I've been working on these little treasure boxes for the past week and a half, which then inspired me to think about my own treasures. I do have a tendency to assign sentimental value to a wide assortment of small odds and ends, and then build shrines to house them all. My apartment has a shrine in every room, and I rearrange them at least twice a year. So, in the spirit of this, I made a fun little film snippet. (And yes, that's my own music, too...)
This photo, taken over 5 years ago, sums up what it means to me to be self-employed again:
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So, I came up with this:
And you know what? I think it does the trick.
8 years ago, I was toying with the idea of moving out of my hometown to strike out on my own. I was torn between Portlands (Oregon & Maine). Of course, I had a moment where I wanted to leave it up to chance, so I took a deck of cards and came up with the following rule: If the card I pull is higher than a 7, I'll move to Portland, OR. If it's lower than a 7, I'll move to Portland, ME. Well, my rule was flawed, because I pulled a 7.
In February of 2007, I took Amtrak out to Portland, Oregon to start fresh and clean in a city known for its youthful exuberance. I spent 4 years in Portland, Oregon, which easily felt more like 10 years with the amount of stuff I packed into my time there. Soon enough, however, I ran out of money and my heart ran out of steam, and I drove back to my hometown of Corning, NY to catch a breather.
All in all, I was thinking I'd only be in Corning for a year or so before figuring out my next move. Well, after a trip to Europe and some very useful experience at Exhibit A, I caught glimpse of a dashing young man: before I knew it, my plans were all shook up, and we both found it necessary to stay a little longer...
Not surprisingly, we woke up one morning as if a spell had faded, and we both knew we desperately needed to return to our original plans of getting out of our hometown. Somehow, Portland, Maine resurfaced, and we slowly but surely put plans in motion to make the move north. As of late in the evening on October 1st, we arrived in Portland, Maine with what we could fit in our car. As with the city motto, it is here where we will rise again.
We are so excited that this performance is free and open to the public, but that makes our need to fundraise that much greater. We are committed to providing compensation to our collaborating artists - each of whom will be spending 10-20 hours rehearsing, on top of 8 hours of performing. Yes, 8 hours of performing - for free!
I'm absolutely delighted to be a part of this project! If you live in or near New York City, go check it out next weekend: my work will be hanging on the walls and will be available for purchase, if you finally want to add my work to your collection. And/or, if you feel like putting on your philanthropist's hat, make a donation!
Why is 72 my favorite number? Because it's a highly totient pronic number, obviously.