Drooling on the Pillow

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Slouching Towards Warrensburg 

Our neighbor, The Republican Actor, is off to Detroit to visit his sister, who is very active in the Sweet Adelines. I don't know if you've heard of them, but they're the female version of SPEBSQSA, which is the main barbershop quartet organization in the country and it's huge. People really get caught up in this and there are chapters everywhere. I like barbershop well enough, sort of like Sousa marches, klesmer and harpsichord. If I haven't heard it in a long time, an hour or two is very enjoyable. I wouldn't say a little goes a long way, but a lot definitely goes too far. Still, if you see an article on indigenous American music, barbershop will probably be left out, even though hundreds of thousands of people are devoted to it.

The only person I know personally who barbershops is the Goddess' best friend, who belongs to a chapter in San Francisco. Lisa's father was a movie actor and when she and Lane were kids she lived in the Dakota. In fact, the Goddess stayed with them for a few months just before Lisa's father leased the place to John Lennon.

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I'm on a weeks vacation and it looks like I'll miss my goal, as usual, of putting aside two complete days with nothing to do. It's the single most difficult thing in the world for the Goddess to understand. She'll say 'What are you going to do today?' I'll say 'absolutely nothing' and she'll look at me for a moment and ask 'What are you going to do today?' Will not penetrate. Her head would explode fifteen minutes into my ideal day. This afternoon we're taking off for a long weekend in Lake George. I'm thinking Adirondack chair on the lawn, beer in my hand, watching the Hudson roll past. She's thinking -- I don't even want to think about what she's thinking, it'll wear me out.

Well, I know I'll have a nice time either way and I hope I come back in a more communicative mood than I have been the last few weeks.
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