Good Friday was a very interesting evening for me. Normally, I would be at work, during this busy period, with my guys and assisting the Greek Easter street parades but having your leg in a cast has taken a turn on things for me this weekend. Instead, I picked up my very good friends, Richard Norton and his wife, Judy Green, from the Airport who have been invited by James Taylor for his concert tour in the Hunter Valley. My intention, just a cup of coffee, and then head back home. I met with some very wonderful people, including the famous James Taylor. I knew my queue when to leave but they insisted I stay for dinner. However, my mind was made up and I walked (with crutches) back to my car, with Richard and Judy behind me, insisting I stay. It took several goes before I changed my mind. I returned only to be given the ‘welcome back’ treatment by these wonderful people.
I was extremely impressed with the company. Richard was James’s bodyguard in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s and has been a friend ever since. It was interesting to hear James Taylor talk about the martial arts (apart from many other things) of how Richard used to train him whilst on tour. He talked about his son doing Karate and Kung Fu for a number of years and now immersed into BJJ with Renzo Gracie in New York.
The drummer of the band, by the name of Russell, was a wondeful human being. He insisted on walking back with me to my vehicle where we had a one on one conversation. Russ been great friends with Richard for a a very long time and he said, “If you are friend of Richard’s, then you are friend of mine.” I told him he stood out from the rest of the crowd. He said the same about me. I replied, “I have no doubt” pointing to my foot (lol)! He waited so he can tip the carpark attendant who brought over my vehicle. I hope to cross paths with this man again.
This might not mean much but what a lot of good I experienced that evening. This is the same goodness I often come across in the martial arts. I told James Taylor I am going to make him more famous by including him in my blog.