“Run away and join the circus,” he told them. “Get a tattoo, hop a train. Plant a garden and save the seeds. Get married, have kids, wear a hat. Get good with a bullwhip. Don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t steal. Everyone must put beans on the table. Be devoted to the unification of the diverse aspects of yourself. Remember, most of what is essential is invisible to the eye. The quality of time you spend with someone far outweighs the quantity. And, there’s a lot you can do with a wah-wah pedal and a bullet mike.”
In case you didn’t know, Tom Waits’ Bone Machine is quite a grim album…
Yup: this here birthday boy has had a blast over the weekend. Gabriela threw an absolutely fabulous surprise party with a new mystery guest arriving every 2 hours or so. Put 9 Zappa-freaks in a room with lots of food, wine and beer, and what you’ll end up with is some pretty entertaining conversation! Thanks to all who could make it! The Flickr set is right over here.
I fooled around a little with the Bettie-Page-esque girl seen in the background here. For those who are into that kind of thing: this drawing is available as an eCard.