I have decided to choose a path after being at a crossroads for far too long, my friends.
It’s taken time, more grains of sand through the hourglass than I could ever count in fact, but I’ve finally emerged from the shroud of darkness Rockin’ Ronnie’s untimely end thrust me into. So I have that going for me. Which is nice.
But even though he met a tragic end Rockin’ Ronnie has been and always will be a source of light in my life.
And I’d like that light to keep shining for as long as I’m here on this plane of existence, kids.
But in the early days of this tragedy I had no idea how that was ever going to happen. Then my wife, Dog bless her, hit on a golden plan.
And so, at her urging, the Bellmen and virtually every other department in the hotel opened their hearts and, most importantly, their wallets, to raise funds to do some good in the name of our fallen brother-in-arms.
I’m happy, no scratch that, I’m overjoyed to report that it took less than a week of actual effort to raise a thousand Canadian dollars (which is about $8.50 American) which we have donated to two diverse, yet equally significant causes.
Project SHARE is a Niagara Falls based organization that helps people below the poverty line keep food in their cupboards and hope in their hearts. And A.N. Myer is a local high school here in Niagara that is known for it’s students’ academic excellence. Thanks to the generosity of my fellow wage slaves we have established The Ronnie Stevens Christmas Wish and The Rockin’ Ronnie Backstage Pass For Music Education.
The Rockin’ Ronnie Christmas Wish provided five hundred bucks to ensure a six-person (two adults, four rug rats) family had a decent Christmas last year. And The Ronnie Stevens Backstage Pass For Music Education (you can blame yours truly for that mouthful) is about give five hundred bucks to one or two students who wish to pursue a higher education in the art of transmuting noises into music.
Granted, we’ve only acted on a small scale with these causes, but that’s exactly the point. My friend wasn’t a world famous rock ‘n roller. He wasn’t a philanthropist who wielded immeasurable power. He didn’t change the world.
But he was a good father and a loving husband. He was a local rock ‘n roll hero who played countless benefits in the Niagara region.
And he was my friend.
And my wife, my beautiful, amazing wife, wanted him to live on in some form and so he will. Now I have to listen to what my soulmate has been telling me for months and get back to the business of living while still keeping the ballad of Rockin’ Ronnie in my heart.
So that’s what I’m going to do.
See you in the lobby, friends…
Rock On Hook!
This is wonderful Robert. 🙂
Thank you, Rockin’ Ronnie meant too much to so many; I just can’t let him vanish from this world without a trace.
He won’t. As long as he is remembered, he will always be there.
Lovely. Just lovely. Good on you, Hook, your amazing wife, and everyone involved in this.
My wife and I thank you, SW.
My wife has great judgement.
What a lovely way to honour your friend and make a difference in the lives of people in your own community.
We’re doing what we can.
I’d certainly like to do more, but this feels right, nevertheless.
What awesome tributes to your friend, Hook! Hugs to you and your wife. What amazing people you are!
We both feel like we failed Ronnie to a point though we know there really wasn’t anything more we could have done.
Your wife rocks too with that great idea!! What a perfect way to honor your friend, keep his memory alive, and better the lives of others! 💕
I wish we didn’t have to honor (or mourn) our friend, but we do, so this is the best we can do.
Thanks, young lady.
Great, great way to honor your friend. He my not have been a huge star in the eyes of the world, but the people who benefit from your efforts will see it as huge. Good for all who organized and donated.
I’m really proud of everyone who stepped up, Loretta.
A lot of people loved Ronnie.
Good work, Hook! You did well, Mrs. Hook!!
Super, Hook. Your wife loves you a lot.
Not every day, John…
Ha ha ha
What a lovely thing to do!
I’m proud of everyone who stepped up and contributed.
I wish Rockin’ Ronnie had known just how many people loved him.
I’m sure he does!
“He didn’t change the world.”
Yes, Mr. Hook, he did change the world. Just by living in it as long as he did. Just like we all do.
Also, he got you guys to raise this thousand bucks for folks who need it. A thousand bucks is nothing to sneeze at, and good on you for raising it.
You’re a wise man, Doug.
You can quote me on that.
You’re quite an amazing man Robert. Ronnie had a great friend in you and you ensured an amazing legacy for him.
Hugs right back at ya, David.
Wow! That’s wonderful work you’re doing Hook. Your wife is a very wise lady and I’m so glad she perservered in helping both of you find purpose in life and ultimately helped you through the “fog” of the last year or so. Hugs.
I happily accept hugs, Carol.
That’s phenomenal! What a beautiful way to honor Ronnie. And this is what we’re here for: to make our way through the muck and make the best of it.
Well said, old friend.
Well done, my friend. Well done.
This feels like the best way to honor Rockin’ Ronnie’s memory.
It feels great to help people in Ronnie’s name.
Project Share is always a worthy cause but I am extremely impressed with the idea of helping a young musician further their music studies in Rockin’ Ronnie’s name. Of course I am partial to A.N. Myer as it was my high school. Good for you Hook! And may I say, Mrs. Hook, you rock!
She does, doesn’t she?
You are so fun ! I love reading your pieces ! I think I love you to pieces as well . Lol!
Thank you for making me smile today! This is the first thing I read & I’m grinning ear to ear! Thank you
The feeling is mutual, my friend.
I wish I was around your way more often but I just haven’t been feeling as creative lately.
Nevertheless, you’re one of my favorite people.
Thank you as well.
You are seriously in my top 5.
March’s theme is madness ! You think we can hooked back over on OTV?
I’d like that.
March is super busy: I have the run-through and the actual production day for the short film based on my blog and I’m taking my daughter to New York again to see Dear Even Hansen on Broadway and then to Toronto to see An American In Paris, plus the usual shenanigans I get up to in life and work.
But I’ll try, I swear.
I hope so! You are busy ! I hope you are having fun while you do all this !
This is wonderful Robert! Remember it’s not the size that matters, but the motion. (I heard that somewhere.) Mrs. Hook is brilliant, and this is a wonderful way to keep his memory alive and give back to others in his name. ❤
Thanks, Tara – for the support and the laughs.
Wait! Did I just read that above comment right? You have a short film in production? More awesomeness! Congrats!
It’s a truly short film (ten minutes or so depending on how much we improv, which I have a feeling will be a a lot!) designed to give people a rough idea what a series based on my blog would consist of.
Not having a camera or the desire to spend cash on rented equipment kept this dream from becoming a reality but fortunately the Niagara Falls Public Library recently bought filming and editing equipment… so we’re good to go!
I love it! I hope you’ll share it with us. I can’t wait to see it.
We film March 14, but I have no idea how long it’s going to take to edit this sucker… but it’ll see the light of day eventually, Tara.
I’m sure I will be, as will your other loyal followers, waiting with baited breath.
Just remember to breath every once in awhile, T…
That’s so sweet! Rockin’ Ronnie would be honored. Rock on!
Thank you, Lisa, I sure hope you’re right.
What a wonderful way for you to have some semblance of closure. Feeling like you can do something to help the aftermath does go a long way to healing.
I’m sure you have heard about the rash of school shootings that have happened in the US in the last few weeks. What you don’t know is the one in KY was near my hometown and where a fair number of my family live, My aunt and uncle live in Marshall Co and were directly affected by the shootings there including a family member who died. The kid who did it will be tried in Federal court in my hometown of Paducah which is the district court for that area. There was a benefit concert this last weekend for the victims and their families. It is beyond imaginable what the community is going through but it is in situations like that when the very best of humanity comes out. The entire state of KY and tri-state area (IL, MO and TN) has come together to offer support both financially and spiritually. I just wish it didn’t take tragedy to bring people together…
Me too, CW.
But the impetus is irrelevant, all that matters is how we respond to such tragedies.
Doug’s right. Ronnie did change the world. Friends looking around the neighborhood and helping locally would surely get a smile from him. Certainly plenty from your readers
(And we’re also smiling over your upcoming film. Enjoy the family road trips!)
I’m nervous as hell, but I’m looking forward to my upcoming film as well, truth be told.
I’m trying to channel James Spader’s Raymond Reddington from The Blacklist; his slow, measured delivery is perfection as far as I’m concerned.
I’ll be happy if I can tap into 10% of that thespian magic.