It's been an amazing year so far... and it's just whooshing right by! It's almost April, and New Year's Eve feels like just yesterday.
I like to put some of my favorite pictures on this blog, as a record for myself more than anyone else, probably. One day everything is going to be one big blur, I just know it.
Here are some images from the trip the Sugatroll and I took to Santa Cruz last month. This was at the beach in Soquel, just south of Santa Cruz:
This boat was a nightlife hotspot in the earlier part of last century, hard as it is to imagine now. There was drinking and dancing and loose women... but the boat was made of concrete, and eventually it cracked in two. Now it's a private estate for the birds.
It was an especially beautiful day on the coast... one of those dream days that makes a gal never want to go home. I am such a beach girl at heart.
The coast always draws in some characters, and their vehicles:
And carrying on with the coastal theme... a few weeks later, Mount Whateverest did a mini-tour of Southern California. We happened to go during a rare February heatwave, which meant that it felt like mid-summer. Here in the beach city of Ventura, a warm breeze was blowing through the palm trees:
A visit to the beach before we doll up for the evening:
The gang, getting ready to head out to the show:
All together now!
It was still t-shirt weather at 3am after we'd played the show and come back to the hotel. We were just a few blocks from the beach, so we decided to do some night wading:
In the city of Los Angeles, we played a Dada Art Opening at a dollhouse-sized, adorable art gallery called Museé 16 that was located in an old fish canning factory. They did vintage film projections on the stage:
Our hotel in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Hills Best Western, was so awesome- the whole place was covered in Hollywood memorabilia. Even the kitchenette had a touch of glam:
The best was that they had an amazing restaurant downstairs that was open until 3am. Everyone in there looked like a movie star to me. Eating breakfast:
Here we are about to head North again, posing in the lobby mirror:
The band has been super busy since then- we recorded a 12 song album! We also had several more shows, including one at a "Burnal Equinox" festival- the midway point between Burning Man events. We were joined by my bestie Linda on the far left.
Dirt + tarps = country glamor: me and the Sugatroll.
In other news, I've been practicing piano at at least a few times a week, for the first time in years (thank to my friend who is letting me use her grand piano!), which is making me very, very happy. I also started doing Zumba, a latin-inspired exercise dance class, at a local studio. My cardiovascular systerm is very happy about this, and I am loving the dance steps.
I hope all is well with you and yours... happy Spring!