This is the Grizzly again , with another strange WCG tale . In 1985 , I attended the Feast of Tabernacles in Vail , Colorado . The choir was slated to do a great rendition of " Battle Hymn of the Republic " with full musical support of horns , violins , etc. ( I was doing the electric bass ) .
A rehearsal was scheduled for 8:00 A.M. at the arena on the day of the performance . The choir director , a Pastor rank minister , shows up late...with a monster hangover . He was so trashed he didn't notice that he'd only put ONE sock on with his tennis shoes ! .... or that he smelled like a walking distillery that had escaped from a sweaty gymnasium . I mean , I was doing some major boozing and toking at this particular Feast , but this guy was really hurting that morning !
Anyway , we're working out the arrangement with the choir , and during a tricky passage , one of the horn players wanted to suggest a possible structure for those few measures . " Mr._______ " , he began , " the way we played that part last year with a different director was "......BOOOOM . The poor bastard never got to finish ! " I'M THE DIRECTOR THIS YEAR ! " this paragon of Godly humility shrieked . " How dare you try to tell me what we should play ! You're against God's government for even SUGGESTING anything to me ! I'm the authority here "....etc. until he started running out of gas ( or maybe he was sobering up a bit ? ) .
My future wife Karen was in the choir , and told me that afterwards the choir members were shocked at the display . This is the same minister who nearly killed myself and another member by being falling down drunk and driving the wrong way down Speer Blvd. in Denver ! The Cops show up , and during his arrest , Mr. _______ is mouthing off to the very professional and polite Female officer , calling her " Sir " ! The saddest part was that as they were handcuffing him , he kept slurring protestations like " How dare you arrest a minister of Jesus Christ ! " ...
You'll have to pardon the pun...but Jesus Christ ! he's gotta be kidding ! Back with more amazing tales later , thx , the Grizzly
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