The other night, I met up with Mads, Zappy and Jazzy at Jones.
It had been a year since we had been there AND before that, it had been way longer.
It was almost a time capsule of our past. But I don’t think of life in those terms. I stay very much in the present, which is why I am the worst at telling you how long ago something happened or what year it did. It all seems like it’s happened a week ago.
Sitting in that booth with the ladies, I realized I had sat here many times. But how many? Who knows?
I feel like I didn’t used to pay attention as much. Or is it that I don’t pay attention now?
Eh *shrugs shoulders
I was happy in the marvelous moment.
Jazzy used to work with some of the bartenders. One of them asked how long she was staying. And as we were leaving, she was like, it’s getting late…I gotta get home.
Then she laughed as she realized he was laughing at her.
When she had worked with them at other places back then (that nebulous BACK THEN), sometimes her shift would START at 10pm.
“Yeah… late” the guy said.
He’s still in that world where time is a different currency from day walkers.
Even if it all still feels the same, sometimes you don’t realize how much things have changed.
But back to the current moment of drinking martinis and sharing in each other’s good news, we laughed, we hugged, we ordered another round. We marveled that the place was still hopping. We thought about the last times we had been there and what was going on in our lives. We talked about people who were no longer in LA, in our lives, or on this earth. I don’t remember how, but a story came up regarding us going to a Stereolab concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
And about how a few days after the concert, Mads gets an email from one of our friends who LOVES Stereolab and is on a certain mailing list or fan site where he saw a photo from the Hollywood Bowl concert.
His email says to her: I think this is you on the left.
She forwards to me.
I have tried to find the photos but the link went dead. Today, however, EUREKA! I found the photos sans captions.
I will retype (to my best recollection) what was listed on that fan site.
I have to be honest…Mads and I cracked up for a LONNNNNNG time over this.
My hair (or rather, my head) was the butt of a joke. And I was so there for it. Plus, I was loving the highlights.
The weirdest part is that in looking for the photo, I rediscovered my old blog and went down the rabbit hole rereading old adventures last night.
Probably the reason I am exhausted today.
Another time capsule.
We were all single then. We went out almost every night. We were excited by every opportunity because it was a potential for a life we were craving (and also concurrently, living). I wasn’t in the moment then. And I was quite depressed. But damn, I gave all I had to get out of my head with the best adventure buddies.
I was telling Shaka that even though a lot has changed (none of us are single any more and our schedules make it much harder to try and grab dinner even twice a month AND I am no longer living with that sadness), I still get that excitement over my creativity or in collaborating on a project.
I still feel like opportunities are around every corner.
I still like meeting people who cause my world view to shift even ever so slightly.
I still like finding art in the most banal places.
I still like discovering new moments to feel grateful.
I still like reliving fun moments that show where I have been and which spur on where I am heading.
But mostly, I still like funny captions that involve my hair.