What is The Meaning of Life

August 2, 2014

Father use to ask us ..when we were taking a sauna

on the weekend – at our weekend Pennsylvania “retreat”…that had 3 houses on it…..a tennis court – a paddle tennis court – a ski slope – a stable – a football/baseball field……a trout filled spring fed pond outside of the sauna

his 5 children and Mom were basically “the help”…….

I don’t apologize for being raised “entitled”…as you have to realize a child…to a teen in his early years…has no idea (well this is back in the 50’s)…..that everyone is not raised the same….

he would sit in the sauna..(I think at this point he had left the White House and was working for the State Dept before he went into the CIA)….and say

“Robby…WHAT is the Point of Life”……

Well at the age of 12….being still a blank slate….I really had no answer…but wanted to please him…..as we never got along…he was such a jock…and I wanted to take ballet lessons….. we were cheese and chalk….so I gave an inane answer…..

Today was just one of those wonderful unexpected days…due totally to my friend (and boss)….Michelle…..

We worked a recycling – Electronic e-waste event that the City puts on once a year….

it was humid and hot out…people of course arrived an hour before the event…causing a traffic jam on Robertson Blvd…to such an effect that the Assistant City Manager as did Michelle’s boss…call to ask the ridiculous question….WHAT were we doing…well thankfully Michelle and the Event planner left their cell phones in their cars…..I mean it was like we have had this problem always before…as those early birds….have no idea…if they waited an hour longer …how much easier it would be…it was not like we were giving away free cupcakes that might run out………………

Michelle seemed kind of snappy in the beginning…so I thought maybe she had a hangover like me…… or did not sleep well…..

by the end – due to the humidity…we were all dragging…..

and of course 5 minutes after the event ended a guy with a handicap pass pulled up to ask us for pity as it had been hard for him to get out of bed……(we opened at 9 sharp and closed at noon SHARP…well we did allow one car in…)….but the shredding and ewaste trucks had closed their doors……so we told him the event was over…and he went on playing his sour violin…..the pity party was NOT about to begin…………..no bad feelings on our part…people have to be responsible for themselves…..

Michelle and I dragged our sorry asses up the street to the Abbey…(Michelle’s feet were hurting…my hernia had popped out and was bothering me)….

as we approached we heard this wonderfully soothing music flowing out…..

it was this Extremely talented band playing R&B/Jazz…….www.theasection.com

The A Section is a Jazz / World Music band formed in Studio CIty, CA in 2014. The four members met during their studies at Los Angeles College of Music, Pasadena. It is there that they discovered a shared passion for Jazz. Traditional, international and modern, The A Section members refuse to limit themselves to only one subgenre. They even take pop songs and change the arrangement to change them into jazz tunes.

Members from left to right: Tyler McCarthy, Nico De Las, Till Richter and Sam Porcaro

they are part of an Abbey event during the Summer afternoons……they all are sooo young…they look like they left diapers only 10 years ago…they all met at college in Pasadena…

what blew me away was the singer…Nico ..as he is so talented …and just TOO pretty….just gorgeous….all the guys and girls were like drooling over him…..

he sang in different dialects…from French… British/English – Spanish – I thought he was from the UK…Michelle thought he was from Australia….

we talked to him later…and man he REALLY is just sooo nice …he is from Switzerland……

at one point – well I should preface this…

Michelle and I always like to sit at the bar to imbibe and eat..as it gives us easier access to what is happening…rather than being stuck at a table…..off in some obtuse corner….

we were inside and the band was out on the patio around the corner from us….

at one point in walked this very attractive ..blonde ..like 30-40 some year old woman…who looked like she was related to Paris Hilton….I thought she had had work on her face…..she took off her oversized sunglasses – hooked her purse on the hook under the bar…..and took a seat….

so she really did not draw my interest….as I thought she was one of the normal Beverly Housewives on the hunt for a younger man…

until Michelle stretched across the bar…to ask her something……

well my image of this woman totally shattered……when she responded……

what changed my mind Totally….and STRUCK me……..

was that when she responded to Michelle …

she looked also at me to respond to the question….which made me realize….MAN..she has breeding……

I have not seen that in many a year…as I was always told by my mother….55 years ago ….. that one HAS to look at a couple..or a group when you are responding to a query….as it is only polite…and to also take off your sunglasses

so I realized this girl/woman HAD something………

turns out she was the mother of the guitarist…..

just shows how Wrong I am to prejudge Anyone….

she was just totally wonderful…we all said we would be back…..

the nice thing about being with Michelle – you can ask her anything….

I asked her if she had ever lied….which made her pause….and then I went onto ask her what puberty was like for her….

she said growing breasts was TOTALLY uncomfortable..as she first thought she had knots in her chests….until her mom said no…you are just developing….and went out to buy her a training bra…which I thought meant it taught the breast how to grow…turns out it is just a junior bra….

she said she had her first period..(I think) at 14…she remembers the date…where she was…what she was wearing…and how her mother, female friends and female family members…celebrated it as a Wonderful Experience……

which I think is soooo Wonderful…as I vaguely remember through the mist of time…when my older sister got her period…I must have been like 8 or 9…I just remember blood on the bathroom floor…her sobbing….mother had taken her to her bedroom….a Totally WHITE thing…I realize now……

White folk …NEVER to my knowledge….created …what it should be…

.a rite of passage…a Celebration!!!!!

Michelle said at one point to me this week…after she had been helping with her wisdom…. a beautiful young co-worker through the rapids of Life….

I mean it just popped out of her mouth….

“the Reason we are All here is to help guide people…..”

I sighed….and thought

Well Dad …

that’s my answer to

“What is the Meaning of Life”

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