My friends the Ralphs are friendly with Steve Windwood, and his wife. James Ralph can be very proper; but is saved by being a great conversationalist. Only with people he likes, but he likes me so….He lives for good conversation and good wine, along with good behavior.
One night, a mutual wonderful but crazy friend, Joey, invited himself to dinner at a good downtown restaurant. The Ralph’s are half Italian, and only eat at Italian restaurants, The Union Square Cafe and a few other restaurants like that. I have always wanted to pit my sister against the Ralph’s in a find the best restaurant in a half hour contest, no Zagats allowed; fifteen block area. Anyway enough fantasy.
Don’t remember where they had dinner that night. Do remember that the Ralphs were ecstatic. Joey didn’t get more drunk than anybody else; and was on exceptional behavior.
During a lull in the conversation, Joey said:
“Hey Steve I have a question that I want to ask you.”
The Ralphs began to die; they just knew it was going to be sick. Steve asked what the question was.
Joey waited a good 30 seconds to ask it. The Ralphs were ready to die.
“So, whatever happened to Ginger Baker?”
The Ralphs truly wanted to die; Steve waited another 30 seconds before answering:
“Funny, you should ask. A lot of people have been asking that question recently….”
The Ralphs were very proud of Joey at that moment, but didn’t take him along the next time that they saw Steve Windwood. Okay this isn’t a story I often tell but there was The Cream reunion, and the first song I heard on the radio this morning was a Traffic song.
Don’t think we ever found out what Ginger Baker was doing then but we do now.
Should explain that for a long time nobody seemed to know what Ginger Baker was doing, and “do you know what Ginger Baker is doing,” became a joke. And we heard it first.
There were Ginger Baker sightings; they weren’t like Elvis sightings. It was just something to wonder about in the pre-Internet days when people actually wondered about things, ocassionally. I miss those days.