Here's a cure for the winter blues

January 27, 2014 • Posted in Mike Knezovich, travel, Uncategorized, writing by

Our flight from O’Hare to Washington, DC was cancelled Friday afternoon, but after re-booking and enduring Two additional flight delays, we finally arrived in DC at midnight.

Nine hours in an airport provides a couple with a lot of time to come up with great ideas about housekeeping, budgets, writing, Academy award nominees, work, Facebook, Hackney’s, Flo, the upcoming baseball season, the 2016 Presidential election, books, dog names, groceries, Fresh Air interviews, jazz music, bartenders, aquariums, business ideas, and…blogs!

And so, here’s the thing: Mike enjoys writing guest blog posts, and we get oodles of positive comments on my Safe & Sound blog when we publish his posts, so while sitting at Gate B19 with Seeing Eye dog Whitney lying patiently at our feet, we got to thinking, hey, why not have Mike Knezovich write a post once a week, and the decision was made. Starting February 3, 2014, readers can look forward to our Mondays with Mike segment every week on the Safe & Sound blog.

Before the feast: That's Michael and Susie Bowers, Pick, and moi. Hank's in the kitchen....

Before the feast: That’s Michael and Susie Bowers, Pick, and moi. Hank’s in the kitchen….

As for the weekend trip to visit our dear friends Pick an Hank in Washington, DC, the wait at O’Hare Friday was well worth it. Visits with Pick and Hank are always a joy, and the highlight of this one was dinner at their condo with mutual friends Mike and Susie Bowers. Hank prepared a fresh salad with homemade dressing, followed by scrumptious filet mignon with roasted brussel sprouts and beautiful russet baked potatoes. And then? Cheesecake for dessert. Pick provided musical entertainment, and if you link here you can hear me joining him for a blues number on the piano. It was as cold in DC as it was in Chicago over the weekend, but it’s amazing how much being with friends, and especially, playing music together, can warm the heart.

Gretchen On January 27, 2014 at 11:54 am

Great idea! But can Mike play the piano like you can Beth?

bethfinke On January 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

Piano is not one of Mike Knezovich’s many talents, but he’s got a great singing voice and can play the upright string bass, too. Suffice it to say, “I’ve Got my Love to Keep me Warm”

Gretchen On January 27, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Sounds good to me! Stay warm you two.

Cheryl On January 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Looking forward to “Mondays with Mike” and I really enjoyed enjoyed the video of you and Pick at the piano. I showed it to Flo and she laughed, “Pick sure uses his whole body to play the piano!”

bethfinke On January 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Oh, I’m so glad you shared the music with Flo — thanks for doing that, Cheryl. I’ll forward her “review” to Pick, he’ll enjoy hearing that. He has one of those short piano benches, pretty amazing neither of us fell off…

Charlie Simokaitis On January 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Can’t wait for more Mike!

Audrey Mitchell On January 27, 2014 at 2:22 pm

That’s entertainment! We enjoyed it and YOU enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing. When is the encore?

bethfinke On January 27, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Aw, shucks. Thanks, Audrey –maybe Pick and I need to take our show on the road…

bethfinke On January 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm

You & me both, Charlie!

Janet On January 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm

That was great!

bethfinke On January 27, 2014 at 6:32 pm

As you can well imagine, Janaet, it was really great to be with those guys again –glad to hear that comes through in the video.

Kirk Pickerel On January 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm

I wish I had been there to enjoy the dinner with you guys. And btw, you and Pick make great music together!

bethfinke On January 28, 2014 at 10:18 am

Would’ve loved having you there, Kirk, it’s been a long time since we’ve been in the same room at the same time. Until that happens again, though, I do have you on cassette –thanks so much for your “reading” on the last tape from Pick — VERY entertaining! Also thanks for the compliments on my music with Pick. His performances inspire me –hard to sit still when sharing a piano bench with your brother.

Laura Gale On January 28, 2014 at 11:36 am

I am glad you finally made it to DC – what a long day for you all. So happy that you were able to connect with your dear friends of long standing (not old friends!) and I enjoyed the piano jam too.

Mondays with Mike will be something to look forward to!

bethfinke On January 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Oh, and Laura, what serendipity it was to run into you at O’Hare while we were waiting — you were a VERY welcome break in that long, long day. Glad it gave us the incentive to get together again now under less stressful circumstances. And hey, glad you liked the piano jam. Thanks for telling me so!

Benita Black On January 29, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Nothing warms up the joint like making music with friends. Looking forward to Mike’s entries, which, natch, are on Mondays b/c of the alliteration. Love and miss you both.

ojdohertyjenny On January 30, 2014 at 9:40 am

Flight delays are horrible, but great that you were both together and obviously had lots of time to think. Productive thinking too, that’s impressive. Looking forward to Mike’s posts.

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