Friday May 1 2015

Kevin and I at Work Release (May 1 2015)[i]

Waking up just before 1 p.m. feeling super rested. The wind is blowing and the rain is falling.

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maca Powder, Maple Syrup, Chia Seeds, Strawberries, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Coffee with Cream and Honey.

I convince Kevin to give me a ride to my car, which is finally all done. In the passenger seat of Kevin's car there is barely any room for my legs with all the empty Wawa croissant boxes and cigarette cartons everywhere.

Me: "It's Kevin's mobile trash compactor!"

Kevin's Mobile Trash Compactor (May 1 2015)

Then, I head straight to the old storage unit to finish dismantling the piano piece by piece. With the purchase of a heavy duty crow bar and long flathead screwdriver I manage to successfully take the cast iron harp off the wood. It was a big project for me considering I don't have any official craftsman skills except for what I learn as I go along.

Cast Iron Piano Harp Dismatled (May 1 2015)

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese and Strawberry Jam. Sweet Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.

Dragonfly Window Friend (May 1 2015)

I grab Kevin to help me transport the cast iron harp from the unit back to the house. With the use of a sturdy shelf board as a ramp and some rope to tie it down it's an easy job. We place it against the wall in the hallway.

Me: "I can't believe I really did this. I just took apart a whole piano."

Navel Orange with Greek Yogurt.

I'm playing with Ladada at a free rock show at Work Release, a fairly new venue/art warehouse in the arts district. I take Kevin and Ana with me. I got the wild idea of strutting a longhaired wig for the evening – managing to convince a few people it's even real. We play alongside The Seeers and Wyteshayds, two powerhouse bands. I feel like every show I play with Ladada gets more cohesive and comfortable. Wearing the wig turns me into a different person. At the finale everybody witnesses Josiah get fueled with the kind of rock energy you can only experience at a show – at the end of the song where we repeat the E chord over and over again Josiah loses control and swings his guitar off knocking over the mic stands.

Sipping on a couple Pilsners and enjoying complimentary meals via band tickets with Ana: Naan Pizza, Side Salads, and a Fruit and Cheese Plate.

Ana and I at Work Release (May 1 2015)

The Seeers (2) at Work Release (May 1 2015)

Wyteshayds at Work Release (May 1 2015)

Seeing this Work Release place for the first time is inspiring. It's exciting to see the Norfolk arts/music culture having a location to thrive and stay alive.

Back home at some point.

Chatting with Ana before bed about how grateful I am that April is over. It was a super busy month for me. May will be much calmer. She's been in a bit of a sour mood, which I can understand but sometimes I don't understand it.

Sleep 4 a.m.

[i] Images by me.

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