I miss Manchild - he's away this weekend - helping with the set up and then dismantling of the annual Peace Fair. I miss hearing his loud guitar - and I miss him, so I'll reminisce.
He's a multi-faceted dude. There's the peace facet, which includes volunteering at the Peace Center, taking training in Mediation, and attending Quaker Meeting. There's the animal lover and bug rescuer facet, which includes being vegan, stopping everything at any second to go racing off after anyone's loose dog, and escorting bugs out of our house (rather than exterminating, which'd be my unenlightened exit of choice for bugs).
There's also the musician facet (the biggest one), the tattoo lover (with two done and lots more planned), the baseball player, work-out fanatic and a bunch more. But the one I'm thinking about now is humor. Manchild has a wicked sense of humor. And he's so patient with it. I would want people to know if I was doing a practical joke - my favorite part of any joke, story or practical joke is the response - but I think Manchild's favorite part is thinking it out.
We found out about one practical joke he set up months after he did it - and only because someone else told us about it. It's my favorite Manchild prank ~
A few years ago Manchild was active on Acid Planet, a site where people share their music - reviewing and rating each other. My jazz musician-brother, his uncle, helped Manchild get set up there - and would comment on music that Manchild uploaded.
At some point Manchild created a faux-musician (well, faux-person really), Janet, with godawful music and frighteningly unreserved yak. Janet became a fan of Manchild's uncle - which meant his uncle had to wrestle with how, or whether, to critique the horrific music Janet uploaded. He totally hoodwinked his uncle, which was the plan.
If you follow this link you can hear 2 of Janet's songs, which are (sadly) still floating around on the interweb. They are awful, wickedly awful, diabolically planned awful. They sound, in their awful way, exactly like what you'd expect from Janet.
We know what to expect from her because Manchild put up a profile description that would acquaint us with Janet's heart and soul:
Hello my name is Janet. I'm in high school i love my friends my life is very good. I was born in new york 17 years ago, My dog's name is za zaaap, He's so cute, I love taking photos and making key chains and little hearts out of paper, I love my boyfriend he is soo nice, I love all my friends joe tom billy maya ash tim there all great, I love to make home made fruit drinks, And i can even make them good on a good day lol, Bye
And here's some yak that Janet (oops, I mean Manchild posing as Janet) put up about her song, called "Why".
Here's a poem I've been working on called "why" and I made this song to go with it, I hope you like them both, and I've noticed that a lot of people have been telling me how great my music is but PLEASE, tell me something I can work on, I know my music might be a little better than yours, but its ok to give me tips really I don't mind, no one is above improvement. Anyway here's my poem, and I'm sorry you can't download this song but I'm really looking in to selling my music, Email me if you would like to buy a copy of this song or my other one "Living in the light. "The world is pain, and I am the world, why am i the world? why must pain be my world? why is my world full of pain? why do baby's cry? stop crying babies, they won't stop, won't stop, won't stop, and nether will I, why must I be the world? why can't I be you and you be me?, why do people make babies that cry? why why why? die die die? bye bye bye bye babies cry why?"
I guess I should be glad Manchild didn't put up a photo of Janet - he'd make an unattractive girl...
Hmmm that reminds me of something...last month - at a week long Quaker youth camping event that Manchild attended - all the guys dressed as girls for a dance they had (why? who knows - although I did hear that it's a tradition at this gathering - kids are weird). Manchild was, apparently, the only one who dressed as a pregnant girl.
I wonder if I should be worrying about this guy...