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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Lost Time

Friday night dressed to kill: I drove to Carlisle with a car full of guitars and amps - I was roadying for the band that the Renaissance Man & Renaissance Woman play in. After we'd unloaded the gear at the venue (a student bar) I parked in front of the college, stepped out of the vehicle, and something extraordinary happened.
I was standing in front of the former hospital where, as a child, I had undergone an operation. Quite unexpectedly, I was overwhelmed by the memory of an intensely lived experience. The window of the surgical ward, the hospital lawns, the houses outside the gates - all were exactly as I remembered them. The smells, sights and sounds flooded back unbidden after 40 years.

Unfortunately, there's no quality control with involuntary memory, and I couldn't get out of my mind the dialogue from the episode of 'Bonanza' that I had watched with the other patients the night before going under the knife in 1965.

"Say after me - Hoss is gonna be a giant among men. Hoss is gonna be a giant among men."

Wim Wenders was right - the Yankees really have colonised our sub-conscious.

The gig was a great success - 200 Irish trainee teachers got their ya-yas out and their rocks off for St Patrick. The band stormed.


Anonymous Eleanor R said...

Let's not forget that according to Franklin, Hoss had a doctorate in ENGLISH literature...

24/3/05 12:56 pm  
Anonymous Nick said...

Well, I'm curious what the title of Hoss's doctoral dissertation might have been . . .

24/3/05 10:56 pm  
Blogger RenMan said...

I believe that in Americay that a doctorate is somewhere between an O level and an A level.

11/4/05 10:47 am  
Blogger Nick said...

You'd better be careful . . . we have some American readers & they're an ornery lot . . .

11/4/05 11:04 pm  

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