Jack’s weekly guest post –
This has been quite the week – – – –
My niece Vicki and her daughter Elle flew off back to Scotland on Tuesday, while meanwhile Wendy headed off to Oregon on Sunday for a week. Vicki and Elle’s trip was incident free and they were home in Aberdeenshire by Wednesday morning, but Wendy got caught by the storms in Texas and ended up overnighting in LA before finally getting to Portland almost a day late. Of course the wonders of that interwebby thing meant I could share in the delights of the trouble-free journey as well as the horrors of the other one.
Meanwhile our ‘cafe couple’ Kelley and Sam took the low road and drove to Charlotte NC for a concert by ‘Night Wish’, the avant garde Finnish group, with tickets and a back-stage pass courtesy of my old singing buddy Barbara Dickson (one of the members of NightWish is Troy Donockley, Barbara’s musical arranger and band leader).
But what of me?
I have gone from living in a busy, bustling home full of relatives and friends to a solitary existence with only dogs and cats for companionship (and the foster-kitten population went from seven to three over the same period). Yesterday and today the cafe has been closed due to Kelley’s absence and mid-week is the bookstore’s quieter time. As the time moves towards noon and all the cats, dogs and kittens settle down to their siestas, I wait to see if I have to explain diplomatically to cafe customers as I did yesterday that Kelley deserves the occasional break (and who NightWish is!).
I often say that you can’t appreciate good health and lack of pain until you’ve experienced the opposite, and I think for a gregarious person like me, the same applies to companionship.
Haste ye back y’all!
Hope Wendy has a wonderful time — and that she returns back to you soon.
As for Nightwish — of late, I’ve been playing their latest CD, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, on endless loops at the office. So-called “symphonic metal”, which exists on the border between classical music and rock (not so much metal, certainly in this album). It’s a genre of which I have grown very fond, and Nightwish is one of the best examples of it. I envy Kelley the opportunity to hear them, live in concert.
This is the track that had me mesmerized the first time I heard it — “The Eyes of Sharbat Gula” (the green-eyed “Afghan girl” in Steve McCurry’s famous National Geographic cover photo).