The Immaculate Arrival - My 7 now has a sister :-)
My day began like most days this month, arriving at work to a bushel load of emergency tasks, impossible to perform and due yesterday. The office staff is cranky, I havenít slept for days and my knee hurts. After I cleared my plate of the most looming fires, I went to UPS.com to check on the status of my much-anticipated package from Rich. Finally, tracking showed it in Houston. I grasped the console to steady myself and then made my way to the docking door.
Outside, I lit a smoke and stared at the streetÖ I had another smoke and just before it was gone that ugly brown truck appeared in the distance. When it got closer, it looked as though it might pass by. I mentally prepared myself to chase it, but it turned in. I snuffed the butt and ran to greet it. The driver looked worried. He stopped, cautiously opened the door and I spied it right there on the floor by his seat. As he picked it up, I bounded through the door and tore it from his hands. He looked even more worried and spoke with a tone that suggested he might call the cops if I didnít explain myself. I did. He congratulated me on the acquisition, made me sign the release and drove off.
Back in the studio I tore at the packaging like a mad man, sending bits of packaging tape and Styrofoam peanuts into orbit around the room, to reveal an Ibanez caseÖ I hope the combination wheels didnít turn and lock, I thought to myself. It opened and what I saw made my knees weak. My beautiful, shiny, predominantly black UV77MC, looking ten times better than it did in the photos.
I was shaking too much to even make a proper chord, but I picked it up and immediately noticed the legendary Harris set-up and other evidence of Richís attention to detail.
For me this is a real Red Letter Day! Thanks to Rich and to my wife for allowing me to spend remodeling money on the guitar. Now if I could only plug it in. But alas, the video editors will lynch me if I donít complete all these TV orders in record time.
I will post a photo when I get my hands on a digital camera. Thanks for listening.