Garage queries.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

We were having a nice socially distanced dinner in a large garage this evening, and, as is the fashion these days, the conversation yielded moments that in the old days would have prompted some staring thoughtfully off into space, or, if vital, a trek inside for the encyclopedias or road atlases or bird books.

Now, of course, the room lights up with the blue glow of screens, with hasty thumb-typing to Google, or a spoken request to Siri:

    Who was the female lead in the movie version of Camelot. Okay, in the Broadway version?

    What was that mournful Irish song that I heard on CMU public radio a few years ago? I don’t know any of the words, but I can hum it…

    What year did John Lennon meet Yoko Ono in that art gallery?

    What did Jaime Harrison say when Lindsey Graham said “Democrats are nuts”?

    What are the side effects of dexamethasone?

    What’s Lady Gaga’s real name? (Sammy had this one mostly on her own.)

    Where was Warren Zevon born?

We had a wonderful, informed evening, and were pleased that technology on a mediocre LTE connection could serve up the answers we all demanded.

We acknowledged the passing of Eddie Van Halen, and then when we got back home, the land of Twitter said singer/songwriter Johnny Nash, of “I Can See Clearly Now” died today as well.