Thursday, April 28, 2016

Meow Wolf

Rather than buy Cay and Tay another something which they may or may not ever use... or even like... I decided on giving them an experience for their birthday.

So I brought them to Meow Wolf. Inside Meow Wolf is a HUGE installation called The House of Eternal Return. The whole thing is an interactive experience the likes of... well, nothing I've ever experienced.

Well, I experienced something a little like it in 1986 and 1987.

But this house, this old Victorian with openings to other dimensions and worlds, has more story, backstory and a backstory to the story that becomes mythology.  I spent a good 5 hours in there, and although I got a gist of the contemporary story and the mythology, I could only scratch the surface of the depth of information.

Newspapers with stories relating to the events surrounding the mystery of the house were in the living areas of the house itself.  Clues to supernatural and extraterrestrial events abound.  Some clues were in the house itself.  Some on the computers, some accessible through the website thecharter.org

Throughout the building are small areas where you can listen to the origin of all this... something dating back to the beginning of time, at least in the context of this imaginary multiverse.

There are much better photos on the instagram account for Meow Wolf: https://www.instagram.com/meow__wolf/,  but here are a few of mine, mostly from the alternate worlds beyond the house itself.  Oh, and this first one, outside Meow Wolf, of the girls.... since it IS their birthday and all.

inside the multiverse:


While I enjoyed taking photos, I quickly put my camera away and became absorbed in the stories going on around me.

Some of the areas seemed challenging to get to.  Ladders, crawling through fireplaces, etc.  But there were often alternate ways to get to everywhere in the exhibit.  The exhibit was not wheel chair accessible, and much of the charm was finding that narrow passage behind the blind curve, or walking over the uneven surface of a spongy, undersea landscape to get to an overstuffed sofa and the closet under the stairs.

One of the most important aspects of the House of Eternal Return was that it relied very heavily on the shared experiences of the visitors.  At one point I came upon a couple who were relaxing in what, as it turned out, was the trailer of the man who cracked open time space and stole beaches and whole suns from other universes to open what amounted to his own personal interdimensional travel agency.  They were bored, and didn't understand why it took them so long to build the exhibit, or why people were so enthralled.  They'd brushed aside the books and letters on the table, and had no clue that they were clues to the story.

So I said, "are you following any of the story at all?" and they said "there's a STORY?"  So I took them to listening station #1, and I told them about the narratives on thecharter.org.   Last I saw they were rushing around with the rest of us probing into everything.

I spent over 5 hours there, which is a heck of a lot longer than I'd have spent at a movie.  Tickets were $15 for an adult New Mexican, and $13 for seniors (Georgia joined us about half way in).  All in all (because at movie theaters we all hit the snack bar) we spent LESS than we would have for a night at the movies, and had a more interesting and rich experience (which isn't over yet, I'm still reading online narratives) and YES, there is food in the lobby (snacks, but there's a great food truck parked outside) and a small gift shop, where Tay gleefully purchased a glow-in-the-dark t-shirt.

Now, as I continue to delve more deeply into the story, my only concern with the day was the fact that I'd brought twins back into the Pastore house...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

a matter of timing

A quick rundown of today:

- Went to the Housing Authority in Albuquerque for my portability meeting... found that I wasn't on the computer, but my appointment was mentioned on a pink post it note on the inside of my file which had been put away.  At least it wasn't in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet, stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying “Beware of the Leopard”.

- The upshot of the "meeting" was that a "meeting" was unnecessary and the paperwork had already been sent on some time in the past no one was quite sure when because there was no actual record but maybe last week?

- But we got a'hold of someone in Long Beach, who made my appointment there, which is May 20, which means I'll be leaving here on the 16th instead of the 23rd.  SURPRISE!

- So Georgia and I just went on to the zoo, which was cold and windy and a lot of displays were being worked on although she did finally get to see most of the primates.

- and I figured I'd drop off some old clothes at Savers and that's where the car just died... and we ended up taking the tow truck all the way back to Santa Fe to verify that the tensioner on the timing belt had busted and I'd be ponying up more cash to keep the car running.

- by the time I got home, my blood sugar was only 53gm/dL

anyway... my dad is helping out with money to fix the car, I had a little chocolate, and I called the kids to tell them I wouldn't be able to help them with their move, or spend more time teaching them to drive, and that they'd have to take a bus to their birthday event (I'm taking them to Meow Wolf) on Thursday.

I'll hike down to Airport Road where I can pick up a bus to the mall and transfer to the bus into school every day (6 days a week) and Georgia will drive us to the openings.

I'll survive this.

I've survived everything else so far.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Closing out the Cinnamon Updates

So my beautiful little girl seems totally back to normal today... except she doesn't want to eat the blended foods as I start to reintroduce her to a stable diet.

Nope.  She picked out all the chicken breast and ate that.

Heck, why eat any kind of kibble when you have skinless, boneless organic chicken breast?

I'm fighting the urge to go to school today to catch up on some work after missing the last few days.   I think instead I'll take her back to the park.