April 17, 2012
Miles in the sky northeast of Halifax, V2 Schneider fell into a fitful, dreamless sleep. After some turbulence later, though, he was awake again. The map on the small screen located the cruising Boeing 747 somewhere south of Greenland. He imagined the ocean beneath him, cold and dark, and considered that the Titanic sank somewhere around here almost exactly one hundred years ago.
The melody of Kraftwerk’s ‘Musique Non-Stop’ never left his mind. He heard the repetitive, percussive electronic beats of the track as a never-ending loop. Half awake, half sleeping, Schneider flipped through the pages of Human Nature (Dub Version), the book he had received as a gift from Glenn O’Brien the day before. On page 73 he read the poem ‘The Key’:
In this jar is a key to the Factory.
I don’t remember which key it is.
I don’t remember what any of these keys are.
But one oft hem is a key to the Factory.
No Purple Heart, no Medal of Honor,
just a Mason jar full of keys that used to work.
There is no more Factory.
But in here somewhere is the key.
9:15 a.m. arrival at Heathrow (Int’l Terminal 5)
10:55 a.m. flight BA 0992 to Berlin Tegel
1:45 p.m. arrival at Berlin Tegel
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2:15 p.m. taxi to Berlin Neuköln
Pizza Margherita con Salsiccia and a cold Peroni beer at Masaniello’s. Power nap until 8:45 p.m. Almost ninety minutes later, Mario Gomez scores the 2:1 goal at the Champions League semi-finals in Munich against Real Madrid.
Published April 24, 2012.