Monday, February 27, 2006

Baba Ho-Tep!

I'm writing a piece about John Entwistle that's not finished yet so I thought instead I'd talk about my day to day stuff which I rarely do..because it's pretentious and mundane!
Friday was a fun day of spit up, window shopping and chai drinking at work with my delightful friend who turns 4 months on March 4th. We listened to Van Halen, JJ Cale and he's really starting to smile at everyone :) My guy came over that night and we tried to hook up my newly donated DVD player and watch Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis in 'Bubba Ho-Tep.' Between the disc being scratched and the DVD player being about as lively as 'Atari pong' my vcr looked really state of the art! We still had fun though.

After waking up on Saturday to Pete's last few blog entries it was time for a
birthday party for another young friend who just turned two. The party was at the legendary Fentons Creamery on Piedmont Ave. My good friend and guitarist Brian and I worked on music afterwords and watched 'More Than A Miracle' and 'UP!' Two very different films! We just can't seem to get a bassist so our drummer Rodger (Brian's roommate) was only seen briefly as he was leaving to go out on a date.

Xaos Monkey is the name of the guy who is supposed to be our new bassist. He still had not been able to get his bass amp back and the pagan convention in San Jose had him unable to make any rehearsals so we may just have to wait-or become a duo. 'Tatoo', 'Jaguar' and 'The Punk Meets The Godfather' are standouts mainly because they are the only ones we really both know! I took some 'honest' pictures of myself which means I had absolutely no makeup and a merry 'muffin.'

Woke up late on Sunday preparing to go to the 108th Meher Baba birthday celebration at the Masonic Hall across from the Baba Center in El Cerrito but started to cave in and get spiritually lazy when the weather turned stormy (I don't drive). My guy encouraged me to go which coincided magically with a ride from my housemate on his way to Tai Chi (can you tell I live in the Bay Area?) materialized and I found myself at the 7/11 convenient store across from the Baba Center trying to to get a warm drink and pick out a snack to bring with me. It took me a few minutes to realize that
Ruffles Mesquite BBQ potato chips just don't seem to have much reverence and that I should just bring myself. The nice kid from Eritrea who was behind the counter made me laugh because he had no idea how to restock the hot chocolate machine and it almost exploded when I went to use it!

Baba's birthday party was packed. Everyone was friendly and we watched a dvd plus a few local performers. Pete's name was mentioned and everyone smiled. A really cool guy named Harry told me about how Pete came to a meeting during the 70's and how it was such a wonderful surprise. No one is ever preachy or pushy at the Baba events I've been to. You just celebrate this wonderful man who wanted the world to be a loving place. A really funny puppeteer was onstage towards the end and he was joking about 'God Speaks' which is the heaviest of the Baba books that has a creation map that look very much like Pete's site map for TBWHM. The puppet reminded me of Calzone! I left with books, posters, more chai and the feeling that I could do anything I wanted in life and be happy.

Ended up at best gal pal's house Robin where we hashed out our plans for our trip to London in April. Tea at the Savoy, peri-peri chicken at Nando's ala Pete and me walking on air because England is to me the greatest country in the world. Brian will be going too with his guitar and Ewa Sonnett sonnets. Wish my boyfriend could go but he'll be busy working.
Went online and flirted using Roger Daltry song titles in between showing Robin all of Rachel Fuller's blog. It was a blast to go back into Rachels'archives and look at all the charming memories and photos from the past 7 months-so much fun came out of that one blog! Sat down to dinner and ate a wonderful risotto with greens and petrale prepared by Cordon Bleu trained Robin, got a refund on Bubba Ho-Tep at the video store and then came home to my computer. Jai Baba! (found out today you say it like "J" and not "Jhai" which would rhyme with 'chai...')


Blogger rolywholyover said...

Maybe the Monkey performed some unintentional magic on his bass amp and rendered it out of existence...

Maybe I should learn to play bass...

7:27 AM  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Hey awesome!This was good stuff, I like reading about people's lives,for example, my brother doesn't drive either. He just doesn't. I didn't used to, either. It's not for physical reasons, we just don't/didn't believe in it. I used to bicycle if I had to go distances.But
I had to start driving about 10 years ago or so.My brother still doesn't drive. I do walk everywhere that I can. If a store is up the street I'll walk there rather than drive.I prefer walking anyday. Even now. I had to begin driving out of necessity. :(
I'm with you on that, if you are choosing not to drive. And yeah, you live in SF, things are all right there anyway, plus the trolleys! :)
And I'm glad you made it for Meher Baba's birthday, clearly he wanted you there, or you were supposed to be there, anyway ;)

6:20 PM  
Blogger ginab said...

You look great, Super A, as ever. I don't know how you manage looking after the kiddy-winks too, but as Meher helps you to feel: you can do anything.

I can't wait to have time in my evenings to do whatever I wish outside of sneaking in reading a little bit of what I want to. I won't bore anybody with the real-world stuff (I do get it all, and it's not my karma). Anyway, free hours to write what I like... because I have no doubt I can do it. Time, now that's a puppy to wrap up as a surprise gift.

I am glad to hear from you here, as I was wondering...thrumming my fingers...what was what. Looking forward to the article.


8:54 PM  
Blogger Anne-Marie said...

I enjoy reading about what people do on their "ordinary" days. I don't think it's mundane at all, but instead, it paints a good picture of what they value and enjoy. Thanks for sharing it. You are very photogenic, did you know that?


2:48 AM  
Blogger Debby C said...

Hi Amanda - Thanks! I can't wait to see The Who again. Going to try like anything to get front row seats againw without having to mortgage my house...hehehehe...have a nice day!

3:44 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Bruce Campbell is amazing.

11:10 PM  
Blogger Metalchick said...

Hi Amanda,
I like your posts, like me, you write about the things you do, which is great. How did you get to meet Meher Baba? That sounded like an amazing experience. I wish I could go see The Who in concert in person. Their performance in The Concert for New York is the anniversary date of when I first became a Who fan. I've heard of them before that, but when I saw Roger swinging the microphone and singing his heart out, and Pete doing the windmill chords; I was completely blown away, despite seeing it on TV. Imagine if I had seen that in person.

I hope Pete starts up another blog, I read that he might do one on comedy, which sounds interesting. I would like to keep in touch, your blog is very interesting. I try to keep up with blogging, but I'm usually busy with school.


6:40 AM  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

how can your life ever be pretentious and mundane????

2:23 AM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

I liked this post. And great picture. Must be some really secure Mommies out there in the bay
Thanks for sharing your day at the center. I am glad you are finding it uplifting!

3:35 AM  
Blogger Everest said...

I just want to apologize for my brothers. They're insane.

But in a good way. a bad way.

6:08 AM  
Blogger wind-up-man said...

I hope today finds you well. I am glad you are taking the time to write about John Entwistle. I really loved Him. I miss His Band,And the shows He played in small Pubs. He knew Me by name after 20 shows or so.I really do miss traveling from state to state for the music. Thanks for what you're doing.A good soul You are.Danny

11:04 AM  
Blogger THIRD OF NEVER said...

I met the inspiration for the song IT'S IN YA while in Atlanta back in 2000. She runs the Baba center in Myrtle Beach and was a real joy to be around.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Antoinette said...

You don't know me, but Anne-Marie and I are best friends. I've been reading your blog and comments and just wanted to pop in.I have been living in Toronto for the past five months, but am originally from Fairfield.We will be moving back to SF while our immigration is processed. I am a Baba lover.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Antoinette said...

My husband is already working in SF and our daughter goes to Cal.
I know some people in the El Cerrito Baba group.


11:57 AM  
Blogger Zombie Lou said...

Lou Reed woke up again today.

7:32 PM  
Blogger ginab said...

How is the article coming along? In part I am glad you haven't posted it here, as reading it would make me late for work. I so many times over like your journalistic style.

Here's to looking ahead!

Enjoy your day

12:17 PM  
Blogger vanessa said...

look at your profile. I think we are all pretentious and mundane otherwise we would not be blogging. Maybe the road to enlightenment is trying to lessen that. But think about it: entertainment business, seductive photos, proving one's intellectual capabilities. These are all pretentious and mundane. I am glad you are concerned about being too much so, but please see the truth behind your

12:48 PM  
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8:53 AM  
Blogger THIRD OF NEVER said...

I've really got to figure out how to have a good time....could you write a book on it?

Hovering over a guitar struming the same two chords over and over, hoping to hear something different on the 35th attempt that you didn't hear on the first 34 is probably closer to dimentia than art.

Oh well...where is that guitar?

2:38 AM  

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