When going back through a bunch of my BFF’s old letters from our first year in college we discovered that things back then weren’t actually quite how we remember them now. For example, my BFF was living at home, working a lot and going to school full-time. Her letters tell that this was a pretty stressful time for her, especially once you added guy troubles to the mix. This was true for most of us, yet we tend to look back and think “Oh, the college years were the best. They were so easy … no responsibilities, just fun.” I’m also curious about which stuff we block out and why. For example, in a couple of her letters to me she mentioned some guy named Al I was apparently interested in, if not dating, and how it was too bad he turned out to be such a jerk. But now neither she nor I have a clue to who this guy was. Another time she sent me a two-page letter simply to sympathize over how a boyfriend treated me and how she wanted to kill him if she saw him. However, she didn’t refer to what the boyfriend had done to me to provoke her outrage and I have no memory about that either. It’s all very interesting …
Archive for January, 2012
One more reason to stop by Summit Artspace this weekend (other than the fact I’ll be there Saturday 12-9 and Sunday 12-5 of course!): On Sunday from 1-2, the public is invited to enjoy a free performance of the jazzy Kyle Magilavy Trio. Children especially are encouraged to attend as the group will explain the roots of jazz and provide a hands-on experience to them. The group will perform in the open space on the third floor. I LOVE when there’s live music outside my studio like that.
this Sunday, February 5, from 11-5. The museum is kicking off its 90th anniversary celebration with free admission to the special exhibit, which ENDS that day, as well as jazz and visual art performances. Since it’s the first Sunday of the month my studio, as well as the whole Summit Artspace building (just two blocks away), will be open 12-5 as well.
As I skip around Season 2 of Mary Tyler Moore, it’s interesting to see how often Mr. Grant was drinking alcohol in his office. Like, in almost every episode. It makes me wonder how common that was, or still is. I have had a boss who kept liquor in his desk drawer, so I know the practice is not totally obsolete, though it does seem very “old school”. One other interesting thing I noticed is how Mary was the only staff member to call him Mr. Grant — everyone else called him “Lou”. Even Mary’s friend Rhoda called him “Lou”, which made him wince every time she said it. I remember back in the early days having to call some of my bosses “Mr.” while other people called them by their first names. I wonder how many professionals still insist on being called “Mr.” nowadays by their peers or subordinates.
Less than a month after falling down stairs and straining/spraining my right ankle I fell down the stairs AGAIN yesterday! I’m blaming my slippers — I think now I know why they call them “slippers” — it’s because they’re so slippery! I have an 8″x6″ dark ugly bruise on my right leg, a 2″ long scrape on my right form arm and my right arm in general is really really sore. So half of my right side is in some measure of pain and/or tenderness, oh, and I also have a sinus infection, a splitting headache and a hacking, barking cough that is driving every crazy — especially me. See, it’s just not on the road that I’m dangerous. I can’t even handle my own home!!
… the patrons of Angel Falls Coffee House in Highland Square. Last night my BFF and I sat there for about three hours reading her old letters to me from our first year in college. We were laughing so much and so loudly that I’m sure all the college kids there (half our age) were like, “What is with these two old ladies???”. Hey, old people need to laugh too, you know. BTW Angel Falls is a great place to hang out — it’s so cozy and the sweets are SOOO good. I had the giant iced sugar cookie and my BFF had the peanut butter cheesecake (there was a brownie at the bottom — mmmmmm). This was only part 1, though. I need to get together her other letters from college. And, she’s going to try to dig up my old letters to her. Now that’s a scary thought!!
is now carrying some of my Akron postcards. Square Records is THE place to go to buy vinyl records and local and independent music. They also hold CD release parties and other cool events. www.squarerecordsakron.com
Some great local musical acts will be at the Musica (51 E. Market St.) this weekend. On Friday A Band Named Ashes is on the bill and Saturday’s lineup includes favs The Strange Familiar and Ryan Humbert. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. I’ve never been to Musica for a concert and I would think about going but I feel waaaaayyyyy too old to stand in a crowded concert hall for a couple hours. How sad is that? If you’re interested, here’s more info: http://www.akronmusica.com/
Sorry I didn’t get this out earlier — half the workshops are full already and they don’t even start until next month! But if you’re looking for something different to do, and have some extra $$$ (it’s $45 a person), it’s a pretty cool experience. Last year for Valentine’s Day my husband and I did this and we each made a heart paperweight. Visit their Web site for details: http://www.akronglassworks.com/Workshops.php