Sunday, November 25, 2007

U2 can go to Joshua

Yes, it’s true, VE was amongst the crazy desert dwellers in Twenty Nine Palms. Now I couldn’t confirm the existence of all 29 Palms. I secretly believe a couple of them have died and they just didn’t bother to rename the town.

Needless to say, this was one odd locale. There are more tattoo shops then there are fast food places. The town primarily exists 100 yards from the highway. Why is it that you have a vast desert and everyone chooses to crowd right next to the highway? Is there some small town bylaw I don’t know about?

But we stayed at the Harmony Motel. You got that right; it’s where U2 stayed during their Joshua Tree time. Clearly the boys weren’t quite as fiscally set at that time. It’s your basic highway motel. It did have some nice atmosphere though.

And to think, we were staying right where Bono stayed! I bet he left something under the mattress. Sure enough, there were notes from his songs scribbled onto a napkin. They said:

Jesus…don’t they have any decent food in this town…all I can find are tattoo parlors. I still haven’t found what I am looking for…

Then there was a song scribbled:

Coffee…where the hell is the coffee
I can’t live with or without you

See the pool, it’s so old
We’re eating gruel in the cold

…wait…strike that….

See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side
I wait for you
With or without you…

The rest of the napkins has the usual male doodling; picture of human anatomy and stuff like that. Wow, I’ll bet the other guys left stuff under their mattresses too. Sure enough, in The Edge’s room there was this note:

I have climbed highest mountains
I have run through the fields
Only to be shut down again
Only to be shut down again

Bono won’t let me use my song
What an ego; this is wrong

Hmm, some of that looks suspiciously like Bono’s final lyrics.

Anyway, we ended up hiking and climbing for three days. Man were we sore. But on the last day we hung out at the hot springs and did a full day spa; soaking in natural mineral water for hours and getting a deep tissue massage. Now if Bono had stayed there; he WOULD have found what he was looking for!


Anonymous said...

Yeah but did you get a tattoo? Perhaps that is where the food is.

Do you want fries with that skull and crossbones?

Mother Theresa said...

Just think, you could be the next Bono. Why not, you started off in the same hotel, you are creative, but can you sing?

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

I'll bet the other guys left stuff ON their mattresses too.

Ed said...

kelley - Good point, I hadn't considered that.

theresa - Can I just take a hundred million and call it even?

jeff - Now that is funny...and not!

Scary Monster said...

Looks like ya had a great weekend. Ya managed to bring some weirdness back with ya too.

Good Stompin.

Brent Diggs said...

You aren't kidding man, I used to live there. Other than the Joshua Tree National Monument there's nothing.

And even that is an improvement, because when I was there they had to import their nothing from Palm Springs.

As for the tattoo shops, I think it has something to do with the Marine base a just few miles off the highway.

In fact, they even changed their motto to "The Few, the Proud, the Illustrated."

Ed said...

sm - I think it lives with me, actually

brentd - Welcome. I'm sorry that you lived there. Coming from Oregon I don't think I could live there.