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Summa Vaca ‘09: Burn Midwest, Burn! The Plan

Posted on: Monday, June 22, 2009

Mood: Monday, y’all
Music: Spacemen 3-Feel So Good

I really like the band, Sunn O))) and have been wanting to see them for years.  But, since they’re snooty metal art hounds, they only seem to play in hip, sexy cities like…New York City!  Tokyo!  Tel Aviv!  Paris! I always figured it would be a long time/never before a trip to one of those sexy cities and a Sunn O))) show aligned.  So, I was shocked and delighted to see that they had deigned to play some shows in the lowly Midwest and in a city that’s sort of close to me and to my heart…Omaha, Nebraska!

Once I saw that, I planned out a mini vaca in a matter of hours.  My father lives in Des Moines, IA (which is like three hours from Omaha) so I decided to make the drive out to see him then swing back to the Big O for the concert on Monday.  I’ll leave the Friday after next and drive all day to Des Moines.  We’ll hang out and celebrate America’s birthday, then I’ll drive to Omaha for the show and stay overnight Monday.

This prolly isn’t a great time for a vacation, but whatever.  It’s been a long time since I did anything fun for myself and it will be really great to see my Dad and the band.  This is the first time that my Dad will have seen me since transition, so it’s going to be kind of weird at first and I’m the nervous.  But, I’m sure that will pass minutes after I get there.  I’m so happy and together these days, it’s hard for people to not be charmed to death by my…happiness, togetherness, and death-inducing charm.  And bless his little heart, Pops seems really excited and is already making plans for our time.  I’m excited too.  I haven’t seen him in a couple of years and he’s been really supportive of my transition.

I haven’t written much about my parents and their reaction to the news of my transition.  The short version is that my father has been very sweet and has really been trying to make an effort to accept the new me.  Mom is…incommunicado.  We spoke at Christmas and I have received, maybe two, terse emails from her.  And I’m not sure why she’s had that reaction.  She isn’t extremely religious and is fairly liberal, politically.  So…what’s motivating this?  Maybe she feels like she failed as a parent?  Whatever, it’s all pointless speculation until she actually tells me what’s going on.  Lord knows when that will be and I’m not sure what I can do to improve our relationship in the meantime.  So, I’m very much looking forward to renewing my relationship with at least one of my parents.

K, back on topic…so, Sunn O)))…

…is kind of hard to describe.  They’re basically doom metal slowed down to the point of ambient, diaphragm-crushing abstraction.  The reason I want to see them so badly is because their shows are more like a physical, rather than musical experience.  They usually perform in black robes and pack a smaller venue with dry ice smoke, a single light source and many gigantic bass cabinet guitar amplifiers.  I think the result is like swimming at the bottom of a very deep, frozen lake and witnessing an ancient summoning ritual.  Or, kind of like…

So, I’m excited (and frightened) but it should be an unforgettable experience and a very interesting way to end Summa Vaca ’09.

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4 Responses to "Summa Vaca ‘09: Burn Midwest, Burn! The Plan"

That band sounds like the aural equivalent of a kidney punch. I now know a lot more about you and your hatred for full-range hearing.

Your Dad sounds nice. I like him. I feel sorry for the situation with your Mom though. I suggest tracking her down, cuffing yourself to her and swallowing the key. You’ll have 24-72 straight hours (depending on how much fiber you eat) to sort things out then. I’m sure issues would be aired and bonding would occur, and you’d both be out shopping for gifts for me before you know it, seeing as how I would have saved your relationship with my brilliant suggestion.

I sent you a little email to organize this skype catch-up. Let me know if you don’t get it – I’m not sure about the address I used. I may have just set a video date with a complete stranger. Perhaps romance will blossom? Oh wait, forgot, dead inside.

Yes, that show will be something all right, but that’s pretty much how I roll.

I’ve had close to the same idea for my Mom…like I was going to kill her with kindness and always be in her face. But she lives in another state as well, and it’s hard to keep the energy up for that. I know keeping quiet is the wrong approach (turns out you have to work at dysfunctional family relationships), but it’s easier said than done right now. And you’ll receive gifts regardless.

Aww, blossoming romance with a random Internet stranger? See? That’s the spirit! I’m sure nothing bad will come of that.

I hope it all went well, sweety.

Thanks Becca! It did go really well.

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