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Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Perfect Explanation

The other day the repair guy got here early, really nice guy. Pretty young, maybe 25.  I'm sitting at my desk, fitting photos in frames (part of the Hanging Things Project)- a b&w one of Strider and Ems. He's watching my computer restart several times, standing here by me. He remarks what a sweet dog, I say, yeah, he's my daughter's Wonderdog. He looks back at my screen waiting for the info (wallpaper is a b&w pic of  Greg Lake, circa 1974) and says, "She looks just like you and your husband." I stop. I couldn't laugh, didn't want to make him feel goofy, so go, "Yeah," but tears are coming to my eyes and I'm choking up. And he says, very sincerely, "Sorry, I didn't mean to upset you." That was it. I laaaauughed... then I explained, he was red as a lobster, and finally he laughed too. Strider is Greg Lake's and my love child. Perfect. Not true at all, but perfect.

My brother didn't find this funny. Maybe ya had to be there.


Geo. said...

Good story! I'm impressed with this current batch of 25-year-olds. I was one in 1975 --hated the shirts though.

Austan said...

Those huge collars and fat ties! ugh! And all that polyester! Leisure suits and wraparound dresses...Ha! The 70s were fun... I was more the hippie-peasant type.

CarrieBoo said...

Aw crap. I thought you were talking about a lake. And then I thought the kid meant the DOG looked like you both! That took me a bit. I would have enjoyed the whole hippy-peasant thing. I enjoyed my grunge years!

Austan said...

Carrie- Don't worry, I think only my generation, the children of old Proggers and musicians know who ELP or King Crimson is anymore. I'll email you some vids of those bands, if you'd like.