Wednesday July 1 2015
Waking up at 11:48 a.m.
Iced Coffee. Banana.
Picking up Ling Yao (Joy is her American name), a couch surfer from China, from the Greyhound station. She'll be staying with us for a couple days.
Grilled PB&J with Bee Pollen. Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.
Teaching lessons at Music Makers.
Running into the problem with particular students where they lose interest after getting through their first lesson book. I've got to come up with ways to make it super interesting otherwise I will lose them.
Swiss Milk Chocolate.
I take Steven and Joy to Norfolk. At The Parlor in the arts district Ladada is playing a show with Wyteshayds for the venue's one-year anniversary. Across the street I order a Tuna Poke Bowl from Zeke's. We notice a bunch of street kids shooting the basketball around on a hoop with no backboard.
The three of us sit nearby on a bench. The ball comes rolling over to me at one point. I pick it up and give my best jump shot: nothing but net. I was much further than a 3-point distance. The kids are amazed. I'm amazed. A great trick shot. Eventually, Steven and I join a couple of the kids in 2-on-2. The hoop is so low that I can slam-dunk the ball. Time passes. And then it's time to get back to The Parlor and set up on the stage. Ross is on the drums with us tonight for the first time. For only practicing three separate times he does a supreme job. After the set, there's a gathering outside near the basketball hoop. The other half of our VB friends show up later. Somebody brought along a genuine street ball but much smaller than official size. People climb atop the re-purposed shipping container. There's running around. It's a good time. I feel bad for Joy cause she seems tired and not very social. It's her very first time in America and she's only been here for two days. I feel like we're starting her time off with a social bang, maybe a little too much all at once.
Later on, Wyteshayds finishes off the rock show inside the venue.
Back home at some point. Ana got off work late around 11 p.m. so she couldn't make the show. She's angry about life right now – a little upset about working all the time and having to miss events in the evening. We talk it out in the dining room. She's still working her car parts job at O'Reilly's and it's stressing her out.
Sleep 4 a.m.
[i] Images by me.
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