Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Rêver de St Louis...

The other night I was on Google Earth, taking its virtual tours from my desk in a little house high on a hill in Los Angeles, to places I've been and never been. I flew over the Forbidden City in China, the former home of the Republican Guard in Iran, my old Tiger Beat office in Cresskill, New Jersey (Yes, that Tiger Beat, where I was an editor for three years in the CultureClubDuranDuranMadonnaSpringsteenU2 WeAreTheWorld 80s, and no, they didn't go out of business after you graduated to SPIN magazine), Mt. Haleakala on the Big Island of Hawaii, Vatican City, Buenos Aires, Argentina.....and then I set the coordinates for Square St. Louis, Montreal.

Whoooooooosh
went the screen, like those TV weather maps, rotating the planet, and then dropping down about to 600 feet high above the square and its fountain in the park. From that slightly blurry angle, I couldn't make out the crazies in the park, or any people for that matter. But it was enough to send a sharp shiver of lonely through me.

March approaches like a zephyr, picking up speed every day. There are plane tickets to buy, arrangements to make, and then, just like that, March will be—over. See, someone else owns this apartment of my dreams, and March is the only month it is available to me until Fall again. I thought about actually swapping apartments to extend my stay through the spring, but I can't imagine living anywhere else in the City. Ah, there are worse dilemmas. (Um, maybe you know someone who wants to live in LA this spring?)

I do know I plan on trying to meet all the people who commented on the blog, and all the strangers who e-mailed me with encouragement and suggestions.

AND I'll play the Sherbrooke station again. Once, maybe twice.

Rencontrez-moi en Mars. Habillez chaudement.

8 comments:

Blue said...

Habillez chaudEMENT...

Eddie Rivera said...

Merci, mon petit popsicle.

a said...

dont worry.. a lot of montrealers are dreaming to live next to the carré st-louis. Must be one of the most well known place in Montreal, in the most famous neigborhood...But its too expensive now i guesss for them... it's left to the americans like you:)
you are lucky!
even if you seem to not need it, i'll give you a coin, for good lucki if see you playing in the sherbrooke station next year !

Eddie Rivera said...

Merci, A!

Actually, the Square St. Louis apartment is cheaper than my smaller apartment in LA.

But I'll take that coin, gratefully.

Look for me at Sherbrooke. It could happen anytime.

E

La Chouette said...

You missed quite a snow storm... pretty rare for this time of the year. Did you have a chance to see pictures on the web ? It was a beautiful one!

Eddie Rivera said...

I saw a couple of photos from a friend. Do you have more? Maybe you could send, or direct me to them?

Merci,


E

La Chouette said...

I'll try to look for some later today! (I did not take pictures... :( )

La Chouette said...

Hello Eddie,

I tried to look for some pictures on the web but could not find any so far... But if I come accross anything, I promise to send you pictures!