Another week here and another week the wife is four states away working until the weekend. She was North Carolina-bound on Saturday afternoon, after my company picnic at the Fort Wayne Zoo(no animals were harmed in the making of that company picnic.) The picnic was decent enough, except for the fact it was 90 some odd degrees in the shade. Humidity up near 100%, and a very suspect lunch that included some sort of mystery bratwurst(okay, maybe an animal was harmed.) At one point I saw an old man blow up into a ball of flames and disintegrate in front of the lemur cage. And I won’t even go into the capuchin monkeys that built an aircraft from feces and took off for Lansing, Michigan. Wait, maybe that was a mirage.
Either way, it was an interesting day at the zoo.
So the wife said her goodbyes and she was off, while the kids and I stopped at Sweetwater Sound on the way out of Fort Wayne and I bought a couple packs of guitar strings and an Electro Harmonix Glove overdrive pedal. Fortunately we pretty much avoided the nasty storm that was following us through the Fort, but it caught up with us later that night at home where we were dumped upon by the fury of the Gods. Torrential rains, lightning, thunder, and a tornado watch that lasted till midnight. It was an interesting evening for sure.
Sunday my dad came over for coffee. He goes in tomorrow to have a bone spur removed from his ankle where it’s rubbing against his achilles tendon. He’ll be out of commision for some time. Three different casts, crutches, and one whole week of having his foot elevated. He wanted to come over for a cup or two of the good stuff before he was incapacitated. I mowed the yard, cleaned out the gutters, and cleaned the garage after he left. It felt like a rain forest outside -or Boca Raton, Florida- and I think I may have sweated off close to 5 lbs and even a couple years of life. But man, the yard looks great! That afternoon I took the kids to go see ‘Ant-Man’. Great flick. Very entertaining. Funny, action-packed, and lots of great surprises for the Marvel Universe. I wasn’t expecting much from this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. As an added bonus, they showed a trailer for ‘Star Wars : The Force Awakens’ and I got to squeal like a little kid at the site of the Millennium Falcon on-screen once again. Joy!
So as a treat for the kids(and to myself), I picked up some Panda Express for dinner. Orange Chicken, Chow mein noodles, and broccoli beef. It’s not great, but it’s not bad either. My tongue isn’t swelling, so the MSGs must be low as well. Currently I’m spinning Marc Moulin’s Sam Suffy. If you’re not familiar with Marc Moulin, he’s the keyboardist that started the Belgian jazz fusion band Placebo in the early 70s. They put out three records that were absolutely stunning. Think of Hancock’s Headhunters phase, but a little more restrained. Like a Lalo Schifrin soundtrack, but more groove and soul. A great mix of the traditional instrumentation and Moulin’s key and synth touches that almost gave the music a futuristic vibe. Sam Suffy is at once even more restrained, yet experimental. You’ve got the smooth jazz funk of “Le Saule” and the fun cover of Thelonious Monk’s “Misterioso” on side A. Side b is some more great bass and drum groove with “La Blouse” and “Le Beau Galop”. Then side C and D are dedicated to “Tohu-Bohu” parts I through V. It’s skronky keys, muffled trumpet, and some serious grooving at times. Compared to Placebo, and even side A and B, this mini suite is far from paint-by-numbers fusion. With Moulin’s tasteful piano runs it sometimes feels like something The Bad Plus would put out today. Some seriously tasty stuff here.
So that’s that. Listening to some moody jazz, wishing my woman was here to enjoy it with me. Saturday couldn’t come soon enough.