Thursday May 1st 2014
There was a note on the bed from Thoth when I woke up. “I’ll call you when I’m finished with the Brazilian Consulate. I left at 10:30. I love you.” It was 11. The phone rang and I ran downstairs thinking it was Thoth. It wasn’t. I did a nasal cleanse and lay on the couch. I still didn’t feel well. My body was weak and my stomach still felt a bit nauseous. The phone rang. “I don’t think we’ll be able to get the visas as easily as I thought.” Thoth said. “Why? What’s wrong?” I asked. “I stood in line for 2 hours at the Consulate and they said they only accept money orders. I’m now in line at the post office. I have to get back to the Consulate by 1pm or they’ll be closed. It’ll take a week the get the Power of Attorney, they I have to make an appointment to get visas, then it’ll take 2 weeks for them to be ready. It’ll be a miracle if they’re ready on time.” Thoth said. “I’ll call you back in a minute.” We may not be able to go to Brazil after all. He called back after a little while. “I was able to get back to the Consulate and give them the money order.” he said. “You didn’t have to wait in line again?” I asked. “No, they let me come back up to the front.” he said. “So you got done what you needed to do. Do you want to meet me at BART and go get our Marriage License?” I asked. “I don’t know, Young Lady. I’m in a really bad mood.” he said. “If we do it now then we won’t have to do it later.” I said. “OK, I’ll meet you at the Rockridge BART.” he said.
I put on sunscreen and biked to the BART station. Thoth wasn’t there yet so I waited for him. When the train arrived, I saw him and called, “Thoth!” He came over to me and kissed me. “Why didn’t you say Bunny? I’m in a bad mood, it was perfect moment to call me Bunny.” he said. “I’m sorry, Bunny!” I said. He gave me the bike keys and I went down the escalator and locked up my bike with his. I bought my ticket and went through the gate. Thoth and I found a seat and talked while waiting for the train. “I wonder if they’ll pay us back for all the travel we’ve been doing to get this visa.” I said. “I doubt they will.” Thoth said. “I don’t even know if it will happen.” He seemed like he was in a pretty good mood, but I wasn’t.
We took the train to Lake Merritt and walked to the Alameda County Clerk’s Office. It was like being at the DMV. We signed some papers and waited for our number to be called. “Congratulations.” a woman said. “You get to say that all the time.” Thoth said. “All these people are getting married.” I said. “I’ve never done this before and probably won’t ever do it again.” “Well I’m sure I won’t, but I’m not sure about you.” Thoth said. “Do you think I’ll get remarried when you die?” I asked. “I’m not sure, Young Lady.” Thoth said. Our number was called and we went up to a woman who was very friendly. She asked us some questions about our wedding and printed off the papers we need to sign on the wedding day. We gave her money. “You need to send it back here within 10 days of the wedding and we’ll give you the official certificate of marriage.” she said.
We walked back to the BART station and took the train to Rockridge. We then biked up the hill to Nancee’s house. I called my sister and she came over. I was really tired and needed to lie down. “We still have to perform at Tourette’s without Regrets tonight and I’m afraid I’m going to faint.” I said. Thoth was in a really dark mood. Sis got me some tomato soup and I put my makeup on. “Damn, I forgot to string my bells!” I said. I haphazardly strung them together and made some CDs. Sis drove us to the Oakland Metro Opera House. “Thank you, sissy for being our chauffeur, even though we’re both in a bad mood. ” I said. “I will carry you two anywhere and you don’t need to thank me. You are my sister and I love you both.” she said. Someone broke into her car yesterday and the front passenger window was smashed. “I have to get it fixed tomorrow.” she said. There was already a line of people waiting to get into the venue. Sis found a parking spot and we walked in the front doors.
The music was so loud! Jamie DeWolf saw us and said hello. He’s the guy who hired us for the event and has been running the show since 1999. We told the DJ we don’t want to use microphones. Thoth forgot to bring earplugs so sis got us some napkins which we tore up and put in our ears. A guy asked for our ID’s. “I know you’re performing here, but it’s 21+.” he said. I didn’t have mine so he drew big X’s on my hands with a black marker. I washed it off in the bathroom later. Backstage, we took out our violins and I asked Jamie when we’d play. “From around 9:30 to 10:30.” he said. The sound of the booming subwoofers was hurting my body. Sis and I walked around the venue and danced a bit. “Isn’t it cool you can come to a free show with us?” I said to sis. “Yeah. I like it.” she said. “And if we start doing more shows you can always come for free because you’re my sister.” I said. Thoth was sitting backstage very quietly. He was very sad. After the show started, he said, “I want to go home.” “Do you not want to play? We’re going on after a few more sets.” I said. “I don’t like it here.” he said. “It’ll be over soon.” I said and hugged him. “Are yo mad at me?” I asked. “Kind of. I don’t know why you brought us here.” he said. “I didn’t know it was going to be like this.” I said. I went over to Jamie. “Thoth is having a hard time. Can we get our money and leave when we’re finished?” I asked. “Sure the call girl has the money.” he said. I headed Jamie on stage say, “Who’s had a stressful day?” I raised my hand. This cute girl with short blonde hair gave me a back massage. I started feeling her up, just because I wanted to. I love Burlesque for that reason. Everyone’s so touchy feely and sexy and friendly. If you like someone, you can just touch them. “Only two more acts. Are you ok?” he said to Thoth. “I’m fine.” Thoth said. Finally, Jamie introduced us. He told the audience of about 300 people to be quiet because we don’t use amplification. The silence was intense as Thoth spun the spirit catcher. The sound of the room wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Our voices could be heard easily. We played “The Waltz.” When Thoth started singing, people cheered, and when we finished, the applause hurt my ears it was so loud. We played “Gypsy Dance” as an encore. We got a standing ovation and the applause was just awe inspiring. I’ve never heard people scream so loud for us. I felt like we were famous. When we left the stage, everyone thanked us and hugged us. “I’ll meet you outside.” Thoth said. I got money from the door girl and everyone was complimenting me. Sis and I watched a little more of the show and I went looking for Thoth. He was out near the car. “I didn’t know where you were.” I said. “I needed to get out of there.” he said. I went to get sis. “I want to stay!” she said. “Thoth wants to go home.” I said. Sis drove us home, we made dinner, took showers and worked on computers until we went to bed. God, what an intense day!!