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5/26/2006

FROM THE ROAD: THREE DAYS IN FLORIDA

It's as if every tan popular athletic person I despised in high school moved here with their grandparents and got saved. That's Florida.

I'm here for three days trying to hold my self-esteem together with long sleeve t-shirts, jeans and a soft rocking acoustic guitar. It's not much but it's all I have. God didn't bless some of us, Florida, with keratin that reacts positively to sunlight or with pectoral muscles worthy of a low cut tank top. No, no, some of us, Florida, look like we're riding a chicken when we wear shorts and scare children if little more than an ankle or wrist should become visible unintentionally.

You, Florida, are the reminder I don't need that I'm wanting in many areas related to personal appearance. And you know this. You know you're better than me. Yet, your generous music-loving heart guides you to my show anyway - to hear the body-like-a-microphone-stand, albinism burdened freak show with a guitar that I am sing a ditty or twelve. Why? Because, Florida, your beauty isn't just skin deep.

Thanks for coming out to see me this weekend in Sebring, Ft.Lauderdale and Kendall. And tell your grandma I said thanks too.

17 Comments:

Blogger Rachel said...

Man, you update a lot. I no sooner get through reading or listening to a post, and then you update what seems like moments later.

On the tanning topic...I like to refer to myself as "sun resistant." Too many people have asked me "Why don't you try to tan?" with slight disgust in their voices...they just don't get it. And to think...I'm entertaining the idea of moving to Florida for work. What will I do with myself?

Will you be back for Ikon?

5/26/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

Heck yes.

5/26/2006  
Blogger Rachel said...

Gooood. :) See you then!

5/26/2006  
Blogger Mustard Packet Pelter said...

I feel for you kids. The sun loves me! I don't burn :D okay well except for 2 weekends ago when I stayed out on a boat for 8 hours long in direct sunlight without sunscreen. Anyway I do understand because my sister has very fair skin. She walks outside and fries. Since it's getting around summer time best of luck to you kids! Keep the sunscreen handy and may you not have to use the Green ICE this summer!!

5/26/2006  
Blogger GrovesFan said...

As a former Florida native (now living in ND), I can feel your pain. Personally I can't stand to go back there unless it's winter (ha, ha). I have relatives that still live there so I visit under protest. My husband gets sick everytime we go for a visit because he just can't take the heat and humidity. I used to be an avid sun worshiper, slathering on tons of oil and positioning myself for just the right tan. However I usually ended up burning to a crisp. Once so badly I ended up in the hospital. I did eventually tan, but not without many trial and error burns. Having said all that, us Floridians do know good music when we hear it so everybody down there gather 'round for some great stuff from Mr. Groves this weekend.

Beth

5/26/2006  
Blogger Brody Harper said...

albinism.... that's what i like to hear. I tell people i live underwater most of the time. that's why i am not just white... i have a shade of blue.

5/27/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may *try* to not be "positive and encouraging", but somehow, when you're here, we feel better about ourselves.

Brant

5/27/2006  
Anonymous miss munky said...

Say hi to my gramma while you're there will ya?

5/27/2006  
Blogger marianne said...

Just sounds like you need some Jergens Natural Glow lotion with "subtle skin darkening complex", whatever that is. That's what most of us Floridians are tanning with anyway. Well, maybe just us pale ones. :-)

I know Sebring (don't know where that is), Kendall and Ft. Lauderdale are pretty happy you are there in your long sleeves and jeans though! :-)

5/27/2006  
Blogger marianne said...

Oh no - that didn't come out right at all! I just meant I'm sure they are happy you are there! Oopsie. So sorry.

5/27/2006  
Blogger Bethany Gaddis said...

Hey, we live in FL now and still dont fit in...will we ever?

5/28/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

I'm in the Ft.Lauderdale airport this sunny Sunday afternoon. Had a great time in all three places. I did have to cut my set short at the South Florida Festival on Saturday though...rain. Surprise, everyone, it rains this time of year in Florida.

Good time none the less though. Missed seeing you, brant. But seeing Donna was a nice surprise.

Can't wait to get home to Nashville, where people are just a nice shade of, um, flesh. That's a real color. Crayola says so.

SG

5/28/2006  
Anonymous Mark said...

Off topic ... Shaun where's that new downhere album review from yours truely?

=)

5/29/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

??

5/29/2006  
Blogger Kat said...

Having gone to Baylor, I would have thought that you would be used to being surrounded by perceived perfection.

Maybe it was just because I'm a girl, but man, that first week at Baylor was a self-esteem crash course. It seemed like every girl on my hall was perfectly beautiful and stylish.

Maybe they were all from Florida.

5/30/2006  
Anonymous Mark said...

... err as in your post I thought I would see on your blog regarding the new downhere album!

5/30/2006  
Anonymous Candlelight Girl said...

Although I am a native Flor-idiot, I feel your pain. I glow like the moon and stars stickers that kids put on their bedroom ceilings. My motto is "Pale is the new tan". I'm hoping the "I'm so white you can see every vein in my body" look becomes hip one day.

Missed seeing you at South Florida Fest - opted out because of the rain. My loss.

6/04/2006  

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