So sorry. Art Scatter has been experiencing technical difficulties. Mr. Scatter was in the far-flung parts of the state hanging with people who raise peacocks and donkeys. His absence meant he couldnâ€™t run interference with the Large Smelly Boys, who at times can be chihuahuas for attention.
Then Mr. Scatter got back and wrote about mules (note a trend?) and other thinky things like the League of Tough-Guy Arts Observers. Thereâ€™s just no way Iâ€™m going to get in the middle of that, especially when I have upper respiratory yuck and Iâ€™m busy hamstering to get out front of my new job.
Oh, did I tell you I got a new job? How did I get it, you wonder? Letâ€™s see â€¦ the story so far, posted way last week:
- Blissful summer.
- No job and no plans for a job.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks.
- A mysterious Jane nominates me for president.
- White House hopes dashed.
- Two Large Smelly Liabilities.
At this point in the story, the mysterious Jane didnâ€™t know this (and I didnâ€™t know her), but I now considered her my new best friend.
In the meantime â€¦ on Aug. 13, Mr. Scatter posted something brainy about the National Endowment for the Arts and its new leader, Rocco Landesman. The post got a lot of thoughtful comments and then the mysterious Jane popped up again.
She said, â€œI think we should invite Chairman Landesman out to the provinces for a look-see. Iâ€™d be delighted to have him hear a Third Angle concert.â€
I immediately put on my Sherlock Holmes hat, went to the website for Third Angle New Music Ensemble and checked out its list of board members. Sure enough, there was a Jane.
This is the point of the story where I should divulge Janeâ€™s last name, but I think Iâ€™ve dropped enough clues that you can put on your own fancy earflaps and find out for yourself. You donâ€™t even have to light your pipe, because Iâ€™ll make it easy for you. Hereâ€™s a link.
When I spied Third Angle in mysterious Janeâ€™s comments, my ears pricked up. Or at least they would have if I hadnâ€™t been wearing the fancy earflaps. I love Third Angle. And I love Ron Blessinger, the companyâ€™s artistic director, who happens to be an old friend. We used to live a few houses apart. Our kids used to swing around in trees together.
Ron once wandered down to our house to check on his two kids and they were lined up with my two in the side yard. As I aimed a plastic hose, the four of them were taking turns jumping on an air pad that would send a plastic rocket sailing down the end of our driveway where I had parked the van sideways and opened the door. Ron looked at us and his eyes followed another flying rocket down to the van. He asked if we were trying to hit it through the door. We all nodded and grinned as another kid jumped on the air pad with both feet.
Our kids went swimming together, played on the beach together, watched parades together, had killer water fights together. Ron and I have trailed behind our trick-or-treating kids on Halloween drinking bad red wine. When he and his family were out of town, I occasionally watched their dog. She once urinated in our basement. So Ron and I were like that.
In fact, we were so close we recently became FaceBook friends.
A few days after the now-not-so-mysterious Jane weighed in on the NEA post on Art Scatter, Ron posted a status update on FaceBook that he was â€œwrapping up a grant while on vacation … how stupid.â€
I almost posted a comment saying that he needed me. And I meant it.