Montana Walking – Taking Requests cont.

02004-08-25 | Uncategorized | 13 comments

This song title is not a reference to the state Montana, but the Mexican boot maker Montana. In 1994 we performed in Mexico City, in Guadalajara City and in Leon. We had a day off in Leon and were given a tour of the Montana boot factory and later in the day we visited the Mummy Museum in Guanajuato.

Two memories stand out:

At the Montana factory I was told I should pick out a pair boots for myself – a gift from the owners. Not wanting to grab a very expensive pair, and not liking the “louder” boots anyway, I selected a simple brown pair of boots that I thought were beautiful and practical. The owner of the company congratulated my on my selection and explained that this was actually one of their more expensive boots due to a new way to work the leather. Oops! I still have those boots. They fit perfectly and are very comfortable. They are a little more worn on one side from shifting my Harley.

While most faces at the Mummy Museum seem like normal death faces, there was one that looked quite horrific. Apparently the person had appeared dead and was burried – alive. The horror visible on the face was from the person coming to and trying to claw her way out of the grave, which was closed with bricks and mortar. I seem to remember it was a female corps and she had simply run out of air in that grave. All of her finger nails were broken. Aren’t you glad you asked, Eric?

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  1. Adam Solomon

    “Not wanting to grab a very expensive pair, and not liking the “louder” boots anyway, I selected a simple brown pair of boots that I thought were beautiful and practical. The owner of the company congratulated my on my selection and explained that this was actually one of their most expensive boots due to a new way to work the leather. Oops!”

    lol! I hate when that happens…you try to be polite, and imagine what they must have been thinking then :P But who knows, maybe the owner is reading this blog right now, and it’s all clicking into place for him now at last ;)

    And you gotta feel bad for that poor mummy! Oy gevalt…

    PS You have a Harley?? I don’t think any of us were aware…that’s so cool! We’ll be looking out for it on Flickr :D

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  2. Carol

    There is, Adam. And a mighty attractive one it is too!

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  3. Ottmar

    I doubt it. Carol is probably referring to the photo on Flickr which shows me on my brother’s Harley.

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  4. Carol

    And the one in “Reaching Out to You” is your brother’s too?

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  5. Ottmar

    Oh boy, never mess with the archiver… : )
    Of course you are right. The black bike in that video was mine. It was freezing that morning and I had to ride it all the way out to the location in Galisteo!

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  6. Carolynn

    Do you still have said black Harley?

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  7. Borya

    I have to go a few steps back. There is a video to “Reaching out to you”?? Recently I have acquired the Maxi-CDs of “Santa Fe” and “Havana Club”. There are still some around like “Ten piedad de mi” and, in fact, “Reaching out to you”… So now I wonder: how many Maxi-CDs and Videos have been published? (Or are to be found in the archive…? ;-))

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  8. Ottmar

    1. No, I don’t own the Harley any more. Sold it a few years ago.
    2. I did not know that there is a maxi of Santa Fe. Never seen one. Regarding the video – it was never commercially available.

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  9. dave

    The same boots as you wore on the cover of “Hours”?

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  10. Carol

    That wasn’t fair of me at all was it. But there are some benefits to “reaching back to you” on early MOR Music when they had that video aired. Interesting. You didn’t look at all cold…

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  11. Carol

    I thought since Montana was Spanish for mountain, you were just walking on some mountain and I thought I’d be walking a lot more gingerly than that song. Now I understand. Today I looked at my son’s boots. They’re worn out on the side from riding his Harley. Good reason to wear boots on a bike I’d say!

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  12. Adam Solomon

    Wait, wait, there’s a video of “Reaching Out 2 U”??? I thought “Snakecharmer” was the only one…what other ones were there?

    And OL, do you still have copies of all of these videos? Most of us (myself included) have never seen any of them!

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