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A Life of Art

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 May 18th 2014

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAI didn’t sleep very well last night. I was more nervous about today. I woke at 10 and sissy arrived. I got dressed in my costume and sissy arrived. Daddy called. “Do you need anything to eat?” he said. “No, I’m fine daddy.” I said. Sis made us smoothies and put on a little makeup. Daddy arrived and sat outside with sis while we got ready. I ate some of her bagel. I knew I’d be really hungry today. “I’m going to stay home and help Nancee clean up. I won’t make it into the city today.” he said. Sis, Thoth and I left the house just as Chris pulled in. “Going to work?” Chris said. “Yup!” we said. We packed the car with our violins and bags and headed to San Francisco at noon.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERASis drove us into the city, but she had to pee so Thoth took over once we hit traffic. The road near the Panhandel was completely blocked, so we had to go a different way. When it hit 2 o’clock, I started getting uncomfortable and car sick. Everything was blocked off for Bay to Breakers. There were tons of people in costume. “I don’t think we’re going to play today.” I said. “Just trust me Young Lady.” Thoth said. We had to drive all the way around the park to finally get in. Surprisingly, it was easy to find a parking spot right near the tunnel. It had taken us over 2 hours to get to the park! We gave sis some money to get ice cream and walked to the tunnel. “It’s closed.” Thoth said. “Thank God.” I said.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERASANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThere was no one near the tunnel, but there were tons of people lying on the grass nearby. “No one is going to get here.” I said. I got a text message from Forrest asking us where we were. I gave him directions and he showed up a moment later. I was shocked! “Forrest is here!” he said. He talked with us while we got ready. And lo and behold, Eric, Belinda and their girls showed up with a few friends too! “It’s your first prayformance as a married couple!” Eric said. I was amazed people from the wedding party actually got here!! We set up quick to play.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAAt first, no one accept our wedding friends sat down to watch us. It made me feel sad. I wondered if it would’t be such a good day after all. Our spirits were perked up as we saw Anandabodhi and some of the other nuns from Aloka Vihara! Anandabodhi place a bottle of juice near our set up. I couldn’t help but smile when I saw her and I smiled the rest of the piece. I feel a connection to the nuns. We are doing a devotional practice as they are. When I saw them, I saw my marriage as some kind of spiritual precipice that I jumped over. Now that I’m on the other side of it, I feel I am the eternal virgin bride. I’m going to wear my veil headdress as long as I can stand it. My sister arrived as we started “Gypsy Dance.” She said hello to the nuns. They’d never met my twin before. They stayed for several songs, then hugged us and left. Three other members of the wedding party arrived, John, Ellen and her daughter. I was very happy to see them, too! We told our audiences a few times we just got married and this is our public wedding. They cheered every time! It turned out to be a much better day then I thought it would be!

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAWhen we finished, I was absolute exhausted. I collapsed on Belinda’s mat on the grass while Thoth set up the camera. I took pictures of myself and my new ring and then we took pictures together and made our video. What an awesome day! Forrest had to rush to the airport so he gave us hugs goodbye. Sis handed me some money. “It’s from Forrest. He handed it to Thoth and ran away.” sis said. ” Sis and I held each other and started pretend crying. “Forrest really loves you.” sis said between her fake sobs. We sat on the grass with our friends while we packed up. John played with the kids. I hugged him and thanked him for the generous donation he gave us last night. “Life has been very good to me lately so I want to pass that on.” John said. “It shocked me.” I said. “Good. That was the intention.” John said. “I got the idea when you said you wanted to go to Japan but couldn’t unless you had a lot of money. You don’t have to use it to got to Japan, you can use it for anything you want.” he said. John gives great hugs. He’s very tall so he has to bend his knees and wrap his arms around me. It feels very loving and enfolding. Sis went to get the car and we all said goodbye an drove home.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERASANYO DIGITAL CAMERASANYO DIGITAL CAMERAI called daddy and he came over when we got home at 6:30. Thoth and I were exhausted so we got out of our costumes (but not our makeup) and dad drove me, Thoth, Nana and sis to sushi dinner! There was a half hour wait, so we got drinks and snacks and waited at the bar. We did this funny game with dad where we close and open his mouth with our hands while he made this funny sound. We used to do that all the time when we were kids. Hysterical. While Thoth was getting drinks, he told me two girls flirted with him. “They just turned 21 and they wanted me to drink with them.” Thoth said. “Did you say you were married?” I said. “Yep.” Thoth said. “They were one day too late. You were available until this time yesterday!” Dad said. We were seated and I ordered a bunch of sushi rolls. We haven’t been to this place in a few years. Last time, we went with Michael and ordered so much food it was shocking. Michael always orders a lot of sushi. Thoth ordered saki to share with Nana at first, but he got a beer at the table, then Dad ordered another beer and Thoth some of his. “If you’re gonna be my son, you have to drink beer.” Dad said. “I’m gonna be tipsy tonight.” Thoth said. “You’ll never see me drunk. I’ll throw up before I get drunk.” “Dad hold his beer better than most people.” I said. “The only time she’s ever seen me tipsy I was dancing around the streets in Lisbon.” Thoth said. “It was so cute.” I said. Thoth and I went to the bathroom together. “I love being married to you. I feel so safe now. I can flirt still, but I’m protected.” he said. “It’s great, isn’t it?” I said. “I can be a tease forever.” Thoth said. At the table, we decided we’d make a new CD this December with Michael Chiaravelotti and Rhan Wilson in Oakland! It will be much easier to get them because they both live very close by. Dad also knows a great studio to rent. Exciting! I need to start planning and make a budget. We offered Dad to help pay the bill, but dad quoted “The Sopranos,” “When it’s your family, you pay, when it’s my family I pay.” he said.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAWe walked to the car and I heard Nana, sis and Thoth laughing. “You have to hear Nancee do Baby Owl!” sis said. I ran over to listen. Nana tiled her head up suddenly, and made this tiny little high pitched hoot sound. It was adorable! We laughed so hard. In the car, we joked about it continuously. “We should make a song called ‘Baby Owl!’ on the new album. “I can have a lush string arrangement and at the end we can all go “Whoo.” together. We laughed in hysterics. “We can call it ‘Tribal Baroque does The “Whoo.”‘ I couldn’t breathe I was laughing so hard.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAWhen we got home, Daddy hugged and kissed us goodbye. “See you in December then.” he said. Sis hugged and kissed me and went home. I got to work writing the blogs for the past two days. It was past 2 am when I got finished. Thoth was fast asleep and I joined him.