The German woman and the Japanese business executive quibbled with each other all the way up in the elevator. They’d been called up to the big bosses’ office, and they knew that it couldn’t be for good news.
“This is all your fault,” the woman chided, “you had them in the building, and your thugs couldn’t even gun them down. How hard could it be to get rid of some meddling American kids?”
The businessman responded. “You had Velma in the plane - how did she get out of the crash alive? I can already hear that ‘this organization does not tolerate failure’ speech he’s going to give us. We would have succeeded if not for those meddling...”
When the elevator door opened, they saw Hans the burly German feeding a ham hock to the bosses’ piranha in the moat around his office area. This wasn’t going to go well.
Marge eyeballed the three men standing at the door. “You...you aren’t here to repair the water heater, are you?”
“No ma’am, we’re not. I believe your husband invited us...”
Bart slowly walked up to the door. “Mom - don’t you know who these guys are? They’re one of the most awesome bands ever…”
40 years ago today I walked into Nova Records in Indianapolis (long gone) with my late father and plunked down $7.98 for a copy of Rush’s “Farewell to Kings.” www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV-5iN… I know this date because I still have it written down in my journal for that year. I didn’t have my driver’s license yet - hence riding around with my dad. I hadn’t even heard them, but had heard the radio ads for their upcoming concert here. I remember listening to the record on our old record player, shaking my head and saying something like, “This’ll do.” I was made a fan that night. I would listen to them throughout high school, in the army, through college, and over many years of work. I have nearly everything they’ve ever done. I would eventually get to see them on their “Power Windows” tour in 1985. Nowadays, they are in the background of nearly every art project I’ve done over the years. And all I can say is, Geddy, Alex, Neil, thanks for some very happy memories of my generation over the years - your music has been the rocket fuel behind some very fun art I’ve done. I can’t believe it’s been 40 years. Good luck to you.
While they haven’t made it to the Simpsons (yet), they did get a good mention on Futurama. www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q-J-2…
Marge brought out some cups of tea. “So you boys are from Canada.”
“Yes ma’am, we are…”
Current Residence: Indianapolis, home of pretty cars and fast women...
Favourite genre of music: Euro Rock (I guess they call it Prog Rock?)
Favourite photographer: Joe Testagrose
Favourite style of art: Pen and ink cartoons
MP3 player of choice: ipod
Favourite cartoon character: Amy Wong, Turanga Leela, Morgan Proctor
Personal Quote: "Never just settle for anything or anyone"