Why Are We Here?Saturday, March 21, 2015
|Christopher Staats, Shelina Kent, Gary Taylor, David Kent and Susanne Tabata washing her hands|
My days of going to loud establishments, even when the bands playing are extremely good, are over.
I picked up Susanne Tabata at her home and we rendezvoused at Falconetti’s on Commercial Drive. We were greeted by the indomitable shark (like a shark he can never sit still) Gary Taylor who confessed to me, “I have a short attention span.” With us at the table were brother and sister Shelina and David Kent. The former was a luminous dancer in the 70s and early 80s, the latter a renowned anaesthesiologist who works and teaches in Alberta.
We were served a sumptuous assortment of Falconetti sausages with dipping sauce. They had red wine and I abstained.
During the whole evening (not a very long one) we kept voicing this question, “Why are we here?” The answers were varied. But fun was had and it was one of those moments that I savour as a photographer in meeting a former subject after not having seen her (Shelina) for 35 years.
We ran into the seasonal Santa Claus and sometime Colonel Sanders but very good-photographer-most-of-the-time, Wayne Wiens. I confessed to the Filipino father of the daughter (as Taylor put it) who (the daughter of the father) was the lead singer of a good band that my nickname was Supot. The father of the daughter roared with laughter.
To cement an evening of fun I summoned Falconetti’s manager Christopher Staats to clear the women’s bathroom so I could take my group photograph.
As I looked at the smiling faces of my companions I had to point out that it was wonderful that we were all alive.
Why were we there? Because.