Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Senegal in Chicago

HI honey pies.

I thought tonight's reunion could be pics from my trip to Chicago.  My travel style lacks the luster of a wild adventure, but nevertheless I had a fantastic return to Chicago.  I walked streets with my camera, pausing in bakeries for snacks, before continuing to stroll around a neighborhood or museum.  I felt happy to be there over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend.  I felt proud I had set aside that long weekend to celebrate the Civil Rights Movement in the home of the Chicago Freedom Movement.  And I'm happy to share these snapshots with YOU.  So ta-daaaa, here you go:

The next few pictures are from the Field Museum of Natural History.
On my maternal side, our African ancestry is rooted in Senegal, so I was excited about this exhibit.

This was a favorite moment for me:  There was a gallery of mummies at the Field Museum, and this child mummy was about the same age of the little boy who had his hand pressed against the glass partition.  In Spanish the little boy was repeatedly questioning his grandmother, "¿Está muerto?"  ("Is he dead?")  And the grandmother was repeatedly responding "Sí, chico.  Sí."  As the boy continued to press - I think, disturbed by the deceased little boy in front of him - this grandmother eventually reassured her grandson, "Pero es antiguo."  ("But it's ancient. /  But it's history.")  I was so fascinated by this little boy's reaction!  I smiled at his grandmother, and then we started to chat about why she was visiting from Argentina and why she thinks it's more difficult to learn English.  -  On a separate note, the Mummy Exhibition felt sacred.  I do not post this picture casually.  Please view it respectfully, and I do not give permission for this image to be reprinted elsewhere.

I grew up with pet finches, so the museum wing housing stuffed birds was really interesting to me.

Regular readers know that I have the worst luck when it comes to love.  After reading this placard describing efforts that some male birds undertake in order to win a female bird's favor, I thought to myself "Sheesh, I wish!  If only someone would try to dazzle me..."  I'm thinking about going to a speed dating event, which may be the topic of a future blog post - right now I feel like it'd turn out to be creepy and disappointing, so I may not do it?

The Field Museum mostly features taxidermy, and they feature it pretty darn well.  The Field Museum is a cool place!  These are the Fighting Elephants, and supposedly they were a big deal back in the 1890s when taxidermy had never been successfully done with animals that were this large.

Downtown Chicago along the Chicago Riverwalk

crossing the Chicago River

the Civic Opera Building, and its classic art deco architecture

Monroe Street Bridge 

more Chicago Riverwalk 

I usually visit a church whenever I visit a city.  
This is the exterior and interior of Old St. Patrick's.

a lion guarding the Art Institute of Chicago

I've triumphantly arrived at the Bean.  Woo!

Last night in town, heading back to my Airbnb.  The exterior and interior of the CTA Station, Randolph/Wabash on the Loop.

It's very late, and I need to go to bed now, but I will end by sending love to these folks:
Dear Barack.  Dear Michelle.  Dear Sasha and Malia.  Dear Jill and Joe.  YOU are missed.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

holiday cards + chicago

Since it's been awhile, let's jump into a general update.  Sound good to you, cutie?  OKAY - let's hit it!

[1]  HOLIDAYS    I am big into hand delivering or snail mailing old fashioned cards - for birthdays, for anniversaries, but especially over the holiday season.  So to be totally honest about how much of a dork I am, I haven't written a blog in about 2.5 months because I've been preparing packages for the people in my life.  Annually, I start with my oldest and dearest - the college boyfriend who'll always be special; the childhood friends I've been close with for 20+ yrs; and the coworkers who over the years have morphed into confidantes and activity partners.  I deliver some cards to beloveds' homes - with pies, mixed CDs, and/or gift bags - or I drop bundles of notes into the mailbox. And this simulation of Santa will continue throughout January, as I continue to pass out happy-new-year handsels.  For example, next week my physician will receive her holiday package with mugs and other office goodies - because she's taken fantastic care of my health for the last decade...  So that's where I've been, dear reader:  Saying "Happy holidays" and "Thanks for everything" to folks I adore.

the 2017 card that i'm sending out this year

[2]  FILM COMPANY    On Friday morning, 30 December 2016, I went to the City Clerk's Office at Somerville City Hall, where I filed a certificate which serves to initially institute the film company as a local new business.  Now, though it may seem a surprisingly small next step, I think it's important that I get a file cabinet and soon.  Because I'm amassing various registration certificates plus similar paperwork which should be kept organized and all together, in one safe and accessible place - aka ... my bedroom haha.  (That was really funny to me for some reason.  Sleepy giggles as I type.)  So the company has been officially founded - hurrah! - and it was possible because of the film's very first investor.  Gratitude to this investor, and updates will continue - file cabinet photos and much more.

[3]  CHICAGO    I took off next week from my job, and I am going to Chicago.  I love Chicago.  I went regularly during high school with my pal Dan.  I love the train system and its elevated platforms, offering panoramic views of neighborhoods.  I enjoy the smell of the city.  I enjoy the food.  Most of all, I respect the people.  I love Chicagoans' Midwestern character - openness, friendliness, agreeableness, calm and steady warmth, authentically polite while quickly getting to the point - goddamn, I love it!  Being a vacation, I'll honor my inner turtle by taking it easy.  I'm going to bring my camera, and I'm just gonna do lots of walking.  Sometimes visiting a museum but mostly riding trains, roaming streets, and soaking in Chi.  Also - another exciting prospect - I got an Airbnb on the Brown Line, so for the first time I'll commute over the Wells Street bridge across the Chicago River.

the Wells Street drawbridge

It's almost midnight and time for me to turn in.  Wrapping up our first blog of 2017, I'll conclude with this:  Happy new year to YOU.  So glad you are YOU, and very grateful YOU continue to stop by our blog.  I hope your holiday was happy.  I hope you sleep tight, and I hope we speak again soon.  Huge electronic bear hug!  xoxo

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

I got a car and a lawyer.

HAPPY HALLOWS EVE.  To the Halloween babes - like my sister - I hope it is a happy birthday for you!

Since the last Broke Bridget blog, it's been a whirlwind 29 days, so tonight let's do a general update:

[1]  I had to finance a car for work.  Last summer while I was job searching, I was lucky to have three decent offers, but I went with my current employer because they were requiring me to get a vehicle.  I haven't written about the car before now because it was (ahem) definitely a process, and during that process I was never sure I'd pull it off.  Faking it til making it, surprisingly I made it.  I got a Kia, which I've named Sosie, and I love driving at night!  This isn't my first car.  Once upon a time, I had a life in Maine, and I had a car up there - roaming around snowy, unmarked roads lit bright by stars and moonshine was one of my favorite things to do - some things have not changed...

[2]  My film has a securities attorney.  I've continued to work on the movie's budget and, only a quarter of the way through, I have already surpassed the one million dollar mark.  To me, to many people, that's a lot of money.  So I'm thinking it's wise to somehow regulate the film's finances, ensuring nobody gets screwed.  The legal function of a securities attorney is to be the middleman between a creative entity and the entity's investors.  That may sound boring and complicated, but here's why it's actually cool and exciting:  By the end of the year, I will have established my film company (the creative entity) and then comes the investors (money for cast, crew, and etceteras).

[3]  We come to the wild card of the evening.  The moment when you might roll your eyes and sigh "Oh Bishop, reaching for the stars."  Well yes, reaching for one star in particular:  Hayley Mills.  I want to speak with Hayley Mills about my movie.  I don't know why, it's a feeling and I just want this (shrug). Maybe because, at heart, I'm a 33-year-old Baby Boomer.  I grew up watching Hayley Mills, and I've seen most of her movies.  Summer Magic remains my favorite, and I am hoping that she might be interested in Virginia Woolf, Virginia's novel, and adapting it - maybe as a producer, maybe in a supporting role.  I've been sending out emails to producers and theatres who have worked with Hayley Mills in the past, and I'm hoping to communicate with this actress sometime in the near future.  Fingers crossed.

THIS is the Parent Trap I grew up watching!
(And now you know why I'm the way I am...)

[4]  On Wednesday night, I'm meeting with the Managing Director of another local playhouse.  We're going to discuss the possibility of me producing Little Women next spring.  Producer cred, woot woot!!

Okay, I've gotta end.  Tuesdays are a ten-hour workday, so I really need to turn in soon.  To me, this blog feels more rushed and less fleshed out than other posts.  But I wanted to say hello, sleep tight, and thanks for being YOU.  Thanks for being here now on Earth in 2016 reading our Broke Bridget blog.

Let's get together again soon, yeah yeah yeah!