“Pink Moon”

full moon and empty arms

Handwritten page of a diary dated March 1, 2000

…  get out on the terrace and there’s a giant pink moon. So I start singing “Pink Moon” from that Volkswagen commercial. It’s still my favorite commercial of all time. These four friends are driving out in the middle of nowhere to find a party and they get there only to decide the party looks lame compared to driving around in their Cabrio under the pink moon — and from having gone to a million of those, I can say they made the right decision. The problem is that after driving on obscure roads for half an hour, you can’t just get there and see that it’s lame and say, “well, I can’t stay long but I was just in the neighborhood so I thought I’d drop in.” You were so not in the neighborhood.

Then Grandma comes out on the terrace and I point to the moon, and she says it reminds her of a song, and I say “yeah, right?” and I start singing like Nick Drake, “pink pink pink pink … pink moon” and she starts singing “full moon and empty arms, the moon is there for us to share but where are you?” I said that’s a new one on me and she said it was sung by Eddie Fisher, and I said who’s Eddie Fisher and she said “Remember when you were little and you liked Princess Leia? It’s her father”

I said “sorry Grandma, but Princess Leia’s father is Darth Vader.”


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Double exposure

double exposure

Handwritten page of a diary dated August 29, 1965

…  persuaded Mom to take two pictures of me with the old camera I found in Dad’s trunk, which she was kind of mad that I opened, but we don’t exactly have any other camera to use, plus which I don’t think, now that he’s been dead for two years, that Dad’s going to get too mad about us getting into his stuff.

She said she expected there’d still be film in there, so if there was, ok, if there wasn’t, I’d have to buy a new roll out of my own money. So one picture I wanted came out great — it shows the new curtain in my bedroom window, which Wally and me made with strings and strings of pull tabs from all the root beer we drank this summer.

The second picture I made her take was of me on the couch holding my Hank Aaron baseball card that I FINALLY got. But what do you know, that one turned into a double exposure WITH TWO DEAD PEOPLE IN IT!!!!!!! It might’ve been so creepy to see Dad and Grandma surrounding me — like they were looking from heaven down at me the age I am now — except for the fact that it’s kind of funny that dad is holding a cupcake and an doughnut up to my face, which even Mom agreed wasn’t so bad at all.


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