Mr. Smiff and them played a show Downtown night before last for a bunch of talent buyers. It was an important show cause these people look for acts to book at fairs and stuff. Not your usual, yee haw, kinda Grascal crowd.
I was not thrilled when Mr. S. said he had to go do this show cause he had just gotten back in early that morning (Monday) after being gone since the previous Wednesday night. I’m sure I was really sweet about the whole thing since he said it “wouldn’t take long.” I’ve heard that before. I’m so jaded by show bidness, ya know.
As I sorta expected, Mr. Smiff’s thing took way longer for him to get home. Not cause the show went over but cause some brilliant, motorcycle riders had parked their bikes in front of the bus, blocking them in their spot on Broadway. (They played at the place that used to be where the NASCAR cafe was). He called a few times, telling of the inconvenience and each time I spoke to him, he was using more and more colorful language to describe said Motorcyclists. They ended up taking a cab home (of course, the bus followed right behind them once they decided to take the cab route).
Something else really crazy happened while they were blocked on Lower Broad. They saw a guy die of a heart attack. This guy (I believe he was a program director from West Virginia) collapsed inside the club (still can’t remember the name of it…Cadillac is in the title). Mr. Smiff saw a waitress come outside, very excited, saying something about pounding the chest. Because he is a dirty old man, he assumed somebody in the club must’ve grabbed her bosom.
Instead, this gentleman inside grabbed his own chest and it was nearly 20 minutes before the paramedics arrived. The waitress called 911 and was PUT ON HOLD. I don’t know if a quicker arrival by the paramedics would’ve saved this guys’ life (he was not an older guy, probably in his 30′s or 40′s according to Mr. S) or not but, I’m still befuddled as to why they were put on hold by 911 in the first place and why it took an ambulance nearly 20 minutes to get to one of the main drags of the city? I can’t understand that, for the life of me. Mayor Dean? Somebody? This should not happen in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee, or anyplace that has an adequate number of emergency personnel.
I can’t help but think of that gentleman and wonder if he had a wife and kids at home. One of those situations that makes me realize the fact that I can’t get anybody to take the trash out at home or help with the laundry…is not really that big of a deal in the grand scheme.