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Retro Rest Ho-Tel Show at Sydney Rugby Club December 2010
Hi Pat & Carol,
I've just gotten home to Batemans Bay from the Retro Rest Hotel
night and had to email my thanks to you.
On the 4 hour drive up to Sydney I was wondering what
it would be like as time has a habit of putting a rosey tint
on memories and I've discovered that sometimes when you re-visit
your past the reality doesn't live up to the memories. I shouldn't
have worried, time fell away like an old coat with the first
song and it was just like being 21 at The Rest all over again.
The only thing missing was my Sandman parked outside in case
I was lucky enough to give some sweet young thing a lift home.
I caught up with some old friends, the faces were older but the
people behind them were the same. Two songs I'd forgotten
about completely were Carmel Knowledge and The Teddy Bear Song,
but you started singing and the words came back effortlessly
and I sang along, but I'm buggered if I can remember them now
as I type this. How does that work?
I spent the night at my sisters before coming home and woke up
several times through the night (why are the beds in the
"guest room" always so uncomfortable?) and each time
the chorus to The HSC Song was running through my head. I had
an earworm even whilst sleeping.
Thanks again for so many great Friday nights, so many memories,
and a chance to relive it all again.
Thanks to you too Carol for letting us "borrow" Pat
on those Friday nights.
On 20Dec 2010, at 10:48 AM, Kim Terakes wrote:
Thanks for thinking to call me about Saturday night. I had a
great time and it bought back so many happy memories. There was
so much joy in the room; it was a very unusual, but wonderful
You have bought so much happiness into so many people's lives,
including mine. Yours must be a remarkably rewarding life.
Have a great Christmas with your family and I look forward to
catching up next year. Maybe we can grab a quick lunch for no
real reason one day when you're in town.
PS I think the crowd surfing may have been better suited to thirty
years and some kilos ago? (You not Carol)
It was wonderful to have you there
too Kim. Yes, you are right . It was strangely joyous and a bit
tearfully nostalgic, unusual, but wonderful vibe.
I wish the drum machine hadn't packed
up but the chaos is exactly what it was all about back then.
Nothing was ever predictable and I suppose that was part of the
charm. It was huge group of people who were more like an
extended family more than anything else , and that is what shone
out at me most of all last Saturday. (you're right about
the crowd surfing though:):):):)
BTW. My daughter Meghan now manages
the new iKou Shop on Oxford St (It's just round the corner at
end of your street.) So I'm sure I'll be in the area a bit more
in the near future and we will catch up.
My Best to you and yours for the
Dean and I say thank you and congratulations on revisiting the
1980s so successfully. A good time was had by all.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
See you in action next year....
G'day Pat & Carol,
Last night I was 30 years younger and (mentally at least ) hurtling
across the harbour bridge in my Datsun 120Y for another night
at the Rest hotel. Would it be as good as I remembered ??
It must have been because I woke up this morning with "Its
just another weekend " and many other old favourites running
over and over in my head.
This year I have been to a school reunion, an old work reunion
and revisited old haunts in London. Last night was another great
"blast from the past" and a terrific way to finish
of a year of old memories.
Thanks for a truly great night and all the best to you and your
family for a wonderful christmas.
Just wanted to say a huge thanks for the Gig you & Steve
did last Saturday.
A very memorable night & good to see a lot of your family
Glad Astro boy made a return.
All the best for Xmas & the new year.
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