last night (1/19/06) i went to san diego to meet sid thomas (yes! that sid thomas).

after much chest beating, back patting, primordial grunts and ritualistic privates scratching we went about the business of solving the world's problems - all of which was accomplished well before dessert.

i can't even begin to tell you all what a truly great time we had! sid's sense of humor, love of life and jazz gives him so much charisma that we wished the night could have gone on forever.

we exchanged cd's, and sid promised me that cows all over wales would hear my songs. if the milk goes sour, you'll know what happened.

we talked about a lot of things, especially the other guild members (did you wonder why your ears were burning last night?).

one of the major decisions made at this major ljp summit was that nor had to be inducted into the guild! this was unanimous and irrevocable.

in between getting panhandled under the street lights of san diego's gaslamp district, i talked about how i see the human race as a single organism and that the information i share on this site is due to my role as an intermediary in the great continuum of the evolution of mankind (or some slobber like that - i think i was on my 5th or 6th guinness by that time).

sid said "given the choice between destruction and building - i choose building and given the choice between knowledge and ignorance - i choose knowledge".

can you get me a few t-shirts made up with that written on it? what a great quote!

the band at croce's was a piano trio plus a singer, they were pretty good (i was afraid they'd suck and sid would hate me forever).

helen (sid's fianceť) is also a scientist and a very personable and intelligent lady. apparently they're planning on getting married in march, we talked about drive-thru weddings in reno - but they probably won't hold their  honeymoon in the back seat of their car.

sid referred to our meeting as an historic event, hey any excuse for a party - i'm there!

before i run off to the naam show today, i just have to leave you with something that sid said that for me was better than historic. ready?

sid said to me "the lessons on your website are much more useful than mark levine's books".

this is coming from a man is not only a great jazz pianist but also a mad scientist who has admitted to kidnapping mark levine and holding him hostage for days in the secret dungeon of his welsh castle (of course, sid will deny that he has a secret dungeon - but if he admitted it, it wouldn't be secret anymore would it?).

please remember to put sid's mark levine quote on my gravestone.

love ya sid! last night was one of the high points of my life!
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