year in review: 2012
well, my first complete calendar year in maryland since about 1986 has come and gone. it’s been a good, crazy, heartbreaking one, for sure, hon. let’s review…
trip to new york with birdman. we had a blast, saw sleep no more, ate amazing pizza with old friends and new (including mr. met), did not get our picture taken with harry connick jr (birdman won’t let me forget that one…) and ate a delta grill. (this is the only request I just got for our next trip to nyc – eat at delta grill.) it was a lovely trip, a needed vacation because next month i got thrown into…
eiko and koma! one of the projects i’m most proud of so far in my time at my new(ish) job has been eiko and koma/kronos quartet in a piece called “fragile.” we turned the black box theatre into a beautiful nebulous world of feathers, dirt, and salt and i got to watch two sets of world renowned arists collaborate on a message. everything i have ever loved about my work in the theatre arts was a part of this project. i really thought this experience couldn’t be topped, and then came…
…basil twist! he brought his entourage of beautiful, somewhat misfit puppeteers to do an entire festival of puppetry in the dc area. i got to coordinate a piece called “symphonie fantastique.” an underwater puppet show set to berlioz’s “symphonie fantastique” performed live on piano by christopher o’reily. i can’t even begin to tell you the number of hours i worked on this show, or how many gallons of water i got to play in, or how excited/flabergasted i was when i got to play with basil’s puppets in the water tank. i can’t wait until we get another show like this.
april brought a change of pace for sure. and with it the beginning of baseball season!!!!! i had never been to an opening day before this year. we started out at the riehl/licea house where we ate a big breakfast with lots of carbs to prepare for the vast amounts of alcohol that was to be consumed. after a few rounds of drink ball (this is another post altogether) we headedout to a neighborhood cookout closer to the stadium. i left the party early because i wanted to see the opening ceremonies and cheer for birdman’s first appearance of the season. eventually the gang caught up and the orioles won. a fortuitous look at the season to come. april is also traditionally a very busy time at the center as well, so between baseball and work i was a very busy girl. i definitely took advantage of living so close to the yard and going any evening the birds were in town and i didn’t have to work. somehow in the midst of the beginning of baseball, birdman and i found time to take a another (24 hour) trip to nyc. this time we visited the mlb fancave and saw the first of several bad plays we’d see this year: magic/bird.
the last of my eiko and koma shows, and maybe the most beautiful. they did a piece called “caravan” which was performed outside. this meant that i got to spend several days working outside in the beautiful spring air. it consisted of koma driving a caravan from behind the center through traffic and then landing in the middle of a grass traffic circle. the caravan played it’s own music and eiko appeared from within. the colors, the lighting, the performance was just stunning.
may also brought much more baseball. and without being too cautious, we were talking about a winning season in baltimore. i began doing a lot of volunteer work with the oriole advocates and continued to foster a long dormant love of dem o’s.
i began rehearsals for “the last flapper.” this was a play produced by the red door theatre company, and presented as a part of the capital fringe festival in dc. this was such a beautiful artists challenge for me. it was a one person show about my love, zelda fitzgerald. it was just a whirlwind of love for me all summer long.
performances for “the last flapper” happened, including a birthday celebration for zelda with a show on her 112th birthday. also in july, i worked as production manager on “the mikado” for the young victorian theatre company. this project challenged me in ways i didn’t even know were possible. the show was successful, but i held my breath until the last curtain went down. it was an exhausting and beautiful july. and hey, the orioles were still winning!
oh, august… so, august started off alright. and then i went to a music festival outside of annapolis and broke my ankle. its times like this when we learn who are friends are. and god do i love my friends. licea stuck by me that night, missing the main event at the festival “cake” and going to the hospital with me. our friend chris conlon got out of bed at 1:30 in the morning to drive 45 minutes to annapolis to pick us up and take us back to baltimore. everyone else kept me very entertained with drunken texts about where we were and total disbelief that i had broken my ankle. this all, of course, led to an incredibly crappy end of the summer. i spent a few weeks at my parents house, and then entertained my self with my sofa and cable for most of august and
september. licea, being licea, would come to my house get my wheel chair and push me to camden yards to get some fresh air and watch the birdies, magically, continue to win games. i even continued to do volunteer work in my wheel chair. the only thing i couldn’t do was drive and so my colleagues stepped up and really took over my projects. finally, at the end of september, one week before I was allowed to walk again, leighann and i took a little sidetrip to boston, to see my beloved birds play at fenway. we lost that game, but i got to see dylan bundy’s major league debut and leighann and i had the time of our lives getting around boston on my crutches. (we are now talking about a baseball road trip every year!)
i got to start walking again. and – holy shit – the orioles made the playoffs! the first time in 15 years! with my very favorite baltimore people, we gathered together at fraziers to watch the wild card game at the rangers, celebrated a win and planned going to playoff games at the yard. i managed to go to both home playoff games, both of which had long rain delays and were freezing cold. also both were against the mfyankees. we lost the first and won the second. the second i went to with leighann, her husband and her mother (all mfyankee fans) and we had the time fo our life! october also brings my birthday, and this year i was so fortunate to spend it with birdman, leland, and licea. three of my absolute favorite people in the world. at the end of october, i went to my second tedx conference and we got hit with hurricane sandy. fortunately, baltimore suffered very little damage. it was fun to have a weather day off. there was lots of drinking in the wind and the rain.
i was finally back in the swing of things at work. also, thanksgiving happened. the ravens haven’t been terribly impressive this year, so i’m not going to write much about them. sort of a let down after such an exciting baseball season. obama won the election, and as birdman says, in maryland, “gays can now marry and gamble!”
holiday season. end of semester stuff. back to regular running! i have a lot of ankle weight to work off, but i’m super glad to be able to be active again. after christmas and before new years, i got some very bad news about my friend conlon (one of the guys who helped when i broke my ankle). he (at 36 years old) suffered a stroke that paralyzed his right side and was caused by a massive blood clot. he is recovering at a remarkable rate, but it is a very scary thing when someone as young and healthy as he is suffers from such a thing. a positive thing that came out of it was that it brought his friends and family very close together. after a group visit to the hospital last week, we all went to supper together. it was beautiful to sit with these people and just be.
and then there was new years…