Monday, May 18, 2009

Eating for the Apocalypse: Because you know food is gonna be scarce!

Spring is probably the best time to start integrating planting in your lifestyle. The frost is over. And the apocalypse is impending. Like we say over and over again, the key to surviving the apocalypse will most likely include finding reliable and healthy food sources! So where do we start? Start with growing your own because a grocery may not be your safest option if it's an option at all. It may take some time but it's fresher and cheaper to grow your own veggies, many times over. Below are some of the greens that are taking over our front yard! By the way, we're urban gardeners so don't let city living stop you.

And below are few of the herbs we are growing: mint and rosemary. I think that means we're having a mojito and rosemary bread summer.

A few weeks ago, Gender Fatigue had another amazing guest. Gail Taylor, a farmer at a community supported agricultural farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland called Clagett, came into the studio to talk about spring planting. For those who don't know, a CSA is a membership supported farm. So basically folks can buy a share and they are guaranteed a portion of that year's harvest every week for a certain amount of months.

If you're a novice, what do you need to start growing:

1. good seeds--we can go into the politics of genetic modification and patenting of seeds. But for right now, we're just looking to get any seeds that will allow us to grow something like lettuce or kale--greens are perfect to start with.
2. good soil--we've been composting for a couple of years so we have some really good soil but just go to a garden store or any place with soil to sell. Or you can contact us and we will share with you...maybe
3. water
4. A tool for digging

Okay, here's an inspirational video:

that's what i'm talking about!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Whiskey you're the devil

It's the day after St. Patrick's Day, and bent has quite a hangover, but thought she would take the opportunity to blog about Gender Fatigue's activities on the Irish day. Bent has fond memories of listening to her grand-father (bless his soul) sing along to Irish drinking songs in her childhood, getting drunk most every night. While she can't recall any of the specific songs or artists, and she doesn't recall him drinking much aside from Genesee 12 Horse beer, she does imagine a memory of him singing "Whiskey You're the Devil":

As a punk rocker, of course had to like the Pogues, basically the only well known Irish punk rock band. Gender Fatigue had a fantastic party in 2008 to the tunes of the Pogues on St Patrick's Day, and the tradition continued this year. We also had our radio show the same day, which featured plenty of Pogues, as well as a tune by Lick the Tins, from the soundtrack to Some Kind of Wonderful. Mothersheister and bent love to sing along and dance to the Pogues version of "Whiskey You're the Devil."

On this day, Gender Fatigue likes to recall the similarities between Mothersheister's and bent's people's experience with the English, conniving colonizing bastards that they are! After all, Ireland (and to a certain degree Scotland and Wales too) was a testing ground for their colonizing tactics elsewhere, like in Kenya. As we ate corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, we pondered the Irish Potato Famine which killed more than a million and sent another million (all together a quarter of the island's population) fleeing the country. It was not the case, as some mistakenly believe, that Irish people only ate potatoes, and so when the potato crop failed back in 1845-1849, people starved. The Irish grew many other crops, but the English colonial regime would take most of their crops (like grains) as taxes. There was actually more than enough food in Ireland to feed everyone during the potato famine, it's just that the English took it all.

[This is a mural in the Falls neighborhood in Belfast, photo by Asterion.]

The famine, and the English government's lack of reaction to it, resulted in an uprising in Tipperrary. Also really interesting, according to Wikipedia, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire sent food and money to help the Irish, and the Choctaw Indians in the US, who had just endured the Trail of Tears, raised money and sent it as well. Hooray international solidarity!

Another example of international solidarity came at the same time, in the United States, but this time from the Irish towards Mexico. In 1846 the US invaded Mexico, and many newly arrived Irish immigrants (along with other immigrants) were conscripted into the military. When they were sent to war against Mexico, many of them deserted to the Mexican side, for various reasons. Treated poorly by the Anglo officers and wider US society, and by the English before that, they also saw similarities with the Mexicans in religion and being attacked by a larger empire. In addition to many Irish, lots of Germans and other European immigrants deserted, as well as a number of black slaves - they all were given Mexican citizenship immediately.

Since they knew they would probably be killed for treason if they were captured, the San Patricio Battallion soldiers fought extremely hard against the US army, and were exceptionally successful in part because many of them had more combat experience than their Mexican counter parts. Mothersheister says she heard that when the Mexican troops would put up the white flag of surrender, the San Patricios would tear it down and put up their own flag, to keep fighting. San Patricios also probably enjoyed shooting down US army officers who had abused them, and some records show that officers were disproportionately killed during battles involving the San Patricio Batallion. The battallion is fondly remembered in Mexico, where it is celebrated on St Patrick's Day but also on September 12, the anniversary of the executions of those members of the Battallion who were captured by the US army. So have a drink for these amazing fallen soldiers!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Surviving the Apocalypse Task # 1: Learn How To Use a Gun

For our loyal blog readers, you know that Gender Fatigue spends a lot of time talking about the apocalypse and how we're getting ready for it. Some would argue that we are in the apocalypse right now but that's another post for another day...

Part of our journey of preparation is learning how to shoot a gun properly and safely. The only time Bent shot a gun was as a child and mothershiester has shot guns in her dreams. But a couple of weekends ago, we made it to the gun range at the Virginia based National Rifle Association Headquarters.

Bent had been in contact with the Pink Pistols, a gay gun rights and shooting group that organizes shooting get togethers. They organized an outing to the NRA range. One of the members said he would provide the guns and the bullets so there we went.

We needed a bit of food fuel to get through a morning of shooting several rounds so we went to this greek family owned diner near the NRA. We almost passed up the Have A Bite eatery, but thankfully we didn't because they served the tastiest potatoes. Potatoes with lemon are very tasty!

Thanks to milmo, we were able to make it to the gun range full and without incident. We were were one of the first cars of the morning. "Early to bed, Early to rise"...Actually, just kidding, we went to sleep super late but we still woke up super early for this moment.

The gun range is located in the lower level. It kind of set the mood for Mothershiester who was starting to regret coming. Images of accidentally shooting herself or other folks at the range bombarded her mind while Bent walks giddily.

We definitely didn't know what to expect when we got there. Both of us are just excited to demystify the gun. Below is us 'excited'!

Once you enter, you can't take photos. Since we'd never been there, we had to read through a gun safety and NRA rules manual plus take an open book test before we could set foot onto the live fire part of the range. After taking the test, you buy some targets, and pick up a set of eye goggles and ear muffs--and you definitely need those. Once you walk into the range, it's pretty surreal. It's set up like a bowling alley because each shooter is in their own lane. In front of you is this huge empty space with walls riddled with bullets and each lane has a target at different distances from each other depending on how far you want to shoot.

The sounds of the guns firing scared the hell out of mothershiester. It was much louder than she expected and it seemed like the shooting would never stop. At one point mothershiester wanted to run out before she could even hold a gun. Bent handled things much better. Some of the loudest guns that were being shot were shotguns and assault rifles.

Our pink pistols contact gave us a mini practice session before using the real things. We started out with a .22. Bent graduated to a 9 mm and a colt .45 with a type of precision that should make any person scared.

5 things that surprised us from our gun range visit:

1. Gun enthusiasts/users are not gun wielding vigilantes that want to shoot first
and ask questions later.
2. You should not focus on the target to shoot the target accurately. Instead the
target and the back of your gun should be blurry while the front of your gun
should be clear.
3. Guns are fucking LOUD.
4. Limp wristing is not just a joke on the gun range. It can apparently happen.
5. BENT and MOTHERSHIESTER are obsessed with shooting! We will be back!!!

Comic Gazing at the American Indian Museum

Palace house guest and dear friend, Papa Raul, and Mothershiester spent Sunday afternoon at the American Indian Museum checking out their exhibit: Comic Art Indigene. The exhibit features comics and comic-inspired art centered around Native American culture and explorations of identity--including myths, sterotypes, as well as contemporary narratives.

There were several pieces of comic art by Native women that were featured. Below is a picture I took from a series by New Mexico artist, Rose Bean Simpson --Objectification: Seductive Woman with TV, Super Pueblo, Graffiti Artist, Lesbian Couple

Simpson's art style reminds me of the Hernandez Brothers' love and rockets comix. Here is a closer look at the lesbian couple in this series. very cute!!

As you all know, Gender Fatigue is ga-ga over comics. And despite the lack of respect comics get in the states as serious art forms, gender fatigue knows that comics are one of the most accessible and oldest art forms pre-dating written language, um yeah. It was also pretty inspiring for Mothershiester who will be taking illustration classes in April. Stay tune for her illustrations on this site in the late spring.

Word on the Papa Raul Grapevine: The next comic that gender fatigue should start reading is Black Lightning. A comic book about a superhero that takes on DC comics' chief executioner of justice, Superman. This character confronts superhero and ask the age old question, "Why aren't you dispensing your justice in the south side of metropolis?" riddling Superman with white guilt plus some kick ass dispensing of justice on his forgotten streets.

Mothershiester tried to buy a couple of issues this weekend but Big Monkies Comics on 14th street was sold out. Damn it! So give them a call and ask for more issues so that another comic character of color doesn't bite the dust. We know how it is.

Friday, March 13, 2009

On March 3rd, Gender Fatigue was very excited to be joined by amazing local artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer. We've only known Lisa Marie since last year, but we are consistently amazed by her work, her charm, and her energy. Most recently, Lisa Marie teamed up with Kathryn Cornelius to hold Soup Kitchen at Transformer on P St NW - a kind of performance action involving soup, sharing with others, connections between art and soup, and more, in their own words: "Join the artists as they fill bowls, slice bread, and entertain guests with an event that addresses the relationship of art and community service with the common concerns of our current economic situation, in the format of a communal experience." Sales of customized soup cans benefited local group SOME.

Lisa Marie has also recently had a new exhibit, Lifeguard, open with Decoy at Hounshell Realty on 14th St, had an incredible portrait of Michelle Obama in the exhibit Manifest Hope: DC in January, and continues to garner rave reviews for her amazing art featuring women and challenging gender stereotypes - including Lot Lizards, Boxers, and Girls & Guns (hey, that's kinda like Gender Fatigue! We're girls with guns! More to come on that).

[could this be bent in the future?]

Due to technical challenges, we are bringing you the transcript of the interview, though we hope to finally have audio streaming capabilities up and running soon on the blog...

Our show started with Lisa Marie talking about her work like what it's about and what it's made from. Due to technical challenges, our efforts to record the first bit was thwarted, so we pick up with our transcript a bit into the interview. You can read more about her work on her website albeit in the form of reviews that don't hold a light to Lisa Marie's personal explanation. Maybe this one comes closest...

We begin halfway through Lisa Marie's answer to our question about being an artist in DC:

Lisa Marie Thalhammer: ....telling me their stories like about dc space, I've had the privilege to meet really interesting people in this city and I think its the people I've met that have kept me here. I'm not on the Hill or talking to a lot of people on the Hill. I'm just talking to everyday people, people that come into my gallery, or when I used to work at the bar, people who used to come into the bar, and I think it was those interactions that really inspired me. Yeah, so don't talk shit about DC!

dj bent: That's right! Can you talk more about how DC has affected your art? Like being here vs where you were before, like New York or whatever, and especially in light of the fact that the whole Lot Lizards series is based on that. So how has DC affected that? Especially I think of one of my favorite pieces, it's the one with DJ Natty Boom in it. And maybe Natty Boom has been at a truck stop, but obviously that's putting those two contexts together, right? [note: Natty Boom is a phenomenal DJ and also was a collaborator on Lifeguard]

LM: Well it's hard to appreciate where you're from until you're away from where you're from. So I think finally moving out of the midwest and being on the east coast, I found it interesting that east coast people have this strange curiosity with middle america: What's going on with middle america? You know? It's this big mystery! So then it sort of also sparked my interests in middle america too, like what is going on there? So i thought about my experiences there, and being on the east coast is how that series of work came about for me. I don't know if I was still living in Illinois, Missouri, or Kansas if I would have came to that same type of understanding about where I was from.

dj mothersheister: What are some of the challenges of being a working artist?

LM: There's a lot of them! Being an artist you have to challenge yourself daily; you always have to kind of challenge your own thinking, think about what you're putting out to the public, what you're putting out in culture. It's kind of a circle, the culture affects the art but also the art affects the culture. It's important to me that there's positive images in my work. This latest series deals primarily with sex workers in the trucking industry, also trying to shine a light on that sub culture that isn't looked at very often. So those are important things to me. There's challenges you know... I'm not going to talk about the economy. [laughter] There's always challenges and i think especially with what's going on right now, it's important that as a culture we all come together to value art and make a stand on what we want our culture to be about. What do we want our hard earned money to go to? Do we want it going to war or do we want it going to creating art and culture? That's an individual question that everybody needs to ask themselves, but also a larger question of what we value as society.

B: That kinda of came out recently with the economic stimulus package. There is a part about arts, and people were like, "What is this doing in there? That doesn't generate economic stimulus! Those aren't workers that need economic support!" It was crazy the way people talk about the arts and cultural production as this totally separate thing that has no relation on our larger society.

LM: And it has such a huge relation! Arts and economic stimulus is hand in hand! I just think it's important that we keep talking about that, and the importance of that.

MS: You were talking about challenging yourself on a daily basis and I'm very interested in that. Because we often talk about that - we've been working on creating a space for people to be creative in, and sometimes it's very hard to motivate yourself to finish projects, or start on them, or continue them. How do you do it? Do you have a plan?

LM: It mainly comes down to obsession, to a certain degree. I'm really obsessed with my artwork, and I'm always trying to find three more hours in the day to focus on a drawing that is 2 inches by 2 inches, or something crazy like that. Art is something that is part of me. Even when I'm not feeling particularly creative, I make myself sit in my studio and free draw. There is a business aspect to art making. Especially if you're trying to take it to a professional level where you're having exhibitions and shows and you're writing grant proposals. So if there's a day I'm not feeling particularly creative then I focus on writing that grant, or sending an email to some friends with an image of a new painting i just did, and then on the days where I am feeling creative, and I go with that. So there's different hats that you kinda have to wear in this day and age as an artist. Different days call for different hats.

MS: You don't have something you say to yourself in the mirror, or a drink you take in the morning? I mean I think that's great....

LM: We all have our tricks! Secrets of the trade! [laughter]

B: It reminds me of a panel that Mothersheister and I attended a couple weeks ago that was about arts, and a lot of it goes back to what we were just talking about: the economy. Artists are small business people, and no one wants to give them that credit! In this panel they were talking about that, how in art school you don't learn about running a business, finances, whatever, and that's really an important part of being an artist if you're trying to make a living off it, or even if you do it on the side, but that's not recogized.

LM: As an artist it's your job to get your artwork out there for people to see, but if you don't put it out there for people to see it, then it's never going to be shown. Or it might be something you do for yourself, which is totally valid if that's your intent, but if you're intent is to get to show it, and for it to interact culturally on a larger level, then there's definitely a small business aspect to it. I file sole proprietor taxes, I have my own business technically. They don't teach you that in art school, you have to learn that on your own and there are a lot of great resources on that in DC, like the foundation center is really great. If you live in DC you can definitely check out DC Commission on Arts and Humanities site, they have classes like grant writing. So you definitely have to take it on yourself, they're not gonna teach you that in art school.

B: Another question: Could you talk about the role of gender and/or sexuality in your work, or other stuff like that. [laughter] Like our show is about gender fatigue, but we talk about all kinds of stuff.

LM: Gender, identity and power are definitely major themes through all my work. I definitely attempt to challenge what traditional gender roles are in my work. For me especially with some of the works of portraits I've done of female friends, trying to pull out this powerful glance or pose, but still make it their own is important and it's also important to me that different people find that in an individual way. It's not the same for everyone, not everyone's gonna want to come in and pose the same way for a portrait, but collectively when yous ee them together, I feel like there is a message of power through gender identity.

B: Awesome.

LM : Awesome. [laughter]

MS: I had another question. In terms of having a support network for all the things you work on, what are the communities of people that do that? Do you have that? How does that work? Do you meet? I don't have the language for it. What does your support network look like?

LM: There's definitely a support network for visual artists and for me personally and I feel like a lot of that revolves around cetain galleries and nonprofit spaces, like where I work (the Ellipse Art Center) we definitely have a community that we've built around that space. Also Transformer, which is a local non profit that creates community with emerging artists, and connects emerging artists with people who have had longer professional careers in the arts and collectors. There's also a community around people who collect my work and support my work. Also the O Street artists studios, where I have my studio space, that's a really interesting community of artists. It's a really unique space for DC, there's not many artists studio buildings left where you'll find multiple artists in one building I think there's probably about twenty artists in our building. We have an open studio every year, this year I think it's gonna be the weekend of April 25, 52 O St NW, open house, come by, see my studio, my artwork, the studios and art of twenty different artists in the building. All different kinds of artists, from sculpture to furniture making to jewelry making, drawing, painting, wood sculpture, wood carving, all over the board. So I've been really lucky to find that community in DC because there's not very many of them. I've also found a community through Girls Rock! DC which is a local non profit of women in the DC area who come together to put on a rock camp for young girls age 8-18. Organizing around that has been really inspiring to me and has given me a whole new artistic community to be involved in or get inspiration from. You have to seek it out, but it's out there, and you know, from your own community too, just friends hanging out, like in the studio...


B: That was pretty much what we wanted to cover! Could you tell folks where can people see your work, and what exhibits have you been in lately, and website?

LM: Website is See some of my work at Hounshell realty office at 1506 14th St at 14th and P Sts NW. It's a real estate office but you can go in during the day, just knock and they'll be happy to let you in, through April 11.

[gender fatigue hearts dj natty boom and lisa marie thalhammer!]

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Exciting things soon to come!

On March 3 Gender Fatigue had the honor of interviewing local awesome artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer on our show! We had a great chat about all kinds of things including art in DC, roots and traveling influence on creativity, pushing ourselves to be creative, and more. The transcript should be up tomorrow of our great interview!

Additionally, over the weekend, Gender Fatigue made an expedition to the shooting range. Pics and commentary coming soon - and if we get lucky, maybe we can even figure out how to upload some audio from the day!

Stay Tuned!

Friday, March 6, 2009

MZBEL - 16 Years

Gender Fatigue wishes that they had a song like '16 years' on our playlist when we were 16.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Denver Colorado is Actually Quite Nice!

This is bent, on my way back from Denver where I was attending the Creating Change conference, "The National Conference on LGBT Equality" - hosted each year by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. It's an opportunity for lots of LGBT activists from around the country to gather and discuss what's going on nationally and in their communities. It tends to focus a bit on the more mainstream "gay" issues like marriage and such, but there are still radical and interesting spaces at the conference, including spaces created by folks coming from communities of color and poor communities. There's plenty to write about, but let's talk about one of the best moments for me of the conference: the plenary with Dolores Huerta speaking. 

Dolores Huerta herself is obviously off the hook, and was really excellent to hear speak, and more on that in a second. But what really amazed me and will make me remember this for time to come was how the session included a video presentation about the history of LGBT struggles in Colorado, an emphasis on the local that we don't always get in these kinds of spaces. Boulder, a city not too far from Denver, was the first in the country to include sexual orientation in their anti-discrimination law in 1974 and had an openly gay man on city council. Shortly afterwards however, a popular vote on the ordinance was held and the sexual orientation protections were stripped - the gay council member was also recalled. Then, in 1975 the county clerk issued marriage licenses to several gay couples, which we accepted as valid until revoked by the Colorado district attorney. Consistent efforts by local activists got sexual orientation added to the city non-discrimination laws again in 1987, by popular vote! According to some sources this was the first time that happened in the US.

It seems so important to learn about this local struggles and efforts - and obviously this was only a brief overview. Sometimes it feels like we are so focused on what is going on right now - Prop 8 or ENDA or whatever - and we don't keep a historical perspective for what we are working on. A historical perspective would serve us well particularly in strategy and not repeating mistakes or making new ones. At Creating Change there was much talk about the importance of an "inclusive" ENDA, but that neglects the fact that ENDA itself focuses solely on employment non-discrimination - allowing discrimination in various other settings to continue. That's a different approach than what was used by folks to get non-discrimination laws pass in the past such as ADA or the Civil Rights Act. That was a historical decision made way back when the bill was originally introduced, but does that still make sense at this point? And with so many discussions at the conference focused on federal policy change and legislation, the logical thing to consider is: can we really legislate social change? For sure it's part of social change work, but do people, especially folks with the power and the resources, tend to see it as the whole or the bulk of social change, rather than a tool for social change?

In terms of history and social change, hearing Dolores Huerta speak certainly connected both of those. And although she didn't really knock my socks off or make me think about things in some way, it was truly beautiful to see this amazing activist, who has been doing so much for so many years. She is sweet and old, angry and fierce, really funny and clearly thoughtful. It seemed important to have her speak in that space as to remind people that issues of immigration, fair wages and working conditions, worker organizing, racism, and other crucial things are "gay" issues, need to be part of this gay agenda. Creating Change is a space where people are more likely to see those connections than other places, but it could get a lot better. At least it gave me the opportunity to see some friends, make some new ones, and enjoy the beautiful Denver. 

Perhaps the most beautiful thing about Denver was the Charlie's on a Thursday night. It's a cowboy bar, and there are many amazing looking cowboys and cowbutches. Most drinks are only $2.50! There is an incredible mix of different body types and genders, as well as some straight folks in the mix and acting normal amongst mostly queers. Not many trans folks its true, but a good number of folks of color of various backgrounds. And maybe best of all there are two rooms of dancing - one a more typical club scene with top 40 hits, hip hop, R & B, but that's important. The other room however was like no where I have ever seen: a huge wooden floor where couples waltz together in a circle to country tunes or do choreographed line dancing. Phenomenal. It totally enthralled me, and I was especially excited when on a return visit a friend actually joined in even though he didn't know any of the steps. But I was content to sit and watch, soaking up the beauty of folks being free and loving. Oh and there's no cover, a $1 coat check, and a woman selling fresh burritos out front! 

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Georgraphy lesson!

This is Galicia, a province of Spain that is next to Portugal in the northwest of the country. If you look at the lower left hand side of the province, you'll see a little pink dot and that is Tui, the little town the DC Hot Commondities visited. We liked Tui a lot - it's a very small town but beautiful, very gothic and european looking, and just across the river is Portugal! That was pretty cool. It helped that we also had a very sweet apartment to stay in with gorgeous views and we had many adventures. For perspective, here is a map of Spain:

You can see where Madrid is, in the middle of the country in blue, and then Galicia is that green area up in the northwest. It was a rather pretty drive but with some pretty crazy mountains that were hard to go through at night in the sleet. They speak a different language in Galicia - Galego, which is the closest to Spanish/Castellano of the different languages spoken in Spain - the other main ones being Basque/Euskara and Catalan. It also has a lot of similarities with Portuguese, and apparently there is some controversy about whether or not it is a separate language from Portuguese. Speaking of Portuguese, since were so close and you can cross the border without a passport, we took a day trip to Portugal, and ended up going all the way to Oporto/Porto, a large city in northern Portugal. It was really beautiful, had an excellent radio station that we enjoyed very much, and we even found black eyed peas in an immigrant market there! That was good because we were afraid of not having good luck in the new year, although we did eat our grapes.

That's Oporto. Mothersheister said she thought "the black people are more free here." It was raining most of the time in Oporto so we didn't get to enjoy it as much as we would have liked. Here's a pic from Tui, of the church/fortress:

Although you wouldn't know it by the language, which is not connected to the Celtic ones, bent had always learned that Galicia was connected to Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man and Scotland as a Celtic area. But aside from some old myths we didn't find a whole lot of evidence of this. Galicia is really green and coastal, kind of like Ireland, and its rainy and warmer than you expect it to be, also like Ireland. There are even palm trees! And they have bagpipes! But we also called it the "Maine of Spain" because it's pretty rural, "it's beautiful" and far away from everything, on the Atlantic coast.

In addition to our Portugal visit and our meanderings around Tui, we also went to the beach at Baiona, a small town on the ocean that is super picturesque and has a big castle fort which is neat. The waves were really amazing and we got to watch the sunset over the Atlantic - a first for most of us!

Tui was a really fun place to spend new years eve and the first few days of 2009.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Some things we miss about Spain, some things we are glad to have back in D.C.

so there were a lot of great things about spain, despite all the drama. we really liked all the graffiti everywhere:

we also miss some of the food, which is so tasty.

we miss drinking in public, damn that is so great.

we miss the lackadaisical pace at which each day passed, including eating dinner at like 10pm.

we miss walking around tui in galicia, acting like zombies, and we miss the hot commodities!

we miss the metro in madrid, the longest wait we ever had was 4 minutes! what's wrong wmata?

we miss the good, strong wine, and olives.

we miss portugal, even tho it's not spain, where they had great music on the radio, black eyed peas, and beautiful city of oporto:

not so much missing stepping over dog-doo everywhere. or the rudeness. or in mothersheister's case potatoes at every meal (wait to we go to ireland!). we certainly don't miss spanish thieves. or expensive prices, in euros no less.

we love to be able to eat tofu again!

and our lovely beds are the best ever. we're happy to see friends again, and happy to eat other tasty treats like black beans, burritos, and bacon.

but mostly we hold very fond memories of a great time in espana.

So happy!

it seems best if mothersheister gives a first hand account of her perspective of the process of going through spanish border and u.s. border, but in the meantime, here is a very cute picture of us, so happy to be on the plane after we got through the spanish side. the u.s. hurdle was still ahead (which included some uncertainty for dj "i love edward cullen") but we were not yet worried, only euphoric that all three of us were on the plane and no kenyan was left behind. if you would like a version of this photo that reveals our top-secret identities, please let us know, b/c it is wicked cute, and if you have security clearance we will email it to you.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Safe and sound back at home.

This is a mini-post just to say happy new year to all and we are back in DC! We are feeling so happy to have made it successfully through the borders with dj mothersheister and dj "i love edward cullen". More of everything that you love to come soon.