As the epidemic became low enough to take the dogs, SiriusXM and our kids to the rear view mirror, so we moved to South Carolina. Tina suffered last year and almost the other half when her mother was an adult pet, her husband in a facility, and eventually in adultery with her death. Miles away, we switched between MSNBC, the Beatles Channel and Spirit Mix, Steely Dan and Bill Withers.

Over the years, we would have imagined a way to live anywhere, and now epidemics have shared our reality. We’ll see how many sticks companies try as they try to find a way to blend this digital acceleration into some part of business life. But as we got to Charleston’s driveway, we were too tired to take care of how the industry captains would handle things.

We’ll count the departure trips on Monday and the rest on Thursday, before recording three 16-hour days and the next gang session. Instead we left on Tuesday and arrived the night before the session. Surprisingly, the combination. Ease of recording on three hour time zone shift and zoom, two M1 Macs, and enough WiFi to get rid of it, added to the lighter session. I’ve been using obscure mode on zoom for a few months now, so everything felt about normal. I even had to joke with some people who couldn’t quite tell us where we were.

The dogs roamed the back yard for a quick check, with their summer digging wellness, and then settled into the strategic locations around us on our beds. Our daughters warmed up the FaceTime video link with boyfriends and children’s stories (our oldest is in her six months) and an extended life seemed possible. When reality infiltrates, it comes with some humility that we hope we get used to. Dinner with our youngest Godparents was careful – no masks but no hugs – as we paved the way for the new move.

Our first show here was followed by a conflicting agenda and discomfort management followed by Paris train wreck. The show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes, with Brent Larry attempting to apologize for his comments on one of his shows about the Gilmore Gang. Looks like, he joked, our show was radless and had a good chance of catching up on the air again and again.

But then Brent said he hopes neither Tina nor I are seeing this dislike in realtime, I was of course. Now I missed both and was really happier. Brent’s instinct lies somewhere between Harpo Marx’s brilliant silence and his relentless ability to bat, he is not preoccupied with any question designed to prove that he is alone, but that he has chosen not to say anything. Bright, destructive and all at once kind. So I told him to call and say I was watching.

The next gang recording session featured Brent’s repeated attempts at an apology or at least an explanation, but I stopped him. The result was a funny but pervasive show that turned into a discussion about social media and not the first update we can often avoid. As always, no lights were shed, and the show remains unleashed.

From the Gilmore Gang Newsletter


Gilmore Gang – Frank Redais, Michael Markman, Keith Tear, Dennis Pombriant, Brent Larry and Steve Gilmore. Recorded live on Friday, June 25, 2021.

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