Friday June 25th 2016
I acted for 4 hours when I got up, had a vegetarian lunch and watched some “best acting of all time” clips while getting ready to play. It was inspiring! I don’t understand how to act, but when I see good actors I know which ones are the best. It’s a particular look they have, the way they carry themselves and how they speak. My favorite actors are Daniel Day Lewis, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Spacey, Sharlto Copley, Ralph Finnes, Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Johnny Depp and Gary Oldman. There are others. All men of course, and all intense in their own ways. I love intensity.
I got all dressed up tonight, for some reason. I was inspired I guess. I’ve come to realize that dressing up isn’t for the audience, it’s for me. It helps me prayform better, feel more confident and have more fun. I like being outrageous and doing something with my look people don’t do.
Elisa and her boyfriend came to see us for the second time since we’ve been here. We knew it would be a great prayformance evening for us when we saw them. We love when fans come to see us! It makes us feel appreciated and loved! They stayed for the full two hour prayformance. They even dressed up. It was a fantastic night. When we finished, she gave me a new Babe she’d made just for me! OMGGGGG!!!!!!!!! So cute!!!! I feel so happy when people love our work. It makes me feel like a completely different person.
There were lots of gay men in the street. It’s Gay Pride this weekend. They loved my look, but were quite drunk. 🙂 We had dinner at the Italian place we used to go to, called Boteo, in Barrio Alto. It used to be called Mama Rosa. The chef remembered us and gave us free drinks and toasted with us. He was so handsome! He reminds me of our friend Michael C. from the Bay Area. The food is better than it’s ever been there. Highly recommended! I love when people treat us well, like celebrities. It was a fantastic end to our night.
I am so lucky to be living this life! I get to rest and do whatever I want in the house all day, have a delicious lunch, then get dressed up and go out to play for a couple hours. We have fans who come see us, then have a delicious dinner at a restaurant where the chef loves us! I’ve worked so hard and long to be able to experience happy times like these. There was a time when we were here back when we first arrived in 2010 and we weren’t doing well at all. I was terrified then, but look at us now! I have to tough out the hard times to be able to again enjoy the joyous times. There’s no reason for us to go anywhere else in the summer but Lisbon. People love us, the restaurants love us. We have a place to live a 10 minute walk away from our prayformance spot. We seem to get more an more famous every year we come here.
Imagine when it’s been 10 years of us coming to Lisbon or San Diego. We’re quite well known in those cities now, but imagine what it will be like then? Or 20 years! I didn’t think about that when we first started traveling. We’re getting famous, but we’re doing it the slower, more organic way. Each person who becomes a fan meets us and speaks to us face to face. Each person discovers us in a different way, and they don’t forget us. It does pay off to stick with your art. It does!!
Sunday February 14th 2016
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! And what a wonderful day it was!!!
We biked to the park. It was hot. Even when there seem to be lots of people in the park, we never know if we’ll have a good day. Today was wonderful. We got all set up and Thoth wen to do his thing when I heard him cry out in joy. I knew he’d seen someone we knew. Sure enough, Tasha came around the corner. “Forrest’s parking the car.” she said. We hugged and talked, and our housemate Jim showed up with his friend! I’m always surprised to see him. He hasn’t come to see us at the park since one time last year.
As Forrest, Tasha and Jim sat down, suddenly a bunch of people were in the hallway waiting for us to start. It’s the best thing to have an audience gathered before we start. That only happens when our friends come to see us (usually.)
I think we played for 2 and 1/2 hours, maybe 3. Jim and his friend stayed for less than half of the prayformance, but Forrest and Tasha were camped out for the entire show. They had a blanket, a chair and everything. They’re hardcore fans/friends. 🙂 Every song gained humungous applause and cheering. I filmed a lot of it.
We finished and packed up at 5:30 and drove with Forrest and Tasha home. He stashed the bikes in his trunk. We put the bikes away at home, then drove to Osaka for dinner! It wasn’t too busy, despite being Valentine’s Day. They are such good friends to us. I love them so much. We get along with them so well. We do have some very good, and very solid friends here in San Diego. Forrest treated us, despite us insisting to split the bill. He always does that. 🙂 He drove us home. What an amazing day for us. Thank God, Finally!