[joe-frank-list] 'Just hold me'

russellbell at gmail.com russellbell at gmail.com
Wed Mar 3 04:01:20 PST 2021

	Joe's in a band that works at the bar in Surfside Inn, a
beach-front motel, near Montauk Point.  (There is a Surfside Inn in
Montauk NY, http://www.surfsideinnmontauk.com .)  They play the
loudest, raunchiest rock'n'roll, a 2-week gig.  Lily runs the hotel;
her daughter Lorraine runs the bar; Lorraine drinks too much and
smokes marijuana.  Lorraine has a daughter, Helen, 8 or 9, who makes
friends with everyone.
	Joe and Lorraine are the only night-owls, spend a lot of late
nights together.
	One night Lorraine takes Joe to Montauk Point, 'the furthest,
most eastern part of the US'.  (Montauk Point is the most eastern part
of Long Island, NY, not the US; West Quoddy Head, Maine is.)  They
make love afterwards.  She warns him to stay away from her repeatedly.
	6 months later, after having moved on, they come back to play
a wedding.  Lorraine attends.  They make a date to meet afterwards but
Joe sees her being taken drunkenly away.  At the Surfside Inn Lily
tells her she doesn't work there anymore.  Joe checks out their old
haunts, doesn't find her.

	6:30: Joe's in LA, staying with his friends David and Nancy,
counting on Chevy Chase to get him a job.  David and Nancy want him
out.  Feeling unwelcome, Joe leaves, lives out of his 'bus', Althea.
Chevy doesn't help him.

	11:10: Joe meets a woman at the bar, buys her a drink, takes
her home when he sees her drunk in the parking lot later.  She wants
him to stay with her, just hold her, not for sex.

	14:20: Joe visits Danny, who has tears in his eyes, had a
dream that Joe had been stabbed.  They hug, breaking Joe's new
glasses.  Danny asks his mother, Beth, if he can have a cigarette now.
Beth remembers what a good student he was at Sidwell Friends (DC's
most prestigious prep school).  Danny asks her to shoot him.

	16:30: It's summer in Virginia; Joe and Katie are building a
house in the woods on the Thornton river
(https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thornton_River - a nice spot) in
Culpeper County (now a DC exurb).  They listen to the Orioles on the
radio, hang out in the lot at the 7-11, watch people.  Joe feels

	18:10: Joe calls his mother, who's at a nursing home in
Wheaton (Maryland, near Washington); she says they treat her terribly,
wants Joe to get her out.  Because Donald has borrowed the car Joe has
to take the subway.  (Service to Wheaton began in 1990 -
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheaton_station - longest escalators
in the Western Hemisphere!)  When Joe arrives she's sleeping
peacefully; he holds her without waking her up.

	20:40: Katie, how wonderful she was; Joe found it unbearable
how much she loved him.  Joe works on a construction site in Cleveland
Park (a nice residential section of Washington; the Mondales lived
there when he was vice-president.), plots to make time with another
woman while Katie brings him lunch.

	21:50: Joe describes a picture of Danny and his sister at
their home in Garrett Park (Maryland, another DC suburb) taken in the
'50s, how great Danny looked, how charming and talented he was.  He
dropped out of college, joined the Air Force, went on bombing
missions, which damaged him.  He lives with his mother, who allots him
a cigarette an hour.

	This is perhaps Joe's most sentimental show.  Joe gives a name
to everyone, even his bus, even unintroduced characters (who's
Donald?), except the woman he met at the bar (reflecting her distance
from his character); he told the story of a guy in 'Another Country',
3 hours, without ever saying his name.  Much of it happens around
Washington, DC.  The stories are almost certainly fictional.  His
mother was living with her husband, not in a nursing home, in 1994.  I
don't think Joe was in a rock band, worked construction, built a house
in rural Virginia.  Wheaton didn't have a subway station until 1990,
after Joe moved away.  I've lived in the area, been to all these
places, listened to Orioles' games: he uses the locale believably.

	'Home (remix)' is 'Just hold me' followed by an edited-down
version of 'Home'.


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