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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.



     

Previous Posts
Anne & Don't Call Me Annie - The Cop's Daughter

You Didn't Have To Be Rough

You Could Get To Like That Face A Lot

Two Beauties

Curtis Daily - Contrabassist

Bob Mercer - Editor - Musician - Friend

Lyndon Grove, John Maynard Keynes & Some Hot Air

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