(Day 62) Kingtones Memoirs
April 7, 1964 (Tuesday)
We got up at 12:30 P.M. It was another hot day. 88 degrees. Mike and I went shopping for a while, but we didn’t find anything that we wanted to buy. When we got back, “Chubby” was there to see Bob. She came up to me and said, “I have something for you.” I was expecting to ward off an attempted kiss. She reached into a bag and pulled out an artificial bird mounted on a piece of wood. On it was a name plate saying, “To Bruce – The Greatest Birdman in the Land.” What a surprise! I told her thank you, and that I really appreciated it. I said I would keep it forever. (Note from the author: I still have that mounted bird to this day.)
Phil and Pete finally came home and we all went to Miami to see Lloyd. We went swimming in his pool, played ball tag and follow the leader. We had a fun time. Mike told us of a great buffet restaurant that was within walking distance of the motel. They had great food and it was only 99 cents for all you could eat, so we all went there for lunch. He was correct about the 99 cents, but the food was something else. Some of the chicken dishes looked like they were not done, many of the pasta dishes were over- cooked and burnt, the Salisbury steak looked dry and cold, the mashed potatoes….. Well, you get the idea! We ate mostly from the salad bar. Mike said it was much better the last time he ate there.
We left Lloyd’s and went downtown to shop. Mike and I bought a gun that shot blanks, a starter pistol for races. Phil bought a $10.00 radio, which we saw in another store later on for $6.00. Pete bought a $10.00 watch that the man said was originally $40.00. We stopped at an auction sale and Bob bought some knives for $1.00, which supposedly cost $9.75. We figured that we probably all got took, but we had fun shopping. We then went to a show and saw “The Pink Panther.” We thought it was hilarious.
After the show, we left Miami and went back to our apartment. Pete went to see his girl. Mike went to the beach and Phil, Bob and I went to Porky’s to see the “Fabulous Apollos.” When we got there they were already playing. They were older than us, but they looked great and sounded very professional. They were real quiet and yet they did rock and roll very well. They did not have the drive or the punchy sound, but Phil thought that they were perfect for Porky’s, since spring break was over. After listening to the Apollos for two sets, Phil said he didn’t want to play at Porky’s anymore. With our volume turned down, he felt the Apollos would make us look bad.
We said hello to Porky and Phil told him that we might not finish out the week. Porky said he understood and we could leave anytime. Bob, of course, wanted to stay because he wanted the money. He didn’t care how we sounded as long as he got paid. Pete wanted to stay because he had a girlfriend there. Mike wanted to stay because Bob and Pete wanted to. I wanted to go because I agreed with Phil and I really wanted to see Chick. We had some heated arguments about staying or leaving. We were all healthy and got along great during the day, but not very well at night.