GETTING MORE TALE #726: Misplaced
I lost my favourite flash drive. It’s around here somewhere. Maybe I left it in a shirt pocket that ended up in the laundry. Flash drives can survive a go in the wash, that’s no big deal. It has 32 gig of various music on it, and it’s my handy dandy go-anywhere music solution. Most recently it had the complete studio albums of Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Deep Purple, and many more. Losing it (temporarily we hope) meant putting some tunes on another flash drive instead.
This time, I loaded it up with some AC/DC, Faith No More, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Joe Satriani, Whitesnake, and more. Jen had a day of errands to run, so I decided to use a vacation day and help her out.
Our first mission, for most people, was no big deal. In the lives of Mike and Jen, it requires planning and preparation: getting your photo ID at Service Ontario. You know those lovely pictures that look like mug shots because you’re not allowed to smile or show any facial expression at all? Those are an obstacle and a half for Jen. Why? Because she’s epileptic and can’t have her photo taken with a flash. Just another day in the Mike and Jen Show.
Since this wasn’t her first rodeo, Jen knew what to do. She learned the hard way last time. I know what you’re thinking. “Why don’t they just take a photo without a flash?” They can’t. Those cameras are hooked up in such a way that they cannot turn the flash off. Last time Jen had to do this, the staff at Service Ontario were absolutely stunned. This time, we called in advance and booked an appointment. Jen told them of her condition and made sure that they were prepared for her. Then she went to Walmart and had some photos taken without a flash. We picked the most bland-faced one of the bunch, and she had it printed up in various sizes and finishes so we’d have lots of options.
“Print it?” you’re asking. “Why not just give them a card with the pictures on it?” Yeah, they can’t do that either. So what we do, and it’s quite ingenious, is take the Walmart photo and tape it where you’d normally stand to have your picture taken. Then, they take a picture of that, while Jen looks away. It took a few tries but we got her photo ID today with no hassles. That was a first for Jen! Mission accomplished.
Then we hit the road for Mission #2. I loaded Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap up on the flash drive. The mission this time was really simple. We were going to visit Jen’s best friend Lara in Brampton for lunch. It was a lovely day for a drive and AC/DC kept my pedal to the metal. We both had a chuckle at the lyrics to Big Balls, with me remembering what it was like to be 10 years old and laughing every time Bon Scott said “balls”.
When Dirty Deeds ended, I threw on Rush’s Moving Pictures. On a recent episode of Eddie Trunk’s radio show, Geddy Lee left no doubt that Rush is over. Neil Peart has not only retired from Rush, he said, but from drumming altogether. The physical toll that those 40 years took on Peart’s body means he needed a permanent vacation. Rush will never play again. That was running through my mind when I selected Moving Pictures, but soon I was immersed, rushed down “the river” like a modern day Tom Sawyer.
We picked a cheap steak place for lunch called Chuck’s roadhouse. Surf & turf for $20? Sure, I’ll try anything once. Better than a fast food burger. My steak was overdone but I haven’t had a lobster tail in years! The sweet taste of lobster and salty butter was almost too much to bear. I could have cried with joy. Lobster is the ocean’s steak. That was the easiest $20 to spend, ever. I’d go back; maybe next time the steak won’t be over cooked!
We had a great lunch. Jen broke a plate, but like a true friend, Lara took the blame. We dropped her back off at work and headed home to Led Zeppelin’s In Through the Out Door. It’s a quirky one and that’s why I love it.
As we rocked to “Fool in the Rain”, Jen remarked on how much her musical taste had improved over the last 10 years. “I’ll always love Nirvana and Stone Temple Pilots, but now I like Led Zeppelin too.” Hey, I’m glad to have been a positive influence!
I think every music fan likes to share their favourites and hope it connects with somebody else. The car is my favourite place to do that. Thanks, Zep!