Block 481: October 7, 2014


Mercury is in Retrograde, apparently.

Explains so much.

Date: October 7, 2014

Crane: 481

Days Spent on Project: 596

Location: NW Portland, OR

Person I would have sent it to: Nicole D.

Nicole was another of the amazingly talented dancer-performers involved in Fela!, as it went from the off-Broadway production uptown to Broadway.

She will always be the woman dancing center stage, in a wicked crazy solo, twirling her long rows of dreads around as fast as her head and neck would allow, and throwing that energy out in the audience to finish out her literal moment in the spotlight. And the audience would always catch that energy, and throw it back. That whole show felt great.

In the summer of 2009- this must have been May, as I was assisting a designer who’s studio was on 26th Street during the day and then chaperoning a sister from Virginia and her two children as they visited New York for the first time- I ran into Nicole in the long stretch of subway tunnel underneath 8th Avenue, just west of Times Square. I was leading my sister and her two kids to the subway train to head downtown (and away from Times Square), and Nicole smiled and said hello. She and I had both just heard about the Broadway transfer for Fela!, and we had a quick chat about how excited we were, what fun it would be to reconnect.

After Nicole and I said our quick goodbyes, my sister and her kids seemed impressed. I knew people on Broadway.

If I was thinking ahead, I would have made this crane green and yellow for her.

Music I listened to while sewing: Again with the lounge music in the background…

Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: When I moved to Portland, I was told it was going to be all grey skies and drizzle. I have been here for almost three months now, and it’s unseasonably warm.

I’m beginning to think Oregonians just tell people on the outside how wet it is just to keep people at bay.

I’m a wee bit homesick for New York City these days.

I don’t really feel connected to any of this yet. (It *has* only been three months, I get it.)


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