It has been nearly a year since Chris Packham’s sense of humor ran away to join the New York circus.
For a while afterward we exchanged the odd e-mail, usually to do with DFW, Pynchon or how Packham’s heart always went on tour with his new rockin’ woman.
There was also a brief period where I dabbled in Facebook and would scrawl on Packham’s ‘wall’ or push his buttons. 1 But ultimately FB was no more interesting than Twitting so I dropped it like a bad habit. Fortunately, around this time Chris fell into Tumbling, so I could still check out his efforts once a week or so.
Then June died of heat exhaustion and all communication dried up.
Maybe, I thought, things with the rocker didn’t turn out as planned. 3 Or he found actual, time (and soul) consuming work. Perhaps (and I sobbed a little at the thought) Chris didn’t want to be reminded of KC and his “old” life at all, he had made an emotional clean break. Or crime! You know how NY is, despite their endless PR, NY is crime infested – he coulda been mugged at a Starbucks, rolled at a Denny’s; those people are animals.
Rats. He coulda been eaten by rats.
I know I know – what are the odds? 4 But I remember it was one of the last things we talked about on FB. Chris was all like, no, rats don’t REALLY run NY, that’s just a stereotype, open your mind. And I was like, dude, I’ve BEEN to NY, and Jersey, so don’t TELL me about rats, alright? And he was like, pshaw! And I was like, dude!
I don’t know. Anything’s possible, right?
- Usually the “Like” button or else – what’s the sense, right? I mean, it’s not like FB has a ‘Slap a Bitch’ button. Though I’m sure we’re all agreed it should. ↩
- Wherein he pleaded nolo contendere to my request for a quote or two on Nadia for this post; something about a ‘deal with the devil…’? ↩
- That would be a first, right? A new affair gone south? ↩
- Greater than say…the Big 12 being pulled apart within the next 5 years? ↩