We are in an airport and sharna goes nuts… a cartwheel, that is right a cartwheel. for those of you who did not think it possible, the picture tells it all. Odly enough we went to the airpot to get a car to go to Seattle…the logic is strange but it worked out well. Preparing for the farewell shana almost gets lost packing her bags, only to wake up the next day 4 inches in snow. After safely getting back from the airport alex showed up to the studio and decided he would work on the snow day, me I went out and risked hypothermia to take pictures for all of you. The snow man says hi. A little fast forward to seeing sharna again gives me that warm feeling…
Chicago; 1:50 pm
A crowd of people push their way out of a plane, up the jetway and into the terminal. The kind stewardess giving her farwells. A man sitting across from this commotion lost in the land of The Little Prince got distracted with the face of a little girl. The girl happy to to be playing catch me if you can with her father, whom assumed she was playing I am running away now. There was a small exchange of smiles and the little girl saw that her father was coming faster now so she made a run for it, only to be relocated to a safer place by her father hand. Before the man could rest his eyes on the words, a woman crossed his vision…and we all know how that goes. The man quickly sat up to catch the woman’s eye, she on the other hand was lost in the thought of finding the departure screen to find her connecting flight. The man rested the book on his lap as the woman got closer, she glanced down and was stopped in her tracks, the man should not be here yet, how did this happen. What she did not know is that his flight landed 1 hour before her own, not after….
North Carolina; 12:01 am
The tea pot whistles turning the heads of the four people in the house, two sitting at the laptops letting the world turn, one in the kitchen preparing yogi tea, and the last moving around the house getting ready for the ritual, sending e-mails and watching The Daily Show. The two at the laptops talk about the event of the evening, a lecture by the one Robert Farris Thompson and the preformance that they gave to conclude the event. The one in the kitchen decided not to be left out and after serving the tea went to her laptop and started surfing the world wide web. Now with all four people lost in the world on their laptops is where the story will end. But fear not for we live in a time where the villain never dies and always comes back to kill again, and the hero awaits the day he can save the world again.
The last few weeks were highlighted by a drive from Portland up to Seattle where, in addition to dancing every night, we went to see the controversial Bodies exhibit. www.bodiestheexhibition.com/. It was totally worth it – I got over my squeamishness after a few seconds and was completely amazed by the various ways of revealing the systems of the body – particularly the blood vessel room and the glass case containing only the nervous system.
My final days in Portland were a marathon of must-experience experiences including pizza and beer at the Baghdad movie theatre (if you have not yet I highly recommend seeing Stranger than Fiction), and an amazing chocolate dessert called the Aphrodite at Pix Patisserie. Last Tuesday I left for Denver alone in the midst of a surprise snowstorm and spent a week teaching with Javier Rochwarger, whose passion for tango is only surpassed by his passion for cooking! After all of the workshops were done we celebrated with a feast of homemade empanadas and an army-sized pot of locro, a traditional Argentine dish made with roughly broken white corn kernels, white beans, potato, yam, beef, and an array of spices. I hope I remember enough to make a version of it myself back in DC later this year.
Also, during this previous month of traveling Isaac met my brother (in Seattle) and I met Isaac’s sister (in Denver), and so far it seems we have both passed the sibling examination of approval… 🙂
So finally, after a week of painful and torturous separation, Isaac and I were reunited at the Chicago airport (he flying from Portland and me from Denver) and arrived in North Carolina together tonight a few days early for the Tangophilia Festival…
Well, the big news is that I’m finally recovering from the nasty flu virus I caught and am feeling very very happy to be healthy! We survived the all-night New Year’s milonga at Tango Berretin and cooked up fresh waffles for breakfast with the other out-of-town stragglers the next morning. The milonga was like a mini-festival, with dancers from Seattle and Eugene and other places arriving throughout the evening. For those of you who have been to Alex’s studio in Portland, it continues to transform over the years. There are several new windows between the lounge rooms now, and a small bar counter in the food area for drinks. Being here almost makes me want my own studio…. 🙂
Something else non-tango related but worthy of mention is our 3-day Christmas trip to the Oregon coast, which was not the most conventional holiday getaway perhaps, but nonetheless very memorable. We drove through steady rain to the ocean, then south down the coast to Lincoln City, all the while looking out the window at crashing waves and the spray of the water, and huge rocks further out that, combined with the fog, created a beautiful natural landscape. We ate pizza on Christmas from a tiny local cafe and watched the ocean swirl and dance against the side of a small cliff. -Sharna