How long does real friendship last?
For best friends?
For my friend Pete and his best friend, the answer is – a really long time.
My friend Pete’s best friend really liked Steely Dan.
So much so that, earlier this year, Pete took his best friend to a Steely Dan concert.
And that’s where the trouble started.
Not because Pete tried to get his best friend into the concert without a ticket.
(Under the circumstances, that was fine).
The trouble was – security thought Pete’s best friend was drugs.
Pete’s Best Friend
When Pete’s best friend died a couple of years ago, it left a void.
From what I hear, Pete and his best friend were really close.
Both of them lovers of music and – according to Pete – his best friend was that friend who would laugh at things no one but Pete and he would.
And Pete misses him.
That’s why he took his best friend’s ashes to that Steely Dan concert earlier this year.
To sprinkle him.
Not to snort him.
Or smoke him.
(As security thought).
It seems to me that Pete and his best friend have it just right.
Still buggering about and getting into trouble.
Even though one of them is no longer with us.
Well, not in the way that he was.
Security insisted that Pete didn’t leave his best friend at the concert.
As Pete had planned.
Security saw it as, somehow, wrong.
Pete and his best friend had different ideas though.
And so it is that Pete’s best friend.
Because of his best friend.
Rests silently in a field.
With Steely Dan.
Here’s a tune (https://www.50odd.co.uk/friendship/)