Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I Think Micky Found Out!

"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music."

-Victor Hugo

One of the brightest moments last year, happened on a hot night in August, when Micky Dolenz took the stage at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to perform a free concert on the beach. It was a lifelong dream to finally see my favorite Monkee, and one of the great loves of my life, in person. If I said it once, I probably said it a 1,000 times..."I'm A Believer!" Just ask Karen! LOL. It felt so good to just sit back and enjoy the crowd, and the music, and the man himself. My heart was so full last summer, I was sad, and frightened, and not feeling too well, because I hadn't been properly diagnosed yet, but when he came out on the stage... all that faded away, and all I felt was...well...alive, and in the moment.

I think he may have found out about all those gushing entries I wrote on the AOL version of Ellipsis, because he isn't doing the concert series on the beach this year, RATS! LOL. That's ok, in his place will be a number of terrific singers and bands, and I have already decided to go to a beach concert at least once a month, beginning this Friday, when Greg Kihn will open the 2006 summer series. :) I will miss Micky Dolenz, he did lift the curse of Santa Cruz after all, but I have always been a big fan of Greg Kihn, so I think it will be a lot of fun. Not to mention a great photo op. :)

According to, the 2006 Summer Solstice begins today, June 21, at 8:26 A.M. EDT. And I am really glad it is officially here, because I really need to have a little fun right now. My heart has been so full lately. Yesterday, I finally allowed myself a good long sob. I cried till I couldn't cry anymore. Sometimes, when I least expect it, I find myself missing Pamela. She was a neat lady, and a good friend. I read on her blog today an entry that had been written by her daughter, who is now dealing with the practical matters that come up when you lose someone. I sure know about those details. :( I started to leave her a comment of support...but I...couldn't find the words. :( I felt like a coward in that moment, because I couldn't think of even the simplest of messages. I will go back sometime in the next few days and leave her a comment...I just can't stop thinking about having spoken to Pam on the phone just about a year ago, just after she had been diagnosed with Lung Cancer. Sigh. I miss my friend.

There are a couple other hurts, some little, some a little bigger, but I am ok...just a little tired, so it's time to go and get away from all the pain. Political stuff that both hurts me, and makes me crazy, missing my friends, and so on. I don't like to spend too much time dwelling on the hurts and slights in life. It's been my experience that after a while it becomes a way of life. I won't stand for that anymore. Depression has had it's season in my life. Enough is Enough. So, this Friday night, if you happen to hear a strange screeching sound, riding on the night breeze, don't worry, it will just be me, singing and dancing on the beach in Santa Cruz! LOL. Like Greg Kihn says... "They Don't Write Um Like That Anymore." :)

So tell me, what officially marks the beginning of summer for you? Do you have a favorite summer activity that you never miss? Share with me, in this comment thread, your favorite summertime activity!

"Hey Micky"
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz, California
August, 2005
Early Evening


Shelly said...

Ooo, how exciting. Mickey's my fav Monkee, too. And I've seen him in concert a couple of times in recent years, but had to pay. Hubby did catch a sweaty towel he threw into the audience, tho.

As for summer, the thrill was this morning when they announced it. But since it's been summer weather for a few weeks now, it was a bit of a letdown. I don't have moments that mark the change of the seasons because they're just dates on the calendar and an alignment of Earth in its orbit around the sun. ;)

Dave said...

Well, as I don't live on the beach (yet), my favorite summertime activity is going to the beach, which I do as often as possible.

I also make it a point to visit one new place that I've never seen every year. Last year I got lucky and made three!!!

Hope you've had an awesome day, Carly!

DesLily said...

hey, hey we're the monkees! lol.. hmmm , nope I've never met him so no more surprises coming LOL..

since i rarely leave this house the season it is means nothing much to me... i think it use to though! lol..

Suzanne R said...

Summer came here the morning I drove back from my short trip to the beach, and that made the return special and summer-like, even though it isn't that hot here yet (but will be over the weekend).

What starts summer for me is the berries, which I buy at a little fruit stand on the way into town. I have been forgetting to get them this year but I will absolutely have to stop and pick some up, along with perhaps some half and half. I can't wait! :-)

Karen Funk Blocher said...

Now I've got Jeopardy in my head! And Mickey can't know - otherwise he'd make sure to come-a to your town! :)