and doing time on jury duty. She called this morning so early that I thought she was sick again but it was only to exclaim: “Mom! They only pay 15.00 for this and it cost me that much to get here!” She also noted that this hurry up and wait job was allowing her ample opportunity to assess what constitutes a “jury of peers” in Pinellas County, Florida: old white people. But the defendants are almost 100% young black people. Hmmm.
Before she was finally out of the woods, but after I had left, she had one of the urinary complications of dengue fever. She couldn’t pee. She was staying well hydrated, drinking lots of fluids but she just couldn’t, so after 36 hours Misha took her to the ER where the nurse decided the remedy was more fluids. I guess the ER was also overflowing because she didn’t get past the nurse and the PA until they were about to hang bag number three and Abby yelped, “No! No more fluids! I can’t PEE! Get me a doctor!” Misha can be quite assertive in a calm, quiet, Russian way and between the two of them they wrangled a doctor who dosed a pill and Abby went about 2 ounces, so they discharged her to go home and piddle in comfort. But not before they snagged Misha and slapped him with a 1000.00 bill. This, to me, is maddening. Abby was on her father’s insurance but came off once married and then she had student travel insurance for the Mexico trip- which doesn’t cover her treatment in Florida even though the disease was contracted while traveling. Neither of them can enroll in the student insurance plan until open enrollment mid-August. Misha’s employer takes advantage of his immigrant status (he has a work permit but not his green card; that interview is scheduled for mid-July) and gives him no benefits. Abby is a nanny and part-time concierge at the Hilton and a fulltime student so she has no insurance at the moment. This is precisely the sort of problem I worry about when the kids have windows with no insurance and 1,000.00 is insane for two bags of saline water anyway. But Misha got out his checkbook and paid the bill. Ah,me.
It’s probably just as well that I wasn’t there to muddy the waters and embarrass Abigail with some rant on health care in America in the middle of the ER. Instead, I flew home for NOMOs 3rd CD (2nd on the Ubiquity label) release party at The Hideout here in Chicago. It’s hard to remember the days when I would plead with him to go skateboard instead, or, if he had to practice his saxophone, could he please, please, please do it in the garage? (Bad mother! Bad!).
Although the music is wonderfully all over the map as it defies a specific genre, the band has been on a straight ahead path, growing in every aspect. This band is great and that’s not just me, with my vested interest, talking. All Music Guide says: ” NOMO have created their own brand of music from these pieces — one that is cohesive, dramatic, fluid, seamless, and lyrical. It defies expectations and easy categorization. Ghost Rock is a giant leap forward. This is the instrumental band to watch. Period.”
Yesterday the new CD was featured on Minnesota Public Radio. Amazon’s editorial review says, “This record owes as much to Can, Eno, and MIA as it does to Kuti, Francis Bebey, and Funkadelic. There’s no loss of steam as this Michigan collective incorporates new influences. NOMO breaks through with a matured and developed sound that’s fully their own. They’ve shared stages with Earth Wind And Fire, Konono No. 1, Sharon Jones, and Dan Deacon. RIYL: Konono No. 1, Can, Fela Kuti, Charles Mingus, MIA, Radiohead.” Songs from the new CD have been on NPR and BBC and they have yet to begin their release tour. They just finished playing Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee (Dan said he left a day early just to get clean and feel healthy) and they have a few gigs around Michigan before heading out to play 35 cities in 5 weeks. They’re coming to a city near you! You can hear part of the new CD here at NOMOs web space, but what you really want to do is go to Borders, Amazon, iTune or where ever you buy your music and get this album, GHOST ROCK. (Did I mention that this child also has no health insurance?)