Monday, May 25, 2009

A busy weekend of relaxation

Friday we saw Alonzo's Lullaby at the Creative Alliance. Ellen Cherry co-authored the score, performed it live on cello, drum, keyboard, and harmonica, and also played a half-hour set before the puppetry commenced. I found the show quite moving and entered a profoundly pleasant state of aesthetic arrest. Melancholic and beautiful, I recommend you see Alonzo's Lullaby if it shows near you.

If you are interested, the tragic source material for the presentation is summarized here.

Saturday I got a massage at Massage Envy, which is a chain of massage joints. I regarded it with suspicion, but Melissa gave me a high-quality hour-long deep tissue rub for a paltry $49; it was so good I signed up for their massage-a-month, locking in that low price for a year. If you're into a reasonably priced massage, try them out (and if you mention my name I get a free half-hour).

Saturday night we played Lucy's again. Very nice to see the remaining members of MLS United out in force--thanks! We heard lots of set list suggestions, and since the plan is to learn six new songs before the next gig in June, we'll of course pass along this input to the powers which be.

I spent much of yesterday lounging and doing chores, but did manage to start planning the Peru trip. Why did we choose such a rugged adventure instead of a cushy European gig? Because I'm not getting any younger, and getting a taste of the Andes and the rain forest in one 2.5 week excursion is going to become less likely as I creep further into my forties. Do it now! Our standard philosophy of hitting the ground with little planning won't fly in Peru. This is a country where tourists tend to end up in buses which plummet into ravines, and renting a car and driving oneself is discouraged in bold print in virtually every tour book I've seen so far, what with insane drivers, dangerous roads, bandits, and Shining Path revolutionaries. So I've got to figure out ways to get us from Lima to Cuzco, from Cuzco to Machu Picchu, from Machu Picchu to the Nazca Lines, from the Nazca Lines to Lake Titicaca and back, with tour guides, flights, buses, and lodging ideally pre-arranged before we leave. AND I want to avoid tour-groups with 3 hours here and 2 hours there and rushing to catch buses. Screw that.


Nick said...

dude my Mama did Machu Picchu and she was in her sixties. altho that was 20 yrs ago and i think she did the other two locales. i should ask her. u guys will be fine! Is Titicaca that insane highest salt lake thing? I was reading a Nat'l Geo the other day about that, seriously!

Nick said...

meaning: i DON"T think she did the other two locales. sorry

Nyarlathotep said...

Yeah, Titicaca is the highest lake in the world I believe--not sure if it's fresh or salt, can't remember. It also has ruins on its Bolivian coast with enormous stone piers. Although conventional science dates the ruins to a couple thousand years ago, there was no water in the lake at the same level as the piers for more than 15,000 years. This, of course, doesn't fit the conventional view that folks cruised across the Bering Straight and gradually migrated down.

Nick said...

Nah, it's fresh--I was thinking of the Salar de Uyuni about 500km south down in Bolivia, which is the world's largest salt flat. Has half the world's supply of lithium, a mountain made almost entirely out of tin and it's where a buttload of flamingos migrate to.

Those Tiahuanacu gates and ruins look bitchin'!