Shawna has always had to shuffle her art supplies in and out of storage boxes to get things done. She likes to get things done. We decided to repurpose 4 of her school assignment paintings to make a desktop organizer. It is satisfying to pick up something that's just taking up space and change it into something you need. From the art pantry we took; Two large paintings for the front and back. Two small paintings for the separation and support material. A piece of hardboard for the sides. Three pieces raw 1/8 plywood for shelving. One dowel for the tape rack up top.
When two people come together and they both have a kitchen there is going to be extra stuff. A Crock-Pot for example. We feel that it is important to use, re-use, recycle, re-purpose or gift things that still have life left in them. Shawna had already come up with the idea of a custom fortune cookie game and I thought it would be fun to give away our extra kitchen gear as a hidden prize. After the party was over we realized that no one had said anything about having won anything. We offered a table of three SFFD Emergency responders a chance at it. We'll call them Larry, Curley and Mo. They each picked out a fortune. Curley opened his. Nothing. Larry and Mo cracked theirs. Mo got a funny look on his face and turned his fortune around. "No Way!" Shawna yelled, "I have your prize right here!" She sprinted across the room to get him his 'new' Crock-Pot. We felt lucky because we would not take it home. He felt lucky because he would...
So we had a party. After the whirlwind of getting married, getting papers filed, getting ready for Burning Man, getting through a couple weeks on the playa, and getting unpacked from that adventure, it was a challenge to get ready for this. Thankfully my mom, stepfather and sister contributed a majority of their first hours in town to helping create a couple hundred delicious curry puffs and two beautiful Obsttorte. Meanwhile my brother and brother in law helped keep our stress level low and our style points high with a treat of a meal and the awesome Mr. and Mrs. hats we wore for the festivities. The fantastic green olives were from Bayview Pasta. The broccoli salad and mac n cheese from Catheads Barbecue. Our personal touch was Cookies for Humanity Shawna and Niko edition. We created it as our way of encouraging some interaction between guests and with our handmade hippy-dippy-hangy-thingy. It was fun to see the creative compositions evolve. "A romantic dinner always needs barf on shoes." and some good advice emerged. "Forgiveness for a stinky fart is the secret to a happy marriage." and "Marriage is a lot of petting the pussy and cleaning the litter box." We had tons of fun putting faces to names in full color and three dimensions, giving and receiving hugs and heartfelt congratulations. We are so happy and thankful that so many were able to make time to come and meet whichever of us was a stranger and leave with a new friend. There was so much chit chat and socializing that it was hard to get to the end of a story and it was great! Here's my story about burning m.. wait no a story about meeting Shaw.. wait no a story about how I came to San Franci.. wait no a story about our vacation to Death Vall.. wait no how about an introduction because we jus.. wait no.. Did I tell you that story already? Let's start some new stories together.
We went, we built, we saw, we survived. It was quite an honor to get to go to the playa early and work our asses off to help set up and decorate Center Camp Cafe, one of the iconic fixtures of Black Rock City. When we arrived it was nothing but dirt and a shade structure. By the time we finished it was a beautiful social space. The variety was amazing. From the people to the jobs to do. It was a little back breaking and infinitely gratifying at the same time. Shawna was instrumental in helping Carolina Sunshine get the spoken word stage backdrop painted with "Speak" in over 130 languages. I was tossed from team to team filling in to get other things complete. From putting up walls to hoisting pennants to assembling lanterns and hanging endless numbers of paper cranes. We helped the deco team get it all done only 24 seconds behind schedule. That was only the beginning. Next came Burning Man, an indescribable experience of artistic effort and kindness. Something that all of humanity has hidden inside but our respective societies successfully suppress. For a few short days there is nothing but love and dust in the air. We learned more about each other and grew closer as a couple. Then in a raging inferno the man came down and it was over. The heat faded but the memories will remain. Thank you to all the citizens of BRC. We had a great time.
It's a full time job with a list, another list, that must have list and this that and the other thing packed to resist the dust storms... Wow. I know I'm forgetting something... Long time listener first time caller. Good to be here.