My sister had a birthday yesterday, I called her at 7:05 a.m. and sang happy birthday on her voicemail, then reminisced about dumb games her and I used to play in the back of the car when on road trips with our folks. (Yeah, this was one of those annoying voice mails that goes on and on)
Growing up my drum set was in the basement in the family room, where we did most of our TV watching. Steph has never had the experience of a drum set in the house until last week, she let me purchase my first set of acoustics since my old set was basically worn out and sold years before we were married.
Sally would have been wearing something teal and purple with leg warmers and big hair, and she was sitting on the couch. The unwritten rule was first one in the room gets honors to the remote (I actually broke a toe one time racing her to the remote), or if I'm playing first she would have to live with it. But this day in 1987 I decided to break the rules, and play the drums while she was watching re-runs of Little House. There must have been drum sticks laying all over the floor, and she grabbed one and said, "if you don't quit playing I'll chuck this at you!" I kept playing, and she Nolan Ryan'd that thing straight at my melon.
I don't recall if it hit me, glanced off me or hit the drums first then hit me, but I called her bluff and she threw down the royal flush, and it hit me in the head. I had just been told by a science teacher that if you get hit in the temple you could die instantly, and armed with that knowledge I proceeded to cry out this phrase that has lived on, "YOU, sniff, COULD, sniff, HAVE, sniff, HIT, sniff, ME, sniff, IN THE TEMPLE!"
Well, it didn't hit me in the temple, and I stopped playing long enough for her to see Laura win the spelling test and save Walnut Grove from a blizzard. I have to think at some point Steph will walk into the room and chuck something at me in order for me to stop playing...just to make Sally happy.
To be honest I think it was that traumatic day that kept me from making big as a drum rock star.