Since the end of the tour, we've been calling up local friends we haven't seen in a long time, usually because of conflicts with our tour schedule. My mantra now is "I'm not going anywhere," and those magic words frequently pay off.
For example, we had lunch today with our old friends Phil and Melinda Proctor. We brought in tasty sandwiches from Don Adrian's Cemitas Poblanas, and had an old-fashioned chat and chew. Phil brought us a copy of his new book, "Where's My Fortune Cookie?" and I gave him copies of my current CDs, "Jazz Time" and "Taking America to America." I guess this made it a business lunch, but it was mostly pleasure.
Phil is one of the founding members of the Firesign Theater, a groundbreaking comedy ensemble, and he and Melinda are active in theater projects here in LA. The Firesign Theater has lately been hearing a lot from the Library of Congress, and not because they have overdue books. You can read a little about it here.
Phil's flagship piece for the Firesign bunch was his "How Can You Be In Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All." My first listening to that one, back in the day, permanently altered my consciousness.