04 July 2008

Fireworks, Tats and Sweet Potato Pie

(es) Nada como ir al Sabor de Chicago y mirar los fuegos artificiales (y todos los pibes indiferentes que paseaban mirándose mientras que los colores hicieron explosión arriba sus caras como las burbujas de pensamiento) para decir a todo el mundo <<¡Qué díos bendiga a los Estados Unidos!>> Además, nada como un tatuaje nuevo de un Geisha y de flores de cerezo. Para los que quieren echarle un vistazo, aquí está:

(en) Nothing quite says God Bless America like going to Taste of Chicago and watching the 4th of July fireworks (and all the indifferent teenagers walking around scoping each other out while color explodes above their heads like bright thought bubbles). And there's nothing quite like a brand new tattoo of a geisha with cherry blossoms. For those of you that want to take a look at my new tat, here it is:

(es) Ella es bella, ¿no? Cuando se la mostré a Pops hoy durante nuestro desayuno temprano en Oak Park, pensó que mi tatuaje era una buen homenaje a mi 祖母, que es verdad. Conscientemente, no pensaba en mi abuelita--estaba pensando en mi musa--pero es verdad que ser japonesa, a ella le encantaba los cerezos en flor tanto. De hecho, yo tocaba la canción japonesa "Sakura" en su piano. A veces cantaba con la música, llenando el cuarto con su voz suave y ligeramente desafinada.

Josh, mi amigo y artiste de tatuaje que hizo mi Geisha arriba, me declaró:
--Che, tenés que ir a Bio, te encantará. Fui aquello 2 veces.
Y mas tarde:
--Che, era tan bueno en Buenos Aires. No tuve ganas de salir.
Lo considero un buen indicio.

Después, Erika y yo fuimos al Sabor de Chicago, apartamos de empujones a través de muchedumbre para comprar boletos al quiosco y regressar al otro quiosco de Vegetarian Soul y finalment comimos las mejores costillas de cerdo veganas que nunca comí.

Después de que terminó el espectaculo andamos por la Avenida Michigan. Es el único tiempo que cerran las calles así. Nos sentimos como si estuviéramos en Cusco otra vez, o en el plató del musicál Les Mis cantando"¿Oye cantar la gente?" Ya que es nuestro último día de Independencia en Chicago por estos últimos años, me alegré de que nos esforzáramos por salir y aprovechar de la ciudad porque francamente hay tanto que hacer acá si se motiva sufficientemente.

Aquí están el resto de mis fotos:

(en) Isn't she beautiful? When I showed this to Pops today during our early breakfast in downtown Oak Park, he thought it was a nice homage to my 祖母, which it is. Consciously I wasn't thinking of my Grandmama--I was thinking of my muse--but it's true that being Japanese, she loved Sakura (cherry blossoms) so much. I even played the song "Sakura" for her on the piano. Sometimes she'd even sing along, which filled the room with her soft voice that always slightly off key.

Josh, my friend and tattoo artist who did the above tat for me told me at one point:
--You have to go to Bio man, you'll love it. I went there twice.
And then later:
--Man, it was so nice in Buenos Aires, I didn't want to leave.
I consider that an auspicious sign.

Afterwards, Erika and I went to Taste of Chicago, elbowed our way through throngs of people to buy tickets, walked back to the Vegetarian Soul kiosk, and finally ate some of the best vegan ribs I've ever tasted. It's amazing how versatile seitan can be, especially when you're open-minded!

After the espectaculo was over we walked down Michigan Avenue. It's the only time it's totally blocked off like that. Erika and I felt like we were in Cusco again during The Paro, or on the set of Les Mis singing "Do you hear the people sing?" Since this will be our last 4th of July in Chicago for awhile now, I'm glad we made the extra effort to get out and appreciate what this city has to offer because honestly there's so much to do here if you're motivated enough.

Here are the rest of my pictures:



























3 comments:

Anonymous said...

happy 4th,

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Katie said...

Happy 4th of July! Very cool tattoo, by the way. I always wanted to go to the Taste of Chicago - it looks like an awesome event. As a foodie, any time there is that much good food assembled in one place, I'm in! I'd love to hear about any food festivals you hear about in Buenos Aires. :)

JACKSON BLISS @ 水と魂 said...

Hi Katie. Great hearing from you and thanks for the tattoo love. Yeah, I think The Taste is worth seeing. It's crowded as hell but I consider that training for my eventual move to Mumbai. Just kidding. My g/f and I are vegetarians and even we found the perfect kiosk for us so I think there's something for everyone. When we learn of food festivals I'll be sure and let you know about them.