It was nice having the Chong’s back one more time…
You know, Tommy Chong – of Cheech and Chong – and his wife Shelby, who played Stanford’s this past weekend. We had a nice time. It was a reminder of how things used to be and in many ways no longer are. The crowds were very respectful of him and his wife. Everyone was smiling and in good spirits. And it was cool because there was so much going on, a Chiefs home game, Farm Aid nearby, the stock market mini crash, school starting, Plaza riots – about anything you could dream up.
Yet they packed the club up as always.
The Chong’s did a meet and greet with everyone who wanted to see them after each show. Tommy signed everything put in front of him. He’s a national treasure, for sure. There are no comedy duos like Cheech and Chong today. Well, maybe Penn and Teller, but it’s just not the same. No big movies like there were in the Cheech and Chong days.
Tommy stands for the past, legalizing weed, being a free spirit, making our nation’s leaders listen to the people…
That’s all gone away now. He’s the Lone Ranger of the Hippie Era.
Chong looks good for his age and Shelby is incredible looking. And if you like "the Pope of Dope" humor, he’s still damn funny. Tommy spent a good five minutes in a couple of the shows talking about his relationship with Kansas City and with me. Nice comments. We are truly friends.
Many of the old time comedy club crowd showed up… including my ex wife Connie and her family.
I hadn’t seen her in three years. Man, that was a bit emotional for us both. Though we ended our marriage with no arguments, it still ended. We were married five years and lived together almost one and a half years before that. So I spent like 10% of my life with Connie Parker Glazer. She was and remains a beauty. A sweet nice Kansas City gal. I have found none like her since.
Yes, I made a mistake in not treating her as my equal and best friend back then. That’s my fault. I do regret it now. But that was then, this is now and time moves forward. She’s living with a man she loves and they plan to marry. She’s now just a civilian, a working girl. So is her man and thats cool. She said she’s happy and I’m glad for her.
However, when I was on stage introducing the Chongs – who love Connie, Tommy calls her an "old soul" – I followed with, "I also want to recognize my former wife Connie, who I…" Yes, I choked up and shed a few tears.
And the crowd went, ‘Awwwww’ and I had to cover my face with the white dummy card so they wouldn’t see my tears. But yeah, I cried. I don’t think its because I want her back now. It’s because it was a time in my life that is over but not forgotten. A time of love,warmth and a family. All of that now gone.
I’m alone with my dog Junior (who Connie bought for me and left with me). I love Junior, the little miniture dog. I also have our cat Monkey, a black cat. Connie brought him home as well. We have the memories of a kinder, softer time.
Well, enough of this mushy stuff. It was a fun weekend, bittersweet but real.
Sometimes you have to stop and smell the weed, I mean, dead flowers.