[Dixielandjazz] The Boondockers, Sacramento Area

Len Nielsen lennielsen at telus.net
Tue Dec 27 18:47:56 PST 2005

Bob, that is truly a heart warming Christmas story. You solved that 
young boys Christmas shopping dilemma quickly and efficiently. You are a 
credit to musicians and especially piano players everywhere.

Len Nielsen

Robert S. Ringwald wrote:
> You are invited to join the fun with The Boondockers at Giovanni's Pizzeria
> tomorrow evening
> (Wednesday Dec 28) 6:00 - 9:00 PM.  More about this below -- but first:
> Here is my personal Christmas story.
> Late last week, I was rushing around trying to get some last minute 
> shopping
> done. I was stressed out and not thinking very fondly of the Christmas
> season right then. It was dark, cold, and wet in the parking lot as I was
> loading my car up with gifts that I felt obligated to buy. I noticed that I
> was missing a receipt that I might need later. So mumbling under my breath,
> I retraced my steps to the mall entrance.
> As I was searching the wet pavement for the lost receipt, I heard a quiet
> sobbing. The crying was coming from a poorly dressed boy of about 12 years
> old. He was short and thin. He had no coat. He was just wearing a ragged
> flannel shirt to protect him from the cold night's chill. Oddly enough, he
> was holding a hundred dollar bill in his hand.
> Thinking that he had gotten lost from his parents, I asked him what was
> wrong.
> He told me his sad story. He said that he came from a large family. He had
> three brothers and two sisters. His father had died when he was nine years
> old. His mother was poorly educated and worked two full time jobs. She made
> very little to support her large family. Nevertheless, she had managed to
> save two hundred dollars to buy her children Christmas presents.
> The young boy had been dropped off on the way to her second job. He was to
> use the money to buy presents for all his siblings and save just enough to
> take the bus home. He had not even entered the mall, when an older boy
> grabbed one of the hundred dollar bills and disappeared into the night.
> "Why didn't you scream for help?" I asked.
> The boy said, "I did." "And
> nobody came to help you?" I wondered. The boy stared at the sidewalk and
> sadly shook his head.
> "How loud did you scream?" I inquired.
> The soft-spoken boy looked up and meekly whispered, "Help me!"
> I realized that absolutely no one could have heard that poor boy cry for
> help. So, I grabbed his other hundred and ran to my car.
> And now back to The Boondockers at Giovanni's.
> Bill Gunter will be leading the group as usual.  The rest of the band will
> consist of Bob Sakoi, trumpet; Paul Edgerton, reeds; Bob Williams, 
> trombone;
> Jim Maihack, piano;
> Darrell Fernandez, bass and Ralph Thompson, banjo.
> Remember, Giovanni's has award winning pizza plus salads, chicken & plenty
> of cold drinks.
> Giovanni's is located in Sacramento at:
> 5924 South Landpark Dr.,
> Sacramento, CA.
> Tel (916) 393-7001.
> Families welcome.
> Directions:
>> From Sacramento, go south on I-5 to Fruitridge Rd.
> Turn left or east, under freeway, and go approximately 1/2 mile.
> Turn right on South Landpark Dr.
> and go approximately 1/4 mile to South Hills shopping center.
> Giovanni's is on the right, next to the large market.
> Visit our Boondocker web site and Gift Shop
> http://www.theboondockers.com
> --Bob Ringwald
> Piano Driver
> The Boondockers
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