Monthly Archives: February 2007

No strings on me

My cast came off a week ago, and now I’m gimping around the house and scaring the kids with the nine-inch scar on my ankle. Sometimes I even go without crutches for short stretches; Nancy says I look like a big toddler seeking the next solid surface to grasp.

My buddy John Stees sent me a groovy get-well present — a little solid-body guitar I’d entrusted to his care back when I left San Diego 20 years ago this month. He also sent ahead an e-mail explaining its pedigree to my kids:

“[T]his was your father’s old guitar that he gave to me when he moved to San
Francisco in 1988, (sic) armed with Beatle boots and McCartney old hollow body.

“It was used in The Three Johns of San Marcos storage-unit fame, making its way
to San Francisco, [where it] had a brief stint in Husky, a duo renowned in the living-room-talent-show circuit.

“Then in pursuit of true love, said Guitar went to Athens, GA, the OZ of independent music. Though not played there, the exposure to ceative energy furthers the magic of this potential Excalibur.

“Now that you are old enough to unleash its destiny, I return it to it’s family.

“I wish you fun and fulfilment.

“John Stees”

Calling Doctor Love

Mystery solved! I now know the identity of one of the most intriguing people on my morning train: the woman I often overhear on her cell phone, battling bureaucracy in the service of sick children. (As I observed in an earlier entry, she’s one person I can’t begrudge the energetic use of a cell phone during our commute.)

The latest edition of Maplewood’s own Matters Magazine identifies this woman and her mission: Dr. Jane Aronson, the founder of the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, which is dedicated to helping improve the lot of children orphaned by AIDS and other scourges. MSNBC called her a “force of nature,” which sounds a lot like my own impression of the good doctor. (It’s funny how some people just give off that sort of aura, even to the casual observer.)

I’m looking forward to losing this cast and getting my train on so I can check in on Dr. Aronson and the rest of my train faves.