Friday, October 21, 2011

Safe Harbor - To The Sunny Side of the Storm

Hóla Peacemakers,
Though it’s always an exercise in compassion and in community, it’s with far too great a frequency that we all come together to help those in our fold who are in need. For whatever reason, whether we’re in search of prevention and cure for a disease, aiding an orphanage in covering basic expenses, coming to the rescue of abused or neglected animals, or simply helping someone we know with the pressing financial burdens associated with treatment, the Peacemakers’ community has always proved united and generous in supporting others during times of trouble and need.

It is this spirit of fellowship and charity I hope to call upon to help a dear friend of mine and of everyone in RCPM. He’s a sailor (a Captain, in fact), my senior in years, has been an RCPM/Refreshments fan and advocate since before I knew him, is a tireless benefactor and organizer for charity in Rocky Point, Mexico, and is, quite possibly, the most positive human being I know. He’d make me walk the plank if I mentioned his name or if he knew of my designs to help throw him a life-line in these high seas.

Here’s the short of it: he’s got cancer and will be having an operation(s) to treat it very soon. His wife will be by his side throughout the 2 months of treatment and recovery. The good news: he’s a veteran and his treatment will be mostly covered by the VA. The not so good news: their travel, lodging and basic living needs (outside the hospital) during his treatment will not be covered. There’s a secret little fundraising party going on at JJ’s Cantina this Saturday (10/22) at which many of his close friends will be passing the sombrero. Here’s a cyber-link to that sombrero.

I’m going to try to add some attention and hopefully a few more pesos to the good Captain’s sombrero by hosting a few fundraising auctions on e-Bay. I’m parting with some nostalgic little treasures that I have been keeping around; the boots that I wore on the Honky Tonk Union cover, a black leather jacket I sported at our first photo shoot with Jim Dalton, my “World Record Sombrero,” the pancho I wore in an Arizona Highways article/photo, and a few of my silver rings (most of which I bought in Mexico, usually on a pretty good buzz!).

Honky Tonk Union boots

RCPM Pancho

Silver Saguaro Ring

Silver Concave Band Ring

Silver Apothacary Poison Moon Ring

Silver Scorpion Ring

Silver Chief Ring

Many years ago, the Captain accompanied me on my first crossing of the Sea of Cortez that I made in my own little sailboat. On our return trip, we were overtaken by and enveloped in a freak storm with winds that gusted to over 40 knots. We got into what’s known out there as “the Shit.” The whole rig was groaning and creaking and making noises that seemed a promise to fall apart. At some point, in the washing-machine seas of 12 foot waves and troughs, with our jib down, our main triple-reefed, and (I KID YOU NOT, I HAVE WITNESSES) with a contingent of a dozen Pacific Hammerhead Sharks as our escort, the Captain read panic in my eyes and calmly said, “Just take it wave by wave, matey. There’s sunshine waiting on the other side.” He was right. And I hope we may, in some small way, be able to lend a hand in getting him through to the sunny side of his storm.

Gracias Peacemakers. Thanks for your help.
Fair winds and following seas to you,

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Haunted Honky Tonk Halloween and YOU!


The Zombie apocalypse is coming, and we don't want you to miss it!

It's the Haunted Honky Tonk Halloween by Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers on Oct. 28 at Harold's Corral in Cave Creek where haunting a house from the outside will take on new meaning.

But what's really scary is the deal we're offering a limited number of fans for this show:

How would you like two complimentary tickets to the show, a burger, a brew and some RCPM merch to go with it?!

We need about 10 fans to help us post flyers around town, send ecards on the Internet (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.) and get the word out that the biggest Halloween party this year will be in Cave Creek.

If you're interested in helping us with a little grassroots promotion and receive two complimentary standing tickets to the show, email for more information. They will get back with you on how to help.

For the volunteers that are picked to help, we would love it if you'd take pictures of yourself posting flyers so we can share your fine work with other fans.

Gracias, all!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the show.