‘I found the simple life ain’t so simple’

2011 January 28
by Don Hammack

For some reason, hearing early Van Halen reminds me of Asheville, N.C. I probably heard more Van Halen in one week spent there in 1981 playing in a baseball tournament than I’d heard in my previous time on earth combined. Maybe a stretch, but it was definitely the soundtrack for that trip. I stumbled across the video below and it brought back interesting memories.

Lounging around the pool. (Lots and lots of pool time.) An inopportune rain delay. (We coulda been a contenda!) A Spanish-speaking team from Miami. (The league later suspended for playing year-round, a laugher for youth baseball these days.) A teenage girl taking the biggest dip of snuff I’ve ever seen in my life. (Yikes.) A summer with more time spent away from my folks than any before. (Not a cry for relief from the man, just the beginnings of independence.)

My favorite lyric from “Runnin’ with the Devil”? “Ahhhhhhh, yeeeeeeeeah!”

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