I’m writing this from my phone because I have nothing else left to give. I already haven’t been sleeping well and then Pepper decided to turn last night into her own personal midnight bark party. Not to be left out, the cat also made a ton of unnecessary noise, and I am a wreck because of it.
Actually, there are a lot of different factors contributing to my wreckage. But I’m sitting in bed right now waiting for Ben to join me so we can go to sleep and I’m just praying that I get my seven hours. It’s come to the point where there’s no longer any productive reason to be conscious. Regardless of the work yet to do.
If you checked the site between 10pm PT last night and 8am PT this morning, you may have gotten the above image with a note that we were “moving things around,” or you may have gotten a blank white screen. If you’re still seeing either of those, you’re obviously not seeing this, so you’re pretty much fucked. However, if you have a friend who’s not seeing the site, feel free to tell them they’re fucked for me. Also, clear your cache and restart your browser.
This site is now the primary domain on our host server. Or some kind of thing that Ben said. I’m not really sure. But it’s a good thing (as well as a kind of expensive thing). Rejoice.
While we were in Corvallis for our recent vacation, Ben’s mom took us to the campus to see the stick installation Patrick Dougherty had built there there last fall. You can see the scale of it in the pictures, but I was really impressed by their stature. Each stick person is basically hollow, in that you can go into their base like a little hut. I made a joke about the number of freshman year virginities that were lost inside the things, because I am raunchy and I have to ruin everything. In my defense, there was totally enough space. Perhaps not for people as ample as Ben and I, but for couple drunken teenagers, they were just the right size.
When I was writing this, I did some research on Dougherty, and saw some of the other installations he’s done. The photos of his other works are amazing, but you can tell they were all taken shortly after construction. Pomp and Circumstance, on the other hand was 9 months old by the time Ben and I got there, and it had started to sprout. The experience of being next to the living branches is kind of magical.
The pictures of the structures from right after they were built look a lot better because the bare branches provide both an echo of, and a contrast to the green trees and grass all around them. The leaves look shaggy, and the structures have started to sink into the background, which doesn’t make for the best photo op, but it makes them more interesting to be near in person, especially when standing inside one of them. I can’t help but wonder what they’ll look like this time next year when the saplings have had time to sprout more, hiding the details of the sculpture further.
Hey guys, a quick update to bring attention to a much-needed new blog. Big Boy Fashion is just getting started, but I’m so glad to see them around. They’re a tumblr focused on cute fat dudes in sweet threads. I’d like to go on the record as being decidedly pro fat dude. Also, my sweet boyfriend is on their front page right now. Because he’s amazing.
Marina Martinez lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend, Ben. She enjoys being fat, being loud, long walks on the beach, and general awesomeness. Marina can be reached by email at marinarosemartinez (at) gmail (dot) com.
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