Gordy Gale, “And now we rock” The Gordy Gale tale. Part 2.
Over the years of knowing Gordy mostly in Angeles City Philippines I often wondered how he could survive without a steady income. Little did I know it, but the man had his fingers in many proverbial pies, like most survivors in Angeles City Philippines diversification was the order of the day. Despite appearances Gordy was a surprisingly intelligent, knowledgeable and practical man, plus when circulating in the Angeles City Philippines bars he had social networking down to a fine art. He was technically proficient with computers and this landed him his first money making opportunity in Angeles City Philippines. Gordy got involved with two other American expatriates and they started their own version of internet chat rooms, very similar to that of the now defunct Jade Cool that was so famous in Angeles City Philippines. This lasted for close on four years and afforded Gordy a relatively steady income and comparatively comfortable lifestyle in Angeles City Philippines.
After the computer chat business dissolved Gordy’s income earning options were limited, especially since he was living in Angeles City Philippines. By this time he had become addicted to the hedonistic, sexually adventurous lifestyle Angeles City Philippines had to offer, and the thought of going back to America, had become abhorrent to him. Like many of us Gordy was trapped by his love of the mongering lifestyle that is indicative of Angeles City Philippines. He reveled in the freedom and sexual promiscuity. Back in America he was nothing, a nobody, but in Angeles City Philippines he could be anyone, or anything, he wanted. Gordy had found a place in the Angeles City Philippines expatriate community. He was known, accepted and even respected.
In the coming years Gordy dabbled in numerous ventures. He managed Angeles City Philippines bars, he ran the Subicrocks website, he ran Go2phil, he did a short stint in America where he solicited, (via email), money from people wishing to invest in his latest music venture, he ran an online detective agency based in Angeles City Philippines, he spent several months in Pattaya where he was going to run a bar but his employers changed their mind, and he worked throughout Asia in the antique watch business. He also played a few gigs with Angeles City Philippines local bands and he made a little money fixing fellow expatriates in Angeles City Philippines computers.
For other expats living in Angeles City Philippines, Gordy was very much a “go to man”. If you needed anything chances are Gordy knew how to get it, where to get it, and how much it would cost in Angeles City Philippines. And I’m talking anything here, from the kitchen sink and a decent lounge, through to a master builder, a competent electrician, or a television repair man, he seemed to know everyone in Angeles City Philippines. Then if for some reason he didn’t know he would find out for you. He also seemed well connected among the Filipino’s living in both Angeles City Philippines and Manila Philippines. He knew people in the NBI the PNP, Immigration, etc. I never needed to test his contacts but I know several people who did, and they reported positive, albeit expensive, results.
In countries like the Philippines it is often more who you know, than what you know, and Gordy was a master at social networking. He would always have information on which power player especially in Angeles City Philippines was doing what. What’s more, if he didn’t know someone he would go out of his way to get what information he could, and it would be stored in his convoluted memory banks for ever more.
As a bar manager in Angeles City Philippines Gordy was actually pretty good. He knew a lot of people, he was good at organizing the girls, he was good at behind the scenes organizational work, he was a draw card for the customers in Angeles City Philippines, and he was a comparatively light drinker, However despite all these good points he also had some crucial weaknesses. He was to inflexible in regards to the music being played in Angeles City Philippines, he was to old school when it came to the girls working in Angeles City Philippines bars, and most importantly, his heart wasn’t really in it. The bottom line for Gordy was, bar management in Angeles City Philippines existed as a means of survival, indeed as he often used to self effacingly say, ” I’m a much better customer than manager in Angeles City Philippines”
When it came to bar management in Angeles City Philippines Gordy never seemed to stick at a job for any length of time. I think this was because of a number of reasons. He became easily bored as there was very little intellectual stimulation in Angeles City Philippines bars, the physical stimulation waned as he saw the same girls night after night working the Angeles City Philippines bars, his time was not his own and he couldn’t come and go as he pleased, the financial remuneration when working in Angeles City Philippines bars was paltry, the number of raids in Angeles City Philippines was increasing dramatically and being a bar manager in Angeles City Philippines was becoming a risky proposition. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, seeing the Angeles City Philippines bar from a management perspective, was a bit to much of a reality check. It was no longer enjoyable and seeing an Angeles City Philippines bar through a managers eyes, stopped him from enjoying the Angeles City Philippines bar as a customer.
His shortest stint in any bar in Angeles City Philippines was the brand new and much hyped Red Bar in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines. This was newly built and took the place of the Dollhouse café in Fields Avenue, Angeles City Philippines. Red bar was nicely appointed, it had a classy look and feel to it, they had a good number of decent looking girls, and Gordy had beaten a number of more experienced managers to the job in Angeles City Philippines. Everything was going along nicely until one of the “super star” girls of Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines began to show some attitude, and act like the rules didn’t apply to her. For Gordy this was tantamount to directly challenging his authority, and he decided to take her on. Both the girl and Gordy complained to the owners of Red bar in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines, whose reaction was to try and appease both sides, but Gordy wasn’t having any of it. For him he thought the owners of Red bar in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines should automatically take the side of their manager and when this didn’t happen, he was sorely disappointed. So much so, that after only two weeks of work in Red bar in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines he ended up quitting, never to work as a bar manager in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines again.
Without a steady income Gordy was always struggling to make ends meet in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines , yet somehow he always survived, and always had enough cash to buy a rum and diet coke in the Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines bars. To his credit, when he was really down, he had enough sense to curtail his lifestyle and lessen his bar hopping in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines. I am pretty sure there was a pride element involved in this as well, and he never wanted to be one of those guys who bar managers in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines cringe at when they see them walking through the front door of the Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines bar. He always tried to pay his way, well at least for me, and as far as I could see, he was welcome in every bar in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines.
He would go through these phases in his life where he would sell everything, relocate to another country etc, but for some reason he always ended up back in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines. I don’t think Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines was a paradise for him or anything like that, but I believe Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines offered him a comparatively comfortable lifestyle, where he could get laid regularly, live in a decent environment in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines, be among like minded friends, and have his money go a lot further in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines. This wasn’t exactly an ambitious state of mind but for a guy in his late fifties living in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines, with no academic qualifications, and limited work experience, it was about as good as he was going to get, especially when living in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines.
One thing I noticed about Gordy was his lack of perseverance. He always wanted to make the quick buck without putting in the work. He had an extremely analytical mind and I think for him, working in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines was like a mathematical equation. He would balance out the amount of time spent and the effort required, against the reward gained when working in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines. If there was a disparity between effort and reward, he would simply chuck the job in and move onto something else in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines.
Gordy wasn’t perfect and sometimes the lack of finances made him compromise his values and make poor decisions in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines. One example that springs to mind is the Subic Rocks website. He managed to sell it for 2 thousand dollars but kept the sites domain name and server access. About 6 months later after it had been sold and the site was languishing, Gordy was approached by a new buyer for the website. Sure enough he ended up locking the original purchaser out of the site, and sold it again to the second purchaser. When I asked him about this he replied “the site was dying, no work was being put into it and I had sold advertising on the site, so my name was at risk. The new owner has big plans for it which I believe will benefit the advertisers a lot more”. When I heard this I smirked and thought to myself, wow he must be desperate for money. Gordy had double dipped, compromised his principles, and he knew it.
Living in the Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines expat community Gordy was well aware of the social creed that we mostly try to live by. Part of this creed is that you stay away from the girlfriend’s and wives of your male friends living in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines. As the saying so aptly goes, “Bro’s before ho’s” and “in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines you never lose your girlfriend, only your turn”. Gordy espoused this philosophy but sometimes had difficulty putting it into practice. On several occasions he was guilty of chasing and having sex with his male friends girlfriend’s. This did not exactly endear him to his circle of friends in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines, and even though he put a brave face on it, I think deep inside he knew he had made a bad mistake and angered his friends living in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines.
Gordy was in some ways a sad case. He would often borrow money and neglect to pay it back to people living in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines. He was the subject of two fund raisers and just frittered away the money. This combined with the fact that he couldn’t hold down a job for any length of time in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines, made survival for Gordy in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines, a constant struggle. Lastly I think it is important to note that Gordy told little lies, which would always seem to backfire on him. A classic case in point, when he was returning to America the first time to see his supposedly dying mother. As it turned out his mother was in good health, and wasn’t exactly pleased to see her errant son, whom she had been sending money to for years on end, while he lived in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines.
Gordy’s situation in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines was then made worse, because like any western man who lives in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines for an extended period of time, he found it virtually impossible to relate to western society . When he went back to America the first time he soon realized this, and he knew that door was closed forever. Having run out of options in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines I imagine Gordy was not exactly chuffed with the prospect of going back to America where there was nothing for him. He had burnt his bridges in America and the thought of having to go back there must have been extremely depressing for him after living in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines.
There are several theories concerning Gordys death. Some claim he was murdered by the Russian connection in Pattaya, whilst others claim he committed suicide because he was a Christian Scientist who believed in reincarnation. Others theorize he was suffering from depression whilst living in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines, whilst still others think it was a melodramatic ending typical of a wannabe rock star who never made it.
As for me I believe Gordys death was suicide, and I sincerely believe it resulted from his realization that his time in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines was over. He knew he had no other options left and the thought of having to go home leaving Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines and face a miserable, mundane, existence in a land that he no longer related to, and those close to him had severed all ties, was just to much for him to handle. I guess in some ways he was yet another victim of the hedonistic, promiscuous, addictive lifestyle, that is Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines.
The fact that I will never see his pock marked visage in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines, rocking the night away again, saddens my soul. In all honesty I miss Gordy a lot. I miss our conversations about music, I miss his sharp analytical mind and his concise way of expressing himself. I miss our discussions about life in Fields Avenue Angeles City Philippines, art, politics, women and everything else under the sun.
I console myself with the thought that he is somewhere up there arguing with the creator about music, and banging on the pig skins for the Angels to dance to. RIP Gordy Gale the Drummer man and I will see you eventually in that great gig in the sky.