Sunday May 1st 2016
What an amazing final weekend we had in San Diego!
We had a busy day on Saturday (April 30th). David (Barbarella’s husband) picked us up and dropped us off in Balboa Park so we could play for a bit before a gig at the Balboa Park Club and before the debut of the documentary that night!!
There was a youth Shakespeare event in the park. Students from grade school through high school were competing with various scenes from Shakespeare plays, all of which I recognized. They were rehearsing in the hallway as we walked past. There was a stage right near where we play, but they were finished at 4, so we got to play. We had a lot of fun, but had to get to the Balboa Park Club before 5, so we packed up and walked over there.
Officer Morales, Miguel, was all dressed up and we realized it was his daughter’s quinceanera! I was so flattered he’d invited us to perform! He got everyone to quiet down and we played a song, then played “Scottish Song” for his daughter. She looked beautiful in her white dress! We went to pack up, but he wanted us to play one more song. We did, and he even paid us. I was so honored. “I am honored that you agreed to perform.” he wrote later. We went outside to wait for Eric, Barbarella’s intern, elated at such a wonderful day we were having. Eric picked us up and took us to Bread and Salt.
Here’s the vlog for our prayformance and the gig:
Barb was at Bread and Salt to meet us. David was finishing setting up the projector for the film. People started showing up a half hour before call time. Forrest and Tasha were some of the first to arrive. I had my mouth hung open at the amount of people who began arriving, many of whom we knew, and all of whom sat in the front row. 🙂
Barb and David introduced us and we played two songs, to cheers and applause. We went off and she asked if we’d do another. “Do you want us to do another?” I asked the audience. Everyone cheered, “Yes!” so we did, to more cheering. It was so exhilarating! We had so much energy. After playing they showed the documentary. We’d never seen it before, and it was incredible. My mouth was hung open the whole time. Literally.
We did a Q&A with David and Barb afterwards. Got some great comments and questions. I filmed it all. After that, a bunch of people talked with us, and got CDs and took pictures with us. We haven’t had such fun since our opera debut in Martha’s Vineyard 8 months ago!
Here’s the vlog about the documentary:
And here’s my reaction to the doc:
Sunday (May 1st) was fun, too! We took an Uber to Balboa Park for our final prayformance. The Uber driver was all interested in what we did. Ruth brought her daughter-in-law to see us, Della came with a friend and Laura came with a friend and Forrest and Tasha arrived later.
I lost the phone in the bathroom, but Della called it several times until the person who picked it up answered. They had walked across the bridge with it, but came back to give it to me. I was so grateful. What good friends we have!
We had another GRRRREAT day! I was ON FIRE with our opera and followed the story more intensely. Tasha came with a pretty hat on and both she and Forrest had little camper chairs to sit in.
After playing, Forrest asked if we had anything planned. “No. You want to have dinner with us?” So we did sushi. Forrest invited our friend Mitch, who’d come to watch us and say goodbye, too. We had a lovely dinner and we have wonderful friends!!
Here’s the vlog!:
Wednesday May 4th 2016
Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t been able to post lately! Was traveling all day Tuesday and packing on Monday.
Traveling was hard, but we got to pick up Tasha at Forrest’s house on Tuesday after going to get the rental car (which was a major headache.) They were so sweet. Tasha gave me a cute top and Forrest gave us a generous gift. We got to pet the kitties, but hung out longer than we had planned to.
We got on the road by 1:30. I’ll miss Forrest. It was hard watching him walk away. His house is right on the ocean! The ride was so tiring, even though I didn’t drive. We got to our friend Nana’s house 9pm and brought all our stuff into the house. I felt completely upended. The last time I felt that was was 7 months ago. I hate feeling that way.
After bringing everything into the house and upstairs, Thoth and I were so tired and sad we cuddled up and went to bed early without eating dinner or bathing. SO tired.
On Wednesday (April 4th) Thoth had to wake me up early to take the rental car back. I was so tied I couldn’t even. I didn’t sleep well.
We got to the Budget Rent-A-Car place, parked and went in to pay. The price was almost double what we were quoted. The woman at the counter claimed she didn’t know why, so she sent me to another desk to “figure it out.” The woman was unfriendly and short with me. She probably hates her job. No wonder. I went to the other counter and eventually got upset saying they were ripping me off and I would never rent from them again. Suddenly the manager appeared and said “We can take that off for her.” They brought it down to the quoted price.
I went back to Thoth and Tasha (who’d joined us) and told them what happened. They said they had been narrating to each other what was possibly happening while watching me. We BART’ed back to Nana’s neighborhood and Tasha treated us to breakfast. We took an Uber back to Nancee’s house and hung out until time to go visit my sister.
Tasha and I took an Uber to sister’s place. We went into the driveway and jumped rope and then hung out and listened to music. It was fun and relaxing. At 6:30pm, we Uber’ed home for a little dinner party with some friends.
What a long two days it’s been! I was finally able to catch up on all vlogs and blogs! Whew!!
Here’s the trip vlog and stuff:
Tonight (Thursday May 5th) we go into SF to stay at a friend’s house until we fly out to Lisbon on the 17th!