We're Gonna Rock Around the Clock

Or maybe not

By Jesse Perez
Published on LatinoLA: January 29, 2007

We're Gonna Rock Around the Clock

Thank you Frankie Firme's News from the Brown Side of Town 1-23-07 for looking out for all of us "Nachos" in Aztlan. You know I'm a 50's kid and my wife and I don't go out as often as I would like.

I try and stay connected with what's happening around town. But you know sometimes you stay gone too long. You come to find out those places you used to go to aren't even around anymore. You just kinda lose touch.

It's funny how things work out.

I came home from work not too long ago with a flyer in my hand. I had a big shit eating smile, grinning from ear to ear. I told my wife check this out Rocky Padilla (pictured) and a few others were performing locally. She smiles and starts reading the flyer. I'm still standing there.

The proud hunter has returned home with news.

My tail wagging like a young pup, my wife looks up and says sounds good where is this place? I think for a second and then point to the flyer, right there. No she says do you know where this place is? I tell her I know L.A. like the back of my hand, I can find it. She asks me again, have you ever been there? I think again and tell myself aha! A trick question.

No I'm too old and too slick to fall for that one. I just say I've never been there but I've heard some good things. Whoo hoo papacito's on a roll. I got my mojo working, rubbing my hands together tapping my feet singing this is how we do it. She looks up at me again. Do they serve food? Uh yeah, probably I say. She asks what kind? Hmm I'm not singing and dancing anymore. I don't know but I'll find out. (Thank you Uncle Sam for teaching me that one). My toe is tapping again. My wife asks again, dressy dress or casual? My God, woman why do you do this to me? I tell her we'll dress up. Like I have such a huge wardrobe to choose from. She asks again is this a nice place? I say hey if it's good enough for Rocky it should be good enough for us. I don't know she says, is it safe? I'm not even smiling anymore. I say hey we've been married 36 1/2 years and you're still alive aren't you. Well I don't know she says. Who else is going to there? Hmm, we'll just have to go and find out I say in a weak voice. She responds, well you know I'm going to have get my hair done and buy a new outfit and you could use a new pair of pants yourself. Spend money, make me go shopping AHH! maybe this wasn't such a great idea after all.

You know I'm just a regular fella. I'd be happy sitting on a box in a room with a saw dust floor as long as I had a cold beer and a tray of popcorn in front of me. Give me some hot wings and barbequed smokies and I'd really be in hog heaven.

You know if I told my wife we were invited to an industry-related function at the Marriott or Hilton the only question she would ask is "when."

The point is I'm not ready for the rocking chair just yet. I like my oldies and live band music and I like being with my gente and so does my wife. Thank you LatinoLA and Frankie Firme keeping us in the loop. It's nice to know where the entertainment is at and it's a bonus to know a lttle bit about the venue where it is held. Keep those club and restaurant reviews coming. I would like to see a lot more of that.

About Jesse Perez:
A jack of all trades and master of none. Educated in the school of hard knocks and currently a soldier in the war on poverty, mainly my own.

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