Our oldest son was sick last week, and went to the medical center at his school. Turns out, he has mono. Right before finals are about to start… Fantastic.
He also had bad pains in his side one night, and texted me at 1 am saying he was going to the emergency room. I stayed up until 5, texting back and forth with him. They did an ultrasound and said his spleen was enlarged, probably as a result of the mono. He was also dehydrated, which I think is standard. Right? Everybody’s dehydrated, at all times. Even though it feels like the entire world is hydrating at an acccelerated clip.
Anyway, he’s better now, and his first final is tomorrow. I think Toney and I are more worried about them than he is, which is also standard. Nothing is easy with that kid; it’s all suspense and concern. Not unlike the episode of The Sopranos when Adriana told Christopher she’s been working with the FBI for a year or so. OK, maybe it’s not that bad… But you get my point.
Have you ever had mono? I think I did, back when everybody called it the Kissing Disease. Needless to say, I wasn’t kissing anyone at the time. It was during Junior High, and I couldn’t even make eye contact with girls. Therefore, my parents thought it was hilarious to say repeatedly, “Who ya been kissing?” Which shined a bright light on my already-obvious hideousness. Ahhh… the good ol’ days.
The boy will be home on Friday, and we’re going to see The Replacements in Philly on Saturday. It’ll be the final US show of the tour, and I’m excited. I saw the band four times during their original run, and they mean a great deal to me. It’ll be a blast to see them with my kids, and 6500 of our closest friends.
The show is outside, and so far the weather is predicted to be perfection. Superchunk is opening, which is awesome, and the reviews of previous shows are almost unanimously positive. The general consensus: the band sounds fucking fantastic. Here’s a random review, talking about their San Francisco concert.
And here’s the current incarnation of the band, just a few months ago on Jimmy Fallon, playing ‘Alex Chilton.’ Can’t wait to see ’em on Saturday!
This is an extremely shitty video of the first Replacements show I ever attended, in 1987 at The Pier in Raleigh. How in God’s name did somebody sneak a 1987 camcorder into that club? Those things probably weighed 35 pounds back then, and probably required a car battery to power them. Unfortunately it cuts off before Westerberg put his foot through the bass drum at the end of the show, and proceeded to destroy the whole drum kit. Oh well.
A few random notes:
Toney and I took a walk yesterday, and passed a house with an emaciated Christmas tree by the curb. It’s May!! I mean, come on. That’s some high-end laziness, right there. The thing still had tinsel on it. Do you know of anything lazier? Any examples? If so, please share.
We’re watching a show called Hotel Hell, starring Gordon Ramsay. It’s one of those deals where some expert goes to a failing business (in this case, hotels) and helps them turn it around. In an episode we saw last week he turned on a black light in his room, and checked out the comforter on the bed. Then he said something that caused me to laugh for five solid minutes: “Look at that! Disgusting. It’s a virtual mosaic of semen.” Toney almost had to put the TV on pause because I couldn’t stop laughing. Great stuff.
I think I’m going to rent a yurt during the first week of June, and get my next novel kicked into gear. Here’s a video of what they look like: exactly the same ones I use. They’re a great place to write, and only cost $35 per day during the off-season. Once schools are out, they go up in price. I’m going the week before that happens.
And I’m out of time, my friends.
For a Question, let’s just go with your spring/summer plans. Got anything cooking? The weather is great here, and it puts me in the mood to plan. What’s your ideas for R&R during Summer 2015? Tell us about it in the comments.
And I’ll see you guys again soon.