Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Tonight's the night!

Spider Robinson is a wonderful writer... He writes very poignant essays, and all sorts of science fiction. However, what he is best known for is his Callahan's series. Here's a short description, which I edited down from Wikipedia ;)

"Callahan's Place is a bar with strongly community-minded and empathic clientele.

The bar is run by Mike Callahan. The regulars are welcoming and willing to listen to any visitor's problems, no matter how strange, but do not snoop if a visitor is unwilling to share. Strange and unusual events and visitors turn up with frequency in the stories. Regulars at Callahan's include a talking dog, several extraterrestrials and time-travelers, a vampire, a couple of Irish mythological beings, and an obscenity-spewing parrot. The stories make heavy use of puns."

Well, tonight, Frogg and I are playing as Jake Stonebender and Fast Eddie Costigan (respectively) at the new virtual Place in Secondlife. I couldn't be more excited! If you haven't read the Callahan's series (especially The Callahan Chronicals) you are really missing out. I strongly suggest you follow the link and pick up a copy, because you won't be disappointed! Never have I wanted to be part of a group as there is in the Callahan's books.

To make the evening special, I splurged on a very old 21 year bottle of Bushmills Irish whiskey. I normally buy the cheaper 16 or 10 year versions, but I needed a good excuse to buy it, and a book about an Irish type bar is just the one I need.

Anyway, we play at 6:00 PM SL time, for two hours. I won't be looking like the cat tonight, as I have created a Fast Eddie avatar based on what I could glean of a description from the books. Frogg should be going as Jake, who is not a frog but looks remarkably like Frogg in real life.


At 12/05/2006 3:54 PM, Blogger Erbo Evans said...

Fascinating! I hope I'll get a chance to see The Place at some point...though I doubt I could find it with Search still down.

Now, does Frogg have a recreation of Jake's guitar, "Lady Macbeth," for the performance? (Gibson J-25, red sunburst with a custom neck, as I recall...)

At 12/06/2006 7:16 AM, Blogger Reina Quine said...

Sounds like a lot of fun, hope it went well and I'm sorry I missed it! I've missed your last several shows actually, in a shocking departure from my norm...I need a F&J fix, soon!

At 12/06/2006 4:26 PM, Blogger Jaycatt said...

Hi Erbo! Actually, Frogg's guitar in-world is really how his RL guitar looks. I'm not sure what Lady Sally McGee (Jake's guitar in the book series) looks like, but I think it's a bit more special.

At 12/06/2006 4:27 PM, Blogger Jaycatt said...

Yes, it went really well Reina! It was a lot of fun, if only to get to play and drink some wonderful whiskey at the same time :D Don't worry about missing shows, there's plenty to be found each week! ^^

At 12/06/2006 7:28 PM, Blogger Erbo Evans said...

Actually, Lady Sally McGee was Mike Callahan's wife (see also: Callahan's Lady, Lady Slings The Booze). "Lady Macbeth" was Jake's guitar, described in "Pyotr's Story" in Callahan's Secret:

"She's a J-45, red sunburst with a custom neck, and she clearly predates the Great Guitar Boom of the Sixties. She is hand-made, not machine-stamped, and she is some forgotten artisan's masterpiece. The very best, top-of-the-line Gibson made today could not touch her; there are very few guitars cou can buy that would."

Lady Macbeth was serial number 427248, and Jake acquired her (used) in 1966. Her custom neck and fingerboard were more slender than usual, setting the strings closer together. She got her name because she would often cause trouble for Jake...break a string, go out of tune, or start to buzz on the high frets. In that particular story, she suffered a broken neck in a horrible accident, and was then repaired by the last living guitar Wizard...

At 12/12/2006 9:00 AM, Blogger Jaycatt said...

Oops, thanks Erbo... It's been a while since I read them, I gotta get back to it!


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