We will be hiding out in New Buffalo for a few days. Labor
Day looms, and with it the launch of Steve’s podcast; he will need to be at the
house to clean the basement and make some sense of his subterranean studio.
I have decided not to charge him for parking, unlike the Prudential.
I will not have car washing services, either. In truth, Steve was
very sad and anxious about detaching from his special spot in the garage, and he postponed it for months. This week it just made him unhappy to be there. I understand the spectrum of emotions: relief to let go,
nostalgia, regret that the medium he loves so much is shifting. CBS was
home for 13 years, (his longest continuous employment) and I think that he knows that such a long run in one
place was an anomaly of sorts. He loved being there, reaching out.
I remember that on September 11, Jeff Schwartz told him to stay home, and
of course, he could not. He knew that a calm sense of normalcy was
needed, and was glad to be that voice of reassurance. With radio in such
a period of compression, he cannot foresee what the communication landscape
will be in 2 years, when his furlough is over. I think he is generally a
visionary, and the podcasting opportunity is a great chance to experiment and
survey the future. If it is not a good fit- he is nimble enough and eager
enough to shift. In the meantime, he is better off not navigating the
Prudential garage with its shadows and memories. Editing frees you. The rates in my garage are favorable, and the commute
is short. Hell- maybe I could take his car to the car wash- though he really hates for me to drive it. We’ll negotiate. My new camera, a Panasonic Lumix, has arrived, and I an learning to use it. There are many settings, and I am a slow learner. However, the “all the drinks with none of the clothes” billboard on 2-94 has been pulled. I will never be able to immortalize it, for Steve or for you. But I did manage to get some sunset shots tonight, as well as a few cute dog pictures. I include them as a sign that I am slaving to create a better stopping off spot for anyone who visits me here. Can I write off the camera if there is no income to offset?
Another unrelated picture- but I cannot help myself. Steve looks comfortable contemplating sunset in the Eastern office of Steve Dahl Worldwide. Soon he will have daily duties besides golf and scrabble. I know he cannot wait. You all have a good weekend, and as they all said at Woodstock, peace, man.