. Jan says we'll have to save us for cans and gas. Oh, and food. Singing must work up quite an appetite.


  1. w00fs, heehee hoomans and their wood comed c u all...and me wood pay in treats..

    b safe,

  2. Proving once again that humans should never be let out of the house.

    Misty the alpha Poodle

  3. Oh no! They probably thought they would end up sleeping in the car! Glad they found their way home eventually. Our mum says she likes The Beachboys.

  4. If only she had khalled woo!

    Woo khould have told her how to get home, eh?


  5. Hello guys! Sorry I haven't visited in so long!

    My human loves the Beach Boys too - she has loads of their songs and was even thinking of making up a routine for us to dance to one of them! :-)
    But what a nightmare journey!

    How strange that I just disappeared from your blog list! I did change the design of my blog a while back but I don't think that should make any difference - its just the way it looks...maybe it's a problem with Wordpress (that's who I'm with) and Blogger? I know a lot of other doggies were having trouble with Blogger - like opening up blogs or especially leaving comments, for a while. I visited you a couple of times actually but also couldn't leave comments, so I would always leave it and plan on coming back...

    Anyway, I think the feed for my blog should work OK. If you look on the top RH corner of each page, there is a little orange icon for "Entries" feed and if you click on that, it takes you to a feed page. Then if you just put the URL of that page into your feed widget - I think that should work? I really hope so!

    Honey the Great Dane

  6. We can't wait for you to roll into our town. We bets you can sing much better then The Beach Boys although Mommy says they are very good singers and she likes their music. I guess that means Mommy is an old folks. ~S,S,C & F

  7. Oh no, this makes us worry! Our mom and dad are traveling to VA from NC on Friday. They better not get lost!
    So glad Jan and her friend found their way back to you guys!

    The JFF band bluemobile is pawsome!

  8. I am glad she finally found her way home.

  9. Jiminy Cricket. I'm glad she finally made it home. Don't let her out after dark again.

  10. Oh my goodness! What a long trip home, but at least she got to enjoy the concert and get home safely. Phew! I am going to save some money for your concert! Love, Dino

  11. they should have brought one of you along - bet you can sniff yer way home in no time!

    Can't wait to see you guys in concert!

    licks and wags

    Tuffy and the Dog WOods Pack

  12. Happy Birthday to Percy. Have a great day!

  13. I like the Beach Boys very much. I am glad that Jan got to go to the concert, but sorry that they had such a hard time finding their way home. The JFF Band and Bluemobile sound and look awesome.

  14. Sometimes humans don't have great sense of directions...not like us! We're happy they were able to find their way home eventually!

    Mom and dad have seen the Beach Boys several times over the sez it's fun to see them because everyone sings the songs...

    We hear it's Percy's birthday today...hope he has a fantabulous day!

  15. Zuzu: What a "beach boy?" That like a gerbilz, maybe?

  16. Wows.

    Anyways, happy blogoversary to yall!
    Sanjee and the resta the Hotties

  17. Um ok we's dum and can't read rite. Happy Purrthday to Percy instead :)
    Alla Us Hotties

  18. Happy Birthday Percy!


  19. Yikies, we're glad the mom and her friend found their way home! That sounds skeery. But at least they had fun.

    Let us know when you start your tour, we'll be there if you come to our town!

    Happy birthday, Percy!

    Purrs and hugs,
    The Kitty Krew

  20. Your poor Mommy. We are happy that she made it home safely! Our Mommy has a GPS and boy....does she need it! :)

    We would come and PAY to see the Funny Farm BAND!!! Just let us know when your first performance is!

    Love, uSSSSS

  21. We would like to see your band! Mama likes the Beach Boys, but we bet your band would be better.

    Happy Birthday Percy!!

  22. We hear it's Percy's birthday, so Happy Purrthday, Percy! Have a good one!

  23. Heh heh heh. My humans get lost sometimes too.

    I just came over to say happy purrthday to Percy!

  24. Woo! I hope your tour will bring you here! We'd love to hear you guys!

  25. Have a wonderful Happy Birthday, Percy!

  26. We'll be waiting for you to come to OP, can we buy tickets now?

    Woo Hoo, the OP Pack

  27. I bet you sing efun bettur than the Beach Boys! And hehe, Momma duzzen't have a great sense of direckshun, either.

    Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

  28. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PERCY!!! We hope that you had a great day!!!

    Love, uSSSSS

  29. Heya Guys,
    Our dad takes a friend of his with him and mom on all their trips to strange, new places. Her name is Jill, Jill Garmin. Her job is to call out directions to the driver, mom or dad, so that they don't get home over an hour late. They just tell her the address of where they're going and she tells them how to go; she's seldom wrong.
    Mom and dad have seen Mike Love and his various associates lots of times. The only original that they didn't see was Dennis Wilson the original drummer. They even saw them once when John Stamos, whoever he is, was their drummer. Dad wants to know where Mr. Love's (be respectful to the elders) cane and wheel chair were parked? Love always went goo goo over California Girls and be True To Your School.
    - The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties

  30. The car is cool but maybe don't let Jan do the driving.

    Huffle Mawson

  31. DO you need any back up?? I can sing and howl and Archie does drums..Love A+A

  32. Oh my Mama saw the Beach Boys a couple of years ago here in Montreal. They look very different now but they still sound great. Anyway,I think Jan needs a compass.

    Can I join your band? My shoofling sound I do through my nose will be a great sound effect.


  33. WE likes dat car!!! kin we rides init?

    Daisy's Babiez...

    not really.

    Our Mom luvs blue...


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