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Archive for May 2nd, 2007

Another NYC Ukefest Photo on Flickr

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Here is yet another (really nice) photo of The Fabulous Heftones‘ performance on stage in NYC last Friday (poke around and find four photos of Mad Tea Party in the same photoset while you are there… our photo is number 18 of 19). We are also pictured here .

This guy really got us looking fine. And yes, we really are for real and we really are happy and in love and we sing songs about love and happiness for the most part. And why not? Love is the most real thing we could possibly sing about, in my opinion. It’s more universal, that feeling of love, or the longing for it or the wishing it would return… more than about any other emotion a human might feel. Even if it might not be the state of your life at the moment, it rings true on some level.

What a life I lead! I have been counting my blessings since before I left to teach in Dallas, and I haven’t stopped yet with all the New York experiences I haven’t yet fully processed. How did I get here? I had more challenges than happiness in my life until I was in my early 30’s. Now I’m 48 and I guess I knew other people were this happy, but I didn’t imagine it would happen to me.

The secret to happiness, of course, is to notice the small things. To celebrate a cup of tea, a piece of chocolate or a good olive, the giggle of a child, a sunbeam, chance encounters with good people. If you wait for big things to happen before you are happy, you will surely wait a long time. In my case, April 2007 has brought two very big things (teaching at Dallas-Ft. Worth Fiberfest and singing in New York City at NYUkefest). Today my feelings of gratitude are big along with those experiences.

OK, I’m off to process more of my own photos for you…

New York: The Arrival

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

nycpapayadog.jpgOn Wednesday we got up earlier than we wanted to, we dropped off my car at the shop and got on the road to go to NYC. It was raining. It kept raining nearly the whole way there. That made it slow going but we enjoyed one another’s company, and good music in the car.

nycstreet1.jpgWhen we arrived in NYC just before 10pm, we decided to drive through Manhattan so that we could just see the city in the dark. Instead of going directly to the parking garage, we checked in to the hotel and took all our luggage/instruments in, then headed out to find some food.

nycstreet2.jpgWe found a parking spot on the street. We walked a bit and found a Whole Foods grocery (organic food) that was huge. I mean, a wide city block and two stories high. Huge. I just checked the Whole Foods website and it seems we probably were at the Bowery location at Houston and Bowery, near 2nd Avenue and 1st Street.

nycstreet3.jpgI love Whole Foods. They have a deli with prepared items which are adventurous and tasty, and they list all the ingredients where you can just read them through the glass without having to ask and ask and ask. For someone like me, that is a big gift in unfamiliar surroundings.

nycwholefoods.jpgI ended up with salmon and two vegetable dishes, Brian got duck and two veggies. The meal was gourmet but there we sat on the balcony eating it with plastic forks. I was grateful to have food I knew would work out for me on the first day there. It was really tasty, too.

nycstreet4.jpgPhotos today are street scenes as we made our way from the tunnel to the hotel, and me on the balcony of Whole Foods market. Notice the sign for Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in that last photo.