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Day 685: No matter where you go, there you are

I first heard the sentence

No matter where you go, there you are

in the movie Buckaroo Banzai (which has a longer official title, which I’m not going to look up right now, because I have other places to go).

Let’s see if I can find that quote from Buckaroo Banzai on YouTube:

Not only did I find that clip on YouTube, I discovered that lots of other people around the world love that quote and that movie.   That clip also includes other quotes I like:

Is someone out there not having a good time?

Is somebody crying, out there, in the darkness?

What’s your name?  Who cares?  I care.

Don’t be mean.  We don’t have to be mean.

Anyway, it’s time for us rejoin the adventures of Ann Koplow across the nth dimension (where “n” = how many dimensions you think there are, in this universe).

Today, I am going to Worcester, with my friend Peggy (not Penny), to see Pat Metheny and his Unity Band/Group (which includes Antonio Sanchez, who did the amazing drum score for the movie Birdman) (and if you want to find out more about that score, you could click that link, y’know).

Where am I seeing Pat Metheny and his Unity Group/Band, tonight?

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I found both those photos of the Hanover Theater on the Wikipedia website.  The second photo shows the seats I occupied when I watched the “So You Think You Can Dance” tour recently (described here and here).

No matter when I go to the Hanover Theater, there I am.

Yesterday, I went some other places, and there I was.

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I was stuck in traffic as I tried to make my way to Fenway Studios to say goodbye to my long-time friend and artist extraordinaire, Paul Nagano, who is leaving the Boston area to move to Hawaii.

I finally found a legal, free parking space (!!!!) and there I was, at Fenway Studios:

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…  where I saw my old, beloved business partner (and longer-time friend), Jonathan Stark, and his lovely wife, Jen.

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Before I took this picture, I told Jen that I loved her jacket. When I asked if I could include their picture in this blog, Jonathan said, “Yes, but only if you say that my jacket is fabulous, too.” (Jonathan and I worked together, for many years in the 1980’s and 1990’s, creating marketing and advertising materials, including print ads and promotional videos. One of the secrets to our success was to listen to and respect each other’s wishes.) (So there you go, Jonathan.)

I took a few more photos at Fenway Studios, yesterday:

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… but I didn’t get to spend much time with Paul and his amazing artwork.  Therefore, I am going back there, today, before I head out to Worcester later.

Now, let’s see if everybody has been paying attention. How would you complete this sentence?  “No matter where you go ….”

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And here’s another question. Are you going with me?

(You can go here to find Pat Metheny and The Metropole Orchestra playing “Are You Going With Me?” in the Netherlands. No matter where Pat goes, there he is.)

Thanks to Buckaroo, Penny, Peggy, Pat, Antonio, Paul, Jonathan, Jen, Birdmen, cats, musicians, artists, and everybody else who ever goes anywhere, including you (of course!).

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Day 448: More Fortune Telling

Yesterday’s post included some interesting and perhaps unexpected Fortune Tellers, including

  • Zoltar from the movie Big,
  • Sherlock Holmes,
  • Big Al,
  • a deep sea diver,
  • a chef (actually, Zoltar wearing a chef’s outfit),
  • a bird named Chad, and
  • me.

You can find most of these Fortune Tellers at the Characters Unlimited, Inc., website. Personally, I was so captured by that site, that after my first trip there yesterday,  I’ve come back to it several times.

I’ve re-visited that site because of (1) my interest in the human habit  of Fortune Telling — our thoughts going to the future, no matter how much we may try to stay “in the moment” — and (2) the many interesting characters there, sitting in fortune-telling booths, including many I have not shown you.

Yet.

In this post, I am going to take you, again, to That Fortune Telling Land of Unlimited Characters.

Why?  Isn’t it obvious? There are some great characters there, people!

Also, I need to go there, for some fortune-telling assistance, because this week holds some challenges for me. The biggest challenge, for me, is a one-night journey to The Hospital. Now, this week’s hospital visit is much different from times I spent in the hospital when I was a child, because:

  • I am going voluntarily, for a sleep study.
  • It’s a different hospital.
  • I am an adult.

I had some trouble thinking of differences, just then, which doesn’t surprise me.   Fortune Teller Cool Cat says:

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“When you encounter things now, that remind you of scary things from your childhood, you can go cold with fear, and forget how safe you are.”

Fortune Teller Bear says:

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“When you focus on things you’re looking forward to, that makes things more bearable.”

Thank you, Fortune Telling Cat and Bear. That was very helpful.

This week ahead, the day after my sleep study, I am going to see a jazz musician I’ve loved for a long time.

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Ooops!  Wrong jazz musician. Let’s try again.

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(I found that image here)

On 3/27/14, I’m going to see Pat Metheny and his Unity Group with my friend Peggy (who went to Panama with me).

After going through that sleep study, I hope I can stay awake for the concert.

Fortune Teller Old Pirate says:

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“Arrggh, Matie! Don’t you worry about that!”

Thank to Characters Unlimited Incorporated again; to ntexas99 for catching the secret identify of the Fortune Teller Chef yesterday; to Pat, Peggy, and other old friends of mine;  to fortune tellers everywhere (whether they be characters or not); and to you — of course! — for visiting me here today.

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