Winter of 09, summer 78

Domazet RSS / 26.01.2009. u 01:17

This morning my Sunday looked quite promising. I was done with all the usual weekend stuff and was looking forward to go to lunch with my son. He is an intelligent young man and I enjoy my conversations with him. Even more so since last Fall when he took the course on Marx. And I like going to Hyde Park, the neighborhood, particularly the campus, has that smell of Ivory Towers so dear to me.

The minor nuisance was that I had to drop my daughter at her dance class; her studio is near Bucktown, some twenty minutes north of Hyde Park. I say minor because she is, since she started snowboarding this winter, almost bearable. You can even catch the glimpses of the sweet little girl, sweetest in the world, that she used to be only two years ago.

So we sat in the car and soon were on the highway. Cars around us are covered with that grayish salt dust, but the day is sunny, not too cold, around minus ten (degrees C, thanks God), not to much of a traffic. Even the music that she is playing is not so bad. I'd rather listen to some of my stuff but, hey, na mladima svet ostaje. Suddenly she tells me, listen Dad, this is new Joseph's solo! The number starts, and the piano, and although it sounds vaguely familiar it hits me really hard. Suddenly it feels like some giant fist squeezed my hart and my lungs into the tiny ball of burnt wire. And although my chest feels smaller than the seed of sesame my memories open wide. I find myself sitting, on a lazy early summer afternoon on the coast of the Adriatic sea, mesmerized with the dance of the light on the waves of the shallow sea. You know, that dance that ends the travel that started on the Sun less than ten minutes ago. That dance that starts when the light, a split second after it penetrated the restless needles of the Mediterranean pines, touches equally restless waters of Adriatic coast. That moment when it becomes completely irrelevant if the light is particles or waves or whatever else it could be because it transcends into the pure beauty. I sat mesmerized and quiet for 3 minutes and 51 seconds, and once the song and the piece of my Youth were gone I started breathing again. I didn't dare to ask Hana to play it again; I knew that I would start crying. And 15 year old girls have enough problems of their own, they really don't need to be so brutally confronted with the fact that their fathers are reduced to nothing more than sentimental old fools.

Luckily, we're soon at the studio, bye Dad, bye Honey, I'll pick you at eight...and I'm on the road to Hyde Park. Good that the drivers on Kennedy are beaten into the apathy either by the magnificence of the Chicago skyline, or by being deadly tired or by boredom or whatever, and nobody pays attention to the grey-haired driver that weeps in his car. Just blocks before my son's dorm I wipe my eyes and put a previous number on. He's waiting for me and he enters the car just in time for the number. Nonchalantly, desperate effort can produce miracles, I tell him: Oh, btw, listen to this, what do you say? He starts listening, hears the piano, initially is a bit disappointed when he realizes that it is not a classical piece (he's, for his age, plenty weird too) and then he listens for a moment or two and then starts talking about the water and the light and the restless pine needles and...I love him even more, if possible, at that moment.

The food in the restaurant was good, typical Mediteranean (when it rains, it pours), we talk about this and that, he injured his knee playing soccer, organic chemistry can sometimes be boring, he didn't hear Obama's speech but he will check on you tube, he knows that Holbrooke is Envoy for (to?) Southern Asia, does it mean Afghanistan?... The music and the light and the dance are not mentioned once. Soon he's back in dorm and I'm again on my way, alone in the car. The God is merciful, the traffic jam is there in its full glory, it takes me more than hour and half to home. And 90 divided with 3:51 is more than twenty...

Not that it is important but I knew that the music was

familiar. And that afternoon could be one of the lazy afternoons of summer of 1978 at Hvar...

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topcat topcat 05:41 27.01.2009


I don't remember summer of '78...but I remember Hvar.
Jel moramo na engleskom odgovarati? Meni se ne to ok?
Domazet Domazet 14:44 27.01.2009

Sve je OK...

I don't remember summer of '78...but I remember Hvar.
Jel moramo na engleskom odgovarati? Meni se ne to ok?
...ako jezik nije besan ni blog nece biti tesan.
Virtuelni Vasilije Virtuelni Vasilije 17:35 27.01.2009

Re: Well...

I don't remember summer of '78...but I remember Hvar.

Ja se secam leta 78 ... bila je to samo Makarska. A Hvar je bio 79 ... prvi put...

A ovde stigoh preko bloga mudre Margos ... i njenih linkova u svet nevip (neki bi rekli i "nebitnih" ) blogera ... Kad tamo, iznenadjenje - Domazet kakvog ne poznajemo ... i prelepa muzika

pozz & preporuka
Domazet Domazet 20:16 27.01.2009

Hvala Vaso...

...i na pozdravu i na preporuci. A moguce je da smo stari znanci. I iz Makarske i sa Hvara.
Unfuckable Unfuckable 21:12 27.01.2009


I don't remember summer of '78...but I remember Hvar

znači li to da si mnogoletna, hm ?
Malašala : ove topcat da nema, da razbije uštogljenost - trebalo bi je izmisliti !

Dakle, da korigujem mog - kako se stvari odvijaju - sve omiljenijeg komentatora, Virtuelnog :
Drugi Isti Domazet - za koga smo osnovano sumnjali da postoji

bik_koji_sedi bik_koji_sedi 21:41 27.01.2009

малко сам ја изгледа залутао

овде, међу вас маторце :)

тог лета 78. имадох годину и по дана и магарећи кашаљ добијен после крштења...

него, нисам хтео о томе :), него, клавир...

bik_koji_sedi bik_koji_sedi 21:46 27.01.2009

Re: малко сам ја изгледа залутао

и још једном клавир, тема која иде некако уз данашњи дан...

Unfuckable Unfuckable 21:51 27.01.2009

Re: Tko bre mator ....?

тог лета 78. имадох годину и по дана и магарећи кашаљ добијен после крштења..

hbg, ondak si malo zakasnio da te voze avionom iznad Bgd.
(tako se u zlatno Titekovo vreme lečio veliki kašalj)
bik_koji_sedi bik_koji_sedi 21:53 27.01.2009

Re: Tko bre mator ....?

е бре, не капирам ово, јел` то нека прича попут оне "ухвати дедо кокошку" ?
Unfuckable Unfuckable 21:58 27.01.2009

Re: Tko bre mator ....?

čak mislim da je ukratko opisana u jednoj epizodi "Grlom u jagode", na kraju kada ide onaj deo : " Te _____ godine....."
bik_koji_sedi bik_koji_sedi 22:00 27.01.2009

Re: Tko bre mator ....?

де` препричај укратко, тако ти штулића :)
не да ми се копати по архиви и прелиставати епизоде док не нађем о чему се ради...
Unfuckable Unfuckable 22:06 27.01.2009

Re: Tko bre mator ....?

nije ni meni jasno (ovako matorom) koja je to fora :
ali def su klinci šezdesetih patili od velikog kašlja i onda su (ma ko to bio) otkrili da boravak na neznamkojoj visini drastično pomaže, pa su ih 'ladno trpali u Karavele i vozali iznad Beograda
kad se raspitam za detalje, javim
bik_koji_sedi bik_koji_sedi 22:13 27.01.2009

Re: Tko bre mator ....?

ма довољно ми је и ово, хвала :)
а мене је тај кашаљ добрано измучио, биће да је и због војвођанског ваздуха...



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