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The last time I was in London

By John | July 1, 2008

A little over a two years ago I thought about joining forces with a UK based Tivoli provider called Orb-Data. I flew out on a Thursday morning from JFK at about 8am and arrived the same day at about 7pm local London time. I love those kind of same day flights. On that Friday I had an all day meeting with the Orb guys and that night we had dinner at a nice Indian restaurant across the street from Windsor Castle. As I usually do when I have the opportunity to visit London I took an extra day and scheduled my return for Sunday instead of Saturday. All day Saturday I did the Pub/Bitters/sightseeing thing, however, by the evening I found my self a little board and not really sure what I wanted to do. I usually try to go to the London theater when I am there, however, nothing was really available that I wanted to see that evening. I found myself just wondering around the streets of London listening to random play on my Ipod desperately looking for something to do. Then “Here Comes the Sun” started playing on my Ipod and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I decided I would walk to Abbey road while listening to the Abbey Road album on my Ipod. How cool is that? By this time it was about 9pm and I asked a Bobby for directions to Abbey Road. I changed my Ipod to the Abbey Road tracks and started my trek. My walk began somewhere around Leister Square with “Come Together” playing. I hit the beginning of Regent’s Park at about “Oh Darling”. My pace started to slow down a bit by the time and I hit St John’s Wood circa “Here Comes the Sun”. I didn’t mind hearing it again since it is my favorite song on the album. It was just perfect timing when I sat down on a bench off the corner of Grove End Road on Abbey Rd to hear the beginning of “You Never Give me Your Number”. With Abbey Road Studios in a birds eye view to the left from me I continued to listen to “Sun King” and “Mean Mister Mustard”. At this point it was around 9:30 pm and the streets were completely empty. So when when “Polyethene Pam” and look-out “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” came on I uncharacteristically removed my shoes and did a little dance in the middle of that famous stripped street. I settled down a little bit at “Golden Slumbers” and put my shoes back on, Then I walked over over to the black gates in front of the famous Abbey Road Studios. As “Carry That Weight” blasted through my ear plugs I pierced my head between the iron gates of the studios and said a short prayer for John and George. By this time Harrison’s killer lead on “End” was blasting and I realized I should probably start to head back to my hotel. As I made it back to St. Johns Wood Rd my favorite Beatles album was over. I then switched over to my second favorite Beatles album and started my brisk return home starting with “Back in the U.S.S.R”. I have to tell you… It just doesn’t get any better…

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4 Responses to “The last time I was in London”

  1. Heath Says:
    July 2nd, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Rarely do we get magic moments like that when traveling alone on business. My last perfect moment like that was on a train somewhere in the middle of Germany, alone in a coach with no cell phone coverage, a dead laptop battery and some of my favorite music playing on my mp3 in the mist of the German countryside. Thx for sharing that.

  2. John Says:
    July 2nd, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Thanks Heath…

    Speaking of favorite moments…way back in the stone age I was teaching a Tivoli Framework class in Austin and one of the smarter students in the class suggested I go to Threadgills to go see a country swinger called Don Walser. I happened to have my wife and first son with me on this particular trip and we had dinner and watched Don do a little of his magic yodeling that evening. On the break I bought one of his CD’s and he signed a picture for my son William that read “To William, have a wonderful life”. Don Walser passed a few years back but my son still has that picture on his wall. Don Walser will always have a special place in the Willis family heart.

    Thank You Dude…

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  4. Jack Hughes Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Nice story John…