In the car, brother-Kendall and I discussed politics.
We're both staunchly against socialism. We both say "tsk tsk" and shake our heads to the republican choice of our new president. I listen to Chris Wallace. He listens to Glenn Beck. We talk and talk and congratulate each other on being correct. Good times had by all.
The first guitar shop was alright. The Taylor should've been marked down due to the weird wood flaws on the front. (I didn't say it at the time but they looked like tiny nipples, right where you'd expect nipples on a guitar) I could've gotten over the bare-chest if it was a steal-deal...
Second shop was Kendall-heaven. A cozy room with walls covered in vintage/expensive guitars for his playing pleasure. Nothing for me there, but they had a restroom sign that made me laugh. Just this picture of a lady who looked really excited.
Why was it funny?
Back in the car we discussed kids and church and tv. I'm thinking of going back and rewatching Malcolm in the Middle and Kendall is reliving Seinfeld.
Third shop- blah. BUT. They did have this on a shelf.
White Elephant gift? That's what she said.
(Me. I said it.)
Here's what's fun. You get Kendall talking about music theory and then sit back with something to sip on. I didn't put ice in my Dr Pepper for two reasons. One, more drink. Two, I read once that ice in those machines is FILTHY with germs. (Something about how it's loaded and not cleaned?) ...Probably not universally true but there I was with a room-temp drink, discussing music with a fellow musician. We were so deliciously sophisticated.
BTW- Music is magical and AMAZINGLY structured.
There's a rhyme and reason to it that boggles the mind.
Fourth shop is where things picked up. I met a Breedlove and could see us growing old together. We shared a moment and I found myself going back to her every few minutes for just another taste. Am I ready for commitment? Is this the real deal?
More guitars. I try a Guild, another Taylor, another whatchamacallit....
But like all love stories there was a moment of reckoning. A moment where our heroine has that "I'm just a girl, standing in front of a guitar, asking it to love her" conversation. "Is that you, Breedlove? You come here also? I, I, uh, I can't seem to quit you. You ...complete me."
I can't remember what all Kendall and I talked about on the way home but I do remember the little, stolen glances to the back seat. We sang and harmonized the chorus to "Closer to You" by Brandi Carlile and my back-seat sweetheart got a little preview of my awkward singing.
She loved it.