And suddenly it’s summer. Memorial Day weekend will happen mostly elsewhere, but I love the empty city and will use the time to relax, reflect, and regroup. I most note the death of Robin Gibb reportedly from a cancer which could have been treated if only he had taken a test. I had no contact with Mr. Gibbs. I once tried to book the Bee Gees for the Palladium for New Year’s Eve, but my high offer was about one-third their low. The loss of Robin Gibbs, Donna Summer, and Adam Yauch from cancer way before any reasonable expectation of life sends a shudder through me. There are no guarantees, there are no guarantees. I do believe the rain will stop and this summer will be hot, Al Gore-hot, but the now-keener awareness of my immortality is embracing the rain and all the other miracles I enjoy every day.
I almost went to Vienna this year for the Life Ball. It was held in Vienna, Austria at its City Hall last Saturday, May 19th. The world’s flamboyant, fabulous, and fierce gathered as they have for the last 20 years. Party planner Kevin Crawford tried to coax me to go with him and his, but alas, I couldn’t swing it. His entourage included my dear friend Marko Kalfa, who sent me these wonderful photos. Around us, people are still suffering from AIDS. People are dying far before their time. From the amFAR website:
"Life Ball is the world’s most extravagant HIV/AIDS benefit. Held annually in Vienna, Austria, Life Ball combines the great Viennese Ball tradition with glamorous, outlandish performances and inspirational speeches. Organized by the AIDS Life Association, Life Ball has raised more than $22 million during the past 19 years for HIV/AIDS projects worldwide through partnerships with amfAR, the William J. Clinton Foundation, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and UNAIDS. Through the Life Ball, the AIDS Life Association has been a major supporter of amfAR’s TREAT Asia Pediatric HIV/AIDS Initiative."
This year, Life Ball celebrated its twentieth anniversary under the banner “Fight the Flames of Ignorance.” Attending Life Ball for the first time, Milla Jovovich was amfAR’s representative. “For me, Life Ball is about solidarity,” she said. “It’s a wonderful example of how people and organizations coming together can change the world.
As you head out into the weekend and all its glory, think preemptively, and think of how precious life is and drive slow… be safe and have fun. Talk to you Tuesday.