Fred met Donald “Errol” Murphy while they both worked at the Marriot Courtyard Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. They became instant friends after Errol discovered Fred hailed from Maine, a state he was fond of visiting (even enjoying the snow, a pretty odd things for a Louisianan). They hit the French Quarter more times than can be remembered for several months before Fred mysteriously disappeared one wild Mardi Gras.
They re-united post-Katrina when Errol was seeking refuge in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, where Fred, for a variety of different reasons, was also living. Errol was again working for Marriot, this time in South Portland, Maine, and spending nights singing in his band Side Never Seen.