Firstly, I miss you.
Do you ever feel like you're a complete bore to your significant other? Like you talk and the words hang, then melt with no spark to catch onto? You talk and the words sludge through the air of a tough audience never really reaching that audience? I think he's been too busy lately. I then check on the girls and listen to their stories, help them with their stuff, feeling unsatiated in conversation. I think I bore the girls sometimes too.
I've got trapped stories. I gotta let them out. Here's a good place, I think. I'm all excited about stuff but I fear, again, that I'm only talking about a few things as of late, possibly saying the same things repeatedly. Feh, I don't blame him, them. When the words come, they do lose a little fire. I have a good blog-story brewing about my Aunt Remie, my mother's little sister, who found me on Facebook. FB became it's weight's worth in gold when I got her friend-request out of the blue. I saw her name and nearly burst into tears. She has great stories. I'm polishing up the words now to them share soon.
This weekend, I'm taking the girls to see the The Great Wall of Los Angeles. Mina has a project due in the next couple weeks about a great Californian. I influenced her to pick Judy Baca who was on the list to my happy surprise! Judy Baca is a world-renown muralist and activist who is one of the founders of SPARC, the organization who created and painted the Great Wall. She recruited 35 artists and 400 kids of diverse economic and cultural backgrounds from LA communities to help paint the wall. The mural is a half mile painted history of California, but it represents the history of non-Anglos; always the most underrepresented of histories. The mural depicts the foundation of California, the very roots of which lie in ethnically diverse cultures, and continues the thread of cultural influence through the time-line of the mural. The piece is a triumph. I didn't just influence Mina to pick Judy Baca because of all these great reasons -- certainly reasons enough -- but also because in the late 1970's, after working on Judy Chicago's Dinner Party, my mother worked at SPARC with Judy Baca. The Great Wall was almost completed by then or just finished, and many other mural projects were in the works. I spent a lot time hanging around the SPARC halls too which is a converted jail in Venice. I remember Judy Baca had a similar, powerful energy to her, like Chicago, but it was more selfless and goddess-like. Not necessarily a kind goddess, but a powerful one. PCP was big back then and SPARC would organize theatrical anti-PCP outreach programs for the community. SPARC and Baca were a whirling force of influence. That's what I remember the most. Mina was thrilled to choose an artist and one we had known no less. I can't wait for her and Maya to see The Great Wall. I hear it's in need of serious restoration, but I'm sure it's still iconically mind-blowing none the less. I'll post a grip of photos from our adventure.
Lastly, I wanted to report that the studio where I take my spin classes has installed a prototype "Green Bike." The spin bike is hooked up to a generator that charges a battery. The alternating batteries are used to juice the stereo and microphone! Man, I love that. They'll hook up more bikes to generators as they figure out how to juice everything else.
Talk to you later.
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