For a sleepy farming
village, Jakub (Czech Republic)
can be a pretty dramatic place. John
and I were there to
birthday along with Mirek's son Jakub.
After scarfing a traditional Czech feast of
treats, Jakub, John, and I went for a
caught a tour of the church
across the street, built in 1165,
where we badly
played a 200-year-old footpump pipe organ.
Next door, a man in housing
cat slept in the broken corner of an old
Swans and small birds were floating in a pond,
passed an abandoned
building now inhabited by singing
gypsies whose clothes were hung out to dry.
in process of being demolished, a dirty man with
scary dog told me to stop because he didn't want
location seemed perfect for illegal business so
I put my camera
away without argument. Walking down a
winding country road,
I used the last of my memory to video Jakub
doing a wacky full
dance. No sooner had he finished with this
two fighter jets roared across the face of the
moon, spewing red fire
out their tails. It sounded like the end of the
world and probably is.