so i blew into oberlin, ohio expecting quality time with f2fb friend #1 my son eastman presser. unfortunately, he was dealing with some major drama (girls), work (do they actually do that in college), and rehearsals for a concert he hoped i’d attend. i had a full day to kill and it got to me. i descended into my own personal form of darkness.
oddly, i was at the computer so i posted a status that i was having a major anxiety attack. i was looking up where the oberlin hospital is located. i wondered if they had state of the art cardiac and stroke care. then i noticed lots of messages and comments popping up from facebook friends. breathe, a great many suggested. take a hot shower. watch the movie enchanted april (hey, if i knew how to get the television to work in my room i would!), go out and sing the national anthem, someone wrote and pretend you can do it better than whitney houston. well, i can but that’s only because she can’t do it anymore at all. hugs, many sent me and others sent me their own experiences. i’m not alone. i was really really really touched. this is exactly the sort of thing that makes mark zuckerberg’s creation meaningful.
i pulled it together to get to eastman’s performance at a recital by michael pisaro who is visiting from the california institute of the arts near los angeles. what he does with a two minute “rest”–well, he definitely solves the Mozart problem of too many notes.
an hour and a half of experimental, atonal music–very modern and sophisticated. my stomach growling drew the attention of several audience members. an hour and forty five minutes no intermission.
and then i went back to the hotel room, took two ativan and got into bed. thinking about pennsylvania. the trip, the hours, the turnpike. took another ativan. looked for something to read. the gideon bible. but too much stuff about being struck down dead. and then the yellow pages for oberlin. sort of funny. under elderly care they had something called the scooter shop!
this morning, i had no sleep and was frankly more exhausted than when i went to bed. i made a decision. onward to detroit. it’s closer to home. i’m feeling a bit bruised. i think this is a strategic retreat, not a dive for the covers of home.