Chico woke me up bright and early today at 9:20 AM….he’s definitely gone to domestic on us. 😉 Told him I needed at least an hour more of sleep and he called me back at 11:00 and we made arrangements to have him pick me up with his rental vehicle. From there I guess we’ll catch up over coffee and then hook up with Carlos in Verdun. Can’t wait to see him. It’s been 14 years since Chico was in town…he seems totaly disoriented it’s been so long. He doesn’t seem to remember where everything is….
“Where do you live now?”
“St. Laurent, just above Duluth.”
“Just a couple of blocks north from the old Bar. St. Laurent.”
“OK, yeah, so you’re before St. Joseph.” (Chico, Carlos, and friend Rick all lived there back in ’88)
“And where’s Carlos living?”
“Yeah, remember when we lived in the Point, it’s just west of there.”
“Oh YEAH, I remember. How do I get there?”
“You know, it might be better for you to pick me up and then we can go from there….”
“You can be my instanavigator….” laughs
I laugh….almost wanting to hold back tears as I write this, remembering what it was about Chico that Alex loved …his sense of play…”instanavigator” being an imperfect play on instigator and navigator and coming from Chico it’s perfect. Chico always made us laugh. It was part of his job to make sure Alex laughed. No joke. He did his job superbly and when he couldn’t do it with his usual gusto, it was a dark day.
This past Saturday, Eric Kearns came over with a tape of an interview recorded at CKUT with Alex and Luc Mantha over 4 years ago. I think the show was “Underground Sounds”, and I’m going to make every effort to ensure that anybody who wants to hear this interview can. It’s one Alex’s rare interviews, and it’s a gem. Eric, Rick, and I laughed until we practically in tears and bowled over. It shows just how sharp he was, just how funny he could be when he wanted and will dispel some of the myths people had about him being shy. I don’t know if it’s that he was shy, he just didn’t want to ….. shit, gotta go, Chico’s waiting for me. Later.