Love to UMass-Amherst and Magnetic North, 3/8/08
[I know this is out-of-order b/c we should be blogging about our performance at University of Oregon next, but UMass-Amherst will be the focus of this post b/c we took so many damn pictures and I wanted to make sure we got something up for Viseth in case he was looking for a post. You'll meet Viseth later.]
[Cheesy, I know--what can I say? I wanted a "Yellow Rage was here" picture--and I was getting bored and wouldn't stop yawning so I needed a diversion. We had just driven about 5 1/2 hours and I was extra tired from driving in the heavy rain. Then, I was alone in the Green Room, rehearsing poems for the show--which Catzie and I had been doing since we arrived--and it just seemed like we were waiting forever to perform though it really wasn't that long. Anyway, we drove up to Amherst starting pretty early Sat morning and it was pouring-down rain the whole way up. There were a couple of scary incidents with splashing water from cars and I couldn't see where I was driving. And there were about three accidents that we also saw on the way. But we made it OK and on-time. See how rainy (view from our hotel window) . . .]
[And here we are with Magnetic North before the show. Derek "Direct" Kan and Theresa "T-" Vu:]
And this is my picture of her pacing around the room and trying to practice her lines. [I had just finished writing "Yellow Rage was here" and taking pictures of it--see it on the board behind me! Look, Catzie's so bored/tired of rehearsing she's reading the potato chip bag:]
Did you know that Utz has the lowest amount of sodium than other leading brand of potato chips? Did you, did you?
More pictures with folks! Here we are with Magnetic North and some of the students from YKCC:]
[Viseth is in the front. He's an aspiring poet--and he drew this amazing picture for us before he left!:]
After a brief interlude, Magnetic North performed.]
[I stood on a chair so I could get some good pics of Derek and Theresa.]
More pics with folks:]
These guys were funny. I don't even remember what the "W" was for... [Wasn't it one of these guys who asked Catzie if he could touch her and then, like, poked her in the shoulder? Goofy. I think these guys came up to me later at the table where I was selling shirts and CDs. I think they were telling me they appreciated and were moved by my domestic violence piece but also were trying to think of something funny to say--but couldn't figure out how to do it. They were funny in a sweet way. OK, here are folks we didn't really get names from.]
[Somewhere in here are pictures with the sisters from Kappa Phi Lambda. These pics might have some of them. I think the Kappas are working on raising awareness about domestic violence and appreciated my domestic violence poem, too. Anyway, if you see yourself and anyone you know, email us your/their names and we'll edit the post.]
This is Andrew and...
Here's a closeup of Andrew's shirt. Cowabonga dude. [His friend in the previous picture also spoke to me about my domestic violence piece (posted in the blog a few months ago as "untitled" I think). I know I keep bringing it up, but it was the first time I was performing in a Yellow Rage show and I was anxious about it b/c I wasn't sure how it would work. It's really different from most of the poems I usually perform and I wasn't sure if people would understand it. So I'm glad I was able to touch some people with it.
OK, pics of food coming up. At the restaurant:]
Later we went to a Japanese Korean restaurant, and we signed more posters. [Um, why does it have to be a "Japanese Korean" and not a "KOREAN Japanese" one? Huh?]
I forgot what they called this but it was like Haedibop, which is like Bibimbop but with Seafood, which is like the Vietnamese vermicelli but that has noodles. Ok who's confused?
Since it was only 30 mins left until they closed we had to hurry and eat. [I'd just like to point out that I was eating Yukgejang and it was pretty yummy.]
A view of the campus in the morning after the rain.
[We'd like to thank everyone at YKCC for having us: Tiff, Linda, Yarty, Ariel, and anyone else I forgot. Thanks also to Kappa Phi Lambda and Magnetic North.
Next we will post about Wheaton College--a show we did back in Nov 2007--and University of Oregon from 3/1/08. Sorry we are so bad at posting these in a timely way! We love you guys even if it takes a while to write about you!]
-Catzie [and Michelle in brackets]