As I get older, I find it's best to focus on one task at a time. In fact, a task can become so engrossing it pushes out thoughts of everything else. Some would call this a deficiency of aging, I call it an advantage.
Last Wednesday, it was time for a bike ride with purpose. I wouldn't know the results of CT and bone scans until the next day, and didn't want my mind to drift to the worst possible outcomes. A bicycle tour of Purple Rain movie locations was a perfect diversion.
The world lost a huge talent when Prince died the previous week.
While I was establishing myself in the Twin Cities, Prince was putting Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Sound on the map. When Purple Rain was released in 1984, a bunch of us met after work and made a pilgrimage to a movie theater. My memory of the movie is somewhat blurred, possibly assisted by happy hour beers.
I didn't find the characters particularly sympathetic. They seemed self-absorbed, and certainly did not fit with my nerdy circles. The Prince character could be a misogynist: it seemed unkind to drop the girlfriend into a dumpster then trick her into skinny-dipping in Cedar Lake. But the music was and is wonderful.
So it was appropriate to start my explorations a few blocks from my home at a dumpster.
I made my way to the Midtown Greenway, a former railroad trench that cuts a swath across south Minneapolis. This was a locale for another movie, the rather sweet Stuck Between Stations. I imagined myself floating like the Steadicam cycling shots as I headed to the first Purple Rain location, the Kid's House. [See the photo at the top of this post.]
In the movie, The Kid, played by Prince, lived here with his abusive parents. A grain elevator towers above the modest house. A temporary shrine to the Purple One on the front steps felt particularly touching.
|Crystal Court, IDS Center|
A few blocks further on, I reached the Orpheum Theater. In the movie, the backstage warren of corridors and dressing rooms "underneath First Avenue" were actually filmed at the Orpheum.
I didn't include Prince's home and studio, Paisley Park, in this tour. That would have added about 35 miles round-trip to my tour. Besides, Paisley Park was built in 1988, after the release of Purple Rain.
Next day, I learned no tumor was spotted beyond my prostate. This makes me eligible for surgery (a prostatectomy). I'm grateful.
Went for rides in a CT scanner and a bone scanner at Methodist Hospital. pic.twitter.com/He7R8UozUr— Tom Wilson (@TomPhase3) April 26, 2016
The Kid's House, on my Purple Rain urban bike ride today.— Tom Wilson (@TomPhase3) April 27, 2016
Map: https://t.co/MM9Z3crEFL pic.twitter.com/Y04IUfan10
Walked in the rain to my CT scan/bone scan follow-up. There's no sign of metastasis. pic.twitter.com/AgTBBirOle— Tom Wilson (@TomPhase3) April 28, 2016