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    Chapter 67 – Against All Odds

    Cane’s Bar & Grill, Mission Beach, San Diego – Wednesday Night

    Bette sat on her stool staring out at the dark waves crashing against the beach. A salty sea breeze whipped through the rooftop restaurant where she had just finished dinner.

    A half-eaten plate of tequila lime shrimp and an empty margarita glass occupied the table in front of her. The bustle of the establishment did not seem to faze the ad exec from her own thoughts.

    After record-time packing and loading up her CTS-V with her travel gear, she sat in traffic for nearly three hours making her way down to San Diego. The entire drive, her phone received six “I’m sorry” texts and countless missed calls from Tina.

    Even though she wanted to talk to her, she needed the time to regroup and get some perspective before jumping into a long conversation with Tina about where they were or where they would end up. It was certainly not a conversation she wanted to have via cell phone anyway. She just hoped Tina would understand.

    Having spoken with Kit, she was more than certain that Tina would go to the Planet for karaoke night since she knew all the girls were going. She told Kit that she didn’t mind her telling Tina she had come down early, but to make sure Tina wasn’t too worried.

    She absent-mindedly reached for her glass, keeping her eyes glued to the beach. It wasn’t until she brought it to her lips that she realized she had already finished it.

    Alright Porter, we’re cuttin’ you off for the evening, she told herself. If you can’t remember that you drank all your alcohol, you certainly don’t need anymore.

    “Would you like a box ma’am?” a young waiter with a summer tan and a puka shell necklace interrupted Bette’s self-advisory.

    “What? Oh, no, thank you.”

    “May I take your plate?”

    “Yes, of course.” Bette responded, pushing her plate toward the edge of the table. “Where’s the band going to be playing tonight?” She inquired of the waiter.

    “Silent Minority? Oh, yeah, they’re playing downstairs.”

    “Oh, I didn’t realize there was a downstairs.”

    “Right at the foot of the stairs you came up on the outside of the building, there’s an entrance to the concert area. You can get down there from right over there by the bar though.”

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    1. Oooh, Mr. Collins. One of my musical heros. This guy could play the drums! Just listen to the drum part Tina gets into after “.. is against the odds and that’s what I’ve got to face…”. So great!
      That song was always on my set list whenever I sat behind my air drums ;-) And it got me through one or two heartaches as well.
      You picked the perfect songs to match Tinas mood and state of mind! Good choice with the Bangles.
      As sad as the situation is for T + B, Tina probably would not have given such a compelling performance if it wasn’t for their fight.

      Enter James. Another character of the show that I always liked. He’s like Bette’s sidekick.

      As for the locations that don’t exist anymore: with your story you kind of save them from being forgotten :-)

      • One of the greatest drummers, all right. His most impressive drum set is for the song “In the Air Tonight.” Literally doesn’t even come into the song until more than three and a half minutes in. It’s the greatest 2 minutes of a song that he’s ever composed. A musical masterpiece, for sure. Oh jeez, I must be showing my age. lol

        I happy you liked my song selection. Always wanted James to find happiness. Even knowing how tantrum-prone Bette was, he was always super loyal.

        And I like your perspective on keeping these old joints alive that have since vanished. But alas, I am only one person who remembers for now.

        Thanks for reading as always.

        • It was a brilliant decision to keep James on the show and have him follow Bette to the CU. He got more confident then and more relaxed with Bette’s tantrums.
          You gave him a last name :-) Or was is mentioned in the show?

          In the air tonight.. Absolutely! Very dramatic drum sequence that never gets old. I wish he’d still play the drums on this year’s tour but I don’t think so. Maybe he’ll play In The Air himself at least. If you enjoy his playing you might like Collins drum duet with Chester Thompson from the “The Way We Walk” live CD vol. 2. 5:40 of drum greatness :-)

    2. Bibi28 is right : beautiful songs indeed – thank you so much for sharing, that’s great !

      My poor B&T, suffering both in their corners… Hopefully Tina will be able to hear her girl singing this one for her very soon :
      (well, here I tried to add the link but it wasn’t accepted so… just say it was a certain JB singing ‘One Girl in a Million’)


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